ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production, Michael Oeljeklaus, emphasised, “Reliable and technically innovative engines have been made in Mladá Boleslav for more than 120 years, meaning the site has one of the longest histories of engine production in the entire automotive industry. This is another reason why reaching the mark of three million EA211s ‘made by ŠKODA’ is special to us. It is proof of our expertise and our components’ significance within Volkswagen Group. This production milestone is the result of an outstanding team effort.”
Due to comprehensive measures in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, ŠKODA AUTO is currently only creating 1,900 units per day at its Mladá Boleslav factory instead of the usual 2,400. Around 800 workers manufacture the modern three- and four-cylinders featuring an aluminium engine block in four different versions. ŠKODA’s portfolio of three-cylinders comprises the 1.0 MPI delivering 44 kW (60 PS) or 55 kW (75 PS), the 59-kW (80-PS) 1.0 MPI EVO and the 1.0 TSI, which is available with power outputs of 70 kW (95 PS), 81 kW (110 PS) or 85 kW (115 PS). Four-cylinder variants of the EA211 include the 1.4 TSI offering 94 kW (128 PS) or 110 kW (150 PS) and the 1.6 MPI, which delivers 81 kW (110 PS). The engines are fitted in 13 models made by various Volkswagen Group brands worldwide: in addition to the ŠKODA FABIA, SCALA, OCTAVIA, KAMIQ, KAROQ and KODIAQ, these include the Volkswagen POLO, VENTO and AMEO as well as the Seat IBIZA, ATECA, TOLEDO and ARONA.
The ŠKODA AUTO component plant in Vrchlabí also plays an important role in Volkswagen Group’s global production network. This factory manufactures the DQ 200 seven-speed direct-shift transmissions for example, which are used in ŠKODAs and other Volkswagen Group vehicles. At the high-tech site, 2,200 units of this DSG are made per day. The mark of 3,000,000 units was reached there back in November 2019.
First engine was born in Mladá Boleslav back in 1899
Engine production in Mladá Boleslav dates back 121 years. Just four years after they had begun manufacturing bicycles there in 1895, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement presented their first bicycle to feature an auxiliary engine – a single-cylinder offering 1.25 or 1.75 PS. In 1905, the company Laurin & Klement developed the Voiturette A, its first automobile featuring a water-cooled 7-PS engine and a cylinder capacity of 1,100 cc.
Milestones for EA211 production in Mladá Boleslav:
2012: EA211 production begins with the 1.0 MPI
2014: Production of the 1.4 TSI and 1.6 MPI begins
2015: Production milestone reached: 500,000th EA211 built
2016: Production of the 1.0 TSI begins and production milestone reached: ŠKODA AUTO manufactures its 1,000,000th EA211
2018: Production of the 1.0 MPI EVO begins
2019: ŠKODA AUTO manufactures its 2,500,000th EA211
2020: ŠKODA AUTO manufactures its 3,000,000th EA211