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150203 Sales success – SKODA increases production of Fabia and Rapid Spaceback

150203 Sales success - SKODA increases production of Fabia and Rapid Spaceback

ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz
ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
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Sales success: ŠKODA increases production of Fabia
and Rapid Spaceback

› ŠKODA Mladá Boleslav plant now running in three shifts for 24/7 production
of Fabia and Rapid Spaceback
› MBII production line capacity increases from a daily 800 to 1200 vehicles
› 800 new jobs created

Mladá Boleslav, 3 February 2015 – ŠKODA’s new models are doing exceptionally
well. In 2014 the Czech carmaker sold more than one million vehicles for the
first time in a single year. Accordingly, ŠKODA production is now shifting up a
gear: At the main plant in Mladá Boleslav, ŠKODA has recently upped the
manufacturing capacities for the new ŠKODA Fabia and Fabia Combi (estate), as
well as the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback. Up to 1200 of these models now run off
the MBII production line every day in three shifts. Previously, a maximum of
800 vehicles could be produced on a daily basis in two shifts. ŠKODA has
created an additional 800 new jobs to staff the third shift.

“The young ŠKODA model range is doing exceptionally well on the market,” says ŠKODA
Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Production Director. “Our production is at full throttle –
especially at our main plant in Mladá Boleslav. Over the coming years, ŠKODA plans to
increase sales to at least 1.5 million per year. To this end, we will continue to invest in
our domestic and international production capacities.”

The current expansion in production capacities at the MBII line in Mladá Boleslav were
necessary due to the growing success of the Fabia and Rapid Spaceback. ŠKODA had
begun expanding and technologically upgrading key areas of the Fabia production halls in
Mladá Boleslav as early as summer 2014. This was when the new, ultra-modern facility
was finished, enabling the new assistance systems to be configured. The paint shop was
also extended and partially redeveloped.

ŠKODA operates two production lines in Mladá Boleslav: The Fabia, Fabia Combi (estate)
and Rapid Spaceback are manufactured on the MBII line; the Octavia, Octavia Combi
(estate) and Rapid saloon run off the other line. The production capacity currently
stands at 1200 cars per day.

By expanding their production capacities at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav, the Czech
manufacturer is once again demonstrating their importance as an employer and major
industrial investor in the Czech Republic. Since 1991, ŠKODA has invested more than
280 billion Czech Crowns into the manufacturing processes and factories at the locations
of Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí. In 2014, the respective investments totalled 362
million euros. Last autumn, ŠKODA and the Volkswagen Group invested 45 million euros

ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz
ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
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alone in the newly opened ŠKODA Engine Centre – one of the largest industrial
investments of recent years in the Czech Republic.

The Fabia’s market launch was extremely successful. The small car is setting standards in
its segment, and has won a number of international awards; in the Czech Republic, the
new ŠKODA Fabia was voted ‘Car of the year 2015’. In the UK, the model received the
renowned title ‘What Car? Car of the Year 2015’. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback has also
taken the consumer market by storm. In 2014 sales of the Rapid Spaceback increased
nine fold over the previous year, with a total of 72,000 sold around the world (2013:
8000). The brand’s first compact hatchback model offers fresh-dynamic designs, lots of
room, a host of ‘Simply Clever’ ideas, the highest safety, low fuel consumption and is
great value for money.

For more information:
Jozef Baláž, David Šikula,
Head of Corporate Communications Corporate Communications
P +420 326 811 773 P +420 326 811 771
jozef.balaz@skoda-auto.cz david.sikula@skoda-auto.cz

Media image:

ŠKODA increases production of Fabia and Rapid
Spaceback
Up to 1200 of these models now run off the MBII
production line every day in three shifts. Previously,
a maximum of 800 vehicles could be produced on a
daily basis in two shifts. ŠKODA has created an
additional 800 new jobs to staff the third shift.

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ŠKODA AUTO
› is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. In 1895, the Czech
headquarters in Mladá Boleslav began producing bicycles, followed by the production of motorbikes and
cars.
› currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and
Superb.
› in 2014 delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers worldwide for the first time in a single year.
› has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The VW Group is one of the most successful automotive groups
in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and develops vehicles,
as well as components, engines and gear transmissions.
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly
through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 25,800 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.