One of the oldest automakers in the business, Skoda has been making cars since 1905.
Skoda is celebrating the landmark achievement of 20 million vehicles built, 133 years after it was first established in what was then the kingdom of Bohemia. Started in 1895 as Laurin & Klement, named after its founding members, Skoda initially built bicycles before entering the automotive industry in 1905 with the Voiturette A.
Built at the company's Kvasiny plant, the 20 millionth car, a Karoq small SUV, represents the company’s newest model and will go on sale towards the end of next month.
Skoda greatly increased its production capacity beginning with the 1990s when the company was acquired by the Volkswagen Group. At the end of 1991, shortly after becoming a member of the VW family, Skoda reached the five million cars milestone and only needed 15 years to double that number by hitting 10m vehicles on 13 July 2006. On Tuesday 26 September 2017, the total production number was doubled once again.
Another significant achievement was at the end of 2014 when for the first time in the company’s existence, annual production hit 1m cars, an amazing performance considering in 1991 it only made 172,074 cars. 2016 was the busiest year ever for Skoda as it had to deliver no less than 1.1m vehicles. In the VW era, Skoda has built more than 15m vehicles.
By far the brand’s most popular model of all time is the Octavia, with more than 5.6m units sold so far since the debut of the modern version in 1996. The second place goes to the Fabia supermini with 4m cars, while in third is the defunct Felicia with 1.4m units. The flagship Superb will soon grab the third spot as production has already surpassed the 1m mark.
As far as the future is concerned, Skoda is planning to add more models to its lineup and it will focus primarily on crossovers and EVs as previewed by its Vision E concept.
Gallery: 2018 Skoda Karoq enters production
ŠKODA AUTO REACHES MILESTONE OF 20 MILLION CARS PRODUCED
- The milestone vehicle, a ŠKODA KAROQ, rolled off the production line at the Kvasiny plant
- In 1905, car production started in Mladá Boleslav with the Laurin & Klement Voiturette A
- The new ŠKODA KAROQ will be launched onto the markets from the end of October 2017
Mladá Boleslav / Kvasiny, 27 September 2017 – At the ŠKODA AUTO Kvasiny plant, the company’s 20 millionth vehicle rolled off the production line. The milestone vehicle is the ŠKODA KAROQ. The current production milestone underlines ŠKODA AUTO’s successful growth strategy. Company’s development has been exemplary, particularly since becoming part of Volkswagen Group in 1991.
"Producing 20 million cars is a tremendous milestone in our company's history," says ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier. "We are aiming for another production and sales record this year. The basis for this is our Strategy 2025, which will sustainably prepare ŠKODA AUTO for the processes of change in society and the automotive industry."
"We have 20 million reasons to be proud," says ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics, adding: "This achievement highlights the performance of our Czech and international manufacturing sites and the expertise of our team."
ŠKODA AUTO is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world. As early as 1905, the company started car production in Mladá Boleslav with the Voiturette A that had been developed by the company founders Laurin and Klement. Since then, ŠKODA AUTO has produced 20 million vehicles at its Czech and international plants. Then, as now, mobility is at a historical turning point. At the beginning of the 20th century, the triumph of the automobile over other forms of individual transport became apparent and, a little later, mass motorisation started. Today, the automotive industry is facing radical change too. It is characterised by the core topics of electromobility, autonomous driving and connectivity in particular.
With the 2025 Strategy, the long-established Czech brand is very well prepared for these challenges. ŠKODA AUTO is vigorously pressing ahead with the electrification of its model range and will offer five purely electric models in various segments by 2025. With the ŠKODA VISION E the manufacturer presented its vision of electric and autonomous driving at the IAA in Frankfurt.
Rise to become a high-volume brand again
ŠKODA AUTO’s development has been exemplary, particularly since becoming part of Volkswagen Group 26 years ago. Since then, the company has rapidly risen to again become an internationally successful high-volume brand that currently offers seven model ranges and more than 40 model variants.
As part of its growth strategy, ŠKODA AUTO utilises an international and efficient production network. At present, ŠKODA vehicles are manufactured at a total of 15 sites in eight countries. In recent years, the Czech car manufacturer has further expanded its production capacity. To this end, the brand has invested more than 300 million Czech korunas in production processes and factories in the Czech Republic alone since 1991.
In 2014, ŠKODA produced more than one million vehicles in a calendar year for the first time. In December 2016, the 19 millionth vehicle of the long-established Czech brand rolled off the production line at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav.
In the coming years, ŠKODA AUTO will continue its growth strategy. The growth strategy is currently driven by the SUV campaign that was started last year. The latest coup is the new ŠKODA KAROQ, which will set new benchmarks in the dynamically growing SUV segment. The market launch will start at the end of October 2017. The ŠKODA SUV model range also includes the ŠKODA KODIAQ, which celebrated its launch in February of this year.
Selected milestones in ŠKODA AUTO* production:
- 1991: 5 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
- 13 July 2006: 10 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
- 8 April 2009: 12 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
- 12 October 2011: 10 million ŠKODA vehicles from the Mladá Boleslav plant
- 30 January 2012: 14 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
- 5 February 2013: 15 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
- 9 July 2013: 1 million ŠKODA vehicles in China since 2007
- 26 August 2013: 4 million ŠKODA OCTAVIAs
- 19 March 2014: 11 million ŠKODA vehicles from the Mladá Boleslav plant
- 10 December 2014: ŠKODA AUTO production reaches 1 million vehicles in 2014 and thus 1 million units in a year for the first time
- 24 November 2015: 12 million ŠKODA vehicles from the Mladá Boleslav plant
- 19 January 2016: 18 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
- 19 December 2016: 19 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
- 26 September 2017: 20 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
*production figures including L&K cars