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Van mreže KarlheinzTopic starter

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« Odgovor #390 poslato: Jun 21, 2016, 06:10:22 posle podne »

ŠKODA strengthens future competence with new field of ‘Digitisation’

​› ŠKODA strengthening activities in areas of ‘Company-wide digitization’, ‘Connectivity/Connected Car’ and ‘Future Mobility Concepts’
› Digitisation plays key role in every area of ŠKODA Strategy 2025
› Digitisation will soon integrate all company departments as cross-function

​Mladá Boleslav, 21 June 2016 – ŠKODA is strengthening the organisation with the new field of ‘Digitisation’. In doing so, the Czech car maker is creating an important prerequisite to generate the solutions in response to technological change. Under the topic of digitisation, the main tasks include developing new products and mobility services. In addition, the field will strengthen the entire company in preparation for digital transformation.

​“For decades, innovations in digital technology have been setting the pace in many areas of our lives and our industry,” says ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier. “This development is happening with such force and penetration that it dwarfs everything the industry has experienced in the past. The car is only a part of the broader revolution. By utilizing innovative technologies we will make our customers’ lives on the road easier, more effective and more interesting.”

Digitisation is a key action point under ŠKODA’s recently announced Strategy 2025. As a cross-function, this will involve all areas of the company - from the education and training of the workforce, vehicle development with the aid of modern virtual reality and 3D technologies, to car production according to guiding principle of industry 4.0. In the future, digitisation will have an increasingly strong influence on ŠKODA’s traditional business sector of automobile manufacturing.

ŠKODA’s CEO Bernhard Maier explains the implications of digitisation on the automotive industry by analogy with the evolution of the telephone: “Its invention meant a revolution for humanity because it would allow real-time voice communication over long distances. There are more telephones now than ever before. However, their nature and uses have completely changed. For the telecommunications industry, that meant completely transforming their business model. The automotive industry is awaiting a similar transformation.”
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« Odgovor #391 poslato: Jun 23, 2016, 07:19:25 posle podne »

ŠKODA ATERO: Now the third ‘Trainee Car’ from Mladá Boleslav

​› Trainee project demonstrates high quality of ŠKODA’s vocational training
› Sporty design, 18-inch wheels and 1800-Watt audio system
› Technical design based on ŠKODA RAPID Spaceback
› Previous trainee cars include ŠKODA CITIJET and ŠKODA FUNSTAR

​Mladá Boleslav, 23 June – ŠKODA CITIJET, ŠKODA FUNSTAR and now the ŠKODA ATERO – this is the third year ŠKODA’s vocational trainees have built their own unique dream car.  The new 'Trainee Car' – a compact coupé – once again proves the skill of the young people studying at the ŠKODA Academy.  The trainees present the process of constructing their unique ŠKODA ATERO in a video.

​“As with the last two projects, I am again very proud of our vocational students, of their commitment and expertise,” says Bohdan Wojnar, ŠKODA Board Member for Human Resources. “We would like to thank everyone who has supported this project.” ŠKODA Board Member for Production, Michael Oeljeklaus, adds, “The first two trainee cars have already demonstrated what our students are capable of. The ŠKODA ATERO as an emotive and unique automobile is no exception.”

By building this unique, roadworthy model, ŠKODA continues a fledgling tradition. The 'Trainee Car' project is all about promoting the students’ skill and creativity. In 2014 the apprentice team put the ultra-compact convertible on the road. This was followed in 2015 by the FUNSTAR Pick-up.

The ŠKODA CITIJET is a city convertible, based on the ŠKODA Citigo. The exterior is painted blue and white; the 16-inch alloy wheels in blue.  A spoiler and two exhaust pipes accentuate the rear. Under the bonnet there is a 1.0 MPI petrol engine with 55 kW (75 HP) output. The interior includes leather covers on the steering wheel, handbrake and gear stick; the seat upholstery and floor mats have their own unique textile design. The dashboard is finished in red and white. The interior features blue LED lighting, which even responds to the 300-Watt sound system.

The ŠKODA FUNSTAR is a compact pickup based on the ŠKODA Fabia. It is painted in the metallic colours ‘steel-grey’ and ‘moon-white’; the sills, radiator trim and rear spoiler are in reflex-green. The headlights and the rear lights shine with LED technology; green LED light strips put a distinctive edge on the daytime running lights. The interior also features steel-grey and moon-white design elements. In addition, the one-off model has a sports steering wheel and a 1400-Watt sound system. The ŠKODA FUNSTAR rolls up on 18-inch wheels from the Octavia RS. The engine is a 1.2 TSI with 90 kW, coupled with a 7-speed DSG gearbox.

The ŠKODA ATERO – the brand’s third and most elaborate ‘Trainee Car’ to date – is a 4.3-metre-long, two-door coupé. Its design is based loosely on the ŠKODA RAPID Spaceback. The B-pillars have been offset to the rear, the C-pillars have a stronger incline; the roof slopes towards the back sooner, and the window edge has moved up behind the doors. The headlights feature LED technology, the front bumper houses a large air intake, and the exhaust system has been borrowed from ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS. The ŠKODA ATERO bodywork is finished in black-magic metallic with strongly contrasting design elements in red.

A 1.4 TSI with 92 kW (125 hp) and a 7-speed DSG form the drive unit. The 18-inch wheels borrowed from ŠKODA OCTAVIA are painted black and finished with red stripes. On the front axle there are internally ventilated perforated brake discs. The interior features LED ambient lighting and additional highlights to complete the sports look. A 1,800-Watt audio amplifier controls the vehicle’s 14 speakers.

Work on the ŠKODA ATERO took about half a year to complete. The 26-member team from the ŠKODA Vocational School in Mladá Boleslav – 4 young women and 22 young men – developed and implemented the concept with support from their instructors and department representatives from Technical Development, Design, and production. The project gave the trainees the opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge into practice, and also to plan and work alongside experts throughout the company.

ŠKODA has been demonstrating the high quality of the vocational training with the ‘Trainee Car’ project for the last three years. The ŠKODA Vocational School offers young people three- or four-year training courses in technical subjects, graduating with a certificate of apprenticeship or diploma.  After successful completion, all graduates receive a job offer from ŠKODA. Currently, just under 900 trainees are enrolled on 14 full-time training programmes, of which 14 percent are women. Around 100 employees are currently studying on postgraduate programmes.
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Van mreže KarlheinzTopic starter

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« Odgovor #392 poslato: Jul 07, 2016, 08:05:48 pre podne »

ŠKODA is beginning its SUV campaign with the ŠKODA KODIAQ

​› With the ŠKODA KODIAQ, the brand reaches a new milestone
› ŠKODA transfers its distinctive new design language into the SUV segment
› Largest boot capacity within its class
› Adjustable rear seats as standard, third row of seats as an optional extra
› Latest technology for infotainment, connectivity and assistance systems
› Three TSI and two TDI engines, Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) as well as
› off-road mode for the 4×4 variants as optional extras

​Mladá Boleslav/Skodje, 7 July 2016 – ŠKODA is beginning its major SUV campaign with the ŠKODA KODIAQ. The 4.70-m-long SUV is a real all-rounder. It offers the largest boot capacity within its class. With the optional third row of seats, it has yet another unique selling point in the segment. The ŠKODA KODIAQ represents all of the brand’s strengths – expressive design, a high degree of functionality and many ‘Simply Clever’ features. With the ŠKODA KODIAQ, which will go on sale at the beginning of 2017, new emphasis is being placed on infotainment, assistance systems and connectivity.

With the ŠKODA KODIAQ, ŠKODA is entering a new market segment that is growing quickly across the world – the large SUV class. With this campaign, the company wants to engage new customer groups, increase its market shares and further strengthen its position in international markets. The ŠKODA KODIAQ demonstrates where ŠKODA stands today, and it also points to the future – with a variety of new technology and future-oriented features in terms of connectivity, including mobile online services for the best information and safety.

“Our new ŠKODA KODIAQ SUV is a great all-rounder,” said ŠKODA CEO, Bernhard Maier. “It combines an active sense of vitality with the brand’s classic qualities – a high degree of functionality and an outstanding amount of space. As always, in the design process we have focused on offering a little bit more car, and as a result, the best vehicle in the segment. In addition, with its emotive design, the ŠKODA KODIAQ is a strong presence on the road.”

Full of character: transfer of design language into the SUV segment

Even at first glance, the ŠKODA KODIAQ is a true ŠKODA: with a design that is full of character and emotion, and thereby brings the brand’s new design language into the SUV segment. In day-to-day use, it offers a variety of qualities for family, leisure and business. Whether as a five- or seven-seater, the ŠKODA KODIAQ has plenty of space for everyone and everything. In addition, with a capacity of up to 2,065 litres, the five-seater boasts the largest boot within its class. The longitudinally adjustable rear seats come as standard, the backrests can be tilted as required. Ease of use, excellent workmanship and the ‘Simply Clever’ philosophy are ŠKODA’s defining characteristics. The ŠKODA KODIAQ introduces new and extraordinary concepts, including plastic door-edge protection that deploys automatically to avoid damaging the vehicle in garages or car parks. There is an electric child safety lock for the youngest passengers as well as a sleep comfort package with special headrests for long trips.

At the top of the segment: connectivity solutions

With innovative connectivity solutions, the ŠKODA KODIAQ is at the top end of its segment. The infotainment elements originate from Volkswagen Group’s second-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix. They offer numerous functions and interfaces, and are all equipped with capacitive touchscreens. The top-of-the-range Columbus and Amundsen systems come with a WiFi hotspot. As an optional extra, there is an LTE module for the Columbus system – it establishes an Internet connection using the fastest mobile communications standard currently available. Passengers can use this to browse online and send emails using their mobile phones and tablets to their hearts’ content.

The new mobile online services from ŠKODA are compatible with LTE, and are divided into two categories: the Infotainment Online services provide information and navigation, and the Care Connect services provide breakdown and emergency assistance. The eCall emergency button, which will be required for all new cars in Europe from 2018, is already now part of the Care Connect service. Other online services run via the ŠKODA Connect app. They can be used to check, configure and find a car from afar via a smartphone.

The ŠKODA KODIAQ reaches a new level when it comes to the intelligent pairing of car and smartphone. The SmartLink platform, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLinkTM and SmartGate, is optional for the entry-level Swing infotainment system. SmartLink is a standard feature for more advanced infotainment systems. The Phonebox with inductive charging connects the smartphone to the roof aerial and charges it wirelessly.

Reliable support: driver assistance systems

In the ŠKODA KODIAQ, a wide range of driving assistance systems is available. The Area View cameras, new for ŠKODA, display the car’s immediate surroundings on the monitor. When a trailer is attached to the large SUV, the Tow Assist system takes over manoeuvring when reversing slowly. The new predictive pedestrian protection function complements Front Assist. Parking Distance Control with braking function, also new, provides support with parking manoeuvres – the ŠKODA KODIAQ brakes automatically as soon as it detects an obstacle.

Furthermore, additional driver assistance systems are available for the ŠKODA KODIAQ. They keep the car at a safe distance from vehicles in front, make it easier for the driver to change and stay in lane, alert the driver to important traffic signs and assist when parking.

Powerful and agile: engines and chassis

When the ŠKODA KODIAQ launches at the beginning of 2017, there will be a choice of five engines: two TDIs and three TSIs. The most powerful petrol engine, the 2.0-litre TSI, provides dynamic driving performance with a power output of 132 kW (180 PS); it works just as efficiently as a lower capacity powertrain thanks to a newly developed combustion process. The high proportion of high-strength steel in the body makes the ŠKODA KODIAQ unusually lightweight – another important factor in its efficiency.

A range of technology is available for the transmission – six-speed manual gearbox, DSG transmission, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The large SUV from the Czech Republic negotiates all types of streets in a balanced and comfortable, yet dynamic and nimble way. The driving experience becomes even more appealing when the car features Driving Mode Select and the new Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC). Using these, operation of the steering, accelerator, DSG transmission and suspension can be configured in multiple modes.

The new ŠKODA KODIAQ feels equally at home on rough terrain. Upon reaching the end of the road, the off-road mode supports the driver when using four-wheel drive. At the touch of a button, all the relevant systems – engine management, assistance systems, electronic chassis systems, such as ABS and ESC, as well as the suspension if combined with the optional DCC – automatically adjust to off-road conditions.
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« Odgovor #393 poslato: Jul 27, 2016, 06:36:20 posle podne »

Global Success: 2000 ŠKODA Dealerships in New Corporate Design

​› Doğuş Oto Maslak in Istanbul becomes ŠKODA’s 2000th dealership worldwide to be unveiled in new corporate design
› Modern car dealership architecture puts the customer at the centre and the current model range in the limelight

​Mladá Boleslav, 12 July 2016 – The global rebranding of all ŠKODA dealerships is in full swing. Just six months after the 1500th, the 2000th ŠKODA car dealership has now opened in the Czech carmaker’s new corporate design in Istanbul. By the end of 2016, more than 80% of the nearly 3200 ŠKODA dealerships around the world will have switched over to the new look.

Bright, contemporary, customer-friendly: As the 2000th sales location in the world, the ŠKODA dealership Doğuş Oto Maslak in Istanbul has introduced the brand’s new corporate design. With a display area of 435 square meters, the dealership is one of the largest in Turkey. In addition, Doğuş Oto Maslak boasts a comprehensive range of services. As with all ŠKODA partners who have already switched to the new brand identity, visitors will benefit from the welcoming, bright and friendly atmosphere and spacious layout of the showroom.

Recent feedback about the modernized establishments proves that the new design has been very well received. Many car dealerships with the new corporate design are pleased with the sales growth in the areas of new and used vehicles, servicing, accessories, and original parts. The new look is also expected to have an effect on customer satisfaction.
Currently, ŠKODA partners in 42 countries gleam in the company’s modern dealership architecture, including many in China, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. In several countries, such as the Czech Republic, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia and Hungary the redesign has been completely implemented. In Germany – the second largest single market after China –almost all of the approximately 580 sales outlets will have finalized the new visual layout by the end of the year.

Personal, direct and open communication with the customer is at the centre of the new showroom concept. This is reflected in the overall look of the establishments that are designed to be inviting and transparent both outside and in. In achieving the best possible clarity, the architects’ motto was: reduction to the essentials for the customer. The design is based on simple shapes, the ŠKODA-brand colours of elegant white and fresh green, and a modern lighting concept. Recognizable elements provide clear orientation. In terms of extended customer care, sales and service have been linked together more closely through redesigning the car dealerships and optimizing company structures and sales processes. 19% of ŠKODA’s dealerships have been completely rebuilt, and almost half of those are in new locations.

The new showroom corporate identity is an important pillar supporting ŠKODA’s strategy. Over the last few years, the company has implemented the largest model campaign in its 121-year history; the most recent highlight being the introduction of the new ŠKODA SUPERB. ŠKODA is preparing the next big event in the current product campaign: Later this year, the brand will be bringing out a large SUV model – the ŠKODA KODIAQ.
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« Odgovor #394 poslato: Jul 27, 2016, 06:37:54 posle podne »

Factory holiday: ŠKODA Modernizing and Expanding Czech Production Sites

​› ŠKODA using the three-week factory holiday in July to service and optimize production facilities
› ŠKODA plants in Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí preparing for upcoming projects
› Numerous projects in place for new ŠKODA KODIAQ roll-out, new press line operation start and other modernization work
› Car- and component-production capacities to be significantly expanded
› 1,000 ŠKODA employees and external service providers involved in maintenance and optimization work

​Mladá Boleslav, 13 July 2016 – ŠKODA AUTO is making the most of the production downtime in July to carry out extensive maintenance and modernization of their three Czech production sites. More than eighty production shops covering almost five hundred workstations at the Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí plants will be serviced. The focus will be on getting ready for the ŠKODA KODIAQ start of production in Kvasiny, installing a new press line at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav, and optimizing several processes at the high-tech Vrchlabí plant. The factory holiday started on 4 July and will last until 22 July 2016 depending on the production site.

ŠKODA is using the factory holiday to carry out a number of modernization and refurbishment projects: The forthcoming ŠKODA KODIAQ rollout is the focus of the activities at the Kvasiny plant. In Mladá Boleslav, work continues on the new PXL 2 hydraulic press line, which is set to start operation at the end of 2016. The highly energy-efficient press line will be the first to produce large aluminium stampings. Also, at the brand’s home plant, the automatic miniload warehouse (AKL) is being expanded to make the logistics processes even more efficient and flexible in view of the ever-growing variety of products. In addition, optimization activities will concentrate on the robotic automation of the production processes along with the preparations for boosting digital manufacturing in line with Industry 4.0.

At the same time, ŠKODA will be expanding their car and component production capacities thanks to the targeted elimination of existing bottlenecks. At the plants in Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny the production volume is 3,000 cars per day. In Vrchlabí, where the DQ-200 dual-clutch gearbox is manufactured, the daily production capacity is 2,000 units; while in Mladá Boleslav, up to 3,000 manual transmissions and over 2,000 engines are produced every day. ŠKODA has brought in approximately 1,000 employees and external service suppliers to complete the projects during the factory downtime.

In the Czech Republic, ŠKODA AUTO records an annual production of more than 650,000 cars and employs around 25,500 people. Expanding the model range and raising production capacities have allowed ŠKODA to create numerous job opportunities. In Kvasiny alone, where nearly 280,000 cars are produced every year, 2,000 new positions are going to be created recently.
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« Odgovor #395 poslato: Jul 27, 2016, 06:39:19 posle podne »

World’s Best ŠKODA Specialists Awarded

​› International winners of the 'ŠKODA Challenge' announced
› Sixth year of ŠKODA Awards: 165 finalists from 30 countries
› Top performance in service technology, service consultation, diagnostics, inventory management, importer representation, sales advice and paintwork

​Mladá Boleslav, 14 July 2016 – The winners of the '6th ŠKODA Challenge' have been announced: ŠKODA’s best dealer employees this year come from Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, Latvia, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic and Hungary. 165 service experts from 30 countries took part in the two-day final contest held in the Czech Republic.
​​“I would like to congratulate all the participants in the 'ŠKODA Challenge 2016' and especially the winners,” says Roman Havlásek, Head of ŠKODA Aftersales. “They represent the expertise and outstanding commitment of the members of ŠKODA network around the world,” said Havlásek, adding, “Having highly qualified ŠKODA dealerships and service partners is essential for the international success of the ŠKODA brand.”

165 specialists from 30 countries attended the two-day final contest in Prague and visited ŠKODA’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. The final round involved theoretical and practical tasks. The best service technician, service advisor, diagnostic technician, refinisher, warehouse manager, retailer, importer representative and the members of the best teams from the Czech Republic were selected. All finalists had qualified beforehand in national qualifying rounds for the final tournament in the Czech Republic.

Zdeněk Pazderka from the Czech Republic won the award for best ŠKODA service advisor. Out of all service technicians, David Grávalos from Spain prevailed. The best refinisher was Egīls Žizenis from Latvia; best diagnostic technician Henrik Svane from Denmark. The best team came from the Czech Republic, and the best importer representative was Thomas Stockinger from Austria. The best sales advisor was Zsolt Jandó from Hungary. And number one in the field of ŠKODA warehouse management was Jánoš Bertók from Hungary.

ŠKODA is continuously investing in the skills and qualification of the partners. In some cases, this includes comprehensive training programmes at the ŠKODA Service Training Centre in Mladá Boleslav. The ŠKODA Service Training Centre combines technical and business training. The overall objective is to keep the necessary expertise of ŠKODA service workshops at the same high level around the world in order to achieve maximum customer satisfaction.
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ŠKODA Second Time Most Dependable Car Brand in Great Britain

​› ŠKODA dominates overall ranking in J.D.Power study for second consecutive time
› The Czech car manufacturer surpasses the second one by 13 points
› ŠKODA FABIA and ŠKODA YETI receive highest accolades in respective classes
› Survey conducted among 13,000 owners of one to three years old vehicles in Great Britain

​Mladá Boleslav, 18 July 2016 – ŠKODA is again the most dependable car brand in Great Britain. The result was confirmed for a second consecutive time by the J.D.Power market research company‘s 2016 study. Moreover, ŠKODA YETI and ŠKODA FABIA top the ranking in their segments.

​The renowned ‘J.D. Power UK Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS)’ took place for a second time in 2016. The study focuses on cars registered by their owners between the years 2013 and 2015, which means the vehicles are now 12 to 36 months old. J.D. Power collected responses from more than 13,000 original car owners around Great Britain, inquiring about problems they had experienced with their vehicles in the past 12 months. J.D. Power examined 177 problem symptoms divided into eight categories including engine and transmission; vehicle exterior; driving experience; displays and controls; infotainment; seats; air conditioning and vehicle interior.

Ranking of the VDS study is determined by the number of problems specified per 100 vehicles, with a lower score reflecting higher quality. With only 66 points ŠKODA leads the ranking, surpassing the runner-up by 13 points. The Czech car manufacturer thus beats its own result from last year by 11 points. The overall average for all participating brands is 113 points.

In addition, excellent quality of the ŠKODA cars convinced also owners in individual car segments. ŠKODA FABIA received the highest award in the small car segment while ŠKODA YETI dominated the compact SUV category. ŠKODA OCTAVIA rounded off the overall result for the brand with second place among compact cars. Second largest sales market in Western Europe and fourth largest market in the world, the British Isles are of key importance for ŠKODA.
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ŠKODA designs glass trophies for the winners of the Tour de France

​› Crystal glass sculptures for the winners of the Tour de France are reminiscent of the company’s beginnings 121 years ago
› The trophies will be handed over to the winners in Paris on 24th July
› This is ŠKODA’s 13th year of sponsoring the Tour de France and second time as official partner of the green jersey for the leader of the points classification
› As sponsor of arguably the toughest cycling race in the world, ŠKODA also provides the official ‘Red Car’ as well as 250 escort vehicles

​Mladá Boleslav, 19 July 2016 – The Tour de France is the highlight of the cycling season. This year marks ŠKODA’s 13th time as official partner and vehicle partner of arguably the toughest cycling race in the world. Furthermore, the trophies that will be presented to the winners of this year’s Tour de France in Paris on 24th July were also designed by a team from the Czech brand and are masterpieces of Czech glass art. In their work, the ŠKODA designers were inspired by the shape of a bicycle wheel – paying tribute to the company’s origins in the manufacture of bicycles, 121 years ago.

​The Tour de France’s 21 stages cover more than 3,519 kilometres and 28 climbs through ‘La Grande Nation’. The winners’ presentation takes place on 24th July on the Champs-Élysées – as well as the overall winner in the yellow jersey, the winner of the points classification in green, the best young rider in white as well as the best climber in the polka-dot jersey are also given the opportunity to celebrate in front of millions of cycling fans and can proudly raise their winner’s trophies into the Parisian sky. ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier will take part in the ceremony.

The exclusive sculptures – designed by ŠKODA and made in the Czech Republic – were manufactured by the prestigious Czech company Lasvit. The 60-centimetre-high trophies, each weighing four kilograms, impress with their emotive shape that skilfully captures the shape of a wheel. In doing so, the designers pay homage to the beginnings of the ŠKODA brand: in 1895, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement founded a bicycle factory in the Bohemian town of Mladá Boleslav, the headquarters of the brand. Just ten years later, the ‘Voiturette A’ was the first automobile to roll out of the young company’s workshop.

Just as in 2015, the trophy for the winner of the green jersey (points classification) is crafted from green glass. Background: ŠKODA once again takes centre stage as the partner of the green jersey for this year’s Tour de France. Furthermore, the company is the official partner and vehicle partner of the Tour de France for the 13th time.

The awarding of trophies to this year’s Tour winners is the culmination of ŠKODA’s continued close involvement with the Tour de France. One highlight is the new ŠKODA SUPERB which again serves as the official ‘Red Car’ at the front of the race. The brand’s formidable presence at the Tour de France is further enhanced by a large ŠKODA vehicle fleet. ŠKODA provides around 250 cars as escort vehicles – mainly the ŠKODA OCTAVIA COMBI and ŠKODA SUPERB.

Cycling is a key pillar of ŠKODA’s sponsorship strategy. As well as the Tour de France and the Spanish cycling tour (‘La Vuelta’), the car manufacturer supports other international cycling races, as well as numerous national and international events in grass-roots cycling. The brand’s cycling presence underlines the special relationship it has with bicycles. The car manufacturer’s founding fathers, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, started the company’s 121-year-long success story by building bicycles.
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ŠKODA KODIAQ Leading Field to Finish at Tour de France

​› ŠKODA SUV to make guest appearance at final stage in Paris
› New red, grey and black camouflage
› ŠKODA thirteenth time official sponsor of Tour de France
› ŠKODA SUPERB leading the racing field as Red Car; ŠKODA provided 250 organisational and support vehicles as well as more than 50 team cars

​Mladá Boleslav/Paris, 21 July 2016 – ŠKODA KODIAQ is getting ready for a guest appearance at this year‘s Tour de France grand finale. The new SUV by ŠKODA is set to lead the racers through the legendary Paris boulevard of Champs-Elysées to the finishing line at the race‘s concluding stage next Sunday.

​ŠKODA KODIAQ is currently in intense preparations for its appearance in the last stage of the Tour de France from Chantilly to Paris. Sporting a new image, the car is going to lead the pack along the legendary Champs-Elysées boulevard to the finish. And it will be carrying a truly prominent driver behind the steering wheel: the Irish former professional road racing cyclist Stephen Roche, winner of the Tour from 1987 and ŠKODA brand ambassador.

First photos of the new ŠKODA KODIAQ published by the Mladá Boleslav car manufacturer present the new SUV covered in white, grey and black camouflage. The red, grey and black edges of the new camouflage style inspired by ŠKODA‘s new design language and introduced together with three-dimensional elements had been designed and manufactured exclusively for the special appearance. Around 14.000 facets featured on the vehicle in total hint at the contours and character of the ŠKODA SUV boasting typical all-rounder qualities. It took four specialists 120 hours to apply close to 21 m2 of foil on the new ŠKODA KODIAQ, adjusting it visually to the Tour‘s Red Car, the ŠKODA SUPERB in the shade Corrida Red. The Red Car serves as a mobile control centre of the Tour de France and is used by the race Director Christian Prudhomme. 

ŠKODA KODIAQ will make its run at the Tour de France still in disguise only to show itself to the world for the first time during its Berlin premiere on 1 September. A few weeks later it will be introduced at the Paris Motor Show. ŠKODA KODIAQ launches the Czech car maker‘s model offensive in the SUV segment. The KODIAQ is an embodiment of all the virtues typical of the brand, including a distinct design full of character as well as exceptional spaciousness of the interior, high degree of functionality and Simply Clever solutions.

With 4.7 metres in length the all-round SUV offers the largest boot space in its class and a customizable third row of seats. Extensive connectivity options, modern driver assist systems and future oriented infotainment are among the many highlights of the new ŠKODA KODIAQ, which will go on sale in early 2017.
The name ŠKODA KODIAQ originates from the species of Kodiak bears living on the eponymous island on the south coast of Alaska. Size, strength, sense of family and outdoor skills are character qualities shared by both the bears and the SUV by ŠKODA.

ŠKODA is supporting the Tour de France for thirteenth consecutive time as official partner. In addition, the brand is once again the sponsor of the Green Jersey worn by the leader of the point classification. At the same time, ŠKODA is the official vehicle partner of the race, providing a total of 250 cars as organizational and support vehicles as well as more than 50 team cars this year. During its almost three-week service the ŠKODA fleet will cover around 2.8 million kilometres. The 103rd Tour de France will take the riders over 3,519 kilometres in 21 stages.

Cycling holds special significance for ŠKODA, as it literally runs in the company’s blood. 121 years ago in Mladá Boleslav the company‘s founding fathers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement started with the construction of bicycles. At present Tour de France forms the peak of ŠKODA‘s extensive sponsorship activities.
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J.D. Power Study: ŠKODA clinches double victory for highest customer satisfaction

​› ŠKODA FABIA and ŠKODA SUPERB awarded in J.D. Power Study as best models in small car and mid-class segments in Germany
› Second consecutive win for the ŠKODA FABIA
› More than 15,000 motorists respond to survey on quality, reliability, appeal and running costs of their own vehicle

​Mladá Boleslav, 21 July 2016 – Voted by German motorists: ŠKODA FABIA and ŠKODA SUPERB have the most satisfied car owners in the small-car and mid-class categories. This is the result of the latest Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) by market research institute J.D. Power. More than 15,000 participants were asked about the reliability of their own vehicle in the most comprehensive motorist survey in Germany. This is the second consecutive win for the ŠKODA FABIA - the small car was also number one last year.

​The J.D. Power Study covers five vehicle classes. ŠKODA was the only brand to receive two prizes in this year’s Vehicle Dependability Study. The ŠKODA SUPERB won the mid-class category. Above all, the respondents appreciated the car’s generous space: The brand’s flagship has the largest interior and boot in its segment. In addition, the ŠKODA SUPERB boasts innovative assistance systems, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) as well as the lane-departure warning system Lane Assist, and Traffic Jam Assist.

The ŠKODA FABIA took the lead in the small-car category for the second consecutive year. The vehicle owners were particularly impressed with the car’s infotainment system. Thanks to SmartLink technology, the ŠKODA FABIA allows users to link the car to their smart devices easily. Now in its third generation, the small car features an impressive boot as well as an emotive design.

British motorists also appreciated their ŠKODA cars: The brand was the overall winner in the J.D. Power study in the UK making ŠKODA the most reliable car brand in Great Britain for the second consecutive year. In addition, the ŠKODA FABIA and the ŠKODA YETI led the local ranking in their classes.

As part of the annual J.D. Power study, participants evaluated the model they own in terms of reliability and overall satisfaction. This year, more than 15,000 drivers in Germany participated in the market research institute’s survey. The results were analysed from a total of 68 model ranges produced by 24 manufacturers. The categories evaluated included engine/transmission, body/chassis, driving experience, control elements/displays, infotainment/communications/navigation, seats, climate control and interior.

J.D. Power was established in 1968 by James David Power III, and is today considered one of the most prestigious research institutions in the world.
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Finale of the Tour de France: ŠKODA KODIAQ is first across the finish line

​› The SUV from ŠKODA led the peloton across the finish on the Champs-Élysées
› Stephen Roche, Tour winner in 1987, sat behind the wheel of the ŠKODA KODIAQ
› Stephen Roche: “ŠKODA does a great job at the Tour de France”

​Mladá Boleslav/Paris, 25 July 2016 – The ŠKODA KODIAQ made a strong guest appearance at the finale of the Tour de France: the brand’s new, SUV led the peloton across the finish line in Paris. Stephen Roche, winner of the 1987 Tour, was captivated by the driving performance of the lead car.

​On yesterday’s final stage of the Tour de France, the ŠKODA KODIAQ was first across the finish line. According to former Tour winner Stephen Roche, the brand’s new, SUV cuts a fine figure on the bumpy Champs-Élysées boulevard – he is impressed. “The ŠKODA KODIAQ offers a particularly generous amount of space”, said Roche, who sat behind the wheel of the SUV. “Its ride is very pleasant and the car responds to all your commands with a high degree of precision. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ŠKODA KODIAQ on its Tour debut”, said the Irishman, who acts as a brand ambassador for the Czech car manufacturer.

As the vehicle partner, ŠKODA provided around 250 support and escort vehicles as well as more than 50 team cars. One of those was the ‘Red Car’ – a ŠKODA SUPERB in Corrida Red, which served as official lead car for all 21 stages. In a similar design – with a red, grey and black camouflage car wrap – the ŠKODA KODIAQ led the peloton across the 21st and final stage to the finish in Paris.


Stephen Roche in an interview: “Paris is an electrifying experience”

Mr Roche, you have already experienced the finale of the Tour de France in Paris on multiple occasions – do you still get butterflies when you drive along the Champs-Élysées?
Stephen Roche: Yes, I don’t think that will ever change. This great city, all the people, the cheering – it’s an electrifying experience. It brings back memories from 1987. In cycling, there is nothing better than the finale of the Tour de France in Paris. Here at the finish, all the hard work of the previous three weeks evaporates. You’re just happy to be here.

This year you were able to drive a very special car on the last stage. What was your impression?
Stephen Roche: Throughout the entire Tour, the ‘Red Car’, a ŠKODA SUPERB, has lead the peloton. It’s a great car – spacious, comfortable and easy to drive. But the surprise for me this year was the new ŠKODA KODIAQ SUV. It was the first SUV ever that the A.S.O. has allowed to lead the finale in Paris. This is a special honour for such a great car. The ŠKODA KODIAQ provides an extremely generous amount of space, its ride is very pleasant and the car responds to all your commands with a high degree of precision. It was great fun to drive it.

As a ŠKODA ambassador, how have you found the experience of this year’s Tour?
Stephen Roche: I rode some of the stages in the ŠKODA SUPERB. I also hosted some guest events, cycling together with them and watching the Tour.

What impression has ŠKODA, as sponsor of the Tour de France, made on you?
Stephen Roche: ŠKODA impressed with absolute professionalism. The ŠKODA team comprises of hundreds of people, yet everyone knows exactly what they have to do at all times. They all do a wonderful job – you can just sense the brand’s close connection to cycling and their enthusiasm for it. I would also like to pay the drivers a compliment. It is enormously difficult to support the cyclists in the peloton without disturbing them.

Stephen Roche – a brief profile
He is a living legend: in 1987, Stephen Roche became the first, and so far the only, Irishman to win the Tour de France. At the end of an exciting tour, during which the yellow jersey changed hands nine times, he crossed the finish line with a lead of 40 seconds – he had not overtaken the runner-up Pedro Delgado from Spain until the final time trial. In the same year, Roche also won the Giro d’Italia and UCI Road World Championships. Eddy Merckx is the only other cyclist to win the triple.

The new ŠKODA KODIAQ
The ŠKODA KODIAQ marks the beginning of the Czech brand’s global SUV campaign. It represents all of ŠKODA’s strengths – a distinct design that is full of character, an exceptionally large amount of space, a high level of functionality and the philosophy of the ‘Simply Clever’ features.

At 4.70 metres long, the SUV offers, along with excellent all-round qualities, the largest boot within its vehicle class and an optional third row of seats. Comprehensive connectivity, modern assistance systems and future-orientated infotainment are further highlights of the ŠKODA KODIAQ.

The Czech car manufacturer’s SUV will celebrate its world premiere on 1st September 2016 in Berlin. At the end of September this year, the ŠKODA KODIAQ will visit Paris once again – as a guest at the motor show in the French capital. The market launch will be at the beginning of 2017.

The name KODIAQ refers to the Kodiak bear, who lives on the island of the same name off the southern coast of Alaska. Size, strength, sense of family and outdoor skills – the bear and the new ŠKODA SUV both share common character traits.
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Tour de France winner Christopher Froome raises the ŠKODA crystal glass trophy up into the sky

​› ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier presented the sculpture for the winner of the points classification to Peter Sagan
› ŠKODA was the official sponsor and vehicle partner of the Tour de France for the 13th time and was the partner of the green jersey for the second time
› The new ŠKODA KODIAQ shown to the general public for the first time

​Mladá Boleslav / Paris, 25 July 2016 – After a total of 21 arduous stages, Christopher Froome celebrated winning this year’s Tour de France on Sunday. In front of millions of spectators, the 31-year-old cyclist proudly raised the winner’s trophy – designed by ŠKODA and made of Czech crystal glass – up into the Parisian sky after the finish on the Champs-Élysées.

ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier presented the green glass sculpture for the winner of the points classification in this year’s tour to Peter Sagan. The trophies for the best young rider as well as the best climber in the world’s toughest cycling race were won by Adam Yates and Rafal Majka respectively. This year marks ŠKODA’s 13th year supporting the Tour de France as its official sponsor and vehicle partner. During the last stage, ŠKODA provided another highlight with the public debut of the new ŠKODA KODIAQ. The brand’s large SUV, which was camouflaged in red, grey and black, drove in the support vehicle fleet and completed a total of six laps of honour around the Champs-Élysées.

​Watched by millions of excited cycling fans across the globe, the 103rd Tour de France covered more than 3,500 kilometres through ‘La Grande Nation’ over a three-week period and included 28 climbs, many of which were extremely steep. In keeping with tradition, the finish line was on the magnificent Parisian boulevard. Christopher Froome confidently wore the yellow jersey en route to Paris and his name is therefore now immortalised in the winner’s list of the prestigious cycle race for the third time.

As in the previous year, ŠKODA sponsored the Tour de France’s green jersey for the winner of the points classification, which was awarded to the Slovakian rider Peter Sagan for the fifth consecutive time. All four of the Tour de France jerseys winners’ trophies were designed by ŠKODA and made in the Czech Republic. The unique 60-cm-tall pieces, each weighing four kilograms, were produced by the well-known Czech glassmaker Lasvit in Nový Bor. Their emotive design skilfully captures the shape of a wheel, thereby evoking ŠKODA’s roots – the company’s history began 121 years ago with the manufacture of bicycles.

This year, the brand was constantly leading from the front during the three-week-long Tour de France. The ŠKODA SUPERB carrying the Tour Director, Christian Prudhomme, was once again at the front of the race as the ‘Red Car’ and led the peloton in 21 stages to Paris. Fittingly, the SUPERB hatchback bore the striking Corrida Red paintwork. The panoramic glass roof is one of its most important features and can be opened from the second row of seats at the push of a button – meaning that Tour Director Christian Prudhomme was able to stand upright in the rear with the roof open and had a clear view of the peloton before starting a stage. Furthermore, the SUPERB comes with numerous technical features that make it ideal in its role as the Tour de France’s mobile control centre. The hatchback can, for example, receive several radio channels, allowing the Tour Director to gather information and subsequently issue race- or safety-related instructions.

As the official main sponsor and vehicle partner of the world’s most famous cycling race, the long-established Czech brand also provided 250 escort vehicles as well as more than 50 team cars. The ŠKODA fleet has been the centrepiece of the company’s activities during the Tour de France for many years. The brand’s fleet of cars clocked up approximately 2.8 million kilometres during the three-week-long race and since 2004, the fleet’s overall distance covered in the Tour de France has reached more than 30 million kilometres.

ŠKODA provided a very special highlight during the last stage from Chantilly to Paris. The new ŠKODA KODIAQ was presented to the public for the very first time. The modern SUV, with excellent all-round qualities, will celebrate its exhibition premiere in October at the Paris Motor Show and will make its market debut at the beginning of 2017. The ŠKODA KODIAQ accompanied the highly acclaimed Tour winners on the closely watched last stage of the Tour de France on their way to the Champs-Élysées and cut an impressive figure on the magnificent Parisian boulevard in its red, grey and black camouflage.

The brand’s commitment to cycling demonstrates ŠKODA’s special relationship with bicycles, which marked the beginning of the brand’s history. In 1895 – 121 years ago – Václav Laurin and Václav Klement founded a bicycle factory in the Bohemian town of Mladá Boleslav, now the brand’s headquarters. Just ten years later, the ‘Voiturette A’ was the first motor car to roll out of the young company’s workshop. In 1925, Laurin & Klement merged with ŠKODA.

Nowadays, ŠKODA is involved as the ‘engine of cycling’ at many levels and this year, was the official sponsor and vehicle partner of the Tour de France for the 13th time. In 2016, ŠKODA took centre stage for the second time as the partner of the green jersey, which is worn by the winner of the points classification. As in previous years, ŠKODA also supports the Spanish cycling Tour (‘La Vuelta’).
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ŠKODA KODIAQ Supervising Final Stage at Tour de France

​› Camouflaged SKODA KODIAQ rehearsing on Champs-Elysées home straight
› SUV from Czech Republic at Tour finale in Paris
› Former cycling professional Stephen Roche leads rider field

​Mladá Boleslav/Paris, 24 July 2016 – ŠKODA KODIAQ has been getting familiar with the Tour de France’s home straight in a night-time Paris. In the concluding stage of the race around France the new SUV by ŠKODA takes over the lead of the pack. Behind the steering wheel we will see the former Tour winner Stephen Roche.

​ŠKODA KODIAQ is ready for its Tour de France début. The night before its high-profile appearance ŠKODA was getting familiar with the local conditions, as on the last day of this year’s Tour the new ŠKODA KODIAQ is set to lead the racer field. With a start in Chantilly and finish in Paris, the stage stretches over 113 kilometres.

For its Tour premiere the new SUV by ŠKODA got a brand new camouflage cover in red, grey and black. The special camouflage foil with facets made of crystal-like elements goes matches the look of the Red Car, ŠKODA SUPERB in the shade Corrida Red. The Red Car serves as a mobile control centre of the Tour de France and is used by the race Director Christian Prudhomme.

Behind the steering wheel during the first public appearance of ŠKODA KODIAQ there will be the former cycling professional Stephen Roche. The Irish rider triumphed in the 1987 Tour de France and currently represents the Czech manufacturer as a brand ambassador. 

ŠKODA is supporting the Tour de France for thirteenth consecutive time as the official partner this year. The brand is also the sponsor of the Green Jersey worn by the leader of the points classification for the second time. Simultaneously, ŠKODA acts as the official vehicle partner of the race, providing a total of 250 cars as organizational and support vehicles as well as more than 50 team cars.

ŠKODA KODIAQ is set to make its next appearance in Paris in late September as a guest of the motor show, this time without a camouflage cover. Going on sale in early 2017, the SUV marks the beginning of ŠKODA’s world-wide SUV offensive and will be promoted under the caption ‘Discover new grounds’.

ŠKODA KODIAQ represents all the strengths of the Czech brand, featuring a distinct design full of character, exceptionally spacious interior, high level of functionality and numerous Simply Clever solutions. With 4.7 metres in length the all-round SUV offers the largest boot space in its class and a customizable third row of seats. Other highlights of the new ŠKODA KODIAQ include extensive connectivity options, modern driver assist systems and future oriented infotainment system.
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ŠKODA achieves new sales record in first half of 2016

​› Best first half-year ever: 569,400 deliveries (up 4.6%)
› Best June of all time: 98,800 deliveries (up 4.4%)
› International success: ŠKODA grows in China, Europe and Russia
› Success models: FABIA, SUPERB and YETI double-digit sales increase

​Mladá Boleslav, 27 July 2016 – ŠKODA’s growth continues in the first half of 2016: Between January and June, deliveries to customers worldwide increased 4.6% to 569,400 vehicles (first half of 2015: 544,300). This is a new ŠKODA sales record for the first half of a year. The Czech carmaker delivered 98,800 vehicles in June (up 4.4% compared to June 2015). The positive development in the core markets of China and Europe and the recovery of sales in Russia have contributed as much to the record results as the significant gains of the model series ŠKODA FABIA, SUPERB and YETI.

​“ŠKODA did very well in the first half of the year, and the company’s stable growth continues,” says ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing Werner Eichhorn. “The sales record is the result of an attractive model range and our team’s great performance. The strong sales figures in the first six months give us confidence for the second half of the year.”

In Western Europe, ŠKODA grew in June and the first half of the year. Compared to the same month last year, deliveries increased by 5.3% to 45,000 units (June 2015: 42,700 vehicles). From January to June, the brand’s sales improved by 7.5% to 242,500 vehicles. In Germany, sales increased in this period by 6.9% to 86,500 units. The Czech car manufacturer recorded double-digit growth in June in the Netherlands (1600 vehicles; up 37.3%), France (2600 vehicles; up 21.2%), Great Britain (8500 vehicles; 17.8%), Italy (2000 vehicles; up 27.2%) and Spain where sales increased 31% to 2400 vehicles.

ŠKODA also recorded a significant sales increase in Central Europe. Sales in June increased 13% to 17,200 vehicles (June 2015: 15,300 vehicles). In the first half, ŠKODA sold 96,300 units and achieved an increase of 8.3%. In their home market – the Czech Republic – sales increased 7% to 8200 vehicles in June, and 7.9% to 46,200 units in the first half of the year. In Croatia (500 vehicles; up 18.4%), Poland (5200 vehicles; 21.7%) and Hungary (1000 vehicles, up 30.7%), deliveries increased in double digits.

In Eastern Europe, excluding Russia ŠKODA surpassed the previous June by 12.8% with 3300 vehicles (June 2015: 2900 vehicles). In the first half of the year, the Czech manufacturer even grew in the tight markets (17,000 vehicles; up 6.5%) and the brand’s market share increased by 14.6% to 8.5%. In Russia, ŠKODA recorded an increase of 8.9% (4800 vehicles) compared to the same month last year (June 2015: 4400 vehicles). Between January and June, ŠKODA sold 26,900 vehicles (first half of 2015: 28,000), and the company’s market share increased significantly – by 12.8% to 4.3%. Sales figures also increased in the Baltic countries (500 vehicles; up 3.7%), Bosnia (100 vehicles; up 96.9%), Bulgaria (300 vehicles; up 3.3%), Romania (1000 vehicles; up 32.8%) and Ukraine (300 vehicles, up 202.7%).
 
ŠKODA also surpassed last year’s sales figures in China – the company’s strongest market worldwide: In June, sales climbed by 11.8% (22,400 vehicles). The six-month balance also closed positively with an increase of 5.4% (145,800 vehicles). In addition, ŠKODA recorded growth in New Zealand (100 vehicles; up 12.8%) and Taiwan (400 vehicles; up 46.2%).

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in June 2016 (in units, rounded off, listed by model; +/- in % compared to June 2015):

ŠKODA CITIGO (sold only in Europe: 4000; -8.7 %)
ŠKODA FABIA (19,600; +3.0 %)
ŠKODA RAPID (17,700; +6.2 %)
ŠKODA OCTAVIA (36,000; -5.4 %)
ŠKODA SUPERB (12,600; +108.2 %)
ŠKODA YETI (8900; -0.4 %)

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in the first half of 2016 (in units, rounded off, listed by model; +/- in % compared to the first half of 2015):

ŠKODA CITIGO (sold only in Europe: 20,000; -3.2 %)
ŠKODA FABIA (104,700; +14.0 %)
ŠKODA RAPID (102,600; -5.1 %)
ŠKODA OCTAVIA (219,500; -1.9 %)
ŠKODA SUPERB (70,100; +81.1 %)
ŠKODA YETI (52,400; +11.7 %)
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First Half of 2016: ŠKODA Increases Deliveries, Sales Revenue and Operating Profit

› Best half-year in company history: ŠKODA delivers 569,400 cars to customers (up 4.6%)
› Sales revenue grows by 10.8% to 7.1 billion euros by the end of June
› Operating profit increases to 685 million euros (up 31.2%)
› SUV offensive to further boost growth: ŠKODA KODIAQ on starting line

Mladá Boleslav, 29 July 2016 – ŠKODA stays in the fast lane. In the first half of 2016 the Czech car manufacturer was able to significantly increase customer deliveries, sales revenue and operating profit. 569,400 cars sold (up 4.6%) in the period from January to June break the brand’s record in customer deliveries. Sales revenue grew 10.8% to 7.114 billion euros, exceeding the level of seven billion euros in the first half-year for the first time in history. The operating profit increased by 31.2% to 685 million euros year-on-year.

“Investments in the model range have paid off to ŠKODA. In the first half of 2016 the demand for our cars exceeded our expectations. The solid order situation ensures full utilization of the production capacity and high return on quality,” comments ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier. “We plan to follow up on our continuous growth strategy next year, too. That is why, among other things, ŠKODA launches its SUV offensive. In terms of segment, the new ŠKODA KODIAQ is a model standing on the starting line,” adds Maier.

Sales revenue grew 10.8% to 7,114 billion euros in the first half-year (first half of 2015: 6,421 billion euros). In the same period the operating profit reached 685 million euros (January to June 2015: 522 million euros), which represents an increase by 31.2%. The operating margin rose to 9.6%, compared to 8.1% in the first half of 2015. Net liquidity reached 2.866 billion euros. Investments amounted to 207 million euros (first half of 2015: 146 million euros).

“ŠKODA has been growing profitably in 2016,” says ŠKODA CFO Winfried Krause. “The result grew thanks to higher sales figures, better mix of the sold model versions and optimization of material costs,” stated Krause.
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