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ŠKODA Opšte i Razne Teme => Škoda Modeli, Vesti, razne Informacije => Temu započeo: Karlheinz April 09, 2013, 23:50:54 posle podne

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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 09, 2013, 23:50:54 posle podne
ŠKODA Parts Center: 25,000 orders daily.

Mladá Boleslav, 9th April 2013 – The ŠKODA Parts Center in Mladá Boleslav is now completely finished. The fully automatic, high-rack warehouse commenced operation today. The company has invested a total of 31.8 million Euros into the new centre. The ŠKODA Parts Center handles around 25,000 deliveries every day and is an integral part of the global supply of Genuine Parts and Accessories for ŠKODA AUTO as well as VW, Audi and Seat Group brands. It is the Czech Republic’s largest Genuine Parts Centre.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 11, 2013, 19:28:10 posle podne
ŠKODA: 220,400 Deliveries in the First Quarter of 2013

4/11/2013 ​


83,800 ŠKODA vehicles delivered to customers in March. Year of the ŠKODA Model Campaign: Eight new or revised models. Model Changeover: New ŠKODA Octavia launched in the first markets. ŠKODA’s market share in Western Europe grows to almost 3.1%. ŠKODA delivered 83,800 vehicles worldwide in March, 2013; 12% down on March 2012 (95,200). From January to March, 2013, the number of deliveries totalled 220,400 (2012 first quarter: 242,700) – down 9.2%. ŠKODA sales were influenced, in the first quarter, mainly due to the model changeover and the start of production of the ŠKODA Octavia. The weak state in most European automobile markets is still being felt.

“The developments in the first quarter of 2013 correspond to our expectations in light of the ŠKODA Octavia model changeover”, explains ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h. c. Winfried Vahland. The production ramp-up phase and the launch of the most important ŠKODA series are running successfully. He continues, “We remain basically confident about the year as a whole in spite of the fairly difficult market conditions”. Alongside the hatchback, three other versions of the Octavia will have been launched by summer: the Combi, Combi 4x4 and the Octavia RS. Additionally, four new or completely redesigned models are to be launched in the second half of the year.

Despite an overall decline in the Western European market, ŠKODA outperformed the market as a whole, both in March and in the first quarter of 2013. The brand delivered approximately 38,300 vehicles in March (March 2012: 41,500; -7.7%), in the first quarter with 90,400 vehicles (2012: 98,500; -8.3%). As of 31 March, the market share in Western Europe grew to almost 3.1%. In Germany, ŠKODA’s second largest market globally, ŠKODA is expanding its position as the largest importer despite decline of deliveries by 9.8% with 13,100 deliveries in March (March 2012: 14,500). In March, the number of deliveries in the UK increased by 21.4% to over 10,000 cars (March 2012: 8,300). The brand is gaining momentum in Denmark where sales were up by 155.4%, in March, to more than 1,200 vehicles.

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA sold more than 10,300 cars in March (March 2012: 11,600; -11.3 %). The number of deliveries totalled around 25,200 in the first quarter (January to March 2012: 28,300; -10.9 %). In Russia, ŠKODA delivered 7,700 vehicles in March (March 2012: 8,100; -5.4 %). Our Russian customers received over 18,600 vehicles between January and March (2012 first quarter: 19,200; -2.9 %).

In Central Europe, ŠKODA outperformed the generally weak market in March. The manufacturer delivered 10,400 vehicles to customers (March 2012: 11,500; -9.4 %). In March, the market share grew to 18.04% (March 2012: 17.07 %). In the first quarter of 2013, ŠKODA’s sales in Central Europe stood at 28,800 units; down by 11.9% or 32,700 units on the same period last year. ŠKODA made 4,600 deliveries in the Czech Republic in March (March 2012: 5,300; -12.6 %). Between January and March, the brand sold 12,600 cars in their home market (2012: 14,200; -11.5 %), the market share grew after the first three months to 33.4 % (2012: 32.5 %).

In China, ŠKODA’s largest individual market, sales in March dropped by 13.7% to 18,400 units (March 2012: 21,300). Between January and March, ŠKODA sold approximately 57,700 cars to Chinese customers; down on the same period last year by 2.5 % (January to March 2012: 59,200).

Deliveries to ŠKODA customers in March 2013
(No. of units according to model, rounded to the nearest hundred, +/- in % against the same period in 2012):
ŠKODA Octavia (30,500; -25.2 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (21,300; -23.8 %)
ŠKODA Superb (9,000; -15.1 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (7,600; -14.7 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (3,300; -15.5 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (6,800; new model)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 5,300; new model)

Deliveries to ŠKODA customers in the first quarter of 2013
(No. of units according to model, rounded to the nearest hundred, +/- in % against the same period in 2012):
ŠKODA Octavia (87,500; -20.0 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (52,700; -22.3 %)
ŠKODA Superb (26,300; -4.5 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (18,800; -12.0 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (7,600; -18.7 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (15,000; new model)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 12,500; new model)


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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 16, 2013, 00:28:03 pre podne
ŠKODA Classics Delight Visitors at the Techno-Classica
4/15/2013


​Only three ever made: ŠKODA MUZEUM displays the ŠKODA 200 RS. Other highlights: Rapids from different eras of the brand. ŠKODA is one of the world’s oldest car producers.
​Great feedback from the ŠKODA appearance at the 25th Techno-Classica in Essen (10th -14th April). There were two highlights of ŠKODA’s motorsport history to be admired: the rare ŠKODA 200 RS racing car and the ŠKODA 130 RS. At the world’s largest vintage car fair, the Czech car manufacturer also presented ŠKODA Rapid models from various eras of the brand’s history.

The visitors were very enthusiastic about the ŠKODA classics which had been brought from the ŠKODA MUZEUM’s collection in Mladá Boleslav. In Essen, ŠKODA presented two outstanding examples of its history in motorsports spanning almost 112 years. TheŠKODA 200 RS racing car is an absolute rarity. In total, only three vehicles of this type were ever built. The 200 RS was based on the then Coupé 110 R; under the bonnet, you will find a two-litre, four-cylinder engine with an output of 163 hp with a five-speed manual transmission providing the power transfer to the rear wheels. The vehicle weighs a mere 850 kg and can achieve a top speed of 250 km/h. It was at its first appearance in 1975 that the ŠKODA 200 RS triumphed at the Rally Šumava. Also, the car which won in its category at the Monte Carlo Rally – the ŠKODA 130 RS – drew the attention of vintage and motorsport fans.

“Our presentation in Essen was a huge success”, says Eva Ticová, director of the ŠKODA MUZEUM restoration workshop. She continues, “Racing cars like the ŠKODA 200 RS are not something you see every day. And the historical Rapid vehicle gallery is an impressive display of our brand’s great tradition in the lower mid-class segment”.

In the 1930s and 40s, and also later in the 1980s, there were various compact-class models under the name ‘ŠKODA Rapid’. At the Techno-Classica, the Czechs presented, amongst others, the oldest bearer of that name: a ŠKODA 420 Rapid from 1934, of which only 480 were ever produced. Three other gems from the ŠKODA Museum did not fail to attract the visitors’ attention: The ŠKODA Rapid (Type 914) sporting elegant two-tone paintwork, a ŠKODA Rapid Sport (Type 421) from 1937 and the streamlinedŠKODA Rapid OHV (Type 922) from 1940. Only 110 examples of the Rapid OHV (the abbreviation referring to the engine’s overhead valves) were ever produced between 1938 and 1941. Also seen in Essen: a ŠKODA Rapid Motorway (1939) as well as two examples of the coupé ŠKODA Rapid 135, manufactured between 1987 and 1990.

Overall, the ŠKODA appearance at the Techno-Classica showed once again the great tradition of the Czech brand. ŠKODA is one of the oldest vehicle production companies in the world. The headquarters in Mladá Boleslav has seen the production of vehicles since 1895 – firstly of bicycles and motorbikes, and then also of automobiles since 1905.

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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 19, 2013, 15:29:44 posle podne
Model offensive continues: ŠKODA presents the fundamentally revised Superb
 
Shanghai/Mladá Boleslav, 19th April 2013 – ŠKODA boldly continues its model offensive in 2013. The comprehensively upgraded ŠKODA Superb will be celebrating its world premiere at the Volkswagen Group Night, the night before the Shanghai Auto Show opens. In all, ŠKODA will be launching eight new or revised models in 2013. By 2018, the company intends to increase its worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million units a year. ŠKODA achieved a new sales record in 2012 (its eighth in a row), delivering 939,200 vehicles.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 19, 2013, 19:43:59 posle podne
Model offensive continues: ŠKODA presents the fundamentally revised Superb

4/19/2013


​World premiere of the ŠKODA flagship model at Volkswagen Group Night in Shanghai. ŠKODA Superb with attractive elements of the new ŠKODA design, a fresh interior, lower fuel consumption and an umbrella inside the door. ŠKODA model offensive: eight new or revised ŠKODA vehicles in 2013. ŠKODA boldly continues its model offensive in 2013. The comprehensively upgraded ŠKODA Superb will be celebrating its world premiere at the Volkswagen Group Night, the night before the Shanghai Auto Show opens. In all, ŠKODA will be launching eight new or revised models in 2013. By 2018, the company intends to increase its worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million units a year. ŠKODA achieved a new sales record in 2012 (its eighth in a row), delivering 939,200 vehicles.

“2013 will be all about the model offensive,” says ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. “We have never released eight ŠKODA models in one year. We will be launching the next stage of our model offensive a few weeks after the launch of the new ŠKODA Octavia with the fundamentally revised Superb.”

The ŠKODA flagship stands out with its new, striking design, lots of room, fresh interior, lower fuel consumption and new, innovative features. “This comprehensive upgrade has made our top-of-the-line model even more attractive. The ŠKODA Superb offers comfort beyond the standard in the middle segment. This means lots of space, outstanding functionality, high comfort, high level of safety, unbeatable value and timeless elegance. We always mean to offer our customers a little bit extra car. With the revised Superb and of course the new Octavia, the new Rapid and our entire attractive range of cars, we are confident that we will be continuing our brand's positive growth this year as well,” claims the ŠKODA CEO.

ŠKODA Superb: best-selling top model with a tradition
The carmaker has given its best-selling model, the Superb, a striking exterior. Incorporating attractive elements of the new ŠKODA design the Superb and Superb Combi set clear signals: with a superior front end, attractive rear end, clear shapes, and precise lines – prestigious and elegant. The interior has also been improved – with new steering wheels and seat covers, new decorative elements and colour combinations. Not to mention new engine/transmission combinations and significant improvements in fuel consumption and emissions. Innovative technical features such as the new Automatic Parking Assistant or easier operation of the Superb sedan's clever dual-use Twindoor hatchback make the flagship of the ŠKODA models even more attractive.

At the same time, the new Superb confirms once again the outstanding attributes that have been making the model so successful for the last twelve years: lots of room for passengers and cargo, top-of-the-line safety equipment, clever features, and high levels of functionality and efficiency. This includes the umbrella inside the door, something otherwise the preserve of models in the absolute luxury segment.
The revised Superb is also yet more fuel efficient than before. The engine range’s fuel consumption and emissions have been decreased by up to 19 per cent thanks to a start-stop system and regenerative braking. As the ŠKODA Superb GreenLine, the model features CO2 emissions of only 109 g/km, which corresponds to a fuel consumption of 4.2 litres of diesel fuel per 100 km.

The ŠKODA Superb stands for Czech quality on the world markets. In launching the first Superb generation in 2001, the carmaker continued the tradition of large, prestigious ŠKODA limousines that started in the 1930s. From 1934 to 1949, it mass-produced a luxury passenger car called the Superb in Mladá Boleslav. A Superb has once again been the crown of ŠKODA models since 2001. The second generation was launched in 2008, and the Superb has been available as an estate since 2009. To date ŠKODA has sold around 557,000 units of its top-selling model worldwide, delivering approximately 109,100 Superbs in 2012, around 40 per cent of which to customers in China.

Largest model offensive in company history
The Superb is the latest innovation in the largest model offensive in the company's
almost 117-year history. The carmaker wants to redesign its entire range of cars and expand into additional segments by 2015. A new or revised model with the winged arrow logo will be launched every six months on average until 2015.

The new ŠKODA Citigo subcompact was the model offensive's first launch at the end of 2011. The new ŠKODA Rapid compact limousine has been selling on the European markets since fall of 2012. ŠKODA increases the number of its models from five to seven with the Citigo and Rapid. Both cars are selling very well on the market. The Citigo, which is sold in Europe, won over around 30,000 customers in its first sales year, 2012. The Rapid has also been very well received and has already won a number of national and international awards. Both new models were also immediately awarded the best rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

In addition, the new ŠKODA Octavia was launched on the European markets in early January of this year. The responses from customers and the media have been very positive so far. “The Octavia is the heart of the brand,” says Winfried Vahland. The best-selling ŠKODA model wins people over with its unrivalled capacity, new design, high level of functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, economical fuel consumption, numerous 'Simply Clever' ideas and a price-value ratio that is typical of the ŠKODA brand.

Focus on internationalisation
The model offensive is the heart of ŠKODA's 2018 growth strategy. By 2018 ŠKODA intends to increase its sales to at least 1.5 million units a year. To achieve this goal, the carmaker is not just building on its home market of Europe, but is also investing heavily in the growth markets of China, Russia and India. ŠKODA has been continuously improving its position in these countries in the past few years.

China is now ŠKODA strongest single market, accounting for around one fourth of all of the brand's sales. The company expects further growth in the next few years. Sales of the locally built Chinese Rapid will begin in April 2013. The Superb Combi and Yeti will also be available in China, both as import vehicles. In 2014 the new Octavia will follow as a locally produced model for China.

GreenFuture: Strategy for more sustainability
As part of its growth strategy, the company is also increasing its efforts in the area of sustainability. ŠKODA calls its new sustainability strategy GreenFuture. The aim is for all of its cars to be more fuel-efficient and to improve water and energy economy in its manufacturing plants and retail. GreenProduct deals with ŠKODA’s efforts to lower the average CO2 emissions of all vehicle models. The GreenFactory pillar is aimed at achieving a 25 per cent reduction in energy and water consumption and the amount of waste and emissions generated per vehicle in the manufacturing process by 2018. The third pillar of ŠKODA’s GreenFuture strategy is GreenRetail, which focuses on sustainability in dealerships and repair workshops.

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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 20, 2013, 19:33:38 posle podne
Premiere: ŠKODA presents new Rapid for China at 2013 Shanghai Auto Show

Shanghai/Mladá Boleslav, 20. April 2013 – The new ŠKODA Rapid Xin Rui for China is ŠKODA’s star of the show at the Shanghai Auto Show 2013. The company will introduce its new compact limousine Rapid Xin Rui in China. The new model will launch in China within the month of April. The brand’s 15,000 square foot exhibit space will also feature the ŠKODA Yeti and the Superb Combi, which are being introduced in China. Visitors will also be able to see the Fabia, the Octavia and Superb limousines that are currently available on the Chinese market.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 24, 2013, 22:14:16 posle podne
ŠKODA Octavia Combi debut at the 21st IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Mladá Boleslav, 24 April, 2013 – This year will mark the 21st time that ŠKODA has supported the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship as the main sponsor from the 3rd to the 19th of May, 2013. The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi plays an integral role in this year’s championships in Sweden and Finland. Just in time for the market launch of the popular ŠKODA model, one of 45 ŠKODA vehicles existing WCS fleet will be exclusively deployed in Stockholm and Helsinki.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 29, 2013, 12:37:10 posle podne
New Octavia Combi and Octavia Combi 4×4: Space in its most beautiful shape

Mladá Boleslav, 29. April 2013 – ŠKODA continues its model offensive with the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi and the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4. Sales of the Octavia Combi will begin in Europe in early May 2013, just a few weeks after the launch of the Octavia limousine. ŠKODA will present the new Octavia Combi 4×4 with an improved four-wheel drive and the latest-generation Haldex 5 clutch, to be launched from June.


New ŠKODA Octavia Combi now available with front- and all-wheel drive
Excellent space offering, unequalled functionality
ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4 impresses with secure handling even on difficult terrain
An estate car with middle-class qualities at a compact-car price
Design boasts dynamics and clarity, launch from May 2013
Top safety package: five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests
Fuel consumption lower by up to 17 per cent: up to 102 kg less weight than its predecessor
Innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 30, 2013, 15:29:27 posle podne
ŠKODA: First quarter of 2013 closes with sales revenue of 2.4 billion EUR

Mladá Boleslav, April 30, 2013 –In the first quarter of 2013, ŠKODA has recorded sales revenue of 2.4 billion EUR, the operating profit has reached 112 million EUR. Until the end of March 2013, the brand delivered 220,400 vehicles, 9.2 percent less than in the first quarter of 2012. The financial results and the sales figures of the company in the first quarter of 2013 are characterized by the model change and the start of production of the new ŠKODA Octavia. Moreover, the business result was influenced by the lasting weak development of the European automobile market.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 01, 2013, 01:19:29 pre podne
Octavia Combi 4×4: Power on all Fours
 
Mladá Boleslav, 30 April 2013 – In launching the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4, ŠKODA ignites the next stage of its models fireworks. The third generation of the Octavia Combi 4×4 combines an all-wheel drive’s high utility with the attractive qualities of an estate car that is as elegant as it its practical. Two diesel engines (77kW 1.6 TDI, 110 kW 2.0 TDI) and a petrol engine (132 kW 1.8 TSI) are available to power this all-wheeler. Mileage and emissions figures of the Octavia Combi 4×4 have been improved by an average of 14 per cent compared to the predecessor model.


› New Octavia Combi 4×4 with cutting-edge all-wheel drive (Haldex 5 clutch)
› Maximum all-wheel utility combined with outstanding Octavia qualities
› Excellent driving and handling qualities in any situation
› Three engine versions: 77kW 1.6 TDI, 110 kW 2.0 TDI and 132 kW 1.8 TSI
› Yet more efficient: mileage improved by an average of 14 per cent
› Lots of room, numerous “Simply Clever” solutions, top-of-the-line safety
› Forcefully-dynamic design in new ŠKODA shape language
› Market launch from June 2013
› ŠKODA further strengthens all-wheel drive competence
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 01, 2013, 01:21:28 pre podne
The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi drives up at the 77th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
 
Mladá Boleslav/Stockholm/Helsinki, 30th April 2013 – As official vehicle fleet for the 77th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, 45 new ŠKODA Octavia Combi were presented to the World Championship Organizing Committee in Helsinki and Stockholm. ŠKODA supports the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships for the 21st time already as main official sponsor. The championships will be held from the 3rd to 19th May 2013 in Stockholm and Helsinki.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 02, 2013, 01:32:49 pre podne
ŠKODA model line-up: cleverer, safer, more attractive
 
Mladá Boleslav, May 1st, 2013 – ŠKODA’s model line-up is becoming even cleverer, safer and more versatile. From June 2013, many upgrades will be available in the Citigo, Fabia, Roomster, Rapid and Yeti, including enhanced safety equipment, new “Simply Clever” features and attractive drivetrains.
 
› Model line-up upgraded with many new product details from June 2013
› Even more “Simply Clever” features for the ŠKODA Citigo
› New special editions: Fabia Reaction, Fabia Combi Monte Carlo and Roomster Noire
› ESC for more safety in Fabia and Roomster – now standard in EU countries
› Top-of-the-line diesel in ŠKODA Yeti now available in 4×4 and DSG combination
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 06, 2013, 14:18:50 posle podne

ŠKODA Rapid SPORT concept car to celebrate its world premiere at Wörthersee


› ŠKODA Rapid SPORT to show off the possibilities inherent in the Rapid
› A compact power package expressing dynamism and sportiness
› 32nd edition of the legendary Volkswagen meeting to take place May 8-12, 2013


Mladá Boleslav/Reifnitz, May 6, 2013 – At this year’s GTI Meeting at Wörthersee, the concept car ŠKODA Rapid SPORT will celebrate its world premiere. With the particularly sporty version of its compact sedan ŠKODA Rapid, the Czech car manufacturer will once again demonstrate the versatility of its model range. The 32nd edition of the legendary Volkswagen tuning event will take place from May 8 to May 12, 2013.



Every year, the long Ascension Day weekend sees up to 200,000 tuning fans meeting in the Austrian town of Reifnitz for the Volkswagen event. This year, ŠKODA will present them with ŠKODA Rapid SPORT as a highlight a particularly racy study of its compact sedan ŠKODA Rapid.

“The GTI Meeting is a Mecca for all tuning and motorsports fans,” says ŠKODA’s chairman of the board, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “With the ŠKODA Rapid SPORT, we will put a decidedly dynamic and emotional version of our new compact sedan Rapid on display for the first time. This way, we once again demonstrate the competence of our team with regard to sporty vehicles and motorsports,” adds Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA board member for sales and marketing.

The ŠKODA Rapid SPORT will show off the power of the Skoda design as well as the Rapid’s inherent possibilities. The result is a vehicle full of dynamism and sportiness. The vehicle is painted in the metallic colors ‘Corrida Red’ and ‘Steel Gray’. The sports car sits on massive 19” alloy wheels. The front of the vehicle impresses with spoilers and a powerful air intake in the skirt. Generously dimensioned fenders and massive rocker panels underscore the appearance of the vehicle.

Other sporty accents are the rear with a voluminous bumper and two integrated exhaust tailpipes. The rear lights in the ‘C’-shaped design typical for the brand show a contrasting color. A circumferential carbon frame completes the bottom section. The sporty layout continues in the interior of the car, for example with a sport-type steering wheel, Recaro seats and illuminated door sills.
Since the fall of 2012, the ŠKODA Rapid has been sold in the European markets as the ŠKODA’s seventh model series. The compact sedan complements the company’s model.


range between the ŠKODA Fabia and the new ŠKODA Octavia. With compact dimensions (4.48 meters long, 1.70 meters wide), the vehicle convinces through outstanding spaciousness and a lot of room for five passengers and their luggage. They are supplemented by numerous ‘simply clever’ solutions, an excellent price/value ratio and an extensive safety package. Equally attractive is the timeless design. Since its market launch, the Rapid has won numerous awards. Regarding its safety concept, the vehicle received the best possible rating of five stars in the Euro-NCAP crash test.


The ŠKODA Rapid SPORT:
Developed especially for the Wörthersee 2013 event, the car sports a striking paintjob with the metallic colors ‘Corrida Red’ and ‘Steel Gray’. 
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 08, 2013, 11:42:37 pre podne
ŠKODA to present five sports cars at Wörthersee

› Power and class: the concept car ŠKODA Rapid SPORT celebrates its world premiere
› A class of its own: the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi with a sports package
› Pure dynamism: ŠKODA Citigo Motorsport and Fabia RS Motorsport UK Edition
› The look of a winner: the successful rally racecar ŠKODA Fabia S2000
› 32nd edition of the legendary Volkswagen meeting to take place May 8-11, 2013


Mladá Boleslav/Reifnitz, May 8, 2013 – At this year’s GTI Meeting at Wörthersee, ŠKODA will present a total of five sports car models. The highlight will be the world premiere of the concept car ŠKODA Rapid SPORT. Moreover, the Czech manufacturer will show the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi with a sports package, the ŠKODA Citigo Motorsport and the ŠKODA Fabia RS Motorsport. Also on display will be the successful rally racer ŠKODA Fabia S2000.
​The 32nd edition of the legendary Volkswagen tuning event will take place from May 8 to May 11, 2013. Every year, the long Ascension Day weekend sees 200,000 tuning fans meeting in the Austrian town of Reifnitz for the Volkswagen gathering. This year, ŠKODA will present them with a total of five sports cars – more than ever before.

“As a brand with an almost 112 year tradition in motorsports, it is a matter of honor for us to participate in this fascinating tuning event and to present the fans our brand’s sports cars,” says ŠKODA’s chairman of the board, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “With the ŠKODA Rapid SPORT, we will put a particularly sporty and emotional version of our new compact sedan Rapid on display for the first time,” adds the ŠKODA boss.

The ŠKODA Rapid SPORT will show off the power of the Skoda design as well as the Rapid’s inherent possibilities. The vehicle is painted in the metallic colors ‘Corrida Red’ and ‘Steel Gray’. The sports car sits on massive 19” alloy wheels. The front of the vehicle impresses with spoilers and a powerful air intake in the skirt. Generously dimensioned fenders and massive rocker panels underscore the appearance of the vehicle. Other sporty accents are the rear with a voluminous bumper and two integrated exhaust tailpipes. A circumferential carbon frame completes the bottom section. The sporty layout continues in the interior of the car, for example with a sport-type steering wheel, Recaro seats and illuminated door sills.

Just in time for the market launch of the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi, the Czech manufacturer shows off the ŠKODA Octavia Combi with a sports package at Wörthersee. The equipment includes a front grille in a shiny black color as well as a red/black front spoiler. The covers of the outside mirrors and the roof girders are painted in shiny black, the rear diffuser in red and black. The sports version of the Octavia station wagon sits on the 18” wheels named ‘Turini’ in matt black. The sporty appearance of the interior is emphasized by black sports seats with red threads and aluminum pedals.

Pure dynamism is also on display in the ŠKODA Citigo Motorsport: the white color of the car’s body is contrasted effectively by black lateral stripes on the hood and on the tinted panoramic roof. A special sports kit includes front and roof spoilers as well as a rear diffuser, each painted in ‘Deep Black’. Likewise, the rear of the two side mirrors is painted in ‘Deep Black’. The appearance of the vehicle’s front is marked by a decorative black stripe on the lower bumper. The ŠKODA Citigo Motorsport sits on 16” alloy wheels, available alternatively in white or in a combination of black metallic/silver. The vehicle’s sides show a sweeping, gray stripe with the ŠKODA Motorsports logo. The side windows in the rear bear the ŠKODA Motorsports lettering. The interior also expresses the sporty focus of the vehicle at first sight.

The ŠKODA Fabia RS Motorsport – UK Edition is a compact power package. The vehicle is painted in ‘Candy White’, excitingly contrasted with black elements: both the roof and the front grille are black. The headlights are highlighted in black; the fog lights have a black frame. The roof line ends with a black spoiler. Tinted windows emphasize the sporty character, as does the glued-on racing stripe with the ŠKODA Motorsports logo at the lower door line. The vehicle sits on 17” alloy wheels in the design ‘Gigaro’, available alternatively in white or metallic black. The rear is dominated by a center exhaust tailpipe. In the interior, decorative door sills display the ŠKODA Motorsports lettering. Like the leather gear shifter, the 3-spoke leather steering wheel has white threads.

The rally racecar ŠKODA Fabia S2000 is a particularly attractive eye-catcher in Reifnitz. The vehicle is among the most successful cars in the international rally sport. The performance and reliance of the Fabia S2000 laid the basis for numerous ŠKODA racing victories. For example, thanks to the Fabia S2000, the 2012 season was among the most successful ones in the history of ŠKODA Motorsports. During the current season, the Fabia S2000 continues to show off its strengths with victories in both the European Rally Championship as well as in the world championship category WRC-2.
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 13, 2013, 18:31:41 posle podne

ŠKODA’s top-of-the-line models in comprehensive revamp: the new Superb and the new Superb Combi


› ŠKODA flagship model in extensive upgrade
› ŠKODA Superb with attractive elements of the new ŠKODA design, a fresh
interior, lower fuel consumption and an umbrella inside the door
› ŠKODA model offensive: eight new or revised ŠKODA vehicles in 2013


Mladá Boleslav, May 2013 – ŠKODA boldly continues its model offensive in
2013. Late June will see the European launch of the comprehensively upgraded
models the ŠKODA Superb and the ŠKODA Superb Combi. In all, ŠKODA will be
launching eight new or revised models in 2013. By 2018, the company intends
to increase its worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million units a year. ŠKODA
achieved a new sales record in 2012 (its eighth in a row), delivering
939,200 vehicles.
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 16, 2013, 15:19:58 posle podne
ŠKODA: 77,600 Deliveries in April

› Manufacturer delivers over 298,000 cars between January and April 2013
› ŠKODA market share in Czech Republic increases to 34.1% in April
› Continuing the ŠKODA model campaign with the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi
› 2013 to see 8 new or revised ŠKODA models

Mladá Boleslav, 16th May, 2013 – ŠKODA achieved worldwide sales of over 77,600 vehicles in April 2013; 4.6% down on April 2012. ŠKODA sales were also influenced by the start of production of the new Octavia and Octavia Combi back in April. Similarly, the continuing weakness of some European markets had a knock-on effect on sales figures. Between January and April the Czech car manufacturer delivered over 298,000 vehicles worldwide; down 8% on the same period last year.

“The new ŠKODA models have received a very positive response from our customers. Renewing and broadening our range of models will have a positive impact on ŠKODA sales for the rest of the year, even in some of the more difficult markets”, explains ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h. c. Winfried Vahland. “Due to the start of production of the new Octavia and Octavia Combi, we had anticipated that in the first half of this year, we would not achieve the same figures as this period last year”, Vahland continues, “In addition to that, some markets are still under pressure, which we cannot completely avoid either.”

In light of the introduction of 8 new or revised models, the Czech car manufacturer remains positive about the year as a whole.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA delivered 29,900 vehicles in April; 1.4% down on April 2012 with 30,400. The brand saw significant growth in the UK (+16.4%), Italy (+36.2%), Spain (+12.9%) and Portugal (+7.5%). ŠKODA also did very well in the Scandinavian countries; in Denmark sales grew by 151.7%, in Finland by 38% and in Sweden by 46.4%.

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA achieved sales of 10,500 units in April (April 2012: 12,300; -14.3%). In Russia, the Czechs sold 7,500 vehicles (April 2012: 8,800; -14.9%). Between January and April, a total of 26,100 units were delivered to Russian customers (Jan to Apr 2012: 28,000; -6.7%), making Russia once again ŠKODA’s third largest sales market worldwide behind China and Germany in the first 4 months of 2013.

In Central Europe, ŠKODA reached a total market share of around 20% with 10,800 vehicles sold (April 2012: 11,600; -6.8%) On the Czech market ŠKODA delivered over 5,100 vehicles in April (April 2012: 5,500; -6.0%). ŠKODA’s market share in the generally week home market grew to 34.1% (April 2012: 32.7%).

Once again, ŠKODA’s strongest market was China with almost 20,400 deliveries to customers in April. This represents a slight increase of 0.1% over April 2012. The Czechs sold 78,100 vehicles to Chinese customers in the first four months of the year (between January and April 2012: 79,600; -1.9%). The manufacturer expects further growth in China for the second half of the year, mainly due to the introduction of the new ŠKODA Rapid and the new import models; the ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Superb Combi in the coming weeks.

ŠKODA’s deliveries to customers – April 2013 (in units, rounded to the nearest 100 and arranged according to model; +/- % compared to April 2012):

ŠKODA Octavia (31,300; -14.4%)
ŠKODA Fabia (18,800; -14.5%)
ŠKODA Superb (7,800; -19.4%)
ŠKODA Yeti (6,800; -10.0%)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,800; -15.5%)
ŠKODA Rapid (6,600; new model)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 3,500; new model)
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 20, 2013, 11:54:05 pre podne
Sweden is the New Ice Hockey World Champion – Roman Jossi Most Valuable Player in the 2013 IIHF World Championship
 
Mladá Boleslav/Stockholm, 20th May, 2013 – Sweden is the ice hockey world champion of 2013. The Swedish Team won the final of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 5:1 against Switzerland. Roman Jossi from the Swiss team was named ’Most Valuable Player’ in this year’s World Championship. ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland presented Roman Jossi with the trophy as part of the closing ceremony. This is the 21st time that ŠKODA has supported the championships as the main sponsor.


ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland and IIHF World Championship main sponsor presents the trophy for the Most Valuable Player in the tournament to Swiss Roman Jossi.
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 28, 2013, 15:52:15 posle podne

2013 ŠKODA bicycle collection now featuring 29-inch mountain bikes

› ŠKODA Original Accessories presents attractive cycles
› No less than three new 29-inch moutain bikes on offer
› Ten bikes on offer from child’s training bike via child and youngster bikes, trekking and mountain bikes to high-tech racers
› Long tradition: brand’s founding fathers made bicycles from 1895

Mladá Boleslav, May 28, 2013 – Boasting no less than ten new models, ŠKODA’s 2013 bicycle collection is more diverse and attractive than ever before. ŠKODA’s current bike line-up features children’s and youngsters’ bikes as well as high-tech racers, trekking and mountain bikes. Available for the first time are 29-inch mountain bikes, a category that is currently especially popular.

ŠKODA Original Accessories presents a broad collection comprising a total of ten models aimed at a variety of uses and age groups, even including a trainer bike for toddlers. ŠKODA designers had a hand in styling the bikes. The colours white, green and black stand out, with each bike bearing the ŠKODA lettering. As in past years, the bikes’ technology is provided by “Superior” brand.
On-road cyclists can choose from two race bikes: the top-of-the-line “ŠKODA Road Elite” weighs in at a mere 7.9 kg and comes with a carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra components. The “ŠKODA Road” also impresses with its aluminium frame, light weight (8.6 kg) and advanced technology such as Shimano’s 105 group.

Mountain bike enthusiasts can look forward to no less than four new ŠKODA models, three of them in the wildly popular 29-inch category. The “ŠKODA MTB 29 Elite” leads the pack and featuring a carbon frame, Shimano Deore XT and SLX components and a weight of just 11.7 kg. The “ŠKODA MTB 29+” impresses with an aluminium frame, a trim level comparable to that of the “MTB 29 Elite” and a weight of just 13.2 kg. Hobby bikers will like the “ŠKODA MTB 29” with an aluminium frame, hydraulic disk brakes, front fork suspension and Shimano Deore components inlcuding a 21-gear shift. Also on offer is the “ŠKODA MTB 26” with an aluminium frame, hydraulic disk brakes and Shimano Alivio and Deore components.
Its new trim marks out the “ŠKODA Cross” trekking bike. ŠKODA also fills the needs of children with the 20-inch “ŠKODA Junior” cycle. The “ŠKODA Kid” is aimed at smaller children, while the “ŠKODA Mini” training bike is for the very small.
ŠKODA’s current bicycle offering again underscores the company’s special relationship with two-wheelers. The brand’s success at its home location in Mladá Boleslav began with bicycle-making. As early as the late 19th century, in December 1895, Václav Laurin, acycle mechanic, and Václav Klement, a bookseller, founded a bicycle factory there under the name Laurin & Klement (L&K). These two enthusiastic pioneers of mobility first made bicycles under the Slavia brand name, then motorcycles from 1899 and finally, in 1905, the ”Voiturette A,” the brand’s first automobile. In 1925, L&K merged with ŠKODA.

Today, ŠKODA brand’s close attachment to cycling shows in a substantial sponsoring commitment. Besides international races such as the “Tour de France” and the “Giro d’Italia,” ŠKODA has long supported cycling activities in the Czech Republic including the popular “Kolo pro život” (“Bike for life”), the world’s largest mountain bike racing series. In the past thirteen years, a total of about 160,000 professional and amateur racers took part in this event, 20,000 in 2012 alone. In addition, ŠKODA organises the “Virtual Cup” aimed at all comers, which has cycling enthusiasts competing on one of 16 race courses.

For information on the current 2013 bicycle collection and ordering, please go to http://eshop.skoda-auto.com (http://eshop.skoda-auto.com).
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 30, 2013, 10:52:44 pre podne
ŠKODA enables Jiří Ježek to take part in the Tour de France

Mladá Boleslav/Prague, 30 May 2013 – Jiří Ježek, one of the world´s best handicapped athletes, will take part in the Tour de France on 10 July thanks to ŠKODA AUTO, a long-time partner of the Czech Paralympic Team and also a partner of the Tour de France. David Vlk, a talented fifteen-year-old photographer, will cover Ježek´s appearance in a 33-kilometre-long time trial. Also handicapped, David Vlk is thus going to see his big dream come true. Stage 11 of the Tour de France ends in Mont Saint Michel, a rocky tidal island that is a world cultural heritage site.
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 30, 2013, 14:47:45 posle podne
ŠKODA Flagship: Production Starts on the redesigned ŠKODA Superb

› Top model with new look now rolling off the Kvasiny production line
› Extensive modernization and expansion of the plant
› Superb and Superb Combi just got even better


Kvasiny, 30th May, 2013 – ŠKODA started production today on the all new
Superb saloon and combi at the Kvasiny plant. The car manufacturer has
modernized and expanded the Kvasiny production facilities to accommodate the
production of the new top model.

“We have once again achieved a success in production engineering,” says Michael
Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for production and logistics. He continues, “The whole
team from production, planning, tool construction and logistics have done a fantastic job
coming together to work on the fourth start of production this year alone.”
In connection to the production launch of the new Superb, the assembly and body shop
have been modernized with new equipment and tools. The logistics process has also been
optimized: The vehicle axles are now being delivered directly to the production lines
through the ‘Just-in-Sequence’. The manufacturer has also designed new test rigs for the
final assembly, such as the test system for vehicle geometry.
The redesigned ŠKODA Superb is now being produced at the modernized Kvasiny plant.
The brand’s flagship boasts attractive new ŠKODA design elements, a fresh interior and
improved technical features. The consumption and emissions of the engine range have
dropped by up to 19%. The market launch for both the saloon and combi is set for the
end of June.

Kvasiny is one of three ŠKODA production facilities in the Czech Republic, where about
4,500 people are employed. Alongside the Superb, the ŠKODA Roomster and ŠKODA Yeti
also roll off Kvasiny’s production lines. A total of 153,700 vehicles were produced there in
2012. In the course of expanding the facility and relocating the Roomster from Vrchlabí
to Kvasiny, a new logistics hall and assembly line were built for the Roomster in January
this year. In addition, the axis assembly started in Kvasiny. A new hall for chassis
production is planned for later this year.
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 01, 2013, 12:35:57 posle podne

Great Automobile Tradition at 30th Oldtimer Rallye Wiesbaden - ŠKODA 645 on the Starting Line


› Elegant and noble: Representative ŠKODA touring car from 1930
› ŠKODA Classic presents beautifully restored luxury saloon
› 30th Wiesbaden vintage car rally with 150 participants from 30 May to 2 June


Mladá Boleslav, 31st May, 2013 – ŠKODA Classic will be at the starting line in a ŠKODA 645 at this year’s vintage car rally in Wiesbaden (30th May to 2nd June). This unique ŠKODA Muzeum exhibit dates back to 1930 and has been restored to its former glory by ŠKODA.
The ŠKODA 645 is an outstanding representative of the prestigious 1920s and 1930s touring saloons. Between 1929 and 1934, a mere 758 units of the ŠKODA 645 were built. In its time, the ŠKODA 645 was typically a chauffeur-driven saloon. ŠKODA presented the model for the first time in Prague during the autumn of 1929.
The 645 starting in Wiesbaden is a four-door saloon from 1930. The vehicle has been in the ŠKODA Muzeum’s collection since 1974 and has taken approximately 3,600 hours to painstakingly restore. “The ŠKODA 645 is a wonderful car and a highlight of the rich history our brand has” says Eva Ticová, restoration workshop manager at the ŠKODA Muzeum. She continues, “Aesthetics and driveability inspire drivers and spectators alike, which will also be the case in Wiesbaden.”
The ŠKODA 645 was named as such at the end of the 1920s with respect to its engine power. The first digit ‘6’ shows the number of cylinders: an in-line, six-cylinder SV with a 2,492 cc displacement providing the propulsion. ‘45’ stands for the horsepower: the powertrain delivers 45 HP at 3.000 rpms. The construction of the vehicle chassis is typical of construction at that time - the body is a composite construction of a wooden frame and metal panels set on a ladder frame.
The Wiesbaden vintage car rally (Oldtimer Rallye Wiesbaden) is taking place this coming long weekend for the 30th time. The cars will be driven through the beautiful streets of Rheingau and Taunus. The starting point and finish are located in the Hessian capital of Wiesbaden. A total of 150 historical vehicles will be taking part in the event organised by the Hesse Motor Sport Club (HMSC).
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 05, 2013, 12:45:19 posle podne
The New ŠKODA Octavia RS: The Fastest Octavia Ever


› Pure emotion - the new ŠKODA Octavia RS
› Perfect combination of sportiness, space and functionality
› From 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds, max. 248 km/h
› 2 new engines: more performance, lower fuel consumption, fewer emissions
› Innovative technology: safety and comfort assistance systems, progressive steering
› New: Bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights
› Powerful performance, sporty interior and extra sound for that racing feel, five fantastically designed alloy wheels
› World debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 10th July, 2013


Mladá Boleslav, 5th June, 2013 – The curtain rises for the fastest series production Octavia ever: the new ŠKODA Octavia RS celebrates its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on the 10th of July. The Czech manufacturer continues the most comprehensive model campaign in the company’s history with this latest model. The third generation Octavia RS/Octavia Combi RS really creates a big impression with its powerful and efficient engines, racy design and innovative technology.
​"The new ŠKODA Octavia RS is a in sports league of its own," says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. "Our latest model stands for horsepower and fuel efficiency and, at the same time, for emotion and rationality. Never before has an Octavia RS been so fast and dynamic and yet so spacious, convenient, safe and comfortable as the third generation of our compact sports car. In this perfect combination, the new Octavia RS and Octavia Combi RS set new standards in the sporty compact class and also takes the brand’s sporty genes with it on the road. A perfect car for free time and everyday use, maximum power, the latest technology and great value for money," explains Vahland.

The new Octavia RS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 248 km/h (with manual six-speed gearbox). The new model also offers all the outstanding features of the new ŠKODA Octavia: highest functionality, plenty of room, top-safety, state-of-the-art assistance systems in terms of safety and comfort as well as being excellent value for money. The new ŠKODA Octavia RS will be available for retail on European markets as of July, starting in the UK. 

Two new engines power the new ŠKODA Octavia RS. There is a choice of the two-litre petrol 162 kW (220 HP) or two-litre diesel 135 kW (184 HP). The 2.0 TSI-petrol, in conjunction with the six-speed manual gearbox, thrusts the Octavia RS from 0 to 100 km/h in only 6.8 seconds. The maximum speed now lies at 248 km/h, making it 6 km/h faster than the second generation Octavia RS. The new Octavia RS 2.0 TDI-diesel manages 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 232 km/h (with six-speed manual gearbox).

Compared to the second generation Octavia RS, the new engines provide more power whilst consuming up to 19% less fuel. Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration are fitted as standard. A manual gearbox or DSG dual clutch transmission are available as options for both engines, each with six gears.

Modern suspension optimizes the handling of the compact sports car. The new ŠKODA Octavia RS is fitted with sports suspension as standard. The body has also been lowered by 12mm compared to the standard Octavia (Octavia Combi RS body: 13 mm). The newly developed multi-link axle is used as the rear axle. For precise track guidance, there is a MacPherson strut with underlying triangle wishbone. Electronic differential lock XDS integrated into the electronic stability control (ESC) now comes as standard. This function improves the traction of the wheels and reduces the tendency to understeer in fast cornering. For better handling and greater agility comes the new electro-mechanical progressive steering. Thanks to this technology, the driver can make smaller movements in steering to achieve the desired turning radius. That means less grip is needed for tight corners.

Speed and class are conveyed in the new ŠKODA Octavia RS design from the word go. Either as Octavia RS or Octavia Combi RS, the latest ŠKODA model really shows off its lean sporty genes. It is clear to onlookers from the start that this is the new sporty Octavia RS and the brand’s new design language shines through.  The front view is dominated by the creative interplay of the characteristic ŠKODA front grille sporting the RS badge, distinctive honeycomb air intakes, a new RS-style front bumper and fog lights as well as the new bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights now fitted as standard.
 
From the side view the car is considerably lower compared to the standard Octavia body.  In comparison to the second generation Octavia RS, the vehicle has grown significantly in length (+88 mm, combi +86 mm) and width (+45 mm). At the same time the wheelbase has risen by 102mm, enhancing the powerful image of the car as the shortened overhang. The series standard, red-lacquered brake callipers provide pure emotion, as do the powerful proportions, high tornado line and sharp, precise edges and lines. 

The Octavia RS’s new light-alloy wheels lend the car a particularly sporty look. The designers have created four new 17, 18 and 19 inch wheel designs. The tyres have an impressive racy two-tone look, a distinctive outfit, visual lightness, sharp edges and a finish precise to the smallest detail.  The new Octavia RS drives on the series standard  ‘Dorado’ 17 inch light alloys fitted with 225/45 tyres.  Then there are the optional 18 inch ‘Gemini’ and ‘Pictoris’ alloys (each for 225/40 tyres). Two colours are available for the ‘Gemini’: silver und anthracite. Anyone who appreciates ultra-sporty wheels will love ŠKODA’s accessories for the Octavia RS and there are yet more treats in store like the ‘Xtrem’ 19 inch light alloys in black.

The rear is dominated in the lower section by a strong black diffuser element and the overlying wide reflector spotlight. These elements are also distinctive features of the new Octavia RS just like the two large, trapezoidal-shaped chrome exhaust tailpipes. Then there are the rear lights fitted as standard with LED technology in the brand’s typical C-shape.  And we have not forgotten about the spoiler, which, on the Combi RS, is fitted as a roof-edge spoiler. 

The interior of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS is characterized by the sporty, black interior. The interior of the front doors is newly equipped with integrated ambient lighting for the internal door handles. There are newly developed RS-design sports seats for the driver and passenger and a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel with perforated leather is fitted as standard. The gear stick and handbrake are also of leather. The sill plates and pedals are made of stainless steel. The instrument panel with a rich-colour Maxi DOT display has its own unique RS design. The Steering wheel, gear stick, door sill panels, seats and floor mats all sport the RS logo.

In addition to its sporty features, the new ŠKODA Octavia boasts all the outstanding attributes that distinguish it as the new Octavia in both body versions.  These primarily include the superior interior space and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions. Our well-known ŠKODA quality is also an integral part of the sporty version.

Space like no other: no other compact sports car offers more interior length (1.782 mm), more legroom (73 mm) or more headroom in the back (980 mm). Even the boot sets another record in the class: The boot volume in the Octavia RS increased by 5 litres to 590 litres, and the combi RS’s has increased to 610 litres.

Added to that, there are a whole host of other ‘Simply Clever’ features, such as the foldable cargo items as well as the double-sided boot flooring, an ice scraper in the fuel cap and the high-vis jacket under the driver’s seat. There are also litter containers, multimedia holders and a number of storage compartments, holders and hooks fitted as standard in the new Octavia RS. The new Octavia Combi RS has an optional adjustable boot floor. The jacket shelf under the boot cover is new in the Combi RS. The roller cover for the boot can be removed and stowed under the adjustable loading floor. The backrest of the rear seat can also be folded 60:40.

The new ŠKODA Octavia RS boasts the highest level of safety.  Included in the newly developed safety system are the Front Assistant with city emergency braking, Lane Assistant to keep you on track, Multi-Collision Braking with automatic brake intervention in the event of an accident, Crew Protect Assistant to protect the vehicle under accident conditions and the Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection). In the event of an accident, a comprehensive package of passive safety features work to provide the best possible protection for the driver and passengers with up to nine airbags amongst other things.

The car leaves nothing to be desired in terms of comfort thanks to the many on board comfort systems. Upon request, the new ŠKODA Octavia RS comes with Adaptive Cruise Assistant, which keeps a set distance from the car ahead. The new Intelligent Light Assistant automatically switches the long-beam lights on and off. The Automatic Parking Assistant supports you getting in and out of tight spaces. The road sign detection in the ‘Traveller Assistant’ package indicates traffic signals.

KESSY Keyless-Entry-Start-and-Exit-System is also available upon request for the new Octavia RS along with the electric panoramic sunroof for both body versions.  In addition, there is a completely new generation of infotainment radio and navigation systems. Swing – the CD/radio with TFT monochrome display is also fitted as standard in the brand’s latest model with four front and rear speakers. Up to 8 full-size touch screens with proximity sensors are fitted in higher systems.  The CANTON Sound System offers passengers sound-optimized audio for pure listening pleasure.
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 05, 2013, 12:56:20 posle podne
ŠKODA Felicia on the Starting line at Alpine Rally in Kitzbühel


​› Elegant 1961 Cabriolet on the starting field for the second time
› ŠKODA’s third time at Kitzbühel
› 26th occasion of the Alpine Rally with around 200 historical vehicles

Mladá Boleslav, 5th June, 2013 – ŠKODA Classic will be taking the elegant ŠKODA Felicia Cabriolet to the prestigious Alpine Rally. The 26th occasion of the classic car rally through the beautiful Tyrolean Mountains takes place from 5 to 8 June. Around 200 classic cars are expected in Kitzbühel.
​The ŠKODA Felicia Cabriolet belongs to the squad of elegant cabriolets from the 1960s. In total, over 14,860 units were built between 1959 and 1964. A particularly attractive example in turquoise-blue from the ŠKODA Museum collection will be at the Alpine Rally starting line. The car has been painstakingly restored at the museum's restoration workshop.

The 1961 ŠKODA Felicia convertible is powered by a 50hp, 1,089cc, four-cylinder engine with a top speed of 128 km/h. “This wonderful Cabriolet will be an impressive figure on the charming Alpine panorama and will master the slopes with ease”, explains Eva Ticová, restoration workshop manager at the ŠKODA MUSEUM.

ŠKODA is taking part at the Kitzbühel Alpine Rally for the third time since 2011. The Czech brand started in a 1948 ŠKODA Tudor 1101 in the first year.

The rally is one of the largest and most popular classic car events in Europe. This year cars built up to 1976 will be competing. Waiting for them are around 500 kilometres of track on the most beautiful mountain roads in Tyrol and Salzburg. On Thursday morning, a 70-kilometer prologue takes place and Friday sees the "royal" mountain stage through the breath-taking scenery of Salzburg's Lammer valley. On Saturday through the Bavarian region of Chiemgau down to the Tyrol Lower Inn Valley, finishing with the highlight on Saturday afternoon – the vehicle parade in front of thousands of fans in Kitzbühel town centre.
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 12, 2013, 14:46:50 posle podne

ŠKODA Focuses on Health and Prevention


› Employee health and safety forms the focus of ŠKODA’s personnel work
› ‘Ergonomics Day’ helps to continuously improve working conditions and processes at the company
› Inter-divisional events in close partnership with trade unions


Mladá Boleslav, 11th June, 2013 – ŠKODA is a pioneer in workplace ergonomics. The Czech car manufacturer is to present the focus of their comprehensive prevention program at the ‘Ergonomics Day’ on 10th June, 2013. The aim of these measures is to permanently optimize all working conditions and processes for the employees in production and administration. These commitments are part of the company’s comprehensive social benefits.


An important principle for all matters relating to workplace ergonomics is that prevention is better than a cure. That is why preventive measures are the cornerstone of ergonomic policy at ŠKODA AUTO. One particular focus of improving ergonomics is in vehicle production. This is all about achieving the most optimal, health conscious design of the entire logistics and manufacturing processes. Examples include positioning the hand correctly when using bolting tools as well as reducing the burden on the back through correct body posture, how to work with overhead items and using the appropriate technical aids when lifting heavy loads. So, mounting tools for fastening the car wheels or doors are used as well as ergonomic seats for employees who swivel from vehicle to vehicle, enabling such work to be carried out seated. But the topic is obviously also concerned with simpler things such as the positioning of computer monitors and the optimal height of seats and tables in office workstations.


“Our employees’ health and safety in the workplace has the highest priority at ŠKODA”, explains ŠKODA Board member for HR, Bohdan Wojnar. He adds, “Our commitment to the design of ergonomic and healthy workplaces goes far beyond that of the legal requirements and is part of our overall social policy. We focus on preventive measures as well as on targeted improvements in our team’s everyday working environment. This entire project is undertaken in close partnership with trade unions.”


To improve the working environment specifically, three years ago ŠKODA merged all the measures that had already been carried out in various departments into one central ergonomics project. “We joined forces to be able to purposefully and continually optimize the working environment”, says Wojnar.


In evaluating ergonomics, ŠKODA also relies on the latest scientific findings. Since mid-2012 there has been a company-owned, authorized laboratory for ergonomics and work physiology. The laboratory’s primary task is to assess the working environment in terms of both physical stress and specific work positions. For this purpose, the total workload is measured throughout the working period just as the load on certain areas of the body and muscle groups. Based on the data collected, measures to improve working conditions are developed and implemented. Speciallytrained experts evaluate new technologies with regard to the burden on the employee. They optimize workstations and working methods to avoid or reduce strain. Our ultimate goal is to create conditions where health issues do not arise at all.


Preventative health measures play an extremely important role. That is why the ergonomic and work physiology specialists at ŠKODA, for example, train employees in correct body postures, such as when lifting and in movements required at their workstations. In the practical part of their training, employees, along with occupational therapists, practice correct movements, learn how to use various tools correctly and incorporate stretching exercises. This can help employees both at work and in their everyday lives.
ŠKODA AUTO has also introduced voluntary preventive programs that have been included in the ‘ŠKODA Check-up’ since 2008. These support the employees in terms of healthy eating, weight loss, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as maintaining an altogether healthier lifestyle. An average of 13,000 employees go for a ŠKODA Check-up every year and, based on their results, receive advice or undergo rehabilitation wherever necessary. Outpatient rehabilitation clinics are available to all employees at each of the ŠKODA AUTO plants.


ŠKODA is particularly dedicated to older employees. “Older colleagues often have specific requirements with regard to their workstations and in terms of health”, says Wojnar, ŠKODA Board member for HR. That is why ŠKODA has dedicated a special ‘Seniority Program’ for these valued employees to promote good health. The program was developed working closely with the trade union KOVO. For this reason, ŠKODA was awarded ‘Most Senior-Friendly Company’ in the contest ‘The Most Responsible Company in the Czech Republic’ last year. Furthermore, the European Commission awarded the manufacturer second prize in the category ‘Employment for People of All Ages’. The award was presented by the EU Project ‘2012 - European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations'.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 13, 2013, 10:36:45 pre podne
ŠKODA Delivers 79,100 Cars in May

› 377,200 ŠKODA cars delivered between January and May, 2013
› ŠKODA gains market shares in all European sales regions
› ŠKODA model offensive continues with completely revised ŠKODA Superb and new ŠKODA Octavia RS
› Eight new or revised ŠKODA models in 2013

Mladá Boleslav, 13th June, 2013 – ŠKODA delivered 79,100 vehicles worldwide in May, 2013 – 2.9% down on May 2012. ŠKODA was able to gain shares of European markets in May. In the first five months of 2013 the Czech manufacturer achieved sales of 377,200 vehicles. The production start-up of the new Octavia and Octavia Combi as well as the revised Superb had a slightly dampening effect on sales. Additionally, the continuing overall weak situation in European markets had a negative impact on the results in May.

“The largest model offensive in ŠKODA’s corporate history has been launched successfully and will be implemented step by step”, explains ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. He continues, “We will be vigorously pursuing our growth strategy in the upcoming months even though the situation on the European markets in particular remains tough. Our customers are enthusiastic about the new models. We are confident that our sales figures will once again be in the plus in the second half of the year after the production launch of our new models.” In 2013 ŠKODA will be introducing a total of eight new or revised models, including the new Octavia Saloon, Combi, 4x4 and the sporty RS as well as the remodelled Superb, both as a saloon and combi.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA made 30,300 customer deliveries in May, which was a slight decrease of 2.3% on May, 2012. In the first five months of 2013 the Czech car manufacturer outperformed the Western European market generally and increased their market share to 3 %. In Germany, the market share grew to 4.4% in the first five months, making ŠKODA once again the strongest importer on the German market. The brand also made significant gains in their second strongest Western European market with sales of 5,300 vehicles in the UK in May – an increase of 12.4% on the same month in 2012. In May ŠKODA’s deliveries also
developed dynamically in Denmark (+82.4%) and in Finland (+36.3%).

ŠKODA delivered over 10,900 vehicles to Eastern Europe in May (Mai 2012: 12,100; -9.7%). ŠKODA’s market share grew to 4.2% in May. Once again, by far the strongest Eastern European market was Russia with more than 7,600 deliveries (May 2012: 8,500; -9.7%). With a total of 33,700 deliveries to Russian customers (January to May 2013, -7.4%), Russia reaffirmed its position as the ŠKODA’s third-largest market worldwide after China and Germany in the first five months of 2013.

In Central Europe, ŠKODA’s deliveries totalled 10,600 units in May – down slightly on last year’s figures (May 2012: 10,800; -1.9%). The market share grew to 18.7%. With 5,100 cars delivered in May, ŠKODA maintained the sales figures of last year in their Czech home market (May 2012: 5,200; -0.4%). Their market share grew to 34.5%.China was once again ŠKODA’s strongest individual market in May 21,000 customer deliveries (May 2012: also 21,000 deliveries; -0.3%). Between January and May the brand sold 99,100 vehicles in China, which is a slight decrease of 1.5% on the same period in 2012. ŠKODA wishes to increase sales in China in the coming months. The Czechs intend to place the new ŠKODA Rapid as well as the newly imported ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Superb Combi alongside the existing model range in China.

ŠKODA’s deliveries to customers – May 2013 (in units, rounded to the nearest 100 and arranged according to model; +/- % compared to May 2012):

ŠKODA Octavia (29,300; -20.0%)
ŠKODA Fabia (18,900; -11.0%)
ŠKODA Superb (8,600; -8.7%)
ŠKODA Yeti (7,600; +0.1%)
ŠKODA Roomster (3,100; -1.9%)
ŠKODA Rapid (7,500; new model)
ŠKODA Citigo (sold only in Europe: 4,100; +143.2%)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 21, 2013, 14:11:08 posle podne
Production of the new ŠKODA Octavia begins in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

› Start of manufacture of new ŠKODA Octavia for the Russian market
› Production in cooperation with Volkswagen Group Russia and GAZ Group
› ŠKODA aiming for growth in Russia – pillar of ŠKODA growth strategy



Mladá Boleslav, June 21st, 2013 – ŠKODA today launched production of the new ŠKODA Octavia at GAZ Group's factory in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The ŠKODA Octavia is by far the brand's bestselling car in Russia. This popular SKODA model's third generation is a class of its own, impressing with lots of space, high functionality, top-class safety, efficient engines and a timelessly elegant design.

​"We are aiming for strong growth in Russia in the years ahead, and the start of production of the new ŠKODA Octavia is a very important step in this direction,“ says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Russia has become our third-most important sales market worldwide and our number two in Europe. The Octavia currently accounts for more than half of ŠKODA’s sales in Russia. In launching the third Octavia generation, we are aiming to extend the great success story this bestseller of ours has been writing and permanently boost our brand’s growth in Russia,” says Vahland.

Production in Nizhny Novgorod is in cooperation with Volkswagen Group Russia (VGR) and Russian automobile manufacturer GAZ. “Producing the new Octavia in country will provide important momentum for our brand in Russia and thus strengthen our corporate strategy,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA board member for production and logistics.

Production in Russia involves the entire vehicle manufacturing process including body production, painting and assembly. The new ŠKODA Octavia is the second ŠKODA model after the ŠKODA Yeti to run off the line in Nizhny Novgorod.

In preparation for the production of these two models, partners VGR, GAZ and ŠKODA invested a total of about 300 million euros in new plant and comprehensive modernisation work in Nizhny Novgorod. Also, a new training centre for local production staff was created at the plant in early 2012. “At the basis of the success of our cars in the markets is uniform quality worldwide. The training centre at GAZ ensures an end-to-end quality management at this location, too,” says Michael Oeljeklaus.

The ŠKODA Octavia is the brand’s bestselling car in Russia by far. “The Octavia is the heart of the brand,” says Vahland. In 2012, ŠKODA sold 52,000 Octavias to Russian customers, equivalent to almost 52 per cent of all of ŠKODA’s sales in Russia last year. In the first five months of 2013, the Octavia’s share of ŠKODA’s sales in Russia even rose to 56 per cent as about 18,800 customers opted for a ŠKODA Octavia from January through May.”

More than ever, the Octavia’s third generation sets standards in the compact segment, impressing with an unmatched space offering, a new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, superior fuel economy, numerous “Simply Clever” ideas and a ŠKODA-typical price-value ratio.

ŠKODA is performing extremely well in Russia, setting a new sales record in 2012 at 99,100 units. This means the company is impressively building on its exceedingly successful showing in recent years: from 2005 to 2012, ŠKODA increased sales to Russian customers more than thirteenfold. In the first five months of 2013, ŠKODA sold 33,700 cars in Russia.

Under its 2018 growth strategy, Skoda aims to increase its worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million per year. To this end, the company has initiated the largest model offensive in its 118-year history. In this year alone, ŠKODA will launch eight new or revised models, among them four variants of the Octavia. By the end of 2015, ŠKODA aims to completely revamp its model range and expand it in important segments.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 22, 2013, 19:28:48 posle podne
German Design Council honours ŠKODA Octavia

› ŠKODA Bestseller places first in 2013 Automotive Brand Contest’s Exterior Volume Brand category
› Expert praise for new ŠKODA shape language

Mladá Boleslav, June 21st, 2013 – Renowned experts agreed the ŠKODA Octavia sets new standards in the compact segment as the saloon’s third generation took top awards in the Exterior Volume Brand category of the 2013 Automotive Brand Contest hosted by the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung). This was the first time an independent jury at this international design competition presented the award in this category.

In awarding ŠKODA Octavia the top honour in the competition, the jury recognised the outstanding new design of this ŠKODA bestseller. ŠKODA design chief Jozef Kabaň and his team have restyled the car from head to toe. Never before has an Octavia stood so dynamic and simultaneously so timelessly elegant, so distinctive, so high in quality and so assured in appearance as the model’s third generation. Besides its new design, the Octavia impresses with an unmatched space offering, functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, fuel efficiency, numerous Simply Clever ideas and ŠKODA-typical price/value ratio. “The ŠKODA Octavia is the heart of our brand and our bestselling model by far,” says ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland.

The Automotive Brand Contest’s jury’s verdict amounts to special praise for the designers in Mladá Boleslav as it assesses design across all brand products. “Our comprehensive approach is what makes the ‘Automotive Brand Contest’ so significant for the industry“, says Andrej Kupetz, general manager of the German Design Council, adding: “What we guarantee is a long-term and neutral assessment of branding in an international context.”

The German Design Council was founded in 1953 at the behest of the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament. It is an independent and internationally active foundation for the advancement of design, recognising outstanding product and communications design in nine categories and four special categories. Award classes cover the entire design spectrum and range from vehicle designs and concepts via brand design and meshed multimedia all the way to campaigns and events. The Automotive Brand Contest highlights the elementary importance of brands and their design in the automobile industry. This year’s international jury at the contest comprised representatives of the media, design, brand communication and academia.

Entry to the 2013 Automotive Brand Contest was open to all companies in the automobile and supplier industries, design and brand agencies and import brands. The awards will be presented on September 10th during “Automotive Designers’ Night” at the International Automobile Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 24, 2013, 15:25:31 posle podne

Jiří Ježek Travels to Tour de France on Top Form

› Jiří Ježek on starting line in Tour de France time trials with ŠKODA’s support
› Successful final endurance test at Czech and Slovakian Championships: 17th place in time trials
› Victories at UCI World Cup race in Merano, Italy, and Segovia, Spain
› ŠKODA supporting the Tour de France for tenth time as main sponsor

Mladá Boleslav, 24th June, 2013 - Ahead of his ŠKODA sponsored entry into the Tour de France, the Czech Para-cyclist Jiří Ježek looks to be on top form. In his final endurance test before the Tour de France, Ježek achieved an outstanding 17th place in the time trials at last weekend’s Czech-Slovak Road Bike Championships, in which he measured himself against able-bodied racing cyclists. The 38-year-old also proved to be in excellent condition with two victories in the two most recent World Cup races as part of the UCI World Cup – Para-cycling Road in Merano, Italy, and Segovia, Spain. Thanks to these wins Ježek is in the lead of the “UCI Para-Cycling World Cup”.


The six-time Paralympic medallist and world champion will be setting his target time in the first time trials of this year’s Tour de France on 10th of July. As a longstanding partner of the Czech Paralympic Team and tour sponsor, ŠKODA will be supporting the event. The 15-year-old junior photographer, David Vlk will be there in the midst of the action to document Ježek’s individual effort. David lost his right leg below the knee as a consequence of illness, so he has the same handicap as Ježek. During therapy the cyclist’s career was a great motivation for David. Thanks to ŠKODA in this year’s Tour de France the lives of both men will link up and David will move a little closer to his dream of being a news and sports photographer.

“Jiří Ježek’s and David Vlk’s entries will be an emotional highlight of this year’s Tour de France,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “We are very pleased, as a longstanding partner of the Tour, to be able to support the participation and fulfil the dreams of two extraordinary people.”

With his excellent ranking in the Czech-Slovak championships and victories at the UCI World Cup - Para-Cycling Road, the Czech has impressively demonstrated that he has been in good shape these last few days and weeks. Jiří Ježek is regarded as one of the best Para-athletes in the world. He has won six Paralympic Games, including a gold medal at the 2012 Games in London. He has also been voted ‘Disabled Sportsperson of the Year’ in the Czech Republic. Thanks to his great abilities, he is one of only a handful Paralympians who can compete without a Handicap.

“For me it’s a great honour and a dream come true. I really appreciate that as the best physically handicapped cyclist in the world I can show my ability during the time trial at the most famous professional cycle race in the world. I’m convinced it will be a great advert for handicapped sport, for me personally and the whole Czech Republic,” said Ježek. The bike racer knows the special symbolism of the hundredth Tour de France and ten years of sponsoring of the event by ŠKODA: “I couldn’t want any more. I’m really looking forward and want to enjoy this extraordinary opportunity. At the same time it’s a great sporting challenge, for which I’m going to be operating at 100%. I did very well in my last time trial. I’m convinced that on the Tour I can show my better sides,” said Ježek.

By supporting Ježek’s entry in the Tour de France, ŠKODA once again renews signs of its broad commitment to cycling sponsorship. This year will mark the manufacturer’s tenth year of being the main sponsor and official auto partner for the Tour de France – the most famous cycling race in the world. With a fleet of 250 vehicles and various events, the car manufacturer is really setting the pace at the 100th anniversary of the cycling classic. ŠKODA is also the partner for the ‘White Jersey’– the best cyclist under the age of 25. ŠKODA will also have a clear presence on the Internet and in social media. This year’s Tour de France takes place between 29th June and 21st July.

ŠKODA AUTO does not only support cycling internationally or at a professional level but they are also committed to, for example, the popular ‘Kolo pro život’ (‘Bike for Life’) series - the world’s largest amateur mountain bike series. In the last 13 years, a total of 160,000 riders have been involved in the races, of which 20,000 took part in 2012 alone. Furthermore, ŠKODA is the organizer of the popular Czech sports competition the ‘Virtual Cup’, where cycling enthusiasts compete on one of 16 tracks.

ŠKODA’s commitment to cycling reflects the special relationship that the Czech car producer has with the bicycle. The company’s success story all began with the production of bicycles at their headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. At the end of the 19th century, in December 1895, the bicycle mechanic Václav Laurin and bookkeeper Václav Klement established a factory there for the production of bicycles. In the first few years, the enthusiastic pioneers worked together to produce bicycles under the brand name of ‘Slavia’, from 1899, motorbikes and from 1905, finally, with the ‘Voiturette A’ – the company’s first automobile. L&K merged with ŠKODA in 1925.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 25, 2013, 13:33:37 posle podne
ŠKODA and Cycling: The Start of a Successful Brand

6/25/2013

ŠKODA’s success story started in 1895 with the production of bicycles. Václav Laurin und Václav Klement built Slavia brand bicycles until 1905. From bicycle producers to internationally successful car manufacturers.
Ten years of sponsoring the Tour de France and a number of other commitments in the world of cycling are the expression of a special relationship that ŠKODA has with two-wheel mobility. The history of the company began in December, 1985, with the production of bicycles: Václav Laurin and Václav Klement established a factory in Mladá Boleslav for the production of bicycles – some four years before they produced the first motorbike and ten years before their first automobile was launched on the market.

ŠKODA, as one of the oldest and longest-established car companies in the world, started their success story with the construction of bicycles. “In Mladá Boleslav at the end of the 19th century, Laurin und Klement, our founding fathers, were true pioneers in their field of mobility,” explains ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. He continues, “Their wonderful craftsmanship and energetic engineering spirit were the source of widespread inventions. From their passion for technology and constant search for improvements, dreams in mobility came true.  With the construction of bicycles and later of motorcycles and automobiles, they were pioneers of their time,” says Vahland.

Laurin and Klement were two mobility enthusiasts whose bicycle factory in Mladá Boleslav laid the foundation for a corporate history steeped in tradition. As they could not find a bicycle to meet their demands on quality, they decided to go it alone in 1895.  Initially bikes would be repaired and improved at their rented workshop but soon after they were constructing their own bicycles sold under the brand name ‘Slavia’.

Thanks to the business acumen of Václav Klement and the technical ingenuity of the skilled bicycle mechanic, Václav Laurin, the range progressively expanded. At the end of the 19th century a Laurin&Klement billboard advertised “The first domestic company to offer a two-year warrantee on account of its perfect products.” From 1899 L&K then produced motorbikes and finally, from 1905, the company began automobile production with their ‘Voiturette A’. L&K merged with ŠKODA in 1925.

“With their pioneering initiative in the field bicycle production, Laurin and Klement undoubtedly laid the cornerstone for the success of the ŠKODA brand,” explains ŠKODA CEO, Vahland. “Our sponsorship of the Tour de France and our involvement in cycling in general shows our close connection to those roots in a special way.”

Alongside ice hockey, cycling is also a very important pillar of the international ŠKODA sponsorship strategy, in which sponsoring the Tour de France and other cycling events play a central role. The car maker supports the Czech ‘Bike for Life’ events, the‘Virtual Cup’ competition and Berlin’s ‘Velothon’. Bikes still form a part of the ŠKODA model range, as they always have: 2013 saw the launch of the eleventh collection of ten bicycles for both adults and children as well as a wide range of ŠKODA bike wear and accessories.

What began almost 118 years ago with the production of bicycles by Laurin&Klement has emerged as one of today’s most successful automobile brands with seven model ranges and a presence in over 100 countries worldwide. Within the next few years, as part of the 2018 growth strategy, the manufacturer intends to expand and increase sales to at least 1.5 million cars per year by 2018.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 25, 2013, 13:34:45 posle podne
ŠKODA 10th Time as Main Sponsor of Tour de France

6/25/2013

​ŠKODA has supported the cycling classic since 2004. 250 ŠKODAs serve as the Tour fleet with many new Octavia Combis. Renowned ŠKODA Superb to lead the Tour entourage. Everything began in 1895 with the Czech manufacturer’s production of bicycles. 100th anniversary of the Tour de France from the 29th June to 21st July, 2013.

ŠKODA will be supporting the Tour de France – the most famous bicycle race in the world as the main sponsor and official auto partner for the tenth time.  With a fleet of 250 ŠKODA vehicles and a broad range of promotions, the Czech car producer will be ever present at the 100th anniversary of the cycling classic. This year’s Tour takes placefrom the 29th June to 21st July.

“Our longstanding partnership with the world's number one cycling event underlines ŠKODA’s close relationship with cycling,” says ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “The fact that ŠKODA has been sponsoring the Tour de France for ten years, and that we can also celebrate this 100th anniversary is really something very special. Supporting the Tour de France and other cycling events is also an expression of our company’s tradition spanning the past 118 years. The company’s success story began in December 1895 with the production of bicycles by our founding fathers, Laurin und Klement,” Vahland explains.

This year’s Tour de France starts on the 29th of June – for the first time on the island ofCorsica with 3 stages taking place there.  After a total of 21 stages and 3,360 kilometres, the cyclists will reach the finish line in Champs-Elysées, Paris on the 21st of July.  As in previous years, ŠKODA will be the partner for the ‘White Jersey’– the best rider under the age of 25.

For this year’s Tour de France, ŠKODA will be providing the Tour organiser and other partners with a total of 250 vehicles. The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi andŠKODA Superb will be serving primarily as accompanying vehicles. These include two of the all new Superb, which will be celebrating its debut on the European markets at the end of June.  The new Superbs in red will serve as the vehicle for the Tour director, Christian Prudhomme. Many ŠKODA cars will be travelling with the so-called publicity caravan ‘Caravane Publicitaire’, which will be putting on a fantastic display for spectators one or two hours before the entourage. The Rapid, Yeti and Citigo will all be a part of this year’s ŠKODA Tour de France fleet.

Providing transport has always played a major role in any sponsorship arrangement. Year on year over 200 ŠKODA models travel around 2.8 million kilometres during the Tour. The total distance travelled in the past nine years is almost 25 million kilometres. But the ŠKODA fleet really comes into its own here in terms of reliability: Not one single vehicle has ever broken down due to technical problems.

The Tour de France is one of the world's biggest sporting events - surpassed only by the football World Cup and the Olympics. There were around 12 million cycling enthusiasts cheering along the main route alone in 2012, joined by approximately 1.7 billion TV viewers throughout the world. “Cycling is a highly dynamic sport that attracts millions of people worldwide,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “It fits perfectly with the ŠKODA brand.”

Part of ŠKODA’s sponsorship of the Tour de France is an extensive communication campaign. This can be seen in a specially developed film, dynamically sequencing the manufacturer’s involvement in ‘Le Tour’. Its message: As“the team behind the teams”, ŠKODA is providing the support in every way necessary for a successful Tour de France.  Any one of various motives throughout the emotive series of ads supports this message: The team behind the teams.

There will also be a broad presence on the Internet and in social media. TwoInternet sites will present ŠKODA’s involvement in the cycling: www.skoda-cycling.com andwww.skoda-radsport.de. You can also visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/skoda-cycling.

Alongside ice hockey, cycling is also a very important pillar of the international ŠKODA sponsorship strategy, in which sponsoring the Tour de France and other cycling events play a central role. The car maker supports the Czech ‘Bike for Life’ events, the ‘Virtual Cup’ competition and Berlin’s ‘Velothon’.

Having such a close connection to cycling is demonstrated through ŠKODA’s traditional sponsorship. Just as bicycles and all the accessories that go with them have been a part of the car manufacture’s extended product range for years. With ten models, the2013 ŠKODA bike collection is better than ever before. Kids’ and junior bikes as well as high-tech racing bikes and mountain bikes are now available from ŠKODA Genuine Accessories. The extremely popular category of 29-inch bikes is now available for the first time in this year’s collection. The brand also offers a fantastic range of bike wear for adults and children as well as other cycling accessories such as ŠKODA designed helmets, gloves, drinks bottles and sunglasses.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 25, 2013, 13:35:47 posle podne
New ŠKODA Octavia Combi tops in residual values

6/25/2013

EurotaxGlass study: third-generation ŠKODA Octavia Combi’s forecast residual values beat direct competitors in five European countries.

Launched only recently, the new third-generation ŠKODA Octavia Combi already ranks among the estate cars best in retaining their value in Europe, says a current EurotaxGlass study conducted in five European countries. The study compared a total of six compact estate cars with the Octavia Combi achieving forecast future residual values between 49 and 40 per cent after three years, clearly beating its direct competitors.

The study looked at the markets in Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy and Great Britain. EurotaxGlass is an international automobile commerce service provider. The eponymous study forecasts newly introduced models’ expected loss in value across brands and is a recognised independent bellwether for cars’ stability in value.
As part of its most recent study, EurotaxGlass compared six compact estate cars: the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi, the Ford Focus Combi, the Hyundai i30 Combi, the Opel Astra Sports Tourer, the Peugeot 308 SW and the Renault Mégane Grandtour. In all five countries, the study predicts the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi will achieve the best residual values compared to the other models after an assumed three years of service and mileage of 90,000 km. Depending on the country, the study forecasts future values for the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi to be between 49 and 40 per cent, which is to say that the new model, which was introduced on European markets in May 2013, scored better even than its direct predecessor generation.
 
“The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi not only offers space in its most beautiful shape, it is also a giant in residual values,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA board member for sales and marketing. The fact that it came tops in no less than five European markets in the study is just one more proof of this car’s high quality and stability in value, advantages in other words which our private and business customers appreciate so much that they made the second-generation Octavia Combi the bestselling estate car in Europe in 2012,” says Eichhorn.
 
The study examines criteria such as mileage/CO2 emissions, price-value ratio, quality and reliability. Design and brand aspects also played a role. The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi scores best overall in residual value, achieving 49 per cent in Germany, the brand’s second-strongest market worldwide. Here, the Octavia Combi in “Ambition” trim and with a 110 kW 2.0 TDI engine is second to none, its competitors achieving an average residual value of only 43 per cent. In the Czech Republic, its home market, the ŠKODA Octavia Combi’s residual value is forecast at 45 per cent, a 7 per cent better than its competitors.
 
Just as does the Octavia saloon, so the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi stands for all of the brand’s good values: a timelessly elegant design, copious space for occupants and their baggage, quality, precise workmanship, lots of “Simply Clever” details, innovative technology and an outstanding price/value ratio. “The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi is a great addition to the compact estate segment and is proving a hit with our customers,” says Werner Eichhorn, board member in charge of sales.
 
The Octavia Combi has great importance for the brand’s success, having sold 1.3 million since its introduction in 1998. The ŠKODA Octavia Combi is a real bestseller especially in Europe and topped sales rankings for estate cars in Europe in 2012, accounting for 24 per cent of the brand’s total sales in Europe and fully 25 per cent in Western Europe. In Germany, ŠKODA’s largest European markets, the Octavia Combi became the bestselling imported car last year.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 14:45:50 posle podne
Strikingly functional: The special edition ŠKODA Roomster Noire

6/28/2013

The new Roomster special edition convinces with sporty design elements. ŠKODA Roomster offers a lot of space, high functionality and variability.  A sporty look paired with high functionality and lots of room – that’s what the new special edition ŠKODA Roomster Noire will offer as of today. The popular large capacity car convinces as an attractive special edition with black exterior design elements and an upgraded interior.

Beginning today, the Roomster will pull up in a particularly dynamic look as the special edition Noire. The ŠKODA Roomster Noire is based on the equipment version “Ambition”, while the available engines correspond to the current Roomster engine portfolio. The new special edition convinces with tinted windows and the “SunSet” package, black 16-inch alloy wheels in the “Comet” design, black highlighted headlights and black fog lights with integrated daylight running lights. Upon request, black 17-inch alloy wheels in the “Trinity” design are available as well.

The grille and the side mirrors are also painted black; moreover, a black roof may be purchased upon request. The front bumper has received a black spoiler, the rear bumper a black diffuser. The “B” column is covered with an adhesive decorative black film. Five vehicle colors are available: corrida-red, brilliant-silver, candy-white, magic-black and cappuccino-beige.

The interior of the ŠKODA Roomster Noire has been particularly upgraded with black-red sport seats and the small leather package: the 3-spoke steering wheel, hand brake grip and gear shift are coated with leather and framed by red threads. Likewise, the front entry bars are made of aluminum and pedal covers are made of stainless steel.

Since its launch in 2006, the ŠKODA Roomster has been one of the most attractive representatives in the segment of the so-called “multi purpose vehicles”, in short referred to as “MPV”. Highest functionality and variability, lots of space, safety and comfort are among the outstanding characteristics of the vehicle, which in 2012 alone was sold 38,000 times worldwide.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 14:48:43 posle podne
Successful Premiere for New ŠKODA Superb at First Tour de France Weekend

7/1/2013

New ŠKODA Superb leads the tour entourage as the Red Car. A total of 250 ŠKODAs in action at Tour de France. ŠKODA has covered 25 million kilometers during Tour de France. ŠKODA supporting the cycling classic for the tenth time. The new ŠKODA Superb has done fantastically well at its first official appearance at the start of the Tour de France. With the market launch, the completely redesigned top model makes its debut as the official Red Car, leading the peloton. ŠKODA is supporting the French cycling tour this year for the tenth time as the main sponsor.

“A strong first appearance for the new ŠKODA Superb,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. He continues, “Its use as the Red Car is a great platform for our flagship. Our top model also shows its strengths on the racing track.” With a total of 250 vehicles, including eight ŠKODA Superbs in red, the Czech car manufacturer shows its colours at the 100th anniversary of the cycling classic. This year's Tour de France has been underway since the 29th June and runs until 21st July.

The red ŠKODA Superb is driving in the most prominent part of the Tour – in the very lead. The Red Car is also the only vehicle that can pass the finishing line of each stage together with the riders. The Tour director, Christian Prudhomme will be sitting in the back of the Superb through all the stages. “I love my Superb, it is a fantastic car. Even though I am as tall as my driver at 1.9 m,” it is so comfortable sitting in the back and I can even cross my legs. I am particularly excited this year about the gigantic panoramic glass roof,” said Prudhomme.  The panoramic roof that reaches to the rear of the vehicle allows passengers in the rear to stand up when opened.

For its use during the Tour de France, the Superb has been specially lacquered in special edition 'Corrida-Red'. Technical equipment has been installed in the Tour director's car to ensure constant communication with all participants during all stages of race. All necessary communication features are housed in a specially designed console in the back seat.

ŠKODA has made a total of 250 vehicles available for the Tour organisers: alongside the Superb, there are the Octavia, Octavia Combi, Rapid, Yeti, Roomster and Citigo.

ŠKODA is supporting this year's Tour de France for the tenth time as the main sponsor.  “Cycling is a highly dynamic sport that attracts millions of people worldwide,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. He continues, “It fits perfectly with the ŠKODA brand.” Alongside ice hockey, cycling is a very important pillar of ŠKODA's international Sponsorship Strategy. Grassroots cycling also plays a central role.

From the very beginning, this prominent use of cars has played a major role in this sponsorship. Year after year, the 250 ŠKODA models travel around 2.8 million kilometers during the Tour. The total distance travelled over the past nine years is almost 25 million kilometres. The ŠKODA fleet has really done itself proud in terms of reliability though: So far there has not been one single breakdown due to technical problems.

ŠKODA's sponsorship of the Tour de France demonstrates the special relationship that the brand has with cycling. The company's success story began with the construction of bicycles at the headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. At the end of the 19th century in 1895, the bicycle mechanic Václav Laurin and bookseller Václav Klement established a factory there for the production of bicycles; from 1899 also motorcycles and cars since 1905 when the first Voiturette A was produced – the company's first car. In 1925 L&K merged with ŠKODA.

The Tour de France is one of the world's biggest sporting events ever – surpassed only by the football World Cup and the Olympics. Last year at the course alone, there were around 12 million cycling enthusiasts cheering on the competitors and a further 1.7 billion of us tuned in around the world.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 14:55:06 posle podne
Two historic ŠKODA cars at the Silvretta Classic

› ŠKODA 1100 OHC from 1958 and ŠKODA 1000 MB Rally from 1968 at the start
› 16th anniversary of the Silvretta Classic from 4th to 7th July, 2013
› Dream cars on idyllic roads: 150 cars driving through the Alpine stretch

Mladá Boleslav, 3 July 2013


– ŠKODA will be at the renowned vintage car rally - the Silvretta Classic - with two historic cars: a ŠKODA 1100 OHC from 1958 and a ŠKODA 1000 MB Rally from 1968. This year will mark the 16th anniversary of the Silvretta Classic in the Austrian Montafon and will be taking place between the 4th and 7th July.

​The open top ŠKODA 1100 OHC is one of the highlights of ŠKODA's sports car selection.  The ŠKODA 1000 MB Rally also belongs to the ŠKODA Museum's exclusive collection of cars in Mladá Boleslav. "We have chosen two of the brand's finest cars most suitable for the Alpine Silvretta Rally route," says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development.

The ŠKODA 1100 OHC built in 1958 never fails to impress at these races, not least because of its roaring, boisterous engine. Weighing in at a mere 550 kilograms, this racing car is a real lightweight. Powered by a longitudinal, in-line, four-cylinder OHC valve timing, with a displacement of 1,089cc (OHC is the abbreviation for overhead camshaft and refers to the control valve through an overhead camshaft), the engine, supported by two Weber carburettors, originally from the ŠKODA model 440, delivering 92 hp at 7,700 RPM, can reach a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The manual, five-speed gearbox lies just in front of the rear axle, allowing for an optimal weight distribution – one feature that may come in handy through the peaks and troughs in the Montafon.

The ŠKODA 1000 MB Rally built in 1968 differs from the standard model 1000 MB, mainly due to an additional light-ramp and other sporty modifications. The car has taken part in many races, including the prestigious London-Mexico rally in 1995. This rally car features a four-cylinder rear engine with a 1,300 cc displacement and Weber carburettors. The engine output is 90 hp with maximum speeds of up to 170 km/h.

The Silvretta Classic in the Alpine Montafon is one of the most traditional vintage car rallies in Europe and will be taking place in 2013 for the 16th time.  This year's 600km of racing will take the participants not only through the beautiful streets of Vorarlberg but also around the Silvretta-Massiv into the picturesque Lower Engadine. Above all, the highest level of precision is demanded of all participants, with the evaluation tests being measured to an accuracy of a hundredth of a second.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 14:59:44 posle podne
New ŠKODA Octavia RS at Goodwood racetrack

7/3/2013

Fastest Octavia of all time debuts at “Goodwood Festival of Speed”. 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds; 248 km/h top speed. New engines: more speed, more power, more efficiency. Distinctive appearance and innovative progressive steering.

The new ŠKODA Octavia RS is the star at this year’s “Goodwood Festival of Speed”. On July 10th, the eve of this legendary motorsport event, ŠKODA will fittingly present its new compact sports model on the racetrack and beside it. The fastest Octavia of all time is the most recent model in the largest model offensive in the company’s history, impressing both as a saloon and an estate with powerful yet efficient engines, a sporty, attractive design, new RS wheels and innovative technology.

“The new Octavia RS is about pure emotion and brings ŠKODA’s concentrated power to the road. This makes Goodwood the perfect setting for the debut of the fastest Octavia of all time,” says ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. “More than 100,000 visitors, fascinating motorsport that you can touch, automobile traditions and enthusiasm – it is this unique mixture which creates the charm of Goodwood. The new Octavia RS will be the highlight of this motorsport feast,” says Vahland.

The RS is the top model in the Octavia line and the most powerful series ŠKODA Octavia ever, providing hands-on experience of the brand’s expertise in motorsports, which ŠKODA has been confirming on the world’s most demanding circuits for 112 years, as evidenced by its victory at the 1977 Monte Carlo Rally and success in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge IRC. Three consecutive wins from 2010 through 2012 and 27 individual victories since 2009 have made ŠKODA the most successful brand in IRC history. In addition, 2012 saw the brand win in the European Rally Championship, the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and six national rally championships, making it one of the most successful years in ŠKODA motorsport history. Its performance data and its high everyday utility mean Octavia RS sets standards in the sports compact category both as a saloon and as an estate.

The new Octavia RS will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. Top speed in the 162 kW (220 HP) 2.0 TSI petrol engine-version with manual transmission is 248 km/h. Compared to the second-generation Octavia RS, the new engines have up to ten per cent more displacement permitting significantly higher power output while still lowering fuel consumption by up to 19 per cent. The ŠKODA Octavia RS’s newprogressive steering lets drivers achieve a desired turning radius with smaller movements of the steering wheel resulting in less repositioning of the hands in tight curves.

In addition, the new model boasts all the outstanding qualities of the new ŠKODA Octavia: supreme functionality, ample space, top-notch safety, cutting-edge assistance systems for safety and comfort, numerous “Simply Clever” solutions such as the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap or the warning vest below the driver seat, as well as an excellent price/value ratio. Launch of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS in European markets is set for July and will begin in Great Britain.

The design of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS speaks style and class, for instance at the front in the interplay of ŠKODA’s characteristic grille, air intakes with their hive structure, new front apron and RS-design fog lamps as well as new bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, now standard. The car’s side aspect is marked by lowered clearance and by the new 17-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels. The rear is dominated by a distinctive black diffusor element, broad reflectors and two large-bore chrome exhaust end pipes as well as standard LED tail lights in brand-typical C design and a rear spoiler.

A sporty black design marks the interior of the Octavia RS including new ambient lights in the door handles, new RS-design sports seats and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel with perforated leather. The shift knob and the handbrake handle are also leather, while the door sills and pedals are stainless steel.

Since 1993, the “Goodwood Festival of Speed” has been a special homage to motorsport. The race itself, a 1.7 kilometre hillclimb event, takes place rather in the background while racing and sports cars, racing motorcycles and rally cars from all ages are on display. Since 2007, the festival has included a competition dedicated to rally cars and held on a rally course. The new Octavia RS will see its debut on the track at Goodwood on July 10th.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:07:13 posle podne
In 13 years, about 25 times around the Earth

› ŠKODA Fabia reaches one million kilometers
› ŠKODA Fabia 1.9 l TDI 74 kW (101 PS), built in 2000, top condition
› Brand welcomes and celebrates “kilometer king” Peter Kirchhoff from Sprockhövel near Wuppertal, Germany, at ŠKODA’s seat in Mladá Boleslav

Mladá Boleslav/Weiterstadt, 3 July 2013 - A ŠKODA Fabia 1.9 l TDI 74 kW (101 PS), which was built in the year 2000, has reached one million kilometers! Its owner, Peter Kirchhoff, from Sprockhövel near Wuppertal, meticulously planned this moment for a long time: Today, at 11:30 am CEST, he pulled up his Fabia to the company museum in Mladá Boleslav. With great precision, the odometer displayed the sensational reading of 999,999 kilometers. At the historic site, Kirchhoff was welcomed and congratulated by ŠKODA representatives and was enthusiastically celebrated by numerous German fans of the Czech brand who had accompanied him on his trip.
​“Together with Peter Kirchhoff, we are delighted about this great achievement. At the same time, we are very proud that he has reached such a result with a vehicle of the ŠKODA brand. No-one can wish for better evidence of the quality and reliability of our cars,” says Dr. Martin Hrdlicka, the representative of the Technical Development Department at ŠKODA AUTO a.s.. At the time, Hrdlicka collaborated in the construction of the first generation Fabia. “Even at the time of its presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1999, the Fabia caused a stir,” he says. “The very same year, we won the first ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ award with it. For us, it was the confirmation that we had the finger on the pulse of the time with this car.”

That piece of news, as well as the unanimous praise of the trade press, the affordable base price of DEM 18,798 in those days and the headline “Best-in-class in insurance ratings” tipped the scales for Peter Kirchhoff to decide upon a Fabia. On July 3, 2000, he received the key to his silver-colored ŠKODA Fabia. “When I picked it up, the odometer read eleven kilometers,” Peter Kirchhoff remembers. Since then, the business graduate has logged every kilometer driven and every cent spent on the car. “At the time, I never dreamed of reaching the odometer reading of one million kilometers exactly 13 years to the day of accepting the car,” he smiles. It is also thanks to his painstaking accounting that the entire life of the vehicle is documented so precisely. ŠKODA AUTO Germany has been in regular contact with Peter Kirchhoff since 2005 when he first sent a letter to the editing staff of the customer magazine ‘Extratour’, which has been reporting every one of his records ever since.

Peter Kirchhoff and his Fabia crossed the 500,000 kilometer threshold in July 2007. In those seven years valiant Fabia was for him reliable partner: “Even after having driven half a million kilometers, I still had the first exhaust under the car,” Kirchhoff gushes. “Passing a general technical inspection with this car did not cause me any big headaches! Defects? Not here!”

For years, the ŠKODA service partner Betgen & Potthoff in Hamm has been taking care of Peter Kirchhoff’s Fabia. During the preliminary check prior to the obligatory ‘TÜV’ inspection in June, the car was once again given a close examination. The experienced master mechanic Werner Potthoff was excited about the overall condition. “The car has stayed very young and is in top condition, especially regarding its exterior. If you wouldn’t know that it has actually covered almost a million kilometers – you wouldn’t recognize that right away.” The service advisor Matthias Lütkhoff: “The car is in its original condition. The exhaust, engine, clutch and transmission are parts that were installed by the factory. Thanks to regular maintenance the vehicle has achieved this enormous mileage,” says Lütkhoff and adds with a grin: “By now, we know every screw by its first name.” To make sure that there won’t be any issues during the general technical inspection on July 1, the brake discs and brake pads were replaced at the ŠKODA service partner in Hamm. Afterwards, the Fabia immediately received a new sticker. His car only let Kirchhoff down once during their long relationship. “At 305,000 kilometers, a porous wire harness caused a breakdown on the road,” Kirchhoff remembers.

The members of the ŠKODA community, with whom Peter Kirchhoff has been in contact for years, provided the “kilometer millionaire’ and his Fabia with a superb appearance. They are all experts in automotive care and gave the little endurance runner an all-round care par excellence. Its owner was excited: “It looks like new now. Only when you look really closely is it possible to recognize a few dents in the lacquer.”

Even after having reached one million kilometers at the birthplace of the car, Peter Kirchhoff will remain loyal to his Fabia. He is already looking at a next generation model of the popular car from the Czech Republic. The odometer of his faithful Fabia will no longer display any kilometers beyond the millionth one. After the 999,999 the display will only show six dashes. There’s simply no room for the seventh digit. But the meticulous businessman from Sprockhövel wants to keep track of every driven kilometer by using the trip counter. “If the car plays along - and I assume it will – then there will be more records in the future,” he hopes. Once the third generation of the Fabia sedan is introduced in the market and he will have received the successor model, Peter Kirchhoff wants to donate his Fabia, which has written a piece of automotive history, to the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav.

Worldwide, the ŠKODA Fabia continues to be counted among the most popular models of the brand with the winged arrow in the logo. In Germany, it is held in high esteem among buyers and is one of the top-selling import models. The car usually alternates ranking positions with the Octavia. In 2012 alone, more than 40,000 vehicles of this model series were registered in Germany. Worldwide, a quarter million customers chose a Fabia last year.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:11:31 posle podne

ŠKODA Rapid comes with refined details into new Model year

› Diesel engine 1.6 TDI 66 kW to expand the engine range of the compact sedan
› More attractive interior with new three-spoke steering wheels, new decorative trims, new seat covers and other design enhancements
› ŠKODA Rapid to be available with xenon headlights in the future


Mladá Boleslav, 4 July 2013 – The ŠKODA Rapid is about to become even more attractive. Beginning in August 5, the popular compact sedan will be available with the 1.6 TDI 66 kW diesel engine. Furthermore, the interior of the Rapid will be updated with new three-spoke steering wheels, new decorative trims and seat covers as well as other enhancements of the design. Also, modern xenon highlights will be available as an option.
​Effective immediately, the 1.6 TDI 66 kW (90 PS) diesel engine will broaden the range of engines of the ŠKODA Rapid even more. The engine works with direct common rail injection, is equipped with diesel particle filters and may either be combined with an automatic seven-gear dual clutch transmission or a manual five-gear transmission.

Likewise, the particularly environmentally-friendly Green tec version is offered for the new entry-level diesel. The Green tec package includes fuel consumption-reducing technologies such as the automatic start-stop mechanism, brake energy recovery and rolling-resistant tires. The CO2 emission of the Rapid 1.6 TDI 66 kW Green tec amounts to just 104 g/km, with normal consumption being 3.9 l per 100 km.

Overall, this results in six different EU-5 engines being available for the ŠKODA Rapid: two self-igniters (1.6 TDI with 66 or 77 kW) and four gas engines (1.2 MPI/55 kW, 1.2 TSI with 63 or 77 kW as well as the 1.4 TSI 90 kW). The Green tec package is available for all TSI and TDI engines.

Likewise, the interior of the Rapid will be enhanced. All compact sedans will receive new three-spoke steering wheels. The differences are in the materials (PUR, PUR with chrome, leather with chrome) as well as in the functionalities (with or without any multi-functional display/phone/audio control buttons). The Rapid equipment versions ‘Ambition’ and ‘Elegance’ will receive new decorative trims, each in four designs (Graphite-Metallic, Silver-Brushed, Piano-White and Piano-Black). Also, there are new seat cover designs for these versions. For the equipment versions ‘Active’ and ‘Ambition’ of the Rapid, the gray hue of the dash board and the door covers will be upgraded (tellurium-gray will become lava-gray). Other innovations: the radio model ‘Swing’ will receive a modern panel, the radio model ‘Blues’ will now have control buttons framed in chrome.

As an option, the ŠKODA Rapid received xenon headlights. The xenon lamp has a luminous flux up to 2,000 lumen.  This system requires no headlamp leveling and headlamp cleaning system yet. Advantage: a lower price compared to xenon headlamps with higher lumen output at roughly comparable intensity.

Since the fall of 2012, the ŠKODA Rapid has completed the ŠKODA model range between the ŠKODA Fabia and the ŠKODA Octavia. With compact dimensions (length of 4.48 meters, width of 1.70 meters), the compact sedan convinces with excellent spaciousness and a lot of room for five passengers and their luggage. In addition, there are numerous ‘simply clever’ solutions, timeless design, an outstanding price/value ratio and an extensive safety package.

The Rapid has already won many awards. In the Czech Republic, the vehicle was voted as the ‘Car of the Year’ in middle lower class and the ‘Fleet Novelty of the Year’. The ŠKODA Rapid is the ‘Car of the Year’ in Bulgaria, won the ‘Auto Trophy’ in Germany as well as the ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ in Austria. The ŠKODA Rapid is awarded one of the world's most coveted design awards: The compact sedan in the Czech carmaker received in March 2013 the 'red dot' Design Award in the product design. Furthermore, the vehicle was honored with the best ranking of five stars for its safety concept within the Euro NCAP crash test.

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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:13:58 posle podne
ŠKODA Starts Production of the New Octavia in Ukraine and Kazakhstan

7/4/2013

Production with local partner companies. ŠKODA Octavia is the most popular model in Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Third-generation Octavia is setting new standards in the compact segment.
The new ŠKODA Octavia is now also rolling of the production lines in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The Octavia, which is being produced with local partner companies, is the most requested ŠKODA model in both countries. The third generation of the ŠKODA best-seller is particularly impressive in terms of space, functionality and safety as well as being excellent value for money.

“The ŠKODA Octavia is the heart of our brand and after the start of production in our home plant in Mladá Boleslav, we are also starting production at other locations”, explains Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics. “The Octavia is Kazakhstan’s and the Ukraine’s most popular ŠKODA model. Now, by starting the local production of the third-generation Octavia in both countries, we aim to continue this success story.”

The production of the new Octavia in the Ukraine underlines the importance of this market for ŠKODA: In 2012 ŠKODA increased its deliveries to Ukrainian customers by around 32% to 14,400 vehicles. The market share increased to 6.6% (2011: 4.9%). ŠKODA vehicle production takes place in Solomonovo in partnership with Eurocar. The Fabia, Yeti, Superb and Roomster are also produced here from SKD (Semi-Knocked-Down) form.

The new Octavia is also being produced in Ust-Kamenogorsk, northeast Kazakhstan in partnership with Azia Avto. Last year ŠKODA grew by 158% in Kazakhstan when approximately 1,900 vehicles were delivered to customers (2011: 720). Alongside the Octavia, the Fabia, Yeti and Superb models are produced in Ust-Kamenogorsk from SKD form.

Prefabricated car bodies from the Czech Republic are imported for the SKD productionof the new Octavia in Kazakhstan and the Ukraine. The assembly takes place on site.

The third-generation Octavia is setting new standards in the compact segment. The vehicle boasts unrivalled space, a new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, economical consumption, a whole range of ‘Simply Clever’ ideas and, as always with ŠKODA – it is excellent value for money. The market launch in the Ukraine was in June, in Kazakhstan it is in July.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:16:51 posle podne

ŠKODA: Best automobile manufacturer in Great Britain

​› Honored by a British consumer organization: As the only car maker, ŠKODA already wins ‘Which? Awards’ for the second time
› Brand convinces with the best price/value ratio, reliability and highest customer satisfaction
› ŠKODA growing in Great Britain: deliveries rose 15.1 percent until the end of May


Mladá Boleslav, 4 July 2013 – According to the British consumer protection organization ‘Which?’, ŠKODA is the best automobile manufacturer in Great Britain. The brand was voted ‘Best Car Manufacturer’. This is already the second time after 2010 that ŠKODA has won the competition.
​‘Which?’ explains the outcome of the vote with ŠKODA’s outstanding model range, which convinces with the best price/value ratio and a high level of reliability: “ŠKODA is a well-deserved winner. The brand has introduced great new models. Particularly the models’ price/value ratio and reliability are impressive. Furthermore, we are receiving excellent feedback from customers of the brand,” says Peter Vicary-Smith, chairman of the board of ‘Which?’.

ŠKODA enjoys ever greater popularity in Great Britain. In the first five months of this year, ŠKODA’s deliveries on the island rose 15.1 percent compared to the same period last year, resulting in more than 26,000 units. In 2012, the brand achieved a new sales record in the country with more than 53,200 units sold. The customers of the Czech brand are happy about the spacious and functional ŠKODA vehicles that are running on proven technology. Furthermore, ŠKODA models such as the new Octavia or the Rapid score points with their timeless, elegant design, high residual values, their environmental friendliness, low fuel consumptions and affordable maintenance costs.

The victory in this year’s ‘Which? Awards’ once again confirms the outstanding reputation of the car maker on the British automobile market. Among the main tasks of the leading and independent consumer protection organization in Great Britain are regular product tests that are published as a magazine as well as in the internet. The ‘Which? Magazine’ is read by about 1.2 million subscribers and has been in existence since 1957.

Just a few weeks ago, the Czech brand won another important survey among British customers: the ŠKODA Yeti was voted the ‘Best Car of 2013’ by more than 40,000 readers in the ‘Driver Power 2013’ poll by the trade magazine ‘Auto Express’. A total of three ŠKODA models placed in the Top Six: besides the Yeti, the Superb reached second place and the Octavia sixth place.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:19:15 posle podne
ŠKODA produces eleven-millionth engine

7/8/2013

114 years of ŠKODA competence in the development and manufacture of engines. New engine test center in Česana strengthens the technological competence of the brand. Every day, 3,600 ŠKODA employees build up to 4,400 petrol engines.
Today, ŠKODA built the eleven-millionth engine in its corporate history – a 1.4 TSImotor of the model series EA211. Engines have been built in Mladá Boleslav since the year 1899 – first for motorcycles and, from 1905 on, for automobiles. At the current time, the assembly lines at ŠKODA’s main plant are producing modern 1.2l and 1.4l versions of the engine model series EA211 and EA111. About 3,600 employees manufacture up to 4,400 units every day. The Czech automobile manufacturer will continue to expand its knowledge in the development and manufacture of engines.

“Among engine developers and manufacturers in the automobile industry, ŠKODA has one of the richest track records,” says ŠKODA’s Chairman of the Board, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “The number of eleven million manufactured assemblies since 1899 is representative for 114 years of Czech engineering in the development and manufacture of engines. We will continue to strengthen this know-how within the framework of the ŠKODA Growth Strategy,” Vahland continues.

The anniversary engine is a 1.4 TSI engine of the EA211 model series. Since the end of 2012, the Czech manufacturer has been building modern 1.2 and 1.4 TSI versions of this model series, which is used by the Volkswagen Group. The modern petrol engines with direct injection are intended for models by the ŠKODA, Audi, Seat and VW brands. “The production of engines of the EA211 model series strengthens our manufacturing basis in the Czech Republic and underscores the important role of the ŠKODA production within the Volkswagen Group,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, the ŠKODA board member for Production and Logistics. The TSI four-valve four-cylinders are setting new standards in energy efficiency, lightweight construction and engine power. Furthermore, the Czechs are currently building engines of the EA111 model series.

The manufacturer wants to continue to expand its engine competence within the framework of the ŠKODA Growth Strategy. This endeavor is supported, among other things, through the construction of a new power-train center at the ŠKODA Development Center in Česana, near the company’s seat in Mladá Boleslav. The car maker will invest more than 34 million EUR in this measure – the largest investment currently being undertaken in the area of development in the Czech Republic. At its core, the new center will include more than 15 engine test stations with outputs ranging from 250 to 400 kW. In view of the increasing requirements concerning the global use of engines, it will facilitate the worldwide development of engines for the most diverse markets.

The manufacture of engines at the Czech car maker began in the year 1899 – four years after the foundation of their bicycle-producing company – when company founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement first equipped a bicycle with an auxiliary engine, the so-called “Motocyclette”. The two-wheeled vehicle could be equipped with one-cylinder engines with outputs of either 1.25 hp or 1.75 hp. The vehicle achieved a top speed of more than 50 km/h. That marked the birth of the manufacture of automotive engines at the headquarters of the company in Mladá Boleslav.

The beginning of the motorization laid the foundation stone for one of the most venerable companies in the world. In 1905, Laurin and Klement developed the company’s first automobile named ‘Voiturette A’ (French for ‘small car’) – powered by a water-cooled two-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1,100 cm³ that generated 7 PS. Depending on the version of the vehicle, the engine’s power was transmitted to the rear wheels either through a chain or a drive shaft. Another engine milestone in the early years was the construction of one of the first eight-cylinder engines of the world in 1908. In the year 1924, even aircraft engines were built at Laurin and Klement.

After the merger with the ŠKODA plants in the year 1925, the development of engines continued to play a major role. In the 1930s, ŠKODA also made news with powerful racecars. After World War II, the first rear-mounted engine was a central development step (in 1964). 1987 brought the return of the front-mounted engine. The crucial impulse for the production of modern engines was given in 1991 with ŠKODA’s association with the Volkswagen Group.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:21:49 posle podne

Landmark: one million ŠKODAs made in China


​› ŠKODA celebrates production success together with Shanghai Volkswagen
› ŠKODA doubles model range in China from three to six models – new Rapid Xin Rui, ŠKODA Yeti and Superb Combi expand ŠKODA’s portfolio
› Sales in China to rise to half a million per year

Mladá Boleslav/Shanghai, 9 July 2013 – Shanghai Volkswagen plant had today produced its one millionth ŠKODA car since 2007, a white 1.6 l ŠKODA Rapid. In the years ahead, ŠKODA intends to grow further in its strongest sales market, expanding its model range produced in the country from a current three to then six models by mid-2014.
​“Making one million cars in China within just six years is evidence of our brand’s impressive growth,” says ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. Working closely and trustfully with its partner Shanghai Volkswagen, SVW for short, ŠKODA has written an unparalleled success story in China since mid-2007. “We are definitely going for more growth in China, reinforcing our model offensive and expanding our capacities. We intend to raise our sales in China to half a million cars per year,” says Vahland. In 2012, China accounted for about a quarter of ŠKODA’s worldwide sales of 939,200.

Since the beginning of its activities in China, ŠKODA has relied on cooperation with Shanghai Volkswagen. “SVW is a dependable and competent partner with whom we will continue to write ŠKODA’s success story in China in the years to come,” says Vahland.

Forming the basis for ŠKODA’s growth plans in China is an expansion of the brand’s model range available in the country. This year alone, this range will be growing from three to six models. Currently, ŠKODA sells the Fabia, Octavia and the Superb saloon in China, which are now being complemented by three new models: the ŠKODA Rapid Xin Rui, the ŠKODA Yeti and the ŠKODA Superb Combi.

A keystone of the brand’s growth in China is the new ŠKODA Rapid for China. This notchback saloon, sold as the ŠKODA Rapid Xin Rui, belongs to a vehicle category that is especially popular in China. ŠKODA has tailored the Chinese Rapid to the needs of Chinese customers, adding chrome elements and offering a total of nine option packages. “The Rapid is the perfect car for China,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA board member for sales and marketing. The car impresses with lots of space, an expressive design, an optimum price/value ratio, high functionality, comprehensive safety equipment and efficient engines.

Also fuelling growth in China will be the ŠKODA Superb Combi and the ŠKODA Yeti, which have been available in the country as imports since April. The ŠKODA Superb Combi is ŠKODA’s first offering of an upper-middle class estate car. The ŠKODA Yeti is ŠKODA’s entry into China’s rapidly growing compact-SUV segment and will be made locally.

In the first six months of 2013, ŠKODA sold about 120,200 cars in China, continuing the brand’s six-year success story in the country. The start of production of the ŠKODA Octavia June 2007 marked the beginning of one of the most impressive developments in recent automobile history, as ŠKODA went on to grow its annual sales to customers in China more than eightfold to around 236,000 most recently.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:23:01 posle podne
ŠKODA plant Kvasiny: CO2 emissions lowered by 8,000 tons per year thanks to combined heat and power generation

7/10/2013

ŠKODA commissions new combined heat and power generation facility in Kvasiny. Three million EUR invested, construction period of seven months. Important measure within the framework of the ŠKODA environmental strategy ‘GreenFuture’.
Today, a new combined heat and power generation (CHP) facility was commissioned at the ŠKODA plant in Kvasiny. The new system decreases the CO2 emissions of the plant in Eastern Bohemia by ten percent or 8,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. Theinvestments for the environmental measure amount to about three million EUR, the construction took seven months to complete. Two thirds of the invested amount was borne by ŠKODA, one third was financed by the Structural Fund of the European Union.

“The new combined heat and power generation facility makes the Kvasiny plant more environmentally friendly and is an important part of our sustainability strategy,” saysMichael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA board member for Production and Logistics. Within the framework of ‘GreenFuture’ – which is part of the ŠKODA Growth Strategy 2018 – the Czech car maker wants to continue to enhance the sustainability of the company until 2018. Besides even more fuel-efficient vehicles, the focus is primarily on a more economical use of resources throughout the entire company. “We want to make our production 25 percent more environmentally compatible until 2018. The new CHP facility is an important contribution toward that goal,” according to Oeljeklaus.

In combined heat and power generation, energy is only expended once for the simultaneous production of electricity and heat. Compared to procedures with a separate generation, this procedure significantly reduces energy consumption and thus CO2 emissions. The newly commissioned combined heat and power generation in Kvasiny saves 10 percent or about 8,000 metric tons of CO2 per year compared to the previous system of heat and power production. This amount of CO2 is equivalent to the incineration of about 300 rail cars of brown coal. “We use the waste heat generated during the generation of power for heating the paint shop,” says Pavel Richter, the director of the ŠKODA plant in Kvasiny. “Apart from the environmental aspect, we are strengthening the energy independence of the production site,” according to Richter.

The two facilities for the combined generation of heat and power produce 22,500 megawatt hours (MWh) of electric power per year and an equal amount of thermal output. Power and heat are generated through the burning of natural gas in a gas motor. The heat of the waste gases is used for heating the water of the heating system, while the mechanical energy from the motor drives the connected power-producing generator. Another benefit: “The new CHP facility was built in such as way that we are able to expand it in the future,” says Richter.

ŠKODA has already had a positive experience with combined heat and power generation in the past as the manufacturer has been using this technology for the generation of power at the ŠKODA plant in Mladá Boleslav since August of 2012. The heating plant of the ŠKODA subsidiary ŠkoEnergo produces power for the vehicle production at the main plant of the manufacturer and, at the same time, serves as the heating plant for the city of Mladá Boleslav. Moreover, the heating plant increasingly utilizes biomass. By 2015, about one third of all the power generated is to be derived from renewable energies. In this way, ŠKODA wants to reduce the CO2 emission at the ŠkoEnergo heating plant by one fourth as compared to today.

By using the CHP technology in its plants, ŠKODA realizes another important step in the framework of the environmental strategy ‘GreenFuture’. Its goals consist of improved economic results at a lowered burden for the environment. ‘GreenFuture’ rests on three pillars: ‘GreenProduct’, ‘GreenFactory’ and ‘GreenRetail’. While the efficiency of the vehicles – less fuel consumption and thus fewer CO2 emissions – are the main focus of ‘GreenProduct’, a 25 percent reduction in the use of energy and water in particular, fewer emissions and increased recycling are the main focus of ŠKODA’s production within the framework of ‘GreenFactory’. The third pillar ‘GreenRetail’ focuses on sustainably operating dealerships and repair shops.

Environmentally friendly production and vehicles with efficient fuel consumption are a tradition at ŠKODA as evidenced by the current GreenLine and Green tec models of the Czech automobile manufacturer: at the present time, 65 ŠKODA models emit less than 120 grams of CO2 per kilometer, eleven emit less that 100 grams. The GreenLine version of the new ŠKODA Octavia generation is the most fuel-efficient Octavia ever – with a fuel consumption of just 3.3 liter diesel and CO2 emissions of no more than 87 gram per kilometer.

The Kvasiny plant is one of three ŠKODA production sites in the Czech Republic and employs approximately 4,500 people. The models ŠKODA Superb, ŠKODA Roomster and ŠKODA Yeti roll off its assembly lines. In 2012, the plant produced a total of 153,700 vehicles. A few days ago, ŠKODA began the production of the completely re-engineered Superb and Superb Combi in Kvasiny.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:25:10 posle podne
Great Performance from Paralympian Ježek


7/10/2013


› Jiří Ježek started time trials with ŠKODA support on 10 July
› ŠKODA tenth time official sponsor of der Tour de France


An impressive performance from the Czech parathelete Jiří Ježek during the Tour de France 2013: Watched by thousands of excited spectators, the Czech completed the 33 km stretch constantly at high speed. ŠKODA supported the event as a long-term sponsor of the Czech Paralympics and official sponsor of the Tour de France.
 
The first individual time trials of this year’s Tour were held from Avranches towards the sea. The finish of the 11th stage of the Tour was the island’s mountain and world heritage site Mont-Saint-Michel off the coast of northern France. Ježek’s race against the clock was captured in pictures by the 15-year-old junior photographer David Vlk. David, who has the same disability as Jiří Ježek, lost his right lower leg due to illness. The cyclist’s carrier was a big motivation for David during his therapy. Thanks to ŠKODA, the young man is one step closer to achieving his goal of becoming a reportage and sports photographer at this year’s Tour de France.
 
“That was a great performance from Jiří Ježek, and an absolute highlight of the Tour de France,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Ježek and David Vlk have fulfilled their dreams. As a long-term partner, we are very pleased to have been able to support this exceptional event.”
 
Ježek proved to be on top form in his entry. With his appearance, Ježek has once again confirmed his reputation of being one of the best parathelites in the world. He is a six-time winner of the Paralympics, and also received a gold medal in the individual time trial at the 2012 Olympic games in London. He was voted ‘Parathelete of the Year’ in the Czech Republic and is so good that he is one of the only paralmpions who can compete against able-bodied cyclists without a handicap.
 
By supporting Ježek at the Tour-de-France, ŠKODA has once again proven its broad-commitment to cycling sponsorship. This year will mark the tenth occasion that the manufacturer has been the official sponsor and official vehicle partner of the Tour de France. With a fleet of 250 cars and a whole host of events, the car producer is really setting the pace at this 100th anniversary of the cycling classic. Year after year ŠKODA models clock up around 2.8 million kilometres during the Tour. Altogether, the total distance travelled over the past nine years has been almost 25 million kilometres. ŠKODA is also the partner for the ‘White Jersey’ – the best rider under the age of 25.
 
ŠKODA’s commitment to cycling underlines the special relationship that the Czech car manufacturer has with the bicycle. The company’s success story originally began at the headquarters in Mladá Boleslav with the construction of bicycles.  At the end of the 19th century, in December 1895, the bicycle mechanic Václav Laurin and the bookkeeper Václav Klement established a factory there for the production of bicycles. In the first few years the two enthusiastic pioneers built bikes under the brand name of ‘Slavia’, from 1899 motorcycles, and cars since 1905. The company’s first car was the Voiturette A. In 1925 L&K merged with ŠKODA.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:28:24 posle podne

ŠKODA: 464,600 Deliveries in the First Half of 2013, New Record for June

› Best June results in ŠKODA’s history: 87,400 units
› ŠKODA’s European market share grew to 4.1% in June
› ŠKODA vigorously pursues model campaign in second half of year
› Eight new or revised ŠKODA models in 2013 alone

Mladá Boleslav, 11 July 2013 – ŠKODA achieved sales of 87,400 cars in June – slightly more than the June 2012 figures, making it a new record for this sales month. At the same time, June 2013 was the second best sales month in ŠKODA’s corporate history ever. In June, ŠKODA once again outgrew the overall European market by increasing their market share to 4.1% (June 2012: 3.9%). The Czech car maker delivered 464,600 cars worldwide in the first half of 2013 (January to June 2012: 493,000 units; -5.8%). Sales in the first half of 2013 were primarily influenced by model changeovers and the start of production of the ŠKODA Octavia and ŠKODA Superb. The continuing weak situation on a number of European car markets had an impact on ŠKODA sales.
​“ŠKODA successfully implemented the growth strategy in the first half of the year despite the challenging environment”, explains the ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h. c. Winfried Vahland. “Although our sales declined slightly in the first six months, primarily due to the start of production of the new Octavia as well as the very weak European markets, we delivered in June, for the first time in 2013, more vehicles than the same month in 2012. It is also the best June sales result ever,” says Vahland. “In the second half of the year we expect a further increase in deliveries. However, the economic conditions, especially in the European markets continue to be a challenge,” explains Vahland.

ŠKODA is to launch a total of eight new or revised models onto the market this year. Last week saw the launch of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS from the Octavia family and also the new ŠKODA Superb – saloon and Combi. In the second half of the year, the Czechs will be putting even more effort into their campaign.

In Western Europe ŠKODA delivered 35,700 vehicles in June – slightly up on the same period last year (June 2012: 35,600 deliveries; +0.4%). Thus, the Czech car maker developed significantly better than the generally declining market. ŠKODA market shares in Western Europe grew to 3.2% (June 2012: 3.0%). Between January and June, ŠKODA achieved sales in Western Europe of 186,200, 4.7% down on the first half of 2012 (195,400 units). In Germany – ŠKODA’s second strongest market – the brand delivered 68,200 vehicles to customers by the end of June (January to June 2012: 70,600 units;
-3.4%), thereby giving ŠKODA the pole position as the strongest foreign brand. In the UK, sales grew in the first half of the year by 16.9%. In Denmark, the Czechs almost doubled their sales between January and June.

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA’s sales dropped by 0.8% to nearly 12.500 units in June (June 2012: 12,600). ŠKODA’s market share grew at the same time to 4.5%. In the first half of 2013, the manufacturer reached a total of 59,100 deliveries in Eastern Europe, 9.4% down on the same period last year with 65,200 units. The strongest single market was once again Russia where 9,100 vehicles were delivered to Russian customers in June – 4.6% down on June last year.

In Central Europe, ŠKODA delivered 11,500 vehicles in June (June 2012: 11,700; -1.6%). The market share was nearly 19.1% in June. In the first half of the year, the brand’s Central European deliveries totalled 61,600 units (January to June 2012: 66,600; -7.6%). In its home market, the Czech Republic, the brand’s market share rose to 35% in the first half of the year. Vehicle deliveries reached 28,300 (first half 2012: 30,700; -7.6%).

In June ŠKODA deiveries significantly increased in China: 21,200 units in ŠKODA’s strongest market means an increase of 5.2% compared to June 2012. Between January and June ŠKODA sold 120,200 units in China and almost reached the same level as last year (January to June 2012: 120,700 deliveries, -0.4%).


ŠKODA customer deliveries in June 2013 (in units, rounded off, listed by model +/- per cent on the same month in 2012):
ŠKODA Octavia (33,200; -10.5 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (19,600; -12.8 %)
ŠKODA Superb (8,200; -19.9 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (8,600; +0.4 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (3,700; -17.4 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (9,400; new model)
ŠKODA Citigo (sold only in Europe: 4,800; +85.4 %; new model)


ŠKODA customer deliveries in the first half of 2013 (in units; +/- per cent on the same period in 2012):
ŠKODA Octavia (181,200; -17.5 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (110,100; -17.6 %)
ŠKODA Superb (51,000; -10.5 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (41,800; -7.3 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (17,300; -15.3 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (38,400; new model)
ŠKODA Citigo (sold only in Europe: 24,900; +349.2 %; new model)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:33:49 posle podne
The new ŠKODA Octavia RS – world premiere at Goodwood

​› ŠKODA presents the new Octavia RS to the public for the first time
› World premiere at the ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’
› A sports class of its own; the fastest production Octavia ever
› Largest motorsport festival in the world from 11-14 July 2013 in Goodwood, England
› New ŠKODA Octavia RS part of current model offensive
› ŠKODA's motorsports activities a continued success in 2013

​Mladá Boleslav/Goodwood, 11 July 2013 – The new ŠKODA Octavia RS is celebrating its world premiere at the sporty and traditional ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’. Today ŠKODA fans, customers, media and motorsport enthusiasts witnessed the first public appearance of the new compact sports car. The third generation Octavia RS is the fastest production Octavia in history. The Octavia RS, the latest edition of ŠKODA's current model offensive, is capable of speeds up to 248 km/h.
The new ŠKODA Octavia RS is one of the stars at this year's ‘Festival of Speed’. After its exclusive world premiere before international journalists, ŠKODA is presenting the new model for four days in the ŠKODA Pavilion next to the race track. Just before the unveiling at the ŠKODA pavilion, a total of four brand new ŠKODA Octavia RSs lapped the legendary circuit at Goodwood. Thousands of enthusiastic motorsports fans could finally get an idea of how powerful the car really is.

"The ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’ is a fantastic venue for the world premiere of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS," states ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. "Tens of thousands of automobile enthusiasts will be there to experience motorsports up close and personal, and that is exactly what the new Octavia RS offers. Our latest model is not just the fastest Octavia ever, but it is also larger, roomier and more practical than ever before. The new Octavia RS is in a sporty class of its own," says Vahland.

The new Octavia RS boasts outstanding fuel consumption and performance. Customers can choose between a two-litre petrol engine with 162 kW (220 hp) or a two-litre diesel engine with 135 kW (184 hp). Compared to the second generation Octavia RS, the new engines offer both higher performance and up to 19 percent lower fuel consumption, and they can reach a top speed of 248 km/h.

Year after year the ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’ attracts the ‘crème de la crème’ of the motorsports world as well as many celebrities and tens of thousands of motorsports enthusiasts to the grounds of Goodwin House in West Sussex. In addition to the race itself, visitors can admire racing and sports cars, racing motorcycles and rally cars from every era of motorsports history. A competition for rally cars has been held since 2007 on a U-shaped rally course: the specially-built 2.5 km long 'Forest Rally Stage'.

Largest model offensive in company history

ŠKODA is boldly continuing its largest model offensive in the company's history with the new ŠKODA Octavia RS. The goal is to raise its worldwide sales to a minimum of 1.5 million units per year by the year 2018. "2013 is the year of our new models," states Vahland. ŠKODA will be launching eight new or revised cars this year alone, completely revising its entire model line and expanding it in important segments by the end of 2015.

Under its 2018 growth strategy, ŠKODA has significantly increased its sales over the last two years, achieving a new sales record in 2012 (its eighth in a row) selling 939,200 cars worldwide. From the start of the year to the end of June, the brand sold 464,600 worldwide, down 5.8 per cent. "We expected that we would not achieve the previous year's sales in the first half of the year in light of the ramp­up of production for the new Octavia and the Octavia Combi. We also did not entirely escape the weakness in some individual markets," explains Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA board member for sales and marketing. "We are cautiously optimistic about the second half of the year, however. The new models will give us new impetus," claims Eichhorn.

ŠKODA: Successful in motorsports

The RS is the Octavia range’s top-of-the-line model and the most powerful ŠKODA Octavia in production, permitting to experience the brand’s motorsport know-how in everyday life. For 112 years now, ŠKODA has been proving its rally capability on the world’s most demanding courses. Victories like at the 1977 Rally Monte Carlo and ongoing successes at the IRC Intercontinental Rally Challenge speak for themselves. Three consecutive wins from 2010 to 2012 and 27 individual victories since 2009 have made ŠKODA the most successful brand in IRC history. With the double victory in the IRC brand and drivers‘ standings and winning the title in the European Rally Championship, the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship and six national rally championships placed 2012 among the most successful years in the brand’s 112-year history in motorsports.

ŠKODA continues to accelerate in this year’s motorsport season, increasing its motorsports activities in the Asian-Pacific region. For the first time, the newly established Team ŠKODA MRF participated with full factory sponsorship and two driver crews in this year's Asian-Pacific Rally Championship, immediately taking first and second place in the season's first race in early May in New Zealand. In the season's second race in New Caledonia, a ŠKODA MRF Crew also made first place. The brand is also enjoying success in the European Rally Championship with ŠKODA's Czech driving duo Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler currently ranked number 1 overall in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). Thus ŠKODA continues along the path of success laid down in previous years.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:37:45 posle podne

Highlights from 112 Years of ŠKODA Motorsports at Goodwood


› ŠKODA 1101 Sport, ŠKODA 130 RS and ŠKODA Fabia WRC at the starting line
› ŠKODA presents three legends from a 112-year history in motorsports
› New ŠKODA Octavia RS celebrates its world premiere at Goodwood
› 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed



​Mladá Boleslav, 11 July 2013 – ŠKODA will be out in force at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 11th to 14th of July, 2013. Alongside the world premiere of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS, the Czech car maker will be presenting three fantastic highlights from the company’s 112-year history in motorsports at the racetrack – the ŠKODA 1101 Sport, the ŠKODA 130 RS and the ŠKODA Fabia WRC rally car.
​The Goodwood Festival of Speed will be taking place this year for the 20th time.  With around 150,000 visitors from all over the world, the event in Goodwood, southern England, is the world's largest historic motorsports event. Historic and current racing cars from all categories will be presented on the 1.7 km on-site mountain course as well as on a custom rally route.

“Since the company was first founded, motorsport has been a driving force for ŠKODA to excel both on the racing track and in technical development,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. He continues, “Our founding fathers were pioneers in mobility and, like many people, were captivated by speed. Since these beginnings, ŠKODA has celebrated many successes in motorsports, including our current victories in international rally sport. We are very proud of our successful motorsport tradition and will be displaying three outstanding representatives of this history at Goodwood.

The ŠKODA 1101 Sport was the first ŠKODA racing car after the Second World War, and was built in 1950 for the 24-hour race at Le Mans. The bodywork is made out of lightweight metal. To power the car, which weighs in at a mere 665 kg, is a four-cylinder, 1,498cc, 142 hp engine with a top speed of 215 km/h.

The ŠKODA 130 RS was one of the most successful racing cars of its time. Since its launch in 1975, the vehicle was a favourite at rallies and circuit racing until the early 1980s. As it was known at the time, the “Porsche of the East” has a number of victories under its belt, including victories at the Touring Car European Championships of 1981 and the double victory at the Monte-Carlo rally in 1977 in the up to 1,300cc category. The Czechs will be presenting a car from 1977 at Goodwood. The four-cylinder engine with 1,289cc capacity provides 139 hp. The top speed of this 130 RS is 200 km/h.

The final member of this historical racing car trio from Mladá Boleslav is the “Youngster” – the 2003 rally car ŠKODA Fabia WRC. Under the bonnet of the Fabia WRC is a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 1,999cc displacement and 300 hp. The all-wheel drive Fabia WRC was initially developed under the World Rally Car Regulations for the FIA and did very well in the World Rally Championships and national rally competitions until 2007. At Goodwood, the Fabia WRC will be racing on a special circuit where a separate competition for rally cars will be taking place. The 'Forest Rally Stage' is a 2.5km drive over a U-shaped gravel road through the forest.

In addition to participating with the three historic racing cars, ŠKODA will be celebrating the world premiere of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The fastest Octavia ever – as a saloon and combi – offers powerful yet economical engines, sporty design and innovative technology. The latest ŠKODA Octavia RS accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 248 km/h – in a manual saloon. Two new engines are now available in the new ŠKODA Octavia RS – either a two-litre petrol engine with 162 kW (220hp), or a two-litre diesel engine with 135kW (184hp).
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:41:54 posle podne

ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback – ŠKODA’s young compact car

› ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback: First ŠKODA hatchback in the high-volume compact segment
› Design: Dynamic and fresh for young customer groups
› Typically ŠKODA: Lots of space, functionality and ‘Simply Clever’ ideas
› Individual: Panoramic glass roof and prolonged rear window
› Environment: Fuel-efficient gas and diesel engines with an optimum CO2 value of 99 g/km
› Start: World premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013



​Mladá Boleslav, 15 July 2013 –ŠKODA introduces the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback, expanding its model range in the high-volume compact segment between the ŠKODA Fabia and the ŠKODA Octavia. For the first time ever, ŠKODA offers a compact car which combines ŠKODA’s good practical qualities with the hatchback shape. With its dynamically fresh design, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is set to address younger customer segments. As is typical of ŠKODA, the Rapid Spaceback offers a lot of space, numerous ‘Simply Clever’ ideas, top safety, interesting opportunities for individualization, low fuel consumption and an excellent price/value ratio, meaning the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback sets new standards in Europe’s strongest vehicle segment. The Rapid Spaceback will celebrate its premiere at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, while its launch in the European markets is scheduled for October 2013.
“The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is a milestone for ŠKODA: it means that we are entering the strategically important segment of compact hatchback models,” says ŠKODA’s CEO Winfried Vahland. “The Rapid Spaceback is a great addition to this class in that it combines ŠKODA’s good practical characteristics with the popular hatchback shape. Sporting the new ŠKODA design, the Rapid Spaceback has a fresh, dynamic and individual appearance. It is a compact car with a sporty chic, spacious and practical, ideal for young people and families,” says Vahland.

A sporty-fresh compact car

The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback has a clear, independent appearance with a special chic. It is a car which exudes sporty freshness and dynamic elegance, making it attractive and appealing at first sight. The side view offers special accents. Compared with conventional hatchback models, it looks sportier and stretched, almost like a coupe, letting it stand out visually from the competition.
 
The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback’s dynamic silhouette is marked by clear lines, a long wheelbase (2,602 millimeters) and the sharp, high tornado line. The Rapid Spaceback has a ‘C’ and a ‘D’ column with a third side window.

Individualization is a focus area in this car, one of the highlights of the new Rapid Spaceback being the huge panoramic glass roof available as an option. This tinted glass roof reaches all the way from the windscreen to the rear window, offering passengers an unobstructed view of the sky. Combined with the panoramic glass roof, the optional prolong rear window constitutes an additional design accent. In this solution, the tinted glass of the rear window reaches about ten centimetres further down the rear door than in the normal rear window. In connection with the panoramic glass roof, the dark tint of the glass surface reaches from the windscreen all across the roof and deep into the rear door. A black spoiler at the upper end of the rear window emphasizes the dynamic impression.

The tail end of the car emphasizes the sporty character of the ŠKODA Spaceback. It features clear lines and creates a balanced and uncluttered impression. A black diffuser element equally underlines the horizontal orientation as well as the broad tail lights in brand-typical ‘C’ design.

Up to the B-pillar, the design of the front of the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is based on the Rapid sedan. The core elements are: a prominent grille with 19 vertical ribs and a chrome frame, the new logo on the rounded front end of the hood, the cloverleaf arrangement of the headlights and fog lights.

A spacious, attractive interior

The interior of the new Rapid Spaceback impresses with sporty three-spoke steering wheels, stylish trim lines and fresh designs for the seat covers. As is typical of ŠKODA, the interior of the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback offers a lot of space: though the exterior of the new model measures 18 centimeters less than the Rapid saloon, passenger space is just as generous as in the car’s ‘big brother’. The rear of the Rapid Spaceback offers the largest legroom (64 millimeters) and the largest headroom (980 millimeters) in its segment. Likewise, the trunk volumes are among the best figures in the segment, measuring 415 liters or 1,380 liters when the rear bench is folded down.

This generous space is complemented by numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions. For example, the new Rapid Spaceback has an optional double cargo floor in the trunk, permitting the trunk to be divided into two horizontal levels providing double utility. And there is no need to leave the double floor behind when using maximum trunk space as it can simply be moved into the lower position. Furthermore, the Rapid Spaceback offers all the practical features familiar with from the Rapid including the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap and the holder for the safety vest under the driver seat, the double-sided floor cover in the trunk or the waste bin in the side door. Other examples include the parking ticket holder, the multimedia holder, the cup holders in the front and rear or the parcel shelf that can be stowed behind the rear seats.

Safety without compromises

The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback offers the high safety that has come to be expected of ŠKODA. An extensive safety package protects passengers in case of an accident. In particular, it includes front, side and head airbags, height-adjustable three-point safety belts with pre-tensioners and height-adjustable head restraints. In EU countries, the ABS and ESC systems are standard. Other active safety features are optional xenon headlights, tire pressure control, fog-lights with corner function or the ‘hill-hold control’ assistant.

Four petrol and two diesel engines

In Europe, the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is available with four petrol and two diesel engines. These advanced power plants put out between 55 and 90 kW, the 1.6 TDI/66 kW celebrating its premiere in the Rapid model series. In the GreenLine version with this engine, the Rapid Spaceback consumes a mere 3.8 l per 100 km, CO2 emissions amounting to 99 g/km.

The largest model offensive in company history

The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is the latest innovation as part of the largest model offensive in ŠKODA’s 118-year history as a company. Over the coming years, the brand is set to overhaul its entire model range and expand it into additional segments. On average, one new or re-engineered ŠKODA model will be introduced onto the market every six months. This model offensive is the core of the ŠKODA Growth Strategy 2018, by which time ŠKODA sales are to rise to at least 1.5 million per year.


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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 18, 2013, 15:43:52 posle podne
ŠKODA extends model offensive to bicycle programme, presents brand’s first electric cycle


7/16/2013


New ŠKODA Green E Line e-bike expands existing ŠKODA bicycle collection. “Pedelec” combines muscle and engine power, up to 105 km range. Wide choice of ŠKODA cycles for any age and any purpose.
ŠKODA AUTO presents its first electric cycle. The new ŠKODA Green E Line has an electric range of up to 105 km. It is available effective immediately from ŠKODA dealers for a price of 65,990 CZK.

The new ŠKODA Green E Line is an attractive addition to ŠKODA’s 2013 bicycle collection. Besides the e-bike, the current offering includes ten other bicycles – children’s and youth bikes as well as racers and trekking and mountain bikes. Available for the first time are currently popular 29-inch mountain bikes.

“Electric power is playing a growing role especially in bicycles,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA board member for sales and marketing. “The new ŠKODA Green E Line offers cutting-edge technology and guarantees sporty mobility. It is the perfect complement to the broadest bicycle collection that has ever been available from ŠKODA,” says Werner Eichhorn. ŠKODA created its first e-bike in cooperation with KTM company.

The new ŠKODA Green E Line was designed as a so-called “pedelec” (short for pedal electric cycle). In this sort of electric cycle, the motor will only switch on if the rider turns the pedals (limited pedalling support). Motor support is limited to speeds below 25 km/h for regulatory and insurance reasons.

The motor’s range is up to 105 km. Once the lithium-ion battery’s capacity has been fully used, it can be recharged in a maximum of four hours. The motor from BionX brand is integrated into the rear axle and puts out 250 watt. It is powered by a battery attached to the frame with a capacity of 423 watt-hours and a weight of just 2.6 kg. The entire bike weighs a mere 21.7 kg.

To ensure the motor can support a rider’s effort in the best possible way, sensors continuously monitor parameters such as speed, cadence and torque. Depending on settings, the motor will provide support of 35, 75, 150 or 300 per cent of a rider’s own effort. The motor also features a recuperation function which feeds back power generated when braking or running downhill. In addition, the ŠKODA Green E Line can easily be turned into a standard trekking bike simply by replacing the rear wheel. The battery can be easily removed to this end.

The new ŠKODA E-Bike is the most recent innovation in the brand’s wide bicycle offering. In addition, ŠKODA Original Accessories offers a total of ten models for a variety of purposes and age groups. Street racers can chose from two, while mountain bikers can look forward to all of four new ŠKODA models, no less than three of them in the popular 29-inch category. The “ŠKODA Cross” trekking bike features new equipment, and there is also an offering specially aimed at children, namely the new 20-inch “ŠKODA Junior” bike, and the “ŠKODA Kid” designed for smaller children, all of them made in cooperation with renowned manufacturer Superior. The “ŠKODA Mini” training bike, aimed at the youngest ones, is made by Olpran.

ŠKODA’s current bicycle collection is another testament to the brand’s special relationship with cycles. It was bicycle-making at the company’s home location in Mladá Boleslav which started its success story. As early as the late 19th century, in 1895, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement founded a company called Laurin & Klement (L&K) and began making bicycles. The first years saw these two enthusiastic pioneers of mobility building cycles under the “Slavia” brand name, followed by motorcycles from 1899 and finally, from 1905, the “Voiturette A,” the company’s first car. In 1925, L&K merged with ŠKODA.

Today, ŠKODA’s close commitment to cycling is evident in its comprehensive sponsoring activities, involving international contests such as the “Tour de France” and the “Giro d’Italia,” but which have also long included ŠKODA supporting cycling events in the Czech Republic. Among them is the popular “Kolo pro život” series (“Cycle for life”), the world’s largest racing series for mountain bikes. In the past thirteen years, a total of about 160,000 professional and amateur cyclists took part in the race, 20,000 of them in 2012 alone. In addition, ŠKODA has been hosting the popular “Virtual Cup” contest in the Czech Republic, which has cyclists competing on one of 16 racecourses.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 22, 2013, 14:29:02 posle podne

ŠKODA congratulates Christopher Froome on winning the Tour

› Winners receive Bohemian crystal sculptures
› 2013 - ŠKODA becomes the tenth time official sponsor of the Tour de France
› Fleet of 250 ŠKODAs deployed, including the new Superb as the ‘Red Car’ and many new Octavias
› Brand reached 12 million fans at the track and 1.7 billion viewers at home


​Mladá Boleslav/Paris, 22 July 2013 – Emotional finale at the Paris Champs-Elysees. After an arduous 3,479-kilometre race, Christopher Froome, from United Kingdom wins the 2013 Tour de France. At the traditional finishing line of the cycling classic, the ŠKODA Board Member for production, Michael Oeljeklaus, presented the winner of the white jersey with trophy and congratulates the other category winners under the Arc de Triomphe. This is the tenth time that ŠKODA has supported the Tour as the official sponsor.

The finish line at the Paris Champs-Élysées: The overall winner of the Tour des France 2013 is Christopher Froome from United Kingdom. ŠKODA Board Member for Production Michael Oeljeklaus congratulated him and presented the trophy of Bohemian crystal to White Jersey wearer, Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas from Comlubia, for being the best cyclist under the age of 25. Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas is also Polka-Dot Jersey wearer as the best mountain biker. Therefore he received one more trophy. Also the wearer of Yellow Jersey, the overall winner of the Tour, Christopher Froome and the winner of the Green Jersey, Peter Sagan from Slovakia as Best Sprinter, enjoy the trophy. ŠKODA designer Peter Olah had designed the crystal sculptures which were then hand cut by Bohemian crystal artists.

ŠKODA made a total of 250 cars available to this year’s Tour organisers. The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi and ŠKODA Superb, including all new Superbs were used as escort vehicles. The new Superb did fantastically well in its first public appearance as the ‘Red Car’ for Tour Director Christian Prudhomme. The Rapid, Yeti and Citigo models were also part of this year’s ŠKODA Tour de France fleet.

Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing made a positive summary of ŠKODA’s involvement at the Tour de France: “This year’s Tour once again featured first class cycling. We are pleased to have contributed to the success of this fantastic tour. For us, the third largest sporting event in the world once again provided a great opportunity to showcase our brand and models to a global public”, said Eichhorn. In addition to the cars, ŠKODA was clearly visible with high-impact advertising at the start and finish lines as well as on the track during each phase. The manufacturer took advantage of all communication channels, including a specially produced film, extensive activities on the Internet and in social media, reaching 12 million fans at the track and 1.7 billion viewers at home.

By sponsoring the Tour de France and other national and international cycling events, the Czech manufacturer emphasizes their close connection to the sport. “Our founding fathers, Laurin and Klement, began ŠKODA’s success story with the production of bicycles in 1895,” says Eichhorn. Alongside hockey and ŠKODA Motorsport, cycling is one of the most important cornerstones of the ŠKODA sponsorship strategy.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 26, 2013, 11:53:55 pre podne

Sporty special editions: the ŠKODA Fabia Combi Monte Carlo and the ŠKODA Fabia Reaction


​› New special editions add appeal to the ŠKODA Fabia model series 
› ŠKODA Fabia Combi Monte Carlo pays tribute to ŠKODA’s motorsport successes
› ŠKODA Fabia Reaction in black-grey features sporty design elements
› ŠKODA model campaign with eight new or re-engineered models in 2013

Mladá Boleslav, 25 July 2013 – With two new special editions, the ŠKODA Fabia is now even more appealing. The ŠKODA Fabia Combi is now available as a special edition – the sporty Monte Carlo. The ŠKODA Fabia Reaction features an all new black-grey look and sporty design elements.
​Alongside the most extensive model campaign in the company’s history, the Czech car manufacturer is also refreshing their current model range. The popular compact car, the ŠKODA Fabia, will be available at dealers in two new special editions. “Our model portfolio is to become even more attractive,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. He continues, “We plan to further expand our good position in the markets with our new models.”

The Fabia Reaction is based on the ‘Active’ equipment set up and boasts a distinctive design and effective contrast against the black design elements, such as the roof, spoiler, grille and exterior mirrors. The main headlights and the fog lights with integrated daylight running lights are also highlighted in black. The B-columns are covered with an adhesive decorative shiny black film. Black, 16-inch alloy, ‘Comet’ design wheels are available as optional extras. The interior features a leather package consisting of a 3-spoke leather steering wheel, as well as a leather gear stick and hand brake. These are supplemented by practical features, such as a height-adjustable driver’s seat and the split, folding rear seats and the ‘Ambition’ cockpit.

Just as the Fabia Monte Carlo, the ŠKODA Fabia Combi Monte Carlo pays tribute to the 112-year successful motorsport tradition of the brand. The special edition is based on the ‘Ambition’ equipment set up. Its special dynamic is not only characterized by the standard sport suspension but also through the vehicle’s striking appearance. It includes black plastic panelling in the lower part of the chassis, black shiny B-columns and black, ‘Comet’-design, 16-inch alloy wheels. The main headlights are highlighted in black, plus the grille and the side mirrors are painted black, as is the roof railing. The windows are tinted (‘SunSet’ package).

“The success of the ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo is evidence of our customers’ desire for custom cars,” says Eichhorn. “With the ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo and Fabia Reaction we are putting more emphasis on our model campaign.”

The Fabia Combi Monte Carlo is available in eight different colours: corrida-red, brilliant-silver, candy-white, magic-black, cappuccino-beige, sprint-yellow, steel-grey and race-blue. All engines currently offered for the Fabia are available for the special edition.

The interior of the Fabia Combi Monte Carlo also features a sporty design. The motto here is “black is beautiful”. The roof liner, dashboard, carpet und door covers are all in black. Sport seats in black-red or black-grey design are fitted as standard. They are complemented by a small leather package: the 3-spoke steering wheel, hand brake grip and gear stick are finished in leather sewn in red thread. The pedal covers are made from stainless steel.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 26, 2013, 12:01:08 posle podne
‘Birth Certificates’ for ŠKODA Classics

› Certificate with information on the history of the vehicle available for owners
› Service from the ŠKODA company archives in Mladá Boleslav


Mladá Boleslav, 24 July 2013 – ŠKODA offers a fantastic service for owners of historic ŠKODA vehicles. Proud owners of ŠKODA classics are able to obtain the certificate for their vehicle from the ŠKODA company archives in Mladá Boleslav. Included in the ‘automotive birth certificate’, there is information on both the history and all archived data of the specific vehicle.
​Owners of classic cars have a very special relationship with their showpiece. And they are particularly interested in the history of their model. What equipment did the vehicle have upon delivery? What colour? In which factory was it built? Answers to these and other questions can be found in certificates from the manufacturer.

Those interested can contact the company ŠKODA archive in Mladá Boleslav directly. The archive draws on the vast inventory of historic carriages and motor books for research. For example, chassis numbers and engine markings can be identified, and often also the original colour of the vehicle upon delivery and even the name of the first owner.

Each certificate receives a serial number, is signed by the head archivist and is issued in the name of the applicant. Issuing a complete certificate costs 1,210 CZK (approx. 47 EUR/40 GBP). Should any details be missing, there is a reduced price of 968 CZK (37 EUR/32 GBP). For selected vehicles such as exhibits, there is the possibility of obtaining copies of available archive documents as required. The price is then 2,420 CZK (93 EUR/80 GBP). Further information is available at ŠKODA Archive, contact: +420 326 8 31133, email archiv@skoda-auto.cz. 

The ŠKODA company archives have documented the history of the Czech manufacturer since 1895. In addition to brochures, price lists, photographs, manuals, literature and technical documents, there are also original car books in the holdings of the collection. These books contain valuable information on the vehicles constructed by the brand. The ŠKODA company archive is one of the most comprehensive archives of its kind. As a part of the ŠKODA museum, the archive is set in the 100 year-old, former SKODA production facilities in Mladá Boleslav. In addition to the brochures, photographs, and vehicle and engine books, there are also many more materials to be found in the ŠKODA company archives, such as catalogues, press releases, contracts, for example, between Laurin and Klement, the founding fathers of the automobile manufacturer, as well as important correspondence and personal documents from significant, senior employees.

By the end of 2012, the ŠKODA museum had been extensively modernized and completely redesigned as a multimedia showcase for the brand. The experience along the path of Václav Klement takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the history of the company: a diverse, interactive and multimedia adventure. Three areas with 46 historic vehicles, several hundred individual exhibits, as well as contemporary historical films, photos and documents are there for all to see. The whirlwind tour of time, spanning almost 118 years, is represented by cars, films, documents and witnesses. The modern exhibition area is set out over 1,800 m2 in the historic manufacturing halls.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 29, 2013, 15:25:52 posle podne
ŠKODA Citigo CNG on record journey across Europe

› More than 2700 km from Vicenza, Italy to Stockholm, Sweden
› Fuel-saving world champion Gerhard Plattner drives the popular CITIGO CNG
› Nine countries in one week with only 100 euros cash for natural gas
› ŠKODA shows true colours in fuel efficiency with record-breaking journey
› ŠKODA Citigo demonstrates capability as long-distance car

Mladá Boleslav, 29 July 2013 – More than 2700 kilometres across Europe – the economical ŠKODA Citigo CNG makes a confident record attempt. Today in Vicenza, Italy, fuel-saving world champion Gerhard Plattner began his one-week tour with the popular ŠKODA model from northern Italy to Scandinavia. His goal: to reach the Swedish capital Stockholm with the natural gas-powered Citigo on a budget of less than 100EUR. So Plattner has to try to drive the efficient ŠKODA Citigo CNG as environmentally consciously and economically as possible.

There have already been so many record drives. From Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and 13 Alpine laps in 24 hours – Gerhard Plattner has already done almost everything that a driver could possibly imagine. Now he is looking for another challenge: he is to come up against nine European countries (more than 2700 km) in one week – with no more than 100 EUR in fuel for the natural gas ŠKODA. “The special attraction for me primarily lies in the seemingly impossible feat of such economical travel – and, of course, also in the route. I am well prepared for all possible eventualities” says Plattner in light of the road ahead.

On his way from Italy to Scandinavia, the record-breaking driver will be making stops at stations in Austria, Hungary amongst others in his ŠKODA Citigo CNG. In Bratislava, Slovakia, ŠKODA’s successful small car has been on sale since 2011, where so far 55,400 ŠKODA Citigos have been delivered to customers. Next, the purely gas-driven car will pass through the Czech capital, Prague, to the ŠKODA headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, and from there he will continue onto Poland through Berlin. “The arrival at the Sony Center will be one of the highlights of the week-long trip,” says Plattner.
This Friday, 2nd August, he wishes to then finish the record run through Denmark into the Swedish capital of Stockholm and he will have proved that the natural gas technology in the ŠKODA Citigo is not only efficient but also cost effective. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Plattner starts the stage from Vienna, Austria, through Hungary and Slovakia to the Czech ŠKODA headquarters in Mladá Boleslav.

Plattner has travelled literally thousands of miles on his unusual fuel-saving trips and fuel efficiency records in many parts of the world. In the Guinness Book of World Records, Plattner is dubbed as "the most versatile driver in the world". This is not the first time that Plattner has driven for SKODA, and he has been presented with several efficiency records with products from the successful Czech brand. Low fuel consumption and lowemissions characterize the entire ŠKODA model range. Back in 2005 he travelled 18,000 kilometres across Europe in a ŠKODA Fabia, crossing 31 countries. At that time he only had 1,000 euros fuel for the whole trip. In May, 2011, Plattner managed to get from Austria to Denmark - and back again on a single tank in his ŠKODA Fabia GreenLine - 2006 kilometres on a full tank corresponding to an average consumption of 2.21 litres per 100 kilometres.

Now the Austrian wishes to set a new efficiency record with the ŠKODA Citigo CNG, whereby he will travel as economically as possible using natural gas from Vicenza to Stockholm. What motivates someone to take on such an extraordinary experiment? “I want to prove that it is possible to drive ecumenically not only under ideal conditions on an enclosed test circuit. Under certain conditions and even on winter roads, a ŠKODA can be driven with less than standard fuel consumption,” says Plattner.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 01, 2013, 17:11:30 posle podne
ŠKODA Citigo CNG chasing records

​› ŠKODA small car’s consumption lower than factory specs
› Gerhard Plattner on the road to success in his record attempt
› Berlin welcomes ŠKODA Citigo CNG at the Sony Center
› Efficient CNG technology can also use biomethane

Mladá Boleslav/Rostock, 1 August 2013 – This Wednesday after 605km, the record driver Gerhard Plattner reached the third of five milestones in his ŠKODA Citigo CNG. In his record attempt, he plans to cross nine European countries in just one week from Vicenza, Italy to the Swedish capital, Stockholm in the natural gas powered Citigo on a budget of less than 100 euros.

​The Czech car manufacturer is making a bold statement in front of the Sony Center in Berlin, whereby fuel-saving world champion Gerhard Plattner pays a visit to the German capital during his record attempt. The Austrian makes a positive assessment of the 1,863 kilometres he has travelled so far: “Everything is going according to plan. The ŠKODA Citigo CNG is proving to be an efficient and robust vehicle, running under the specified average fuel consumption.”

The ŠKODA Citigo CNG represents exceptional environmentally-friendly mobility; this is particularly true in urban metropolitan areas with the reduction of fine particle pollution. With their efficient natural gas concept, ŠKODA is setting new standards in the town car Citigo. The runabout is listed with emissions of 79g CO2 per kilometre. This low value is possible thanks to using natural gas as fuel and the ŠKODA Green tec technology with elements such as a Start-Stop system, recuperation through brake energy regeneration and low rolling-resistance tyres. The 50 kW (68 hp) town car consumes only 2.9 kg or 4.4 m3 natural gas per 100 km. But Plattner wants to do better than this– and on his 2,700km journey from Vicenza, Italy to the Swedish capital, Stockholm, he is already running at less than the standard consumption of the ŠKODA Citigo CNG.

During his brief stopover in Berlin, Plattner eagerly answered the questions of many passersby and emphasized particularly the benefits of CNG technology for the environment. “Natural gas has long since been on the automotive scene. Thanks to modern technology, CNG-fuelled cars today are just as lively and torquey as their counterparts with diesel or gasoline engines,” Plattner said before he sat back down behind the wheel to reach next destination in Rostock.

ŠKODA focuses on environmentally friendly cars. The Czechs aim to further reduce the average CO2 emissions of all vehicles. Currently there are 81 ŠKODA models with emissions of less than 120 g CO2/km on offer, including eleven with values of less than 100 g CO2/km. The natural gas engine in the ŠKODA Citigo CNG is one part of this strategy. The advantage of natural gas vehicles over conventional diesel or petrol engines is primarily a cleaner combustion. Emissions of carbon dioxide are much as 25% lower than for other fossil fuels.

ŠKODA focuses their natural gas program on ‘CNG’ – compressed natural gas. In contrast to liquid natural gas (LNG), CNG has a higher energy content. CNG vehicles have the additional advantage of being able to use biomethane. This flexibility is a major advantage for the customer in an ever growing fuelling station network for natural gas-powered vehicles. Customers also benefit economically from owning a natural gas vehicle – due to its environmental advantages over other fossil fuels, natural gas has received a tax cut in Germany until the end of 2018.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 01, 2013, 17:13:32 posle podne
First half of 2013 dedicated to the ŠKODA model offensive

​› ŠKODA sells 464,600 cars
› Sales revenue in the first half of 2013 of around five billion Euros
› Operating profit reaches 243 million Euros
› Investments increase by 22.1% to 265 million Euros
› The biggest model offensive in ŠKODA’s corporate history: 2013 - a total of eight new or revised models

​Mladá Boleslav, 1 August 2013 – ŠKODA dedicated the first half of the year to the model offensive; including bringing out the new ŠKODA Octavia and ŠKODA Superb facelift. Despite the new start of production and correspondingly low production volumes, ŠKODA achieved a sales revenue of almost five billion Euros in the first six months of the current fiscal year. Operating profit stood at 243 million Euros as of 30th June. 464,600 vehicles were sold; 5.8% down on the first half of 2012. Additionally, the weak developments on some European automotive markets hit the company’s sales and financial figures.

“The ŠKODA growth offensive moves into the next stage with the new ŠKODA Octavia and the completely revised Superb,” explains ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. He continues, “With a total of eight new or revised models this year, we are on the right track. On the year as a whole, we are expecting once again to surpass the previous year’s sales figures.” The sales figures in June were slightly higher than in the same month in 2012, making June 2013 the best sales June in the company’s history. “We do however still expect some further market uncertainty,” says Vahland.

The Czech car manufacturer’s sales revenue in the first half of 2013 stood at 4.97 billion Euros; 13.1% down on the same six months of 2012 (5.72 billion Euros). The operating profit reached 243 million Euros in the same period; 45.9% down compared to Jan-June of last year (449 million Euros). As a part of the current ŠKODA model offensive, investments rose by 22.1% on the same period last year to 265 million Euros (first half of 2012: 217 million Euros).

“ŠKODA has achieved solid results in the first half of 2013, especially in the challenging European environment,” says ŠKODA CFO Winfried Krause. He continues, “In the second half of the year, we plan to expand through the new models. We have also initiated stringent austerity measures in all areas.”
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 02, 2013, 21:46:42 posle podne
ŠKODA Citigo CNG with efficiency record

› ŠKODA‘s small car proves to be an efficient little saver: In five days from Italy to Sweden with less than 100 euros for natural gas
› Czech car maker sets standards for environmental awareness
› An average consumption of 2,39 kg of natural gas per 100 km
› On the 2,619 km route, the Citigo CNG’s CO2 emissions of 65 g/km remained well below the norm values


Mladá Boleslav/Stockholm, 2 August 2013 – Record for ŠKODA: Fuel-saving champion Gerhard Plattner has defined a new standard – this time with a ŠKODA Citigo CNG. After five days and 2,619 kilometres, Plattner achieved the goal of his record-breaking trip in Stockholm today with an average consumption of 2,39 kg of natural gas per 100 km, thereby undercutting the already impressive norm-consumption values of the ŠKODA Citigo CNG and managing the whole trip on less than 100 euros fuel expenses.


The ŠKODA Citigo CNG represents exceptional environmentally-friendly mobility. With their efficient natural gas concept, ŠKODA is setting new standards in the town car Citigo. The runabout is listed with emissions of 79g CO2 per kilometre. This low value is possible thanks to using gas as fuel and the ŠKODA Green tec technology with elements such as a Start-Stop system, recuperation through brake energy regeneration and low rolling-resistance tyres. The 50 kW (68 hp) town car consumes only 2.9 kg or 4.4 m3 natural gas per 100 km.
But the fuel-saving specialist Plattner undercut these already very efficient values on his 2,619 km record-breaking journey from Vicenza, Italy to the Swedish Capital, Stockholm: It took him an average of only 2,39 kg of natural gas per 100 km, representing only 65 g CO2 emissions per kilometre. “It was tight over the last two days, but I never doubted our success. The Citigo is a real long-distance all-rounder,” says a happy Plattner after his arrival in Stockholm.


After 515 km last Thursday, there are another 336 km on the program today. Here the manoeuvrability of the small ŠKODA proved to be a great asset when driving into Stockholm city centre. “We were able to squeeze through the narrow streets quickly and easily through heavy traffic and we even managed to save fuel,” Plattner explains his impressions in Stockholm.

“I am very excited about this record; it's a testament to the efficiency of the CNG engine in the ŠKODA Citigo. Despite the unexpected price increases for natural gas in Italy and Sweden, I managed it on this small budget and even have 18,76 euros left,” says Plattner happily. “Nine countries, over 2,619 km in five days - I felt great in this small city car even on such a long journey. And once when one natural gas filling station wasunexpectedly closed, there was a fallback option,” says Plattner in summary of his record run.
Small, efficient and “Simply Clever” – that’s the ŠKODA Citigo. Since the end of 2011, the small car has been built in Bratislava, Slovakia, and has attracted a number of enthusiastic customers. The CNG version of the ŠKODA Citigo is characterized by particularly high efficiency. Top speeds of 164 km/h (100 mph) are easily possible with this every day ŠKODA. Its 1-litre engine with 3 cylinders provides a high-torque 68hp. With only 2.9 kilograms of natural gas per 100 kilometres, the Citigo is one of the most economical and cost-effective vehicles in the world.


Alongside the Citigo’s drag coefficient of 0.33, the low weight of the vehicle also plays an important role for Gerhard Plattner. The Citigo weighs in at a mere 1,031 kilograms, ensuring a particularly enjoyable and economical driving experience. This makes the ŠKODA Citigo CNG a fantastic car for economical use in every walk of life.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 07, 2013, 10:13:27 pre podne
ŠKODA Citigo CNG World Record

› Less than 82 EUR 2,619 km across nine European countries on
› ŠKODA Citigo CNG uses an average of 2.39 kg natural gas per 100 km, emits 65 g CO2 per km
› Stayed more than 0.5 kg under the norm consumption of 2.9 kg/100 km
› Undercut the norm consumption by almost 18%
› Plattner: “ŠKODA Citigo CNG is the first two-litre car”
› Record car Citigo CNG at the IAA in Frankfurt

Mladá Boleslav, 6 August 2013 – The ŠKODA Citigo CNG proves its class with a record result: fuel-saving champion Gerhard Plattner drove 2,619 km across Europe in the environmentally friendly natural gas ŠKODA. On the route from Vicenza, Italy to the Swedish capital, Stockholm, the average consumption of the ŠKODA Citigo CNG was 2.39 kg natural gas per 100 km – equating to more than 0.5 kg under the manufacturer’s specification of 2.9 kg/100 km in the NEDC mix.

“With this result, we have shown what can be achieved with good concepts, intensive development and ongoing technical optimization. Together with attractive design of the ŠKODA Citigo, its light weight and low ground air resistance. Thus, the ŠKODA Citigo CNG better record,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, Board Member for Development at ŠKODA AUTO.


The ever-reliable ŠKODA Citigo CNG’s all-time best results were recorded in the penultimate stage of the five-day tour across nine European countries: Plattner squeezed an amazing average consumption of 2.04 kg per 100km (96 MPG) on this 515 km stretch. The Austrian praised his economical companion, “as a real all-rounder for the long-haul who’s never let me down, and an incredibly comfortable ride.” Plattner is convinced, “the Citigo can even cover long distances well. The four-door was a lot of fun.”
Plattner concludes: “Even though I knew the Citigo CNG was extremely economical, I hadn’t expected such a result. I undercut the norm consumption by almost 18%. Three-litre cars may emit a maximum of 90 g of CO2 per kilometre. Then I come along in my Citigo with an average of 65 g of CO2 – that’s 28 % less. As such, the ŠKODA Citigo CNG is the first two-litre car,” he added with a smile.
Plattner has been pleased with the ever-growing network of natural gas fuelling stations since the time he was preparing for this record journey. “I was able to cut around 100km of refuelling detours off the planned 2,714 km, and on my budget of 100 EUR I could have travelled a few hundred kilometres further,” Plattner comments of the availability of fuel. There are an increasing number of CNG fuelling stations across Europe, and refuelling is no longer an issue.

For five days, extreme driver Plattner was on the road from Vicenza to Stockholm –
through a total of nine countries, from Italy over Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary,
Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Denmark on to Sweden. It was a tour of superlatives in
which he had sweltering heat in Italy, storms in Austria and by no means only the
motorway. The ŠKODA Citigo CNG pulled off the feat perfectly. At the end of his
European tour, Plattner still had 18.76 EUR left out of a 100 EUR fuel budget. Thus, the
Czech brand underlines their claim of producing especially efficient models, perfect for
everyday life.

The ŠKODA Citigo CNG, the car that made this record journey a resounding success, can
be seen this September on the Natural Gas Stand at the IAA in Frankfurt.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 10, 2013, 00:01:30 pre podne
“King of Hockenheim” in a Czech SUV

› Racing legend Hans-Joachim “Strietzel” Stuck now a Yeti owner
› ŠKODA Yeti earns praise from both experts and general public 
› Stuck, a Volkswagen Motorsport ambassador, also assisted in setup of Fabia Super 2000 race car

Mladá Boleslav, 9 August 2013 – Hans-Joachim “Strietzel” Stuck, a legend of European race tracks, has chosen a ŠKODA Yeti as his personal car, opting for a 2.0 TDI/140hp diesel engine and all wheel drive. Stuck, who earned a list of nicknames during his long career, including “King of Hockenheim”, has a close connection to ŠKODA brand not only based on personal sympathies, but also professionally: for example, he assisted in the setup of the Fabia Super 2000 race car.

​“I am a great ŠKODA fan,” says Hans-Joachim Stuck. “I like the way this brand combines advanced technologies and lots of space at a reasonable price.” These were the factors which convinced this almost two-metre tall native from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria to go for the Czech SUV: "The Yeti has enough space not just for me with my height, but also for my dog. And on top of that, I love the way Yeti handles both on the pavement and off the road - which is a great asset in the Austrian Alps, where I live.”

Stuck’s ŠKODA Yeti features a 2.0 TDI diesel engine with 140 horsepower (103 kW), connected to the six-speed manual gearbox and intelligent all-wheel drive with Haldex clutch. The car is pastel white with a black roof. Beyond the Elegance trim level, it is fitted with only a few options, one of them the Light Assistant (automatic headlights), which will come handy in Alpine tunnels.

But Hans-Joachim Stuck is not the only one who took a fancy to ŠKODA’s SUV. Since its launch in 2009, more than 265,000 drivers all over the world have chosen the Yeti. In 2012 alone, ŠKODA sold 87,400 Yeti, a year-on-year plus of 24.3 per cent, and 41,800 Yeti have been sold worldwide so far in the first half of 2013. In Europe, the Yeti’s market share is about five per cent, making it one of the Top 10 bestselling A-segment SUVs. In its home market, the Czech Republic, it is the undisputed number one in this segment.  And on top of that, it has received many awards, both from experts and the general public. One example is the Auto Express readers’ poll. In this customer satisfaction survey, around 46,000 readers from Great Britain voted the Yeti number one.

Hans-Joachim Stuck is a legend of European motor racing. While his father, "King of the Hills" Hans Stuck, was a hillclimbing icon, his son, known as "Strietzel," excelled in circuit racing, winning his first 24-hour race at just 19 years at Nürburgring. During his long career, he succeeded not just in touring car championships, but also in Formula 1 and 2 races, crowning his career with two wins at Le Mans and the sports car world championship. Although he earned many a nickname such as "The King of Hockenheim" („König von Hockenheim“) or „The Rain Master“ („Regenmeister“), "Strietzel” (“Rascal") stuck with him ever since he was born in 1951.

When “Strietzel” Stuck retired from active racing in 2011, he had already been Volkswagen motorsport ambassador for three years, developing close ties with ŠKODA brand and especially with Michal Hrabánek, the head of ŠKODA Motorsport. “In 2008, I helped with the setup of the Fabia Super 2000 cars, and since then, I have been following their successes in IRC and later also in ERC,” explains Stuck. In May 2013, Stuck had a chance to drive the third generation of the Octavia Combi 4x4 at its international press launch in Kitzbühel, Austria. He later summed up his impressions in just two words: "Simply brilliant!"
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 10, 2013, 00:05:05 pre podne
ŠKODA starts production of the new Octavia in India

› The Octavia is back: First generation impressed the Indians, now production starts on the next generation in the subcontinent
› The new ŠKODA Octavia is in a class of its own; launch on the Indian market in autumn
› Production at the Aurangabad plant

Mladá Boleslav, 9. August 2013 – Today sees the first of the latest generation of the ŠKODA bestseller roll of the production lines at the Indian plant in Aurangabad. The new ŠKODA Octavia boasts lots of room, high functionality, incorporating the latest technology and is also fantastic value for money.
​“The new ŠKODA Octavia is now being produced at purpose-built facilities in one of the international growth markets. By far our most important model in the Indian market is also an engine of growth for ŠKODA,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland.

The third generation is the largest, most practical, safest, most comfortable and environmentally friendly Octavia ever. The Octavia boasts unrivalled space, a timeless and elegant design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, economical consumption, many Simply Clever ideas and typical ŠKODA value for money. The car is in a class of its own and offers mid-class qualities for the price of a compact car. “The new Octavia is a great car with a timeless and elegant design with the more space than the competition, high functionality, paired with better quality and excellent value for money that meets the needs of Indian customers perfectly: lots of space, modern design, excellent quality and advanced technology at an affordable price,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.

With the launch of the new Octavia, the Czech car maker in India follows on from the success of the first-generation Octavia: Between November 2001 and October 2010, the Octavia inspired Indian customers and 44,900 Octavias were bought during this period alone. “At its premier in 2001, the first Octavia redefined its segment in India,” says Vahland. To date the car has enjoyed cult status in India. It owes this to its perfect engineering, commitment to quality and style as well as the combination of functionality and technology. This has ensured that ŠKODA has become a multi award-winning top brand in India.

The new ŠKODA Octavia is being produced at the Indian ŠKODA factory in Aurangabad, where the Superb, Yeti and Laura are already being manufactured. The Octavia is a key aspect in the largest model campaign in ŠKODA’s corporate history.  This campaign lights the way as the manufacturer continues on its path to growth. The ultimate aim of this growth strategy is to increase annual sales worldwide to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year.

ŠKODA has been present on the Indian market since 2001. In 2012 the brand increased their sales in the country by 14.2% to more than 30,000 vehicles. In the first seven months of 2013 alone, the Czechs sold 13,800 vehicles in the subcontinent. This means that around 178,300 ŠKODAs were delivered to Indian customers between 2001 and the end of July 2013.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 14, 2013, 09:59:02 pre podne
ŠKODA Yeti completely renewed: From one Yeti comes two

› Design - Striking appearance, fresh interior, innovative technology features
› New - Compact SUV for the first time in two variants
› Ready for the tarmac jungle - The new ŠKODA Yeti for the city
› Room for adventure - The new ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor for outdoor enthusiasts
› Rear view - The first ŠKODA with a rear-view camera
› Reliable - Versatility on any terrain, modern all-wheel drive
› Lots of space and “Simply Clever” solutions
› Environment - New engine/transmission Combinations; Yeti GreenLine with only 119 g CO2/km
› World Premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, market launch end of 2013

Mladá Boleslav, 14 August 2013 – The ŠKODA Yeti is one of the most popular compact Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) – For the first time ever, the Czech compact-SUV will be available in two variants: as the elegant and stylish ŠKODA Yeti for the town, and an adventurous off-road ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor. Both design variations of the ŠKODA Yeti feature a new front and rear, new alloy wheels, fresh interiors, new “Simply Clever” ideas, the highest functionality and extended engine/gear combinations. Both new models are to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and by the end of 2013, both ŠKODA Yeti variants will have been launched on the first markets.

​“The ŠKODA Yeti is one of the most attractive compact SUVs on the market and has far exceeded our sales expectations since its launch four years ago,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. He continues, “With this all-new look and being offered for the first time in two variations, we are establishing new benchmarks. We plan to continue our outstanding development in this rapidly growing vehicle class.”

Striking appearance – now in two variations

A special highlight is the first time offer of two individual design ranges: ŠKODA’s Compact SUV is now available in an elegant, stylish city look as well as an off-road look for trips in the country. A significant differentiation: the front and rear elements, such as bumpers, underride guard, side mouldings and door sills are either in the body colour or, as with the ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor, remain in black plastic. This off-road ŠKODA Yeti has series-standard silver exterior mirrors.

The ŠKODA Yeti incorporates the new ŠKODA design language. The front and rear sections have been prominently reinterpreted and the criteria of the new product language have clearly emerged: precise edges and lines with an emphasis on the horizontal and the new vehicle logo.

The new fronts of both vehicles are now horizontally more accentuated and feature a distinctive grille and redesigned headlights, available as an option for the first time with bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. In keeping with ŠKODA’s new design language, the front headlights are now rectangular and are now located further under the front bumpers. 

The Yeti’s new rear has got a new layout. This includes a new form of tailgate with distinctive tail lights now in a precisely moulded C-Design, optionally available with LEDs, and, in line with the new ŠKODA look, two cubist triangular elements alongside the new ŠKODA logo.

The wheel program has been expanded with four newly designed, attractive alloy wheel designs. There is now a wider selection of colours available, including four new metallic finishes – ‘Moon-White’, ‘Jungle-Green’, ‘Metal-Grey’ and ‘Magnetic-Brown’. The latter is a Yeti L&K exclusive.

The new Yeti models have got an all-new fresh interior - with new 3-spoke steering wheels in seven variations, new fabrics and patterns for the seat covers as well as new decorative trims on the dashboard.

The first ŠKODA with rear-view camera

The Yeti is the brand’s first model with an optional Optical Parking Assistant; a rear-view camera. Thus ŠKODA continues in their use of practical and safety-related assistance systems.

This is the first time that the ŠKODA Yeti will feature the latest generation of the automatic parking assistant. The new system enables the Yeti to automatically reverse and parallel park and even pull out.  The new ŠKODA Yeti features the automatic lock and start system ‘KESSY’ for the first time. This system allows the car to be opened, locked and started automatically, without the key having to go into the ignition.

Spacious and functional: “Simply Clever” on the road

The revised ŠKODA Yeti has also received four new “Simply Clever” fittings. The double-sided floor covering in the boot is new in the Yeti but already a hit in various other ŠKODA models. There is also a detachable LED light in the boot, the vest holder under the driver's seat and the waste container in the side door of the Yeti.

In addition to the new features, the updated ŠKODA Yeti offers some familiar comfort features. These include the huge panoramic glass sunroof, the modern dual-zone air conditioning ‘Climatronic’, heated seats, cruise control, a heated windscreen and the power-adjustable driver's seat.

One highlight is, and remains, the ŠKODA Yeti’s VarioFlex rear seat system, offering unique interior versatility. The three rear seats can be individually folded or removed. The outer seats can be shifted across or down with the middle seat removed. In an instant, the Yeti is transformed from a five to a four seater, making more space for the rear passengers.

There are also the carried-over fittings, such as the fold-down passenger seat, folding tables on the backs of the front seats, various storage compartments and practical bottle holders. Functionality is a top priority in the boot, featuring among other things, fastening points and fold-down hooks.

Generous space is once again confirmed in the Yeti. In no other compact SUV do the rear passengers have as much headroom as in the ŠKODA Yeti - 1027 millimetres. The boot capacity is at least 405 litres. Pushing the rear seats forward will increase the size to 510 litres and removing the rear seats completely will increase the volume to a fantastic 1,760 litres.

Seven modern engines; front and all-wheel drive, manual transmission and DSG

There is a selection of four diesel and three petrol engines for the all-new ŠKODA Yeti - all turbocharged and with direct injection. The performance spectrum ranges from the 1.2 TSI with 77 kW and 105 hp to the 2.0 TDI with 125 kW/170 hp. The fifth generation front or all-wheel drive with Haldex coupling is fitted depending on the engine specs. With an automatic transmission, the ŠKODA Yeti exclusively uses the modern six or seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG).

The GreenLine version 1.6 TDI/77kW, front wheel drive and a manual gearbox, produces CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km. That corresponds to a consumption of 4.6 litres of diesel per 100 km (61 MPG). Additionally, there are three Green tec engine variants: the 2.0 TDI/103 kW with manual six-speed gearbox, and 1.6 TDI/77 kW with seven-speed DSG. The front-wheel drive 1.4 TSI/90 kW petrol engine with manual transmission is available exclusively in the fuel-efficient Green tec variant. The Green tec package includes the Start-Stop System, brake energy recovery (recuperation) and low rolling resistance tyres.

The diesel engine 2.0 TDI with 125 kW is now available with the fantastic combination of all-wheel drive and automatic six-speed dual clutch transmission. The front-wheel drive Yeti 1.6 TDI 77 kW is available with automatic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

 
Safety without compromise

The ŠKODA Yeti is uncompromised in terms of safety, for which the compact SUV received the maximum 5-star rating in the 2009 Euro NCAP Crashtest.

Active safety is increased through ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and ABS (Anti-lock Breaking System) with Break Assist, which are fitted as standard in EU countries. The front fog lights can be optionally equipped with Corner Function. New bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights increase the visibility of the vehicle and the illumination of the road in the dark. Upon request, there are electronic assistants for up and down hill driving. Other options include the electronic tyre pressure monitoring system.

With electronically controlled all-wheel drive (fifth generation Haldex coupling), and a ground clearance of 180 mm, the compact SUV is ready for any terrain. The electronic differential lock EDS enables a smooth and comfortable start and grip on various road surfaces.

In terms of passive safety, the Yeti boasts up to nine airbags. Isofix points securely fasten child seats. Three-point seat belts in the front with belt tensioners and height adjustment and height-adjustable headrests complete the safety package.

International success story

With the ŠKODA Yeti, the Czech manufacturer celebrated their premier in the compact SUV segment in 2009. The Yeti is fast becoming one of the most successful vehicles in its class. To date a total of 263,200 ŠKODA Yetis have been sold (as of: 30th June, 2013). In 2012 alone, ŠKODA delivered around 87,400 Yetis– an increase of 24.3% over the previous year. And in the first half of 2013, 41,800 Yetis went to customers worldwide. In Europe, with a market share of around 5%, the Yeti is one of the best-selling A-Class SUVs in the Czech domestic market; it is the clear leader in this segment. The Yeti is built at the Czech plant in Kvasiny.

As part of the 2018 growth strategy, ŠKODA is increasingly turning to international growth markets. The Yeti has been produced in Russia since the end of 2012. Local production carried out in cooperation with the Russian manufacturer, GAZ Group, at the plant in Nizhny Novgorod. Since mid-2013, the Yeti has also been sold in China, currently as an import model. By the end of the year the Yeti will be available in a stretched version specifically for the Chinese market. It is produced locally with the partner Shanghai Volkswagen.

Since its market launch, the ŠKODA Yeti has touched the hearts of SUV enthusiasts, winning a total of 47 national and international awards and proven in a survey carried out by the trade magazine ‘Auto Express’, in which the Yeti, among others, was chosen by around 46,000 readers to be the car, with which UK customers were most satisfied.

ŠKODA continues the most comprehensive model campaign in corporate history with the release of two all-new variants of the Yeti at the same time. In 2013 alone, the Czechs will be bringing out eight new or completely revised models and by 2018 ŠKODA plans to increase their global sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 15, 2013, 10:50:05 pre podne
ŠKODA: 69,700 customer deliveries in July; Market shares increase in Western Europe

› New models successfully launched on first European markets
› ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback – the first ŠKODA hatchback in the compact segment available from October
› In July ŠKODA increases market share and sales in Western Europe despite challenging market conditions
› Orders increase globally

Mladá Boleslav, 15 August 2013 – ŠKODA has been able to increase their market share in Western Europe thanks to increasing customer orders in July. Not only did the Czech brands make gains in major individual markets such as Germany and the UK, but also in Ireland, Denmark, Finland and Italy. Despite the generally difficult economic situation, the Czech manufacturer reached vehicle sales of 69,700 in July (July 2012: 72,600; -4.0 %). Between January and July 2013 ŠKODA made 534,300 vehicle deliveries to customers (January to July 2012: 565,600; -5.5 %). ŠKODA’s sales development in 2013 has been influenced by the start of production and corresponding reduction in capacity of the new ŠKODA Octavia model range and the renewed ŠKODA Superb. The third generation of the ŠKODA Octavia has proved to be a hit with a higher number of orders coming in than expected.

“The new ŠKODA models have been a great success with our customers worldwide”, says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. He continues, “We were able to increase our deliveries to customers in Western Europe by almost five per cent in July, in the largest European individual market, Germany, by as much as ten per cent. The development of orders across the globe is particularly encouraging. We can see that the model campaign is really paying off.” The next highlight will be at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September with the world premiere of the all new Yeti, as well as the new compact hatchback ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback. With the Rapid Spaceback, ŠKODA is offering for the first time a hatchback model in the high-volume compact car segment.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA once again outperformed the market as a whole and delivered 26,500 vehicles to customers in July; up 4.8% on July 2012 with 25,300 ŠKODAs delivered. In the first seven months of the year, the brand’s market share in Western Europe rose to more than three per cent. On the second largest market for ŠKODA worldwide, Germany, the Czech manufacturer sold more than 9,600 vehicles; up 10.2% on the same month last year with 8,700 units. ŠKODA thus strengthens their position as the strongest import brand in Germany. In the UK, a total of 4,900 vehicles were delivered to customers, which is 16.9% more than in July 2012. The brand also recorded double-digit growth numbers in Denmark with almost 1,200 sales (July 2012: 700 vehicles; up 59.8%), in Finland, with over 700 cars delivered (July 2012: 500; up 47.2%), as well as in Italy, with almost 900 ŠKODAs (July 2012: 700; up 25.4%). In Ireland, with a total of almost 700 cars, ŠKODA sales rose by 162.2% (July 2012: 200).

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA sold over 10,000 cars in July (July 2012: 11,400; -12.4%). In the Ukraine, the brand made 1,100 sales, which was up 21.6% on July 2012 (900vehicles). Russia remains the Eastern European number-one strongest market, vehicles). Russia remains the Eastern European number-one strongest market, where
ŠKODA delivered 6,800 vehicles to customers (July 2012: 8,700; -21.8%). With 49,700
ŠKODAs sold (January to July 2013; -9.2%), Russia has continued to be the third largest
sales market for ŠKODA throughout the first seven months of the year.
In Central Europe, ŠKODA sales stood at 9,500 vehicles in July (July 2012: 9,600; -
0.5%). ŠKODA sold more than 4,500 vehicles on the Czech home market (July 2012:
4,500). ŠKODA’s market share in the Czech Republic grew in the first seven months to
34.4 %.


China was the brand’s strongest sales market in July. ŠKODA sold 18,000 vehicles here
last month, which was down only slightly on the 2012 figures of 19,000 (-5.5%). The
Czech brand delivered a total of 138,200 cars to Chinese customers in the first seven
months of the year (January to July 2012: 139,700). This temporary decline in China is
related to the model changeovers and correspondingly lower production capacities. The
new models, such as the recently launched ŠKODA Rapid, are not yet fully available.


ŠKODA customer deliveries in July 2013 (in units, listed by model, +/- per cent
against July 2012)


ŠKODA Octavia (27.500; -16.1 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (16,000; -5.6 %)
ŠKODA Superb (7,300; -11.6 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (5,100; -21.9 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,600; -11.8 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (7,600; new model)
ŠKODA Citigo (sold only in Europe: 3,700; +8.1 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 19, 2013, 15:34:11 posle podne
ŠKODA’s young compact car – Production starts on the Rapid Spaceback

› First ŠKODA hatchback in the compact segment leaves production lines today
› Production in Mladá Boleslav - Production facilities expanded and adapted
› World premiere of ŠKODA’s latest compact at Frankfurt Motor Show

Mladá Boleslav, 19 August 2013 – Production starts on the first ŠKODA hatchback model in the high-volume compact segment: As of today, the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback will be rolling of the production lines at ŠKODA’s main factory in Mladá Boleslav. The stage is set for world premiere of the new model at Frankfurt Motor Show, with its launch on European markets starting in October.

Starting the manufacture of the Rapid Spaceback now marks the eighth production launch this year. “Our whole ŠKODA team, from purchasing, technical development, to production and logistics as well as quality assurance has once again done a great job to ensure that this start-up of an extremely important model for the brand was carried out reliably, to the highest quality and on time,” says ŠKODA Board Member for Production Michael Oeljeklaus.

In order to accommodate the manufacture of the Rapid Spaceback, ŠKODA adapted the operations and expanded the facilities at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav. For example, new welding robots were installed during the company holidays. The Rapid Spaceback is produced alongside the current Fabia model on one production line. Apart from these models, ŠKODA also produces the Octavia, Octavia Combi and Rapid in Mladá Boleslav.

The Rapid Spaceback complements ŠKODA’s product range with a model positioned between the Fabia and the Octavia. This is the first time a compact car has been offered, combining practical ŠKODA features in a hatchback. As is typical of ŠKODA, the Rapid Spaceback offers lots of space, many Simply Clever ideas, top-level safety, low fuel consumption and is great value for money. With its dynamic and fresh design, the Rapid Spaceback has been especially designed with young people and families in mind.

As part of the preparations for the production of the new Octavia/Octavia Combi and Rapid/Rapid Spaceback, the manufacturer implemented, among other things, new equipment for car body production, a fully-automated paint shop and a new ultra-modern press line at the start of 2013. Since April, a new logistics warehouse has been in operation to ensure the supply of parts to vehicle and powertrain production is faster, more flexible and more efficient than ever before.

Source: ŠKODA AUTO
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 21, 2013, 15:13:40 posle podne
ŠKODA at the Sachsen Classic with four vintage cars

› 610 km through the most beautiful places in Saxony
› ŠKODA with two sports cars, a roadster and a convertible
› The three-day classic race starts in Zwickau on 22 August

Mladá Boleslav, 21 August 2013 – ŠKODA will be at the starting line of the 11th Sachsen Classic with four classic cars. The vintage car race begins on 22 August in Zwickau and will continue along a total of 610 km through the most beautiful regions of Saxony.

ŠKODA will be putting on a fantastic performance with four cars from the 118-year history of the Czech company during the three days of this year’s Sachsen Classic: Alongside the two-seater sports car Laurin & Klement 300, at the starting line in Zwickau there will be the ŠKODA 1101 Roadster, better known as the Tudor, as well as the ŠKODA Felicia and the racing car ŠKODA 1000 MB Rally. “The spectators will be delighted to see these fantastic vehicles, which we have selected for the Sachsen Classic 2013 from the ŠKODA museum collection. Thanks to their advanced construction and timeless design, they are all very good examples of the brand’s successful development,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development.

All four models represent stages in the traditional brand’s history of producing vehicles at the Czech home town of Mladá Boleslav. The gleaming, yellow-lacquered Laurin & Klement 300 from 1923 will be with the in crowd at the rally in Saxony. Under the long bonnet of the two-seater sports car lies a four-cylinder with a 4.7 litre displacement and an output of 50 hp. The post-war era of the automobile factory in Mladá Boleslav is represented by the yellow ŠKODA 1101 Roadster from 1948. The model is known to car enthusiasts by the name of Tudor and is propelled by a 1.1 litre 32 hp engine.
Another gem from ŠKODA’s automotive treasure trove will be on the road in Saxony; the turquoise ŠKODA Felicia from 1961. With its open top, it is one of the most elegant cars of its time and in the whole history of ŠKODA.

With the ŠKODA 1000 MB Rally from 1968, it is all about endurance racing; a car which, in its time, took part in long-distance races, including the London-Mexico and the Panama-Alaska. The correspondingly modified four cylinder of the ŠKODA 1000 MB Rally with its 1.3 litre engine delivers around 90 hp and the car travels at speeds of up to 170 km/h. The interior features sports seats and a sturdy tubular frame as rollover protection.

In view of the amazing starting field, the Sachsen Classic is always a favourite among spectators. The rally begins on Thursday 22 August at 13:01 at Zwickau Market Square for the first 118 km-long stage, taking the participants to the Sachsenring circuit. A special stage will take place there on the racing track. On the Friday, there will be afurther 250 km under the belt. The aim of this stage is Chemnitz, where, on Saturday,
the vehicles will begin the last stage of their journey – a 245 km round-trip leading back
once again to Chemnitz.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 26, 2013, 13:04:45 posle podne
ŠKODA Rapid StylePLUS now available

› New dynamic version of the ŠKODA Rapid
› Fantastic new interior with special edition seats
› Two-Tone 17-inch alloy ‘Ray’ wheels
› Compact saloon with a sporty design elements
› Five body colours and six engine versions available

Mladá Boleslav, 26 August 2013 – ŠKODA introduces the new ‘StylePLUS’ version of the Rapid. Series standard black design elements on the body and rear spoiler, two-tone 17-inch alloys and a sporty interior with new decorative trim give the special edition model more dynamics. There are total of five body colours and six engines available for the new ŠKODA Rapid StylePLUS.

“We are expanding our range of well-equipped ŠKODA Rapid models with this special edition model of the ŠKODA Rapid StylePLUS for the best value for money,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.

The new special edition model ŠKODA Rapid StylePLUS is based on the ‘Ambition’ range, complemented by numerous design, comfort and functional elements. The special edition version differs in terms of its design elements in black gloss finish, including the rear spoiler on the boot lid, the covers on the exterior rear-view mirrors and the bars on the front bumper and side doors. These elements harmonize with the range of available body colours: The Rapid StylePLUS can be ordered in Candy-White, Sprint-Yellow, Corrida-Red, Rally-Green and Denim-Blue. The model sports two-tone 17-inch ‘Ray’ alloys - in black and silver. The Rapid StylePLUS can be equipped with new xenon headlights and front fog lights with the so-called ‘cornering light’ function.

The interior of the Rapid StylePLUS in Satin-Black includes, among other things, sporty seat fittings with distinctively-shaped seats, pedal covers made of stainless steel and non-slip rubber surfaces. The steering wheel, finished in leather, forms just a part of the Leather Package, which also includes a leather-covered gear stick and handbrake. The steering wheel features also a piano lacquer finish to match the new dashboard inserts in Piano-Black. The sound system features a radio/CD player, which can also be fitted with the sat nav ‘Amundsen+’ including DAB-Function upon request.

There are six engines to choose from for the Rapid StylePLUS - 1.2 MPI 55 kW, two 1.2 TSIs with 63 kW or 77 kW (with six speed transmission) and 1.4 TSI 90 kW (available with automatic DSG) and two diesels, the 1.6 TDI with 66 kW and 1.6 TDI with 77 kW.

The ŠKODA Rapid joined the ŠKODA model range in autumn 2012 and is positioned between the ŠKODA Fabia and the ŠKODA Octavia. With compact dimensions (4.48 meters long, 1.7 meters wide), this compact saloon offers excellent space with ample room for five occupants and their luggage. There are also numerous Simply Clever solutions, a timeless design, excellent value for money and extensive safety features.


With its outstanding spaciousness, the ŠKODA Rapid is a Simply Clever car through and through. Particularly ingenious examples of these simple and effective solutions are the ice scraper in the tank cap and the optionally available double-sided floor covering for the trunk. There is also a handy holder for the safety vest located under the driver's seat. A waste container in the side door makes sure the interior is kept tidy. There are other clever features available on board as optional extras, such as a multimedia holder, ticket holder, various cup holders, nets on the inner sides of the front seats and an optional boot compartment net program.

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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 26, 2013, 13:07:10 posle podne
ŠKODA produces 4,000,000th Octavia

› ‘Heart of the brand’ - ŠKODA Octavia - setting new standards in the compact segment for almost 17 years
› Millions sold: Best-selling ŠKODA ever
› Winner: new ŠKODA Octavia successfully launched
› International success model: production in the Czech Republic, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and from 2014 in China

Mladá Boleslav, 26 August 2013 – ŠKODA has just produced the 4,000,000th ŠKODA Octavia. The anniversary vehicle – a third-generation Octavia in ‘Race-Blue’ rolled off the production line today at the Mladá Boleslav main plant. The ŠKODA Octavia has been setting standards in the compact segment since 1996 and is by far the brand’s best-selling model.

“Four million Octavias produced – this impressive figure represents the great success of the model and brand,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “As the ‘heart of the brand’, the Octavia has decisively shaped ŠKODA’s outstanding development and made the company what it is today – an internationally successful manufacturer, present on over 100 markets worldwide. We are continuing this development with the third generation. The new Octavia is once again a winner with its excellent ŠKODA genes. It is the largest, lightest, safest, most practical, comfortable and environmentally friendly Octavia ever.”

The Octavia has always been the epitome of a ŠKODA: timelessly elegant design, above-average space, highest functionality, many Simply Clever features, sophisticated modern technology, quality and precision and not least unbeatable value for money. The launch of the third generation in early 2013 topped all of that again. The new Octavia offers mid-class qualities for the price of a compact, now more than ever.
At its launch in October 1996, the Octavia was the first completely new ŠKODA model after the fall of the Iron Curtain and marked the start of the partnership between ŠKODA and Volkswagen. Nearly four million Octavias had been delivered to customers worldwide between 1996 and July 2013 - around 38% of the brand’s total sales in this period, making the Octavia the undisputed best seller in the 118-year history of the company.

This also makes the new Octavia the most important model in the most comprehensive product campaign in ŠKODA’s corporate history. The manufacturer is promoting its high-impact path of growth with a powerful model extravaganza. The aim of this growth strategy is to increase the number of vehicle sales worldwide to at least 1.5 million per year by 2018.

In the first half of 2013, the Czechs presented their new bestseller in four versions: the saloon, the Combi and Combi 4x4 as well as the sporty Octavia RS – with a top speed of248 km/h, making it the fastest series-produced Octavia ever. As the cornerstone of ŠKODA’s growth strategy, the Octavia is an international success story. In addition to its manufacture at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav, the compact car is also produced in Russia (Nizhny Novgorod), India (Aurangabad), Ukraine (Solomonovo) and Kazakhstan (Ust-Kamenogorsk). Additional production is also planned from 2014 in China; ŠKODA’s strongest individual market. “The ŠKODA Octavia is a car for Europe and the world, now more than ever,” says Vahland.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 28, 2013, 11:23:14 pre podne
ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback - ŠKODA’s Young Compact Car

​› ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback: The first ŠKODA hatchback in the high-volume compact segment
› Design: Dynamic, fresh for younger customers
› Typical ŠKODA: Spaciousness, functionality, and ‘Simply Clever’ features
› Personalized: Panoramic glass roof and Spaceback rear window
› Environment: Economical petrol and diesel engines with a record low of 99 g/km CO2
› Start: World premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, market launch in Europe from October 2013

​Mladá Boleslav, 28 August 2013 – The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback, expands ŠKODA’s model range in the high-volume compact segment between the ŠKODA Fabia and the ŠKODA Octavia. For the first time, ŠKODA offers a compact car which combines ŠKODA’s good practical qualities with the hatchback shape. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback’s dynamically fresh design is sure to please younger customers. As is typical of ŠKODA, the Rapid Spaceback offers a lot of space, numerous ‘Simply Clever’ ideas, top safety, interesting opportunities for customisation, low fuel consumption and excellent value. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback’s roominess thus sets new standards in the segment. Its launch in the European markets is scheduled from October 2013.

“The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is a milestone for ŠKODA: it means that we are entering the strategically important segment of compact hatchback models,” says ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. “The Rapid Spaceback is a great addition to this class in that it combines ŠKODA’s good practical characteristics with the popular hatchback shape. Sporting the new ŠKODA design, the Rapid Spaceback has a fresh and dynamic appearance. It is a compact car with a sporty chic, spacious and practical, ideal for young people and families,” says Vahland.

A sporty-fresh compact car with ample space

The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback’s dynamic silhouette is marked by clear lines, dynamic outlines and a distinctive interplay of light and shadow – ŠKODA’s chief designer Jozef Kabaň and his team have done a great job. The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback has a clear, independent appearance – with a special chic. It is a car that exudes sporty freshness and dynamic elegance, making it attractive and appealing at first sight.

The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback’s side view offers special accents. Compared with conventional hatchback models, it appears sportier and more stretched. This differentiates the vehicle from the competition, both optically and functionally. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback’s dynamic silhouette is marked by clear lines, a long wheelbase (2,602 millimetres), and a sharp, high tornado line. The Rapid Spaceback has a C and a D pillar with a third side window. Together with the slender pillars, the generous window areas create a light and friendly ambiance in the interior and ensure excellent clarity.

Individualisation is a focus area in this vehicle: One of the highlights is the huge, optional panoramic glass roof offering passengers an unobstructed view of the sky and stretching from the windshield to the rear window. It is the largest glass roof ever available in a ŠKODA. Consequently, passengers benefit from ample light and a feeling or air and space. The glass roof measures 1,713 × 1,155 millimetres and offers a viewing space of 1,210 × 780 millimetres.

The Rapid Spaceback’s panoramic roof appears even more attractive in combination with the elongated rear window. The glazing area then extends all the way from the windshield over the glass roof down to the tailgate. The black tinted, extended rear window reaches roughly ten centimetres farther into the hatchback than the Rapid Spaceback’s regular rear window. These are the Rapid Spaceback’s two distinct new style elements giving it exclusive individuality.

The rear end emphasises the sporty character of the Rapid Spaceback. Its lines are crisp and clear. A black diffuser element and the reflectors in the bumper underline the horizontal orientation as well as the broad tail lights in brand-typical ‘C’ design. The centrally-placed brand logo is flanked by the ŠKODA lettering on the left and the RAPID model name on the right.

The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback’s front design includes the characteristic Rapid elements: a prominent grille with 19 vertical slats and a chrome frame, the ŠKODA logo on the rounded front end of the hood, the cloverleaf arrangement of the headlights and fog lights. The Rapid Spaceback comes with an optional xenon package immediately from market launch. This includes xenon headlamps as well as fog lamps with cornering light function.

Spacious, attractive interior – ‘Simply Clever’ to the core

“With its attractive combination of space, functionality, and design, the Rapid Spaceback is a new offer in the compact car segment. This is a very spacious vehicle that represents one of our brand’s key values,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA board member for sales and marketing. “As is typical of ŠKODA, the Rapid Spaceback’s interior sets a new standard in its class,” says Eichhorn. Though the exterior of the new Rapid Spaceback measures 18 centimetres less than the Rapid limousine, passenger space is just as generous as in the car’s ‘big brother’: The rear of the Rapid Spaceback offers the largest legroom (64 millimetres) and the largest headroom (980 millimetres) in its segment. At 415 litres, or 1,380 litres when the rear seat is folded down, boot volumes are among the best in the segment.

Numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions complement this generous space: The new Rapid Spaceback has a double cargo floor in the boot, which can divide the space into two horizontal levels providing double utility. Furthermore, the Rapid Spaceback offers all the practical features we are familiar with from the Rapid. This includes the ice scraper in the centrally lockable petrol cap and holder for the warning vest under the driver seat, the double-sided floor cover in the boot and the waste bin in the side door. Other examples include a ticket holder, a multimedia holder, cup holders in the front and rear, and the parcel shelf that can be stowed behind the rear seats.

The interior of the new Rapid Spaceback also boasts a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, stylish trim strips and freshly designed seat covers.

Safety without compromises

The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback offers the high safety standards that have come to be expected of ŠKODA. A comprehensive safety package protects passengers in case of an accident. This includes front, side and head airbags, height-adjustable three-point safety belts with pre-tensioners in the front and height-adjustable head restraints. In EU countries, the ABS (Antilock Braking System) and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) systems are standard. Other active safety features are optional xenon headlights, tyre pressure control, fog lamps with cornering function and the ‘hill-hold control’ assistant.

The Rapid Spaceback is the first in the Rapid model series to be equipped with Column-Electric Power Steering (C-EPS). Until now, the Rapid was equipped with electro-hydraulic power steering. The electro-mechanical power steering is speed-dependent. In the C-EPS, the driver’s steering motions are supported by a program-controlled electric servo motor on the steering column. The hydraulics unit that was used thus far, as well as the servo-pump, hoses, and hydraulic fluid, are no longer needed. Some of the key advantages include better steering behaviour, less weight and less required space.

Four petrol, two diesel engines

In Europe, the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback will be available with four petrol and two diesel engines at market launch. These advanced power plants put out between 55 and 90 kW. The 66 kW 1.6 TDI celebrates its premiere in the Rapid model series with the Rapid Spaceback’s market launch and completes the current diesel engine 1.6 TDI/77 kW. In the GreenLine version with this engine, the Rapid Spaceback uses a mere 3.8 l per 100 km, CO2 emissions amounting to 99 g/km. And the 66 kW 1.6 TDI can also be combined with automatic seven-speed DSG transmission. All TSI and TDI engines are also available in the economical Green tec versions.
Four power trains are used for petrol engines. The three-cylinder 55 kW 1.2 MPI and two four-cylinders 1.2 TSI (63 kW and 77 kW) are available with manual transmission. The strongest petrol engine is the 90 kW 1.4 TSI, which is offered with a seven-speed DGS transmission.

The largest model initiative in company history

The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback expands the brand’s offer in this class between the Fabia and Octavia models. The ŠKODA Rapid has been a success in the Indian market since late 2011, and in the European markets for nearly a year. ŠKODA recently started building and selling the car in China as well. To date (31 July 2013), 75,000 Rapids have been sold.

The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is the latest innovation as part of the largest model initiative in ŠKODA’s 118-year history. Over the coming years, the brand plans to overhaul its entire model range and expand into additional segments. On average, one new or re-engineered vehicle will be introduced to the market every six months. This model initiative is the core of the ŠKODA Growth Strategy 2018, by which year ŠKODA sales are to rise to at least 1.5 million per year.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 02, 2013, 10:39:03 pre podne
ŠKODA AUTO brings two world premieres to Frankfurt

› Two new models for IAA Frankfurt: Brand new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and redesigned ŠKODA Yeti
› Rapid Spaceback: Youthful, compact ŠKODA hatchback
› Revised ŠKODA SUV in two design variations: Yeti and Yeti Outdoor
› In Frankfurt, ŠKODA AUTO shows results of the biggest model offensive in history of the brand
› Eight new or modified models just in 2013 alone

Mladá Boleslav, 2 September 2013 – ŠKODA AUTO further increases the pace of new model introductions. At this year’s International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main, held from 14th to 22nd September, the brand will unveil two world premieres: the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback, and revised SUV ŠKODA Yeti - for the first time in two separate design lines. With these cars, ŠKODA AUTO continues with the biggest model offensive in its history. In this year alone, the brand will launch eight new or revised models. Before 2018, ŠKODA AUTO wants to increase its annual sales to at least 1.5 million new cars.

„At IAA, we are going to demonstrate the power of our brand – both with brand new Rapid Spaceback compact family hatchback, and substantially revised SUV Yeti which will now come in two separate design lines, and with our refreshed and expanded model line as a whole,” says ŠKODA chairman of the board Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. „We are carrying on with our growth strategy even when the market is going through rough times. In following years, we are going to further strengthen the position of ŠKODA brand as an important global player in automotive markets.”

ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback: New class among compacts hatchbacks

With Rapid Spaceback, ŠKODA expands its offer in a very strong segment of compact family cars. “ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is the first compact family hatchback in the history of ŠKODA, and thus also another milestone in the brand’s history,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA head of development. “For the first time, are present in the strongest segment of the European car market.”

The fresh and dynamic design connects the Rapid Spaceback to the traditional values of ŠKODA cars. It differs from competition both in its looks and functionality. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback will captivate observers by its combination of the brand’s new design language with highly individualistic character. As a part of the optional equipment, the Rapid Spaceback offers a vast array of individualization options – among others a large panoramic glass roof or extended tailgate glazing. The cabin has a youthful, fresh style: the Rapid Spaceback brings new steering wheels, new upholstery fabrics and new trim.

With its interior space, the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback sets the new standards for the compact family hatchbacks. Rear passengers can enjoy the largest knee- and headroom in this class. Also the luggage compartment is top notch, with its volume of 415 to 1,380 litres. ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is a well thought out compact car with many “Simply Clever” solutions. One of the many clever features is the secondary boot floor, which makes it possible to divide the luggage compartment into two horizontal levels. And of course, there is also an ice-scraper under the fuel cap. There are also lots of holders, nets and hooks all around the interior.

The engine range comprises of four petrol and two diesel units. The Rapid model range will also include the GreenLine version with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. When it comes to the crew protection, the Rapid Spaceback scores with a large array of both active and passive safety features.

Thoroughly revised ŠKODA Yeti – now in two design variations

The launch of a revised version on Frankfurt International Motor Show gives a new impulse to the Yeti model range. This popular compact SUV will be available in two design variations from now on. While the model called simply Yeti was designed in the rhythm of a big city, the Yeti Outdoor is playing the adventurous note. In substantial reworking, both variations received all new front and rear parts. The “city” Yeti has also body-coloured bumpers, side protective mouldings and door sill, while the Outdoor variation has these parts made of black plastic.

In both variations, the ŠKODA Yeti will grab attention with its wide configuration options. For both variations, there are seven different engines available; the option of front wheel drive or all wheel drive with fifth generation Haldex coupling; manual transmissions, or DSG dual-clutch gearboxes. Besides that, the model comes with new designs of light alloy wheels, new interior design features, like steering wheels, new seat fabrics or decorative trim pieces. And there are technical innovations, too: as a first ŠKODA car, the Yeti can be equipped with a parking camera.

„ŠKODA Yeti is doing great not only in the showrooms, but also on the roads or in rough terrain,” says Werner Eichhorn, member of the ŠKODA board member for the sales and marketing. “In its revised form, the ŠKODA Yeti is now even more attractive and versatile. This way, we want to strengthen our market positions even further.”

The biggest model offensive in the brand’s history has successfully launched
The new ŠKODA rapid Spaceback and revised ŠKODA Yeti are the latest additions to the greatest model offensive in almost 118 year history of the brand. This offensive is one of the pillars of the ŠKODA Growth Strategy, which aims at increasing the brand's annual sales to at least 1.5 million cars by the 2018.

To achieve this, the brand will launch, in average, one new or revised model every 6 months. In its plans, ŠKODA AUTO also counts on strengthening its position on growth markets like China or Russia. Besides international growth markets, ŠKODA AUTO also increases its presence in Europe, where it wants to grow its market share from current approximately four percent to more than five.

ŠKODA AUTO on 65th Frankfurt am Main International Motor Show:

ŠKODA AUTO booth location: hall 3.0, booth A05
ŠKODA AUTO booth space: 1 732 m2
Press conference ŠKODA AUTO: 10 September 2013, 10:15 to 10:30
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 05, 2013, 11:41:47 pre podne
The Red-Hot Czech Racer: ŠKODA 1100 OHC at ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’

› Great tradition: ŠKODA 1100 OHC Roadster-classic from the 1950s
› ŠKODA Classic is participating again at the fifth vintage car race in and around Bergisch Gladbach
› The brand is showing off their sporty genes in 2013

Mladá Boleslav, 5 September 2013 – ŠKODA will be presenting a rare highlight at the annual meeting for collectors and admirers of high-profile classic automobiles: ŠKODA has registered the ŠKODA 1100 OHC from 1958 in the ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’ on the 7th and 8th of September. In addition to its unique design, the classic car has more special features, such as a fiberglass body and a four-cylinder engine with overhead valve control. The ŠKODA will be taking part in the ‘Rallye Historique’, starting and finishing the vintage car race at the castle in picturesque Bergisch Land.

ŠKODA has been at the ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’ since the first one in Bergisch Gladbach in 2009 and will be participating this year for the fifth time at the vintage car event. The Czech brand – one of the longest-established car producers worldwide – will be there with a very rare piece from their collection that will appeal not only to car enthusiasts: the ŠKODA 1100 OHC from 1958. After around two years of development, this roadster was first introduced to the public in June, 1958 in a race in Mladá Boleslav – the birthplace of the company. The great victory by a huge margin made it clear that the combination of a glass reinforced plastic (GRP) body and the four-cylinder engine with 1089 cc displacement, overhead OHC valve control and an output of 92 hp at 7,700 revolutions per minute had great potential.

Worldwide, there is only one other ŠKODA 1100 OHC Roadster owned by ŠKODA UK. Later, only two coupes with a closed aluminium body were produced. ŠKODA Classic has thus chosen another highlight from their portfolio for the fifth occasion of this exclusive vintage car event.

Bensberg Castle in Bergisch Gladbach is located near the city of Cologne. The castle hotel grounds and surroundings have been transformed every year since 2009 at the beginning of September into an exclusive venue for the classic cars presented there during the race or in the competition of elegance ‘Concours d'Elegance’.

The ŠKODA 1100 OHC will be talking part in the 2013 ‘Rallye Historique’. In this competition, which is measured to the millimetre and hundredth of a second, the drivers’ precision is of the highest importance. The focus is on consistency checks and dexterity tasks. The competition involves separate ratings for mechanical and electronic instruments; in 2013 only cars built before 1983 are allowed. The tour through theBergisch Land region with its winding, picturesque side roads, numerous ascents and descents is a demanding rally layout. The start and finish will be at the Castle Bensberg Grand Hotel with a stop at the Park by Castle Lerbach Hotel.

Last year several ŠKODA classics won at the Schloss Bensberg Classics. As part of the star-studded ‘Rallye Historique’, the elegant coupe ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo won category 3 "built before 1945, Hourglass". Also in category 2 of the rally (built between 1946 and 1979, Electronic), the 2012 ŠKODA 130 RS from Team ŠKODA Auto Deutschland came up trumps.

2013 will mark the fifth time that the ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’ has taken place. The event is one of the most important venues for classic cars, representing the glorious highlights of automotive history. The ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’ was included in the ‘Louis Vuitton Classic Concours Awards’ three years ago and is thus in on par with prestigious competitions such as in Pebble Beach, California and Villa d'Este, Italy.

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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 09, 2013, 22:42:51 posle podne
ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback: Premiere at International Motor Show in Frankfurt

› Youthful ŠKODA compact hatchback gets well-earned attention at the VW Group Night
› The first entry of ŠKODA brand to the important segment of compact family hatchbacks
› Rapid Spaceback will be launched on European markets from October 2013
› ŠKODA AUTO model offensive continues

Mladá Boleslav/Frankfurt am Main, 9 September 2013 – ŠKODA AUTO launched its first entry to the strong segment of compact family hatchbacks. On the VW Group Night, held at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main, a new and youthful ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback compact family car was unveiled. The new model will start entering European markets in October 2013. For Czech automaker, this means further expanding the model range and continuing the largest model offensive in the history of the brand.

„ŠKODA AUTO is keeping the pace. The new Rapid Spaceback is a milestone in the history of our brand - it's the first hatchback to open our door into the strongest market segment in Europe,” says ŠKODA AUTO CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. „Our youthful new model brings many new features to this segment and adds typical ŠKODA qualities to the hatchback body style, all wrapped up in fresh and dynamic design.”

The Rapid Spaceback fills in the gap between the Fabia and Octavia in the ŠKODA model range. With its fresh and dynamic style, it aims especially at young customers and families. It will get the attention with its clear, strong design language: it differs from competing models both visually and functionally. Its offer of space sets new standards for the compact family hatchback market segment. In addition to this, it comes with many practical “Simply Clever” features. ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback comes to European markets with four petrol and two diesel engines. Power outputs range from 55 kW to 90 kW.

ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is the latest new car launched during the largest model offensive in the history of the brand. In the year 2013 alone, eight new or revised ŠKODA models will be launched, and Czech automaker still enters new market segments. Latest aditions to the model range were Citigo and Rapid models, offering whole new options for new customers. Within the “ŠKODA 2018 Growth Strategy,” the brand is aiming to increase its annual sales to at least 1.5 million cars.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 10, 2013, 11:07:33 pre podne
GreenLine: ŠKODA Octavia emits a mere 87 g of CO2/km

› Most efficient ŠKODA Octavia of all time: New Octavia GreenLine achieves consumption of a mere 3.3 l diesel/100 km, emissions of 87 g of CO2/km
› ŠKODA offers GreenLine versions for nearly the entire model series
› Natural gas-powered ŠKODA Citigo: 79 g of CO2 emissions per km
› 81 ŠKODA models already emit less than 120 g CO2/km, 11 of them even less than 100 g CO2/km


Mladá Boleslav/Frankfurt am Main, 10 September 2013 – ŠKODA expands its offering of economical and low-emissions GreenLine models: At the Frankfurt International Motor Show, the company will present the environmentally friendly GreenLine version of the new ŠKODA Octavia. This model uses a mere 3.3 l of diesel fuel per 100 km and emits 87 g CO2/km. A total of six out of seven ŠKODA model series are available as GreenLine versions, and the ŠKODA Citigo city car has been available with a natural gas-powered engine since October of 2012.

​“We are working full steam to further reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in our vehicles. ŠKODA models are already among the most economical cars in the market, and at an affordable price. Our GreenLine models are prime examples of our efforts in this area,” says Frank Welsch, ŠKODA board member for technical development.

Start-stop system, brake energy recuperation, tyres with reduced rolling-resistance, specific aerodynamics as well as power train improvements and weight reductions – these are ŠKODA’s key GreenLine features. Except for the ŠKODA Citigo, which is available in a particularly economical natural gas-version, each model series will include a GreenLine version in the future. These models bear a special plaque both on the radiator grille and on the tailgate, identifying them as the most economical ŠKODA model version.

The new ŠKODA Octavia GreenLine, which will make its first appearance at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, is powered by an 81 kW 1.6 TDI diesel engine, emitting a mere 87 g CO2/km and boasting an average fuel consumption of just 3.3 l/100 km.

The launch of the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback includes GreenLine versions in the Rapid series. For the ŠKODA Rapid GreenLine saloon and the Rapid Spaceback GreenLine the new 66 kW 1.6 TDI diesel engine will be available in November 2013. Both vehicles consume only 3.8 litres of diesel per 100 km and emit 99 g CO2/km.

The redesigned ŠKODA Yeti continues to be available as a GreenLine. Customers also can choose a front-drive 77 kW 1.6 TDI ŠKODA Yeti GreenLine with a manual five-speed transmission. Combined diesel consumption is 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres, and CO2 emissions are 119 g/km.
A few weeks ago, ŠKODA presented the completely redesigned ŠKODA Superb. In the version GreenLine, the brand’s flagship ŠKODA Superb impresses with fuel consumption of 4.2 l/100 km and CO2-emissions of 109 g/km. The ŠKODA Superb Combi GreenLine, with manual six-speed transmission instead of a manual five-speed transmission, consumes 4.3 l/100 km and emits 113 g CO2/km. Both the ŠKODA Superb GreenLine and the ŠKODA Superb Combi GreenLine come with a 77 kW (105 hp) 1.6 TDI diesel engine.

The ŠKODA Fabia GreenLine is one of the most economical models in its segment. Powered by a 55 kW 1.2 TDI engine and manual five-speed transmission, combined fuel consumption is a mere 3.4 l/100 km, and CO2-emissions are a very low 88 g/km. The same numbers apply to the ŠKODA Fabia Combi GreenLine.

The ŠKODA Roomster is about economical operation and low CO2 emissions. The ŠKODA Roomster GreenLine with a 55 kW 1.2 TDI engine and manual five-speed transmission uses 4.2 l/100 km and emits 109 g CO2 per km.

The ŠKODA Citigo is the brand’s first standard natural gas-powered model. The ŠKODA Citigo CNG emits 79 g of CO2/km. These numbers are achieved thanks to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and the Green tec technical package, which includes a start-stop system, brake energy recuperation, rolling-resistance optimised tyres. The 50 kW (68 hp) engine consumes an average of 4.4 m3 or 2.9 kg natural gas per 100 km, and maximum range is 620 km (400 km on natural gas, plus 220 km on petrol stored in an auxiliary tank on board). In August 2013, fuel-saver champion Gerhard Plattner achieved a special record with ŠKODA’s Citigo CNG: On a five-day journey, he used an average 2.39 kg of natural gas/100 km and emitted 65 g CO2/km on his way from Italy to Stockholm, Sweden, through nine European countries. The entire journey of 2,619 km cost a mere € 81.24 in fuel.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 10, 2013, 11:18:08 pre podne
‘The Power of ŠKODA’: Two World Premieres at the Frankfurt International Motor Show


​› Double strike: The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the redesigned ŠKODA Yeti continue ŠKODA’s model offensive
› Rapid Spaceback: ŠKODA's young compact hatchback
› Redesigned ŠKODA Yeti in two design variations: Yeti and Yeti Outdoor
› ŠKODA model range now includes seven model series
› Deliveries from January to July reach 534,300 units
› ŠKODA in 1,732 m2 exhibit in Hall 3.0 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show

Mladá Boleslav/Frankfurt am Main, September 2013 – At this year’s Frankfurt International Motor Show, ŠKODA makes headlines with the world premiere of two new models, the new Rapid Spaceback and the completely redesigned ŠKODA Yeti, increasing the number of model series in the model range to a total of seven. This year, ŠKODA will launch eight new or redesigned models and plans to increase its sales to at least 1.5 million per year by 2018. In the first seven months of 2013 alone, ŠKODA delivered 534,300 vehicles to customers.

​“The largest model offensive in the company’s history confirms ŠKODA’s position as a high-volume brand in international automobile markets,” says ŠKODA’s CEO Winfried Vahland. “Our new and expanded model range reinforces our brand at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The steady expansion of our product offering is proof of our company’s and our team’s competitiveness. With its space, features, and design offering, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback sets new standards in its segment. Despite difficult market situations, we remain committed to growth. We aim to sell at least 1.5 million cars per year by 2018,” says Vahland.

In Frankfurt, the brand’s strength will be more visible than ever before. ŠKODA’s portfolio now includes seven model series: from the sub-compact ŠKODA Citigo to the Fabia and Roomster, the compact Rapid Limousine, the new Rapid Spaceback, the Octavia model series and the Superb to the Yeti. All ŠKODAs now sport the new logo and newly designed lettering.

ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback: The new class in the compact hatchback segment

The Rapid Spaceback is ŠKODA’s new offering in the high-volume compact segment. “As the first ŠKODA hatchback model in the compact class, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is another milestone for the brand,” says ŠKODA head of development Frank Welsch. “It is a first for us to have a representative in the strongest European car segment. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is the perfect car for young people and families,” says Welsch.
The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback combines dynamically fresh design with the excellent ŠKODA qualities we expect and thus distinguishes itself both visually and functionally from its competition. “The new Rapid Spaceback is an attractive new offering in its class, a vehicle with a high degree of independence and an unmatched package,” says Welsch.

Visually clear and distinct, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback sports the new ŠKODA design. Compared with conventional hatchback models, the car appears significantly longer when viewed from the side. The Rapid Spaceback has many optional features, such as a large panoramic sunroof and a long rear window. The new brand appearance marks the front: A new logo on the bonnet ‘nose’, a distinctive grille, headlamps and fog lights arranged in a cloverleaf pattern. The rear design underscores horizontal lines and sports ŠKODA’s typical ‘C’-shaped lights.

The interior appears particularly fresh and youthful. Rapid Spaceback customers can choose new 3-spoke steering wheels, new fabrics and new trim lines. In addition to being stylishly sporty, the interior offers plenty of room for all passengers. Passengers in the rear enjoy the most knee room and headroom in the entire segment, while the boot sets new standards with its volume of 415 to 1,380 litres.

The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is a smart compact to the core that includes many ‘Simply Clever’ solutions, such as the double cargo floor in the boot, which divides the floor into two horizontal compartments when needed, an ice scraper inside the fuel filler flap, many holders for daily items, restraining nets and hooks.

The range of engines includes four petrol and two diesel versions. Shortly after market launch of the Rapid Spaceback, ŠKODA will introduce a GreenLine version with 99 g CO2 emissions per kilometre. In terms of safety, the Rapid Spaceback protects occupants with numerous active and passive safety features.

ŠKODA Yeti completely revised – now in two design variations

A completely redesigned ŠKODA Yeti is certain to be a highlight at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. For the first time, this popular compact SUV is available in two variations: the ŠKODA Yeti styled for urban use, and the ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor, ready for adventures. Both designs sport a new front and rear design, a fresh interior, all-wheel or front-wheel drive, and expanded engine/transmission combinations. European market launch is scheduled by the end of 2013.

“The ŠKODA Yeti’s progress has been stellar since its launch four years ago, and it has exceeded our expectations by far. Impressive numbers both on- and off-road are proof of its power,“ says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA board member for sales and marketing. “The new edition will make the ŠKODA Yeti even more attractive and versatile. In the popular SUV segment, we are definitely geared for growth.”

The ŠKODA Yeti has been completely redesigned and now appears with an entirely new front and rear in the new ŠKODA design language. In addition to this redesign, ŠKODA plans to introduce a second distinct line of design. The compact SUV is now available either as a primarily urban-styled Yeti or as a Yeti Outdoor with specific off-road features. While on the urban-type Yeti, visible design elements, such as the bumper, underride guard, side trim and door sills all are kept in the same colour as the vehicle itself, the outdoor variation sports black plastic elements that match its off-road look.

Both ŠKODA Yeti variations are impressively versatile. Customers can choose between seven different engines, front or all-wheel-drive with Haldex 5 clutch, and numerous engine-transmission combinations including DSG gearboxes. The ŠKODA Yeti also sports new aluminium rims and new interior design elements, such as a 3-spoke steering wheel with different design options, new fabrics and decoration as well as innovative engineering features, such as an optional rear view camera, a first in a ŠKODA model.

Largest model offensive in company history launched successfully

The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the redesigned ŠKODA Yeti are the manufacturer’s newest innovations within the largest model offensive in ŠKODA’s 118-year history.

“Over the last two years, we have redesigned or fundamentally revamped a large part of our model series and increased our product offering from five to seven models,” says ŠKODA CEO Vahland. “We have never had a model offensive of this dimension at ŠKODA.”

The new Octavia - great reviews

The new ŠKODA Octavia’s performance in the markets is just one example of how well-liked the new model series are. “Media and customer response to the new Octavia has been very positive,” says Eichhorn, board member for sales and marketing. With the help of the third-generation Octavia, the manufacturer aims to sell half a million per year, which would rank the model among the top ten worldwide.

The new Octavia’s position in its class is now proving stronger than ever. Both the limousine and the estate boast unrivalled space, new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, fuel economy, numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions, and the typical ŠKODA value.

Focus on emerging markets

With plans to keep the pace over the next few years, ŠKODA’s growth strategy aims to increase sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year by 2018. In the coming years, the manufacturer will introduce one new or redesigned car every six months on average.

ŠKODA’s plans also include expansions in the growing markets of China and Russia. “ŠKODA has been successful in these countries for many years. We will strive to continue this positive growth in the coming years,“ says ŠKODA head of sales Eichhorn.

China is established as the brand’s strongest single market. Since the market entry in 2007, roughly one million ŠKODA models have already rolled off the manufacturing lines at Shanghai Volkswagen, the company’s local partner. In the first seven months of 2013, about one-fourth of ŠKODA deliveries went to the Chinese market. In the coming years, the brand aims to increase sales in China to about half a million per year, focussing on a significant expansion of the model range in the country and increasing the number of ŠKODA models offered and locally manufactured in China from three to six models by mid-2014.

In Russia, ŠKODA maintains manufacturing plants in two locations. Currently, Russia is the third-strongest ŠKODA sales market worldwide, and number two in Europe. The Russian GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod rolled out its first ŠKODA Octavia just a few weeks ago and is set to produce the redesigned ŠKODA Yeti. The manufacturer plans to start building the ŠKODA Rapid at the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga in early 2014.

The new Octavia recently began rolling off production lines in India.

In addition to international growth markets, ŠKODA continues to expand in Europe. “Europe remains one of our key markets,“ says Eichhorn. The brand aims to increase its market share from roughly four per cent to over five per cent. Therefore, ŠKODA has been investing in its locations in the Czech Republic, extensively expanding and modernising the company’s main location in Mladá Boleslav for the production of the ŠKODA Rapid/Rapid Spaceback and the new ŠKODA Octavia. ŠKODA is also currently building its technology and development centre in Česana near the headquarters in Mladá Boleslav.

Deliveries in 2013

The current economic climate, numerous model changes and production start-ups have had an effect on this year’s sales performance. During the first seven months of 2013 ŠKODA delivered a total of 534,300 vehicles, 5.5 per cent less than the in the same period of the previous year.

After production start of the ŠKODA Octavia at the Mladá Boleslav main plant, production in Russia is ramping up as well. Production of the new ŠKODA Rapid is currently ramped up in China, and that of the ŠKODA Octavia in India. The most intense year of ŠKODA’s model offensive is also seeing a fundamental redesign of the ŠKODA Superb and ŠKODA Yeti.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 10, 2013, 11:30:58 pre podne
ŠKODA at the 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt:

- ŠKODA location: Hall 3.0, booth A05
- ŠKODA exhibit space: 1,732 m2
- ŠKODA press conference: 10 September 2013, 10.15 to 10.30 a.m.
- Number of ŠKODA vehicles on exhibit on first press day: 14
(2 × Rapid Spaceback, 1 × Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1 × Rapid Sport, 1 × Rapid GreenLine, 1 × Yeti, 1 × Yeti Outdoor, 1 × Octavia RS, 1 × Octavia Combi RS, 1 × Octavia GreenLine, 1 × Superb Combi, 1 × Superb GreenLine, 1 × Citigo Sport, 1 × Fabia Monte Carlo)
- Number of ŠKODA vehicles on exhibit on second press day: 19
(2 × Rapid Spaceback, 1 × Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1 × Rapid Spaceback GreenLine, 1 × Rapid Sport, 1 × Rapid GreenLine, 1 × Yeti, 1 × Yeti Outdoor,
1 × Octavia Combi, 1 × Octavia RS, 1 × Octavia Combi RS, 1 × Octavia GreenLine,
1 × Superb Combi, 1 × Superb GreenLine, 1 × Citigo Sport, 1 × Citigo CNG, 1 × Fabia Fresh, 1 × Fabia Monte Carlo, 1 × Roomster Noire)
- Number of ŠKODA vehicles on exhibit on days open to public: 19
(2 × Rapid Spaceback, 1 × Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1 × Rapid Spaceback GreenLine, 1 × Rapid Sport, 1 × Rapid GreenLine, 1 × Yeti , 1 × Yeti Outdoor,
1 × Octavia Combi, 1 × Octavia RS, 1 × Octavia Combi RS, 1 × Octavia GreenLine,
1 × Superb Combi, 1 × Superb GreenLine, 1 × Citigo Sport, 1 × Citigo CNG, 1 × Fabia Fresh, 1 × Fabia Monte Carlo, 1 × Roomster Noire)
- Press days: 10 to 11 September 2013
- Industry visitor days: 12 to 13 September 2013
- Public days: 14 to 22 September 2013
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 11, 2013, 17:10:10 posle podne
‘The Power of ŠKODA’: ŠKODA’s New Model Range

› From Citigo to Superb: ŠKODA now offers seven model series
› Model offensive: The core of ŠKODA’s growth strategy
› Attractive and fresh offering, from city car to midsize vehicles
› World premieres: The new Rapid Spaceback and a completely redesigned Yeti
› Successful launch: Citigo, Rapid, and Rapid Spaceback conquer new segments
› Eight new or redesigned models in 2013 alone
› The model offensive continues: One new or redesigned ŠKODA model on average every six months

Mladá Boleslav/Frankfurt am Main, September 2013 – At this year’s Frankfurt International Motor Show, ŠKODA confirms its brand position with a new and redesigned model range. Exactly two years ago the manufacturer marked the launch of the largest model offensive in its history. ŠKODA has been continuously overhauling and expanding its range of vehicles since then. This extensive model offensive is the core of ŠKODA’s Growth Strategy 2018, which aims to increase the company’s worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year by 2018.

​“Over the last 24 months, we have put a major effort into driving the ŠKODA Growth Strategy in all areas,” says ŠKODA’s CEO Winfried Vahland. “We have kept what we promised two years ago. Here at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, we present the preliminary results: a highly attractive, redesigned model range. That’s ŠKODA power – from the city car, the Citigo, to our completely redesigned flagships, the Superb and Superb Combi. We will continue the model offensive over the next few years,” says Vahland.

ŠKODA‘s vehicle offering is more attractive than ever before and includes models that have been introduced or completely redesigned since late 2011: the new ŠKODA Citigo; the new ŠKODA Rapid; the new ŠKODA Octavia, Octavia Combi, Octavia Combi 4x4 and Octavia RS; and the completely redesigned ŠKODA Superb and Superb Combi. The newest highlights in Frankfurt will be the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the completely redesigned ŠKODA Yeti, available in two variations. The existing Fabia and Roomster models began sporting the new logo in early 2013.

Delighting customers with a new model range

ŠKODA’s model offensive is the core of the company’s growth strategy, which was introduced in 2011. “Our growth strategy has enabled us to set the course for a complete repositioning of our product offering as we capture new car segments and win new customers for our brand,” says Vahland.

The company aims to increase its vehicle sales to at least 1.5 million per year by 2018. “Our growth strategy has yielded good results,” Vahland continues. From 2010 to 2012 the brand’s deliveries increased by 23 per cent or 180,000 vehicles, and the model range grew from five to seven model series. “This makes us one of the few growing volume brands in Europe,” says ŠKODA’s CEO.

In many markets and segments, the company’s success is obvious. ŠKODA is currently the leading foreign brand in the German market and the third-strongest brand overall in the German private customer market, and in 2012, the Octavia Combi even became the best-selling estate in Europe. On top of this, one out of five Octavia Combis sold in 2012 was an all-wheel drive. In Scandinavia, Switzerland and Austria, the traditional European all-wheel markets, ŠKODA is often a first choice for customers. In their home market, the Czech Republic, one out of three new cars sold bears the ŠKODA logo, the winged arrow. In Central Europe, the brand has captured a market share of nearly 19 per cent. In China, ŠKODA’s success story is particularly impressive as the country now accounts for one fourth of the brand’s worldwide sales, making China ŠKODA’s largest single market.

Numerous recent awards for the brand and its models recently reflect the company’s success. In 2012 alone, ŠKODA received over 100 national and international awards, and thus far, 2013 looks just as promising. In the UK, 46,000 readers of Auto Express magazine voted the ŠKODA Yeti the car with the most satisfied customers in the UK, with a total of three ŠKODA models ranked in the top six.

2013: Eight new or redesigned ŠKODA models

2013 is the year of new ŠKODA models as the brand launches no less than eight new or completely redesigned ŠKODAs. Customers in the market for ŠKODA’s absolute best-seller, the ŠKODA Octavia, have a choice of four attractive versions: the limousine, the Combi, the Combi 4x4, and the Octavia RS power version. “The Octavia is the ŠKODA per se – it is the heart of the brand,” says ŠKODA’s CEO Vahland. More than ever, the third-generation ŠKODA Octavia confirms its unique position in its class, offering plenty of space, a new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, economical engines, numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions, and excellent value. Versions range from the family estate car to the Octavia RS, the fastest Octavia of all time with a top speed of 248 km/h.

Successful debut in new car segments

Conquering new segments is an important aspect of the model offensive, and ŠKODA successfully launched its first small city car, the ŠKODA Citigo, in late 2011. Over 30,000 have been sold to date.

Introduced in the autumn of 2012, the ŠKODA Rapid expands the brand’s offering in the segment between Fabia and Octavia.

From October 2013, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback will enter markets as the brand’s first hatchback model in the high-volume compact segment. The Spaceback is an addition to the brand’s model range and introduces the company as a competitor in the compact hatchback market, Europe’s strongest car segment.

In entering a new segment, ŠKODA makes a point of always meeting particular standards. Wherever a new ŠKODA makes its appearance, it will always offer ‘a little extra car’. Each model provides excellent value, particularly with regard to space and functionality. “We are committed to setting standards in the segments in which we compete,” says Vahland. All seven ŠKODA model series offer ample space and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions, such as the ingenious storage of the ice scraper inside the fuel filler flap. Other values include top vehicle safety ratings, low fuel consumption and emissions, excellent value for the money, and a timelessly elegant design.

A new or redesigned model every six months

In the coming years, ŠKODA’s focus will be on growth with new models. A new or completely redesigned ŠKODA will be launched every six months on average. In addition to the Rapid Spaceback and the fresh new Yeti, which is already available in two different variations, the manufacturer is working on a new, larger SUV. “We intend to continue our growth path even in these economically challenging times. New models are the best recipe against weak markets,” says Vahland.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 12, 2013, 12:16:25 posle podne
ŠKODA increases European market shares in August

​› ŠKODA delivers over 64,000 vehicles worldwide in August 2013; January to August: 598,400 deliveries
› ŠKODA’s European market share expands
› New models successfully launched:  Western European deliveries of new ŠKODA Octavia +12.7% in August
› ŠKODA model campaign continues with new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and completely redesigned ŠKODA Yeti

​Mladá Boleslav, 12 September 2013 – ŠKODA gained market shares in Europe this August and once again outperformed the overall market. Despite difficult economic conditions, the brand increased their deliveries in some European markets, including the Czech home market, where the market share grew to 38.2% with over 4,400 deliveries.

​ŠKODA sold 64,000 vehicles worldwide in August (August 2012: 67,700; -5.4%). Between January and August, ŠKODA delivered 598,400 cars to customers (January to August 2012: 633,300; -5.5%). So far this year, the development of deliveries, in the context of model renewal, has been influenced by the production start-ups and corresponding capacity limitations of the new ŠKODA Octavia and completely revised ŠKODA Superb. Likewise, the production of the ŠKODA models Rapid Spaceback and Yeti, launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is in its ramp-up phase as part of the brand’s current model campaign. The globally difficult market conditions also had a negative influence on ŠKODA’s deliveries in August. By 2018, ŠKODA plans to have increased annual customer deliveries by at least 1.5 million through their expanded model range. 

“In a persistently difficult economic environment, ŠKODA demonstrated their strength in August and developed better than the European market,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Our new models are very well received by customers. Deliveries of the new ŠKODA Octavia in August were 12.7% up on last year and, in principle, we remain confident for the rest of the year. Our global orders coming in over the first eight months of 2013 have so far been extremely positive.”

ŠKODA is vigorously pursuing their model campaign in the fourth quarter of 2013. As early as October, the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback – ŠKODA’s young compact - will be launched on the markets. It is the first compact ŠKODA hatchback and the Czechs’ entry into the strongest vehicle segment in Europe. In addition to the Rapid Spaceback, the completely redesigned ŠKODA Yeti also celebrated its highly acclaimed world premiere a few days ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show.  Now the popular SUV, available for the first time in two versions, the ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor, will be introduced on the first European markets at the end of 2013.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA developed once again better than the weak overall market in August. The market share has remained stable at over 3% for the first eight months. In total, the Czech brand delivered 21,400 vehicles to western European customers in August, thus remaining at almost the same level as last year (August 2012: 21,700 units; -1.4 %). On their second strongest global market, Germany, ŠKODA is expanding their position as a dynamic volume brand; deliveries to German customers totalled 8,800 (August 2012: 9,200; -3.8 %) in an overall significantly weaker market. In the UK, ŠKODA grew by 15.7% to 2,200 vehicles sold.  The brand recorded double-digit growth in the Netherlands (900 vehicles, up 43.2%), Denmark (1,000 vehicles, up 27.2%), Finland (700 vehicles, up 15.2%) and Ireland (300 vehicles, up 55.2%). In Switzerland ŠKODA deliveries rose by 2.1% to 1,200 units in Italy by 1.6% to 600 cars and in Austria with 1,300 vehicles by almost 1%.

In Eastern Europe 10,500 vehicles went to ŠKODA customers (August 2012: 11,300; -7.2%). ŠKODA’s market share has grown to the current 4%. In the Ukraine deliveries grew by 15.1% to 1,500 vehicles and in Kazakhstan even by 134.4 % to 400 vehicles. In Russia – ŠKODA’s the third largest individual market – the Czechs sold 7,100 cars (August 2012: 8,300; -14.6%). The decline has been essentially dominated by the weakness of the Russian market in general.

In Central Europe, ŠKODA delivered 8,500 vehicles in August (August 2012: 8,500; -0.6%). While the overall market declined by nearly 5%, the Czech brand maintains the level of the same month last year and have increased their market share to 19.40%. ŠKODA achieved strong results in their Czech home market, where sales volumes increased by 4.5% to over 4,400 vehicles (August 2012: 4,300). The market share in August stood at 38.2 % and reached almost 35% cumulatively for the first eight months.

With 18,100 deliveries in August, China was again the strongest ŠKODA sales market (August 2012: 19,700 units; -7.9%), where between January and August, 156,300 ŠKODA cars were delivered to customers (January to August 2012: 159,400; -1.9%).

ŠKODA’s customer deliveries – August 2013 (in units, rounded to the nearest 100 and arranged according to model; +/- % compared to August 2012):

ŠKODA Octavia (25,400; -16.0 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (13,300; -12.7 %)
ŠKODA Superb (6,900; -17.3 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (4,900; -23.0 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,300; -21.8 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (8,300; +410.8 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 3,000; -1.2 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 19, 2013, 12:19:24 posle podne
Emotional Czech Trio: Three ŠKODA classics at the Hamburg-Berlin Klassik

› The 1101 Roadster, Felicia and 1000 MB Rally – three ŠKODA legends at the starting line
› ŠKODA’s fourth appearance at the Northern Rally
› Sixth anniversary of the Hamburg-Berlin Klassik from 19 to 21 September

Mladá Boleslav, 19 September 2013 – ŠKODA are entering this year’s Hamburg-Berlin Klassik with three vintage cars. The Czech brand will be presenting two exciting convertibles – the ŠKODA 1101 Roadster and ŠKODA Felicia as well as the ŠKODA 1000 MB Rallye – a racy sports car. The sixth Hamburg-Berlin Klassik takes place this year from 19 to 21 September from Berlin to Hamburg.

“The Hamburg-Berlin Klassik is a highlight in the annual vintage car calendar,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development. “With two convertibles and a sports car, we are sending a particularly attractive, elegant and sporty trio to the track this year.”

The elegant ŠKODA 1101 roadster, better known as the 'Tudor', dates back to 1948 and represents the post-war era of the brand. The Tudor is powered by a 1089cc, 32hp, four-cylinder engine. ŠKODA produced more than 80,000 of the model between 1946 and 1952. The vehicle taking part in this year’s Hamburg-Berlin Klassik has been a part of the ŠKODA museum’s collection since 1969 and had previously been privately owned for over 20 years.

The 1961 ŠKODA Felicia also belongs to the historical collection in Mladá Boleslav. An elegant body shape, distinctive tail fin, lacquered turquoise-blue and that cream-coloured interior – the Felicia really sets vintage car enthusiasts’ hearts racing. The Czech manufacturer built around 15,000 such models between 1959 and 1964. A hardtop version was also produced alongside the convertible but only a few cars can still be seen today. The Felicia weighs in at a mere 930 kg and reaches a top speed of 130 km/h. The car features a four-cylinder 50hp 1,089cc petrol engine.

The brand’s sporty genes are best represented by the 1968 ŠKODA 1000 MB Rallye. This car has taken part in several endurance races, including the 1995 London-Mexico rally. Under the bonnet, you will find a sports-adapted, 90hp, 1,300cc, four-cylinder engine with a top speed of 170 km/h.

2013 marks the sixth anniversary of the three-day Hamburg-Berlin Klassik with this year’s route stretching over 800 km from Berlin to Hamburg. The kick-off for this journey, also known as the ‘Northern Rally’ is on 19 September at the Berlin Olympic Station. The destination is the Port of Hamburg on 21 September. A total of 180historically important vehicles built before 1993 will be making the trip. The event is
organized by ‘Auto Bild Klassik’ magazine.


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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 20, 2013, 17:10:25 posle podne
ŠKODA: 1.5 million second-generation Fabias produced

› Second generation of the popular small car a hit since 2007
› Production in the Czech Republic, India, Russia and China
› 3,253,817 ŠKODA Fabias sold since 1999 – best-selling ŠKODA model after the Octavia

Mladá Boleslav, 20 September 2013 – Small car, great success: ŠKODA has just produced the 1,500,000th second-generation ŠKODA Fabia. The jubilee vehicle, a Fabia 1.2 TDI, rolled off the production line today at the main factory in Mladá Boleslav. The current generation Fabia has delighted customers on international markets since 2007. The ŠKODA Fabia celebrated its sales debut in 1999. Having sold 3,253,817 first and second generation Fabias to date, the small car is the Czech car manufacturer’s best-selling model, after the ŠKODA Octavia with 3,984,821 sales worldwide.

“The ŠKODA Fabia has been of crucial importance to the success of the ŠKODA brand,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Producing 1.5 million vehicles since 2007 is proof of the outstanding development of the Fabia and indicates how well the customers perceive the current generation. In Europe and other international markets, the Fabia is our best-selling model after the Octavia and a cornerstone of our growth.”

The ŠKODA Fabia was launched in 1999 as the brand’s third new model. 1,788,063 of the first generation were produced over a period of eight years. Production started on the second generation in 2007, firstly as a hatchback and then, in 2008, also as a Combi. An exact total of 3,253,817 ŠKODA Fabias (both generations) were delivered to customers between 1999 and August 2013.

Since its launch in 1999, the ŠKODA Fabia has been a ŠKODA in the truest sense: lots of space combined with compact external dimensions, a host of practical solutions and low fuel consumption. Sophisticated technology and excellent value for money make the Fabia one of the most popular small cars in its class.
With four versions and attractive special models, the ŠKODA Fabia boasts tremendous versatility. The Fabia is available on European markets as a hatchback, Combi, the adventurous Fabia Scout and the sporty Fabia RS. A very environmentally friendly GreenLine version is also available. The ŠKODA Fabia GreenLine runs on only 3.4 l/100 km, with corresponding CO2-emissions of only 88 g/km. ŠKODA additionally offer fantastic special editions of the small car, such as the Fabia Monte Carlo and Fabia Combi Monte Carlo, which pay tribute to ŠKODA’S 112-year successful history in motorsports.

Keyword Motorsport: The ŠKODA Fabia is also the basis for one of the most successful rally cars of recent years: the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. The Czech car manufacturer has achieved great success in international rallies with this car: ŠKODA won titles in 2012 for both the brand and driver with the Fabia Super 2000 at the IRC, also winning the European Rally Championship, the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) as well as six national championships. The ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 is doing extremely well in the current season at the European rally championship and the APRC.

ŠKODA Fabia production by version (2nd generation):

Fabia 1,081,488
Fabia Combi 418,512
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 22, 2013, 14:21:41 posle podne
Economy Run: ŠKODA Fabia with only 2.6 l/100 km

› Fuel-saving champions: Marek Tribula and Martin Kadlec take the 2013 victory in a ŠKODA Fabia in the 32nd ŠKODA Economy Run
› Lowest emissions: Winner with CO2-emissions of only 60,58 g/km
› International race: 65 European teams, 309 km route

Mladá Boleslav, 22 September 2013 – a ŠKODA Fabia is the winning car in the 32nd ŠKODA Economy Run. With only 2.6 l/100 km, the driving duo Marek Tribula and Martin Kadlec in a ŠKODA Fabia achieved the lowest average consumption of all participants in the traditional fuel-saving competition. This consumption corresponds to CO2-emissions of only 60,58 g/km.

“The ŠKODA Economy Run has once again proved how efficient and environmentally friendly ŠKODAs really are,” says Roman Havlásek, competition director and customer service manager at ŠKODA AUTO. “Congratulations to the winners, Marek Tribula and Martin Kadlec on this great result of only 2.6 l/100 km. For many years, the results achieved in the Economy Run have been a reflection of the high efficiency of our model range.”

ŠKODA is the official partner of the ŠKODA Economy Run and only ŠKODA brand vehicles take part. The start and finishing line for the 291 km route was in Kosmonosy near the company headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. The participants headed for the ŠKODA AUTO plant in Kvasiny as a mid-point.
A total of 65 teams from the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and Slovakia took part. ŠKODA AUTO provided customer service for the technical process and the preparation and inspection of participants’ cars. The required services were provided at the ŠKODA Service Training Centre in Kosmonosy.

The Economy Run 2013 was evaluated in a total of 5 classes, depending on engine capacity and fuel type. Once again there were ‚historic‘ or ‚handy alongside the ‘Media’ - a special category for participating journalists. The evaluations for the Economy Run are based on the lowest CO2-emissions from the overall consumption of the vehicle. Additionally, the average speed recorded and the difference between the standard consumption and actual consumption are evaluated. When the consumption is the same and with identical CO2-emissions, the higher average speed or larger engine capacity becomes the deciding factor.
These excellent results from the ŠKODA Economy Run are further evidence of the high-efficiency of the ŠKODA model range. The car producer is working under great pressure to further reduce the fuel consumption and CO2-emissions of their cars. This is what the ŠKODA GreenLine models in particular stand for. With the exception of the ŠKODA Citigo, which is available as an economical natural gas version, ŠKODA offers a Greenlineversion for each of their models – with the Start-Stop System, brake energy regeneration, tyres with reduced rolling resistance and special aerodynamic and weight-technical optimizations. For the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Czechs are presenting the environmentally-friendly Greenline version of the new ŠKODA Octavia with a diesel engine consuming 3.3l/100km and CO2-emissions of only 87g/km.

In August 2013, the fuel-saving champion Gerhard Plattner undertook a special record drive in the Citigo CNG: He drove from Italy to Stockholm with an average fuel consumption of 2.39 kg natural gas/100 km and CO2-emssions of 65 g /km. He managed the entire 2,619 km journey on only 81.25 euros worth of fuel.
The results from the ŠKODA Economy Run 2013 can be found in full at www.economyrun.cz (Czech only)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 25, 2013, 11:33:29 pre podne
ŠKODA is the largest manufacturing company in Central Europe

› ŠKODA AUTO is the third-time number one out of all manufacturing companies in the Deloitte CE Top 500
› The car producer ranked third highest across all sectors
› Comparison of the 500 highest-revenue companies across 18 Central-European countries

Mladá Boleslav, 25 September 2013 – ŠKODA AUTO is the largest manufacturing company in Central Europe for the third time in a row. These are the results from the Deloitte CE Top 500 report. The study carried out by the auditing firm Deloitte is the largest study of its kind on the Central European economy. ŠKODA comes in at third place among all companies in the total rankings for the third time in a row. This current ranking is based on the company’s sales figures from 2012.

​Among the current top 500 include a total of 84 Czech companies. ŠKODA’s top position as the largest manufacturing company in Central Europe and the third largest company in the region reflects the traditional car manufacturer’s outstanding development: “ŠKODA is an important part of the Czech economy and has become an internationally recognized volume manufacturer,” explains ŠKODA Board Member for HR Bohdan Wojnar. Step by step, ŠKODA are strengthening their position as a high-volume manufacturer and are significantly increasing sales and deliveries.

This is the seventh time that Deloitte have published the Top-500 list for Central Europe. Companies from a total of 18 countries were included in the study. According to this data, ŠKODA are right at the forefront: In 2012, the car manufacturer reported a turnover of 10.4 billion euros, making the Czech carmaker by far the highest-revenue manufacturing company in Central Europe. Delivering 939,200 vehicles, up 6.8% over 2011, the Czech manufacturer achieved a new sales record last year. Their operating profit was 712 million euros.

ŠKODA are set to grow in the years ahead:  The aim of the 2018 growth strategy is to increase sales worldwide to at least 1.5 million per year. This was why ŠKODA launched the most comprehensive model campaign in their corporate history. In 2013 alone, the brand is bringing out eight new or completely revised models.

At the just finished Frankfurt Motor Show, the Czechs have presented two world premieres – the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the completely revised ŠKODA Yeti. The young compact Rapid Spaceback marks their entry into the strongest vehicle class in Europe – the compact hatch segment. There are now two versions of the compact SUV; the elegant and stylish ŠKODA Yeti for the city and the adventurous ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor.

As part of their growth plans, ŠKODA is set to expand in the international emerging markets of China, India, Russia and Europe. The company is investing heavily in the Czech home market to develop their market position in Europe. In 2012 alone, the company’s fixed asset investments increased by around 45% to a record 832 million euros; the vast majority of which was allotted to investments in the Czech Republic.

The main production plant in Mladá Boleslav has been extensively modernized and expanded to accommodate the production of the ŠKODA Rapid/Rapid Spaceback and the new ŠKODA Octavia. The Technology and Development Centre in Česana, which is near the headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, is currently being extended.  Around 34 million euros have been invested in the construction of a new Powertrain Centre alone; this is one of the largest investments in development in the Czech Republic to date. ŠKODA is the only automobile manufacturer that produces and develops in the Czech Republic.

The importance of ŠKODA for the Czech economy is reflected in the numerous awards they have received; this year, the manufacturer won the ‘Czech Top 100’ competition for the 16th time. The victory in the individual category of ‘most admired company’ also went to ŠKODA. At the end of 2012, the company was awarded ‘Investor of the past two decades’ in the Czech Republic.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 03, 2013, 10:46:20 pre podne
ŠKODAs are the real grafters!

› Superb, Octavia and Yeti with power and flexibility for everyday life
› 5% higher towing capacity: new ŠKODA Yeti model tows up to 2.1 tonnes
› Awards: New ŠKODA Superb Combi 4x4 model voted ‘Tow Car of the Year’ in UK – out of 46 other hopefuls
› Double victory: ŠKODA Octavia wins 2 categories in the British awards

Mladá Boleslav, 3 October 2013 – ŠKODAs are spacious, practical and extremely versatile. Another key feature, which is much appreciated by customers, is the larger models’ towpower. ŠKODAs have been receiving top points in towing capacity since time immemorial. The Czech car producer’s renewed and expanded range shows this more than ever. And even the experts are convinced – as proven in the latest awards from the UK’s Caravan Club for the ŠKODA Superb and Octavia.

“Fresh design, innovative technologies, lots of space, highest functionality and great value for money characterize our cars. High towing capacity is essential for a practical car. Our range offers a great number of powerful vehicles for anyone who regularly tows a caravan or trailer,” explains Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development and Design. “Our model range is more attractive and versatile than ever before.”

The best example is the all new ŠKODA Yeti: After the recent revisions, the popular compact SUV is not only smarter and more versatile than ever, but also boasts a further increase in towpower. The new Yeti can tow up to 2.1 tonnes – equating to 5% more strength than before. Whether it be a caravan, horsebox or boat – it is not an issue for the new Yeti. ŠKODA’s popular compact SUV celebrated its premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show a few weeks ago. The European sales launch is set for the end of 2013.

ŠKODA models’ excellent towing abilities are regularly confirmed by experts. The latest evidence for this came in the form of 5 awards for the all new ŠKODA Superb and new ŠKODA Octavia that had been entered into the UK’s ‘2014 Caravan Club Tow Car of the Year’ competition. The ŠKODA Superb Combi 4x4 was voted ‘Tow Car of the Year’. In addition to the victory in the overall standings, the Superb Combi 4x4 won in a further two categories. With a towing capacity of up to 2 tonnes, the Superb and Superb Combi belong to the most powerful in the upper mid-class.

The new ŠKODA Octavia was also one of the winners of this year’s ‘Tow Car of the Year’. An Octavia 2.0 TDI/150 hp won the <1,424 kg weight class. The Octavia 1.2 TSI/105 hp is also the number one tow car in the £16,000 to 20,000 price range. The Jury was impressed by the1.2-litre engine’s towing power: “For such a little engine, the Octavia breezed around the hill route.” The new ŠKODA Octavia celebrated its sales premiere in early 2013.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 10, 2013, 10:24:01 pre podne
Art Award for understanding between the German and Czech nations presented to ŠKODA AUTO CEO

› Jury acknowledges Prof. Dr. h. c. Winfried Vahland’s personal contribution to economic cooperation between Czech Republic and Germany
› Prestigious award given to individuals from both countries since 1994
› Ceremony on 9 October in Prague with high-ranking representatives from politics and business
› Honouring the importance of ŠKODA AUTO for the Czech and Central European economy

Mladá Boleslav/Prague, 10 October 2013 – Prestigious award for ŠKODA AUTO CEO: Prof. Dr. h. c. Winfried Vahland receives this year’s Art Award for understanding between the German and Czech nations. This renowned award honours Vahland’s contribution to economic cooperation between Germany and the Czech Republic. The award ceremony took place yesterday in the presence of high-ranking personalities from business and politics of both countries at the Wallenstein Palace in Prague.
“I feel very honoured to receive the Art Award,” says Vahland in his acceptance speech. “I also take this honour as an award for my ŠKODA colleagues across the whole world. Without our employees, ŠKODA’s success would not have been possible.” Vahland has been the CEO of the Czech car maker since September 2010. Between 2002 and 2005, he served as ŠKODA AUTO member of the board responsible for Commercial Affairs, including two years as Vice Chairman.

The Art Award, bestowed since 1994 for understanding between the German and Czech nations is presented jointly by the Munich Adalbert Stifter Association, the Union for Good Partnership of Czech and German Speaking Countries, the Brücke-Most-Foundation, the Collegium Bohemicum, the Prague House of Literature of German-speaking Authors, and the International Art Association pro arte vivendi. German and Czech individuals who are committed to improving the cooperation between the two countries are honoured. Besides Vahland, Rudolf Jindrák, the Czech Ambassador to Germany will also be honoured in this year’s ceremony. Previous dignitaries include well-known figures, such as the 2011 late Czech politician Jiří Dienstbier and the German former Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker. For this pure Art Award, two artists of Czech and German roots have each donated one of their own works to each of the award winners from the other country.

Vahland emphasizes the importance of a united Europe for the peaceful coalescence between East and West and positive economic development: “Europe creates peace and prosperity. For us, as part of the Volkswagen Group, and for me at ŠKODA AUTO, that is a commitment and an admonition to advance the fortunes of ŠKODA with greatresponsibility,” he adds. “ŠKODA’s success reveals that Germans and Czechs are able to
create something quite special. And I must also add that we have become friends as
well.”

The Czech carmaker plans to grow further in the coming years. By 2018, ŠKODA intends
to increase worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year. The company’s most
comprehensive model campaign in corporate history is at the heart of the 2018 growth
strategy. In this year alone, the Czechs will be presenting eight new or revised models.
In addition to developing international growth markets, ŠKODA continues to expand their
position in Europe and in the Czech home market. For this purpose, the manufacturer is
investing heavily in their Czech sites. In 2012 alone, the company’s capital investments
increased by around 46% percent to a new high of EUR 832 million, much of it on
measures in the Czech Republic.
Currently one of the largest investments in development in the Czech Republic is the
construction of a new powertrain centre – around EUR 34 million will be spent on this
measure alone. ŠKODA is the only car manufacturer that both produces and develops in
the Czech Republic. The headquarters in Mladá Boleslav have been extensively expanded
and modernized for the production of the ŠKODA Rapid / Rapid Spaceback and the new
ŠKODA Octavia. The ŠKODA Vrchlabí plant has been rebuilt in collaboration with the
Volkswagen Group into a new Czech high-tech centre, where modern DSG-direct shift
gearboxes are produced both for ŠKODA and other VW Group brands.
The number of awards received demonstrates the company’s outstanding importance for
the Czech and Central European economies. The ‘Deloitte CEE TOP 500’ currently ranks
ŠKODA as the largest production company in Central and Eastern Europe. The
manufacturer has won the ‘Czech Top 100’ for the 16th time. The award ‘Investor of the
past two decades’ from the Czech Ministry of Trade and Industry is recognition of
ŠKODA’s high levels of investment. Since 1991, approximately EUR 7 billion have been
invested in restructuring the company. ŠKODA’s most recent award is the Czech ‘Rhodos’
Image Award– bestowing the carmaker the title of Best Image in the non-food-product
category.

ŠKODA AUTO employs around 26,400 people worldwide, including 25,000 people in the
Czech Republic. Over the past two years, the company has created around 2,000 new
jobs.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 10, 2013, 10:37:51 pre podne
ŠKODA on the rise in September

› ŠKODA global deliveries to customers up by 3.3% to 86,000 cars in September 2013; January to September – 684,900 vehicles
› Strong growth in Europe – up 9.4% ; ŠKODA’s market share increases
› Deliveries to customers in Czech Republic up by 20.1%
› New ŠKODA range very well received – New Octavia deliveries up by 26% in Western Europe
› New Rapid Spaceback and all new Yeti are ready for launch

Mladá Boleslav, 10 October 2013 – ŠKODA has grown worldwide in September 2013. The brand delivered 86,600 vehicles to customers, which is an increase of 3.3% over the same month last year (83,900 units). In Europe, ŠKODA grew by 9.4% and further increased their market share. In their Czech home market, deliveries to customers rose by 20.1% to 5,600 units.

Between January and September, ŠKODA sold 684,900 vehicles worldwide (January to September 2012: 717,200; -4.5%). Deliveries to customers so far this year have been affected by changes in production due to the comprehensive model renewal. Also, the Czech automaker could not fully escape the sometimes weak market environment. ŠKODA’s current incoming orders are developing very positively.
“The success of this September shows that our model campaign is paying off,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “After the production launches in the first half of the year, we are definitely reaping the rewards of the model campaign. The brand’s development has been particularly strong in Europe with growth of 9.4%. It is clear that our new and revised models are now increasingly available,” he adds. Deliveries to customers of the new Octavia increased by 26% in Western Europe. The brand’s market share in Europe had grown to 3.9% by the end of September.

The manufacturer will be placing yet more emphasis on their ongoing model campaign in the next few weeks, with the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and all new ŠKODA Yeti. The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback – the brand’s first compact hatchback – is soon to be launched onto the European markets. Pre-orders can now be placed in some markets for the revised ŠKODA Yeti, which will be celebrating its sales premiere in early 2014. The new Yeti will be available in two versions – ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor.
In Western Europe, ŠKODA grew significantly in September and once again outperformed the overall market. 37,800 customer deliveries represents an increase of 12.1% over the previous September (33,700). After the first nine months, the brand’s Western European market share grew to 3.1%. In Germany, ŠKODA’s second strongest market worldwide, the automaker strengthened their position as by far the strongest import brand, with total of 13,600 ŠKODA cars going to German customers (September 2012: 13,700). The Czechs also recorded strong growth in the UK, where September deliveries rose by an impressive 39.2% to 10,100 vehicles. ŠKODA grew by double-figures in Spain (900 cars; up 60.6%), in Sweden (1,100 cars; up 51.6%), in Italy (1,000 cars; up 36.9%), in Switzerland (1,700 cars; up 25.0%), in Finland (800 cars; up 24.0%), in the Netherlands (1,200 cars; up 16.1%) und in Norway (700 cars; up 14.6%). In France ŠKODA deliveries to customers increased by 8.6% to 1,900 cars.

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA achieved 10,900 cars delivered to customers in September (September 2012: 11,700; -6.5%), with a market share of 3.9% in the first nine months. In Kazakhstan, the brand grew by 132.3% to nearly 500 vehicles in September. In the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) 500 cars were delivered to customers which is 34.6% more than September 2012. In Serbia, ŠKODA grew by 36.1% to 300 vehicles delivered. In ŠKODA’s third largest market Russia, the manufacturer delivered to customers 7,700 cars (September 2012: 8,800; -12.0%).

In September, ŠKODA did very well in Central Europe. 11,100 cars sold represents an increase of 19.4% over September 2012 (9,300 sales). Thus, the car maker grew significantly stronger than the overall market and increased their Central European market share to 21.9% in September. ŠKODA deliveries to customers increased by a fifth (+ 20.1%) in their Czech home market. 5,600 cars were delivered to Czech customers, representing an increase of around 1,000 more cars sold than in September 2012 (4,600). Cumulatively over the first nine months, the share of the Czech market lies at 35.6%.

In September, ŠKODA’s strongest market was China once again. ŠKODA delivered to customers a total of 21,400 cars on the Chinese market (September 2012: 22,500 cars; -4.9%). A number of the new models have not yet been introduced here. Between January and September, the Czechs delivered 177,700 cars to Chinese customers (January to September 2012: 181,900; -2.3%).

ŠKODA customer sales – September 2013 (in units, rounded to the nearest 100 and arranged according to model; +/- % compared to September 2012):

ŠKODA Octavia (35,100; -1.9 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (18,300; -3.3 %)
ŠKODA Superb (7,900; -26.4 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (7,900; -6.8 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,900; -17.1 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (10,500; +>500 %).
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 4,000; -18.0 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 21, 2013, 11:44:42 pre podne
The Power of ŠKODA - ŠKODA model range more attractive than ever

› Brand new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback fresh on the market
› Environmentally friendly ŠKODA Rapid, Rapid Spaceback and ŠKODA Octavia now available as GreenLine versions
› Special model ŠKODA Octavia RS Challenge
› All new ŠKODA Yeti already available to order
› Fantastic new product features for current models
› Power of ŠKODA – the new ŠKODA range

Mladá Boleslav, 21 October 2013 – With completely new and redesigned models, fantastic special editions and additional features for the current model range, ŠKODA is really picking up the pace before the end of 2013. The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is currently being launched onto the markets and orders are being placed for the revised Yeti, which will be celebrating its sales premiere at the start of 2014. Additionally, the Citigo, Fabia, Roomster, Rapid und Octavia now feature a whole host of innovations.
2013 is ŠKODA’s year for new models, having brought out eight new or revised models this year alone. Moreover, the Czechs have once again upgraded their current range as part of their regular model improvements. Two years into the 2018 growth strategy, the ŠKODA model range is more attractive and varied than ever before. The company looks to be ideally placed to achieve their target of selling at least 1.5 million vehicles worldwide every year.

The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback has been on the market since early October, becoming the Czech brand’s first compact hatchback ever launched. The young compact, for which four petrol and two diesels are available, boasts the best ŠKODA qualities and a fresh design. As of November 2013, the Rapid Spaceback can come with the newly available 1.6 TDI entry-level diesel with 66 kW or the particularly fuel-efficient GreenLine version. The CO2 emissions of the Rapid Spaceback GreenLine amount to only 99 g/km, and consumption lies at 3.8 l/100 km. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Green Line features the Start-Stop system, brake energy regeneration and low rolling resistance tyres. Further savings are achieved by a special front grille trim, concealed air intakes, wheel covers and the optional rear spoiler that specifically optimize the aerodynamic drag of the vehicle even further.

With the introduction of the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback, the ŠKODA Rapid has also received a whole host of innovations. As of today, the Rapid now features new electro-mechanical power steering, the so-called C-EPS (Column-Electric Power Steering). The advantages to this are better steering response, reduced weight and less space required. In addition, ŠKODA has freshened up the interior of the Rapid, adding a new three-spoke steering wheel in five different versions. The ‘Ambition’ and ‘Elegance’ equipment set-ups now feature new trim in four designs and new seat covers. The ‘Swing’ radio has now got a new panel, the ‘Blues’ radio with chrome control buttons. Just as the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback, the Rapid is now available as the particularly fuel-efficient GreenLine Version. In combination with the 1.6 TDI/66 kW, the ŠKODA Rapid GreenLine produces CO2-emissions of 99 g/km and consumes 3.8 l/100 km.

The new ŠKODA Octavia proves that sporty can also be eco-friendly. Four versions of the model are now available as of this year – from the Octavia to the racy Octavia RS. The special edition ŠKODA Octavia RS Challenge, offering both sporty features and class, will be available from November. Fantastic exterior features underline this sporty look: The ‘black package’ available for the Octavia RS includes the black finish to the side mirrors and grille; the Combi’s roof rack is also in black. This sporty look is emphasised through the black 18-inch ‘Gemini’ alloy wheels. The Performance Mode Selection is series standard on-board the Octavia RS Challenge, through which the driver can adjust certain handling characteristics of the vehicle with the touch of a button. Comfort is maximized by the multifunction steering wheel with audio and phone control buttons. There is also a leather package for the steering wheel, gear stick and handbrake - the leather is embroidered with red stitching. The colourful Maxi-DOT Display now features a digital lap timer. A special feature is the Challenge-badge in the door sill.

From November, the environmentally friendly GreenLine version will be available for the new ŠKODA Octavia. The ŠKODA Octavia GreenLine, recently shown for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor show, is powered by a 1.6 TDI diesel with an output of 81 kW. The car emits only 87 g CO2/km with an average fuel consumption of only 3.3 l/100 km.

Orders are now being placed for the all new ŠKODA Yeti. The Yeti has been on the market in Germany and Belgium since late 2013 and will be available on the rest of the European markets in early 2014. The Yeti is available for the first time in two versions – the stylish ŠKODA Yeti for the city and the adventurous Yeti Outdoor. Both Yeti versions feature a completely new front and rear, new alloy wheels, fresh interior, new Simply Clever solutions, expanded engine/transmission combinations, the highest functionality and new technical features. The revised ŠKODA Yeti is again also available as the environmentally-friendly GreenLine Version. The ŠKODA Yeti 1.6 TDI/77kW GreenLine runs on only 4.6 l/100 km, and CO2 emissions at 119 g/km. The top-of-the-range version of the all new ŠKODA SUV is the Yeti L&K, boasting, amongst other features, exclusive leather trim, two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights and high-quality media system.

The ŠKODA Citigo has received some fresh interior features: The popular city car will be available from November with exclusive three-spoke steering wheels, either in PUR or leather. Another innovation is the ‘Funky’ radio, which now comes with DAB-Function (Digital Audio Broadcasting), which enables you to receive digitally transmitted radio stations. The ŠKODA Citigo was launched in late 2011 as the Czech car manufacturer’s first small car, available as a three or five-door. A natural gas version as well as the SPORT special edition are also on the market. The Citigo has been exceptionally well received by customers with a total of around 66,100 (as of 30 September 2013) sold since its launch.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 31, 2013, 10:04:06 pre podne
ŠKODA AUTO: 7.4 billion euro sales revenue in the first nine months of 2013

› The most comprehensive model campaign in corporate history – introducing eight new or revised ŠKODA models in 2013
› ŠKODA delivered 685,000 vehicles between January and September 2013
› Nine-month sales revenue well over seven billion euros
› Sound result: operations after third quarter at 371 million euros
› Operating profit increases by 8.8% in third quarter

​Mladá Boleslav, 31 October 2013 – The Czech car manufacturer ŠKODA achieved a sales revenue of 7.4 billion euros in the first nine months of the current fiscal year 2013. In a period of high investment, ŠKODA’s operating profit reached 371 million euros in the first nine months; during the third quarter alone, operating profit increased by 8.8% over the same period last year. By the end of September, ŠKODA had delivered 685,000 vehicles to customers. Most recently, ŠKODA’s sales rose on a monthly basis by 3.3% – which was also a new ŠKODA record for the month of September.

​“With eight new or completely revised models, 2013 is ŠKODA’s year dedicated to the biggest model offensive in corporate history,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “We have all but replaced or completely revised the ŠKODA model range. Never has our range been as extensive or attractive as today. We are therefore very pleased about the particularly positive feedback we’ve had from the markets.”

During this phase, the sales and turnover had been influenced by difficult market situation in Europe, as well as by production start-ups and subsequently lower production volumes. After the successful production launches, deliveries to customers rose once again by 3.3% over the same period last year to 86,600 ŠKODA vehicles. Overall, ŠKODA is expecting more sales in the second half of the year than in the same period last year. This positive development was also reflected in the third quarter of 2013 in ŠKODA’s operating profit, which amounted to 128 million euros – up 8.8% over the same quarter last year.

The Czech car manufacturer’s sales revenues had reached 7.37 billion euros by the end of September. This is 6.4% less than the same period in 2012 with 7.87 billion euros. The operating profit was 371 million euros, 34.6% lower than the first nine months of last year with 567 million euros. The company’s investments amounted to 458 million euros, which was 12.8% lower than January to September 2012 with 525 million euros. “ŠKODA was able to maintain its operating profit with return on sales revenue by 5 per cent on a solid level in the first three quarters, despite difficult conditions generally and in a period of high investment,” says ŠKODA CFO Winfried Krause. “Thanks to strict cost management, we continue to enjoy a stable financial base for the future,” he adds.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 09, 2013, 23:50:37 posle podne
‘Flying Finn’ wins again for ŠKODA in ERC final in Switzerland

› ŠKODA duo Lappi/Ferm triumph with a comfortable lead
› “My first big victory on asphalt”
› Perfect end to a year full of title wins for ŠKODA

Matigny, Switzerland, 9 November 2013 – The ‘flying Finn’ Esapekka Lappi has triumphed once again for ŠKODA in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) final in the Swiss Alps. Together with his co-driver Janne Ferm, the exceptionally talented driver scored a confident win with a substantial lead in the Rallye International du Valais, just six days after winning in China. It was the perfect finishing touch to a highly successful rally year for ŠKODA, the highlights of which were title wins in the ERC and the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC).*

​Having a winning driver in a winning Fabia S2000 was also the key to success for Esapekka Lappi in Switzerland. It took him 40 hours to travel to Switzerland after his success in the APRC final in China, but the ‘flying Finn’ showed absolutely no signs of exhaustion. “The past two weeks have been absolutely fantastic. This is my first big victory on asphalt, and I never expected this before the rally started. But I was in the flow and my rhythm was great. I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the fantastic ŠKODA Motorsport team,” said Lappi after his first win in an important asphalt rally.

The 22-year-old set out simply to gain some experience on asphalt – a surface that he is less familiar with – but in the end, he scored a commanding win in the 287.84-kilometre rally. The Valais record holder Olivier Burri (CH) finished in second place, 3m 28.2s behind Lappi. With the tracks proving to be slippery due to rain, Lappi was actually playing it safe on the final day of the event in the breathtaking mountains around the rally headquarters in Matigny – but achieved another two fastest times in the special stages nonetheless.

In the end, he was able to celebrate his second rally win in the ERC, following on from Poland last year, out of a total of just four starts so far in this championship for ŠKODA Motorsport. Lappi also has a second place under his belt this year, in the legendary Rallye Sanremo. ŠKODA was the dominant force in this year’s European Rally Championship: Competing on eight occasions, Kopecký and Dresler won an impressive six times and made it onto the podium on both of the other occasions too. And their reward is the ERC title.*

There were also continental championship titles for the Czech automobile manufacturer, with Gaurav Gill of India winning the APRC and Gustavo Saba of Paraguay being crowned champion in South America’s CODASUR event.* In addition, ŠKODA produced national champions with Raimund Baumschlager in Austria, Umberto Scandola in Italy, Dimitar Iliev in Bulgaria, Marouf Abu Samra in Jordan and Saba in Paraguay.

* Subject to official confirmation by the FIA
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 11, 2013, 12:46:16 posle podne
Successful production launch of the ŠKODA Yeti

› Extensively revised ŠKODA Yeti rolls off the production lines at the Kvasiny plant
› Two Yetis from one: ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor
› New distinctive design, fresh interior, innovative technology features
› Orders being taken for the revised ŠKODA Yeti – Market launch in January 2014
› 288,700 ŠKODA Yetis sold worldwide to date

Mladá Boleslav, 11 November 2013 – The extensively revised ŠKODA Yeti is now rolling off the production lines at the ŠKODA AUTO Kvasiny plant. The popular compact SUV is now available in two variations – the elegantly-stylish ŠKODA Yeti for the city, and the adventurous ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor. Both variations feature new designs, fresh interiors and innovative technical features. For the first time on board a ŠKODA, the Yeti has a rear-view camera. The market launch is to take place in January 2014 with pre-orders being taken since October.

With the production launch of the ŠKODA Yeti, ŠKODA has implemented the next start of production of the current year after the Octavia, Superb and Rapid Spaceback. “2013 is ŠKODA’s year of new models,” says ŠKODA Board Member for Production Michael Oeljeklaus. “The successful start of production for the Yeti is the result of another outstanding team performance.” The ŠKODA Yeti is being produced at the Kvasiny plant, where approximately 4,500 employees manufacture the ŠKODA Yeti alongside the ŠKODA Superb and ŠKODA Roomster.

For the first time, the Yeti is available in two variations: the elegantly-stylish urban ŠKODA Yeti for the city and the off-road ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor. Both variations boast excellent handling on roads and rough terrain. The popular Czech car now sports the latest in ŠKODA design with an updated front, new rear and broader range of wheels. The interior has also seen some significant refinement: There are new three-spoke steering wheels, fabrics and patterns for the seat covers, as well as new decorative trim for the dashboard. In terms of technical features, there have been numerous innovations: the Yeti will be the first ŠKODA model with an optional rear-view camera. There are many Simply Clever solutions and engine-transmission combinations.

Introduced in 2009, the ŠKODA Yeti is one of the most attractive and also most successful compact SUVs on the market. Its distinctive design language, high functionality, extremely spacious interior with compact exterior dimensions, top safety, and excellent value for money set the Czech all-rounder apart from the rest.
The Yeti is fast becoming one of the most successful vehicles in its class. A total of over 288,700 ŠKODA Yetis have been sold to date (As of: 31st October 2013). In Europe, ŠKODA Yeti is one of the best-selling A-class SUVs, and is the clear leader in this segment in the Czech Republic.

ŠKODA sold around 87,400 Yetis in 2012 alone – an increase of 24% over the previous year. And in the first ten months of 2013, 67,300 Yetis have already been delivered to customers worldwide.
The Yeti is currently one of the best-selling A-class SUVs in the European Union with a market share of 4.1%, underlining the Czech brand’s expertise in 4x4 vehicles. Including their 4x4 models, ŠKODA has achieved a total market share of approximately 3% of passenger cars sold in the EU.

As part of the 2018 growth strategy, ŠKODA is increasingly turning to international growth markets. The ŠKODA Yeti has been on the Russian market since the end of 2012, where local production is carried out in partnership with the Russian manufacturer GAZ Group at the plant in Nizhny Novgorod. The Yeti has even been sold in China since mid-2013, currently as an import model. At the end of 2013, a stretched version of the Yeti will be available on the Chinese market. The car will be produced locally with the partner Shanghai Volkswagen.

The most comprehensive model campaign in ŠKODA’s corporate history is continuing in force with the two variations of the Yeti. ŠKODA plans to increase sales globally to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year by 2018.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 14, 2013, 10:06:32 pre podne
Strong Growth for ŠKODA in October

› Golden October: ŠKODA’s best October of all time
› ŠKODA grew worldwide by 7.5% to 83,000 sales in October 2013
› 768,700 customer deliveries in the first ten months
› ŠKODA grew by 13.7% in Europe in October; further increases in market shares
› New ŠKODA Octavia: plus 48.8% in October in Western Europe
› Strong second half of the year confirms ŠKODA’s growth strategy
› Most comprehensive model campaign in corporate history proves the brand’s strength

Mladá Boleslav, 14 November 2013 – ŠKODA has seen a sharp increase in sales this October. The Czech manufacturer delivered 83,800 vehicles to customers worldwide, corresponding to a growth of 7.5% over October 2012 (78,000 sales). This is a new October record for the brand. In Europe, ŠKODA saw double-digit growth of 13.7 % to 55,700 units sold. In Germany, the brand grew by 23.5% to over 12,100 vehicles.
Cumulatively, ŠKODA sold 768,700 vehicles worldwide between January to October 2013 (same period last year: 795,100; -3.3%). After the production launches of the new ŠKODA cars during the first six months, the model campaign is unfurling its full power. The brand has set a new record with eight new and revised ŠKODA models being introduced this year alone. Despite some difficult market conditions, new orders continue to develop positively.

"With an increase of 7.5% in October, we have firmly confirmed the positive trend of recent months," says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. "The global growth once again demonstrates the power of the brand and the appeal of our young model range. The new and revised models have been exceptionally well received. The new Octavia has a very high customer acceptance and has exceeded our expectations." In Western Europe, sales of the new Octavia increased by 48.8% in October and in Central Europe by 23.1% compared to the same month last year. ŠKODA’s market share in Europe grew in the first 10 months of 2013 to over 3.9%. The market launch for the Octavia in China is set for next year.

The Czech carmaker is keeping up the pace in the last quarter of 2013: A few weeks ago the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback celebrated its market debut in many European markets. ŠKODA has entered the largest vehicle segment in Europe with their first compact hatchback model. Pre-orders are already coming in for the fundamentally revised ŠKODA Yeti with its launch date set of January 2014. This is the first time that the Yeti is to be available in two visually different versions – the ŠKODA Yeti for the urban jungle and the ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor for the country. The production of a completely reworked ŠKODA Superb was also launched a few weeks ago in China.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA recorded a significant increase of 17.3 % in October. Deliveries increased to 32,400 units compared to 27,600 units last October. Once again, the brand has outperformed the overall market. In the first ten months, the market share in Western Europe grew to 3.1% (same period last year: 3.0%). In Germany – ŠKODA’s second largest market worldwide – ŠKODA is building its position as the largest import brand; sales increased in October by 23.5% to over 12,100 units. The brand saw growth into the double figures in the UK (5,700 vehicles; up 23.1%), Denmark (1,400, up 32.0%), Finland (830 vehicles, up 33.6%), Italy (900 vehicles, up 23.0%), the Netherlands (1,200 vehicles, up 21.3%), Norway (760 vehicles, up 25.8%) and Spain (1,000 vehicles, up 56.6%). In Norway, ŠKODA achieved the best monthly sales result ever.

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA delivered 11,400 vehicles to customers in October (October 2012: 11,600; -1.7%). After ten months, the market share stood at around 3.9%. In Kazakhstan, the brand saw a three-fold increase in sales, selling more cars in one month than ever before. In the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), almost 700 customers decided on a new ŠKODA, 66.6% more than in October 2012. In Romania, the brand grew by 24.1% with over 600 units and in Serbia by 16.2% with 400 vehicles. In Russia, ŠKODA’s third largest market, the Czechs sold 7,100 vehicles (October 2012: 8,300; -14.5%).

In October ŠKODA grew by more than a fifth in Central Europe: Customer deliveries increased by 21.6% to almost 12,000 vehicles (October 2012: 9,800). With this growth significantly above market average, ŠKODA’s market share increased to 20.5% in October. In their Czech home market, ŠKODA saw significant growth, whilst the market in general declined slightly. Deliveries to customers in the Czech Republic reached 5,700 units (October 2012: 5,300), an increase of 8.2 %. ŠKODA’s market share in the Czech Republic after ten months stands at 35.8% and in the month of October at almost 37.3%.

ŠKODA have proven their strength once again in China - 21,500 vehicles delivered to customers in China (October 2012: 22,900 units; -6.0%), representing the fourth-strongest sales month for ŠKODA since their entry onto the Chinese market around six years ago. Cumulatively over the first ten months, ŠKODA 199,200 sold vehicles in China (January to October 2012: 204,800; -2.7%).
In India, deliveries increased by 16.1% to over 2,300 vehicles. A few weeks ago, the new ŠKODA Octavia was successfully launched on the Indian market.

ŠKODA customer deliveries in October 2013 (in units, rounded off, according to model; +/- in % over the same month in 2012):

ŠKODA Octavia (34,200; +0.6%)
ŠKODA Fabia (15,500; -17.5%)
ŠKODA Superb (9,100; -2.5%)
ŠKODA Yeti (7,200; +2.2%)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,500; -8.9%)
ŠKODA Rapid (12,000; +426.3%)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 3,300; -13.0%)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 15, 2013, 11:20:41 pre podne
More than one million ŠKODAs build in China

› ŠKODA’s growth strategy successful in China since 2007
› Anniversary with Shanghai Volkswagen: 10,000,000th vehicle produced since 1998 – 10% of which are ŠKODA models
› ŠKODA soon to have six locally produced models in China – new car factory in Ningbo, Southern China

Mladá Boleslav/Shanghai, 15 November 2013 – ŠKODA AUTO is on the path of success in China. Since the Czechs arrived on the Chinese market six years ago, more than a million ŠKODAs have rolled off the production lines at the Shanghai Volkswagen’s (SVW) plant – ŠKODA’s production partner. ŠKODA has had a share of around 10% of a total 10,000,000 cars produced there since 1983. In the coming years, ŠKODA intends to further increase their sales in China. For this, the car maker is doubling the range of products manufactured in the country and gained new production capacity.

“ŠKODA cars are arriving in China,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “We have hit the million mark with only three models sold in the country. With the expansion of our product range and increased capacity, we will continue to grow in China in the coming years.”

The new SVW plant in Ningbo, Southern China took on the production at the end of October. The first model to roll off the production line was the ŠKODA Superb. ŠKODA currently produces five models in partnership with Shanghai Volkswagen; alongside the Superb in Ningbo, the ŠKODA Fabia, Rapid, Octavia and Yeti are produced at the SVW plants in Anting und Yizheng. In 2014, the new ŠKODA Octavia and Rapid Spaceback are to follow.
Since their market launch in 2007, ŠKODA has produced over 1,000,000 vehicles for China in partnership with SVW. “SVW is a reliable and competent partner for ŠKODA. The evidence for this successful collaboration is the number of over one million cars produced in only six years. This joint success story we will continue,” says Winfried Vahland.

Since 2010, China has been ŠKODA’s strongest individual market. In 2012, the brand achieved a new sales record with 235,700 vehicles being sold in China. In 2013 so far, 199,200 Chinese customers have opted for a ŠKODA (January to October 2013). This corresponds to about a quarter of the brand’s worldwide deliveries.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 21, 2013, 13:32:46 posle podne
1.5 million ŠKODAs produced at the Kvasiny plant

› The jubilee vehicle is a ŠKODA Superb
› The ŠKODA Kvasiny plant manufactures three models: The ŠKODA Yeti, ŠKODA Superb and ŠKODA Roomster
› The Kvasiny plant is one of the company’s key production sites and has received substantial investment in line with the brand’s model campaign

Mladá Boleslav/Kvasiny, 21 November 2013 – ŠKODA AUTO has just manufactured its 1,500,000th vehicle at the Kvasiny plant, with the jubilee honours going to a ŠKODA Superb. Three ŠKODA models are currently rolling off the line at Kvasiny: The Superb, Yeti and Roomster. The car maker has substantially expanded and modernised its Eastern Bohemian production site in the last two years under its ongoing model campaign, with large investments going mainly into Assembly, Logistics, and the Body Shop.

Approximately 4,500 employees currently produce the Yeti, Superb and Roomster models at Kvasiny, with a daily output of 800 vehicles in three shifts. “The Kvasiny plant is an important pillar in ŠKODA’s global manufacturing network,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Member of the Board for Production and Logistics. “2013 is a year of new models for us, and ŠKODA’s Kvasiny plant is one of the pillars of the current model campaign. Two important new models in the ŠKODA portfolio are manufactured at Kvasiny – the completely revised Superb and Yeti. Successful starts of production have confirmed the high level of performance displayed by our employees,” adds Oeljeklaus.

ŠKODA has expanded and modernised important areas in vehicle production at the Kvasiny plant over the last two years: The start of production of the new Superb involved a strong drive to modernise the Assembly and Body Shop with new equipment and tooling. The plant has also optimised its logistics process and rebuilt the final assembly testing facility. A new logistics building and assembly line for the Roomster has also been opened at the beginning of 2013. Furthermore, the Kvasiny plant has started to assemble axles. This step was preceded by a doubling of the production capacity for the Yeti to 100,000 units per year.

Since the beginning of November 2013, a completely revised Yeti in two variants has been rolling off the assembly lines at Kvasiny: The elegant ŠKODA Yeti for city driving, and the ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor version, which has been tuned for adventure. Both versions feature an attractive new design, new interiors and modern technologies. A thoroughly refreshed version of ŠKODA’s two flagships, the Superb and Superb Combi, has also been launched into production at Kvasiny in May 2013. The Superb offers compelling details incorporating ŠKODA’s new design language, a fresh interior and improved technical features. The Eastern Bohemian plant’s product range is completed by the ŠKODA Roomster.The Kvasiny plant is able to rely on approximately 80 years of manufacturing heritage, and is one of the most important employers in the region. Cars have been produced at this site since the early 1930’s, including the JAWA 700. The first model of the ŠKODA brand built at Kvasiny was the ŠKODA Superb in 1947. This was followed by the ŠKODA Felicia (1958-1964), the ŠKODA 110 R Coupé (1970-1980), and the ŠKODA Pick-up/VW Caddy Pick-up (1995-2001). The new generation of the ŠKODA Superb went into production in 2001, followed by the ŠKODA Yeti in 2009. The production of the Roomster has returned back to Kvasiny at the beginning of 2013. ŠKODA AUTO continues to support a wide range of cultural, sporting, and social projects in and around Kvasiny.

The Kvasiny site is an integral element in ŠKODA’s production capability alongside its other Czech sister plants in Mladá Boleslav and Vrchlabí. ŠKODA also relies on additional production capacities to deliver cars locally made for customers in key international growth markets, e.g. China, India and Russia.

Selected ŠKODA AUTO production milestones since 1991

- 21 November 2013: 1.5 million ŠKODAs produced at the Kvasiny plant since 1947
- 26 August 2013: 4 million ŠKODA Octavias
- 9 July 2013: 1 million ŠKODAs produced in China since 2007
- 5 February 2013: 15 million ŠKODA vehicles produced since 1905
- 4 May 2012: 3 million ŠKODA Fabias
- 30 January 2012: 14 million ŠKODA vehicles produced since 1905
- 12 October 2011: 10 million ŠKODA vehicles produced at the Mladá Boleslav plant
- 2 September 2011: 4 million MQ 200 gearboxes produced at Mladá Boleslav
- 8 April 2009: 12 million ŠKODA vehicles produced since 1905
- 13 July 2006: 10 million ŠKODA vehicles produced since 1905
- 1991: 5 million ŠKODA vehicles produced since 1905
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 25, 2013, 11:18:13 pre podne
New systems make ŠKODA’s production logistics more efficient and environmentally friendly

› Modern top-level production logistics is the cornerstone of ŠKODA vehicle production
› ’Simply Clever’: New systems simplify processes and protect the environment
› The right part in the right place at the right time, now even quicker
› New containers for steering wheels reduce transport costs by 40 percent

Mladá Boleslav, 25 November 2013 – Production logistics that functions flawlessly is essential for high productivity in vehicle production. Seamless production in the 13 ŠKODA manufacturing sites worldwide is only guaranteed if vehicle parts and components are available in the right place at the right time in the required quantity. To this end, the Czech car company ŠKODA AUTO uses a sophisticated, efficient, and internationally oriented logistics system. ŠKODA makes its parts logistics now even more efficient, fast, and environmentally friendly with new high-tech solutions for the Mladá Boleslav main production facility.

There are three simultaneous logistics innovations in the Mladá Boleslav factory. A new transport container for steering wheels has space for more steering wheels and is also significantly lighter than the model used hitherto. An improved sequence container speeds up the supply of parts to the assembly line. And parts delivery at the touch of a button is now possible thanks to the fully automatic transport system.

The use of the most modern storage and transport technology in production is an important element of the ŠKODA growth strategy 2018. ”By 2018, ŠKODA will increase the number of sold vehicles to at least 1.5 million units per year,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA’s Production and Logistics board member. ”Our new model initiative sets high standards for production and the corresponding logistics structure and processes. Powerful logistics is a precondition for top-level vehicle production. The most recent innovations in our main production facility are an important step towards further optimisation of logistics processes and hence also towards increased efficiency and productivity during production,” continues Oeljeklaus.

The new ŠKODA logistics centre in Mladá Boleslav was put in operation half a year ago. The most recent innovations optimise the logistics processes in the production of the Czech car manufacturer. ”The new systems speed up logistics processes, decrease costs, and protect the environment. That’s just clever,” says Jiří Cee, Head of ŠKODA Logistics.
For example, the new transport containers for steering wheels offer several advantages as compared to those used previously: They are lighter, have larger volumes, require less space, and are cheaper. The capacity of the new container grows by 20 percent, and it is also able to house steering wheels from several car models, unlike until now, when it was just one model. Thanks to the fact that it uses plastic material that is 98% recycled, the new box is also 62 kilograms lighter than the previous version in steel. The container can even be folded in when empty. The significantly reduced weight and the improved size decrease transport costs per steering wheel by 40 percent. Furthermore, using thenew container protects the environment: The CO2 emission per charge carrier is 75% lower per transport. The manufacturing costs per container are also 23 percent lower. Detail progress is necessary in order to continue improving the eco-balance of car manufacturing.

The precisely timed delivery of the parts needed to the assembly line are essential for efficient production – the so-called ‘just in sequence’ delivery. So-called ‘pick-up’ systems play a central role. A new solution is now being applied in the Mladá Boleslav factory: a sequence container with ‘pick-by-frame’. The technology aids workers when loading the picking vehicle and makes the process safer.

The third innovation in the ŠKODA factory logistics is the new, fully automatic control of transport vehicles in the warehouse. It is an Automated Guided Vehicle System (AGV) which delivers the required parts and components via centrally guided transport vehicles directly to the shelves of the assembly line. This also saves time and money.
These new solutions are parts of a sophisticated production logistics system which ensures optimal supply to the 13 global production sites via the entire logistics value chain. ŠKODA models are currently being produced in the Czech Republic, China, Russia, and India, as well as in Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Worldwide, the manufacturer has already produced 685,000 vehicles during the first nine months of this year.

For this production system, approximately 1,250 employees in ŠKODA Logistics operate every year millions of parts, components and vehicle systems. Annually around 52,000 train cars are transported from and to the Czech ŠKODA car factories. Additionally 469,000 truck transports take place from and to all three Czech ŠKODA factories every year. ŠKODA Logistics is dealing with enormous orders of magnitude also for the storage and logistics surfaces needed in the context of the logistics flow: They add up to more than 321,000 square meters in the three Czech factories of Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí alone. This is equal to about 50 football fields.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 29, 2013, 13:44:43 posle podne
Production launch of the ŠKODA Yeti in China

› Local production in association with Shanghai Volkswagen
› ŠKODA’s latest appearance in China with locally produced SUV
› The new ŠKODA Yeti features a distinctive design and innovative technology
› ŠKODA aims to grow in China to more than half a million vehicles per year
› More than one million ŠKODAs produced in China since 2007

Mladá Boleslav/Shanghai, 29 November 2013 – A special version of the ŠKODA Yeti, specifically targeted at the local market, is now running off the production lines in China. Shortly after the launch of the European model at the Czech ŠKODA Kvasiny plant, production has now started in China in association with ŠKODA’s longstanding partner, Shanghai Volkswagen. In addition to its larger dimensions, the Yeti features an optional spare tyre on the tailgate. By now producing a locally-built compact SUV, the Czech carmaker has made their appearance in the rapidly growing segment of compact sport utility vehicles. The market launch of the new Yeti in China started in November.

“The production launch of the ŠKODA Yeti is another milestone for our growth in China,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “We have now made our first appearance in the important class of compact SUVs with a locally-produced model in China. With the Yeti and our attractive model range, we will continue to write ŠKODA’s success story in China.”

The ŠKODA Yeti is one of the most attractive and also most successful compact SUVs worldwide. A few weeks ago, ŠKODA unveiled the completely redesigned Yeti for the European market. For the first time, the Czechs’ compact SUV is now available in two versions; the elegantly-stylish ŠKODA Yeti for the city and the adventurous ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor. Both versions of the Yeti will also be available in China in the future, where the Chinese customers’ wishes for more space in the back have been met by extending the wheel base of the new Yeti by six centimetres. Alongside classic saloons, SUVs are increasingly being used as chauffeur vehicles in China. As an option the spare wheel of the ŠKODA Yeti can be mounted externally on the tailgate.

The ŠKODA Yeti boasts excellent handling on roads and over rough terrain. The current ŠKODA design features a distinctive front, new rear wheels and more wheel options. For the interior, there are new three-spoke steering wheels, fabrics and patterns for the seat covers, as well as a new decorative trim for the dashboard. In terms of technical features, the ŠKODA SUV features several innovations; the ŠKODA Yeti can be equipped with an optional rear-view camera. There are also fantastic Simply Clever solutions and engine/transmission combinations.

After the Octavia, Fabia, Superb and Rapid, the Yeti is currently the fifth ŠKODA model produced locally with the Chinese partner SVW. The new ŠKODA Octavia and new Rapid Spaceback are to follow in 2014. Since the market launch six years ago, over a million ŠKODAs have been built at the Chinese SVW plant. ŠKODA vehicles have accounted for a share of around ten percent of the total number of cars produced at SVW since 1983.

China has been ŠKODA’s strongest individual market since 2010. In 2012, the brand achieved a new sales record of 235,700 vehicles sold in China. So far in 2013, 199,200 Chinese customers have opted for a ŠKODA (January-October 2013). This corresponds to approximately one quarter of the brand’s global deliveries.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 04, 2013, 16:35:25 posle podne
59,674 new trees for the Czech Republic thanks to ŠKODA

› Successful conclusion to the 2013 environmental project ‘For each car sold in the Czech Republic, ŠKODA plants a tree’
› Environmental Action Programme running since 2007 – over 423,000 trees planted to date
› High level of ŠKODA employees’ commitment in their home regions

Mladá Boleslav, 03 December 2013 – A successful conclusion to this year’s ŠKODA environmental action programme ‘For each car sold in the Czech Republic, ŠKODA plants a tree’: Including the final action days in Kvasiny, Mladá Boleslav and Benátky nad Jizerou, another 59,674 new trees were planted in selected regions of the Czech Republic in this, the seventh year of the programme. This record number is equal to the number of ŠKODA vehicles sold in the Czech Republic in 2012. Since the start of ŠKODA’s environmental programme in 2007, 423,000 trees have been planted in the country.

“Through our environmental programme, and thanks to our record sales figures in 2012, more new trees have been planted this year in the Czech Republic than ever before. We are pleased that we have been able to make our country that little bit greener,” says ŠKODA Board Member for HR, Bohdan Wojnar. “Every single tree contributes to the restoration of our landscapes and is a symbol of the ŠKODA brand’s success. It is particularly encouraging to see our employees getting involved. The project demonstrates our environmental responsibility,” he adds.
From the very beginning, the employees have actively participated in planting the trees. They have helped in finding suitable land, proposing reforestation areas, and have been actively engaged in planting each new tree by hand. Actively getting involved strengthens the employees’ relationship to the places where they live and work, and this has been an important goal from the start of the programme.

The 59,674 new trees in 2013 come to the benefit of towns and communities throughout the Czech Republic. One focus is on regions where ŠKODA has its production sites. New places for planting are selected in collaboration with long-standing partners each year. This year, the manufacturer has worked with a total of 25 communities and non-profit organizations. Seven of which took part for the first time.
The environmental programme is an integral part of the Czech car manufacturer’s broad social commitment in their home market. The focal points are in the areas of social welfare, environmental protection, culture and sports. Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, is far more than just a buzz-phrase for ŠKODA, and is actively put into practice and targeted in numerous activities and projects: In the area of children and youth in the Czech Republic, the company supports the Tereza Maxová Foundation, in addition to the ‘Centrum Paraple’ and the ‘Medical Clowns’ project. Furthermore, ŠKODA AUTO is committed to traffic safety and has for many years supported the ‘City Roads’ programme. Another focus has been on continuing the commitment to people with disabilities, which includes supporting the Czech Paralympic Committee, as well as the ŠKODA AUTO Handy programme which has the improved mobility of handicapped people written on the flags.

Furthermore, ŠKODA AUTO is also committed to enhancing the attractiveness of technical education at schools and, with its own vocational school and university, is among the most eminent training companies in the country. Additionally, ŠKODA provides support as one of the biggest sponsors of cultural events in the Czech Republic: with partners including the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague National Theatre and the National Museum of Technology. The carmaker also supports selected cultural events, such as the classical music festival Smetanova Litomyšl and the International Children's and Youth Film Festival in Zlín.

From children's road safety campaigns and supporting infrastructure and culture, to the 423,000 trees now planted: In recognition of ŠKODA’s full commitment to the locations of Vrchlabí and Rychnov nad Kněžnou/Kvasiny, ŠKODA AUTO received the special corporate award ‘Best business location’ (City for Business) a few days ago.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 05, 2013, 15:49:04 posle podne
ŠKODA developing the new Fabia R 5 for 2015

› ŠKODA Fabia R 5 to be ŠKODA’s new racing car
› The successor to the Fabia Super 2000 rally car will arrive on the scene in 2015
› ŠKODA crews Kopecký/Dresler and Lappi/Ferm will line up in the works team in 2014
› ŠKODA will be in action in the APRC and ERC this coming season
› Wiegand/Christian to drive for the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland team in the ERC

Mladá Boleslav, 5 December 2013 – The successor to the successful ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 motorsport project has been announced: in 2014, work will begin in Mladá Boleslav to develop the ŠKODA Fabia R 5 rally car. The new development will line up in international rallies for the first time in 2015. The 2013 season, which has just reached its conclusion, saw ŠKODA Motorsport enjoy one of the most successful years in its 112-year motorsport history. Highlights: overall victories at three continental and six national championships.

ŠKODA will continue its motorsport programme with the tried-and-tested Fabia Super 2000 in 2014, meaning ŠKODA fans can look forward to another feast of rally action over the coming year. “Through the many international successes it has enjoyed, the current Fabia Super 2000 has been demonstrating our technical prowess for years. The challenge is now to follow on from this success. That is why we are working flat out to develop a new racing car, based on the ŠKODA Fabia, for the R5 category,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at ŠKODA.

Michal Hrabánek, ŠKODA Motorsport Director, added: “The new R 5 rally car will be equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo engine, in accordance with FIA regulations. That is a big change compared to today’s naturally-aspirated, two-litre petrol engines. The R5 category succeeds the previous Super 2000 class. This way, we are able to continue to compete successfully in international championships and to push ahead with our customer programme. Entering the R5 class is a logical step for ŠKODA. As it stands, we are assuming that the new car will be homologated by mid-2015.”

ŠKODA will once again feature prominently on the rally scene in 2014 – with the established ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. “We plan to enter the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC for short), and to compete at selected ERC rallies in the FIA European Rally Championship. Our 2013 crews will swap roles for the coming year: Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler will line up in the APRC, while Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm will race in the ERC. In the European Rally Championship, they will be joined by the German rally pairing of Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian from the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland team, who will also start in a factory car,” said Hrabánek.

The ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 project is one of the most successful in ŠKODA’s 112-year motorsport history. Having made its first public appearance as a design study at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007, the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 made its first competitive outing at the iconic Rally Monte Carlo in 2009. Just one year later, ŠKODA claimed its first international success with the Fabia Super 2000: overall victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) – in both the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championship, courtesy of the pairing of Juho Hänninen/Mikko Markkula (FIN/FIN). ŠKODA repeated this success in 2011 and 2012 with Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), claiming a total of 27 wins to become the most successful manufacturer in the history of the IRC.

At the same time as the successful outings in the IRC, works duo Hänninen/Markkula also triumphed in the Super 2000 World Championship (SWRC) and, one year later, in the European Championship. 2012 also saw the Fabia Super 2000 make its first appearance in the APRC, in which ŠKODA worked together with the MRF team to win both the Manufacturers’ Championship and the Drivers’ Championship (Chris Atkinson, AUS). Thanks to the full works support granted by ŠKODA, this success in the APRC was repeated in 2013 – this time with Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/NZ) coming out on top. The ŠKODA Motorsport works duo of Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) also played a key role in the successful defence of the APRC Manufacturers’ title, chipping in with three victories. Jan Kopecký (CZ) crowned the best season of his career in 2013 with a dominant overall victory in the ERC. Together with co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZ), he won six of eight rallies and claimed a further two podiums.

Gustavo Saba/Victor Aguilera (PY/PY) won the FIA Codasur South American Rally Championship and their home championship in Paraguay in 2013 – both in a Fabia Super 2000. ŠKODA drivers accumulated a further five national titles in Austria (Raimund Baumschlager), Italy (Umberto Scandola), Bulgaria (Dimitar Iliev), Jordan (Marouf Abu Samra) and Portugal (Ricardo Moura).
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 08, 2013, 14:30:36 posle podne
Trophies and thunderous applause: ŠKODA drivers honoured at FIA Gala in Paris

› ŠKODA acclaimed as winners of the Manufacturers’ Championship in the APRC
› Works drivers Kopecký/Dresler officially crowned European Rally Champions
› Gill/Macneall and Saba/Aguilera honoured as title holders in the Asia-Pacific and South America continental championships
› ŠKODA starts developing the R 5 as successor to the successful S2000

Paris, 7 December 2013 – A whole host of championship trophies and sustained applause from the motorsport elite assembled in Paris: the annual motorsport gala held by the International Automobile Federation FIA was the perfect end to a successful rally season for ŠKODA.

“In the fifth year since we launched our ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000, our drivers have once again proven emphatically that the Fabia is still one of the best rally cars in the world in the S2000 class,” said ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek. “The successful title defences in the ERC and APRC, and the victory in the South American championship, are just the most prominent examples. The numerous successes achieved by our privateers on national stages around the world are equally satisfying.”

With a host of titles and victories to its name, 2013 will go down as one of the most successful years in the iconic manufacturer’s 112-year motorsport history. ŠKODA picked up the trophy for winning the Manufacturers’ Championship in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) in Paris, as well as a further six international trophies for Driver and Co-Driver titles in rally championships in Europe, South America and the Asia-Pacific region. ŠKODA works pairing Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) won the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) in a Fabia Super 2000, while Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/NZ) triumphed in the Driver and Co-Driver Championship in the APRC.

Gustavo Saba/Victor Aguilera (PY/PY) came out on top in the 2013 FIA Codasur South American Rally Championship and also won the championship in their native Paraguay – both in a Fabia Super 2000. ŠKODA drivers also secured a further five national titles in Austria (Raimund Baumschlager), Italy (Umberto Scandola), Bulgaria (Dimitar Iliev), Jordan (Marouf Abu Samra) and Portugal (Ricardo Moura). Another highlight of the extraordinarily successful season was victory in the WRC-2 class at the Rally Monte Carlo, courtesy of the ŠKODA AUTO Germany pairing of Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D).
Of all the victories, ŠKODA’s triumph in the APRC really stood out. Gaurav Gill claimed the title to celebrate what he described as “the biggest win of my career”. The 32-year-old Indian has lined up in the APRC for the ŠKODA MRF team since 2012. “I am APRC champion and overjoyed. I achieved the goal set by myself and the entire brand. That is fantastic. I would like to thank everyone at the ŠKODA MRF team and ŠKODA Motorsport in particular, who helped make my dream come true.”

For ŠKODA works driver Jan Kopecký, the European Championship title is the pinnacle of a success story that started back in 2008 with his first test drives in the Fabia Super 2000. The two-time Czech Rally Champion finished runner-up in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) four years in a row between 2009 and 2012. The 31-year-old was in dominant form in 2013, winning six rallies and claiming a further two podiums in the ERC.

“In a way, the Fabia Super 2000 is my ‘baby’. After all, I was involved in its development right from the word go,” said Kopecký. The extraordinary success enjoyed at hundreds of rallies around the globe in 2013 showed just what a prime example of ŠKODA engineering the 270-hp four wheel-drive powerhouse is. Kopecký: “I feel rather proud when I see this car winning events and titles all over the world again this year. I am now looking forward to the start of an exciting new project.”

In 2014, ŠKODA will once again line up in the ERC and the APRC with its works drivers and the Fabia Super 2000. There will also be a successor to the successful ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 motorsport project when development begins on the ŠKODA Fabia R 5 in Mladá Boleslav next year. In line with FIA regulations, the new R 5 rally car will be equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo engine. “Entering the R 5 class is a logical step for ŠKODA. As it stands, we are assuming that the new car will be homologated by mid-2015,” said Hrabánek.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 09, 2013, 20:27:46 posle podne
Fresh, Modern, ‚Simply Clever’: The new face of the ŠKODA Dealer Network

› ‚Power of ŠKODA‘: New ŠKODA dealerships show the power of the brand
› Reorganization is an important pillar of the 2018 ŠKODA Growth Strategy
› Space for the new and expanded model range
› Simply Clever with a human touch‘: customer-friendly layout
› New face of ŠKODA dealerships to be implemented by the end of 2015

Mladá Boleslav, 9 December 2013 – The fresh, new face of the future ŠKODA dealership network: The worldwide network of over 5,300 dealerships will get a more modern and attractive form to accommodate the growing model range. The modernised appearance based on the new ŠKODA company design is an integral part of the 2018 ŠKODA Growth Strategy. By 2018 the company plans to have increased its worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year.

With their partners’ new appearance, ŠKODA is once again demonstrating the power of the brand. The entire design of the car dealerships is much younger and more dynamic. Key elements are modern architecture, new communication areas on the exterior with improved visibility both day and night, as well as an attractive salesroom design for customer-friendly business dealings. By the end of 2015, the transition should largely be completed.

“We are building our position as a strong international brand with the most comprehensive model campaign in corporate history,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “In recent years we have invested heavily in modernizing and expanding our model range. Now our sales partners’ new appearance provides the ideal backdrop for the presentation of our vehicles to the customer.”

As part of their 2018 growth strategy, the Czech carmaker has renewed its product range over the last two years and expanded into important segments. ŠKODA has introduced eight new or completely redesigned vehicles in 2013 alone. The preliminary result of the most comprehensive model campaign in corporate history: a highly attractive, updated model range – from the new small car Citigo, the new Rapid and the new Octavia to the comprehensively revised flagship, the Superb and Superb Combi. Running parallel to this model campaign, the Czech car manufacturer has placed an emphasis on sharpening their brand presentation. In 2011, ŠKODA introduced a completely new corporate design. The most important elements of this fresh appearance are the updated logo with the winged arrow in the centre, fresher colours and new fonts. The overall appearance looks younger and more modern than ever before.

Redesigning the dealership network will follow these principles: Modern showrooms with a great look and feel, large glass fronts, creating a pleasant atmosphere and transparency. The base colours of elegant white and fresh green shall dominate, complemented by the warm wood tones in the furnishings inside.
The architectural design language is identical to the clear lines of the Czech manufacturer’s current vehicles, mirroring the brand’s traditional values everywhere. The guiding principle of the new face of the dealerships is the brand promise – ‘Simply Clever – clever engineering with a human touch’.

Exterior design: tidy, modern, clearly visible both day and night

The external design of the dealerships are to be completely revised. The new appearance of the ŠKODA dealerships will be the brand’s powerful statement both day and night – clear, transparent, modern and open. Recognizable elements provide unique orientation. An important aim is to improve the visibility of the buildings. “Customers should be able to identify the ŠKODA partner as such at first glance,” explains sales chief Eichhorn.

It is all to do with clarity: Reducing everything to the bare essentials for the customer was the architects’ motto. The architecture has been tidied up, now based on simple shapes, a few clear colours, modular design elements and a modern light concept. The key features of the dealership’s new exterior are:

› The green entrance set in front of a glass wall, utilizing daylight
› The large communications wall next to the entrance to the dealership
› The logo wall with the new ŠKODA logo on the side of the building
› A white frame, running along the sides and top of the building façade
› Dark-grey cladding
› New pylons (with brand logo and dealership name) and flags

The newly developed cladding for ŠKODA dealerships will be kept principally in dark-grey. This conservative tone forms an ideal background for all ŠKODA design and signal elements. The entrance side of the building consists of large, top to bottom glass elements, through which natural light can enter the interior.
At the front of the building, ideally to the right of the entrance, there is to be a huge communications wall. The standard size 8 x 8 metre wall is a real eye-catcher and gives a direct approach to customers. There are two possible variations: presenting new models on a large banner or a large LED screen. In addition to the five standard sizes between 4 x 4 and 8 x 8 metres, custom sizes will be possible, depending on the needs of the individual ŠKODA partner. The large ŠKODA Logo on the upper third of the wall is an integral part of communication wall. This will be lit up at night.

Another distinctive design element for all renovated ŠKODA dealerships will be a white frame running along the sides and top of the façade. The facing covers the entire façade and gives the building a clear optical structure. The area running horizontal to the white frame will be closed at the bottom with a narrow, green stripe, running over the entire width. The whole forms the perfect backdrop for the sign, consisting of the name of the dealership and the redesigned ŠKODA writing. The white frame indicates the main façade with the entrance area and should be clearly recognizable from the street. At night, an intelligent light concept provides illumination – naturally in ŠKODA-Green.

Customers shall enter the future dealerships through a newly designed entrance in ŠKODA-Green. Out of the hours of daylight, it will be illuminated in green to give a warm ŠKODA welcome. The entrance arch itself is not connected to the building, but rather serves as a free-standing element with its own foundations. The advantage of this modular solution is that it can be adapted to the individual needs of each dealership in terms of size.

For people to clearly recognize the dealership as a ŠKODA centre from the side, the side of the building will feature a large logo wall. The white façade extends almost seamlessly from the front panel in five modular increments of four to eight metres well over the side of the building, from floor to roof – similar to the communication wall on the building front, only without posters or the LED wall. Here, the ŠKODA logo is also illuminated at night.

All new design elements are modular and extremely flexible in their construction. This means that they can be adapted to the individual circumstances of the dealership. The new concept can be used simply for virtually any existing ŠKODA centre. The same is true of the future flags and pylons with the new ŠKODA corporate design.

Pure ŠKODA service centres will be fitted with some design elements as well, they will for example receive a sign saying ‘ŠKODA Service’ incorporating the new corporate design.

The new ŠKODA Showroom: friendly, bright, inviting

Fresh colours, clarity, openness and transparency – this is also distinguishes the new interiors of ŠKODA dealership showrooms. Simultaneously the new concept allows fast, direct and easy communication with the customer. “The dealership is the central location of the customers’ experience. This is where they come into direct contact with the brand and products. The new look is welcoming, approachable and modern. In short: Our cars and their modern design will be presented in an appropriate environment,” says sales chief Eichhorn.

Interior designers placed the highest priority on functionality and clear orientation options for the customer. The design fully follows function. It is exactly the same with the new showrooms as with the exterior; all new features are designed from the customer's perspective. New design features, quality materials and advanced communication areas will come into use. White as the base colour, complemented by Green, to the warm wood-tones of the new furniture, enhanced by effective lighting solutions. All of those make for a great atmosphere. The rooms are airy and spacious.

On entering the dealership through the green lobby, customers will get their first glimpse of the new highlight wall directly across from the entrance. This is a central part of the showroom. The wall consists of two sections: at the top, the large ŠKODA logo; underneath there are graphic motifs that can be exchanged freely. The wall serves as a background for any current ŠKODA vehicle, known as the ‘Hero Car’. This offers the respective dealer an attractive place to present to the latest models. The vehicle is exhibited on a prominently-highlighted surface.

The first point of contact for the customer is the welcome area, which, based on the new showroom concept, is located between the entrance and highlight wall. This is where customers will be greeted warmly. Customers should not have to go looking for a ŠKODA representative first.

The newly designed waiting room is directly adjacent. This is where customers can take a seat on comfortable lounge furniture should they need to wait for a consultation. A well-equipped kids’ corner shall also be available. In addition, the interior designers have provided a brand wall, where there will be a coffee and drinks station as well as current merchandising articles and brand accessories.

The ‘Car Configurator’ is an important part of the new showroom concept. On an LED screen, the customer can look through whole range of ŠKODA models on the configurator and organise their personal preferences with the representative.

All representatives’ and consultants’ places have been redesigned, which are also dominated by light, friendly wood tones and elegant white. A newly designed desk gives customers and representatives an open, personal space for discussion. The contact is less formal and more approachable. All representatives’ work stations are located ideally in close proximity to the vehicles on display in the dealership.

Implementation planned by the end of 2015

More than 5,000 suggestions from ŠKODA dealers around the world were included in the concept. The final concept has now been fully presented to all ŠKODA markets. The first dealerships have already changed over to the new design. Each individual country will have implemented this plan by 2015.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 11, 2013, 13:08:22 posle podne
European Rally Championship recognises
ŠKODA champions Kopecký/Dresler

› European Rally Championship (ERC) and promoter Eurosport honour the
European Rally Champions
› ŠKODA dominates the ERC season with eight wins for the Fabia Super 2000
› ERC title is the biggest success of Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler’s careers to
date

Mladá Boleslav, 11 December 2013 – The FIA European Rally Championship
(ERC) and promoter Eurosport have honoured ŠKODA works drivers Jan
Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) as European Champions. 2013’s top drivers
were presented with their trophies, in recognition of their outstanding
performances over the course of the season, at a ceremony in Paris. Four days
prior to this, the successful duo had also been honoured by the International
Automobile Federation (FIA).

“With three continental titles to our name, the 2013 season could hardly have been
better for ŠKODA,” said ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek. “Of all our
achievements, the success in the ERC really stood out. Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler
made their mark on the ERC season and not only displayed their own extraordinary
ability. They also showcased the performance of the Fabia Super 2000 in a wide range of
conditions. We are extremely proud of everyone in our team.”

With six wins (Austria, Canary Islands, the Azores, Romania, Czech Republic, and
Croatia) from eight ERC starts this season, the Czech pairing secured the European
Championship title at the Rally Croatia, with races to spare. The ŠKODA works duo of
Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) also won the season finale in Switzerland. Freddy
Loix/Frédéric Miclotte (B/B) added another ERC success for ŠKODA, winning the round in
Belgium. Alongside the European Championship title, ŠKODA drivers also claimed overall
victory in the continental championships in the Asia-Pacific region (APRC) and South
America, as well as six national titles.

The ERC title is Kopecký’s biggest international success so far. The Czech driver won
seven rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) between 2009 and 2012, and
ended the year in the runner-up spot on four occasions. The 31-year-old contributed
significantly to the success of the Fabia Super 2000. In 2008, Kopecký took part in the
first tests with the newly developed S2000 car and he has played a major role in the
development of the successful four wheel-drive powerhouse from the Czech Republic
since.
“The season went fantastically well for us. Everything came together perfectly,” said
Kopecký. “My team did a great job. It makes me hugely proud to have been involved in the development of the Fabia Super 2000 since the word go, and now to have achieved the biggest success of my career. I would also like to say a special thank you to my co-driver Pavel Dresler, with whom I have had the great pleasure of working for the last two years.”

As well as its six wins – including at their home event in the Czech Republic – the pairing of Kopecký/Dresler also finished runner-up in Corsica and third in Poland to claim a further two podiums in the ERC. The ERC title is also the biggest success of Dresler’s career so far. “We are extremely happy to win the European Championship title so convincingly in only our second season together,” said 27-year-old Dresler. “Jan and I are blending well and our team always ensured the Fabia Super 2000 was perfectly prepared.”

The European Championship-winning duo will go in hunt of its next title in the APRC in 2014. ŠKODA will also line up with its own works team in the ERC again. “Given the great year we enjoyed in 2013, we are very optimistic about the future,” said Hrabánek. There will also be a successor to the successful ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 motorsport project when development begins on the ŠKODA Fabia R 5 in Mladá Boleslav next year. In line with FIA regulations, the new R 5 rally car will be equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo engine. “Entering the R 5 class is a logical step for ŠKODA. As it stands, we are assuming that the new car will be homologated by mid-2015,” said Hrabánek.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 11, 2013, 16:11:48 posle podne
ŠKODA and VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus: One year of successful production in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

› Production started one year ago in Nizhny Novgorod with the ŠKODA Yeti
› ŠKODA Yeti, ŠKODA Octavia and Volkswagen Jetta produced at the Russian GAZ plant
› ŠKODA plans further growth in Russia – pillar of the growth strategy

Mladá Boleslav/ Nizhny Novgorod, 11 December 2013 – ŠKODA and Volkswagen celebrate one year of successful vehicle production in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. It was one year ago, on 6 December 2012 that the go ahead was given at the GAZ Group partner plant to start the CKD production of the ŠKODA Yeti. Meanwhile, the ŠKODA Yeti and Octavia and Volkswagen Jetta were running off the production lines at the production facility 420 km east of Moscow.

Both ŠKODA and the VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus (VGR) cooperate in production with the Russian car manufacturer GAZ Group. Under the production network within the Volkswagen Group, production in Nizhny Novgorod is the Group’s second location in Russia. ŠKODA has taken over responsibility for the project. “The local production is of central importance for the growth of the Volkswagen Group and the ŠKODA brand in the Russian market,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics. “The launch in Nizhny Novgorod one year ago marked a milestone for ŠKODA’s development in Russia. We have a strong local partner on our side with GAZ. After one year, our balance is very encouraging.”

One year ago, the ŠKODA Yeti was the first model to run off the production lines from CKD form as part of the cooperation in Nizhny Novgorod. The CKD production launch of the new ŠKODA Octavia was in June 2013 and the Russian plant has been producing the Volkswagen Jetta since March. CKD (Completely Knocked Down) form means the full production of a vehicle, including the areas of body shop, paint shop and assembly. The agreement for contract manufacturing between VGR, GAZ and ŠKODA was concluded in mid-2011.

A total of around 300 million euros was invested by the partners into the local CKD production in Nizhny Novgorod, as well as with local suppliers for new facilities and comprehensive modernization measures. In addition, a new training centre for the local production team was built in early 2012. “Consistent quality management in production is the central prerequisite for globally uniform quality and thus the success of our vehicles. After one year, we can see that our investments have paid off,” says Michael Oeljeklaus.

Russia is an important cornerstone of the ŠKODA growth strategy. In the Czechs achieved a new record with 99,100 deliveries in the Russian market. So far in 2013 ŠKODA has delivered 78,900 vehicles to Russian customers, making Russia the third-largest market worldwide and the number two in Europe for ŠKODA. Sales of the ŠKODA Octavia accounted for around 52% of ŠKODA deliveries in the first eleven months of 2013.

The ŠKODA models Octavia and Yeti produced in Nizhny Novgorod play a central role in ŠKODA’s growth plans. Having sold 41,800 units, the ŠKODA Octavia is by far the Czech car manufacturer’s best-selling model in Russia. The third generation Octavia is setting ever more standards in the compact segment. The vehicle boasts unrivalled space, new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, economical consumption, numerous Simply Clever ideas and typical ŠKODA value for money.

The ŠKODA Yeti has also been very well received by Russian customers. Between January and November 2013, ŠKODA sold 12,300 units in Russia. A few weeks ago, the brand unveiled the completely redesigned Yeti in Europe. The Russian market launch is due in early 2014. The popular compact SUV is now available for the first time in two versions: the elegant ŠKODA Yeti for the city and the adventurous ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor. Both versions feature new designs, fresh interiors and innovative technology features.

As part the 2018 growth strategy, ŠKODA plans to increase sales worldwide to at least 1.5 million units per year. The most comprehensive model campaign in the company’s 188-year history is at the heart of the growth strategy. This year alone the manufacturer has presented eight new or revised models. By the end of 2015, ŠKODA will have renewed its entire range of models and have grown in important segments.

The auto-maker also plans to make significant gains in Russia with this product campaign. In addition to the Nizhny Novgorod site, ŠKODA’s Russian production also takes place at the Volkswagen factory in Kaluga, where the ŠKODA Fabia is currently produced. As of spring 2014, the production of ŠKODA Rapid is also planned in Kaluga.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 12, 2013, 18:53:52 posle podne
ŠKODA Sales Grow Stronger in November

​Mladá Boleslav, 12 December 2013 – ŠKODA’s results in November affirmed the positive trend of recent months. ŠKODA delivered 82,000 vehicles to customers worldwide, which is an increase of 5.3 % (November 2012: 77,900 vehicles). In Europe, the car manufacturer delivered 57,900 cars to customers, representing double-digit growth of 14 %, further increasing the brand’s market share in Europe. The new ŠKODA Octavia proved to be a big hit, with sales of the vehicle increasing 60.9 % in Western Europe in November.​


›    ŠKODA global deliveries to customers up by 5.3 % to 82,000 cars (November 2012: 77,900 cars)
›    ŠKODA model campaign proving its strength; eight new models in 2013
›    Sales in Europe up by 14 %; ŠKODA's market shares increase
›    ŠKODA Octavia: up 60.9 % in Western Europe

​Between January and November 2013, ŠKODA sold 850,700 vehicles worldwide (same period last year: 873,000; -2.6 %). ŠKODA's incoming orders continue to develop positively and exceeded last year's figures in November.

“With a 5.3 % increase in November, ŠKODA has strengthened its position for the third month in a row and affirmed its upward trend in the second half of the year,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Our model campaign is proving its increasing strength. We keep growing intensively thanks to the full availability of new models and we are continually increasing our market share in Europe. The new Octavia is doing very well, sales of the vehicle have exceeded our expectations,” he adds. Sales of the new Octavia increased by an impressive 60.9 % in Western Europe and by 23.7 % in Europe in total. The brand’s market share in Europe grew to 4 % by the end of November.

ŠKODA has stepped up another gear in the last few weeks of 2013. With eight new or revised models, 2013 has been a true 'power year' for ŠKODA. “2013 has seen the most comprehensive model campaign in the company's 118-year history,” says Werner Eichhorn. The brand’s latest ‘trick’ is the start of production on the completely redesigned Yeti in China. The popular compact SUV runs off the production line there in a version customised specifically for the local market. The car manufacturer has carried out a total of twelve production starts and eight international product launches this year.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA grew significantly in November. 34,000 customer deliveries represent an increase of 20.6 % (October 2012: 28,200). Thanks to this growth, which exceeded the market development, the brand's Western European market share grew to 3.2 % by the end of November (same period last year: 3.0 %). In Germany, the brand grew by 16.9 % to 12,300 delivered vehicles, further strengthening the position in its second strongest market as the strongest import brand. In the Netherlands, ŠKODA doubled its deliveries to customers to a total of 2,200 vehicles. The car manufacturer recorded double-figure growth in the UK (5,600 cars; up 43.7 %), in France (2,100 cars; up 13.9 %), in Switzerland (1,600 cars; up 12.0 %), in Belgium (1,300 cars; up 18.1 %), in Spain (1,300 cars; up 64.0 %), in Sweden (1,300 cars; up 18.7 %), in Finland (840 cars; up 50.4 %) and in Norway (770 cars; up 54.8 %).

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA delivered 11,300 vehicles to customers (November 2012: 12,400; -8.7 %). By the end of November, the Czech brand had achieved a market share just short of 4 %. In Kazakhstan, ŠKODA achieved new record sales with 715 vehicles. In the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), the brand grew by 10,1 % to almost 500 delivered vehicles. In Serbia, ŠKODA grew by 26.1 %. In ŠKODA’s third largest market, Russia, the manufacturer sold 7,400 cars (November 2012: 9,000; -18.0 %).

In Central Europe, ŠKODA deliveries to customers rose by 23.2 % to 12,600 cars (November 2012: 10,200). Thus, the brand grew significantly stronger than the overall market and increased the market share to 19.1 % by the end of November. ŠKODA achieved double-digit growth rates in all Central European countries. In the Czech home market, the deliveries to customers rose by 10.5 % to 5,900 cars (November 2012: 5,300). Over the eleven months, ŠKODA’s market share in the Czech Republic stood at 36.2 %.

In China, ŠKODA delivered 18,200 vehicles to customers in November (November 2012: 21,100 cars; -13.9 %). Cumulatively over the first eleven months, ŠKODA sold a total of 217,400 cars (January to November 2012: 225,900; -3.8 %). In India, a total of 1,600 customers opted for a ŠKODA (November 2012: 2.000; -19 %).


ŠKODA deliveries to customers - November 2013 (in units, rounded, arranged according to model; +/- % compared to November 2012):

ŠKODA Octavia (30,800; -6.0 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (14,500; -25.2 %)
ŠKODA Superb (7,100; -22.0 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (8,800; +30.1 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,900; +7.4 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (14,600; +475.1 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 3,300; -29.6 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 17, 2013, 12:11:42 posle podne

New ŠKODA Octavia finalist in ‘Car of the Year 2014’


› New ŠKODA Octavia shortlisted as one of seven vehicles for the ‘Car of the Year’ title from among 30 other vehicles
› Nominations for the final yet another success for the ‘heart of the brand’
› ‘Car of the Year’ one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry


Mladá Boleslav, 17 December 2013 – The panel for the ‘Car of the Year’ awards have nominated the new ŠKODA Octavia as a finalist in the ‘Car of the Year 2014’ contest. Only seven of the original 30 cars made it to the shortlist. The ‘Car of the Year’ test drives for the final will be held in February; the award ceremony is to take place in early March 2014 at the International Motor Show in Geneva.


Introduced in Europe in early 2013, the third generation Octavia is the best Octavia of all time. Now more than ever, the compact vehicle confirms the unique position it has in its category. Both the saloon and Combi boast unrivalled space, new designs, maximum functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, economical consumption, many Simply Clever ideas and value for money typical of ŠKODA.
With these excellent values, the new Octavia has managed to become one of this year’s top model launches onto the highly competitive European car market. “We are very pleased that the renowned ‘Car of the Year’ jury has nominated the car into the final,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “The Octavia is the heart of our brand, and the entire ŠKODA team has been working hard on this latest generation. To have made it into the final is a great honour for us.”


Being shortlisted for the ‘Car of the Year’ award confirms the great feedback the new Octavia has received even from the international trade media since its market launch in 2013. The ŠKODA Octavia has also proven to be a great commercial success. In November 2013, sales of the Octavia increased in Western Europe by an incredible 60.9%. On the European market, the new bestseller is available in four versions as the Saloon, Estate and Estate 4x4, as well as the sporty Octavia RS – with a top speed of 248 km/h, making this the fastest series-produced Octavia of all time.


The ŠKODA Octavia is a very significant car for the Czech carmaker. The first generation in 1996 was the first new model after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the start of the partnership between ŠKODA and Volkswagen. Since that time, nearly four million Octavias have been delivered to customers worldwide - approximately 38% of the brand’s total sales in this period, making the Octavia the number one best-seller in the company’s 118-year history.



Accordingly, the third generation is the most important model in the most comprehensive product campaign in ŠKODA’s corporate history. In addition to production in the Czech Republic, the compact vehicle also runs of the production lines in Russia, India, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The vehicle will also be produced in China, ŠKODA’s strongest individual market from 2014. With an all new range of models, the manufacturer has stepped up the pace in the company’s international growth.


The international ‘Car of the Year’ award is one of the world's most prestigious and coveted car awards, and is already has running since 1964. The panel consists of 58 motoring journalists from 22 European countries. After extensive testing in February 2014, the experts will evaluate all models with regard to innovation, quality, value for money and design. The award ceremony and announcement of the winners is to take place on 3 March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 30, 2013, 12:09:23 posle podne
Successful year at ŠKODA plant in Kvasiny

› More than 500,000 units overall of the Superb line manufactured through the
end of December
› Successful product launches of the revised ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Superb
models
› Large investments into modernisation and production capacity expansion
› Cogeneration unit in Kvasiny receives ‘Environmental Project of the Year’
award
› In total, more than 1,5 million ŠKODA vehicles manufactured in Kvasiny up to
date

Mladá Boleslav, 30 December 2013 – With a track record of 500,000 produced
units of the second generation ŠKODA Superb, the Kvasiny plant finishes 2013
as one of the best years in its history. The highlights of the past year include
the successful production launches of two heavily revised models, the Yeti and
the Superb, and the production launch of the ŠKODA Roomster on a new
production line. The Kvasiny plant has received large investments into
modernisation and environmental measures in line with the ongoing model
campaign. Other points of interest must also be commended in review of the
past year, namely the ‘Environmental Project of the Year’ award and significant
production anniversaries.

ŠKODA has wholly dedicated the year 2013 to new models. The Kvasiny plant has
generated two completely revised products for the brand, the Yeti and the Superb.
“Kvasiny is an important pillar in ŠKODA´s Growth Strategy. With a total of three
production launches and the necessary modernisation measures underway, the whole
workforce again displayed its high standard of performance and tackled the challenges
presented throughout this year with exceptional dedication,” says Michael Oeljeklaus,
ŠKODA Member of the Board for Production and Logistics.

A completely revised ŠKODA Yeti was phased into production at Kvasiny in November of
this year. Fully overhauled versions of the ŠKODA Superb and Superb Combi have also
been rolling off the line at Kvasiny since May 2013. Assembly and Body Shop operations
have received a boost in the form of new equipment and tooling. In addition, the plant
was able to optimise the overall logistics process and also redesign the Final Assembly
testing area. The company relaunched the production of the ŠKODA Roomster at Kvasiny
at the beginning of the year, and a part of the assembly line was modernised to handle
this task. The suspension alignment station was also modernised, and the overall
logistics concept at the Kvasiny plant was overhauled, including the construction of a new
logistics building.

The Kvasiny plant made a big impact this year in terms of environmental protection by
launching a new cogeneration unit into operation in July. With this system coming online, the plant will lower its annual CO2 emission output by 10%, or 8,000 tons. After only a few weeks in operation, this unit has received the ‘Environmental Project of the Year’ award in the Czech Republic. The environmental investment at Kvasiny amounted to approximately 3 million EUR. Two thirds of this amount was carried by ŠKODA, with one third coming from EU structural funds.

The success of the Kvasiny plant this year is underlined by two production anniversaries: In November, Kvasiny reached a jubilee of 1,5 million cars produced so far at the plant, and in the last week before Christmas it marked the 500,000th produced second generation ŠKODA Superb.

The Kvasiny plant builds on approximately 80 years of manufacturing heritage, and cars have been produced at this site since the early 1930´s, including the JAWA 700. The first model of the ŠKODA brand built at Kvasiny was the ŠKODA Superb in 1947. This was followed by the ŠKODA Felicia (1958-1964), the ŠKODA 110 R Coupé (1970-1980), and the ŠKODA Pick-up/VW Caddy Pick-up (1995-2001), among others. The new generation of the ŠKODA Superb went into production in 2001, followed by the ŠKODA Yeti in 2009. The production of the Roomster returned back to Kvasiny at the beginning of 2013. Today, the Kvasiny plant produces the ŠKODA Yeti, Superb and Roomster models, and employs a workforce of approx. 4,500 employees who build 800 vehicles per day in three shifts.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Januar 10, 2014, 17:14:36 posle podne
ŠKODA 2013: Success with new models

› ŠKODA delivers 920,800 vehicles to customers in 2013 (2012: 939,200)
› Powerful final sprint with the best December in corporate history: 70,000 deliveries (December 2012: 66,200 deliveries, up 5.8%)
› ŠKODA model campaign proves its strength
› For the first time ŠKODA’s European market share grows to over 4%
› China is once again ŠKODA’s strongest individual market in 2013 with 227,000 sales
› Product campaign continues: a new model every six months on average

Mladá Boleslav, 10 January 2014 - ŠKODA AUTO has successfully implemented its international growth strategy in 2013 again, selling 920,800 vehicles worldwide (2012: 939,200). Following the model launches in the first six months, ŠKODA saw significant growth later in the year, and recently achieved the best ever December for ŠKODA. In the last month of the year, the company delivered 70,000 vehicles to customers, which is an increase of 5.8% over the previous December-record, set in 2012. In the years ahead, ŠKODA plans to grow further. To achieve this continued growth, the manufacturer will be introducing a new or revised model on average every six months until 2016.

“ŠKODA has demonstrated its strength this year. Despite the above-average number of production start-ups and fierce headwinds from some markets, we achieved the second-best sales year in corporate history - This is an excellent result,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “2013 was a record year with more new ŠKODA models than ever before. Eight new or completely revised models show the power of the ŠKODA brand. The winged arrow is shining, and our new cars are being very well received. Our attractrive model range, good flow of incoming orders and increasingly bright future on the European automotive markets make us confident for 2014.”

2013 - the third year of the ŠKODA growth strategy - was both a successful and an intense year for the Czech carmaker. Eight new or revised models, twelve international production start-ups, expansion of capacity in the Czech Republic, as well as in the growth markets of China and Russia, added to this the crisis in some markets: “2013 was really quite a year!” says Dr. Vahland. After the first half of the year had been characterized by the difficult market situation in Europe, as well as the production start-ups and the associated lower production volumes, ŠKODA was back on track in the second half of the year. With the full availability of the new models, sales increased significantly each month from September onwards. “Our model campaign is now showing its full strength. We are growing strongly and expanding our market shares continuously,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.

The new models have been very well received - especially the new ŠKODA Octavia, which is once again proving to be a great hit. In December, ŠKODA Octavia grew once again in Western Europe with high double-digit growth rates: up 52.3% compared to December 2012. In Europe as a whole, the Octavia recorded an increase of 19.1% in December.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA performed significantly better than the overall declining market in 2013. 369,600 vehicles sold represents an increase of 3.1% compared to 2012 (358,400). In December, Western European sales even rose by 17.8% to 31,300 vehicles (December 2012: 26,600). The ŠKODA market share in Western Europe increased for the year as a whole to 3.2% (2012: 3.0%). In the second largest market, Germany, ŠKODA grew to 136,400 deliveries in 2013, which is an increase over the previous year of 2.9% (132,600).

The market share rose to 4.6% and ŠKODA continues to build its position as the strongest import brand in Germany. In the UK, the manufacturer increased deliveries to customers over the past year by 24% to a new record high of 66,000 vehicles (2012: 53,200). The Czech brand also achieved double-digit growth in Denmark, up 40.7 % to 14,600 vehicles (2012: 10,400). Sales in Spain have also seen a positive increase (13,400 vehicles; +3.0%), Italy (12,100 vehicles; +2.0%), Norway (6,800 vehicles; +2.1%) and Sweden (12,300 vehicles, +1.4%).

In Eastern Europe, including Russia, ŠKODA delivered 125,400 vehicles to customers last year (2012: 137,100; -8.5%). ŠKODA’s market share reached 4%. In ŠKODA’s third-largest market, Russia, the manufacturer achieved 87,500 deliveries (2012: 99,100; -11.7%). The new Octavia was introduced there in the second half of the year. The Rapid is to follow in the first six months of 2014. Considerable growth was also seen in Kazakhstan in 2013, where 4,700 customers decided on a new ŠKODA, which is an increase of 145.7% over the previous year (1,900). ŠKODA achieved growth in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), where the brand grew by 3.4% to 4,600 vehicles sold in 2013 (2012: 4,500). In Serbia ŠKODA increased deliveries by 12.4% to 4,200 units (2012: 3,700).

ŠKODA grew once again in Central Europe in 2013. Deliveries to customers rose by 2.0% to 126,500 vehicles (2012: 124,000). ŠKODA’s market share rose to 19.2%. In December, brand deliveries in Central Europe grew by 13.5% to 11,300 (December 2012: 9,900). In the domestic market - the Czech Republic, ŠKODA sold a total of 60,000 vehicles in 2013, an increase of 0.6% (2012: 59,700). ŠKODA is defending its top position also in Poland. With 38,700 vehicles sold (2012: 36,300), representing an increase of 6.6% over the same period last year, the Czech carmaker remains the undisputed market leader for 2013.

Once again, China was ŠKODA’s strongest individual market in 2013, where the manufacturer delivered a total of 227,000 vehicles to customers (2012: 235,700 units; -3.7 %). The market launch of the new Octavia is on the cards only for the start of 2014. In India ŠKODA achieved a total of 22,600 deliveries in 2013 (2012: 34,300; -34.2%). In 2013 ŠKODA was also particularly successful in Israel (14,400; +11.7%), Turkey (12,800; +23.2%) and Algeria (9,100, +85.3%).

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in 2013
(in units, rounded off, according to model; +/- in % over 2012):

ŠKODA Octavia (359,600; -12.2 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (202,000; -16.0 %)
ŠKODA Superb (94,400; -13.4 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (82,400; -5.7 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (33,300; -12.3 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (103,800; +320.3 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (Only sold in Europe: 45,200; +51.0 %)

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in December 2013
(in units, rounded off, according to model; +/- in % over the same month in 2012):

ŠKODA Octavia (25,400; +3.5 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (14,400; -18.5 %)
ŠKODA Superb (5,100; -18.9 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (6,700; -5.6 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,900; +2.1 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (12,400; +312.4 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 3,100; -34.3 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Januar 21, 2014, 14:21:15 posle podne
New ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback guarantees best residual value

› EurotaxGlass study: ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback beats competitors in residual value comparison tests in four European countries
› ŠKODA’s young compact successfully launched in the markets

Mladá Boleslav, 21 January, 2013 - The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback scores as one of the best value-retaining compact hatchbacks in Europe, according to the latest EurotaxGlass study, conducted in four European countries. The study compared the most sold compact hatchback models, with ŠKODA’s young compact guaranteeing the best residual values after three years and 60,000 km on the clock.

The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback – the first of the Czech brand’s compact hatchback models – has been a top player in this high-volume segment since its launch in September 2013. The vehicle boasts fresh designs and the very best ŠKODA qualities. The latest EurotaxGlass study confirms the high quality of the new ŠKODA model with respect to expected residual value.

The investigation includes the four markets of Germany, Spain, France and Italy. EurotaxGlass is an international service provider for the automotive trade. With its eponymous study, the company forecasts the depreciation of newly introduced models across the brand. The EurotaxGlass study is widely recognized as an independent guide for the value retention of vehicles.

As part of their most recent study, EurotaxGlass compared most sold compact hatchbacks: the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback, the Hyundai i30, Ford Focus, Citroen 4, Renault Mégane and the Kia Ceed. In all four countries, the study predicts the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback will come out on top in terms of residual value, compared to the other models, after three years’ service and 60,000km on the clock. The Czech car’s residual value is estimated to be between 41% and 47%. One of the best results 46% was achieved in Germany, ŠKODA’s second strongest market worldwide.

“The outstanding results for retaining residual value confirm the top quality and high price retention of the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Our first compact hatchback model breathes new life into the highest-volume segment in Europe and is an ideal car for young people, families and commercial customers. Winning the EurotaxGlass study is yet another great reason to buy the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback.”
The study examines criteria, such as fuel consumption/CO2 emissions, value for money, quality and reliability. Design and brand aspects are also included in the evaluation.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Januar 22, 2014, 10:00:22 pre podne
Owsianski new Executive Director of ŠKODA
Marketing and Sales in China

› Thomas Owsianski will promote the implementation of the ŠKODA growth strategy in the important automotive market of China

Mladá Boleslav/Shanghai, 22 January 2014 - Thomas Owsianski (46) takes over as Executive Director of ŠKODA Marketing and Sales Business at Shanghai Volkswagen, with effect from 1 February 2014. His responsibilities are to include the ŠKODA brand’s marketing, sales and aftersales activities in China.
Thomas Owsianski has many years of international experience in senior marketing and sales positions in the automotive industry. Since December 2012, and most recently, he has been responsible for ŠKODA’s global marketing activities.

“That our top marketing manager is assuming responsibility for Sales and Marketing in China emphasizes the importance of the market to our company,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland.

Owsianski succeeds Paul Willis, who taking over as Managing Director for the Volkswagen Group in the UK.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Januar 31, 2014, 15:26:37 posle podne
ŠKODA Octavia and Superb come top in ‘The Best Cars of 2014’ readers’ poll

› Readers of ‘Auto Motor und Sport’ vote new ŠKODA Octavia best compact car among imported cars in Germany
› Fourth victory in a row: ŠKODA Superb once again comes top in import rankings in mid-class category
› ŠKODA Fabia makes it into top 3 in small car category

Mladá Boleslav, 31 January 2014 - More than 115,000 readers of the trade rag ‘Auto Motor und Sport’ (AMS) voted the ŠKODA Octavia and ŠKODA Superb ‘The Best Cars of 2014’ in their respective classes. In the small car category, the ŠKODA Fabia achieved an outstanding third place among import models. This is the fifth class victory in the readers’ poll over the last four years for the Czech carmaker.

The new ŠKODA Octavia is a real winner: The third generation of the traditional brand’s bestseller managed to jump into the top 10 of the German new vehicle registration statistics straight away. The import car has now won over the readers of the trade rag ‘Auto Motor und Sport’, who voted the Octavia ‘Best Car of 2014’ in the mid-class import rankings. Despite strong competition, 18.4% of the participants gave the successful model their vote.

The Superb – the flagship of the ŠKODA model range – came out on top for the fourth consecutive time, voted in the ‘Auto Motor und Sport’ readership poll as the best mid-class import model. This year the Superb gained 22.2% of the votes.

The ŠKODA Fabia also secured a place on the podium. In the small car import rankings, 8.6% of all participants voted for the Fabia, ensuring one of the coveted podium positions with third place.
“We have been very pleased this year to have won over the readers of ‘Auto Motor und Sport’ with the ŠKODA Octavia and ŠKODA Superb,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Development during the award ceremony in Stuttgart. “The results show us that the ŠKODA brand makes the right cars for their customers: Attractive, practical, high-quality vehicles with modern technology and clever ideas at great value for money.”

ŠKODA has been a rip-roaring success on the international markets recently, especially with the new Octavia collecting some hard-earned prestigious awards. In Germany, readers of ‘AUTOStraßenverkehr’ (CARtraffic) and ‘Eltern’ (Parents) voted the Octavia ‘Family Car of the Year’. The Octavia RS was also voted by the readers of the trade rag ‘Auto Bild Sportscars’ the sportiest series saloon of 2013. In Russia, readers of ‘Za Rulem’ (At the Wheel) voted the Octavia the winner of the ‘Best value for money’ category. In Switzerland, the Octavia achieved an outstanding second place in the ‘Schweizer Illustrierte’ (Swiss Illustrator) readers' choice for ‘Most Popular Car of the Swiss’. In Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Lithuania and Latvia the third-generation Octavia is the ‘Car of the Year’. And even in its home market of the Czech Republic, the Octavia has done very well, recently winning the title ‘Car of the Year 2014’ in the audience rating.

In addition, the new ŠKODA Octavia has been nominated for the final vote in the ‘Car of the Year 2014’ competition. Only seven of the original total of 30 cars made it to the shortlist for ‘Car of the Year’, one of the world's most prestigious and coveted car awards. The winner will be announced in early March in Geneva.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Februar 05, 2014, 11:51:46 pre podne
Exceptional ŠKODA Classics at the Rétromobile

› ŠKODA displays four vehicles at various stages of restoration in Paris
› From the 90 year old L&K 210 to a fully restored ŠKODA Superb
› Trade fair premiere for the unique streamlined ŠKODA 935
› Fascinatingly rare ŠKODA children’s car from 1940

Mladá Boleslav, 5 February 2014 – At this year’s Rétromobile classic car exhibition in Paris (5 to 9 March 2014), ŠKODA will be exhibiting four vintage cars from various points in the company’s history, spanning the last 119 years. By presenting vehicles at various states of restoration, the Czech car manufacturer underlines its outstanding expertise in the authentic restoration of historic vehicles.

The Rétromobile in Paris is one of the most important vintage car shows around the world and is taking place for the 39th time this year. "ŠKODA's display at Rétromobile is an annual challenge for us," says Michal Velebný, Restoration Workshop Manager at the ŠKODA Museum. "This year, we will be presenting the work of both our predecessors and our experts from the restoration workshop."

The oldest exhibit on the ŠKODA stand is the 90-year-old Laurin & Klement 210. The open-top car was built in 1924 and sold to the Czechoslovakian Ministry of Defence in the October of the same year. The vehicle, from the depository at the ŠKODA Museum, is almost complete but for the lack of a dashboard, and will serve as an example for a typical classic car ‘barn find’ at the fair. After nine decades, the body still bears the original colour ‘Petroleum’, common at that time for the army. During its long life, the car suffered a lot, which can be seen in the bullet holes to the radiator grille. The disused car served in the army; probably as a target.

The streamlined ŠKODA 935 is also a particularly rare specimen, dating back to 1935. The 935, to be shown in Paris, is the only surviving model of its kind in the world and has had an eventful history. After the premiere at the 1935 Auto Show in Prague, the prototype changed hands several times, and in 1968 the newly-founded ŠKODA Museum acquired the car. The model is currently undergoing extensive restoration and the lacquering is scheduled immediately after the Rétromobile event.

Two fully-restored vehicles will also be among the group going to Paris: the ŠKODA Superb 4000 (Type 919) from 1940, representing automotive luxury before the war. The brown-lacquered saloon - when not on the road – is an exhibit at the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav. The ŠKODA Superb 4000 is powered by a V8 petrol engine with 96 hp and a displacement of 3991 cc. Only around ten such vehicles were built at that time.

Another favourite on the classic car scene is the ŠKODA Felicia - even in Paris, visitors can admire the red restored piece from 1960, which is registered to a French owner. With its elegant body shape, the Felicia Cabrio sets classic car enthusiasts’ hearts racing. ŠKODA built a total of 15,000 such models between 1959 and 1964. In addition to the folding roof, a practical hardtop was also available for an additional charge, allowing the car to be used all year round. The convertible from Mladá Boleslav is a typical representative of the type of vehicle which does not often slip under the radar of collectors. The prices for this particular vehicle have risen rapidly over the past decade.
The Felicia weighs in at only 930 kg and has a top speed of 130 km/h. The car is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine with 50 hp and a 1089 cc displacement.

Small but impressive – a very special ŠKODA at the Rétromobile. The car is a 1940 custom-built Children’s car scaled 1:2 and driven by a 12-volt electric motor, which has been faithfully modelled on a ŠKODA Popular.
Participating at the prestigious Rétromobile trade fair is another of the ŠKODA Museum’s activities for the general public and the expert audience. The museum itself underwent a complete reconstruction in 2012 and now displays the most modern trends in the exhibition industry. The museum participates in leading classic car gatherings and rallies with selected historical cars. For more information about the ŠKODA Museum visit http://museum.skoda-auto.com.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Februar 05, 2014, 12:20:10 posle podne
New ŠKODA Superb and new ŠKODA Yeti launched in India

› Indian premieres - The completely revised ŠKODA models at the 2014 New Delhi Motor Expo
› Superb and Yeti with new ŠKODA designs, fresh interiors, innovative technology and top features
› Indian market launch for Superb and Yeti in 2014, production in Aurangabad

Mladá Boleslav/New Delhi, 5 February 2014 – ŠKODA continues its model campaign in India. The completely revised ŠKODA Superb and rejuvenated ŠKODA Yeti celebrate their premieres on the subcontinent at the New Delhi Motor Expo (5 to 11 February 2014). Both models sport new designs, fresh interiors and enhanced technological features. The Superb is to be launched in February, with the Yeti arriving in the second half of 2014.

“India is an important market for ŠKODA. The ŠKODA Superb and ŠKODA Yeti offer that ‘bit more car’ at an affordable price in their segments – now more than ever. This means that the cars meet the needs of Indian customers perfectly,” says Werner Eichhorn, Member of the Board responsible for Sales and Marketing.

The ŠKODA Superb is the flagship of the Czech brand. The completely redesigned mid-class saloon features the new ŠKODA design language. The front and rear sections have been completely redesigned. Clean lines and balanced proportions attest to precise design and the highest quality; the interior sports new steering wheels, while at the same time, the Superb confirms all the good values that have defined the model’s success in India over the past ten years: lots of space, maximum functionality, highest levels of comfort, best safety and fantastic value for money. The space and comfort in the Superb go well beyond the usual offers found in its class. The engines offered for the Superb in India – a petrol 1.8 TSI-118 kW and diesel engine 2.0 TDI-103 kW – win over customers with their performance and efficiency.

The second half of 2014 is to see the launch of the completely revised ŠKODA Yeti on the Indian market. The compact SUV now features newly-designed front and rear sections. The Yeti, soon to be available in India, is based on the Yeti outdoor version. Its hallmark: a distinctive off-road look. Design elements such as bumpers, air intakes, under-ride protection, side mouldings and door sills are customized in black lacquered plastic. In addition, there are other attractive comfort and design features fitted as standard, including bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, an electronically-adjustable driver’s seat, a multifunction steering wheel, electronic tyre pressure monitoring system, and the automatic locking and start system KESSY (Keyless-Entry-Start-and-Exit-SYstem). In addition, the enormously generous amount of room and the superior functionality of the compact SUV have won over customers around the world. There are two diesel engines available for the Indian Yeti: the 2.0 TDI/81 kW with manual five-speed gearbox and 2.0 TDI/103 kW with manual six-speed gearbox. The 2.0 TDI/81kW engine is available with front-wheel drive; the 2.0 TDI/103 kW comes with all-wheel drive fitted as standard.

“The success of recently launched new generation Octavia heralds a new era for ŠKODA India. The new design language has been well received and appreciated by our consumers. The redesigned Superb and Yeti will further strengthen ŠKODA’s position in the premium category in India,” says Sudhir Rao, Chairman & Managing Director, ŠKODA Auto India. “We will continue to focus on providing our customers with great products and an enhanced ownership experience. There will be an increased thrust in the aftersales domain with an aim to build a loyal customer base and strong lasting relationships with the customers in India,” adds Rao.
With the launch of the new models, ŠKODA is committed to further strengthening success of the Superb and Yeti on the Indian market: The Superb was launched on the subcontinent in 2004; the Yeti in 2010. By the end of 2013, the manufacturer had delivered more than 15,500 Superbs and more than 4,500 Yetis to customers in India. Both models are produced at the Indian ŠKODA plant in Aurangabad, where the Czechs also produce the Octavia model. The new Octavia made its Indian sales debut in the autumn of 2013.

The international product campaign is at the heart of the comprehensive ŠKODA growth strategy. Over the coming years, the carmaker plans to increase worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year. In 2013, ŠKODA sold 920,800 cars worldwide. That was the second-best sales year corporate history.
ŠKODA first appeared on the Indian market in 2001 and has since sold a total of 187,100 cars to customers in India. In 2013, the brand sold 22,600 vehicles in India.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Februar 05, 2014, 14:01:14 posle podne
‘ŠKODA VisionC’ Design Study – a brand on the move

› Evolution: Design Study ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ the next stage of development in ŠKODA’s design language
› Design: Expressive, dynamic, emotional
› Concept: ŠKODA takes on first five-door coupé body design

Mladá Boleslav, 5 February 2014 – Premiere at the Geneva Motor Show 2014: The highlight of ŠKODA’s appearance at Lac Leman this year will be to present the spectacular ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design study, with which ŠKODA’s dynamic model & design development of the last few years moves into the next stage. The next evolutionary step of ŠKODA’s design language underpins the dawn of the brand. During the course of the most comprehensive model campaign in corporate history, ŠKODA is renewing and broadening the entire range of models. The design of ŠKODA cars is playing an ever more important role and shows the brand’s emotional vibrancy and power. The design language of the dynamic and elegant five-door coupé is taking the leading role in the next evolutionary steps: ŠKODA’s design is becoming more expressive, dynamic and emotional. At the same time, the five-door coupé study shows the possibility of innovative body concepts.


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Poruka od: Karlheinz Februar 11, 2014, 12:00:44 posle podne
The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout: Real Adventures for Family and Leisure

› World Premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in early March 2014
› Powerful off-road look, innovative all-wheel drive technology (Haldex-5 coupling)
› Smart offroader with the best on and off road handling
› Traction, climbing and start-up performance significantly improved

Mladá Boleslav, 11 February 2014 – ŠKODA is pressing ahead with its model campaign. The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout will be celebrating its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. The robust all-rounder sports a distinctive off-road look, innovative all-wheel drive, the best driving performance – even on rough roads – and high versatility on and off the road.

“The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout really is a smart offroader in every way – a name that has to be earned at ŠKODA,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. “Our new model is a scout in the best sense and offers customers a unique package, comprising a striking off-road look, impressive all-wheel characteristics, plenty of space and modern safety, comfort and engine technologies. The new Octavia Scout sets new standards in the crossover-vehicle segment.”

The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is based on the Octavia Combi and is characterized by a powerful, Scout-specific appearance. Both the front and rear feature powerful, black bumpers with silver-coloured off-road attachments. The front features a wide air intake and sharply-embossed fog lights. The door sills and wheel arches are also in black panelling, in addition to the black protective side mouldings. The ground clearance has increased by 33 millimetres compared to the standard Octavia. 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted as series standard. In the interior there is a 3-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel and attractive features, designed especially for the Scout.

State-of-the-art all-wheel drive technology, based on the Haldex-5 coupling, and new technological features make the new model the best Octavia Scout ever. The traction has increased by 25% to up to two tonnes. In addition, the start-up performance and climbing power of the all-rounder has significantly improved. Thanks to the larger approach/departure angles, the Czech car masters even steeper, more challenging terrain. It comes with a choice of two diesel engines and one petrol. The powertrains are 20% more economical, compared to the vehicle’s predecessor.

To summarize, the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout has all of the excellent values featured in the new ŠKODA Octavia – just that ‘bit more of a car’: Outstanding space, maximum functionality, practical ‘Simply Clever’ solutions, cutting-edge safety and comfort technology and the best value for money.

Gallery, 3 pictures, Skoda Octavia Scout: https://goo.gl/photos/Cy27F7X5VdKuAffu8
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Februar 13, 2014, 10:37:50 pre podne
Fantastic start to 2014: ŠKODA grows by 16.5% in January

› ŠKODA delivers 80,900 vehicles to customers (January 2013: 69,500)
› Best January ever; manufacturer enjoys continuing growth in 2014
› Strong growth in Europe and record deliveries in China
› ŠKODA on the Move: Design and model campaign moves into the next stage

Mladá Boleslav, 13 February 2014 – A strong start to the year for ŠKODA AUTO: Worldwide vehicle deliveries in January increased by 16.5% to 80,900 (January 2013: 69,500 vehicles). The Czech manufacturer once again achieved double-digit growth in Europe with 48,200 vehicles sold. In the brand's strongest individual market, China, ŠKODA’s deliveries increased by 27.3% to 27,500 units, thereby selling more cars in China than ever before in one month. The new ŠKODA Octavia has made an excellent start to the new year with growth of 40.2% in Western Europe.

“This has been an excellent start to 2014,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “With 16.5% growth and the best January ever, we have truly confirmed the outstanding performance of the second half of 2013. Our model campaign is paying off in the markets. The strong start to the year and the promising number of incoming orders make us confident that we will continue to grow this year.”

After a record eight new or revised ŠKODA models launched in 2013, 2014 is all about the ŠKODA growth strategy. “The design and model campaign is continuing into the next stage,” says Eichhorn. The design of ŠKODA cars is playing an increasingly important role. At this year's Geneva Motor Show in early March, ŠKODA will be presenting the spectacular ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design study. The five-door coupé study demonstrates the brand’s emotional appeal and power, and leads the next step in the evolution of ŠKODA design.

ŠKODA’s strength was demonstrated in Western Europe this January, where deliveries rose by 13.4% to 30,100 vehicles (January 2013: 26,500). In the brand’s second largest market, Germany, ŠKODA grew by 6.7% to 9,500 vehicles delivered, thus confirming its position as the country’s strongest foreign brand. The brand once again achieved a great result in the UK, where deliveries rose by one quarter (25.3%) to 5,400 deliveries. ŠKODA saw double-digit growth in Ireland (1,600 vehicles; up 31.0 %), France (1,600 vehicles; up 10.1%), Italy (1,300 Vehicles; up 20,5 %), Finland (1,200 Vehicles; up 80%), Spain (1,100 vehicles; up 79%), Denmark (1,100 vehicles; up 40.0%), the Netherlands (900 vehicles; up 54.7%), Norway (600 vehicles; up 44.4%) and in Portugal (200 vehicles; up 54.2%).

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA boosted vehicle deliveries in January by 11.1% to 6,900 (January 2013: 6,200). In Russia – ŠKODA’s third largest market - the brand grew by 2.6% to 4,700 vehicles sold. Russia will see the market launch of the ŠKODA Rapid this spring. ŠKODA also achieved strong growth in Serbia (200 vehicles; up 77.5%), Romania (300 vehicles; up 19.4%) and in the Baltic States (300 vehicles; up 8.5%).ŠKODA had a fantastic start to the new year in Central Europe, with deliveries to customers increasing by 26.0% to 11,200 (January 2013: 8,900). In their home market, the Czech Republic, the manufacturer increased deliveries by as much as 27.8%, selling 4,700 new vehicles; almost 1000 cars more than in January 2013. ŠKODA also achieved significant growth in Poland (4,300 vehicles; up 33.0%), Slovenia (400 vehicles; up 56.6%) and Croatia (200 vehicles; up 44.7%).

In the brand's strongest individual market, China, ŠKODA achieved the best sales month ever in January and grew by 27.3%. In total, the brand delivered 27,500 vehicles to Chinese customers (January 2013: 21,600 vehicles); more than ever before in one month. In India, the brand achieved 1,600 deliveries in January (January 2013: 2,400; -32.5%).

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in January 2014 (in units, rounded off, listed by model; +/- in per cent against January 2013):

ŠKODA Octavia (34,400; +14.5%)
ŠKODA Fabia (12,900; -18.6%)
ŠKODA Superb (7,400; -13.6%)
ŠKODA Yeti (5,400; -2.3%)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,300; +19.4%)
ŠKODA Rapid (15,800; +286.7%)
ŠKODA Citigo (sold only in Europe: 2,800; -21.3%)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Februar 20, 2014, 13:17:21 posle podne
CNG Campaign: The New ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC

› ŠKODA presents the best-selling Octavia in Geneva; now with CNG drive
› Bivalent engine runs on natural gas or petrol
› Environmentally-friendly: only 5.4 m3 (3,5 kg) CNG per 100 km (97 g CO2/km)
› Refuelling king: up to 1,330 km with natural gas and petrol

Mladá Boleslav, 20 February 2014 –Also the new ŠKODA Octavia is going to be available with a natural gas engine for the first time. The world premiere for the ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC is taking place in Geneva at the start of March, making this the brands’ second natural gas model alongside the ŠKODA Citigo. The environmentally-friendly engine will be available for the Octavia saloon and Octavia estate.

“The natural gas engine is an important element in the ŠKODA sustainability strategy and and is now making its way into our best-selling model series,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development. “Using CNG technology makes sense, as it combines environmentally-friendly mobility with affordability. The Octavia G-TEC is making our Octavia series even more attractive and eco-friendly.”
The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC is powered by a 1.4 TSI turbo petrol engine with an output of 81 kW (110 hp). The bivalent engine has been designed for CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and petrol. The G-TEC package includes a number of technological features, such as the Start-Stop System and regenerative braking. The modern powertrain also meets the Euro6 emission standards valid from September 2014.

The new Octavia G-TEC can manage impressive distances between refuelling: On CNG alone, the vehicle can travel up to 410 km without refuelling. Consumption stands at 5.4 m3 (3,5 kg) natural gas per 100 km, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of just 97 g/km. Distances of up to 920 km can be travelled on petrol. This gives the Octavia G-TEC a total of 1,330 km after one stop at the petrol station.
With the launch of the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC, ŠKODA is once again setting standards in terms of environmentally-friendly vehicles. The brand currently produces 97 models with emissions under 120g CO2/km, including 17 with values less than 100g CO2/km.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Februar 25, 2014, 19:01:53 posle podne
‘The Emotions of ŠKODA’ at the Geneva Motor Show: spectacular coupé design study, new Octavia variants and greater model diversity

› Geneva highlight: “ŠKODA VisionC” design study – a brand on the move
› ‘Emotional study’ represents the next stage in ŠKODA’s design language
› ŠKODA range grows with new model variants and even more individuality
› New ŠKODA Octavia Scout: a real adventurer for family and pleasure
› The CNG offensive continues: ŠKODA Octavia with natural gas propulsion for the first time
› New ŠKODA Octavia L&K: exclusive, elegant, high-spec features
› Sporty look: ŠKODA Monte Carlo models for the Yeti, Rapid Spaceback and Citigo
› 2013: success with new models; the second-best year in ŠKODA’s history
› ŠKODA will be present in Geneva with 2,086 m2 of exhibition space in Hall 2

Mladá Boleslav, 25 February 2014 – ŠKODA goes up tempo. At the Geneva Motor Show (4 to 16 March 2014), the car manufacturer emphasises the dynamism of its brand with a whole series of new models and variants. The crowning glory of ŠKODA’s presence in Geneva is the spectacular coupé study “ŠKODA VisionC”, taking ŠKODA’s dynamic model and design developments over recent years up to the next level. As a world premiere, the brand is revealing the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout and the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC with natural gas propulsion. The new ŠKODA Octavia is on show for the first time with top-of-the-range Laurin & Klement. ŠKODA is also launching three new Monte Carlo special models with sport trim for the ŠKODA Yeti, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the ŠKODA Citigo. In 2013 the car manufacturer delivered 920,800 vehicles to customers throughout the world. It was the second-best sales year in the company’s history.

“ŠKODA is right on track with its expansion,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Eight new or redesigned models in 2013 show the power of ŠKODA as a brand. With ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ we now herald the next phase in ŠKODA’s design language, making it clear that this is a brand on the move. In the wake of the largest model offensive in the company’s history, we will be regenerating and expanding our range over the coming years. We intend to hold onto traditional ŠKODA values while integrating new sophisticated design and intensifying the brand’s emotional charisma,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland.

In this way, the Czech manufacturer is building seamlessly upon the technical successes of past years. The starting point and design landmark for the current model offensive was the “ŠKODA VisionD” design study at the beginning of 2011. Since then, ŠKODA has expanded its portfolio from five to seven model lines. ŠKODA’s city car Citigo and the compact cars ŠKODA Rapid and Rapid Spaceback have been newly integrated into the range. The ŠKODA Octavia – by far the brand’s strongest seller – has really taken off in its new, now third generation, transforming itself into the ultimate winner with two-figure growth rates. The compact SUV ŠKODA Yeti has been completely revised and is now available in two exciting variants Yeti and Yeti Outdoor. ŠKODA’s flagship model, the Superb, has also received a comprehensive facelift with new design and technical features.

Design study “ŠKODA VisionC”: emotionally charged

The “ŠKODA VisionC” design study on show in Geneva is a milestone on the brand’s design language. “In recent years, ŠKODA has established itself as a high-volume brand in international automobile markets,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “The brand has been placing increasing emphasis on technology, design, functionality and internationality. We are continuing along this route. Our vehicles are becoming more expressive, dynamic and emotionally-charged,” says Eichhorn.

“ŠKODA VisionC” is the design study of a dynamically elegant five-door coupé. The vehicle is impressive with its expressive design, pure lines and perfect proportions. At the same time, this ŠKODA design study is sophisticated in terms of functionality and environmental friendliness. It is generously spacious, as we have come to expect of ŠKODA, with an innovative natural gas drive system and excellent aerodynamic efficiency.

By launching a five-door coupé, a first for the brand, ŠKODA is also making it clear that this manufacturer is not afraid of new vehicle concepts. “The ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ is an emotional icon, a clear signal of the dynamism of a brand that is forging ahead,” says Eichhorn.

ŠKODA Octavia Scout – an all-rounder ready for adventure

The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is celebrating its world launch in Geneva. With the new edition, the Czechs are presenting their best ever Octavia Scout. The crossover-model is a true scout, with robust off-road looks, outstanding drive qualities even on difficult ground, powerful modern all-wheel drive and innovative technology. In addition to its versatility, the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout has all the best qualities of the new Octavia: highly functional, wonderfully spacious, with an excellent value and up-to-date safety and comfort systems.

This vehicle has real character. With its striking adventurous looks, this multi-talented performer cuts just as good a figure on the streets as it does off-road. Distinctive visual features are powerful front and rear bumpers and all-round plastic mouldings. Ground clearance has been raised to 171 mm making it 33 mm higher than the standard Octavia and there are some Scout-specific design features in the interior.

All-wheel drive technology provides excellent drive quality even off-road. The all-wheel drive utilises a fifth-generation Haldex clutch. The new Octavia Scout wins points too for excellent steep-slope performance and high traction capacity. The Octavia Scout also has an innovative rear multi-link axle.

There are two diesel and one petrol engine to choose from, with engine capacities up to 135 kW. By comparison with the previous model, emissions and consumption values for the new Octavia Scout have been significantly reduced (by 20 percent on average).

ŠKODA has been offering a Scout variant of the Octavia since 2007. By the end of 2013 a total of around 53,600 Octavia Scouts had been sold. This represents almost 8% of the total number of Octavia Combis delivered over that period.

ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC – affordable technology that cares for the environment

Also under the spotlight at the world premiere in Geneva is the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC – the first mass-produced Octavia with natural gas drive. “ŠKODA has rigorously reduced consumption and emissions in the development of its vehicles,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development and Design. The new Octavia G-TEC represents an important milestone and has enhanced the ŠKODA range with particularly environmentally-friendly and affordable models.

The ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC is the ultimate fuel economiser. The maximum range of the 1.4 TSI/81 kW Octavia G-TEC is 1,330 km. The engine can use both compressed natural gas (CNG) and petrol fuels. Two full gas tanks will last a distance of up to 410 km. When the CNG tanks are empty, the vehicle switches over automatically to run on petrol. Running entirely on petrol, the range is up to 920 km. The Octavia G-TEC comes fitted with the environmentally-friendly Green tec package (start-stop system and brake energy recovery as standard). Fuel consumption is 5.4 m3 (3.5 kg) natural gas per 100 km with CO2 emissions of just 97 g/km.

The environmentally-friendly natural gas drive is available for both the ŠKODA Octavia and the ŠKODA Octavia Combi. The Octavia is the Czech manufacturer’s second natural gas vehicle. ŠKODA has had a natural gas variant for the Citigo city car in its range since the end of 2011.

Natural gas drive is an important pillar of ŠKODA’s sustainability strategy. Outstanding environmental values are offered by the economical, low-emission ŠKODA GreenLine models. Currently there are 97 ŠKODA models with emission values below 120 g CO2/km, 17 of which have values under 100 g CO2/km.

ŠKODA Octavia L&K – exclusive elegance

The ŠKODA Octavia L&K launched in Geneva communicates exclusive elegance. L&K stands for Laurin & Klement, the founding fathers of the Czech brand. The classy L&K package is available for the Octavia and the Octavia Combi.

L&K features include: 18-inch aluminium wheels, bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime driving lights and LED rear lights. In the interior there is a 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel, leather/Alcantara seats in elegant brown, the CANTON sound system and newly-designed decorative trims.

The new Octavia L&K forges ahead with three powerful engines: the 1.8 TSI/132 kW petrol engine and two diesel engines: the 2.0 TDI/110 kW and the 2.0 TDI/135 kW.
The 1.8 TSI/132 kW and 2.0 TDI/110 kW engines are available either with manual or automatic DSG transmission. The 1.8 TSI with 6-speed DSG is also available with all-wheel drive, as is the manual transmission 2.0 TDI/110 kW. The top-of-the line 2.0 TDI/135 kW engine with combined 6-speed DSG and all-wheel drive will be introduced in the second half of 2014.

The ŠKODA Monte Carlo model family expands to five models

In Geneva, ŠKODA will set a decidedly sporty tone with the simultaneous launch of three special Monte Carlo editions. For the first time, the manufacturer will present Monte Carlo variants of the ŠKODA Citigo, ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback. With the existing ŠKODA Fabia and ŠKODA Fabia Combi, there will now be five Monte Carlo special models available from ŠKODA.

These sportily-designed vehicles have impressive black aluminium wheels in sizes 15 to 17 inches, dark-tinted rear and back side windows (SunSet) and distinctive design features in black. The Yeti and the Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo have a black roof. The interior of the Monte Carlo models have a special red-stitched steering wheel, black interior and sports seats with distinct fabric design.

These special models represent ŠKODA’s successes in motorsport. The manufacturer has one of the longest histories in motorsport and has collected countless victories on the international motorsport scene, including in the Monte Carlo Rally. 2013 was one of the most successful years in the history of ŠKODA motorsport with the European Rally Championship, the Asia-Pacific Rally, the South American Rally Championship and five other national championship titles.

The model offensive continues in 2014

In 2014 ŠKODA will continue the biggest model offensive of the company’s history with renewed vigour. The attractive model range, good order intake and increasing positive signs in the European automobile markets give ŠKODA reason to be confident for 2014. The brand had a successful start in 2014. 80,900 vehicles were sold in January, 16.5 percent more than in the same period of the previous year. These are ŠKODA’s best ever January sales results.

In the years to come, the manufacturer wants to increase world sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year. In addition, the company will be launching on average one new or redesigned model every six months.

Together with the model offensive, the company will intensify its sales activities on the European and international markets. In addition to Europe, there will be a special focus on the growth markets of China, Russia and India.

In China local production of the new Octavia for the Chinese market will commence in the spring of 2014. With the launch of the third generation of this best-selling ŠKODA model in China, the company intends to further develop its position in its strongest sales market. In January 2014 the manufacturer increased its output in China by 27.3 percent to 27,500 units and sold more cars in that country in one month than ever before.


One important cornerstone of ŠKODA’s plans for international growth is Russia. Russia is ŠKODA’s third strongest market worldwide and second-strongest in Europe. ŠKODA produces cars in Russia at two sites: in Nizhny Novgorod in collaboration with the Russian GAZ Group and at the Kaluga Volkswagen plant. The ŠKODA Rapid will commence production there in the spring of 2014.

In India ŠKODA celebrated the exhibition premiere of the completely revised ŠKODA Superb and the completely redesigned ŠKODA Yeti at the beginning of February 2014. In the middle of 2013, ŠKODA also introduced the new ŠKODA Octavia to the subcontinent.

2013 a record year with eight new or completely redesigned models

2013 was a challenging year but ŠKODA showed its strengths. With eight new or completely redesigned vehicles, 2013 was a record year for the Czech manufacturer. With an entire series of model launches, the manufacturer achieved a volume of 920,800 vehicle deliveries to customers; its second-best sales result in the company’s entire history. ŠKODA made encouraging gains in the second half of the year in particular, when the new models became fully available.

The new ŠKODA Octavia has proved to be a real hit with high two-figure growth rates in Europe. In the period between September and December 2013, Octavia sales in Western Europe alone rose by around 17 percent compared to the same period the previous year. The new ŠKODA Octavia continues ‘on a roll’. At the beginning of 2014 its sales in Western Europe rose by 40.2 percent.


ŠKODA at the 2014, 84th International Motor Show in Geneva:

ŠKODA location: PALEXPO Geneva, Hall 2, Stand 2,160
ŠKODA exhibition space: 2,086 m2 on two levels
ŠKODA Press Conference: 04.03.2014, 09:40 a.m.

Number of ŠKODA vehicles exhibited on the first press day: 10 vehicles (1x design study “ŠKODA VisionC”, 1x Octavia Scout, 1x Octavia Combi 4x4 L&K, 1x Octavia Combi RS, 1x Superb Combi 4x4 L&K, 1x Yeti Outdoor 4x4 L&K, 1x Yeti Monte Carlo, 1x Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1x Citigo Monte Carlo CNG, 1x Fabia Monte Carlo)

Number of ŠKODA vehicles exhibited on the second press day: 12 vehicles (1x design study “ŠKODA VisionC”, 1x Octavia Scout, 1x Octavia Combi 4x4 L&K, 1x Octavia G-TEC, 1x Octavia Combi RS, 1x Superb Combi 4x4 L&K, 1x Yeti Outdoor 4x4 L&K, 1x Yeti Monte Carlo, 1x Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1x Citigo Monte Carlo CNG, 1x Fabia Monte Carlo, 1x Octavia L&K)

Number of ŠKODA vehicles exhibited on the public days: 14 vehicles (1x Octavia Scout, 1x Octavia Combi 4x4 L&K, 1x Octavia G-TEC, 1x Octavia Combi RS, 1x Superb Combi 4x4 L&K, 1x Superb 4x4 L&K, 1x Yeti Outdoor 4x4 L&K, 1x Yeti Monte Carlo, 1x Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1x Rapid Spaceback, 1x Rapid, 1x Citigo Monte Carlo CNG, 1x Fabia Monte Carlo, 1x Octavia L&K)

Press days: 04.03.-05.03.2014
Public days: 06.03.-16.03.2014
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Februar 27, 2014, 11:24:33 pre podne

‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design concept – The next stage in the ŠKODA model campaign

› Evolution: ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ – the next stage in the development of ŠKODA design language
› Design: Expressive, dynamic, confident, emotional
› Concept: ŠKODA develops its first five-door coupé chassis
› Characteristic of ŠKODA: Design meets functionality - Coupé with large hatch
› Technology: Modern modular technology, low weight and optimized aerodynamics for responsible individual mobility
› Environment: already meet the stringent EU2020 emissions standard using conventional technology - 91g CO2/km

Mladá Boleslav, 27 February 2014 – As a part of the most comprehensive model campaign in the brand’s history, ŠKODA is renewing and expanding its model range. The design language of the dynamic and elegant five-door coupé ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ introduces the next evolutionary step in ŠKODA design: The design is becoming more expressive, dynamic and emotional and underpins the dawn of the brand. At the same time the five-door Coupé concept demonstrates the possibilities in innovative and emotional chassis design.
For more than 100 years, ŠKODA has been manufacturing cars with high demands on design. ŠKODA is once again emphasising the traditional brand’s expertise in design and engineering through the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design concept.

"We are signalling the next stage in the evolution of ŠKODA's design language with ‘ŠKODA VisionC’, and thus highlighting the dawn of the brand. The vehicle demonstrates the company's outstanding design and engineering expertise, and underpins the dynamism and value of one of the world's longest-established automotive companies." says Prof. Dr. h.c. Windried Vahland, ŠKODA CEO.

As a five-door Coupé, the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ features a new expressive, dynamic and emotional design language. The interplay of soft, slightly contoured, concave and convex surfaces, as well as sharp, precise lines creates an immediate impact. The surfaces and proportions demonstrate clear arrangement and a striking interaction of light and shadow. The front has an air of confidence and energy, and the tailgate adds an element of surprise, accentuated with a radical conclusion.

In addition to its creative ambition, the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ impressively demonstrates the ŠKODA engineers’ concept of ingenuity; design, engineering, space, functionality and the emotional coupé shape combine in compelling unity. The ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ provides plenty of room for four people and their luggage. The large boot and excellent loading capacity are characteristic of ŠKODA. Modern MQB technology, approaching series-produced drive systems, low weight and optimized aerodynamics also demonstrate the high potential of responsible individual mobility.

Under the bonnet, we find a CNG/petrol bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW turbo engine. On natural gas, the vehicle consumes a mere 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 CNG per kilometre, equating to CO2 emissions of only 91 g/km. ŠKODA has made a huge leap in demonstrating that even attractive mid-class vehicles can meet the stringent EU2020 CO2 emissions standard with today’s conventional drive technology.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 03, 2014, 13:21:08 posle podne
ŠKODA Rapid now being produced in Russia

› Compact saloon now being produced at Kaluga; market launch in April 2014
› Perfect car for Russia: compact saloon with lots of space, maximum functionality, top safety and best value for money
› Around 130,000 ŠKODA Rapids delivered to customers worldwide since 2012
› ŠKODA on the road to success in Russia; brand plans further growth

Mladá Boleslav/Kaluga, 3 February(*) 2014 – ŠKODA is picking up the pace in Russia. The ŠKODA Rapid is now running off the production lines at Volkswagen’s Russian plant in Kaluga, with the launch on the Russian market set for the end of April. This marks the entry of the ŠKODA compact saloon into one of the most important growth markets in the world. The ŠKODA Rapid has won over consumers with its generous space, excellent value for money, comprehensive safety features, timeless design and economical engines.

“Having sold over 130,000 of these vehicles so far, the ‘new class’ of ŠKODA has been a great success,” says ŠKODA AUTO CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Through starting production in Kaluga, the Rapid has been launched in our third-strongest market worldwide. ŠKODA plans to grow substantially in Russia over the coming years and the ŠKODA Rapid is a cornerstone in ŠKODA’s growth strategy.”

The ŠKODA Rapid complements the ŠKODA model range between the ŠKODA Fabia and the new ŠKODA Octavia. With its compact dimensions (4.48 meters long, 1.70 meters wide), the ŠKODA compact saloon offers outstanding interior space and plenty of room for the driver, four passengers and all their luggage. There are also numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions and comprehensive safety features at outstanding value for money. “With these characteristics, the ŠKODA Rapid meets our Russian customers’ requirements perfectly,” says Miroslav Kroupa, Regional Manager of ŠKODA Russia.

By launching the production of the ŠKODA Rapid, the Czech manufacturer plans to continue the brand’s promising development in Russia. In 2013 ŠKODA delivered 87,500 vehicles to Russian customers. The ŠKODA Rapid is the second of ŠKODA’s production launches in only a few weeks. In mid-February, the manufacturer began producing the completely revised ŠKODA Yeti at Nizhny Novgorod – ŠKODA’s second manufacturing site in Russia alongside Kaluga.

The ŠKODA Rapid was developed as a global project for use worldwide. At the end of 2012, the compact saloon was launched as what was then ŠKODA’s sixth model range in Europe. The compact saloon is now also produced and sold in China and India. More than 130,000 ŠKODA Rapids have been sold across the globe to date (as of 31 January 2014). The introduction in Russia marks another milestone.

The ŠKODA Rapid is an important cornerstone of the most comprehensive model campaign in ŠKODA’s corporate history. In the coming years, the manufacturer plans to increase sales worldwide to at least 1.5 million vehicles a year. ŠKODA will be presenting a new or completely revised model every six months on average.

In 2013 alone, the Czechs brought out eight new or completely revised models. At the same time, with sales of 920,800 new vehicles, ŠKODA AUTO achieved the second-best sales year in corporate history. 2014 will see the next stage in ŠKODA’s model and design campaign. The spectacular ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design concept will highlight the dawn of the brand at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens at the beginning of March.


(*) mart, verovatno :-)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 03, 2014, 20:25:40 posle podne
World premiere of the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ Design Concept in Geneva

› ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ makes its debut at the Volkswagen Group Night on 3 March
› Design study represents the next stage in ŠKODA’s design language
› Design: expressive, dynamic, emotional, environmentally friendly
› Concept: ŠKODA’s first ever coupé
› Typically ŠKODA: functionality – coupé with large tailgate
› Environment: CO2 emission value of just 91 g/km falls well within the stringent EU2020 standard specifications
› Technology: close-to-production drive technology, light weight and optimised aerodynamics (cW value: 0.26)
› State-of-the-art infotainment: large displays for driver and passengers

Geneva/Mladá Boleslav, 3 March 2014 – Strong start for ŠKODA in Geneva: The spectacular design concept, ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ celebrated its world premiere today at the Volkswagen Group Night on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show. The five-door coupé, with its emotionally-charged design, is pioneering the next stage in the development of ŠKODA design, demonstrating the opportunities for innovative body concepts at the same time. “ŠKODA VisionC” impresses with its expressive and dynamical design language as well as with ultra-modern technical features, low emissions, light weight and optimised aerodynamics.

“ŠKODA is on the move,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “The ‘VisionD’, just three years ago, was the starting point and design milestone for our model offensive. With ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ ŠKODA‘s model and design development of recent years has entered a new stage. Greater priority is being placed on design, proving the emotional charisma and power of the ŠKODA brand. ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ shows off the company‘s outstanding design and engineering skills while highlighting the dynamism and importance of one of the longest-established vehicle brands. Over the coming years we intend to grow with the launch of ever more sophisticated cars and consolidate our position as an international high-volume manufacturer,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland.

Maximum elegance, dynamism and style

‘ŠKODA VisionC’ is a five-door coupé with expressive styling and dynamic elegance. Its design language is a striking development of the new design line adopted three years ago. Elegant lines accentuate the vehicle’s exciting proportions. ŠKODA Chief designer Jozef Kabaň and his team have achieved a unique combination of soft, light contours, concave and convex surfaces as well as sharp, precise lines. Surfaces and proportions convince with a clear structure, the interplay of light and shade is crisp, the edges are clearly defined. For Kabaň, “avoiding all ornament and frills is essential.”

A self-assured front

The coupé’s front has a self-assured and dynamic look. The wide radiator grille and distinctive shape of the headlamps with their tapering triangular form dominate the powerful front end. The headlamp contours are sharp-edged, like cut glass crystals. In combination with the fog lamps, also triangular, they give the car an expressive, three-dimensional four-eyed look.
The grille retains its slightly curving form, it is however somewhat flatter and broader than in current ŠKODA models. The vertical fins are a distinguishing feature. In the design study, they are hand-made crystal elements with discreet indirect illumination.
In the lower area of the front view, a large air inlet – extending over the entire width of the vehicle – emphasises the vehicle’s elegant dynamism.

The bonnet is elongated and is accentuated with longitudinal chamfering to the right and left, extending in a slight arc from the A pillar through to the transition between headlamps and radiator grille. Jozef Kabaň describes it as “an expression of emotion, form and movement.” This reinterpreted bonnet bears the ŠKODA logo as its dominating centrepiece, on a harmoniously-rounded bonnet nose stretching into the radiator grille.

Dynamically elegant coupé silhouette with sharp tornado line

From the side view, ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ appears neat with clean lines. “The form is intended to look attractive. We have dispensed with superfluous corners and edges,” says Kabaň. The high tornado line, the low-lying front windscreen and the short overhangs emphasise the vehicle’s dynamic distinctiveness. The same goes also in particular for the sharp waistline which starts on the elegant bonnet at the wings, snugly and naturally hugging the sides.

The powerful, sleek silhouette, the roofline sloping gently down at the back over the C pillar, the fine flowing lines without visible gradations, frameless side windows and the strong side-transition to the tail – all this is aesthetically pure.
Typically for a ŠKODA, the lower side window line slopes gradually backwards, sweeping down to the rear side window of the back door. This ŠKODA design feature described by the designers as a ‘fin’ was first used in the brand’s model design on the new ŠKODA Octavia, and is continued in the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ as a distinctive feature.
The door handles of the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ are a feature in themselves. The designers have simply made them ‘disappear’. The door handles – running directly under the tornado line – are set invisibly into the external door trim. To open the doors, you press the handle – the door then comes out automatically and can be operated.

The rear flanks of the vehicle are particularly exciting due to the broad, striking design of the wheel arches. The rear lights reach far into the sides of the vehicle, emphasising the dynamic aspirations of the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ as well as the long wheelbase. The ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ features large 19-inch aluminium wheels.

Rear: unexpected and exciting

The shape of the tail is dynamic, exciting and unexpected. Maximum 3-D design creates a sculpture-like shape. The new tail light design is a brilliant distinctive touch. The C-shaped lights, a typical ŠKODA form, are divided into two parts, with the C being separated horizontally through the middle. The upper part is in the tailgate, housing all the lighting functions. The lower part of the C is formed by the reflector elements (cat’s eyes) inset into the bumper.

The vertical closure of the tailgate has a surprising and unique shape. In particular the sharp, inward crease is a striking accent. This radical rear end has a positive effect on the drag coefficient CW. Triangular-shaped embossing in the tailgate (described by the designers as “triangular cubist elements”) clearly identifies the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ as a member of the ŠKODA family.

Exacting standards in functionality and eco-friendliness

In addition to its sophisticated design, the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ is iconic in terms of functionality and environmental friendliness. The design shows off the conceptual talents of the ŠKODA engineers: design, technical features, space, functionality and the emotionally-charged coupé shape combine to make a very impressive package.

The ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ has plenty of space for four people and their luggage. Typically ŠKODA are the large tailgate and the generous boot space. In addition, state-of-the-art MQB technology, a close-to-production drive system, light weight and optimised aerodynamics all demonstrate great potential for ‘sensible’ individual mobility with optimised environmental values and the best possible value for money.

The ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ has outstanding emission values thanks to the innovative CNG drive, light bodyweight and excellent aerodynamics. The technology under the bonnet is an up-to-the-minute and state-of-the-art bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW CNG and petrol turbo engine which will accelerate the vehicle up to a maximum speed of 214 km/h.

In CNG mode, the vehicle only consumes merely 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 natural gas per 100 kilometres, corresponding to a CO2 output of just 91 g. This value emphasises the study’s closeness to reality and is significantly below the much-discussed limit decreed by the European Commission for 2020. Here ŠKODA shows that even attractive mid-range vehicles with conventional drive technologies can achieve ambitious CO2 values.

Maximising aerodynamics and minimising weight were priorities for the ŠKODA engineers. Perfect interaction between design and technical enhancements have resulted in a drag coefficient for the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ of just 0.26. In terms of weight optimisation, ŠKODA has used carbon fibre for the gas tanks and extra-light hot-formed steel. Important bolt-on parts such as the wings, bonnet and doors are in aluminium.

Interior: perfect elegance and comfort

The ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ is a glimpse of ŠKODA interior design of the future. Interior and exterior design are in harmony, both asserting the overall impression of a sleek, dynamic and elegant vehicle. Striking interior features include a recurrent elegant interplay of convex and concave surfaces, precise lines and the use of top quality, state-of-the-art materials.

In the coupé, four individual seats provide plenty of room for four people to sit in comfort. Despite the coupé-style silhouette, the vehicle is spacious. The accentuated horizontals emphasise the feeling of airy spaciousness. All instruments and controls are laid out in accordance with up-to-date ergonomic requirements, just in the right place. The infotainment system sets clear benchmarks with data processing and presentation of all relevant information on large displays for driver and passengers.

In front of the driver there is a fully-programmable combined unit with a large 3-D display. The attention-grabbing centrepiece of the dashboard is the touch-sensitive multimedia screen which projects gracefully from the dashboard, seeming to be hung-up in the interior. The visual effect is intensified by accents of back-lighting. Additional brilliance is provided by the finely polished glass structure – another reference to the art of the Bohemian glassmakers.
The air-conditioning controls are accommodated under the screen, on the decorative glass surface in the central console.

The transition between dashboard and doors is particularly elegant. A continuous ‘light line’ unites both elements visually, at the same time emphasising the breadth of the vehicle. The light line runs over the entire width of the door, circles the armrests and ends in the seat-belt tensioner. Additional visual accents are provided in the doors with backlit crystal decorative elements. Nevertheless, functional aspects are by no means neglected, including storage compartments for one-litre bottles.

Each rear passenger also has a foldaway multimedia screen. A screen integrated into the back section of the central arm rest shows basic information on vehicle operation.
Comfort for the rear passengers is of paramount importance. Individually-adjustable air-outlets are integrated into the backrests. The rear headrests retract into the backrests when not in use, so that the driver has a clear view behind him when there are no rear passengers. When required, the headrests are simply flipped up. There are reading lamps in the sides of both rear doors.
The large boot of the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ is impressively spacious. The tailgate swings open wide, making loading and unloading quick and easy. Moreover, the luggage space has a range of ‘Simply Clever’ solutions such as bag hooks or straps integrated into the boot floor for securing luggage. On the sidewalls there are lockable compartments for small items.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 04, 2014, 10:53:10 pre podne
The new ŠKODA Octavia L&K:
Top-of-the-line features for comfort and style
› The new ŠKODA Octavia and Octavia Combi now with exclusive Laurin & Klement (L&K) features
› Top versions of selected models in honour of ŠKODA’s founding fathers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement
› Classy interior, top-quality materials and elegant styling
› Three ŠKODA models in the L&K line: Octavia/Octavia Combi, Superb/Superb Combi and Yeti/Yeti Outdoor

Geneva/Mladá Boleslav, March 2014 – “Only the best is good enough for our customers.” This corporate philosophy, established by the company’s founding fathers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement still applies, even 118 years after the Czech manufacturer was founded in Mladá Boleslav. A ŠKODA is always ‘a bit more car’, inspiring its customers in every respect. ŠKODA’s classy Laurin & Klement model versions are particularly chic and elegant. At the Geneva Motor Show, ŠKODA is presenting the new ŠKODA Octavia L&K saloon and estate versions for the first time.

The L&K features pay tribute to ŠKODA’s founding fathers Václav Laurin (a mechanic) and Václav Klement (a bookseller), who started the origins of the company in 1895. In the 90s of the 20th century, cars bearing the L&K badge have become a trade mark for maximum comfort and exclusive style. In addition to the ŠKODA Octavia, the manufacturer also offers high-class L&K versions of the Superb and Superb Combi models as well as the new Yeti and Yeti Outdoor.

Classy looks with top-of–the-line features

The ŠKODA Octavia L&K, in both, saloon and estate versions are two of the best-equipped vehicles in their class. The new ŠKODA Octavia L&K has bi-xenon headlamps with integral LED daytime driving lights and black-back fog lamps with adaptive lights. The C-shaped tail lights also have an LED system. The Octavia L&K rolls along on exclusive, new ‘turbine’-style design 18-inch aluminium wheels.
The two exterior mirrors can be adjusted electrically and folded in (with memory function). There are integral automatic exterior dimming mirrors. Boarding spots in the mirror housings ensure discreet lighting of the entry area. The side window surrounds have chrome trim strips (chrome package). The Laurin & Klement lettering on the front wings are a discreet reminder that this is a top equipment level vehicle.

Inside there is a state-of-the-art 4-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel with controls for radio, telephone and on-board computer. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and includes an electrical lumbar support function. The electrically-adjusted position of the driver’s seat is stored in memory and can be recalled as desired.

Top quality fabrics and discreet design effects are the epitome of elegance. The lower part of the dashboard and the exclusive leather/Alcantara seats are in elegant brown. With the combination of the black upper console and roof liner in stone/beige, the tone is sophisticated and understated.
The textile floor mats have black stitching. The newly designed front and back door trims are in Piano Black finish or (as an option) in brown wood inlay effect. Both bear the Laurin & Klement logo. The front and rear footwells are illuminated, as are the interior door handles.

The door sill plates at the front are in aluminium effect with integral Laurin & Klement lettering. The L&K name is also on the front seat backrest, on the folded central armrest at the back, on the door trim and on the gear knob. When the radio navigation system starts up, the L&K logo lights up on the screen.
The Bolero infotainment system is supplied as the standard radio for the Octavia L&K. It has a 5.8 inch touchscreen with colour display at a resolution of 400 × 240 pixels. The display has integral proximity sensors. As soon as a finger approaches the screen, the system switches automatically to operating mode.

The swipe and zoom techniques familiar from smartphones make operating the system easy. The Bolero has an FM/AM radio, four speakers at both front and back, Bluetooth hands-free, CD drive, USB and AUX IN connection, as well as an SD-card interface. Bluetooth is optionally expandable with Phone Box.
The CANTON sound system is supplied as standard for a really sophisticated sound. The system includes eight powerful speakers in the side doors, a central speaker on the dash and a subwoofer in the boot. The total system output is 570 watts.

Optical Parking Assistant (rear-view camera) will be available as an option. The colour range includes all available colours for the Octavia model range (except the uni colours Pacific Blue and Corrida Red) including the new Laser White monochrome finish.
For the Octavia L&K, ŠKODA offers three powerful petrol and diesel engines. The most powerful petrol engine is the 1.8 TSI Green tec with 132 kW (180 hp). Maximum torque is between 1,250 and 5,000 rpm at 250 Nm. In the version with a seven-speed DSG direct shift gearbox, the combined engine consumption is 5.7 litres/100 km and emissions per kilometre are 131 g CO2. The engine can also be supplied with a manual six-speed transmission. The 4×4 version has a six-speed DSG transmission. The engine meets standard EU-6.

The 2.0 TDI Green tec diesel engine with 110 kW (150 hp) is available with either a manual six-speed transmission or an automatic six-speed DSG. With a fuel consumption of just 4.5 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km (applies to six-speed DSG), the system achieves outstanding environmental values. In addition, the engine is impressively quiet and smooth and provides its maximum torque of 320 Nm even at between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. The 2.0 TDI/110 kW can be supplied with front-wheel drive and in an all-wheel-drive version with six-speed transmission.

In the second half of 2014, an additional high-performance diesel engine will be made available for the Octavia L&K. The EU-6 2.0 TDI Green tec with 135 kW (184 hp) engine will offer an attractive combination of six-speed DSG transmission and all-wheel drive. It will be the fastest accelerating engine among the ŠKODA diesel models: the 2.0 TDI/135 kW accelerates the Octavia L&K from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds.

ŠKODA Superb L&K

The ŠKODA Superb is also available with L&K features. All the interior fittings of the ŠKODA Superb L&K are convincingly exclusive: the seats are in leather and bear the L&K lettering. New colours are available for the door trim and dashboard. Brown and ivory is an optional colour combination, which lends the Superb cockpit that extra touch of elegance. In this combination the leather seat covers are in ivory. The front seats are electrically adjustable. As an option, the passenger seat can also be operated from the back, for added convenience. In addition, there are Piano Black or brown wood-finish decorative trims.
The powerful sound system will be a delight to the ear with ten speakers in the Bolero infotainment system fitted as standard in the Superb L&K. The Bolero radio is conveniently operated by a large 6.5 inch colour touchscreen and also includes a 6 × CD changer, playback function for MP3 music files and an SD memory card slot.

The completely redesigned ŠKODA Superb L&K is fitted with bi-xenon headlamps and integral LED daylight driving lights as standard. The new fog lamps also serve as adaptive lights. The completely revamped tail lights in distinctive C design are LED, as are the indicators, reversing light and fog lamps.
Automatic exterior dimming mirrors, electric folding exterior mirror with boarding spots and the SunSet windows system with heavier tinting of the rear window and back side windows offer additional convenience. Its large 18-inch alloy wheel trims in two-tone ‘Sirius’ design set the vehicle off on the road in grand style. The door sill plates bear the L&K emblem.
Parking sensors at front and rear facilitate getting in and out of parking spaces and help to avoid damage.

The engine options for the ŠKODA Superb L&K consist of two powerful petrol and diesel units: the 2.0 TSI has an output of 147 kW (200 hp). The top-of-the range petrol engine is the 3.6 V6 unit with all-wheel drive. It has an output of 191 kW (260 hp). Fuel consumption and emissions have been significantly improved (by approximately 9%). Both petrol engines are available exclusively in conjunction with automatic DSG six-speed transmission. The available diesel engines are the 2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 hp) or the 2.0 TDI with 125 kW (170 hp). Both engines can be supplied with manual six-speed transmissions or automatic DSG six-speed transmissions. An all-wheel drive is also available for both engines.

ŠKODA Yeti L&K

Third in the current ŠKODA L&K model line-up is the fully redesigned ŠKODA Yeti – in both design lines, Yeti and Yeti Outdoor. The exclusive brown leather finish is also available for the ŠKODA Yeti (seats and front central arm rest), bi-xenon headlamps with LED daylight driving lights, LED tail lights and textile floor mats with brown-stitched details. Other features include: 17-inch two-tone aluminium wheels, the Bolero radio, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, decorative trim in Piano Black and aluminium-effect door-sill plates, each bearing the L&K lettering. The new exterior colour, Magnetic Brown, is available exclusively for the Yeti L&K.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 04, 2014, 10:58:23 pre podne
Three new Monte Carlo special models for ŠKODA Citigo, Yeti and Rapid Spaceback

› Unique ŠKODA Monte Carlo family grows to five models
› Sporty look: edgy design, distinctive aluminium wheels, sports seats
› ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo: jaunty city car
› ŠKODA Yeti Monte Carlo: sleek compact SUV with ambition
› ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo: sporty hatchback
› ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo and ŠKODA Fabia Combi Monte Carlo already successfully launched on the market
› Monte Carlo: homage to 113 years of successful ŠKODA motorsport history

Geneva/Mladá Boleslav, March 2014 – ŠKODA’s sporty Monte Carlo model family grows with three new members. In future, these striking special models will also be available for the ŠKODA Citigo, Yeti and Rapid Spaceback models. The Czech car manufacturer is already offering attractive Monte Carlo versions for the Fabia and the Fabia Combi.

Sports seats, aluminium wheels, dynamic exterior and interior design features, attractive colours – the striking ŠKODA Monte Carlo special models are impressively sporty and well-equipped as standard. “The success of the Monte Carlo versions of the ŠKODA Fabia and ŠKODA Fabia Combi demonstrates our customers’ desire for custom-designed cars with a certain spark,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “With Monte Carlo editions of Citigo, Yeti and Rapid Spaceback, we have given our model offensive a new edge, recounting our successful motorsport tradition in production vehicles with appeal,” says Eichhorn.

New ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo

With the ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo, ŠKODA presents a special version of its successful city car Citigo in a new ultra-dynamic design. Both the petrol-driven Citigo and the CNG-fuelled Citigo are available in a Monte Carlo edition. The brand was launched with success into the city car scene about two years ago with the ŠKODA Citigo. In 2013 alone, ŠKODA delivered 45,200 Citigos to customers, 51 percent more than in 2012. The Citigo offers maximum space for its compact dimensions, optimum functionality, clever features, top safety features, low fuel consumption, perfect handling and an attractive design.

The ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo pulls away on black 15-inch ‘Auriga’ design aluminium wheels. As an option, there are black 16-inch aluminium wheels in the ‘Serpens’ design. With the sports chassis lowered by 15 millimetres, the vehicle sits somewhat lower than the standard Citigo. The windows are tinted (SunSet), as is the sunroof. The front is distinctive with its black radiator grille frame, the broad, black air inlet and black front spoiler. The side mirrors are painted black, as is the roof-edge spoiler. There are strikingMonte Carlo design features in the lower section of the vehicle’s sides and on the tailgate. The rear black diffuser enhances the car’s sporty image.

Inside too, the new Citigo special model lives up to its name. The red-stitched, height-adjustable three-spoke steering wheel is encased in leather, as is the handbrake lever and the gear knob. The gearshift sleeve too is finished with red stitching. Roof lining, dashboard, carpeting and interior pillar trim are also all in black. The standard sports seats are decorated with a unique fabric design in black and red with vertical grey stripes. On the door sills, there are Monte Carlo decorative trims. The dashboard has a special Monte Carlo design with integrated pad and black decorative paintwork.

The ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo’s features are based on the ‘Ambition’ design. In terms of safety, in EU countries, the following are some of the features supplied as standard: four airbags including head/thorax airbags, anti-lock brake system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC), four three-point seatbelts, seatbelt alarm and Isofix fittings on the outer rear seat. The Citigo received five-star (maximum) points for its safety features in the Euro NCAP crash test.

For comfort and convenience the customer will enjoy front electric window control, central locking with remote control, ticket holder, bag hook, folding split rear seat backrest and many other ‘Simply Clever’ details.


The ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo is available with two three-cylinder petrol engines 1.0 MPI/44 kW (60 hp) and 1.0 MPI/55 kW (75 hp) as well as the CNG variant 1.0 CNG/50 kW (68 hp). The ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo comes in four very attractive colours: Tornado Red, Candy White, Brilliant Silver and Deep Black.

New ŠKODA Yeti Monte Carlo

ŠKODA is exhibiting the sports trim version of its completely redesigned compact SUV Yeti for the first time in Geneva. The ŠKODA Yeti is one of the most popular compact SUVs. The new edition ŠKODA Yeti Monte Carlo, launched at the beginning of 2014, has an exciting new front and new rear, a fresh-look interior, all-wheel or front-wheel drive, expanded engine/gearbox combinations and new technical features.
The front of the ŠKODA Yeti Monte Carlo has a distinctive black radiator grille frame and a striking black front spoiler. ŠKODA is treating purchasers of its special model to black 17-inch aluminium wheels and tinted back side windows and rear windscreen (SunSet), all as standard. The vehicle roof and the A, C and D pillars are all painted black, as is the roof rail and the exterior mirror housing. The door sills are also painted black. At the rear, a black diffuser emphasises the sports styling.

Sports styling is also in evidence in the interior of the ŠKODA Yeti Monte Carlo. The special 3-spoke sports steering wheel, finished with red stitching, is encased in black perforated leather. The gear knob and handbrake lever are also trimmed in black leather.

Red stitching decorates the gearshift sleeve and the central front armrest. The sports seats are covered in fabric in black-red-grey combination, with grey vertical stripes providing visual accents. The stainless steel pedals resemble those of a sports car. The floor mats are trimmed with red stitching. There are decorative door sill trims in synthetic aluminium with the Monte Carlo logo.

With the exception of the basic diesel engine 1.6 TDI/77 kW, the entire Yeti range of engines is available for the ŠKODA Yeti Monte Carlo: three petrol engines 1.2 TSI/77 kW, 1.4 TSI/90 kW, 1.8 TSI/112 (118 kW) and three diesel units 2.0 TDI/81 kW, 2.0 TDI/103 kW and 2.0 TDI/125 kW.

The Yeti Monte Carlo comes in seven exterior colours: Corrida Red, Magic Black, Candy White, Laser White, Moon White, Metal Grey and Brilliant Silver.

The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo

The third in this set of new sporty special models is the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo. In the autumn of last year, the car manufacturer slotted the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback into its product range, between the Fabia and Octavia. This is ŠKODA’s first ever compact car, combining ŠKODA’s practical qualities into hatchback form. The dynamically fresh design will appeal to new customer groups. As is typical of ŠKODA, the Rapid Spaceback is very spacious, has many ‘Simply Clever’ ideas, top safety features, low fuel consumption and is excellent value for money.

The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo cuts an impressive figure at first glance with its dynamic, powerful look. At the front, the black radiator grille frame shows off the vehicle’s sportiness, as do the broad black honeycomb air inlet and black-back headlamps and fog lamps. The door sills also have black elements.
The Rapid Spaceback has a particularly sporty look with the StylePLUS package. It includes the black exterior mirror housing, the distinctive panoramic sunroof with black roof-edge spoiler, a long rear windscreen as well as black-back tail lights. The black tail diffuser completes the dynamic rear aspect. The Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo travels on black 16-inch aluminium wheels or, as an option, 17-inch aluminium wheels.

The interior of the Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo echoes the sporty look of the exterior. The new 3-spoke leather steering wheel is trimmed with red stitching. The gearshift sleeve is also finished with red stitching. The gear knob and the handbrake lever are also trimmed in red leather. Door trim and dashboard are in black. The dashboard has a decorative ‘Carbon’ design trim. The sports seats are in a black/red/grey design with grey vertical stripes. Here again the pedals are made from stainless steel and the black floor mats are trimmed with red stitching. On the front and back door sills there are decorative trims in synthetic aluminium, the front sills bearing the Monte Carlo logo.

The Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo is based on the ‘Ambition’ design.

The Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo can be supplied with engines from the entire range of Rapid Spaceback engines. The following petrol engines are available: 1.2 MPI/55 kW (75 hp), 1.2 TSI/63 kW (86 hp), 1.2 TSI/77 kW (105 hp) and 1.4 TSI/90 kW (122 hp). There are two auto-ignition common rail direct fuel injection diesels: 1.6 TDI/66 kW (90 hp) and 1.6 TDI/77 kW (105 hp).

Success for ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo and Fabia Estate Monte Carlo


With the three new special models, Monte Carlo ŠKODA’s sporting family has grown to a total of five members. The ŠKODA Fabia has been available in the Monte Carlo version since 2011 and the ŠKODA Fabia Estate Monte Carlo version has been on the market since 2013. Both have enjoyed sales success. To date, the Czech manufacturer has sold a total of almost 38,000 Fabia and Fabia Combi Monte Carlo vehicles.

Homage to 113 years of ŠKODA motorsport success

The special Monte Carlo models pay tribute to 113 successful years of ŠKODA motor-sport history. ŠKODA has contributed to the writing of some important chapters in the history of the legendary rally from which it takes its name. The Czech brand took part in the ‘Monte’ for the first time in 1936. The ŠKODA Popular drove straight up to the winners’ podium, taking second and third prizes in its category.

Over recent years, the Czech brand has notched up rally victory after rally victory. The most recent tally from the year 2013 was the Driver’s title in the European Rally Championship, Driver’s and Constructor’s Title in the Asia-Pacific Championship and the South American Championship as well as five national titles overall.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 05, 2014, 11:12:22 pre podne
ŠKODA - official Tour de France partner until 2018

› ŠKODA and Tour de France marketers A.S.O. extend successful partnership for another five years
› ŠKODA also supports La Vuelta and other cycling classics
› Carmaker has been the official Tour de France partner since 2004
› ŠKODA’s success story started in 1895 with the construction of bicycles

Mladá Boleslav/Geneva, 4 March 2014 - Cycling remains a cornerstone of ŠKODA’s sponsorship strategy. The Czech manufacturer has extended its successful engagement as the official partner and official vehicle partner of the Tour de France for another five years until 2018. The agreement for the period 2014-2018 was signed today in Geneva by ŠKODA and the French marketing company, ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation).

In addition to the Tour de France – the world’s most famous cycling race – part of the sponsorship will also include La Vuelta, which the company has been committed to since 2011. Alongside these, eight other international cycling events have been incorporated into the A.S.O. agreement.

“Through extending our engagement at the Tour de France and other famous classics, we reaffirm our close relationship with cycling,” says ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “ŠKODA plans to grow further as an international volume brand in the coming years with the most comprehensive model campaign in corporate history. Our continued strong presence in cycling supports the long-term image and the international awareness of the brand. Additionally, this sponsorship reflects an almost 119-year tradition that the brand has had with cycling in a very special way.” It was with bicycle manufacture that ŠKODA’s founding fathers Laurin and Klement first laid the foundation stone for the future success of ŠKODA in 1895.
“ŠKODA has been a strong and reliable partner for international cycling events for ten years. I personally feel that my ŠKODA during the race is more than just a car; it is my office and the place where I spend most of my day,” says Christian Prudhomme, Cycling Director of A.S.O. and Director of the Tour de France. “We are very pleased to be continuing our successful cooperation with the dynamically growing brand over the next five years.”

The Czech carmaker has been the official partner, the official vehicle partner and sponsor of the White Jersey in the Tour de France since 2004. “The third largest sporting event in the world is a great opportunity for us to present the brand and models to a global audience,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.

At the Tour de France in 2013 alone, around 12 million cycling fans cheered along the route, joined by 1.4 billion television viewers around the world.

The use of ŠKODA vehicles has always played a major role in ŠKODA’s commitment to the Tour de France. Year on year, more than 200 ŠKODA models travel 2.8 million kilometres during France’s number one cycling event. A total of around 28 million kilometres has been covered over the last ten years, and it is in reliability where the ŠKODA fleet really shines; during all that time, not a single car has broken down due to a technical defect.

In addition to the use of ŠKODA vehicles, the company’s advertising is displayed in large lettering and all channels for extensive communications are used.
Alongside ice hockey, cycling is the most important pillar of the Czech carmaker’s international sponsorship strategy. ŠKODA provides support to significant professional cycling events races and also to cycling in general. Among others, ‘Bike for Life’, ‘Ride London’ and the Berlin ‘Velothon’ also benefit from ŠKODA’s support.

ŠKODA demonstrates is close relationship to cycling beyond mere sponsorship agreements. Bicycles and cycling accessories have long been included in ŠKODA’s extended product range. ŠKODA’s current bicycle collection consists of ten unique models, making it more diverse and attractive than ever before.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 11, 2014, 18:21:44 posle podne
ŠKODA presents 2013 financial results

› ŠKODA Annual 2014 Press Conference on 17 March in Mladá Boleslav
› 2013: record year with eight new or completely revised models
› 920,800 vehicles delivered to customers, the second-best sales year in corporate history
› ŠKODA model and design campaign moves into the next stage in 2014

Mladá Boleslav, 11 March 2014 - ŠKODA AUTO is going to present the sales and financial results for the 2013 fiscal year at the annual press conference on 17 March 2014. After delivering 920,800 vehicles to customers last year, the Czech carmaker achieved the second-best sales year in its 118-year history. During the same period, ŠKODA launched eight new or completely redesigned vehicles - more than ever before. The brand’s model and design campaign moves into the next stage in 2014.

2013 was a challenging financial year, yet ŠKODA delivered 920,800 vehicles to customers worldwide (2012: 939,200). After an environment characterized by the challenging market situation in Europe as well as the numerous production start-ups in the first six months, sales once again increased in the second half of the year with the full availability of the new models. This positive trend has continued into the first months of 2014. In January 2014, ŠKODA sales had risen up by 16.5 per cent on the same period last year.

ŠKODA will be continuing the model and design campaign well into 2014. The manufacturer is currently presenting the spectacular ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The emotionally-designed five-door Coupé marks the dawn of the brand and is leading the next stage in the evolution of ŠKODA’s design language. In addition, ŠKODA is launching two fantastic new versions of the new ŠKODA Octavia this year: the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout and the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC, running on environmentally-friendly natural gas.

ŠKODA Annual Press Conference 2014
Venue: ŠKODA Muzeum, Václava Klementa 294, Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
Date and time: 17 March 2014, 11.00 am
Media registration: http://skoda_btk2014.ccl.cz/home/english
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 12, 2014, 10:28:50 pre podne
ŠKODA remains on path to growth in February

› ŠKODA sells 70,200 vehicles – up 4.6% (February 2013: 67,100)
› Solid trend: Sixth month of successive growth; up 16% in Europe
› New ŠKODA Octavia massive hit: One-third increase in West & Central Europe
› ŠKODA picking up the pace: Model and design campaign moves into next stage

Mladá Boleslav, 12 March 2014 – ŠKODA AUTO remains on the path to growth. In February, the Czech manufacturer’s sales worldwide increased by 4.6% to 70,200 vehicles (February 2013: 67,100). ŠKODA also recorded double-digit growth in Europe (16%). The new ŠKODA Octavia is proving to be a massive hit, with sales up by around one third in Western & Central Europe.

“ŠKODA is continuing to perform well in 2014,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “After the best January ever, we have also recorded significant growth in February. Our growth is proving to be stable: our sales have increased every month over the last six months. The response we have had from our customers proves that our new models have been very well received.”

After a record year in 2013, with eight new or completely revised models, the ŠKODA design and model campaign is moving into the next stage. The carmaker is presenting the current model range at the Geneva Motor Show. Highlight is the spectacular ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ – the brand’s five-door coupé design concept. The emotional concept embodies the next stage in the development of ŠKODA’s design language. ŠKODA is also highlighting the brand’s dynamics in Geneva, with a whole range of new models and model versions. The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout and the new ŠKODA Octavia G TEC, which runs on CNG, take the limelight in Geneva as they celebrate their world premieres. The new top-of-the-range Laurin & Klement ŠKODA Octavia can also be seen there for the first time. The Motor Show is also host to ŠKODA’s three new sporty Monte Carlo special editions of the ŠKODA Yeti, ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and ŠKODA Citigo.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA once again recorded significant growth in February. Deliveries to customers increased by 13.2% to 28,900 vehicles (February 2013: 25,500). With an increase of 9.0% to 10,800 vehicles delivered, ŠKODA is fast building its position as the strongest import brand in Germany. The brand also recorded strong growth in the UK, with sales increasing by 40.6% to 2,600 units. Sales in the Netherlands more than doubled (1,400 vehicles; up 101.0%). Double-digit growth was recorded in Austria (1,700 vehicles; up 42.4%), Spain (1,600 vehicles; up 19.0%), Italy (1,200 vehicles; up 14.8%), Sweden (1,100 vehicles; up 25.1%), Ireland (1,000 vehicles; up 22.4%), Finland (800 vehicles; up 35.8%), Norway (500 vehicles; up 14.1%) and in Portugal (200 vehicles; up 55.7%).

In Eastern Europe (including Russia), ŠKODA sales increased by 3.0% to 8,900 vehicles in February (February 2013: 8,700). In Russia, ŠKODA’s third largest market, the manufacturer achieved an increase in deliveries of 1.0% to 6,400 (February 2013: 6,300). ŠKODA sold 400 vehicles in Serbia, representing growth of 48.7% compared to February 2013. In Kazakhstan, deliveries increased by 41.1% to 300 vehicles, the Baltic States by 24.6% to 400 units. In Bulgaria, ŠKODA achieved a sales increase of 10.5%.

ŠKODA is coming into its own in Central Europe, where deliveries to customers increased by 35.7% to 12,900 vehicles in February (February 2013: 9,500). A total of 5,400 vehicles were delivered to customers in ŠKODA’s home market, the Czech Republic; up 27.2% over February 2013 (4,300 deliveries). Significant growth was also recorded in Poland (4,900 vehicles; up 67.9%), Slovakia (1,300 vehicles, up 10.6%), Slovenia (400 vehicles; up 38.0%), and Croatia (200 vehicles; up 34.6%).

In China, ŠKODA sold 14,300 vehicles in February (February 2013: 17,700; -19.6 %). The new ŠKODA Octavia is being launched on the Chinese market by mid of this year.

In India, ŠKODA sold 1,300 vehicles (February 2013: 1,800; -28.2%). 1,600 vehicles went to customers in Israel; up 32.4% (February 2013: 1,200 deliveries). In Turkey, sales increased by 25.6% to 600 units (February 2013: 500 units).

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in February 2014 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in % over February 2013):
ŠKODA Octavia (26,400; -2.0 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (12,200; -21.2 %)
ŠKODA Superb (6,700; -23.3 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (6,700; +17.5 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,400; -0.3 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (12,800; +212.1 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (Sold only in Europe: 3,000; -18.8 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 14, 2014, 20:23:07 posle podne
German-Czech Summit in Wolfsburg

› Czech Prime Minister Sobotka visits Volkswagen Group headquarters
› Meeting between Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG; Christian Klinger, Board Member at Volkswagen AG and ŠKODA Supervisory Board Chairman; Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland, CEO of ŠKODA; Jaroslav Povšík, ŠKODA Union Chairman
› 23 years of successful partnership between Volkswagen and ŠKODA
› Czechs’ tradition in car manufacture
› ŠKODA to produce a new model at Kvasiny plant
› ŠKODA is the heart of the Czech automotive industry

Mladá Boleslav/Wolfsburg, 14 March 2014 - Czech Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka visited the Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg today, where he met the Volkswagen Group CEO, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn and the ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland among others. The successful partnership between Volkswagen AG and ŠKODA was just one of the topics discussed. For nearly 23 years, ŠKODA has been part of the largest automotive group in Europe. Joining forces with Volkswagen in April 1991 was the initial spark for ŠKODA’s rapid ascent to becoming an internationally successful volume brand.

“ŠKODA has been inextricably linked to Volkswagen for the past 23 years. Together we have formed an impressive German-Czech success story. Under the umbrella of Volkswagen, the ŠKODA has seen a five-fold increase in sales and has become a global player. Clearly, ŠKODA is and will remain to be an important strategic spearhead for the Volkswagen Group,” explains Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. Besides, he announced the production of a new model at the ŠKODA plant in Kvasiny.

“The decision to produce a new vehicle at Kvasiny will strengthen the location. This will ensure the long-term prosperity of Kvasiny, as well as Mladá Boleslav and Vrchlabí,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland.

“ŠKODA AUTO is one of the gems of Czech industry with a significant impact on our overall economy. This is why I am very pleased that another model is going to be produced in the Czech Republic, which will result in the creation of new jobs and investments. Supporting investments is one of the most important issues for us as a government. We are also going to continue our efforts in supporting future investments, for example through technology and transport infrastructure in these regions,” explains Czech Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka.

“ŠKODA’s development since joining Volkswagen is unique in the automotive industry,” says Prof. Vahland. “Volkswagen’s entry in April 1991 was the initial spark for our company’s success over the last 23 years.”

“ŠKODA’s roots lie in the heart of the Czech Republic – one of the longest-established industrial centres in Europe, with world-renowned craftsmanship and engineering. This is the treasure of our workforce, which has contributed to the company’s success,” Vahland thanks ŠKODA Union Chairman, Jaroslav Povšík. “This German-Czech automotive alliance has led to the rebirth of one of the longest-established automobile brands over the past two decades. In the years ahead, ŠKODA will continue to grow in close cooperation with the Volkswagen Group,” said Vahland.

Since entering into partnership with Europe’s largest automotive group, ŠKODA’s sales have increased five-fold, from under 200,000 to over 900,000 vehicle sales per year. The Czech manufacturer offered a single model line 23 years ago, today there are seven. From being focused on the Eastern-European market, the brand has become an international player, selling vehicles on over 100 markets worldwide. The brand has completely overhauled its production facilities and built a high-capacity development centre in Mladá Boleslav.

The Czech manufacturer is setting new goals based on the successes of the past 23 years. As part of ŠKODA’s growth strategy, sales are expected to rise to at least 1.5 million units per year. To this end, ŠKODA launched the most comprehensive model campaign in corporate history around three years ago. Since then, the range has been renewed, modernized and expanded to seven model lines across important market segments.

ŠKODA’s model and design campaign is moving to the next level this year. The brand has recently presented its Coupé design concept, the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The emotional, five-door coupé highlights the dawn of the brand and is leading the next steps in the evolution of ŠKODA’s design language. This year ŠKODA is also introducing the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout and the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC, which runs on CNG.

ŠKODA - The heart of the Czech automotive industry

Prof. Dr. Vahland underlines the tremendous importance of ŠKODA AUTO for the Czech Republic, “ŠKODA AUTO is the heart of the Czech automotive industry and is an important pillar of the Czech economy.” In 2012, the company achieved a turnover of 262.6 billion CZK, making it the production company with the highest sales in Central Europe. ŠKODA AUTO holds a 7.3% share of all Czech exports. In 2012 alone, the company paid 2.58 billion CZK in income taxes.

ŠKODA AUTO employs a total of 25,000 people in the Czech Republic. A further 150,000 people work for suppliers. In its home market, the company has three production locations: the main plant in Mladá Boleslav and the facilities in Kvasiny and Vrchlabí. Tostrengthen its market position in Europe, the company continues to invest in the Czech sites: In 2012 alone, the company’s capital investments rose by around 46% to €832 million.

ŠKODA is the only automobile manufacturer that not only produces in the Czech Republic, but also has a large development centre. Over 2,000 specialists, engineers, designers and constructors work in technical development. The ŠKODA Development & Technology Centre is currently the fourth-largest development centre in the Volkswagen Group worldwide and is undergoing expansion. The company is investing around €34 million into the construction of the new centre, specializing in powertrain development. This is currently one of the largest development investments in the Czech Republic.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 17, 2014, 23:16:14 posle podne
ŠKODA 2013: Growth Strategy Successfully Implemented

› ŠKODA delivered 920,800 vehicles to customers in 2013 (2012: 939,200)
› Record year with eight new or completely revised models
› Second best sales year in ŠKODA’s history
› Sales revenue once again over ten billion euros: €10.3 billion
› Solid operating profit: €522 million
› New ŠKODA Octavia a massive hit: Double-digit growth rates
› ŠKODA model and design campaign continues to the next stage in 2014
› ŠKODA to produce a new model at Kvasiny plant
› Best start to the year ever: 151,100 deliveries to customers by the end of February 2014

Mladá Boleslav, 17 March 2014 – In 2013 ŠKODA AUTO continued to successfully implement the company’s growth strategy, despite it being a challenging year for the automotive industry. The Czech carmaker achieved the second-best sales year in its 118-year corporate history, delivering 920,800 vehicles (2012: 939,200 deliveries; down 2.0%). Following the model launches in the first half of 2013, ŠKODA’s deliveries increased later in the year. ŠKODA’s 2013 sales revenue amounted to €10.3 billion; well over the 10-billion-euro mark for the third year in a row. In a period of high investment, the company achieved a solid operating profit of €522 million. Investments amounted to €741 million. The Czech carmaker’s model campaign continues to the next stage in 2014, where ŠKODA will be focusing on a more emotional and expressive design language. At the same time, the company will also be strengthening its international sales activities.

“2013 was both an intensive and successful year for ŠKODA. We demonstrated strength in a challenging environment,” says ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “With the record number of eight new or completely revised models, we launched more new cars than ever before and continued along our path of growth. Despite the above-average number of product launches and often challenging situations on the markets, we achieved the second-best sales figures of all time. Although cumulatively our delivery results were slightly down on 2012, we once again recorded growth in the second half of 2013 following the successful product launches. This positive trend has continued, with high growth rates recorded in the first months of 2014.”

After the first half of 2013, which was characterised by the difficult market situation in Europe, as well as the numerous production start-ups and associated low production volumes, ŠKODA picked up a lot of pace during the second half of the year with the full availability of the new models. This positive trend has continued to this day. As of the end of February 2014, ŠKODA deliveries had increased to 151,100 vehicles – up 10.6% over the same period last year. This is a record result for the first two months of a year.

“Our model campaign is now showing all its might. The strong start to the year, the encouraging number of orders coming in and the increasingly positive signals from the European markets give us reason to be optimistic for 2014. However, we still need to keep abreast of uncertain market developments,” explains Dr. Vahland.

2014: ŠKODA growth campaign continues with new models

The ŠKODA model and design campaign is moving into the next stage in 2014. The manufacturer presented the spectacular ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design study at the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March. The emotionally-designed, five-door coupé highlights the dawn of the brand and is leading the next step in the evolution of ŠKODA’s design language. At the same, time the study shows the possibility of innovative ŠKODA body concepts.

Additionally this year, ŠKODA will be bringing out two fantastic new versions of the revised ŠKODA Octavia. The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is a true scout in every sense and features a robust look, innovative all-wheel drive technology, and handles excellently both on and off the road. ŠKODA is also continuing the company’s CNG campaign, releasing the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC. The first series-produced CNG-Octavia offers clean mobility at an affordable price. Running on compressed natural gas, the car produces CO2 emissions of only 97 g/km. On CNG alone, the vehicle can travel up to 410 km without refuelling. Distances of up to 920 km can be travelled on petrol. This gives the Octavia G-TEC a total range of 1,330 km in combined cycle after one stop at the petrol station.

These two new versions of the Octavia – by far the company’s strongest model line – are paving the way to ŠKODA’s growth. The Octavia is the heart of the brand. The third generation Octavia, introduced in early 2013, is proving to be a massive hit. In Western Europe, the company has seen double-digit growth in sales of this car every month since August 2013. The new ŠKODA Octavia is available as a saloon, combi, combi 4x4 and the powerful Octavia RS. ŠKODA is winning over an increasing number of consumer groups with this, the third generation Octavia.

2013: Growth in Western & Central Europe

ŠKODA delivered a total of 920,800 vehicles in 2013; a slight decrease of 2.0% on 2012 (939,200 deliveries).

ŠKODA recorded growth in Western Europe, where the brand developed significantly better on the market that was generally in decline. Deliveries increased by 3.1% to 369,600 vehicles (2012: 358,400). ŠKODA’s market share grew to 3.2% (2012: 3.0%). In Germany, the company strengthened its position as the largest import brand.

ŠKODA also grew in Central Europe in 2013 with 126,500 deliveries to customers, representing an increase of 2.0 % (2012: 124,000). The brand’s share of the Czech market rose to over 19%. In the company’s home market, the Czech Republic, in Poland and also in Slovakia, the ŠKODA brand was the clear number one.

The manufacturer achieved 125,400 deliveries in Eastern Europe (2012: 137,100), where ŠKODA’s market share stood at just under 4%. ŠKODA delivered 87,500 vehicles to customers in Russia (2012: 99,100).

China was again ŠKODA’s strongest individual market for 2013. The manufacturer achieved a total of 227,000 deliveries on the Chinese market (2012: 235,700). The new Octavia is all set for its launch in China in mid-2014. 22,600 ŠKODA vehicles were delivered in India last year. The Czech brand recorded strong growth in Israel (14,400; +11.7%), Turkey (12,800; +23.2%) and Algeria (9,100; +85.3%).

Success with new models

With a total of 359,600 deliveries in 2013, the ŠKODA Octavia was once again the top-selling ŠKODA model by far (2012: 409,600). The decrease of 12.2% was due to the model changeover. Sales increased after the new Octavia began running again at full production capacity in the second half of the year.
The ŠKODA Fabia achieved sales of 202,000 units last year. 240,500 of this model were sold in 2012. The launch of the brand new ŠKODA Fabia is set for Autumn 2014.
The new ŠKODA Rapid performed extremely well in its first full sales year. ŠKODA recorded a four-fold increase in sales of the Rapid over the previous year, with 103,800 units in 2013 (2012: 24,700) This makes the Rapid – available as Spaceback and saloon – ŠKODA’s third strongest model just two years after its market launch. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback, presented in mid-2013, was brands’ first compact hatchback. It was with this car that ŠKODA entered the highest volume segment in Europe.

In 2013, the ŠKODA Superb achieved 94,400 deliveries to customers (2012: 109,100). The brand's flagship was extensively revised in mid-2013. The new ŠKODA Superb features new ŠKODA designs, fresh interiors and state-of-the-art technology. The fuel consumption and emissions of the engine range have been reduced by up to 19%.

82,400 of the ŠKODA Yeti were delivered in 2013 (2012: 87,400). ŠKODA's popular compact SUV also received a major overhaul in terms of technology and design. The vehicle is now available for the first time in two versions: the elegantly-stylish ŠKODA Yeti for the city and the adventurous ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor. Both versions feature dynamic designs, the highest functionality and excellent handling on and off the road.

The ŠKODA Citigo – the smallest member of ŠKODA’s model range – has also done exceptionally well since its release in 2011. In 2013 deliveries increased by an impressive 51% to 45,200 (2012: 30,000). The ŠKODA Roomster won over 33,300 customers from around the world (2012: 38,000 deliveries).

ŠKODA’s 2013 financial figures

ŠKODA achieved a solid financial performance in 2013. Sales revenue totalled €10.3 billion; down slightly on the previous year due to lower volumes (2012: €10.4 billion). Operating profit stood at €522 million (2012: €712 million). The operating margin was 5.1% (2012: 6.8%). “Despite the difficult economic conditions in Europe and high expenditures to expand the model range, we were able to maintain the operating profit at a solid level. This was possible, primarily due to our cost reductions,” says ŠKODA CFO, Winfried Krause. The company's investments in 2013 amounted to €741 million (2012: €832 million). Profit before tax amounted to €536 million (2012: €713 million). Profit after tax stood at €455 million (2011: €611 million).

ŠKODA plans further growth, investments in the Czech production plants

Over the coming years, ŠKODA plans to grow, and increase worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year. To this end, the company will be introducing a new or revised model every six months on average.

To support the plan, ŠKODA is continuously investing in the expansion of its Czech production plants. The Mladá Boleslav plant was thoroughly modernized and expanded to make way for the production of the new Octavia and its many variants, as well as the Rapid and Rapid Spaceback range.

ŠKODA has also invested in the production capacities at the Kvasiny plant in line with the launch of the Yeti and Superb facelifts. On the occasion of the visit of the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in Wolfsburg, it was also announced that a decision has been made to manufacture an additional ŠKODA model at the Kvasiny plant.

As part of the model and design campaign the company is strengthening its marketing activities on the European and international markets. In addition to expanding the company’s solid position in Europe, the Czechs are focusing on the growth markets of China and Russia. The new ŠKODA Octavia is going to be launched in China in spring 2014. The production of the new ŠKODA Rapid in Russia started just a few weeks ago.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 20, 2014, 13:18:58 posle podne
A Legend Celebrates its Birthday: ŠKODA 1000 MB turns 50

› The first Czech mass-produced car made its debut in spring 1964
› More than 443,000 built, more than half of which were exported
› Progressive technology: engine block produced using aluminium die-casting process
› ŠKODA 1000 MB now a popular classic, especially the two-door MBX

Mladá Boleslav, 20 March 2014 - The ŠKODA 1000 MB is now 50 years old. The compact car made its debut on 21 March as the successor to the former ŠKODA Octavia. As the first ŠKODA with rear wheel drive, a rear engine and unibody construction, the ŠKODA 1000 MB is a milestone in the nearly 119-year history of ŠKODA. In its heyday, the four-door model was one of the best vehicles in the one-litre class and set new standards in terms of comfort, performance and technology.

A completely new plant, a radically new vehicle design, the most advanced engine in its class at that time – the ŠKODA 1000 MB was a revolution for ŠKODA in the spring of 1964. “ŠKODA is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world,” says ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “The basis for the company’s success is outstanding vehicles. The ŠKODA 1000 MB was a key milestone for the company in the 1960s and an impressive testament to the great engineering skills of Czech automotive engineering.”

Having the courage for this fundamentally new course paid off: The ŠKODA 1000 MB was a bestseller in Czechoslovakia and abroad – sustainably strengthening ŠKODA’s position in the European automotive industry and shaping the Czech manufacturer’s model strategy until the late 1980s. Around 443,000 ŠKODA 1000 MBs were produced between April 1964 and August 1969, of which more than half were exported even as far as New Zealand and Australia.

The ŠKODA 1000 MB is one of the most popular classics of the Czech brand nowadays. MB stands for Mladá Boleslav, the location of the ŠKODA brand’s headquarters; the number 1000 for the displacement of the one-litre engine. The 1000 MB was offered in many versions: in addition to the basic version, from 1966 there were versions with increased performance, and the elegant two-door 1000 MBX – a particularly popular model among collectors today.

To construct the new model, ŠKODA built a completely new plant in Mladá Boleslav in close proximity to the existing factory buildings in the early 60s. The new facilities included the most modern equipment housed in a total of more than 40 production halls and other buildings. 13 kilometres of new roads were built in total, in addition to ten kilometres of railway tracks being re-laid and a new switch yard was built on the 80 acre site. The new plant also had its own smelting plant.

Fundamentally new vehicle design, advanced engine technology

The ŠKODA 1000 MB was one of the most advanced vehicles of its time. Developed under the internal name NOV (NOVÝ OSOBNÍ VŮZ = New Passenger Vehicle), ŠKODA engineers opted for a completely new vehicle concept with a rear engine, rear-wheel drive, independent suspension and unibody construction.

At the same time, the ŠKODA 1000MB set standards in terms of innovative engines and drive technology. In developing the engine, ŠKODA was the first European car manufacturer to utilize aluminium die-casting in engine block production. The four-speed gearbox case was also produced using this construction method. For this, ŠKODA drew on a method originally developed in 1922 by the Czech engineer Josef Polák; the main advantage of which was the significantly reduced production time.

The water-cooled OHV four-cylinder engine, located behind the rear axle, delivered 27 kW (37 HP). The engine capacity was 988 ccm3. Modern engine technology in conjunction with the low weight of only 755 kg ensured tremendously economical fuel consumption of only 7 to 8 l/100 km. The top speed was 120 km/h. In 1968, the engine power was increased to 32 kW (43 PS).
Prior to the start of series production, the manufacturer subjected the ŠKODA 1000 MB to extensive endurance tests. A total of fifty test vehicles covered 1.6 million kilometres in 1962. These included drives at extreme sub-zero temperatures in Russia as well as heat and dust drives on Caucasus mountain roads.

Elegant saloon with plenty of space and comfort

In addition to its modern technology, the ŠKODA 1000 MB signalled significant progress in terms of the brand’s design. The classic three-box design was typical of the 1960s. The sweeping lines and gentle curves, and the circular headlamps elegantly set into the fenders, the originally-shaped taillights, the panoramic rear window and the curved air intakes were among the distinctive identifying features of the new ŠKODA model. The filler neck was located in the right front fender, cleverly hidden under the hinged ŠKODA emblem.

With its compact dimensions (4.17 m long, 1.62 m wide and 1.39 m high), the ŠKODA 1000 MB offered space and comfort for the whole family. Its high functionality with individually folding seats also won over customers. The 220-litre boot lay under bonnet and the spare wheel was located under the boot. The advantage was that the boot did not have to be opened completely to access the spare wheel.

Magnificent examples at the ŠKODA Museum

Very special examples of the ŠKODA 1000 MB and the two-door ŠKODA 1000 MBX model can be seen today at the new ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav, including the unique estate prototype. The vehicles also regularly participate at major antique car shows and classic rallies.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 20, 2014, 18:24:09 posle podne
Four ŠKODA Citigo G-TECs to start in Monte-Carlo Alternative Energy Rally

› Bivalent city runabouts with fuel consumption of only 2.9 kg CNG/100km step up to the competition in alternative drive concepts
› Energy efficiency, uniformity and manoeuvrability will be rated
› Seven-times German rally champion Matthias Kahle is looking forward to the challenging route through the Maritime Alps
› Rally to the South of France plus loop over original stages to give that classic "Monte" feeling.

Mlada Boleslav, 20 March 2014 – ŠKODA will be starting at the ‘Rallye de Monte-Carlo des Énergies Nouvelles’ from 20 to 23 March with four natural gas-powered Citigo 1.0 G-TECs. The event is the most prestigious competition for vehicles with alternative drive. The most important criterion is the energy efficiency rating on the 1,000+ kilometre route.

One of the 50 kW (68 hp) ŠKODA Citigo 1.0 G-TEC is to be driven by the seven-time German Rally Champion Matthias Kahle, accompanied by his long-time co-pilot Peter Göbel. Kahle and Göbel are not only specialists in off-road and high-speed, they have also taken numerous victories in regularity events. Being about maximum efficiency, the race is a new challenge for ŠKODA driver Matthias Kahle: “With a predetermined travel time and speed through the French Maritime Alps, accelerating and using as little gas as possible requires extreme sensitivity and concentration.”

Thus, the rally veteran alludes to the special regulations of the Monte-Carlo Rally for alternative drives. It is not pure speed that counts here, but rather a ‘triathlon’ of qualities essential to everyday motoring. The most important criterion is the energy efficiency rating - the consumption of the different drive concepts and fuel types are converted into a common classification according to a points system. Multiple regularity trials are included in the championship, taking place on some of the classic test routes the Rally Monte-Carlo. The third rating point is the manoeuvrability of the vehicles that will be tested in the principality’s yacht harbour. All tests are run on closed routes not public roads.

The ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC has many qualities that are in demand in the "alternative Monte": With a combined fuel consumption of just 2.9 kilograms of natural gas per 100 kilometres, it is rated in the EU's energy efficiency class as A+. Thanks to the low CO2 emissions of a combined 79g/km, it has been entered in the 2013/2014 environmental car list of the Traffic Club Germany (VCD). No other model on this list is more economical or climate-friendly.

At the same time, the bivalent Citigo G-TEC, driven by natural gas and petrol, gives a very agile performance: with its 50 kW (68 PS) engine, the car sprints from 0-100km/h in 16.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 164 km/h. With a turning circle of 9.8 meters and compact 3.56 metre overall length, the vehicle is ideal for city driving and winding country roads. Electronic stability control and ASR traction control are fitted as standard.

The ‘Rallye de Monte-Carlo des Énergies Nouvelles’ is considered one of the most challenging races for alternative fuel vehicles. Electric, hybrid and internal combustion engines and types of energy such as natural gas, LPG, biodiesel, solar power, hydrogen and others will be competing against each other in various rating classes. Only vehicles that produce very little or no CO2 are allowed to participate.

In keeping with the classic Monte Carlo Rally, the "alternative Monte" also starts with a rally, in which all four ŠKODA Citigo G-TECs will be competing in Clermont-Ferrand, France. They will have driven around 550km by the time they reach the stage finish in Aix-en-Provence. From there, the teams will drive about 365 miles to Monaco. Around the Principality, they will be driving a 190kilometer loop, mostly on special stages of the Monte Carlo Rally. In total, the ‘Rallye de Monte-Carlo des Énergies Nouvelles’ is 1105 km long. The victory ceremony will take place on 23 March held in 2014 at the Port of Monaco.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 21, 2014, 12:43:42 posle podne
Record: ŠKODA AUTO has built eleven million cars in Mladá Boleslav

› ŠKODA main factory is the heart of the global ŠKODA production network
› The root and origin of a 118-year corporate history
› Cornerstone of the ŠKODA growth strategy; extensive investments

Mladá Boleslav, 21 March 2014 - ŠKODA AUTO has produced eleven million vehicles at its main factory in Mladá Boleslav. Six ŠKODA models are currently produced in Mladá Boleslav: the Octavia, Octavia Combi, Fabia, Fabia Combi, Rapid and Rapid Spaceback. As part of the most comprehensive product campaign in its corporate history, the carmaker has extensively modernized and expanded the production facilities over the past three years.

“Mladá Boleslav is the heart of the global ŠKODA production network,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board member for Production. “This, the eleven million vehicles produced, demonstrates the strength and importance of both the plant and the company. More than 50 percent of all ŠKODA cars built to date have left the production lines in Mladá Boleslav, of which one million were produced in the last two years alone. ŠKODA’s heart beats in this town and at this factory. The whole team is very proud of the eleven millionth milestone. In the years ahead, ŠKODA will continue to grow with the most comprehensive model campaign in the company’s history and our main factory is going to play a key role.”

The Mladá Boleslav plant is the mainstay of production in the model campaign that the Czech manufacturer launched around three years ago. Almost 10,000 employees work on producing the current ŠKODA Fabia, the new ŠKODA Octavia, as well as the new ŠKODA Rapid and the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback. To accommodate the production of the new models, ŠKODA launched one of the most extensive modernization and expansion projects in the history of the plant. The focus was to increase the production capacity of production line I from 800 to 1,200 vehicles every day. Among other things, a new body shop and a fully-automated paint shop for body interiors were installed. In addition ŠKODA built a new, environmentally friendly press line.

The investments are paying off: the new models made in Mladá Boleslav are selling very well. Growing by more than 30 percent in West & Central Europe, the new ŠKODA Octavia has been a massive hit in the first two months of 2014. The new ŠKODA Octavia is available as Octavia, Octavia Combi, Octavia Combi 4x4 and the powerful Octavia RS version. The new Octavia Scout and the new CNG-driven Octavia G-TEC are soon to follow in 2014. It has not even been two years since the market launch of the new ŠKODA Rapid, and it has already become the brand’s third-strongest model. In 2013, ŠKODA was able to more than quadruple deliveries of the Rapid over the previous year.
The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback has been the brand’s first compact hatchback since mid-
2013.

The Mladá Boleslav plant on Václav Klement Road is the ŠKODA plant par excellence and
is regarded as the heart of the company’s 118-year success story. In close proximity to
the current production halls, the two vehicle pioneers, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement
launched the construction of bicycles in 1895, then motorcycles, and from 1905, they
began constructing automobiles.

Besides the main plant in the Czech Republic, ŠKODA has two other production sites;
Kvasiny and Vrchlabí. The Yeti, Superb and Roomster run off the production lines at
Kvasiny and the Vrchlabí plant currently produces the DQ200 double-clutch gearbox for
the Volkswagen Group. The Czech manufacturer and Volkswagen Group invested around
€170 million into producing the DSG.

In addition to domestic production, ŠKODA, as part of the international growth strategy,
is focusing on increasing local capacities in key global growth markets, particularly of
China and Russia. The Czechs produce vehicles in partnership with Shanghai Volkswagen
(SVW) at the locations of Anting, Yizheng and Ningbo in China, where more than one
million ŠKODA vehicles for China have been built to date. The production of the new
Octavia for the Chinese market has been set for mid-2014. ŠKODA models are also
produced at the Russian production sites of Nizhny Novgorod and Kaluga. The assembly
of the ŠKODA Rapid for the Russian market began in Kaluga just a few weeks ago.

As part of the company’s growth strategy launched three years ago, ŠKODA plans to
increase deliveries worldwide over the next few years to at least 1.5 million vehicles per
year. In 2013 ŠKODA delivered 920,800 vehicles to customers worldwide, making it the
second-best sales year in the company's history. By introducing eight new or revised
models, the brand launched more new models in one year than ever before. ŠKODA will
continue on this path to growth in 2014. By the end of February, sales were up 10.6
percent over the same period in 2013.

Various milestones in ŠKODA AUTO’s production:

- 19 March 2014: 11 millionth ŠKODA vehicle at the Mladá Boleslav plant
- 26 August 2013: 4 millionth ŠKODA Octavia
- 9 July 2013: 1 millionth ŠKODA vehicle in China since 2007
- 5 February 2013: 15 millionth ŠKODA vehicle since 1905
- 30 January 2012: 14 millionth ŠKODA vehicle since 1905
- 12 October 2011: 10 millionth ŠKODA vehicle at the Mladá Boleslav plant
- 8 April 2009: 12 millionth ŠKODA vehicle since 1905
- 13 July 2006: 10 millionth ŠKODA vehicle since 1905
- 1991: 5 millionth ŠKODA vehicle since 1905
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Mart 26, 2014, 22:34:02 posle podne
ŠKODA at the Techno Classica: 12 milestones in the company’s history

› ŠKODA presents twelve outstanding old-timers from its 118-year history
› From L&K motorcycles and the first L&K automobile to the ŠKODA Forman
› Anniversary: ŠKODA celebrates 50 years of the ŠKODA 1000 MB

Mladá Boleslav/Essen, 26 March 2014 – ŠKODA AUTO will be presenting twelve
milestones of the company’s 119-year history at this year’s Techno Classica in
Essen. The phalanx of the classics from Mladá Boleslav ranges from the
motorcycles and the first automobile of the ŠKODA founders, Laurin and
Klement, the ŠKODA legends of the 1930s, 40s and 50s through to the ŠKODA
Forman dating back to 1993. The one thing all the vehicles have in common is
the outstanding importance they had for the brand and models in each period.

“ŠKODA is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world,” explains
Michal Velebný, Restoration Workshop Manager at the ŠKODA Museum. “In the history of
the company, spanning almost 119 years, there have been a number of vehicles that set
the course for the company and the brand. We will be presenting twelve of these
milestones at the Techno Classica, including a replica of the first L&K automobile.” The
ŠKODA stand is located in Messe Essen’s Hall 7. The presentation will be in association
with ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland.

The two ŠKODA founding fathers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement (L&K) laid the
foundation stone of the ŠKODA brand’s success at the end of the 19th century with the
production of bicycles, and motorbikes from 1899. By presenting three motorized
bicycles from the L&K early years, ŠKODA will be taking Techno Classica visitors on a
journey back in time to the roots of the brand. An L&K Motocykleta TB dating back to
1902, an L&K Motocykleta L 80 from 1903, as well as an L&K Motocykleta CCR from
1905 will be on show in Essen.

In December 1905, L & K presented the new company’s first car: the so-called
Voiturette A (French: little carriage or small car). At the Techno Classica, ŠKODA will be
presenting a faithfully constructed, roadworthy vehicle as would have been seen in 1906.
The Voiturette A was a huge hit in its time, not least because of the water-cooled engine
and the low price of only 3,600 crowns. Under the bonnet you will find a 7-hp twocylinder
engine with a displacement of 1,100cm3.

In Essen, ŠKODA will be displaying one of the most successful L&K models ever – the
L&K Typ S dating back to 1911. Between 1911 and 1925 more than 2,000 of these
vehicles were produced in various versions. The customers particularly appreciated the
model’s excellent reliability. The Type S was powered by a 14-hp four-cylinder with 1,771 cm3 displacement.
In June 1925 L&K merged with the ŠKODA plants in Pilsen, which was already the largest Czech industrial company of that time. The luxury-class model L&K ŠKODA Type 110 on display at the Techno Classica is a special representative of its time, in that it bears the logos of both companies – both L&K and ŠKODA.

The ŠKODA Popular was a revolutionary lightweight and inexpensive vehicle concept released in 1934. The ŠKODA Popular fulfilled the long-awaited dream of owning a car for a broad range of customers. At the same time the Popular founded a new successful ŠKODA Generation of vehicles with modern a central tube frame (instead of the previously-seem lead frame), OHV engines and sophisticated technology. Over 5,000 of the vehicle were sold between 1934 and 1945. The example on display in Essen is a ŠKODA 420 Popular Roadster from 1935.

The ŠKODA 1200 was a milestone for ŠKODA in the period after the Second World War in the spring of 1952. One special feature was the initial design based on a metal chassis instead of the usual mixed construction made of wood and sheet metal. Moreover, this notchback sedan was the first ŠKODA to be tested in the wind tunnel. The no less important ŠKODA 440 from the museum inventory will also be on show in Essen. The ŠKODA 440 was the manufacturer’s answer to the growing demand from the Czechs for an inexpensive, populist and modern vehicle. The number 440 stood for four cylinders and power of 40 hp. The vehicle was named Spartak in local slang. The model rolled off the production lines for five years and a total of 75,417 the vehicles were produced.

The ŠKODA 1000 MB will be celebrating its half century at the Techno Classica. This model first introduced in spring 1964. A vehicle from 1966 from the ŠKODA Museum’s collection can be seen at the fair in Essen. As the first ŠKODA with rear wheel drive, rear engine and a unibody construction, the ŠKODA 1000 MB marked the beginning of a new ŠKODA era. The spacious five-door was one of the best vehicles in the one-litre class in its time and set new standards in terms of comfort, performance and technology. The 1000 MB strengthened ŠKODA’s position in the European automotive industry, and shaped the manufacturer's model strategy for many years. A total of around 443,156 ŠKODA 1000 MBs were produced between April 1964 and August 1969, more than half of which were exported, even as far as New Zealand and Australia.

An important representative of the later ŠKODA vehicles with a rear engine was the ŠKODA Rapid of the 1980s – a two-door coupé based on the 105/120 series. ŠKODA will be presenting a Rapid type 135 in Essen. The Rapid was powered by a 1.3 litre petrol engine with 43 hp. The vehicle featured a five-speed gearbox. A characteristic of the type 135 was the newly developed aluminium engine, which was later used in the ŠKODA Favorit.

The dozen ŠKODA milestones to be presented in Essen is completed by the ŠKODA Forman dating back to 1993. It will be about the estate version of the model ŠKODA Favorit, which was first presented in 1987 at the Engineering Fair in Brno. The Favorit first marked the development of a modern compact car concept with front-mounted engine, front drive, versatile interior and a large hatch. A total of around 1,000,000 of these vehicles ran off the production lines, as saloons, estates and pickups.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 10, 2014, 12:38:09 posle podne
ŠKODA: Best First Quarter and Best March in Corporate History

› Record quarter: ŠKODA delivers 247,200 vehicles to customers in the first three months (January to March 2013: 220,400; up 12.1%)
› Record March: 96,100 deliveries, up 14.6%
› Growth with new models; ŠKODA grows by 17% in Europe in the first quarter
› Western-European sales of new ŠKODA Octavia increase by 49.4% in March
› Most comprehensive model campaign in ŠKODA’s history continues in 2014

Mladá Boleslav, 10 April 2014 – ŠKODA AUTO has sold more cars in the first quarter of 2014 than ever before in the first three months of a year. Between January and March, the brand delivered 247,200 vehicles to customers, which is an increase of 12.1% over the same period last year. In March, deliveries increased by 14.6% compared to the same month last year to 96,100 vehicles (March 2013: 83,800). This has been the best March in corporate history. Western-European sales of the new ŠKODA Octavia increased by 49% in March, and 47% in Central Europe.

“Recording double-digit growth in the first quarter, ŠKODA has continued impressively on the company’s path to growth,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “The best first quarter and the best March in our history have been the result of outstanding products and an excellent team performance. The entire model range has proven to be a great success on the international markets. The new Octavia, in particular, has been a great hit in every respect. We will be keeping the pace up in 2014, and vigorously pursuing the most comprehensive model campaign in ŠKODA’s history.”

The new ŠKODA Octavia is to be launched for the first time as a CNG version – the Octavia G-TEC – on the first European markets in June, with the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout being launched soon afterwards in August. There are also to be three new sporty Monte Carlo special editions of the ŠKODA Yeti, ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the ŠKODA Citigo. The new ŠKODA Octavia and ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback will also be introduced on ŠKODA’s largest individual market of China in summer. The ŠKODA Rapid will be launched in Russia this month as well. The spectacular ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design study, seen a few weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show, gave an insight into ŠKODA’s future design language.

ŠKODA achieved significant growth in Western Europe during the first quarter and March. Deliveries to customers rose by 18.7% to 45,500 vehicles in March, (March 2013: 38,300). Between January and March, the brand grew by 15.6% to 104,400 units (first quarter of 2013: 90,400). This was the first time that more than 100,000 ŠKODAs were delivered in a first quarter in Western Europe. ŠKODA’s total market share increased to 3.3%. In March ŠKODA strengthened its position in Germany as the largest foreign brand with an increase of 10.8% to 14,500 vehicles (March 2013: 13,100). The brand’s market share had risen to 4.9% in Germany by the end of March. ŠKODA is gaining strength in the UK, where sales increased by 26.1% in March to 12,700 vehicles (March 2013: 10,000). The manufacturer recorded high double-digit growth rates in Austria (2,100 vehicles; up 29.1%), Spain (1,800 vehicles; up 41.5%), Switzerland (1,900 vehicles; up 38.7%), the Netherlands (1,600 vehicles, up 72.4%), Finland (1,000 vehicles, up 35.2%) and Portugal (200 vehicles; up 36.7%).

In Eastern-Europe, including Russia, ŠKODA’s deliveries were 3.8% up on last year with sales of 10,700 vehicles (March 2013: 10,300). The manufacturer achieved an overall increase of 5.3%, delivering 26,500 vehicles to customers in the first quarter (January to March 2013: 25,200). Thus ŠKODA performed better than the overall market and the market share had grown to 3.9% by the end of March. ŠKODA’s sales in Russia were slightly up on the previous year with 7,800 vehicles delivered (March 2013: 7,700 vehicles; up 1.2%). ŠKODA’s sales in Russia were also slightly higher than 2013 during the first quarter of 2014, with 18,900 deliveries (January to March 2013: 18,600 vehicles; up 1.5%). In Serbia, ŠKODA’s sales in March increased by 57.5% to 500 vehicles sold, and in Romania by 33.6% to 600 cars. The brand achieved significant growth in Kazakhstan too (300 vehicles; up 92.7%) and in the Baltic States (500 vehicles; up 42.9%).

ŠKODA once again achieved high growth rates in Central Europe. In March, deliveries increased by 28.9% to 13,400 vehicles (March 2013: 10,400). In the first quarter, growth of 30.2% was recorded, equivalent to 37,400 vehicles delivered (first quarter of 2013: 28,800). The market share increased in the first quarter to 19.2%, after 18% in the first quarter of 2013. One in five newly-registered cars in central Europe is a ŠKODA. In the brand’s home market of the Czech Republic, vehicle sales increased by 20.7% to 5,600 (March 2013: 4,600). ŠKODA is also doing exceptionally well in Poland (4,900 vehicles; up 39.3%), Hungary (700 vehicles; up 17.2%), Slovenia (400 vehicles; up 34.1%) and Croatia (400 vehicles; up 241.1%).
ŠKODA achieved growth in its strongest individual market, China. In March, deliveries increased by 10.1% to 20,300 vehicles (March 2013: 18,400). In the first quarter, the brand grew by a total of 7.5% to 62,000 vehicles delivered (January to March 2013: 57,700).

In India, ŠKODA delivered 1,700 vehicles to customers in March (March 2013: 2,300). In the first quarter 4,700 ŠKODAs went customers in India, after 6,500 vehicles during same period last year.

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in March 2014 (in units, rounded off, by models; +/- in % over the same month last year):
ŠKODA Superb (8,500; -5.8%)
ŠKODA Octavia (33,900; +11.3%)
ŠKODA Rapid (16,500; +143.1%)
ŠKODA Fabia (18,200; -14.8%)
ŠKODA Yeti (11,000; +44.5%)
ŠKODA Roomster (3,000; -9.8%)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 5,000; -5.5%)

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in the first quarter of 2014 (in units, rounded off, by models; +/- in % over the same period last year):

ŠKODA Superb (22,600; -14.2%)
ŠKODA Octavia (94,700; +8.3%)
ŠKODA Rapid (45,000; +201.2%)
ŠKODA Fabia (43,300; -17.8%)
ŠKODA Yeti (23,100; +22.6%)
ŠKODA Roomster (7,700; +0.6%)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 10,800; -13.9%)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 14, 2014, 10:41:31 pre podne
ŠKODA apprentices build their dream car: Sporty Convertible ŠKODA CitiJet

› ‘ŠKODA Apprentice Car’: Two-seater sports convertible based on ŠKODA Citigo
› Project undertaken by 16 apprentices from ŠKODA Vocational School in close partnership with ŠKODA design department
› Premiere at the 33rd GTI Fan Meet at Wörthersee at the end of May
› ŠKODA Vocational School of Mechanical Engineering offers three and four-year training programmes in automotive technology, electrical engineering and industrial logistics

Mladá Boleslav, 14 April 2014 – 16 young apprentices of ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School build their dream car: the sporty convertible ŠKODA CitiJet. The study is the result of the ‘ŠKODA Apprentice Car’ project. The official premiere of the dynamic two-seater takes place at the 33rd GTI Fan Meet at Wörthersee at end of May (28 to 31 May).

2 young ladies and 14 young men have been working on this very personal vehicle project of theirs since November 2013. The apprentices have been given free rein in their creativity. ŠKODA Chief Designer, Jozef Kabaň and his team have provided support along the way, and the project is nearing completion. The stage is set for the ŠKODA CitiJet, which will celebrate its premiere at the end of May at the GTI Fan Meet.

This is the first time that this kind of trainee project has been undertaken at ŠKODA. The aim has been to encourage the apprentices’ creativity and expertise in bringing their own ideas and enthusiasm into designing a car. “It is fantastic to see how committed and passionate our trainees have been in working on this project,” says ŠKODA Board Member for HR, Bohdan Wojnar. “The ŠKODA CitiJet is an emotional vehicle study that is sure to catch the attention of the visitors at Wörthersee.”

The ŠKODA CitiJet is a dynamically and expressively-designed city convertible based on the ŠKODA Citigo. The exterior stands out with its striking metallic finish in blue and white, and sporty blue-finish 16-inch alloy wheels. There is also a hand-made rear spoiler and a powerful exhaust with two tailpipes. A 1.0 MPI petrol engine with 55 kW (75 hp) is to be found under the bonnet.

The sporty interior is based on the interior of the special edition ŠKODA Citigo SPORT. This includes the red-hemmed, leather 3-spoke steering wheel, as well as the leather-covered handbrake and gearstick. The seat covers and floor mats are fitted out with the ‘Sports’ fabric design, and the instrument panel is finished in red and white. In addition, a special sound system has been installed with an output of 300 watts. The blue LED interior lighting system even responds to music.

This trainee project highlights the Czech manufacture’s commitment to the high quality of vocational training at ŠKODA. At the ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School of Mechanical Engineering, young people go through a three or four-year training program in technical subjects, graduating with a full apprenticeship or the equivalent of secondary school final exams. There are currently 13 training programmes; the most popular three-year courses being those for auto mechanics, auto electricians and electricians. The most popular among the four-year courses is in industrial logistics. Postgraduate and distance-learning studies are also offered by the vocational school.

The company and the KOVO trade union have been taking on social responsibility for many years through the training of young people. Around 280 young people started their training at the ŠKODA Vocational School in 2013 alone. The educational programmes are free, and the work undertaken as part of the training is also supported financially. After successfully completing their training, all graduates receive a job offer at ŠKODA.
The Czech manufacturer has been running a vocational school at the company headquarters since 1927, where 21,500 students have since completed their training. Almost 1,000 students are currently preparing for their future careers.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 17, 2014, 18:31:57 posle podne
ŠKODA at the ‘Auto China 2014’: Chinese premiere of the new ŠKODA Octavia – Growth with new models

› ŠKODA model campaign in China: Doubling the range to six locally produced models
› Heart of the brand: New ŠKODA Octavia launch in China in May 2014
› ŠKODA range in the compact segment: ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback also in China
› Elegant compact SUV for the city: trade fair premiere of the urban ŠKODA Yeti in China
› Growth: ŠKODA deliveries in China up 7.5% in the first quarter of 2014
› Growth Strategy: more than 500,000 deliveries per year in China
› Trade fair: ŠKODA at the ‘Auto China 2014’ in Beijing with 1,141m2 of exhibition space in Hall E5

Mladá Boleslav/Beijing, 17 April 2014 – ŠKODA is picking up the pace in China, and the company’s current model campaign continues: The highlight of the car maker’s appearance at the ‘Auto China 2014’ trade fair (20 – 29 April) in Beijing will be the Chinese premiere of the new ŠKODA Octavia, which will go on sale in China in May 2014. In addition, the company will be unveiling the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Xindong and the urban version of the new ŠKODA Yeti at the trade show in China. ŠKODA’s model range in China is set to double in 2014 to six locally produced models. Through the product campaign and by expanding local production capacities, ŠKODA aims to increase deliveries to customers in China to more than 500,000 cars per year until 2018. During the first quarter of 2014, ŠKODA delivered over 62,000 vehicles to customers in China; an increase of 7.5% over the first three months of last year.

“As ŠKODA’s largest individual market and the worldwide number one growth market, China is a central pillar in our global growth strategy,” says ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “ŠKODA is pushing ahead with its model campaign in China. The new ŠKODA Octavia, the third generation of our best seller, will be launched in the Chinese market in May. In addition, we will be expanding our portfolio in China this year to include the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback.” Alongside this model will be the recently introduced, completely revised ŠKODA Yeti, ŠKODA Superb, ŠKODA Rapid saloon and the ŠKODA Fabia. Vahland continues, “We want to convince our Chinese customers of our brand’s good values and to continue to grow powerfully with the most advanced and strongest ŠKODA model range ever. As part of our growth strategy, we have set ourselves the goal of increasing deliveries to customers in China to more than 500,000 vehicles per year. We are building on the longstanding and close partnership we have with Shanghai Volkswagen to achieve this goal.”

Premiere in China: The best ŠKODA Octavia ever

The new ŠKODA Octavia will be celebrating its Chinese premiere in Beijing. ŠKODA’s bestseller is in a class of its own, setting new standards in terms of space, functionality, technology and design in the compact vehicle class. The new Octavia has grown in nearly every dimension. No other vehicle in the compact segment offers a longer interior or more legroom and headroom in the back. The car’s 590-litre boot is the largest in its class, and the car’s functionality has been improved through a number of ‘Simply Clever’ details.

Despite its larger size the third-generation Octavia is up to 90 kg lighter than the previous model. The new Octavia now features a completely new design. Never before has the Octavia been as dynamic or timelessly elegant, distinctive, sophisticated and confident as the third generation. Subtle design changes have been made to meet Chinese customers’ demands through the increased use of chrome elements. The new Octavia will be available with two efficient petrol engines in China; the 1.4L TSI and the 1.6L petrol.

The ŠKODA Octavia has been the heart of the brand, since 2007 also in China, and is the base of success of the brand on the Chinese market. Since then, 690.000 Octavias have been delivered to Chinese customers, which is 61% of all ŠKODA vehicles sold in China during this period. Around 119,200 Chinese customers opted for an Octavia in 2013 alone.

ŠKODA aims to build on the success of this range with the third-generation model. In cooperation with Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW), production starts in spring, with its market launch in May 2014. The Octavia has already been a huge hit in Europe: Over 62,000 units were delivered to customers in the first quarter of 2014, corresponding to an increase of more than 26% over the same period last year. “Both sales and the number of incoming orders have exceeded our expectations,” says Dr. Vahland. The new ŠKODA Octavia is one of the most award-winning vehicles of its class and has beaten even premium brands in numerous comparison tests.

The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi and new ŠKODA Octavia Scout can also be seen in Beijing for the first time in China. Both models will be demonstrating the rich variety of ŠKODA’s third-generation success model at the trade fair in Beijing.

The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback: ŠKODA's young compact for China

The introduction of the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback at the Beijing Motor Show signals the launch of the brand’s first Spaceback in the compact class on the Chinese market. The new model expands the range offered by the brand in China, positioned between the ŠKODA Fabia and the ŠKODA Octavia. This brings the number of ŠKODAs currently manufactured in China to six, including the Fabia, Rapid, Rapid Spaceback, Octavia, Yeti and Superb. The Rapid Spaceback is the first compact vehicle from ŠKODA to offer the brand’s traditional qualities in a hatchback.

The dynamic and fresh design of the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback appeals to a younger audience. “The Rapid Spaceback is a spacious, practical and versatile compact car with a sporty look,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, Board Member for Technical Development. True to brand values, this young compact offers lots of space, a wide range of ‘Simply Clever’ ideas, top safety, low consumption and excellent value for money.

Elegant compact SUV ready for any situation: The new urban ŠKODA Yeti

The urban version of the ŠKODA Yeti, which is being introduced at the trade fair in China for the first time, is an ideal companion for the urban jungle. In 2013, the ŠKODA Yeti was completely redesigned and now sports a host of new technical features. This popular compact SUV is now available in two different versions - the elegant ŠKODA Yeti for the city and the adventurous off-road version.

The locally produced Chinese version of the Yeti has a longer wheelbase extended by six centimetres to cater to the requirements of Chinese customers, and offers additional levels of comfort in the back. The ŠKODA Yeti will be available in China with an optional rear mounted spare wheel. A choice of three petrol engines will be available for the Yeti in China; a 1.6 litre petrol engine, available exclusively for the urban version, as well as the 1.4 TSI and the 1.8 TSI.

The core of the comprehensively redesigned ŠKODA Yeti is represented in completely new front and rear sections incorporating ŠKODA’s new design language. The visible exterior parts of the urban version, such as bumpers, underride protection, side strips and door sill covers, are painted in the vehicle body colour. In addition, there are new alloy wheels and new interior design elements, such as the 3-spoke steering wheels for the Yeti and four-spoke steering wheels for the Yeti Outdoor, new materials and patterns, as well as innovative technological features: The ŠKODA Yeti now offers an optional rear-view camera and many new ‘Simply Clever’ solutions for both versions.

ŠKODA in China – A success story with over 1.13 million vehicles sold since 2007

ŠKODA aims to strengthen its model campaign efforts in China to achieve future sales of more than 500,000 vehicles per year. Since 2010, China has been the largest individual market for the Czech carmaker. In 2013, the company delivered 227,000 vehicles to customers in China; this is almost a quarter of ŠKODA’s total sales last year.

The first model produced in China was the ŠKODA Octavia in 2007. ŠKODA has sold a total of over 1.13 million vehicles on the Chinese market since then. In 2008 it was followed by the ŠKODA Fabia and the ŠKODA Superb in 2009. The ŠKODA Yeti has been available in China since 2013, first as an export model and later as a vehicle produced in China in partnership with Shanghai Volkswagen since the end of 2013. The ŠKODA Rapid compact sedan has been available in the Chinese market for a year. “ŠKODA has made fantastic strides over the past seven years in China. We are entering a new phase with our new models and we aim to sell half a million cars per year,” says Prof. Vahland.

ŠKODA is counting on its close partnership with Shanghai Volkswagen. “SVW is a reliable and competent partner for ŠKODA,” Vahland adds. Since the brand entered the Chinese market, more than one million ŠKODAs have been produced at the SVW plant, or approximately 10% of the total ten million vehicles manufactured here since 1983. ŠKODA currently manufactures cars at three locations in China.

ŠKODA Growth Strategy a success

ŠKODA AUTO has been on top form so far this year; the company has sold more cars in the first quarter of 2014 than ever before in the first three months of a year. Between January and March, the brand delivered 247,200 vehicles to customers worldwide, that is an increase of 12.1% over the same period last year. In March, deliveries increased by 14.6% compared to last year to 96,100 vehicles (March 2013: 83,800). That was the best March in corporate history.

The model campaign will be moving into the next stage over the coming months. The premiere of the striking ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design concept at the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March signalled the dawn of the brand. This emotionally designed five-door coupé is leading the next stage in the evolution of ŠKODA design. At the same time, the concept also introduces a new innovative body concept for the ŠKODA brand.

ŠKODA at the 13th annual ‘AUTO CHINA 2014’ in Beijing:

› Location of the ŠKODA stand: Hall E5 of the China International Exhibition Center New Venue (Tianzhu)
› ŠKODA exhibition space: 1,141 m2
› ŠKODA press conference: 20 April 2014, 09:30 – 10:00
› Number of ŠKODA vehicles on display on press days: 9 vehicles (4x Octavia, 1x Octavia Combi, 1x Octavia Scout, 1x Rapid Spaceback, 1x Rapid Sport, 1x Yeti)
› Number of ŠKODA vehicles on display on public days: 12 vehicles (2 Octavias, 1 Octavia Combi, 1 Octavia Scout, 1 Rapid Spaceback, 1 Rapid, 1 Rapid Sport, 2 Yetis, 1 Superb, 1 Superb Combi, 1 Fabia Monte Carlo)
› Press day: 20 April 2014
› Dealers’ days: 21 and 22 April 2014
› Public days: 23 April to 29 April 2014
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 23, 2014, 16:05:27 posle podne
ŠKODA range: New models and exciting new products

› ŠKODA Octavia: model series expanded with Octavia G-TEC and Octavia Laurin & Klement; new sports steering wheels, wheels and technological features
› ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Citigo launched in Monte Carlo versions
› More comfort features for ŠKODA Citigo and ŠKODA Rapid
› New special edition ŠKODA Superb Outdoor – strikingly adventurous
› ŠKODA model & design campaign moves into the next stage

Mladá Boleslav, 23 April 2014 – The ŠKODA model range is getting exciting extensions. Two new versions of the Octavia will be heading to auto-dealers in May – the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC and the new ŠKODA Octavia Laurin & Klement. There will also be two new additions to ŠKODA’s sporty Monte Carlo family – the Yeti Monte Carlo and the Citigo Monte Carlo. A distinctively styled version of the ŠKODA Superb is also now available as the ŠKODA Superb Outdoor. In detail, the Citigo, Fabia, Rapid, Octavia und Yeti will also receive new and exciting product features. These introductions will take place as part of the 2015 model year change.

The Czech manufacturer’s model range is becoming even more versatile through renewing and expanding the current range. In addition, the ŠKODA model and design campaign will be moving into the next stage this year. The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is to be launched on the European markets in mid-2014. The spectacular ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design study, seen a few weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show, gave an insight into ŠKODA’s future design language.

“The new ŠKODA models are extremely popular with our customers. This is proved by our sales in the first quarter of 2014. We are pleased that we can offer our customers even more innovations in terms of technology, design and equipment,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.
The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC is soon to be launched. The first series-produced Octavia to run on CNG enriches ŠKODA’s model range of environmentally-friendly yet affordable vehicles. The Octavia G-TEC can travel up to 1,330 km on a single tank. The bivalent engine runs on petrol and CNG. On CNG, the vehicle uses only 5.4 m3 (3.5 kg) of natural gas, corresponding to CO2 emissions of a mere 97g/km. The Octavia G-TEC is ŠKODA’s second natural gas vehicle after the Citigo G-TEC.

The top-of-the-range L&K standard will be seen in the new Octavia for the first time, being launched as the ŠKODA Octavia Laurin & Klement (L&K). The L&K range pays homage to the founding fathers of ŠKODA, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement. The Octavia L&K, as a saloon and estate, will be one of the best equipped cars in the compact segment. The car’s comfort features include bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime-running lights, redesigned 18-inch wheels, a modern 4-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel and the CANTON sound system. In addition, high-quality materials and subtle design effects provide an air of elegance. There are three powerful engines, including the 135 kW 2.0 TDI Green tec with the fantastic combination of a six-speed DSG gearbox and four-wheel drive. This engine will be available from August 2014. ŠKODA has also improved the driving comfort of the Octavia L&K, with a new chassis set-up and with an emphasis on high-comfort suspension tuning.

The Octavia also features some exciting innovations. There are new sports steering wheels and new 16-inch alloy wheels for the Green Line version. The Optical Parking Assistant is also available upon request. The ‘Swing’ radio has been redesigned as well.

ŠKODA’s Monte Carlo model family has grown. The ŠKODA Yeti Monte Carlo has won over customers with dynamic design elements and extensive series-standard equipment. Among other things, there is a black-painted radiator grille frame and a black front spoiler. In addition, the Yeti Monte Carlo now has black 17-inch alloy wheels and tinted rear side windows and rear window (SunSet). The vehicle roof and the A, C & D pillars are painted black, as is the roof rack and the exterior mirror housings. A black rear diffuser highlights the car’s sporty appearance. The interior is equally as sporty, with 3-spoke sports steering wheels, sports seats, stainless steel pedals and Monte Carlo decorative trim.

ŠKODA will be offering brand new 3-spoke sports steering wheels and three new wheel designs for the Ambition and Elegance Yeti versions from the end of May. The exterior colour ‘Shark-Blue’ is to be replaced by the new colour ‘Laser-White’.

ŠKODA now offers a Monte Carlo version of the ŠKODA Citigo. This version will be available with all engines, a bivalent variant running on compressed natural gas and petrol as well. The special edition drives up on black 15-inch alloy wheels, and black 16-inch alloys will also be available as an option. The car comes with sports suspension, 15 millimetres lower compared to the standard Citigo. In addition, there are tinted windows, a black front and rear spoiler, a black diffuser and grille and black exterior mirror housings. The car also features a sporty interior, with a 3-spoke sports steering wheel, black roof lining, black interior lining and seat covers in Monte Carlo design. The instrument panel has a special Monte Carlo design with an inlaid pad in black decor paint.

As of September for the ŠKODA Citigo a high quality sound system with subwoofer and six speakers is available. Other new features are the optional three-spoke sports steering wheel and as standard equipment in the Ambition version a safety vest holder under the driver's seat.

The ŠKODA Rapid and ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback are also to be upgraded as part of the 2015-model year change. The manufacturer will be offering optional rain and light sensors on both models. The rain sensor attached to the windshield under the rear-view mirror automatically operates the wipers when it rains. The light sensor detects the intensity of the light outside and, for example, switches automatically from daytime running lights to low beam at the entrance to a tunnel. The light sensor also includes the ‘Coming home/Leaving home’ function.

A 3-spoke sports steering wheel upholstered in perforated leather is a new feature in the dynamic package for the Rapid and Rapid Spaceback. The leather steering wheels are to receive a silver-coloured decorative trim. ‘Laser-White’ and ‘Topaz-Brown’ (from CW38) are also going to be available as exterior colours. There is also going to be a new style package for the Rapid saloon. This includes black exterior mirror housings as well as the fog und rear lights encased in black.

A strikingly adventurous version of the ŠKODA Superb is now available. The special edition ŠKODA Superb Outdoor features robust panelling, attractive alloy wheels, a rough-road package, and other design elements. Except for the GreenLine version, the ŠKODA Superb Outdoor is available for virtually all Superb engine and transmission variants and with front or all-wheel drive.

The ŠKODA Fabia and ŠKODA Roomster are going to have slight changes to the range of colours available. The top bar of the radiator grille is to be painted in the same colour as the body in future editions of the Fabia Monte Carlo special model. The Fabia’s ‘Sky-Blue’ exterior is to be replaced with ‘Moon-White’. The Roomster will have ‘Laser-White’ and ‘Jungle-Green’ in place of ‘Shark-Blue’.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 24, 2014, 23:19:52 posle podne
Record: ŠKODA Ice Hockey World Championship main sponsor for 22nd time

› Strong team: 46 ŠKODA shuttle cars for World Championship organisers
› Reliable: ŠKODA fleet has covered around 5.5 million km in 22 years
› Visibility: Shuttles, car presentations, logo placement, jersey advertising for four teams, informative smartphone app
› ŠKODA official main sponsor of Ice Hockey WC since 1992; longest major sponsorship in history of sport world championships

Mladá Boleslav, 24 April 2014 – ŠKODA will be sponsoring the annual IIHF World Championships for the 22nd time in 2014. The Czech carmaker handed over the official shuttle fleet of 46 ŠKODAs (38 Octavias and 8 Superbs) to the World Championship Organising Committee in Minsk, Belarus today. The 78th championship takes place from 9 to 25 May in Minsk, Belarus.

ŠKODA has been supporting the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships as the main sponsor since 1992. This is the longest main sponsorship in the history of sports world championships. The carmaker will reach a TV audience of around 800 million through a number of ways. This long-term commitment to supporting the championships was extended to 2017 two years ago.

The official IIHF World Championship vehicle fleet plays a central role in ŠKODA’s activities in the ice hockey world championships. Every year, ŠKODA provides the World Championship organisers with 40 to 50 vehicles. Over the last 22 years the fleets have covered around 5.5 million kilometres during their official use at the championships, and in that time, not a single car has broken down. The ŠKODA fleet covers an average of 250,000 km during each championship.

The manufacturer will be sending a particularly strong fleet to Minsk, with 38 ŠKODA Octavias and 8 ŠKODA Superbs. The new ŠKODA Octavia is the best Octavia of all time and has won over customers with dynamic designs maximum functionality and innovative technology. The ŠKODA Superb was comprehensively revised in 2013 and now features new design elements, fresh interiors and new technology. The 46 ŠKODA shuttle cars are primarily used to take passengers between arenas, airports, hotels and other destinations in Minsk. The silver fleet features the official World Championship design.

In addition to providing the fleet for officials and guests, ŠKODA will be an ever-present symbol in Minsk. 14 vehicles will be on display to attract the attention of spectators. The Octavia RS and the Rapid Spaceback can be seen at Minsk Arena and Cizovka Arena, and ice hockey fans arriving at Minsk Airport will be able to see the top-of-the-range ŠKODA Superb ‘Elegance’.

The Czech brand’s logo can be seen prominently on the ice rinks and boards as well. The logo also appears on four teams’ jerseys and helmets (Czech Republic, Slovakia, USA and Norway). A highlight for fans of digital applications is the exclusive smartphone app ‘2014 IIHF World Championship App powered by ŠKODA.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 30, 2014, 00:33:37 pre podne
Update: ŠKODA Media Services app even more user-friendly

4/29/2014

ŠKODA Media Services – new features and graphics. Top graphics and functionality, simplified navigation and search tools. 200,000 downloads worldwide – for iOS and Android.
The ŠKODA Media Services app has been updated and is now even more user-friendly. The application now features new graphic elements, increased clarity and new search options. The app provides journalists comprehensive information, data and facts about the brand and models.

The ŠKODA Media Services homepage is now easier to navigate, where users have immediate access to the latest news on the company. Details are also provided about content that has been posted since the last visit. The menu has been redesigned, now with rectangular menu items. This new display format makes the app easier to navigate on smaller screens.

The main objective when revising the graphics was to make the application as clear and simple as possible. The new layout follows the simple rule – less is more. Photos and videos can be viewed full screen. Achieved content is also significantly clearer, making it easier to search for information from previous years. In addition, the search options have been restructured.

The content shall remain comprehensive and up-to-date, focusing on ŠKODA press releases with current facts on the models and corporate developments. Other featured content can be found on trade fairs, brand history, along with current information from the world of ŠKODA Motorsport. ŠKODA Board Members’ CVs and current corporate publications are also available for download. There are even direct links to ŠKODA’s social media pages, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The ŠKODA Media Services app is available for iOS and Android, with content viewable in English, Czech and German.  The application can be found in the App Store and Google Play. Around 200,000 users have already downloaded the app.

You can find more information about the app, as well as the download links at

https://media.skoda-auto.com/en/Pages/SKODA-Media-Services.aspx.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 30, 2014, 20:20:49 posle podne
Record Quarter: ŠKODA delivers 247,200 vehicles to customers in the first
quarter; 12.1% increase

› Sales increase by 23.7% between January and March to three billion euros
› Operating profit increases by 65.2% to 185 million euros
› Model campaign picks up the pace in 2014

Mladá Boleslav, 30 April 2014 – ŠKODA’s deliveries, sales revenue and
operating profit increased dramatically in the first quarter of 2014. ŠKODA sold
a total of 247,200 vehicles in the first quarter; more than ever before in the first
three months of a year. This is an increase of 12.1% over the same period last
year. The carmaker’s sales revenue was a record high, increasing 23.7% over
the same period in 2013 to three billion euros (2.986 billion euros).

“ŠKODA has made an excellent start to 2014, continuing on its road to success,” says
ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Our model campaign is coming into fruition.
The best first sales quarter in our corporate history and the excellent developments in
sales revenue and profit have been the result of a strong team performance and working
consistently on renewing our model range. Our new models have been very well received
on the international markets, especially the new Octavia. We are delighted that we are
inspiring new consumer groups who are becoming increasingly interested in our brand.
We plan to grow further and lay increased emphasis on ŠKODA’s most comprehensive
model campaign ever.”

Between January and March 2014, ŠKODA’s sales revenues grew by 23.7% to nearly
three billion euros (2.986 billion euros). The operating profit stood at 185 million euros,
representing an increase of 65.2% over the first three months of 2013 (112 million
euros). The operating margin, at 6.2%, was well above the previous year’s figure of
4.6%. Alongside the increase in sales figures, the improved model line-up also
contributed significantly to the better operating profit. The company’s investments
reached 73 million euros.

“ŠKODA continued on the road of profitable growth during the first quarter,” explains
ŠKODA CFO Winfried Krause. “The investments into products over the last years to
renew the model range are now leading to an increase in sales revenue and operating
profit.

“These positive developments prove the company’s strength and will be the financial
basis for continuing our model campaign. At the same time, we remain committed to
strict cost discipline.”
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Poruka od: Karlheinz April 30, 2014, 20:25:49 posle podne
Trip to the mountains: ŠKODA quartet at Bodensee Klassik

› Historic ŠKODA Quartet at the start: Tudor, Felicia, 130 RS and Rapid
› ŠKODA kicks off the 2014 vintage car season
› Exiting the extra class through three countries: just under 600 kilometres, 180 participants

Mladá Boleslav, 30 April 2014 – ŠKODA is kicking off the 2014 vintage car season at the Bodensee Klassik. The brand will be sending a fantastic quartet of vehicles to the third run of the 600km uniformity & reliability drive around Lake Constance. The daily starting point and destination is Bregenz, Austria, and in between the cars will be following scenic routes through Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“The Bodensee Klassik is one of the most beautiful and varied trips for vintage and classic cars alike,” says Ing Michal Velebný, coordinator of the ŠKODA museum restoration workshop. “The four ŠKODA vehicles taking part are true highlights of our 119-year history.”

A regular at vintage car rallies, and a car that is certainly going to be a real eye-catcher at Lake Constance too is the turquoise ŠKODA Felicia from 1961. The car comes from the historical corporate collection in Mladá Boleslav. With its elegant shape and distinctive tailfin, the 2+2-seater convertible is one of the most attractive open-top cars of the 1960s and is increasingly sought after by collectors. Weighing in at only 930kg, the Felicia is a true lightweight. The vehicle is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine with 50hp and 1089 cm3 displacement, with a top speed of 130 km/h.

The ŠKODA 1101, better known as the 'Tudor', is an important ŠKODA representative of the post-war automotive era. The version driving at the Bodensee Klassik is a very special semi-convertible Tudor. For several years from April 1948, the vehicle served the Swiss Embassy in Prague, and was later decommissioned into private ownership. In 2005 the car was acquired by the ŠKODA Museum, where it was painstakingly restored. The four-cylinder engine provides 32hp and has a displacement of 1089 cm3.
The ŠKODA 130 RS was one of the world's most successful racing cars in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A vehicle from 1976 will be at the starting line in Bregenz, with the German rally champion Matthias Kahle at the wheel. The 130 RS was known in its time as the ‘Porsche of the East’, and achieved among other things a double victory at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1977 and the European Touring Car Championship in 1981. The engine has an output of 136hp at 8500 rev/min. The top speed is up to 200 km/h.

The youngest of the ŠKODA representatives on the starting grid is a 1984 ŠKODA Rapid. The two-door coupe was completely restored in 2013. The Rapid of that time was an interesting example of ŠKODA vehicles with a rear engine. The four-cylinder petrol engine with 1.3-litre engine delivers 58hp.

The third Bodensee Klassik stretches over three days (from 1 to 3 May), the starting point and destination is the Austrian city of Bregenz. Five stages are on the programme, running 600km through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The participants can expect glorious Alpine landscapes with magnificent views. Not top speed; but reliability and uniformity determine victory and placement. The competition is open to historic vehicles built before 1994.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 02, 2014, 11:37:51 pre podne
ŠKODA produces three-millionth 1.2 HTP engine

Three-cylinder engine for ŠKODA, SEAT and Volkswagen models.
Another milestone in production: 500,000th MQ/SQ 100 gearbox.
ŠKODA: 115 years of engine development and production.
Carmaker continues to build on technological expertise.

ŠKODA AUTO has produced the three millionth petrol 1.2 HTP. The three-cylinder engine of the EA 111 series has been running off production lines at ŠKODA's main plant in Mladá Boleslav since 2001, and is used in ŠKODA, SEAT and Volkswagen brand vehicles. In addition to the EA 111-series in the 1.2 HTP and 1.2 TSI versions, ŠKODA produces the 1.2 TSI and 1.4 TSI engines of the EA 211 series, as well as manual and automatic gearboxes in the Czech Republic. The carmaker has also produced its500,000th MQ/SQ 100 gearbox.

“Our company has been building engines for almost 115 years. This makes ŠKODA one of the longest-established engine developers and producers in the automotive industry,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics. “The milestones of producing three million 1.2 HTP engines and 500,000 MQ/SQ 100 gearboxes prove the power of our local production. We are going to strengthen this technological expertise in the years to come.”

The 1.2 HTP engine of the EA 111 series has been produced in Mladá Boleslav since 2001. The popular three-cylinder petrol engine is used in ŠKODA’s Fabia, Roomster and Rapid. The abbreviation HTP stands for ‘High Torque Performance’. Even at low speeds, the engine delivers considerable power. At the same time, the engine offers high efficiency and low weight.

Besides engine construction, the focus of ŠKODA’s component manufacture is in gear production. The automatic dual-clutch gearbox DQ 200 is built at the Vrchlabí plant. ŠKODA produces the manual MQ 200 and MQ/SQ 100 gearboxes at the plant in Mladá Boleslav. 500,000 of the latter had been manufactured by the end of March this year. ŠKODA has been producing the MQ/SQ 100 since mid-2011. The MQ/SQ 100 is used in the city car – the ŠKODA Citigo, amongst others.

ŠKODA plans to build on its expertise in engine and gearbox manufacture over the coming years. To this end, the manufacturer has established a new Powertrain Centre at Česana’s ŠKODA Development Centre in Mladá Boleslav. The carmaker invested over 34 million euros into this project with support from the Volkswagen Group. This is currently the largest investment into development in the Czech Republic.

The foundry & forge is an important pillar of the innovative engine and transmission production at ŠKODA. The foundry & forge celebrated its 50th jubilee a few weeks ago. This area of production, founded in 1963 - shortly before the production of the ŠKODA 1000 MB was launched - is now one of the most advanced facilities of its kind, and is a Volkswagen Group ‘Centre of Excellence’.

ŠKODA began constructing engines in 1899. Four years after establishing the company, which began with the production of bicycles, the founding fathers Václav Laurin und Václav Klement created their first motor-assisted bicycle – the so called Motocyclette. A combination of two single-cylinder engines with 1.25 and 1.75hp was used to power the two-wheeler.

By launching this engine, the foundations were laid for one of the longest-established automotive companies in the world. In 1905 L&K developed the company’s first vehicle under the name ‘Voiturette A’ (French: little car). It was powered by a water-cooled, 7hp two-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1,100cc. Another early milestone came in 1908 with the development of the first eight-cylinder engine in the world. By 1924, L&K were even producing aircraft engines.

Even after the merger with the ŠKODA Works in 1925, the development of engines continued to play a major role. In the 1930s, ŠKODA also produced high-performance racing cars, among other things. After WWII, the first rear engine became a key evolutionary step in 1964. 1987 saw the return of the front-mounted engine. Joining forces with Volkswagen in 1991 became the decisive impetus for modern engine and transmission production.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 07, 2014, 23:17:35 posle podne
ŠKODA hosts Presidents Miloš Zeman and Joachim Gauck

› Exchanges between ŠKODA Board & trade union KOVO MB and ŠKODA apprentices & students
› ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland and ŠKODA Works Council Chairman Jaroslav Povšík meet both Heads of State
› Successful Czech-German partnership between ŠKODA and VW praised
› ŠKODA since 1991 deliveries increase five-fold, 11,000 new jobs, product range expands, development into an international volume manufacturer

Mladá Boleslav, 7 May 2014 – Distinguished visitors in Mladá Boleslav: Czech President Miloš Zeman and the German President Joachim Gauck were guests today at ŠKODA AUTO. Several matters were discussed at the meeting with ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland and the ŠKODA Works Council KOVO MB chairman Jaroslav Povšík, including the successful partnership between the Czech car manufacturer and Volkswagen AG. The two Heads of State also exchanged ideas with students from the ŠKODA University and ŠKODA Vocational College, and visited ŠKODA’s main factory and the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav.

The connection between ŠKODA and the Volkswagen Group is one of the great success stories in automotive history, and represents the close ties between the Czech Republic and Germany. Volkswagen AG became a shareholder of ŠKODA AUTO in April 1991. This partnership and the expertise and dedication of the ŠKODA workforce have since then brought the revival of one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world. Over the coming years, ŠKODA will continue to grow in close collaboration with the parent company, and increase worldwide deliveries to at least 1.5 million vehicles annually.

“ŠKODA has seen some very significant developments over the past 23 years in its alliance with Volkswagen, and is now established as an international volume manufacturer on more than 100 markets,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “The rapid rise of the company is based on the trusting, committed and concerted action of Czechs and Germans together. Our partnership is a perfect example of the good economic and human interaction between our two countries. This close collaboration gives us the necessary vigour to continue writing ŠKODA’s success story for the years to come.”

“What ŠKODA and the whole team have achieved since 1991 is tremendous,” says ŠKODA Works Council KOVO MB Chairman Jaroslav Povšík. “The social dialogue between the trade union and the company is a key success factor, and makes a strong contribution to the positive development of the company. We are also in a cooperative exchange of ideas with the employee representatives of the Volkswagen Group.”

Since entering into partnership with Volkswagen in April 1991, the legendary automotive brand from the heart of Europe has gone from strength to strength. “It was an extremely far-sighted decision by the economic and political leaders of the time to give this German-Czech connection a chance. ŠKODA has seized this opportunity, and plans to significantly strengthen its performance over the coming years,” explains Vahland.

Over the past 23 years, the brand has increased its global sales five-fold, from less than 200,000 to around 921,000 vehicles in 2013. Where the Czech brand was once focused on its domestic market and Eastern & Central European countries in the nineties, today ŠKODA is established as an international volume manufacturer with a presence in over 100 countries. The company has forged a path over the European boarders under the umbrella of the Volkswagen Group, and has expanded its position in the growth regions around the world. China has been the Czechs’ strongest individual market since 2010, where one in four ŠKODAs are now sold.

The manufacturer is now setting new goals. As part of the ŠKODA growth strategy, global sales are expected to rise to at least 1.5 million units per year.

It was around three years ago that the most comprehensive model campaign in ŠKODA’s history began. The product range has grown to seven model series with over 40 variations. Eight new or completely revised models were introduced in 2013 alone. ŠKODA’s model & design campaign will be moving into the next stage this year. The new Octavia G-TEC – the first series-produced Octavia powered by natural gas – is soon to be launched on the market, with the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout to follow this summer.

ŠKODA – A pillar of the Czech economy

ŠKODA is a pillar of the Czech economy and the heart of the Czech car industry. In 2013 ŠKODA products accounted for approximately 8% of total Czech exports. ŠKODA is the production company with the highest sales in Central Europe. ŠKODA has invested around 280 billion Czech crowns into the Czech Republic since 1991.

Moreover, ŠKODA has significant importance as an employer in the Czech Republic. Since entering into partnership with Volkswagen, ŠKODA has created more than 11,000 new jobs. The company currently employs around 24,000 people in the country.

With three manufacturing facilities at Mladá Boleslav, the East Bohemian town of Kvasiny and Vrchlabí at the foot of the Giant Mountains, the company makes a significant contribution to securing the future of the Czech automotive industry, which today employs around 150,000 people. In 2013, more than 50% of the vehicles produced in the Czech Republic were built by ŠKODA. In addition, ŠKODA is the only car manufacturer to both manufacture vehicles in the Czech Republic, and also carry out R&D. Almost 2000 qualified specialists, engineers, designers and engineers work in the Czech development department.

The excellent partnership and the close social dialogue between the company and the KOVO MB trade union also play an important role in the competitiveness of the company and its locations. An extensive collective agreement was concluded in 2013, incorporating greater employee flexibility and a binding employment agreement; a combination that is so far unique in the Czech Republic.

ŠKODA is also firmly committed to training young people. The ŠKODA Vocational College currently provides training to nearly 1000 young people in many technical subjects. All students receive a job offer upon completion of their studies. The company continuously invests in the quality of education. This year, 45 million crowns will go into new technical equipment and renovations at the vocational college.
The company is particularly interested in inspiring young people to take up careers in technical fields. The existing cooperation with eleven vocational schools in the country is currently being expanded. One key way ŠKODA lends support is by providing vehicles for technical training. Between 2009 and 2013, the Czech manufacturer supplied the colleges with 300 ŠKODA vehicles for this purpose.

ŠKODA University represents the pinnacle of training in higher education. 370 new students began their studies in 2013. In the future, the university plans to become even more international, after concluding the 2013 partnership agreement with Dalian University in China.

The ŠKODA Trainee Programme for master’s graduates from predominantly technical universities and business schools is particularly popular. The Trainee Programme runs twice a year (each April and September) and is undertaken annually by 30 young talents.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 09, 2014, 19:50:08 posle podne
ŠKODA Model Powerplay at 78th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Belarus

› 46 ŠKODAs serve as official championship fleet in Belarus: 38 Octavias and 8 Superbs
› ŠKODA official main sponsor of Ice Hockey World Championship for 22nd time; longest main sponsorship in the history of sport world championships
› Strong presence: Shuttles, vehicle presentations, logo placements, jersey advertising for four teams, informative smartphone app
› Premiere: Live broadcasts at Na Karmeli Education Centre in Mladá Boleslav

Mladá Boleslav/Minsk, 9 May 2014 – ŠKODA will be showing a true model powerplay at the 78th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. A total of 46 ŠKODA vehicles are to serve as the exclusive World Championship fleet. In addition, the company will be ever present with a variety of activities during the championships. ŠKODA is the official main sponsor of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships for the 22nd time, taking place this year from 9 to 25 May in Minsk, Belarus.

​ŠKODA has supported the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships since 1992, and has been their main sponsor since 1993. This is the longest main sponsorship in the history of sport world championships – an official Guinness World Record. From the very beginning, a key element of the support have been the exclusive features of the official vehicle fleet. This year, 46 ŠKODA vehicles will be there: 38 ŠKODA Octavias and 8 ŠKODA Superbs.

Being the main sponsor and through the associated activities surrounding the World Championships, ŠKODA will reach an audience of millions. 800 million Ice Hockey fans will be watching the World Championship on the TV or online. This is a long-term commitment for ŠKODA, and the contract was renewed two years ago until 2017.

The 46 ŠKODA vehicles will primarily be used to transport passengers between World Championship arenas, airports, hotels and other destinations in Minsk. All vehicles are painted silver and carry the official World Championship design.

In addition to providing the official World Championship fleet, ŠKODA will be flying the flag high with a number of other activities. 14 other ŠKODA vehicles will be presented in the stadiums and at other prominent locations. The ŠKODA Octavia RS and the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback can be seen at the Minsk Arena and Cizovka Arena, and ice hockey fans arriving at Minks Airport will be able to see the ŠKODA Superb ‘Elegance’.

Furthermore, the Czech manufacturer will be visible on the ice and boards at all times in the stadium and on the screens thanks to prominent placement of the ŠKODA logo. The large ŠKODA Logo in the centre circle has long been a hallmark of the IIHF-World Championship. The logo also appears on four teams’ jerseys and helmets (Czech Republic, Slovakia, USA and Norway). 

A special app has been exclusively designed for the world championship – the ‘2014 IIHF World Championship App powered by ŠKODA’, providing all the information about the World Championship for free directly to ice hockey fans’ smartphones and tablet devices. 

Every year ŠKODA provides the organisers with 40 to 50 cars. Over the last 22 years, the fleets have covered around 5.5 million kilometres during their official use at the championships, and in that time, not a single car has broken down. The ŠKODA fleet covers an average of 250,000 km during each world championship.


Dates and facts on ŠKODA’s main sponsorship of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship:

Longest main sponsorship in the history of sport world championships
ŠKODA has been the official main sponsor of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships for the past 22 years, making this the longest uninterrupted main sponsorship in the history of sport world championships and is even recognised as such by the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.

Long-term commitment

The sponsorship contract, running since the 1993 IIHF World Championship in Germany, was extended to 2017 two years ago. 

Promoting ice hockey at all levels

ŠKODA has been actively involved in promoting ice hockey since the company’s strategic commitment to the sport began 22 years ago. The Czech carmaker working in close partnership with the IIHF World Federation at the Ice Hockey World Championships is just one example.   ŠKODA also provides support to national hockey associations and leagues.

Innovative sponsorship

During the 20-year main sponsorship, ŠKODA has repeatedly presented ideas and expertise in innovative and optimized advertising, which have since become industry standard in many hockey arenas today. Exclusive under-ice adverts in the centre circle, textile inlays, using distilled water on ice surfaces and presenting vehicles on the ice rink are all measures that were first implemented in partnership with ŠKODA at IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships.

ŠKODA World Championship fleet 137 times around the globe without breaking down

40 to 50 ŠKODA vehicles are deployed to take officials and guests wherever they need to go at every IIHF Ice Hockey world championships.  The ŠKODA World Championship fleets have driven a total of 5.5 million kilometres over the past 22 years – the equivalent of 137 times around the globe. Never during this time has a single journey been interrupted due to technical issues with any ŠKODA vehicle.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 12, 2014, 13:11:48 posle podne
ŠKODA: Best April in corporate history

› ŠKODA deliveries increase by 15.5% to 89,600 cars (April 2013: 77,600)
› Growth in all major sales regions; up 20.7% in Europe
› New ŠKODA Octavia still number one: almost 60% increase in Western Europe
› ŠKODA model campaign continues with Octavia G-TEC and Octavia Scout

Mladá Boleslav, 12 May 2014 – ŠKODA’s worldwide deliveries increased 15.5% to 89,600 cars in April (April 2013: 77,600), making it the best April in the company’s history. ŠKODA grew by 20.7% in Europe, in China by 7.6% and in Russia by 3%. The new ŠKODA Octavia has proved to be a huge hit, recording an increase in sales of around a third. Deliveries of the ŠKODA Octavia even rose by almost 60% in Western Europe.

“We are pleased to be continuing the positive trend of the last few months,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Head of Sales and Marketing. “Our attractive and young model range is inspiring more and more customers. After achieving the best April ever, we have seamlessly continued our sales record from the first quarter.” The brand sold more cars in the first three months of the year than ever before in a first quarter.

Over the coming months, the manufacturer plans to continue the most comprehensive model campaign in corporate history with new models. Later this month the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC – the first Octavia to run on natural gas – will be celebrating its premiere. The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout will be released on the markets this summer. In addition, three new sporty Monte Carlo versions of the ŠKODA Yeti, ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and ŠKODA Citigo will be coming out soon. The company will also be introducing the new ŠKODA Octavia und den ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback in China – the brand’s largest individual market – in the first half of this year. The ŠKODA Rapid has complemented the brand’s model range in Russia since April.

In April the Czech brand once again recorded significant growth in Western Europe. Deliveries to customers increased by 22.1% to 36,600 vehicles (April 2013: 29,900), meaning ŠKODA has grown significantly in all individual markets. In Germany – the brand’s largest European market – ŠKODA deliveries increased 16.2% to 12,900 cars, where the Czech manufacturer is also the clear leader in import models. With an increase of 26.2% to 6200 vehicles delivered, the brand continues to perform excellently on the UK market.

ŠKODA sales more than doubled in the Netherlands (1600 vehicles; up 103.2%). ŠKODA also achieved double-digit growth in Belgium (1900 vehicles; up 28.9%), France (1900 vehicles; up 17.3%), Spain (1700 vehicles; up 28.7%), Switzerland (1500 vehicles; up 34.2%), Italy (1300 vehicles; up 11.4%), Austria (2000 vehicles; up 19.6%), Finland (800 vehicles; up 20.9%), Ireland (500 vehicles; up 26.4%), Greece (300 vehicles; up 33.3%) and Portugal (300 vehicles; up 48.0%).

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA grew 1.6% to 10,700 vehicles delivered this April (April 2013: 10,500). In Russia – the brand’s third-largest market worldwide – 7700 vehicles were delivered to customers, representing an increase of 3.2% over April 2013. (April2013: 7500). ŠKODA also recorded double-digit growth in Romania (600 vehicles; up 38.7%), Serbia (500 vehicles; up 60.7%), the Baltic States (500 vehicles; up 51.7%) and Kazakhstan (400 vehicles; up 43.1%).

ŠKODA sales increased by more than a third in Central Europe this April. Deliveries to customers increased 35.8% to 14,600 vehicles (April 2013: 10,800). The brand achieved an outstanding sales result in their Czech home market, recording growth of 38.9% to 7100 vehicles delivered (April 2013: 5100). In Croatia, 700 customers opted for a ŠKODA – almost four times as many as April 2013. ŠKODA is also going from strength to strength in Poland (4200 vehicles; up 28.1%), Slovakia (1400 vehicles; up 11.2%), Hungary (800 vehicles; up 25.5%) and Slovenia (400 vehicles; up 34.0%).

ŠKODA’s strongest individual market this April was China once again, where deliveries to customers increased by 7.6% to 21,900 vehicles (April 2013: 20,400). In India, ŠKODA sold 1200 vehicles in April (April 2013: 2000). ŠKODA deliveries to customers in April 2014 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in % over the same month last year):

ŠKODA Octavia (33,000; +5.5 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (16,900; +157.7 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (15,000; -20.1 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (10,400; +52.8 %)
ŠKODA Superb (7500; -4.0 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (Sold only in Europe: 3900; +11.0 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2800; +1.4 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 19, 2014, 19:58:42 posle podne
ŠKODA continues its CNG offensive with the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC

› Launch of the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC and new Octavia Combi G-TEC in June
› First ŠKODA Octavia with natural gas drive as standard; 97 g CO2/km
› High-performance technology: bivalent turbo engine 1.4 TSI/81 kW
› The ultimate in fuel economy: up to 1,330 km with natural gas and petrol
› ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC has enjoyed market success since 2012; only 79 g CO2/km
› Natural gas is the environmentally-friendly, cost-effective alternative

Mladá Boleslav, 19 May 2014 – Expanding its environmentally-friendly model range, ŠKODA is renewing its emphasis on compressed natural gas vehicles. The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC and the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi G-TEC will be given their market premiere in June. This will increase the brand’s CNG range to three models. Since the end of 2012, the little natural gas-drive Citigo has been successfully touring the European markets.

“With the new Octavia G-TEC and the Octavia Combi G-TEC, our model range is becoming even more environmentally-friendly,” says Dr Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development. “CNG is a practical way forward for environmentallyfriendly driving and is good value for money these days. Using CNG, we can meet customer demand for eco-friendly, economical and affordable vehicles,” says Dr. Welsch.

The market launch of the Octavia G-TEC and the Octavia Combi G-TEC will take place in several stages from June 2014 in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.

Bivalent turbo engine 1.4 TSI/81 kW Green tec with a range of up to 1,330 km

The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TECs, saloon and estate, have a 1.4 TSI turbo engine with a capacity of 81 kW (110 PS) and will run on petrol and CNG. CNG stands for compressed natural gas. Both natural gas Octavia vehicles are fitted with the Green tec package as standard, including technical features such as start-stop system and brake energy recovery. The modern engine meets standard EU-6, which comes into force in September 2014.

The ranges of the new Octavia G-TEC are impressive: in CNG-only mode, the Octavia GTEC and the Octavia Combi G-TEC can travel up to 410 km without refuelling. Fuel consumption is 5.4 m3 (3.5 kg) of natural gas per 100 km, with CO2 emissions of just 97 g/km. In petrol-only mode, the range is up to 920 km. The Octavia G-TEC will travel up to 1,330 km on a single tank of fuel.

For all the Octavia G-TEC’s fuel economy, it is still a fun car to drive. The maximum torque of 200 Nm is achieved between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. The Octavia G-TEC saloon accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds. Top speed is 195 km/h.

The two CNG tanks have a total maximum capacity of 97 litres or 15 kg of CNG at a pressure of 200 bar. They are mounted in the form of underbody tanks on a special frame underneath the floor of the boot. The ingenious position of the tanks means that the generous size of the vehicle’s interior is not affected. The CNG-fuelled Octavia also has the best interior values in its class. The boot has a capacity of 460 litres (saloon) or 480 litres (estate).

Success for ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC; more than 1,900 vehicles have already been sold

The Citigo natural gas car became available in October 2012. This clean little car sets new standards in its class when it comes to conserving the earth’s natural resources. Hardly any other car in its class is as eco-friendly, comfortable and safe to drive away in as the natural gas Citigo.

This car uses just 4.4 m3 (2.9 kg) natural gas per 100 km, with CO2 emissions of just 79 g/km. The total range is 620 km (400 km gas, 220 km petrol). As with the Octavia G-TEC, two underbody tanks are mounted, next to the 10-litre petrol tank, under the chassis floor to save space. The Citigo G-TEC is forging ahead. Since its market launch, ŠKODA has delivered more than 1,900 vehicles to customers, 1,300 in 2013 alone.

Last year, the Citigo G-TEC shared Germany’s Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) title of most environmentally-friendly vehicle of the year with affiliated models of other Volkswagen Group brands. Last year, one record-breaking journey in particular raised the Citigo G-TEC’s profile. In August 2013, Austrian fuel-saving champion Gerhard Plattner drove the Citigo CNG from Vicenza in Italy to Stockholm in Sweden, taking five days at an average fuel consumption of 2.39 kg CNG/100 km.

Natural gas: the environmentally-friendly and cost-effective alternative

Natural gas is clean. The exhaust gases are not only odourless, but contain fewer pollutants than petrol or diesel exhaust gases. The favourable carbon to hydrogen ratio of methane decreases carbon dioxide emissions during combustion. Compared to petrol, the CO2 output is generally reduced by up to 23 % and the proportion of methane hydrocarbons has been reduced by an impressive 73 %. By comparison with a petrol engine of the same capacity, when operated in natural gas mode, around 80 % less carbon monoxide and 80 % less nitrogen oxide are produced. What is more, the closed-circuit system does not give rise to refuelling emissions.

Another advantage of natural gas vehicles is the significantly lower running cost. Depending on the market, natural gas is up to 60 % cheaper than petrol and approximately 40 % cheaper than diesel. In some European countries there are also tax advantages for purchasing a natural gas vehicle.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 22, 2014, 12:25:26 posle podne
ŠKODA apprentices' dream car celebrates its première at Wörthersee

› ŠKODA CitiJet design concept is presented to the public at the GTI event for the first time
› ŠKODA 'Apprentice Car': two-seater sports convertible based on the ŠKODA Citigo
› Vehicle project of 16 ŠKODA Vocational School apprentices working closely with design, production and development of ŠKODA

Mladá Boleslav/Reifnitz, 22 May 2014 – Clear the stage for the dream car of ŠKODA’s apprentices: the sporty city cabriolet ŠKODA CitiJet will be presented for the first time at this year's GTI event at Wörthersee. The design concept is the result of ŠKODA’s 'Apprentice Car' project. Six months in the making, 16 ŠKODA apprentices present the fruits of their labour to the public for the first time.

The budding ŠKODA employees worked on their very personal vehicle project from November 2013 until shortly before the GTI event. During this time, the apprentices were allowed to let their creativity run free. They were supported by ŠKODA Head Designer Jozef Kabaň and his team, ŠKODA Production and Technical Development.

The result: an emotional design concept that will attract the attention of visitors at Wörthersee. “The ŠKODA CitiJet is a fantastic achievement from our students and shows the creativity and imagination of the new generation of ŠKODA employees,” says ŠKODA Board Member for HR, Bohdan Wojnar.
The ŠKODA CitiJet is a dynamic and expressively designed city-convertible based on the ŠKODA Citigo. The exterior features distinctive metallic paintwork in blue/white and racy, blue 16-inch alloy wheels. It also features a hand-made rear spoiler as well as a powerful exhaust with two tailpipes. A 1.0 MPI petrol engine with 55 kW (75 PS) can be found under the bonnet of the vehicle.

The sporty interior is based on the interior of the ŠKODA Citigo SPORT special model. This includes the red-stitched, leather-lined three-spoke steering wheel as well as the leather cover of the handbrake handle and gear knob. The seat covers and floor mats have a 'Sport' material design. The dashboard is painted white/red. A 300 watt sound system is also fitted. The interior has music-reactive LED lighting.
This is the first time that this kind of trainee project has been undertaken at ŠKODA. The aim has been to encourage the apprentices creativity, teamwork and expertise of vocational students.

“Our apprentices have put their hearts and souls into this vehicle. Every little detail, no matter how small, was discussed, agreed upon and put into practice by the team. It was a real team effort. The outcome: a unique and emotional car, of which everybody involved should be very proud of,” says Head of ŠKODA Auto Design Jozef Kabaň.

This trainee project highlights the Czech manufacture’s commitment to the high quality of vocational training at ŠKODA, which is supported by the trade union KOVO MB. At the ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School of Mechanical Engineering, young people go through a three or four-year training program in technical subjects, graduating with a full apprenticeship or the equivalent of secondary school final exams. There are currently 13 training programmes; the most popular three-year courses being those for auto mechanics, auto electricians and electricians. The most popular among the four-year courses is in industrial logistics. Postgraduate and distance-learning studies are also offered by the vocational school.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 22, 2014, 13:12:44 posle podne
Strong brand, strong service – best worldwide ŠKODA service specialists awarded

› Competent ŠKODA service and customer service organisation is the cornerstone of ŠKODA’s growth strategy
› Announcement of international winners of the 'ŠKODA Service Challenge 2014'
› Top performance in the areas of service technology, service advice, parts management and paint
› 4th edition of the ŠKODA Service Award; 140 participants from 33 countries

Mladá Boleslav/Prague, 22 May 2014 – With 5,400 authorised dealers and service operators worldwide, the global ŠKODA service network is a cornerstone of the Czech manufacturer’s growth strategy. The best of the best gauge themselves annually as part of the 'ŠKODA Service Challenge'.

140 finalists, 33 countries, four winners – the winners of the fourth international 'ŠKODA Service Challenge' are announced. Number one of the ŠKODA service advisors is Andrei Cristian Lascar from Romania. Thijs Veenstra from the Netherlands was awarded best service technician. The best painter is Pavel Pluhař from the Czech Republic, best parts manager Manfred Ruch from Germany. The best team is from Romania and the best representative of the importer is Marian Musat, also from Romania.

"The high level of qualifications amongst the 5,400 global ŠKODA dealers and service operators is fundamental for the success of the brand and a cornerstone of our growth," says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. "Growth offensive is also a service offensive. My congratulations go to the finalists and particularly the winners of this year’s ŠKODA Service Challenge. They represent the excellent expertise and high level of commitment of all of our service technicians around the world," says Eichhorn.

A total of 140 service specialists from 33 countries, including China, India, Russia and South America, took part in the two-day final stage in Prague and Mladá Boleslav. All finalists had qualified for the final round through national elimination stages. The final round included theoretical and practical tasks, as did the national qualification rounds before it. The winners were determined by a total of four categories: service technology, service advice, parts management and paint.

This year’s 'ŠKODA Service Challenge' was the fourth of its kind. The competition is continuously growing. "Successful participation in the Service Challenge is a great advert for the respective operation," says Roman Havlásek, Head of ŠKODA Customer Services.

ŠKODA permanently invests in developing the skills of its service partners. This includes comprehensive training sessions at the ŠKODA Service Training Centre in Kosmonosy near Mladá Boleslav. The ŠKODA Service Training Centre combines both technical and commercial training sessions. In 2013 alone, almost 14,000 training days were carried out at the centre. Around 9,000 trainers, trading and customer service partners as well as importers of the brand from around the world took part in the further training courses for technology, new models, processes, communication and information systems. The ultimate goal: to keep the necessary expertise of the ŠKODA service workshops at the same level around the world, in order to ensure maximum customer satisfaction.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 23, 2014, 10:27:31 pre podne
100,000th ŠKODA Citigo manufactured

› Model campaign: The first ŠKODA city car strengthens ŠKODA’s position in Europe
› Success: in 2013 ŠKODA Citigo sales were up by 51 percent
› Versatile: available as a 3- or 5-door, with petrol and CNG engine
› The most environmentally-friendly ŠKODA: Citigo G-TEC emits only 79 g CO2 per km
› City-Clever: plenty of space, smart solutions, maximum safety
› Emotional: ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo captivates with its sporty design

Mladá Boleslav/Bratislava, 23 May 2014 – At the Volkswagen factory in Bratislava the 100,000th ŠKODA Citigo rolled off the production line. The brand’s first city car was launched at the end of 2011, and has enjoyed a successful market presence ever since. The model woos with its generous space, smart solutions, low fuel consumption, high level of safety, perfect handling, neat design, and it is great value for money. 2013 has seen sales increase by 51 percent.

“The 100,000 Citigos produced since 2011 show how well our ‘little car’ is doing in the market,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “With the Citigo, launched almost three years ago, we started the biggest model offensive our company has ever experienced. Since then, our smart minicar has enriched the growing city car segment and attracted new customers to the brand. The Citigo strengthens our position within the European market and we’re really pleased with our model,” says Eichhorn.

The ŠKODA Citigo is the perfect car for the city: compact, yet at the same time spacious, economical and agile, attractive, safe and clever. “The Citigo offers all of ŠKODA’s values in the smallest of spaces,” says Eichhorn. This combination has been very well received by customers: in 2013, sales of these nippy little cars increased by a solid 51% to 45,000 vehicles.
With its compact size, (3.56 m long, 1.64 m wide and 1.48 m tall) the ŠKODA Citigo provides perfect handling. At the same time, the model captivates with its ample space which is so typical of ŠKODA’s vehicles.

Numerous clever concepts make the Citgo a real ‘Simply Clever’ car. With several storage compartments and nets, hooks as well as its spacious boot – this car is extremely practical. And exceptionally safe: As the first mini car, the Citigo, together with its sister models from the Volkswagen Group, received the best possible rating of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

The ŠKODA Citigo is, in addition, one of the most environmentally-friendly city cars on the market. It has a 1.0 MPI three-cylinder engine, and is available with a 44 kW/60 PS or a 55 kW/75 PS engine. Each engine can be combined with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a semi-automatic ASG transmission. The 1.0 MPI/44 kW Citigo Green tec has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.1 l/100 km and only emits 95 g CO2 per km.

Since October 2012 the city car has also been available with a CNG engine. The ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC uses just 4.4 m³ (2.9 kg) of CNG per 100 km, with a CO2 output of only 79 g/km. This makes the Citigo G-TEC the most environmentally-friendly ŠKODA available. To date, ŠKODA has delivered a total of over 1,900 vehicles to customers, of which 1,300 were sold in 2013 alone. Last year, one record-breaking journey in particular raised the Citigo G-TEC’s profile: taking 5 days, Austrian fuel-saving champion Gerhard Plattner drove at an average fuel consumption of 2.39 kg CNG/100 km from Vicenza (Italy) to Stockholm (Sweden).

At the beginning of May, the Czech manufacturer introduced a particularly emotional and sporty Citigo edition. The ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo launched in a luscious rally design with a wealth of sporty details. Amongst other things, it boasts lowered sports suspension, striking 16-inch alloy wheels, front spoiler with integrated fog lights, a black radiator grille, rear-spoiler and back panel with integrated diffuser. The interior also carries on the theme, featuring a 3-spoke sports steering wheel, black roof lining, a black interior finish and seat covers in Monte Carlo design.

Since its launch, the ŠKODA Citigo has won numerous car awards both at home and abroad. These include, amongst others, ‘Car of The Year 2012 in the Czech Republic’, ‘Company Car of the Year’ and ‘Internet Car of the Year’ at the Fleet Awards.

ŠKODA Citigo – highlights

2011
September Premier of the ŠKODA Citigo as the brand’s first city car
2012
January ŠKODA Citigo wins ‘Car of the Year 2012’ in the ‘City Cars’ category
March Introduction of the 5-door ŠKODA Citigo at the Geneva Motor Show
October Introduction of the ŠKODA Citigo CNG as the first compressed natural gas vehicle on the market
2013
July The CNG-powered ŠKODA Citigo’s record journey travelling across Europe
2014
March Premier of the ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo at the Geneva Motor Show
May The 100,000th ŠKODA Citigo rolls off the production line in Bratislava
Launch of the ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 23, 2014, 11:16:11 pre podne
ŠKODA at Wörthersee: world premiere of ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme

› Compact SUV with rally car ambitions: rugged concept ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme
› Dynamics: 1.8 TSI/112 kW with all-wheel drive and DSG; height-adjustable chassis, and Octavia RS brakes
› Rally car interior: aluminium floor panel, Recaro sports seats, carbon fibre trim, ‘Super Sports’ steering wheel, iPad cradle, fire extinguisher, off-road features, rally equipment
› 33rd run of the legendary Volkswagen event from 28 to 31 May 2014

Mladá Boleslav/Reifnitz, 23 May 2014 – At this year’s GTI event at Wörthersee, ŠKODA will be presenting the ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme – a world premiere of this solid and sporty concept rally car based on the popular compact SUV. The event will also mark the debut of the ŠKODA CitiJet – a design concept built by ŠKODA apprentices. It is with these expressive vehicles that the brand once again underlines the emotional qualities and versatility of its attractive model range.

This is the 33rd time that the legendary Volkswagen tuning event will be taking place. Around 200,000 tuning fans will be making the pilgrimage to the cult event in Reifnitz, Austria (28 to 31 May). ŠKODA will be taking part in the GTI event for the fifth time.

“We want to continue the positive development and to grow further with new models over the coming years,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Therefore we are going to strengthen the emotional vibrancy of the brand. ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme – as a dynamic and powerful compact SUV concept – demonstrates the brand’s strong expertise in four-wheel drive technology, as well as our know-how when it comes to rally sports.”

In creating the ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme, ŠKODA designers have converted their successful compact SUV into a particularly sporty and dynamic rally design. The show car combines the power of an all-wheel drive SUV with strong design elements and equipment features of a racy rally car.

The car is powered by a 1.8 112 kW strong TSI engine and features a six-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG). The maximum torque of 250 Nm is achieved between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm. The Yeti Xtreme accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9 seconds; its top speed is 192 km/h. The Yeti Xtreme features special Octavia RS brakes.

The striking matt-grey Yeti stands on powerful 17-inch alloy wheels and large off-road tyres. It features tinted side windows, roof and wheel rim inserts are set off in bright yellow-green. At the front, the brawny athlete has a powerful bumper and a large air intake, along with LED headlights. For robust sporting use, the height of the chassis can be adjusted.

The ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme flexes its muscles with strikingly shaped wings and powerful door sills. At the rear, the strong rear bumper bears witness to the power and dynamics of the vehicle, so do the two wide exhaust tailpipes, which sound particularly throaty as a result of the absence of silencers. The boot includes a spare wheel and so-called ‘recovery tracks’, special traction mats that can be pushed under the wheels, should the car get stuck in sand.

The interior wows with a racy rally design and includes equipment required for rally use. Passengers can sit on 4 individual Recaro sports seats with integrated four-point safety belts. Other features include the ‘Super Sport’ steering wheel with integrated gearshift paddles.

The designers have used selected high-tech materials for various parts in the car’s interior: the inner door covers have been made entirely from carbon fibre; a sand shovel and a thermos flask have been integrated into holders fitted in the panelling; the floor panel is made from aluminium.

The Colour & Trim package includes further carbon fibre elements and high-quality, dark Alcantara surface with green colour accents. Further aluminium details can be found throughout, such as aluminium pedals and special door sill plates. The centre console has been completely re-defined. This is where standard rally car accessories, such as a belt cutter and a fire extinguisher, can be found. An iPad cradle is integrated into the dashboard, a first aid kit into the glove box.

With the ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme, the manufacturer once again demonstrates the versatile potential of its popular compact SUV. The ŠKODA Yeti was completely redesigned in 2013 and is now available in two exciting versions for the first time: the ŠKODA Yeti for the city and the adventurous ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor for rough terrain. The Czech manufacturer celebrated its premiere in the dynamically growing SUV segment with the ŠKODA Yeti in 2009. Around 640,000 ŠKODA Yetis have been sold to date. The brand achieved a market share of more than 4% in the compact SUV segment within the European Union last year, making the Yeti one of the best-selling A-class SUVs in Europe.

The ŠKODA CitiJet design concept is going to be another highlight of ŠKODA’s appearance at Wörthersee. The vehicle is a dynamic and emotionally designed city-cabriolet based on the ŠKODA Citigo. The two-seater is the result of the ŠKODA apprentices’ project, carried out for the first time this year. Six months in the making, 16 ŠKODA apprentices present the fruits of their labour to the public for the first time.
The ŠKODA CitiJet features a distinctive metallic finish in blue and white and has sporty, blue 16-inch alloy wheels, accompanied by a handmade rear spoiler and a powerful exhaust with two tailpipes. A 1.0 MPI petrol engine with 55 kW (75 PS) can be found under the bonnet.

The car features a sporty interior, with equipment based on the interior of the special edition ŠKODA Citigo SPORT. In addition, the creators have installed a special 300 W sound system, and music-reactive blue LED interior lighting.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 27, 2014, 19:07:26 posle podne
New ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC enters into production

› ŠKODA starts serial production of a new ŠKODA Octavia with natural gas drive at Mladá Boleslav plant
› Number of models in ŠKODA range running on natural gas grows to three; Citigo G-TEC, Octavia G-TEC and Octavia Combi G-TEC
› Octavia G-TEC 1,4 TSI/81 kW has emissions of just 97 g CO2/km; combined range on natural gas and petrol is up to 1 330 km
› ŠKODA invests EUR 5m in natural gas testing facility and filling station
› Natural gas is an affordable alternative; fuel costs amount to less than CZK 1/km

Mladá Boleslav, 27 May 2014 – The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC rolls off the production line of ŠKODA´s main plant in Mladá Boleslav for the first time. The vehicle will go on sale in the Czech market in June. The first Octavia with natural gas drive is produced in hatchback and estate body versions. The brand´s range of natural gas models grows to three. The CNG version of the Citigo small car has had a successful run in European markets since the end of 2012 .

In parallel with the start of production of the new Octavia G-TEC, ŠKODA has also inaugurated a new CNG testing facility and filling station representing an investment of EUR 5m. This facility serves to carry out mandatory safety testing of CNG powertrains and to provide an initial fill of CNG fuel tanks.

After their introduction in the Czech market in June 2014, the new Octavia G-TEC and Octavia Combi G-TEC will be gradually rolled out in 14 other countries across Europe: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC in hatchback and estate body versions is powered by a turbocharged 1,4 TSI engine. This powertrain has an output of 81 kW (110 HP) and is engineered as a bivalent unit to run on both petrol and also compressed natural gas (CNG). The Green tec package is included as standard equipment and offers a start-stop system and brake energy recuperation.

This modern powertrain meets EU 6 emission standard requirements which will come into force in September 2014. On CNG power alone, the Octavia G-TEC and Octavia Combi G-TEC have a range of up to 410 km. Fuel consumption equals to 5.4 m3 (3.5 kg) of natural gas per 100 km, which amounts to emissions of 97 g CO2/km. When running only on petrol, the available range is up to 920 km. On one filling of both fuel tanks, the Octavia G-TEC offers a range of up to 1 330 km without detracting from driver satisfaction. The vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.9 s and reaches a top speed of 195 km/h.

The total maximum volume of both CNG fuel tanks is 97 litres, or 15 kg of natural gas compressed to a pressure of 200 bar. The tanks are mounted in a special frame located under the boot floor. The luggage compartment of Octavia G-TEC offers 460 l, in case of Octavia Combi G-TEC it is 480 litres.

With the introduction of the new Octavia G-TEC and Octavia Combi G-TEC, ŠKODA is expanding its range of cars powered by natural gas to three models. The Citigo town car with CNG drive has been on sale since October 2012. This model has a consumption of just 4.4 m3 (2.9 kg) of natural gas per 100 km, which equals to emissions of 79 g CO2 /km. The total range of this model is 620 km (400 km on gas, 220 km on petrol).

Vehicles powered by natural gas represent sustainable mobility at an affordable price. The price of natural gas in the Czech Republic and many other European countries is substantially lower than the price of petrol or diesel. The operational costs of both ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC models are less than CZK 1/km on the combined cycle.

With the launch of the new Octavia G-TEC line, ŠKODA is reitirating its clear message regarding the high standards for environmental friendliness of its models. A total of 22 cars from ŠKODA have emissions below 100 g CO2 /km, and 112 models in the ŠKODA range have emissions below 120 g CO2/km. The brand´s focus on sustainable mobility is underlined with an entry value of CO2 emissions of just 79 g/km for the ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC. The ŠKODA GreenLine and Green tec models are all exceptionally ecological. Customers may choose from a total of twelve GreenLine variants and 51 Green tec variants. The new ŠKODA Octavia GreenLine sets new standards in the compact category with low CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 27, 2014, 19:19:33 posle podne
ŠKODA RS: 40 years of the cult of speed

› ŠKODA 180 RS/200 RS: established in 1974 as the first original RS models of ŠKODA’s successful motorsport era of the 1970s and 1980s
› Legendary ‘Porsche of the East’: the ŠKODA 130 RS
› The new era: from the first generation ŠKODA Octavia RS (2000) to the fastest ŠKODA Octavia of all time (2013)

Mladá Boleslav, 27 May 2014 – RS – ŠKODA aficionados associate these initials which, according to ŠKODA historians, stand for Rally Sport, with very sporty, racy, classy and dynamic cars. The ŠKODA RS story began in 1974 with the ŠKODA 180 RS and ŠKODA 200 RS racing cars. The legendary ŠKODA 130 RS in the 1970s and 1980s was one of the most successful sports cars of its time. The Czech car makers launched the ŠKODA Octavia RS as the first RS model of the new era in 2000. Then came the ŠKODA Fabia RS in 2003. The new ŠKODA Octavia RS has been the current star of the ŠKODA RS racers for the past year – it is the fastest and most powerful Octavia of all time.

“Our RS models are sporty power machines for the ŠKODA brand,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “This is just as true today as it was 40 years ago. The RS initials denote ŠKODA’s successes in motorsport as well as the high performance and passion represented by select production models. They are an expression of our outstanding motorsport tradition,” says Vahland.

1974: ŠKODA 180 RS and 200 RS – spectacular racing cars

ŠKODA used the abbreviation RS for the first time as a model designation in 1974. ŠKODA 180 RS and 200 RS racing cars are considered to be the original RS cars. The reason for the development was a desire to compete in the more prestigious and higher-volume racing classes, as well as challenge internationally successful brands on the race tracks.

After just half a year’s preparation, in the spring of 1974, ŠKODA launched three super sports models (one 180 RS, and two 200 RSs), which ran in an official motorsport competition for the first time in June of the same year, then known as the ŠKODA Rally. “The ŠKODA 180 RS and 200 RS models represented the brand’s entry into top-class rallying,” says Michal Velebný, Restoration Workshop Manager at the ŠKODA Museum.

This fireball’s bonnet concealed a 120 kW (163 PS) two-litre engine with an overhead camshaft. The top speed of the ŠKODA 200 RS was 210 km/h. In addition to its acceleration power and high top speed, the vehicle impressed with its outstanding handling, favoured by a newly developed trailing arm rear axle. The transmission came from Porsche.

Positive experiences with the 200 RS quickly decided those in positions of responsibility to build a vehicle for general motorsport. Just one year later, the ŠKODA 130 RS drove into the international racing limelight ready for the 1975 season. This was the start of six great years of motor racing.

The ŠKODA 130 RS became one of the most successful racing cars of its time and was a powerful competitor in rallies and races until the beginning of the 1980s. Many motorsport fans are familiar with the 130 RS, also referring to it as the ‘Porsche of the East’. The successes of the 130 RS have shaped ŠKODA’s great reputation in motorsports to date.

The 130 RS celebrated its greatest triumphs with a double victory in the 1977 Monte Carlo Rally in the up to 1,300 cm3 cylinder capacity category and a victory in the European Touring Car Championship of 1981. Even in major Czech competitions, such as the Barum Rally, the Bohemia Rally or the Sumava Rally, the vehicle achieved many victories.
The rear-wheel drive racing car was powered by a 103 kW (140 PS) 1.3 litre four-cylinder engine. The racing configuration was successful among other things due to Weber carburettors for fuel/air mixing, an eight-port cylinder head and dry-sump lubrication. The racer, around four metres long, 1.72 metres wide and just 1.34 metres high, achieved a top speed of 220 km/h.

When production of the 130 RS came to an end in 1981, the RS era at ŠKODA was interrupted for almost 20 years.

RS goes into standard production – ŠKODA Octavia RS (2000-2005)

At the turn of the millennium, ŠKODA sets again a clear signal in terms of production sports cars, with a clear reference to the RS era. In 2000, the manufacturer launched the ŠKODA Octavia RS. Four years before, the new Octavia had celebrated its debut – the first model from the brand to be developed from scratch after the fall of the Iron Curtain and Volkswagen’s association with the Czech manufacturer. Now the new ŠKODA best seller was the first to have its own RS version as a consumer model – another homage to the tradition of the ŠKODA 180/200 RS, and in particular the successes of the ŠKODA 130 RS. The new era RS model proved to have immediate consumer appeal. A more powerful engine, outstanding handling and sporting charisma, combined with all the advantages of a compact family car – an irresistible combination.

The vehicle had a 1.8 litre four-cylinder turbo engine with 132 kW (180 PS). The gear system was a manual five-speed transmission. The Octavia RS accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds; peak speed was 235 km/h. The first generation Octavia RS was produced from 2000 to 2005.
In 2001 a racy Octavia RS special model attracted much attention. On the occasion of the first centenary of ŠKODA Motorsport, the brand launched a limited-edition of 100 pieces of ŠKODA Octavia RS WRC Edition.

Following on from the ŠKODA Octavia WRC rally car, which had competed in the World Rally Championship (WRC) since 1998, ŠKODA trimmed its Octavia RS WRC with some sporty design features. These included, among other things, 17-inch aluminium wheels and xenon headlamps. The vehicle was also fitted with ESC as standard.

The first generation ŠKODA Fabia RS (2003-2007)

In 2003 the manufacturer extended its RS range with a second model and gave starter’s orders to the sportily designed small car ŠKODA Fabia RS.
The first sporty hatchback model of the brand was powered by a 1.9 litre diesel turbo engine with 96 kW (130 PS) and a six-speed transmission. The vehicle accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds and was capable of a top speed of 204 km/h. The first generation ŠKODA Fabia RS came off the production line between 2003 and 2007.

The second generation ŠKODA Octavia RS (2005-2013)

A new ŠKODA Octavia RS followed in 2005 with the second generation ŠKODA Octavia. The second generation sports car was manufactured up to 2013. In addition to the saloon, the RS version was also available for the ŠKODA Octavia Combi.

In addition, ŠKODA fitted the new ŠKODA Octavia RS with two engine versions. The customer had the choice between a two-litre petrol turbo engine with 147 kW (200 PS) and a two-litre diesel turbo with 125 kW (170 PS). Both engines could be combined with manual six-speed transmission or for the first time also with automatic six-speed DSG transmission.

The second generation ŠKODA Octavia RS was impressive with once again significantly improved acceleration and speed values. The petrol engine accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.2 seconds (up to then it had been 7.9 seconds), and achieved a top speed of 240 km/h.

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, ŠKODA launched the new second generation ŠKODA Fabia RS. For the first time since then, the compact sports car has been available as a hatchback or as an estate.
A small car with a powerful engine: the Fabia has an automatic seven-speed DSG gearbox fitted as standard. Its twin turbocharged 1.4 TSI petrol engine 132 kW (180 PS) accelerates the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.3 seconds. Its top speed is 224 km/h.

Current generation ŠKODA Octavia RS: The fastest Octavia in series production

The third generation of the ŠKODA Octavia RS continues to set new standards among cars tuned for sporty driving. Customers may choose from either liftback or estate body styles in combination with an advanced 2.0 TSI petrol engine with an output of 162 kW or a 2.0 TDI (135kW) turbocharged diesel unit utilising state-of-the-art technologies to achieve an excellent combination of fuel consumption and on-road dynamics. The petrol version of the ŠKODA Octavia RS reaches a top speed of 248 km/h, which rightly gives it the title of the fastest-ever series production model in the ŠKODA Octavia range.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 28, 2014, 12:20:16 posle podne
ŠKODA at Wörthersee: Five solid athletes and racing action for everyone

› Compact SUV with rally ambitions: ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme concept celebrates world premiere
› ŠKODA apprentices’ dream car: Two-seater convertible concept ŠKODA CitiJet
› Fastest Octavia of all time: ŠKODA Octavia Combi RS
› Robust compact: ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey Collection
› Serial rally winner: Successful rally car ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000
› Go racing yourself in mini rally cars: ‘The Crazy Rallye Ride’

Mladá Boleslav/Reifnitz, 28 May 2014 – Pure emotion: ŠKODA will be presenting five fantastic sports models at this year’s GTI event at Wörthersee. The robust ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme showcar will be celebrating its world premiere. The event will also mark the debut of the ŠKODA CitiJet – a design concept built by ŠKODA apprentices. In addition, the Czech brand will be showing the ŠKODA Octavia Combi RS, ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey Collection and the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 rally car. There is also going to be a spectacular racing event: visitors will be able to drive around a rapid circuit in mini racing cars in the ‘Crazy Rallye Ride’.

This is the 33rd time that the legendary Volkswagen tuning event will be taking place. Around 200,000 tuning fans will be making the pilgrimage to the cult event in Reifnitz, Austria on Ascension Weekend (28 to 31 May). ŠKODA will be taking part in the GTI event for the fifth time and will this year be presenting their impressive range of sports vehicles – from dynamic compact cars to the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 rally car.
“ŠKODA has had a history in motorsport spanning almost 113 years,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Our success is the result of the technical expertise and the passion of the company and our engineers. The GTI event – as a major event for all tuning and motorsport fans – is a fantastic place to demonstrate this devotion with sporty and particularly emotional models.”

The world premiere of the ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme in Reifnitz is the manufacturer’s demonstration of a crisp and robust interpretation of the popular compact SUV. The ŠKODA Yeti was completely redesigned in 2013 and is now available in two exciting versions: the ŠKODA Yeti for the city and the adventurous ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor.

ŠKODA designers have provided the Yeti with a striking rally-design trim for this year’s Wörthersee event. The striking matt-grey vehicle with ŠKODA yellow/green accents stands on powerful 17-inch alloy wheels and large off-road tyres. The front of the vehicle features a powerful bumper and a large air intake. The ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme flexes its muscles with athletically shaped wings and mighty door sills. At the rear, the striking rear bumper and two wide exhaust pipes without silencers bear witness to the power and dynamics of the vehicle, both on a visual and an acoustic level. The interior features exclusive rally fittings, including four individual Recaro sports seats with integrated four-point harnesses, sports steering wheel with integrated gear-shift paddles. The inside door panels are made from carbon-fibre, the floor panels are aluminium. In the completely newly designed centre console you can find a belt cutter and a fire extinguisher, the dashboard features an iPad cradle.

The ŠKODA CitiJet is a dynamically and expressively designed city-cabriolet based on the ŠKODA Citigo. The two-seater is the result of ‘Apprentice Car’ project, carried out for the first time this year. The exterior features a distinctive metallic finish in blue and white, and sporty, blue/white-painted 16-inch alloy wheels, accompanied by a handmade rear spoiler and a powerful exhaust with two tailpipes. A 1.0 MPI petrol engine with 55 kW (75hp) can be found under the bonnet. The car also has a sporty interior, with equipment based on the interior of the special edition ŠKODA Citigo SPORT. In addition, the creators have installed a special 300W sound system, which the blue LED interior lighting system responds to.

The ŠKODA Octavia Combi RS is ŠKODA’s successful estate edition of the fastest ŠKODA Octavia of all time. The ŠKODA Octavia RS has been a market success since mid-2013, captivating with its power, dynamics and striking design. The 2.0 TSI/162 kW engine accelerates the ŠKODA Octavia Estate RS from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds, with a top speed of 248 km/h. Large air inlet openings, dynamic front spoiler, strong rear diffuser, wide chrome exhaust pipes, slightly lowered chassis, sports suspension, RS design fog lights, and series-standard bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights – the Octavia Combi RS conveys pure emotion at first glance. The vehicle shown at Wörthersee is metallic painted Moon-white and stands on 19-inch alloy wheels. The interior is dominated by sporty black, plus there are special RS design sport seats and aluminium pedals.

The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey Collection is the new robust edition with ŠKODA Original Accessories of the in 2012 launched ŠKODA Rapid, which was the brand’s first compact hatchback model. The white body colour effectively contrasts with the grey-red strips running over the bonnet, roof and rear. There are also striking, red 17-inch alloy wheels in SAVIO design, exterior mirror housings made of carbon and darkened rear lights. The special sports kit includes the front spoiler with black coloured splitter and rear spoiler. Sports kit include also decorative side mouldings and diffuser in car body colour. The grille frame is painted in magic black. The interior also features sporty designs. The small leather package includes a three-spoke sports steering wheel with red leather accents, with the gear stick and hand brake finished in red leather. There are sports seats, aluminium pedals and aluminium door sill plates with Rapid branding. The trim bar on the instrument panel is white, decorated with grey and red stripes. The floor mats are finished in red stitching.

The ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 is one of the world's most successful rally cars in the Super 2000 class. Distinctive bumpers, powerful air intakes, crisp wheel arch extensions, and a large rear spoiler make the car a sporty powerhouse on four 18-inch sports wheels. Technical highlights include a 205 kW (279hp) engine, permanent four-wheel drive, dramatically lowered sports suspension, six-speed sequential gearbox and special rally sport tyres. Since its premiere in international rallying five years ago, the rapid compact sports car has caused a sensation and has collected numerous titles. The ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 won three continental rally championships in Europe, Asia and South America in 2013 alone.

Besides the sporty models, ŠKODA will be offering the visitors a special racing experience. The ‘Crazy Rallye Ride’ promises live racing action in miniature. Visitors will be able to show off their driving skills in mini-racing cars at a specially designed race track next to the ŠKODA Stand. Kitted out in a special racing outfit, the participants will be competing for victory and placement on track.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 29, 2014, 10:51:29 pre podne
Off to Tyrol: Two ŠKODA classics in the Kitzbühel Alpine Rally

› ŠKODA Felicia and ŠKODA 1000 MB will be on the starting line in Kitzbühel
› ŠKODA’s fourth appearance at the rally
› 27th occasion of the renowned Kitzbühel Alpine Rally from 29 to 31 May

Mladá Boleslav, 29 May 2014 – This year will mark ŠKODA’s fourth appearance in the Kitzbühel Alpine Rally. The Czech brand will be sending the ŠKODA Felicia and ŠKODA 1000 MB Rallye to the starting line who will be joined by an expected 185 other participants in Hahnenkamm town. The 27th Alpine Rally takes place from 29 to 31 May.

The Kitzbühel Alpine Rally is not only one of the oldest, but also one of the most beautiful regions to host a classic car rally. “The Alpine Rally illustrates the appeal of historic automobiles. This year ŠKODA will be presenting two highlights and particularly emotional models from our company’s 119-year history,” says Michal Velebný, Coordinator of the ŠKODA Museum’s restoration workshop.

The ŠKODA 1000 MB Rally from 1967 is a true ŠKODA racer on the track. The rally car differs from the standard ŠKODA 1000 MB with its additional light ramps and other sports modifications. Among other things, the engine was adapted for use in sport, and the model has sports seats with four-point seat belts. The vehicle going to the starting line in Kitzbühel has taken part in numerous races in the past, including the prestigious long distance London-Mexico in 1995. The 1000MB Rally features a four-cylinder rear engine with 1300 cc displacement and Weber carburettors. The engine output is 90hp with a maximum speed of 170 km/h.

The turquoise-green ŠKODA Felicia convertible from 1961 is expected to be a top figure driving along the charming Alpine panorama as in the two years before. With its elegant body style, the distinctive tail fin and the striking colour, the open vehicle is an enchanting ŠKODA representative of the 1960s. The vehicle comes from the historical corporate collection in Mladá Boleslav and is a regular visitor to renowned classic car rallies. The convertible built between 1959 and 1964 is becoming increasingly popular among collectors. Under the bonnet is a 50hp strong four-cylinder engine with a 1089cc displacement, reaching a top speed of 130 km/h.

This is the fourth time that ŠKODA will be taking part in the Kitzbühel Alpine Rally. This year for the first time, vehicles produced before 1985 have been entered in the race, and a total of 187 automotive rarities representing seven decades will be at the starting line. In addition to the new year of construction limit, a fantastic new programme has been organised. There are now 30-second starts in all stages, with the addition of new trials.

A newly set distance of 600km has been prepared for the participants. The prologue begins on Thursday morning (29 May). The highlight of the event will be on Friday (30 May) when the cars will drive along the Grossglockner alpine road to the 2407m high Fuscher Törl. On Saturday (May 31) a pure Tyrolean stage passes through the Inn Valley to the outer Zillertal and to a town trial in medieval Rattenberg. The conclusion and climax will be on Saturday afternoon, as the drivers approach the finish line in front of thousands of enthusiastic spectators in Kitzbühel town centre.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Maj 30, 2014, 10:30:56 pre podne
ŠKODA produces new three-cylinder petrol engines

› The Mladá Boleslav plant starts production of a new 1,0 MPI petrol engine in the EA211 range
› Three-cylinder engines set new standards for efficiency, lightweight design and power outputs
› ŠKODA has 115 years of expertise in powertrain production and development

Mladá Boleslav, 30 May 2014 – ŠKODA has started to produce new three-cylinder petrol engines at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The 1,0 MPI unit from the EA211 engine range is available in two power output levels (44 kW and 55 kW) and achieves excellent figures in weight, fuel consumption and emissions.
“We have substantially expanded our car manufacturing capacities in Mladá Boleslav over the past few years. We are now gearing up to also increase the number of produced engines,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Member of the Board for Production and Logistics. “The kick-off of the EA 211 three-cylinder MPI engine is an important milestone in powertrain production for us in the Czech Republic, and proof of the strong dedication of our employees,” adds Oeljeklaus.

The Volkswagen Group´s EA211 engine range includes three- and four-cylinder petrol engines with a displacement ranging from 1.0 to 1.6 litres. ŠKODA has been manufacturing EA211 1.2 and 1.4 TSI engines since 2012. The Mladá Boleslav plant is now expanding this operation to include the production of the 1,0 MPI unit. The MPI abbreviation stands for Multi Point Injection. The new engine will be used in small and compact cars made by ŠKODA, SEAT and Volkswagen.

The new three-cylinder unit will delight users with its low fuel consumption and emissions, as well as with its low weight. The 1,0 MPI engine offers a wide range of usable RPMs under various engine loads with reliable, robust and dynamic performance even at low engine speeds. These characteristics give it a defined advantage in city driving. The engine meets strict EU 6 emission standards and is available in two power output levels, 44 kW (60 HP) and 55 kW (75 HP).

The start of production of the 1.0 MPI engine again underlines the high levels of ŠKODA’s technical expertise in powertrain production and development. Since 2001, ŠKODA has been making EA 111 1.2 HTP engines at its plant alongside EA 211 TSI and MPI engines. The car maker has produced its three millionth 1.2 HTP engine at the beginning of May.

ŠKODA continues to focus on gearboxes in the area of component production. The company makes MQ 200 and MQ/SQ 100 gearboxes at its plant in Mladá Boleslav. The Vrchlabí plant manufactures dual-clutch automatic DQ 200 gearboxes.

ŠKODA aims to expand its competency in engine and powertrain production in the upcoming years. To this end, the car maker is currently building an engine testing centre as part of the brand’s Česana development headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. ŠKODA and Volkswagen are investing over EUR 34m in this project alone. This is currently the largest investment into technical development in the Czech Republic.
Engine production in Mladá Boleslav dates back to 1899. Four years after Václav Laurin and Václav Klement (L&K) founded their company to manufacture bicycles, they installed an auxiliary engine to a bicycle to make a so-called motocyclette. At the time, these single-track vehicles used single-cylinder engines with an output of 1.25 or 1.75 horsepower.

Milestones in the production of ŠKODA engines for the Volkswagen Group

1997
› ŠKODA delivers its first engine to the Volkswagen Group: a petrol unit with a displacement of 1.0 l and an output of 37 kW (50 HP).

2001
› Start of production of the 1.2 HTP (EA 111) engine

2009
› Start of production of the 1.2 TSI (EA 111) engine

2012
› Grand opening of the construction site for the new powertrain testing centre at Česana
› Start of production of the new 1.2 TSI and 1.4 TSI (EA211) engines

2014
› Start of production of the 1.6 MPI (EA 211) engine
› Jubilee three millionth 1.2 HTP engine is produced
› Start of production of the 1.0 MPI (EA 211) engine
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 03, 2014, 02:07:12 pre podne
ŠKODA’s newest 4×4 model range of all time

› ŠKODA all-wheel-drive models: Europe’s newest and broadest 4×4 range
in the compact and mid-class segment
› Modern all-wheel-drive technology for more performance and safety on all
roads
› The number of all-wheel drive ŠKODA vehicles has tripled between 2008 and
2013
› 2013: 20.6 % of all ŠKODA Octavia Combi, Yeti and Superb vehicles were sold
as 4×4
› New ŠKODA Octavia Scout shortly before market launch

Mladá Boleslav, 2 June 2014 – The current ŠKODA 4×4 model range is as strong
as never before. With state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive technology ŠKODA cars
offer more performance and safety under all circumstances. Currently, the
ŠKODA 4×4 range consitst of five 4×4 models: ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4,
ŠKODA Yeti 4×4 and ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor 4×4 as well as the ŠKODA Superb
4×4 and ŠKODA Superb Combi 4×4. This means that in the compact and midclass
segment, ŠKODA has the most modern and broadest offer of 4×4 vehicles
in Europe. At the end of August 2014, the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout, as
presented on the Geneva Motor Show, will be introduced on the markets.
The brand´s 4×4 model range will be extended to six models.

“Our all-wheel-drive model range is the stongest in company’s history,” says ŠKODA CEO
Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “With this ŠKODA proofs its 4×4 competence in the
compact and mid-class segment. Since 2008, we have tripled the number of vehicles we
have sold from our 4×4 range, and increased the proportion of ŠKODA all-wheel-drive
vehicles delivered to more than 20% in this range. The modern all-wheel-drive range is
making a significant contribution to the growth of the company,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland.

Since 1999 the Czech brand successfully competes in the all-wheel-drive segement:
Between 1999 and the end of 2013, ŠKODA delivered a total of around 386,400 all-wheeldrive
vehicles to its customers worldwide. Since 2008 the manufacturer tripled its annual
4×4 deliveries to around 60,100 cars in 2013. Between January and April 2014 alone, the
brand supplied around 24,400 ŠKODA all-wheel-drive vehicles to customers worldwide.

The Octavia is the Czech manufacturer’s best-selling 4×4 model series by far (1999 until
April 2014: 219,900 vehicles), followed by the Yeti (2009 until April 2014:
144,400 vehicles) and the Superb series (2008 until April 2014: 46,500 vehicles).

ŠKODA’s all-wheel-drive vehicles are equipped with cutting-edge Haldex-clutch. The Haldex-clutch is an electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch. With permanent all-wheel drive, it enables proportional distribution of drive between front and rear axles.

The all-wheel-drive system is smart, precise and fast. Driving conditions are constantly assessed and the control unit calculates the ideal driving torque for the rear axle. Traction losses are therefore virtually eliminated. When coasting or at low load, drive is via the front axle. This saves fuel.

The ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4: An all-wheel drive class of its own

The third Octavia generation launched in mid-2013 impresses with optimal handling. The range of engines includes two diesel engines (1.6 TDI/77 kW, 2.0 TDI/110 kW) and one petrol engine (1.8 TSI/132 kW). Fuel consumption is on average 14% below the vehicle’s predecessor’s values.

ŠKODA Superb 4×4 and ŠKODA Superb Combi 4×4: powerful flagship models

The ŠKODA Superb 4×4 and ŠKODA Superb Combi 4×4 models are shining examples of mid-range all-wheel drive vehicles. Since 2008 (Superb) and 2009 (Superb Combi), the brand’s flagship models, have been available with all-wheel drive. Around 46,500 customers have already chosen one of these two models.
In mid-2013, ŠKODA Superb and ŠKODA Superb Combi were fully updated. The Superb all-wheel-drive vehicles have therefore become even more desirable. For the ŠKODA Superb 4×4 2.0 TDI/125 kW, the much sought-after combination of all-wheel drive with automatic DSG transmission is available for the first time. All-wheel-drive is overall available for two petrol and two diesel engines.

ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor: two new design variants

Since the end of 2013, for the first time, the ŠKODA Yeti is available in two variants: the elegant ŠKODA Yeti for the city and in the variant of the ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor designed for terrain and adventure.
The all-wheel-drive Yeti 2.0 TDI/125 kW is available as a combination with automatic six-speed DSG transmission. All-wheel drive in the Yeti can be combined with a total choice of four engines: 1.8 TSI/118 kW, 2.0 TDI/81 kW, 2.0 TDI/103 kW and 2.0 TDI/125 kW.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 03, 2014, 02:09:14 pre podne
ŠKODA Xtreme at Wörthersee

› Manufacturer presents ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme and ŠKODA CitiJet
› Sporty appearance: ŠKODA Octavia RS, Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey and ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000; racing action with ‘Crazy Rally Ride’

Mladá Boleslav/Reifnitz, 2 June 2014 – Spectacular ŠKODA appearance at the 33 GTI fan meet at Wörthersee, with highlights at the ŠKODA stand including the two world premieres of the ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme and ŠKODA CitiJet. In addition to the two emotional design studies, visitors were also hepped up about the ŠKODA Octavia Estate RS, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey, as well as the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 rally car. There was also action on the race track with the ‘Crazy Rally Ride’ in mini rally cars.

The legendary tuning event was held for the 33rd time during last week’s long weekend (28 to 31 May). ŠKODA took part of the fifth time at the GTI fan meet.

The ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme was the acclaimed star of the ŠKODA stand. This model is a strong compact SUV with rally ambition and first class technology: a 1.8 TSI turbocharged petrol engine, six-speed DSG gearbox, maximum torque 250 Nm between 1500 and 4200 rpms, from 0 to 100 km/h in nine seconds, 192 km/h top speed, brakes from the Octavia RS and height-adjustable suspension. Design highlights: Colour matt-grey, 17-inch alloys, tinted windows, powerful bumpers, LED headlights, striking fenders, strong sills, and two broad exhaust pipes. In addition, the interior features the appropriate rally equipment.

Another ŠKODA eye catcher at Wörthersee was the design study ŠKODA CitiJet – a dynamically designed city convertible based on the ŠKODA Citigo. The two-seater presented to the public for the first time at this event is the result of the ‘ŠKODA Apprentice Car’ project. The ŠKODA CitiJet features a distinctive metallic finish in blue & white and sporty white/blue painted 16-inch alloy wheels, it also sports a hand-crafted rear spoiler and a powerful twin exhaust. Looking under the bonnet, you can find a 1.0 MPI petrol engine with 55 kW (75 hp). The sporty interior is based on the special edition ŠKODA Citigo SPORT. Extras on board: a special 300W sound system with blue LED interior lighting that reacts to music.

In addition, ŠKODA presented three other model highlights at this year’s Wörthersee event; one of the main attractions being the ŠKODA Octavia Combi RS – the successful estate version of the fastest series production ŠKODA Octavia of all time. The ŠKODA Octavia Combi RS 2.0 TSI/162 kW accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 6.8 seconds, with a top speed of 248 km/h. The eye catcher was as well the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey – a sporty edition of the brand’s first compact hatchback model. ŠKODA’s sporty quintet was rounded off with one of the world’s most successful rally cars, the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000.

In addition to the emotional model programme, ŠKODA offered the visitors rapid live racing action in miniature: ‘Crazy Rally Ride’. Visitors were able to put their driving skills to the test in mini rally cars around a specially designed circuit next to the ŠKODA stand.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 04, 2014, 12:56:04 posle podne
ŠKODA Popular – A literary journey through UK

› ŠKODA supports 23-day expedition of car enthusiast Zdeněk Vacek
› ŠKODA Popular Roadster travels 4000km along the route described by writer Karel Čapek in his 1924 ‘Letters from England’
› ŠKODA Popular was the first ŠKODA with a broad customer base 80 years ago

Mladá Boleslav, 4 May 2014 – ŠKODA’s first car to appeal to a broad customer base 80 years ago – the ŠKODA Popular. Now the legendary classic is to drive through the literary tracks of time across the UK with ŠKODA’s support. The automobile enthusiast Zdeněk Vacek embarks on a tour of UK cities that the Czech writer Karel Čapek described in his 1924 work ‘Letters from England’. He will be driving a ŠKODA Popular Roadster dating back to 1937.

The starting point and destination of the 4000km expedition, taking approximately three weeks, is the Czech Embassy in London. “We are delighted to be able to support this great project,” says Andrea Frýdlová, Manager of the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav. “The ŠKODA Popular is a milestone in our 119-year history. The expedition, following in the tracks of Karel Čapek, is an excellent advertisement for our brand in one of our key markets,” adds Frýdlová.

The three-week UK tour is also a special tribute to the 80th anniversary of the ŠKODA Popular. The light and inexpensive model, revolutionary at that time, was first presented to the public 80 years ago in February 1934. It was the Popular that fulfilled the long-awaited dreams of a broad range of customers to own a car. At the same time, the model founded a new successful ŠKODA generation of vehicles with a contemporary central tube frame (instead of the previous lead frame), OHV engines and more refined technology. Nearly 20,000 of these vehicles were sold between 1934 and 1946.

Karel Čapek also bought a ŠKODA Popular, specifically for his girlfriend and future wife, the actress Olga Scheinpflugová. Karel Čapek is one of the most important 20th century Czech writers. In addition to his works of prose and science fiction novels, he also wrote numerous travel reports, including the 1924 book ‘Letters from England’, in which the author describes his observations on a trip through numerous cities and regions in the country.

Zdeněk Vacek’s journey passes through selected regions of this trip. He set out from the Czech Embassy in London, stopping at Cambridge, Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, Glasgow, Bristol and Liverpool, among others. The finish is scheduled for 11 June in London. The Popular Roadster from 1937 is part of the collection of Ladislav Samohýl, a private collector from Zlín. The car played a role in the popular Czech TV crime-drama/comedy series Četnické humoresky (Policeman's Humoresques).
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 05, 2014, 13:16:52 posle podne
Six ŠKODA legends at home at the Oldtimer Bohemia Rally

› 50 years of the ŠKODA 1000 MB: Three 1000 MB versions on the starting grid
› Pre-war classics: L&K 110, ŠKODA 645, ŠKODA Superb 3000 OHV
› Fifth fun of the Oldtimer Bohemia Rally from 5 to 8 June 2014

Mladá Boleslav, 5 June 2014 – ŠKODA will be sending six classic cars from the company’s 119-year history to this year’s Oldtimer Bohemia Rally. It is with these three fantastic model variants that the manufacturer is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary ŠKODA 1000 MB. A Laurin & Klement 110 dating back to 1925, as well as two elegant touring saloons from the 1930s – the ŠKODA 645 and ŠKODA Superb 3000 OHV will also be at the starting line in Bohemia.

This really is a home race for ŠKODA: The starting & finishing line is at ŠKODA’s ancestral home of Mladá Boleslav. The manufacturer is also supporting the event as the official partner by making the ŠKODA Museum and Na Karmeli premises available to the event organisers and participants.

“The Oldtimer Bohemia Rally is a real highlight in our country’s automotive events calendar,” explains Michal Velebný, Restoration Workshop Coordinator at the ŠKODA Museum. “We are delighted to present six fantastic classics from the ŠKODA collection to the home crowd.”

Spectators can look forward to three amazing versions of the legendary ŠKODA 1000 MB. The 1000 MB will be celebrating its 50th birthday this year. As the first ŠKODA with rear wheel drive, rear engine and a unibody construction, the compact vehicle is a milestone in the 119-year history of ŠKODA. And a real bestseller: A total of around 443,000 such vehicles were produced.

The blue ŠKODA 1000 MB is reminiscent of the best-selling 1000 MB versions. This beautifully restored vehicle has been part of the ŠKODA collection since 2012. The larger apertures in the rear fenders are characteristic of the construction year 1966. An even rarer sight is the two-door ŠKODA 1100 MBX, which is also represented on the starting grid of the Bohemian Rally. ŠKODA produced a mere 1114 such vehicles between 1967 and 1969. Connoisseurs appreciate the dynamic elegance of the vehicle. The anniversary trio is completed by the ŠKODA 1000 MB Rally, a 1000 MB with motorsport modifications. The vehicle to be seen on the starting line is a series-produced model from 1967 – made road-worthy for use in long-distance races 20 years later. Among others, the racing car took part in the London-Sydney (1993) and Panama-Alaska (1997).

One of the rarest and oldest cars on the starting grid is the Laurin & Klement 110 from 1925. Between 1925 and 1929, 2985 such vehicles were built. On the route of the Bohemian Rally there will be a model from the first series, recognizable by the L&K logo. The L&K 110 has also borne the ŠKODA logo since 1926. In June 1925, L&K merged with the ŠKODA Works in Pilsen, which was the largest Czech industrial company at that time.

Two other ŠKODA models will be representing the automotive luxury of the 1930s. 758 of the ŠKODA 645 were built between 1929 and 1934. The Czech brand will be presenting a model produced in August 1930 at the Bohemian Rally. The car is powered by a 45hp six-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2492 cm³. Equally majestic is the ŠKODA Superb 3000 OHV dating back to 1939. Only 113 such vehicles left the production like before WWII. The six-cylinder engine with 3137 cm³ displacement delivers 85 hp.

The fifth Oldtimer Bohemia Rally will be taking place from 5 to 8 June. A total of 76 historic vehicles are going to take part in the uniformity drive, leading 450 km through Bohemia’s scenic landscape. The Oldtimer Bohemia Rally is the only classic car event in the Czech Republic under the banner of the international vintage car association‚ ‘Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens’, or FIVA.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 09, 2014, 13:11:43 posle podne
ŠKODA – Double-Digit Growth in May

› Best May in ŠKODA’s history: Sales grow 15.2% to 91,200 (May 2013: 79,100)
› ŠKODA grows by a quarter in Western and Central Europe
› Bestseller: Sales of new ŠKODA Octavia increase 76%
› New Octavia G-TEC and Octavia Scout continue ŠKODA model campaign

Mladá Boleslav, 9 June 2014 – The brand’s worldwide deliveries grew 15.2% in May to 91,200 vehicles (May 2013: 79,100), making this May the best in corporate history and the ninth month in a row of continuous growth. Western and Central Europe were driving force behind the growth increasing by a quarter. In China the brand achieved 10.8% more deliveries than in May last year. The new ŠKODA Octavia continued to win the hearts of customers, with an increase of 76% in Western Europe, and Chinese customers are looking forward to its imminent market launch.

“The excellent results from May continue the success seen so far in 2014,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “ŠKODA is in the middle of the most comprehensive model campaign in the history of the company. The figures show how well the new cars are being received by our customers. We are picking up the pace and will be bringing out a new or completely revised model on average every six months until 2016.”

The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC has been celebrating its sales premiere over the past few days. This car is the first Octavia to run on natural gas. The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is to be launched on the first markets in August. The brand is also expanding the successful Monte Carlo Family with three new Monte Carlo models of the ŠKODA Yeti, ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and ŠKODA Citigo. The new ŠKODA Octavia is soon going to be launched on the Chinese market.

ŠKODA demonstrated its full strength this May in Western Europe. Deliveries to customers rose 25.2% to 37,900 vehicles (Mai 2013: 30,300) – at the same time, the brand’s market share in this region increased 20.4% to 3.57%. ŠKODA grew in almost all Western European markets. In Germany ŠKODA’s sales increased 26.7% to 13,800 units. ŠKODA has once again confirmed the brand’s number one position among import brands in its strongest European market. In the UK, the manufacturer achieved a sales increase of 28.5% to 6,800 vehicles sold in May alone.

ŠKODA also recorded double-digit growth in France (1,800 vehicles; up 21.1%), Spain (1,800 vehicles; up 39%), Switzerland (1,600 vehicles, up 33%), Belgium (1,700 vehicles; up 22.2 %), the Netherlands (1,500 vehicles, up 51.9%), Denmark (1,500 vehicles, up 14.7%), Italy (1,300 vehicles; up 12.7%), Finland (1,000 vehicles, up 28.4%), Norway (700 vehicles; up 69.2%), Portugal (300 vehicles; up 49.7%) and Greece (300 vehicles; up 48.5%).

In May in Eastern Europe, ŠKODA sold 10,400 vehicles after 10,900 deliveries in Mai 2013. In Russia the brand sold 7,600 vehicles (Mai 2013: 7,600). However, the manufacturer did achieve double-digit growth in the markets of Romania (700 vehicles; up 38.8%), Serbia (500 vehicles; up 62.3%) and in the Baltic States (500 vehicles; up 35.1%).

ŠKODA grew by a quarter in May in Central Europe, where deliveries to customers increased by 25.3% to 13,200 vehicles (May 2013: 10,600). In Czech Republic, ŠKODA grew by 13.3% to 5,800 vehicles delivered (May 2013: 5,100). In Croatia, the brand almost recorded a six-fold increase in sales to 700 vehicles. In Poland, ŠKODA achieved an increase of 30.6% to 4,000 deliveries (May 2013: 3,100). The manufacturer also saw double-digit increases in Hungary (800 vehicles; up 41.9%) and Slovenia (500 vehicles; up 50.5%).

China was once again ŠKODA’s strongest individual market. 23,200 deliveries to customers represents growth of 10.8% over May 2013 (21,000). This May, ŠKODA sold 900 vehicles in India (Mai 2013: 1,800).

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in May 2014 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in % over May 2013):

ŠKODA Octavia (32,800; +12.0%)
ŠKODA Fabia (14,700; -22.4%)
ŠKODA Superb (8,200; -5.2%)
ŠKODA Yeti (9,700; +26.4%)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,500; -20.3%)
ŠKODA Rapid (19,500; +158.8%)
ŠKODA Citigo (sold only in Europe: 3.900; -3.3%)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 18, 2014, 10:12:56 pre podne
ŠKODA’s New 2014 Bicycle Range – broadest and best collection ever

› ŠKODA expands range to 14 bicycles; three new mountain bikes now available
› Broad range: seven mountain bikes, two racing bikes, three junior bikes, one trekking bike and an electric bike
› Tradition: ŠKODA success story began with bicycle construction in 1895

Mladá Boleslav, 18 June 2014 – ŠKODA’s model campaign continues through the expansion of the brand’s range of bicycles –ŠKODA’s 2014 bicycle range now has three new additions. The selection ranges from junior bikes, mountain bikes and trekking bikes to an electric bike. The new additions to this year’s collection include two 27.5-inch mountain bikes and the ‘Lady’ mountain bike, especially designed for women.
“ŠKODA has a long-standing tradition in two-wheel mobility,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “The history of the company began 119 years ago with the construction of the first bicycles. Our latest bike collection is the most extensive that ŠKODA has ever offered.” The current range combines the most advanced bicycle technology with the slickest designs.

Two high-tech racing bikes form the pinnacle of ŠKODA’s new bicycle range. The top model, the ‘ŠKODA Road Elite’ weighs in at only 7.9 kg. The frame and forks are made of carbon, incorporating Shimano Ultegra components. The racing bike ‘ŠKODA Road’ with an aluminium frame, carbon forks and components from the Shimano-105 line is also extremely light, coming in at 8.5 kg.

The Czech brand’s range of mountain bikes has grown from three to seven models. The top model is still the 11.7kg, lightweight ‘ŠKODA MTB 29 Elite’ model with a carbon frame and Shimano XT & SLX components. The ‘ŠKODA MTB 27 Elite’ is a brand new addition to the range, weighing in at only 10.5 kg, and also featuring a carbon frame with Shimano elements. The ‘ŠKODA MTB 29+’ stands out with its aluminium frame and weighs in at 13.2 kg. Using the same technology, but featuring 27-inch wheels, the 11.4 kg ‘ŠKODA MTB 27+’ is now available for the first time.

For cyclists who are not looking to ride over rough terrain, but still love the look and feel of a cutting-edge mountain bike, there are the ‘ŠKODA MTB 29’ and ‘ŠKODA MTB 27’ models. The wheels feature aluminium frames, front fork suspension, Shimano Acera, Alivio and Deore components and a 27 gears. This is also the first season ŠKODA has brought out a mountain bike specifically designed for women – the ‘ŠKODA MTB Lady’. Its fantastic design and custom frame shape really set this bike apart. The technology and other features are identical to the ‘ŠKODA MTB 27’.

After its premiere last year, the electric bike ‘Green E Line’ is also part of this season’s ŠKODA collection. The 21.7 kg lightweight model is constructed as a ‘Pedelec’ (pedal electric cycle). With this type of E-Bike, the motor is engaged, providing peddling assistance when you step on the pedal. Depending on the setting, the motor will add an additional 35, 75, 150 or 300 percent to the force you exert on the pedal. For licencing and insurance purposes, the motor will support a maximum speed of 25 km/h.
The brand’s BionX E-Motor, integrated into the rear wheel hub provides 250 W, with a range of up to 105 km. The battery will last up to four hours – the powertrain is equipped with recuperation technology, saving the energy expended when breaking or rolling and transferring it back to the motor. The battery mounted into the frame weighs a mere 2.6 kg. In just a few simple steps, the E-Bike can be converted into a normal trekking bike by exchanging the rear wheel. The battery is easily removed.

The trekking bike ‘ŠKODA Cross’ is a versatile crossover model. With its fresh design, solid technology and weighing in at 13.5kg, the model is at home both on roads and forest trails alike. The new bicycle collection is rounded off with three fantastic kids’ and junior bikes. The junior range consists of the ‘ŠKODA Racing 24’ and the ‘ŠKODA Racing 20’ with smaller frame sizes and wheels of 24-inch and 20-inch respectively. For the youngest cyclists, there is also the children’s bike ‘ŠKODA Kid’.
In addition to the wide selection of bicycles, the new ŠKODA collection offers a broad range of cycling gear for adults and children, including jerseys, shorts, gloves and helmets, as well as other handy cycling accessories, such as water bottles and sunglasses.

This current range reconfirms the brand’s close relationship to cycling: ŠKODA’s success story began 119 years ago with the construction of bicycles at the company headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. The bicycle mechanic Václav Laurin and bookshop keeper Václav Klement founded a factory for the production of bicycles under the name Laurin & Klement (L&K). The first bikes bore the name ‘Slavia’. Motorbikes were manufactured from 1899, and in 1905, the first automobile left the factory – the ‘Voiturette A’. L&K merged with ŠKODA in 1925. The brand’s ‘Superior’ models serve as the basis for the current ŠKODA bicycle range.
The company’s strong attachment with cycling can been seen today through the broad and diverse sponsorship of renowned cycling races. An excellent example of this is through sponsoring the world’s most famous cycling event – the Tour de France, which ŠKODA has supported for the past 10 years. The Czech manufacturer has been the Tour de France official partner, official vehicle partner and white-jersey sponsor since 2004. In early March, ŠKODA extended their commitment to the Tour de France for another five years to 2018. This renewal of the sponsorship deal also includes supporting the Tour of Spain (‘La Vuelta’) and eight other international races.

Alongside major professional races, ŠKODA also makes a significant contribution to the world of cycling. This is the sixth year that ŠKODA will be supporting the world’s largest mountain bike series ‘Bike for Life’ (in Czech, Kolo pro život) as the main sponsor. The mountain bike series, which takes place annually in the Czech home market, attracts both professional and amateur cyclists alike, and has a turnout of many thousands of people every year. In Germany, the brand supports the eponymous ŠKODA Velodrom in Cologne, the ŠKODA Velotour in Frankfurt, the ŠKODA Velorace Dresden, as well as being the vehicle partner of the Garmin Velothon Berlin, the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg and the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro. ŠKODA is also an official partner of ‘Ride London’ in the UK.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 25, 2014, 13:12:10 posle podne
June in Goodwood, southern England – unique event for the international and British automotive scene

› ŠKODA UK 4th time partner of the legendary automobile and motorsport event
› Emotional: ŠKODA design concepts – Yeti Xtreme and VisionC; ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo
› Full throttle: ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 and Octavia vRS Bonneville Special
› Spectacular: ŠKODA racing action on two wheels, interactive presentation of the brand’s commitment to cycling

Mladá Boleslav/Goodwood, 25 June 2014 – ŠKODA will once again be showing its sporty racing side at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (26 to 29 June 2014). The brand will be presenting the racy design concepts, the ŠKODA Yeti XTreme and ŠKODA VisionC, alongside the ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo as emotional product highlights. The rally cars ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 and the record-breaking ŠKODA Octavia vRS Bonneville Special will also make an appearance on the racetrack. Racing bike fans can also look forward to a dynamic two-wheel racing experience.
​The 21st run of the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed will be taking place this year between 26 and 29 June. ŠKODA UK has been a partner of the festival for four years. Around 200,000 visitors each year flock to the world’s largest event for historic motorsport attracts in Goodwood, southern England.  Historic and modern vehicles of all categories are presented on the 1.7km in-house racetrack and a special rally course.  At the same automotive innovations and exciting highlights at Goodwood can be seen on the castle grounds of the Earl of March.

“ŠKODA has been one of the big names in international motorsport for the past 113 years,” says ŠKODA Head of Sales, Werner Eichhorn. “The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an absolute highlight in the annual motor racing calendar. Through working with ŠKODA UK, we have the opportunity of presenting our expertise in technology and motorsports in a particularly dynamic and emotional environment.” 

At the ŠKODA pavilion, visitors can look forward to two special UK premieres from Mladá Boleslav. The brand has transformed their popular compact SUV into the ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme – a solid and sporty concept rally design. The vehicle was first shown a few weeks ago at the GTI-Meet at Wörthersee. Design highlights of the Yeti Xtreme: 17-inch alloy wheels, large off-road tyres, tinted windows, powerful bumpers, LED headlights, striking fenders, strong sills, and two wide exhaust pipes. The interior also features suitable rallying equipment with four Recaro sports seats, a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles, carbon panels and an aluminium vehicle floor. Also on board you will find a belt cutter and fire extinguishers, and on the dashboard, there is even an iPad holder.

The spectacular ŠKODA VisionC design concept conveys pure emotion. The fantastically designed car was one of the stars at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and is now a guest in the UK for the first time. The dynamic and elegant, five-door coupé concept boasts expressive designs, minimalist lines and perfect proportions. The vehicle heralds the next evolutionary step in ŠKODA’s design language and also shows the possibilities in innovative body concepts. In addition, the VisionC underlines the brand's values, in terms of functionality and ecology: With a spacious interior, an innovative natural gas engine and excellent aerodynamics.

The third vehicle the Czech manufacturer will be presenting off the racetrack is the ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo. The derivative drives up on black 15-inch alloy wheels. With the sports suspension lowered by 15 millimetres, the car is slightly lower on the ground than the standard Citigo. There are tinted windows, a black front and rear spoiler, a black diffuser and grille and black door mirror housings. The car even features a sporty interior, including a 3-spoke sports steering wheel, black roof liner, black interior trim, and Monte Carlo seat covers.

ŠKODA will also be showing its sporty and emotional potential at the Goodwood racetrack. The most successful ŠKODA rally car of all time will be on the starting line of the ‘Forest Rally Stage’, the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. This car is one of the world's most successful rally cars of the Super 2000 class. In 2013 alone, the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 won three continental rally championships in Europe, Asia and South America. In 2014, ŠKODA will be taking part in selected races of the European Rally Championship (ERC) and the Asia-Pacific Championship (APRC) with the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. The ‘Forest Rally Stage’ runs 2.5km over a gravel forest road.

The Octavia vRS Bonneville Special – ŠKODA’s record-breaking Octavia – will be showing off its power. This model is the world’s fastest car with a 2-litre turbocharged engine. At 365 km/h or 227 MPH, the Octavia vRS Bonneville Special set the new high speed record in August 2011 at the U.S. Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Alongside the sporty model highlights, ŠKODA will be offering visitors fantastic racing action on two wheels. The brand will be presenting their great tradition in cycling and their numerous activities in the international world of cycling at the ŠKODA pavilion. It will not be something just to look at; visitors will also have the chance to ride around a specially designed track at Goodwood on bicycles from the current ŠKODA bike range as part of the ‘Ride the ŠKODA Summit’ event.  It was with the production of bicycles that the founding fathers Laurin und Klement first laid the foundations for the success of the ŠKODA brand in 1895.  The company’s strong connection to the world of cycling can be seen in their wide and varied sponsorship of renowned cycling races, including the Tour de France. ŠKODA also remains committed to supporting amateur cycling events.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jun 26, 2014, 14:19:37 posle podne
ŠKODA Joins the Open Automotive Alliance

› ŠKODA becomes a member of the global alliance of technology and automotive companies
› Aim: Integrating Android mobile devices into ŠKODA cars

Mladá Boleslav, 26 June 2014 - ŠKODA joins the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA). The OAA was founded in early 2014 by companies in the technology and automotive industries, with the aim of securely and reliably integrating Android devices in cars.

Android is a very popular operating system used in smartphones, netbooks and tablets across the globe.
“Connectivity has become a crucial part of our everyday lives, and is playing an increasingly important role even in cars,” explains Dr. Frank Welsch, Head of Technical Development at ŠKODA. “Our customers truly appreciate how flexible and practical our vehicles are. Through seamlessly integrating mobile applications into the car, our valued customers will benefit from enhanced connectivity, safety, and functionality – now that is ‘Simply Clever’.”

Given the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, the ability to link such devices in cars is increasingly in demand – ‘smartphones on four wheels’. For the Czech manufacturer, joining the Open Automotive Alliance is an important step in establishing an appropriately attractive offer. “The partnership with the Open Automotive Alliance will enable us to offer new technologies and fantastic Internet applications based on the Android operating system in our vehicles. This is how we are going to advance the topics of connectivity and automotive networking for the customer,” says Dr. Frank Welsch.

The Open Automotive Alliance was launched in January 2014. The founding members were the Internet giant Google, and, among others, the automobile companies Audi, General Motors, Honda and the microchip manufacturer Nvidia. Based on Android, the common platform will makmake using modern technologies and Internet services safer and more intuitive in the car.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 21, 2014, 10:14:45 pre podne
ŠKODA 11th time sponsor of Tour de France
7/2/2014

ŠKODA supporting the tour as official partner since 2004. Core of Le Tour sponsorship: 250 ŠKODA shuttle vehicles. 'Red Car' ŠKODA Superb leads tour entourage. WeLoveCycling.com with news and information from the world of cycling.
This year will be ŠKODA AUTO’s eleventh year of being the official partner and official vehicle partner of the Tour de France. The core of ŠKODA’s activities at the most famous cycling event in the world consists of providing a vehicle fleet of around 250 ŠKODAs. A red ŠKODA Superb will be leading the way, serving as the ‘mobile control centre’ for Tour Director. This year's Tour de France takes place from 5 to 27 July.

“ŠKODA’s involvement in the Tour de France over the past eleven years has been the crowning glory of our company’s diverse cycling sponsorship,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Our strong presence at the most famous cycling race in the world strengthens the image and long term reputation of the brand. Supporting Le Tour and cycling is more than a classic sponsorship deal – it is an affair of the heart for the whole enterprise. It was, after all, with bicycle production that our founding fathers Laurin und Klement first established our company.”

The 2014 Tour de France starts on 5 July in Leeds – the first three stages this year riding through England.  After a total of 21 stages, the riders will reach the finishing line on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on July 27. As in previous years, ŠKODA is the partner of the ‘White Jersey’ for the best cyclist under 25. 

The Czech manufacturer extended their sponsorship of Le Tour another five years to 2018. The agreement also includes sponsoring the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta) and other international cycling races.

The core of the Tour de France sponsorship this year will again be the strong ŠKODA fleet of vehicles. Around 250 cars - especially the ŠKODA Octavia Estate and ŠKODA Superb – will be used as support vehicles around clock. The shuttle fleet has played a very important role in ŠKODA’s involvement since the very beginning. Year on year, the vehicles drive around 2.8 million kilometres during their service in Le Tour. Since 2004, the ŠKODA shuttle fleet has covered almost 28 million kilometres – without breaking down once.

The ‘Red Car’ – the red ŠKODA Superb leading the cyclists – is widely visible to all the fans.  Throughout Le Tour, the vehicle will be serving as a kind of mobile control centre. It is from here that Le Tour director will be giving the green light to start the race every morning, where he organizes the traffic movements around the peloton and communicates with the marshals. The vehicle has been fitted with extensive technical equipment for this purpose, including four radio channels, over which information is received and orders given.

In addition, the ‘Red Car’ is the only vehicle that can cross the finish line in each stage with the riders. The Superb has been painted ‘Corrida-Red’ for its use at the event.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme will be sitting in the back. “I love my Superb. It’s a fantastic car. I’m 1.90 metres tall, just like my driver. However, I can sit very comfortably in the back and even sit with my legs crossed. I’m especially looking forward to travelling under the huge panoramic roof.” For its use as the ‘Red Car’, the Superb has been specially fitted with a panoramic glass roof, which opens from the rear to the front at the touch of a button, allowing Prudhomme to stand up in the back.

ŠKODA will be backing the Tour de France sponsorship with a broad communications campaign. ŠKODA has developed a completely new site especially for the event:WeLoveCycling.com. The site features a host of exciting features, including live reports, films and snippets of information on the wider world of cycling. Cycling fans can also take part in competitions on the site, and even win a day in the peloton of the Tour de France. The brand will also be attracting a lot of attention on social media,facebook.com/skoda-cycling.  You can also find more information at www.skoda-radsport.de.

The Tour de France is one of the world's biggest sporting events. Only the football World Cup and the Olympic Games receive more attention. In 2013 12 million cycling fans cheered along the route, with a further 3.5 billion people from around the globe tuning in at home.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 21, 2014, 10:16:09 pre podne
Dream cars on enchanting roads: ŠKODA Trio at the Silvretta Classic
7/2/2014

Vintage car rally premiere for ŠKODA 440 'Spartak' made in 1957. Roadster ŠKODA Felicia from 1961 and ŠKODA 1101 Tudor from 1948. 17th Silvretta Classic running from 3 to 6 July 2014 in Montafon, Austria.
ŠKODA will be sending a strong trio along the enchanting roads of this year’s Silvretta Classic. A newly restored 440 ‘Spartak’ from 1957 will be on the starting line, alongside a ŠKODA Felicia from 1961 and a ŠKODA 1101 Tudor built in 1948. This year will mark the 17th occasion of the Silvretta Classic, taking place in Montafron, Austria.

Traditionally, the Silvretta Classic is one of ŠKODA’s fixed dates in the annual calendar of vintage car events. Three fascinating automobile legends from Mladá Boleslav will be taking the breathtakingly beautiful route around the Silvretta Pass this weekend. “We will be sending some real highlights from our collection to Montafon, and they are sure to delight the both spectators and participants alike,” says Michal Velebný, coordinator of the ŠKODA museum’s restoration workshop.

An absolute treat for all fans of historic vehicles is the ŠKODA 440 'Spartak' dating back to 1957. The striking rally car has been completely restored by ŠKODA over the last few years and is now being presented to the public for the first time at a classic car rally. The sporty Spartak has been faithfully reconstructed based on its legendary rally appearances in the mid-1950s. Under the bonnet there is a 40-hp four-cylinder engine with 1089 cm3 displacement. The vehicle can reach a top speed of 110 km/h.

The turquoise-green roadster ŠKODA Felicia dating back to 1961 is an inspiring representative of the 1960s. With its elegant shape and distinctive tail, the Felicia convertible is one of the most beautiful open vehicles of its time and is now extremely popular among collectors. The model taking part in the Silvretta is a vehicle from the historic corporate collection in Mladá Boleslav. The Felicia was manufactured between 1959 and 1964 and around 15,000 rolled off the production line. In addition to the softtop, a hardtop version was also available. The car features a four-cylinder engine with 50 hp and 1089 cm3 displacement, reaching speeds of up to 130 km/h.

The oldest ŠKODA car in Montafon will be the ŠKODA 1101 Roadster, better known as the ‘Tudor’ dating back to 1948. In its time, the vehicle was considered a real luxury and after 1948 was in the service of the Czech government. It was taken into the ŠKODA collection in 1969. The Tudor is an important ŠKODA representative of the automotive era after the Second World War. The four-cylinder engine delivers 32 hp and has a displacement of 1089 cm3.

The Silvretta Classic in the Austrian Montafon Alpine valley is one of the longest-established vintage car rallies in Europe and will be taking place for the 17th time in 2014. The 530km rally follows a route through the most beautiful streets in Voralberg, and the Silvretta Alps up to the 2032m peak of the Bielerhöhe Pass. Precision is the key element here for each of the participants, who are only too aware that during the special stage, everything could boil down to a hundredth of a second.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 21, 2014, 10:17:44 pre podne
More than half a million vehicles delivered in first half of 2014
7/9/2014

First half of 2014: 522,500 deliveries; up 12.5 %. Best June in ŠKODA’s history: 94,500 deliveries; up 8.1 %. ŠKODA Octavia sales increase 47.4 % in Western Europe in the first half. ŠKODA model campaign continues to pick up the pace.
Between January and June, the Czech carmaker delivered 522,500 cars, making this first half of the year ever to have delivered more than half a million vehicles (first half of 2013: 464,600; up 12.5 %). In June ŠKODA achieved a new sales month record, delivering 94,500 vehicles to customers worldwide (June 2013: 87,400). The new ŠKODA Octavia continues to appeal to new consumer groups with deliveries increasing 47.4 % in Western Europe in the first half.

“ŠKODA was stronger than ever before in this first half of the year,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “For the first time, we have sold more than half a million vehicles in a first half and that has been the result of a fantastic model range and an excellent performance across the team. This great result from the first six months makes us very optimistic for the second half of the year.”

ŠKODA’s model campaign continues. The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC – the first Octavia to run on natural gas – made its debut a few weeks ago. Now the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is in the starting blocks, with the launch taking place in August. The brand will be presenting the new ŠKODA Fabia for the first time in autumn.

ŠKODA grew in all Western European individual markets during the first half of 2014, achieving outstanding sales results throughout the region. In June, the brand delivered 39,100 vehicles, an increase of 9.4% (June 2013: 35,700). In the first half of the year ŠKODA increased sales by 17% in Western Europe to 217,900 (January to June 2013: 186,200). In Germany, the manufacturer grew by 4.9 %, and in the first half of the year by 12.2%, strengthening their position as the strongest import brand in the country.  In the UK, ŠKODA sales increased 13.1 % in June and 24.7 % in the first half to 40,900 vehicles.

Alongside the excellent results in Germany and the UK, the brand also recorded double digit growth in the first half in several other markets: in France (10,800 vehicles, up 11.3%), Spain (9,800 vehicles, up 39.0%), Switzerland (9,100 vehicles, up 10.9%), the Netherlands (8,500 vehicles, up 68.9%), Italy (7,800 vehicles, up 13.4%), Sweden (6,600 vehicles, up 10.1%), Finland (5,600 vehicles, up 34.2%), Ireland (4,400 vehicles, up 24.1%), Norway (3,600 vehicles, up 25.8%) and Portugal (1,400 vehicles, up 43.7%).

In Eastern Europe, including Russia, ŠKODA in June delivered 11,100 vehicles (June 2013: 12,500; down 10.9 %). ŠKODA’s sales in the first half of the year were roughly on the same level as last year with 58,700 units sold (January to June 2013: 59,100). The market share in Eastern Europe rose to almost 4.8% at the end of June. In Russia the manufacturer recorded 7,900 deliveries in June (June 2013: 9,100) and 42,000 deliveries in the first six months (first half of 2013: 42,800). ŠKODA recorded significant growth in the first half of the year in the markets of Romania (3,300 vehicles, up 29%) and Serbia (2,800 vehicles, up 53.9%) and in the Baltic States (2,600 vehicles, up 34.5%).

ŠKODA is doing very well in Central Europe, where, in the first half of the year, one out of every five new cars sold was a ŠKODA. In June, deliveries increased by 15.6% to 13,300 units (June 2013: 11,500). In the first six months, the brand grew by 27.6% to 78,600 vehicles (first half of 2013: 61,600). In their home market, the Czech Republic, ŠKODA achieved, an increase of 22.9% to 34,800 deliveries in the first half of the year. ŠKODA is on top form in Poland, where the brand recorded a sales increase of 36 % to 26,200 vehicles in the first six months (first half of 2013: 19,300). The brand more than tripled sales in Croatia with 2,500 vehicles sold. In Slovenia, ŠKODA recorded an increase of 40.9 % to 2,600 vehicles.

ŠKODA’s strongest individual market is China. In June ŠKODA achieved sales of 23,600, an increase of 11.3 % over June 2013 (21,200). In the first half of the year, the brand’s sales in China increased 8.7 % to 130,700 units (January to June 2013: 120,200).

ŠKODA even grew in other markets outside of Europe, including Israel (8,200 vehicles; up 11.3 %), Algeria (6,200 vehicles; up 16.6 %), Turkey (5,500 vehicles; up 1.6 %), Egypt (2,600 vehicles; up 26.5 %) and Australia (1,800 vehicles; up 2.8 %). ŠKODA sold almost 1000 vehicles in India in June (June 2013: 1900) and 7,700 vehicles in the first half of the year.

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in June 2014
(in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent over June 2013):
ŠKODA Octavia (34,300; +3.4 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (14,900; -24.3 %)
ŠKODA Superb (8,100; -1.2 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (9,800; +14.2 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,500; -32.7 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (21,000; +124.2 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 4,000; -15.9 %)

ŠKODA deliveries to customers in the first half of 2014
(in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent over the same period last year):
ŠKODA Octavia (194,800; +7.5 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (87,900; -20.2 %)
ŠKODA Superb (46,400; -9.0 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (52,900; +26.5 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (15,500; -10.2 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (102,400; +166.7 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 22,700; -9.0 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 21, 2014, 10:20:26 pre podne
The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout: Press Kit

› With a powerful off-road look in the new ŠKODA design language
› Impressive rough-road capability, steep-slope performance and high traction capacity
› Ultramodern all-wheel-drive technology based on innovative Haldex-5 clutch
› Three more powerful engines and up to 20 percent more environmentally friendly; a premiere for the 2.0 TDI/135 kW with DSG and 4×4 all-wheel drive
› A ‘bit more car’: lots of space, ‘Simply Clever’ features, maximum safety
› ŠKODA’s successful ‘adventure’ models: Octavia Scout, Fabia Scout, Fabia Combi Scout, Roomster Scout, Yeti Outdoor and Superb with the Outdoor package

Hamburg/Mladá Boleslav, July 2014 – The new ŠKODA Octavia joins the scouts. The unique all-rounder impresses with its outstanding driving performance even on rough roads, its powerful all-wheel drive and robust off-road look. At the same time, emission and consumption levels have been reduced by up to 20 percent compared to the previous model. In addition, this crossover vehicle is extremely spacious, highly practical, has up-to-date safety and comfort systems and represents excellent value-for-money.

​“As an exceptionally versatile cross-over estate, the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout demonstrates the strengths of the ŠKODA brand,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “A true Scout has to earn that name at ŠKODA. The Octavia Scout has a rugged character with outstanding all-wheel and steep-slope performance, traction capacity and ground clearance. The car meets the highest technical, aesthetic and lifestyle standards. More and more customers ask for cars with individual appeal and the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is the answer,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland.

The new Octavia Scout is available exclusively based on the Octavia estate variant. Its market launch will be in August 2014. The Octavia Scout has been a fixed feature in ŠKODA’s model range since 2007. With its second generation Scout, the Czech manufacturer intends to build further on the successes of these versatile vehicles. Between 2007 and the end of 2013, ŠKODA sold around 53,600 Octavia Scouts worldwide. This represents almost 8 percent of all Octavia estates supplied during that period.

With the new Octavia Scout, ŠKODA once again displays its great expertise in equipping vehicles for off-road capability. With the models Octavia Scout, Fabia Scout, Fabia Combi Scout, Roomster Scout, Yeti Outdoor and Superb with the Outdoor package, the Czech car manufacturer currently offers six models with special off-road styling.

Powerful personality

The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is a vehicle with a style all of its own – self-assured and distinctive. “The Octavia Scout has character: its striking looks and all-wheel-drive technology are in perfect harmony,” says ŠKODA Head Designer Jozef Kabaň.

The front has a distinctive, Scout-specific bumper with black plastic moulding. The lower front panel has a silver off-road attachment. The fog lights with their sharp, distinctive shape are an exclusive Scout design. The radiator grille bears the Scout badge.

Black plastic door sill and wheel arch mouldings run down both sides of the vehicle and are a distinctive feature of its side view. There are also protective side strips in black plastic, and aluminium-design exterior mirror housings. Aluminium-effect roof railings are available as an option.

The ground clearance of the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout has been raised to 171 mm and is now 31 mm higher than the standard Octavia. The rough-road package with additional underbody protection is a standard feature. 17-inch alloy wheels with 220/50 R17 tyres are also fitted as standard.

The rear of the ŠKODA Octavia Scout is precision-designed with clean, uncluttered lines. Two reflectors are integrated into the right and left of the bumper (cat’s eyes). The lower black-clad bumper components include a silver-coloured off-road attachment in the middle.

The interior has been specially designed for the Scout. The door sills bear the Scout lettering and the trims are in a unique Scout design. The 3-spoke steering wheel and the gear knob also bear the Scout emblem. The dashboard is available in either the classic black or black/brown combination. The seats are available in either brown fabric or in leather/Alcantara combination (brown or black).

The Octavia Scout is as spacious as the Octavia Combi. The passenger compartment is one of the largest in its class, with optimised interior length (1,782 millimetres), rear legroom (73 millimetres) and headroom at front and rear (983 and 995 millimetres). The boot has a 610 litre capacity, and, with the rear seats down, its capacity increases to 1,740 litres. With the front passenger seat folded down, items up to 2.92 meters in length can also be accommodated.

The Scout also has a series of ‘Simply Clever’ features such as the double-sided floor cover in the boot, the folding cargo fasteners, the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap, the high-visibility vest holder under the driver’s seat, waste compartment in the side door and an array of storage compartments.

The ŠKODA Octavia Scout is available in the entire Octavia exterior colour range: four standard colours (including the new colour Laser White) and nine metallic colours.

Outstanding drive capabilities with state-of-the-art Haldex-5 all-wheel-drive technology

The Octavia Scout is available exclusively with all-wheel drive. Optimum drive capabilities and traction are guaranteed by modern all-wheel-drive technology based on the Haldex-5 clutch. The distribution of power to all four wheels changes depending on the conditions. Ideal driving torque for the rear axle is constantly being calculated. Compared with the Haldex-4 clutch previously used in the Octavia Scout, the new technology is 1.4 kg lighter.

The ŠKODA Octavia Scout is a real workhorse and can tow up to two tonnes, 25 % more than before. It also has excellent steep-slope capability. With greater angles of incline from 16.7 degrees at the front and 13.8 degrees at the back, the Czech scout can also master steeper, more demanding terrain without difficulty. Electronic differential lock (EDL) supports stable start-up characteristics at low speeds in the Octavia Scout.

The new Octavia Scout features a two-stage Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC). The system can be adjusted to suit certain driving conditions at the touch of a button.

Three engines; premiere for the 2.0 TDI/135 kW with DSG and all-wheel drive

The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout has three engines to choose from: two diesel and one petrol. The engines are both more powerful and more economical than those used in the previous model. Yet they are still up to 29 kg lighter. All engines feature improved all-wheel-drive technology and the use of efficient Green tec packages with automatic stop-start mechanism and brake energy recovery as standard. All three engines meet standard EU 6 which comes into force in September 2014.

The most powerful diesel engine is the 2.0 TDI/135 kW (184 PS) with an attractive combination of an automatic six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) and all-wheel drive. This is the first time that the engine has been used in this configuration in a ŠKODA. The combined fuel consumption is only 5.1 litres/100 km with CO2 emissions of 134 g/km.

The 2.0 TDI/110 kW (150 PS) is available exclusively with a manual six-speed gearbox. The engine manages 5.1 litres/100 km with a CO2 emission value of 129 g/km.

The Octavia Scout is available as a petrol engine with the 1.8 TSI/132 kW (180 PS) with automatic six-speed DSG. Combined consumption is 6.9 litres/100 km with CO2 emissions of 158 g/km.
 
Excellent safety and comfort

The safety technology of the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout sets the highest standards. Up to nine airbags and state-of-the-art 3-point seatbelts protect the occupants in the event of an accident. Furthermore, a wealth of new safety features are available as optional extras: Front Assistant with emergency braking function, Lane Assistant, multi-collision brake with automatic braking in the event of an accident, Crew Protect Assistant for vehicle safety in crash situations and Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue recognition).

Thanks to its modern chassis with optimised axles, the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout impresses with excellent vehicle handling in almost every situation. It has an optimised multi-link rear axle. The MacPherson strut at the front with low-mounted triangular wishbones has shed around 2.8 kg compared to the previous model.

In addition, a range of electronic comfort systems are available for the new Octavia Scout: Adaptive Cruise Assistant (automatic distance control), Intelligent Light Assistant, Automatic Parking Assistant and Traveller Assistant with traffic sign recognition. Another optional feature for the new Octavia Scout is KESSY (Keyless Entry Start and Exit System). The vehicle can, in addition, be supplied with Optical Parking Assistant (rear-view camera) and a 3-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel in Scout design. The Swing radio now has a 5" colour touch display.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 21, 2014, 10:23:28 pre podne
Red Dot Award - ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback making designers’ hearts race
7/10/2014

ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback: Innovative compact car wins the Red Dot Award for high quality product design. ŠKODA Octavia RS awarded ‘Honourable Mention’. ŠKODA extremely pleased to have won seventh Red Dot Award.
The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback has been awarded the globally coveted Red Dot for outstanding product design. A high profile expert jury awards this prize annually as part of the Red Dot Design Awards, one of the most internationally renowned design awards. The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi RS also won over the judges with its design, receiving an ‘Honourable Mention’. To date, seven of ŠKODA’s model series have won a Red Dot Award.

Impressive proportions, clean, contoured surfaces, and sharply drawn lines characterize the exterior of the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback. ŠKODA’s new design language is reflected in this car with its clean, expressive and fresh shape.  The Rapid Spaceback pays testament to over a hundred years of sophisticated ŠKODA design. It is with these strong genes that ŠKODA’s chief designer, Jozef Kaban and his team are now setting new trends in the design of modern cars.

After being exceptionally well received on the consumer market, the manufacturer’s modern design philosophy has now won over the panel of judges for the prestigious Red Dot design awards. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback, the Czech carmaker’s compact five-door model prevailed against tough competition and received the ‘Red Dot’ for outstanding design quality.

The 2014 Red Dot Design Awards involved 40 international design experts scrutinizing the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and all the other models.  In addition to criteria such as innovation, functionality, ergonomics and durability, they also assessed environmental compatibility and clarity of function. A total of 1816 manufacturers, designers and architects from 53 countries submitted 4815 designs.

With its victory in the 2014 Red Dot Design Awards, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback builds on the success of the Rapid hatchback version, which won the coveted design prize a year ago. This result proves that the harmonious and balanced appearance of the compact car series has won over experts and consumers alike.

We are delighted that our work and the distinctive look of the ŠKODA models have been so well received. The ‘Red Dot’ confirms that we are on the right path in the development of ŠKODA’s design language,” says ŠKODA chief designer Jozef Kabaň. “The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback proves that sophisticated design is important and should be taken seriously even in the compact class.”

In addition to the new Rapid Spaceback, the Red Dot judges also awarded the new ŠKODA Octavia RS. The timelessly elegant, creatively designed sports model received an ‘Honourable Mention’ for particularly successful design solutions. The ŠKODA Octavia saloon also won this award last year.

Not only a great exterior but also an interesting interior

The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback combines aesthetic designs with many practical features. This ranges from the extensive safety equipment, economical engines and excellent value for money to the spacious interior. Despite the Rapid Spaceback’s compact construction, the car opens up a variety of uses.  In addition to generous legroom – even in the back – the boot has a capacity of between 415 and 1380 litres, making the modern five-door car one of the best in its class.

This is the seventh time that ŠKODA has received the ‘Red Dot’ award for design. The successful Octavia Combi was the first of the Czech carmaker’s models to be adorned with the coveted seal of quality in 2006.  A year later, the design experts singled the versatile ŠKODA Roomster out, before the ŠKODA Fabia won the ‘Red Dot’ in 2008. In 2010 the Mladá Boleslav-based carmaker was delighted to achieve a double success with the ŠKODA Yeti and the Superb Combi.  Last year, the ŠKODA Rapid was the first model to be awarded for the new design language of the traditional company.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 21, 2014, 10:25:39 pre podne
The new ŠKODA Fabia – new, modern design for a young car
7/17/2014

New design: the new ŠKODA Fabia takes on design elements from the ŠKODA VisionC show car – expressive, modern and dynamic. Well balanced: added width and flatter body create harmonious proportions. Individuality: new, fresh interior design concepts.
Modern, dynamic and emotional; the new ŠKODA Fabia rolls up on the automotive catwalk. The first design sketch shows a young, crisp, urban small car with typical ŠKODA genes and lots of character.

This is the first time in a series production vehicle that ŠKODA designers have incorporated elements from the ŠKODA VisionC show car. ŠKODA Motorsport has also provided inspiration for the final design. These two foundations combined give the new ŠKODA Fabia more dynamics, passion and emotion.

This sharp, new image fuses crystalline shapes and sharp lines with the highest precision. The hatchback model is characterised by well-balanced, tight proportions. The new ŠKODA Fabia is now nine centimetres wider and stands three centimetres lower.

In addition, the ŠKODA Fabia now offers a completely new, versatile interior with individual options for customization.

The newly developed ŠKODA Fabia is one further achievement in ŠKODA’s largest model campaign in corporate history, once again proving the strength of the brand.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 21, 2014, 10:27:55 pre podne
Three exclusive ŠKODA gems at ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’

​› True gems against a picturesque landscape: ŠKODA Rapid OHV, ŠKODA Popular Sport Coupé ‘Little Entente’ and ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo Coupé
› ŠKODA at the renowned classic car event for the sixth time
› ‘Schloss Bensberg Classic’ from 18 to 20 July in and around Bergisch Gladbach

Mladá Boleslav, 18 July 2014 – ŠKODA will be presenting three exclusive automotive gems at this year’s ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’ (18 to 20 July). The streamlined ŠKODA Rapid OHV, ŠKODA Popular Sport Coupé ‘Little Entente’, and ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo Coupé will be taking part at the annual meeting for collectors and fans of top-class vintage automobiles. The ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’ in Bergisch Gladbach near the city of Cologne will be held for the sixth time this coming weekend.

​ŠKODA has been a part of this outstanding classic car event since the first year. Three ŠKODA classic cars will be presented this year. “Our selection of vehicles is in keeping with the motto of the ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’: ‘Very important cars only’. We will be presenting absolute highlights from our collection,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development. All three ŠKODA vintage cars will be taking part in the ‘Rallye Historique’, the ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo will additionally be scrutinised by the distinguished jury of the ‘Concours d'Elegance'.

The ŠKODA Rapid OHV is an extremely rarely seen streamliner dating back to 1940. The Rapid OHV presented at the ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’ was painstakingly restored over 30 years by its owner Miroslav Strouhal, and is currently on loan to the  ŠKODA collection in Mladá Boleslav. Only 110 of the Rapid OHV were ever built between 1938 and 1941. The vehicle is powered by a 46 hp four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1558 cc. OHV stands for the ‘overhead valves’ in the engine.

The ŠKODA Popular Sport Coupé ‘Little Entente’ is also a real rarity. Its other name ‘Little Entente’ refers to the specific purpose of the rally car dating back to 1937. In that year, the vehicle took part in a rally through the countries of Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Romania, which at that time were members of the ‘Little Entente’ alliance. After the race, the car went into private ownership and changed hands a number of times. The coupé has been the property of the ŠKODA Museum since 1968. Under the bonnet there is an inline four-cylinder with a displacement of 995 cc OHV and an output of 27 hp.

ŠKODA’s appearance at Schloss Bensberg is rounded off with a professionally restored ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo Coupé from1937. Only 72 ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlos – as convertibles and coupés – were built between 1936 and 1938. This is a special edition of the ŠKODA Popular. The reason for the special production was ŠKODA’s success at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1936. The vehicle is powered by a four-cylinder, four-stroke engine with 1386 cc displacement and 30 hp, and reaches a top speed of 110km/h. In addition to the ‘Rallye Historique’ the elegant coupe will also be participating in the ‘Concours d'Elegance’.

2014 marks the sixth year that the ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’ will be taking place. Schloss Bensberg and the picturesque Bergische Land near Cologne provide the magnificent setting for one of the most prestigious events for classic cars, where the focus is on exclusivity and high quality. Unusual and exceptionally rare vehicles are presented under the motto of ‘very important cars only’. The main program points include the star-studded ‘Rallye Historique’ and a FIVA-A ‘Concours d'Elegance’ with some of the most beautiful and rare classic automobiles in the world. The ‘Schloss Bensberg Classics’ is included in the circle of the ‘Louis Vuitton Classic Concours Award’ and is thus on par with renowned competitions such as the Pebble Beach/California and Villa d’Este/Italy.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 21, 2014, 10:29:28 pre podne
ŠKODA Tour 2014: ŠKODA Fan Meet in Austria
7/18/2014

51st ŠKODA tour takes place in Hollabrunn for the first time. Rally, demonstration day and joint fan excursions. Exhibition of classic cars and current ŠKODA models.
Around 200 fans of classic and current ŠKODA vehicles will be meeting this week inHollabrunn, Austria. The programme includes a rally through Hollabrunn, vehicle checks by ŠKODA experts, and an event day, where all participants will be presenting their vehicles on the market square in the town centre. As part of the diverse programme, fans will be able to exchange ideas and their passion for ŠKODA vehicles with one another and the experts. The international fan meet takes place from 12 to 19 July.

“Fans meet together from all over Europe for this ŠKODA tour to share their passion for ŠKODA models. We are delighted that so many loyal fans have joined us,” says Roman Havlásek, ŠKODA After Sales Manager.

There is lots on offer in the programme: to kick off, all the members were invited to take part in a rally under the title ‘Durch Wein-& Waldviertel’ (Through the Wine & Forest Quarter) – a driving experience through the regions surrounding Hollabrunn.  In addition, ŠKODA AUTO is also offering free vehicle checks this year as a technical specialist partner.

There will also be a competition in which the most beautiful car, those who have travelled the furthest, and the youngest and eldest participants will be awarded. The fans took part in a victory drive with their own vehicles through Hollabrunn on Wednesday.  The supporting programme also includes exploring other towns in the area.

“This year, around 200 participants have arrived with 120 automobiles - from classic cars like the ŠKODA Popular and the ŠKODA Felicia, to current models, such as theŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the new ŠKODA Octavia RS. The ŠKODA Tour is proof that the love of ŠKODA vehicles is something that connects us all, across generations and across nations,” says Josef Pálka. “Fans have been able to see some of the most beautiful regions in Europe because of the hiking nature of this fan meet,” says the chairman of the Auto Moto Club ŠKODA Mladá Boleslav, Josef Pálka.

The ŠKODA tour takes place once a year; one year in the Czech Republic and the following two years abroad. The Auto Moto Club ŠKODA Mladá Boleslav and the international committee of the ŠKODA Tour have been the event organisers in cooperation with the ŠKODA Club since 1994.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 21, 2014, 11:10:13 pre podne
ŠKODA designs victors’ trophies for Tour de France
21.7.2014 | category: Company

​› Tour winners receive crystal glass sculptures from the Czech Republic
› Presented in Paris on 27 July by Purchasing Director, Karlheinz Hell
› ŠKODA 11th time main sponsor of Tour de France

​Mladá Boleslav, 21 July 2014 – Tens of thousands of people will be celebrating the winners of the Tour de France along the Champs-Elysées on 27 July. This year’s proud winners will once again be raising Czech-made crystal glass trophies high in the Parisian sky. The victors’ trophies have been designed at the ŠKODA Design Studios and cut by Lasvit Glass in the Czech Republic.
​ŠKODA Board member for Purchasing, Karlheinz Hell will be presenting the sculptures to the winners of the Yellow, White, Green and dotted jerseys. ŠKODA has supported Le Tour as the official sponsor and official vehicle partner for the past eleven years.

"Success demands a clear goal in addition to talent and a great deal of effort," says ŠKODA Chief Designer, Jozef Kabaň. "For the crème de la crème, we symbolize this relationship with clear crystal and finely honed lines. The moment of victory will be captured forever in these ŠKODA trophies."

The Tour de France represents dynamism, passion and power. For ŠKODA designer Peter Olah, this emotional triad was the creative inspiration for designing the victors’ trophies. With their captivating, dynamic elegance, the 60cm, 4kg sculptures feature an exciting interplay of light curves, three-dimensional contours and sharp corners. The inspirational ŠKODA VisionC, presented in early March, will also be making an appearance. The five-door coupé design concept has captivated audiences with its expressive style and dynamic elegance, demonstrating the next stage in the evolution of ŠKODA Design.

Presenting the trophies to this year’s Tour winners will be once again be the crowning glory of ŠKODA’s sponsorship of the Tour de France. The strong ŠKODA fleet of vehicles is at the core of the brand’s sponsorship engagement. Around 250 cars – mainly ŠKODA Octavia Estates and ŠKODA Superbs – are to be used as support vehicles around clock. At the very forefront is a ŠKODA Superb – the official ‘Red Car’ and the mobile command centre for the Tour Director, Christian Prudhomme.

In addition, ŠKODA’s sponsorship of the Tour de France will be accompanied by a broad communications campaign. ŠKODA has also launched a completely new site WeLoveCycling.com, featuring live reports, films and lots of information from the world of cycling.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 28, 2014, 01:10:24 pre podne
ŠKODA congratulates Vincenzo Nibali on Tour victory

› Czech crystal trophies for Tour de France winners
› ŠKODA eleventh time official Tour de France partner in 2014
› The heart of the Tour sponsorship: 250 ŠKODA vehicles
› ŠKODA reached 16 million fans at the track and 3.5 billion TV viewers

Mladá Boleslav/Paris, 27 July 2014 – Triumph in Paris: Vincenzo Nibali from Italy wins Tour de France 2014. After three weeks and 3,660 tough kilometres, hundreds of thousands of Tour fans are preparing for the cyclists’ emotional arrival on the Champs-Élysées. It was with great pride that Vincenzo Nibali and the other winners raised the Czech crystal trophies created by ŠKODA designers into the Parisian sky. This year ŠKODA was the official partner of the most famous bicycle race in the world for the eleventh time.

On Champs-Élysées, ŠKODA Board member for Purchasing, Karlheinz Hell congratulated the overall winner Vincenzo Nibali and presented the trophy to the winner of the White Jersey, Thibaut Pinot from France, being the best young rider under 25. Rafaj Majka from Poland won the polka-dot jersey as the best climber. The best sprinter and winner of the green jersey was Peter Sagan from Slovakia. All four athletes were delighted to receive the trophies made of Czech crystal – created in the ŠKODA design studios by ŠKODA designer Peter Olah.
Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for sales and marketing, made a positive summary of ŠKODA’s involvement: “We once again saw some very inspiring cycling at this year’s Tour. As the eleventh time official partner, we are delighted to have made our contribution to this fantastic event.” In addition to providing the strong ŠKODA fleet of around 250 vehicles, the Czech manufacturer was an ever-present supporter with large-format advertising at the start and finishing line and along the track itself. ŠKODA also accompanied the Tour de France with a broad communications campaign, including the new website WeLoveCycling.com. The brand reached a total of 16 million fans along the track, and around 3.5 billion people worldwide, watching at home on the TV and Internet.

This year the most prominent ŠKODA was the ‘Red Car’: the red ŠKODA Superb, leading the riders throughout the Tour, was the mobile control centre for Tour Director Christian Prudhomme. A strong ŠKODA vehicle fleet of around 250 vehicles was available around the clock along the entire Tour de France route. Since the very beginning, the fleet has been a major part of ŠKODA’s involvement. The vehicles have covered 28 million kilometres since first being deployed in 2004 without breaking down once.

This successful, long-standing sponsorship of the Tour de France and other national and international cycling events emphasizes the close relationship the company has with this sport. The company's roots lie in the production of bicycles by ŠKODA founding fathers Laurin and Klement in 1895. Consequently, in addition to hockey and ŠKODA Motorsport, cycling is a very important pillar of ŠKODA’s sponsorship strategy.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 29, 2014, 15:07:56 posle podne
ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC – Berlin to Jesolo, Italy on €35.71

› Gerhard Plattner drives 1172 km in the Octavia G-TEC on less than 40 euros
› ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC consumes 2.93 kg natural gas per 100 km; 81 g CO2/km
› Plattner’s fuel-saving race against a family of four from Berlin
› Natural gas is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative
› Three fantastic ŠKODA natural gas models – Citigo, Octavia and Octavia Combi

Mladá Boleslav, 29 July 2014 – 1172km from Berlin to Jesolo in Italy on less than 40 euros for fuel: It’s possible with the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC. As part of a fuel-saving race against the Baumann family from Berlin, Austrian Gerhard Plattner achieved a natural gas consumption of only 2.93 kg/100 km with the Octavia G-TEC. This figure is 0.5kg (17%) under the manufacturer’s specification of 3.5kg in the Euromix.

The popular record-breaking driver Gerhard Plattner went head to head with the four-member Baumann family from Berlin. Their objective was to each drive an Octavia G-TEC from the German capital to Jesolo in the Italian Adriatic and to use as little natural gas as possible.

In the end, Plattner’s dark blue Octavia G-TEC used an average of only 2.93 kg natural gas per 100km. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of a mere 81 g/km. The fuel itself only cost 35.71 euros. The Baumann family’s silver Octavia G-TEC consumed an average of 3.6 kg of natural gas per 100km.

“This result shows how cheap and also how environmentally friendly driving the Octavia G-TEC really is”, explains ŠKODA Board Member for Development Dr. Frank Welsch. “CNG technology combines clean mobility with low operating costs, and provides an unrestricted and fun driving experience.”

Both Octavia G-TECs weighed 1700kg. Since Plattner was alone in his car, the vehicle was loaded with additional water tanks to make up the weight of the other three people. The journey was mostly covered over motorways, and the predetermined minimum speed was 80 km/h. The exact distance of 1172km was completed in three stages, each of around 400km between 8 and 10 July 2014. The vehicles were refuelled with natural gas at intermittent points.
“There still seems to be some uncertainty when it comes to natural gas, but there shouldn’t be. Fuel-efficient mobility is no longer a waiver. Car buyers no longer have to choose between fuel-saving technology and comfort,” says Gerhard Plattner. “The SKODA Octavia G-TEC is a prime example. The engine is very fuel efficient, and at the same time offers all the comforts of a comparable vehicle running on standard fuel.”The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC has been available on the market in saloon and estate versions since May. Both models are powered by a 1.4 TSI engine, delivering 81 kW (110 hp) and using both petrol and CNG. CNG stand for Compressed Natural Gas. Both natural gas Octavias come with the Green-tec package as standard, which includes the Start-Stop System and Braking Energy Recovery. The modern assembly complies with EU 6 emission standards.

With the ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC as saloon and estate models, as well as the ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC, the Czech carmaker currently offers three vehicles that run on natural gas. The natural gas Citigo is synonymous with high efficiency and environmental friendliness. This was also demonstrated about a year ago with another record-breaking drive by Gerhard Plattner, in which he drove from Vincenza, Italy to Stockholm, Sweden in the Citigo G-TEC with an average consumption of 2.39 kg natural gas/100 km. For the total distance of 2619km, it came out at only 81.24 euros in fuel.
Natural gas drive plays an important role in ŠKODA’s sustainability strategy. Overall, CNG offers great opportunities for sustainable mobility. The exhaust gases are contaminated with fewer pollutants than petrol or diesel exhaust.

Another advantage of natural gas vehicles is low operating cost. Depending on the market, natural gas is up to 60% cheaper than petrol and around 40% cheaper than diesel. In some European countries there are also tax benefits when purchasing a natural gas vehicle.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 31, 2014, 10:28:07 pre podne

Factory Holidays: Production prepares full speed

start-up of new ŠKODA Fabia
› New generation of the Fabia to roll off production lines in Mladá Boleslav from the end of August
› Board Member for Production Michael Oeljeklaus: “We are right on schedule”
› Factory holiday in Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí from 4 to 15 August
› Maintenance and modernization projects at all Czech plants

Mladá Boleslav, 31 July 2014 – Final preparations for the ŠKODA production team: The headquarters in Mladá Boleslav will be well underway with preparations for the start-up of the new ŠKODA Fabia during the factory holidays between 4 and 15 August. Production of the popular small car is set to begin at the end of August. Extensive maintenance and modernization projects will also be carried out at the other Czech plants in Kvasiny and Vrchlabí.

“We will be using the non-production days to further optimize production and so be more able to respond to the increasing consumer demand for our models,” explains Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics. “Above all, we shall be preparing Mladá Boleslav for the launch of the next Fabia generation. We are right on schedule to start the production of our newest model on time and to the highest quality.”

Extensive adaptation and modernization projects are going to be implemented during the production break, preparing for the launch of the new ŠKODA Fabia at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav. Among other things, a cutting-edge facility for the adjustment of assistance systems will be established in the M1 assembly hall. The conveyor system there is also going to be completely renewed on the ending part of assembly line (control point). The paint shop facilities are to be modernized and their capacity expanded.

Maintenance and optimization work will also be carried out on the ŠKODA Octavia production line in Hall M13. The speed conveyor system will be increased and the facility for filling the brake systems modernized.

Completing the new hall for car body production will be the number one focus at the Kvasiny plant during the factory holidays. The production of the DQ 200 gearbox at Vrchlabí will be undergoing regular maintenance work.
The company will be continually modernizing and expanding key areas of their production facilities for the new models. Following the changes to production due to the model changeovers last year, full production capacity is now available. ŠKODA produced more vehicles in June than ever before in a single month: More than 98,000 ŠKODAs were produced worldwide both in the Czech Republic and at the international plants.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Jul 31, 2014, 13:16:04 posle podne
Individual, sporty, emotional: The new ŠKODA Monte Carlo models

› Four Monte Carlo editions: ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo, ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo, ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo and ŠKODA Yeti Monte Carlo
› Dynamic: Sporty design, striking alloy wheels, custom interiors
› Tribute to the brand’s 113 years of motorsport heritage and to ŠKODA’s success at the Monte Carlo Rally
› New: ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo to be launched as a sporty hatchback in autumn

Mladá Boleslav, 31 July 2014 – With their sporty and unique designs, the ŠKODA Monte Carlo models are setting an emotional trend in the ŠKODA model range. Due to high consumer demand, ŠKODA has expanded the Monte Carlo range this year to include the ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo and ŠKODA Yeti Monte Carlo; the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback in a new Monte Carlo ŠKODA version will be brought out in autumn 2014. ŠKODA has celebrated many historic victories at the Monte Carlo rally, and it is now with these new Monte Carlo models that this tradition is revived.

The Monte Carlo special editions pay special tribute to the successful, 113-year history of ŠKODA Motorsport. ŠKODA first took part in the ‘Queen of Rallies’, the legendary Monte Carlo, in 1936. Right away, ŠKODA took second place in its class with the ŠKODA Popular. To commemorate this success, the manufacturer brought out the ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo. This car became a design icon with its distinctive tail fin. In 1977 the ŠKODA 130 RS scored a double victory in its class at the Monte Carlo Rally.

It is on that success that today’s ŠKODA Monte Carlo models are built. “More and more customers are looking for customized, emotional vehicles with a twist,” says ŠKODA Head of Sales Werner Eichhorn. “Our Monte Carlo models offer this individuality in combination with top-end features at great value for money. At the same time, we are expressing our brand’s successful and long-standing tradition in motorsport.”

The ŠKODA Fabia was launched in a Monte Carlo version in 2011, and exceeded all expectations with its emotional design. Today the Monte Carlo models include many features, such as a black front grille, black alloy wheels, tinted rear and rear side windows and other design elements in high-contrasting, black finish. The Yeti Monte Carlo and the Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo are also available with a black roof. The interiors sport, among other things, distinctive three-spoke leather steering wheel, sports seats, special seat designs and sporty Monte Carlo design elements.

The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo will be making its debut this autumn. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback has been available on the market for almost a year as theCzech brand’s first compact hatchback. The fresh design appeals to new customer groups. The new Monte Carlo version sports a dynamic and powerful appearance. The front is characterized by the black radiator grille frame and the wide black air intake, as well as black inset headlights and fog lights. The special edition features black 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels. There are also black fixtures in the door sills. The sporty design flows into the interior, which features a three-spoke leather steering wheel stitched in red and a red stitched leather gear stick. In addition, there are sports seats in the Monte Carlo design a pedal set made of stainless steel and red hemmed, black floor mats. The Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo is based on the ‘Ambition’ equipment level and is available with the full, broad range of Rapid Spaceback engines (three petrol engines, two diesel).

The ŠKODA Citigo Monte Carlo has been designed with fast-paced city life in mind – a city car with crisp rallying ambition. The Monte Carlo version is available both for the petrol-driven Citigo and the Citigo G-TEC that runs on natural gas. The special edition drives up on 15-inch alloy wheels, with black 16-inch alloys available as an option. The Citigo Monte Carlo has a sports suspension lowered by 15 millimetres. The model also features tinted rear and side windows, black front and rear spoilers, black diffuser and front grille, along with black door mirror housings. The doors and boot are finished off with an adhesive film to contrast the vehicle’s specific paint colour. This sporty look has even been brought to the interior, which features a three-spoke sports leather steering wheel, black roof lining, black interior trim and Monte Carlo-style seat covers. The instrument panel boasts special Monte Carlo designs with an inlaid pad in black decorative lacquer. Textile floor mats with red stitching round off the fantastic look of the Citigo Rally Monte Carlo.

The ŠKODA Yeti Monte Carlo is also setting a particularly sporty trend. The front grille, front and rear spoilers and roof are offset in black, plus there are specifically designed bumpers and Bi-Xenon headlights. The exterior mirror housings and side sill panels are also finished in black. The Yeti Monte Carlo drives up on black 17-inch alloy wheels and tinted rear and rear side windows. The model also features a sporty interior: with a three-spoke sports steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake with leather accents and red stitching, sports seats fitted as standard, stainless steel pedals and Monte Carlo decorative trim. The Yeti Monte Carlo is based on the ‘Ambition’ equipment level and is available with a choice of three turbo petrol engines and three turbo diesel engines.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 01, 2014, 10:42:25 pre podne
ŠKODA increases deliveries, sales revenue and operating profit in first half of 2014

› Record half year: 522,500 deliveries; up 12.5%
› Sales up 20.3% to six billion euros by the end of June
› Operating profit increases 74.9% to 425 million euros
› The most comprehensive model campaign in ŠKODA’s history continues

Mladá Boleslav, 1 August 2014 – ŠKODA has significantly increased deliveries, sales revenue and operating profit in the first half of 2014. Selling 522,500 vehicles, this was the first time that the Czech carmaker has delivered more than half a million vehicles worldwide in the first half of a year (January to June 2013: 464,600; up 12.5%). Sales revenue also increased in the same period, setting a new record for the first half of a year of six billion euros (5.974 billion euros). This is an increase of 20.3% over the first half of 2013 (4.966 billion euros). Operating profit increased compared to the same period last year by 74.9% to 425 million euros.

“ŠKODA did very well in the first half of the year and continues on a stable path of growth,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “The brand’s strength has been demonstrated through the best first-half sales year in corporate history and the significant increases in sales and revenue. Our model campaign is now showing its full power, and we are even conquering new consumer groups. The new Octavia, the heart of the brand, has been a great hit in every respect, and has exceeded our expectations. We plan to continue along this path of growth and energetically continue the most comprehensive product campaign in our corporate history.”

ŠKODA’s sales revenue reached 5.974 billion euros in the first half of the year – 20.3% higher than the first six months of 2013 (4.966 billion euros). Over the same period, operating profit increased 74.9% to 425 million euros (first half of 2013: 243 million euros). The operating margin, at 7.1%, was above the previous year's figure of 4.9%. The increased profit was due in part to the higher number of deliveries and also to the enhanced model line-up and more favourable product costs. Net liquidity rose by 41.9% to 1.855 billion euros. Investments amounted to 149 million euros (January to June 2013: 265 million euros).

“ŠKODA has grown profitably in the first half of the year,” says ŠKODA CFO Winfried Krause. “The investments we made into the new models are paying off. Besides the higher profit, the increase in net liquidity also demonstrates the company's financial strength. ŠKODA also expects increases in sales, sales revenue and profit for the full year. In light of the fiercely competitive environment, strict cost discipline remains our central concern.”
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 02, 2014, 11:10:47 pre podne
Stefan Büscher new head of Marketing at ŠKODA

Mladá Boleslav, 1 August 2014 – Stefan Büscher (46) is to take over as the new head of Marketing at ŠKODA AUTO on 1 October, 2014. He succeeds Thomas Owsianski (47), who is Executive Director for ŠKODA’s Marketing and Sales at Shanghai Volkswagen.

Stefan Büscher has many years of international experience in senior marketing and sales positions within the automotive industry. He is currently Director of Product and Marketing at Bentley Motors, where he is responsible for Bentley’s global marketing activities. Prior to this, Stefan Büscher held various leadership positions spanning 16 years in Marketing and Sales at Porsche.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 07, 2014, 13:31:13 posle podne
New ŠKODA Fabia boasts up to 17 per cent better mileage

​› New ŠKODA Fabia features all-new engine lineup
› Peak values of 17 per cent less consumption and emissions
› Four petrol, three diesel engines, all EU6-compatible
› New ŠKODA Fabia GreenLine’s top performance: 3.1 l/100 km; 82 g CO2/km

​Mladá Boleslav, 7 August 2014 – The new ŠKODA Fabia sets new benchmarks in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. Slated to debut in Paris in October 2014, the new Fabia will use up to 17 per cent less fuel than its predecessor, making it the most environment-friendly and fuel-efficient Fabia of all time. Its all-new engine lineup (four petrol and three diesel engines) complies with the EU6 emissions standard.
​The new ŠKODA Fabia will feature all-new, latest generation fuel-efficient engines. Counting the GreenLine variant, customers in EU countries will have a choice of four petrol and three diesel engines, all of them compliant with the new EU6 emissions regulation and featuring a start-stop system and kinetic energy recuperation as standards. Transmissions will be either a manual or a DSG double-clutch gearbox.

The petrol engines available are new three- and four-cylinder series based on MQB technology. The 1.0 MPI three-cylinders have indirect injection, while the four-cylinders are turbocharged with stratified injection (TSI) and engine size of 1.2 litres. Power output begins at 44 kW (60 hp) and ranges up to 81 kW (110 hp).

Diesel engines available for the new ŠKODA Fabia comprise three performance levels of the new turbocharged direct-injection 1.4 litre common-rail design with three cylinders. Its engine block is made of aluminium alloy. At 55 kW to 77 kW, power output is unchanged from the second generation of the Fabia, though engine size is now 1.4 litres, not 1.6 litres as it was.

Late 2015 will see the launch of the most fuel-efficient ŠKODA Fabia, the GreenLine version with a 55 kW 1.4 TDI engine. A start-stop system, kinetic energy recuperation and tyres optimised for low rolling resistance combined with improvements to the car’s aerodynamics result in fuel consumption of just 3.1 l/100 km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of a mere 82 g/km.

From 2015, this will make the ŠKODA Fabia GreenLine the most environment-friendly ŠKODA with a conventional power plant, surpassed only by the CNG-powered ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC.

The new ŠKODA Fabia’s weight will be up to 65 kg lower than hitherto (adjusted for equipment), with the 1.0 MPI three cylinder baseline model weighing in dry (without driver) at just 980 kg.

The third generation of the Fabia underscores ŠKODA’s claim to fame when it comes to environment-friendly cars, embodying the company’s clear commitment that environment-conscious mobility must be affordable now and in the future, for the benefit of both customers and the planet. ŠKODA’s GreenLine, Green tec and G-TEC models, which are available for the ŠKODA model range, are cases in point.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 09, 2014, 09:35:09 pre podne
The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout: a workhorse with tough 4x4 capabilities

The new Octavia Scout can tow up to two tonnes. The most advanced all-wheel drive, increased ground clearance, superb hill-climbing ability and a rough-road package. A robust design, cutting a fine figure both on- and off-road.
Pathfinder, family adventurer and workhorse – the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout has proven itself to be a powerful all-rounder both on- and off-road. State-of-the-art all-wheel drive using Haldex-5 clutch technology, high-performance engines, increased ground clearance, improved approach angle and a rough-road package ensure unlimited possibilities, even on rough ground. The towing capacity has increased by 25 per cent to two tonnes. Despite its increased power, the fuel consumption and emissions of the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout have reduced by up to 20 per cent compared to its predecessor model. 

The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout, which goes on sale this week, is a real adventurer for the family and for leisure time. As you would expect from ŠKODA, the latest model offers 'a bit more car' in every respect. In addition to its advanced functionality, numerous 'Simply Clever' features and the latest safety and comfort technology, the new Octavia Scout also sets new standards for towing capacity, hill-climbing ability and rough-road driving.

The new Octavia Scout shows that it is just as comfortable being on the road as it is off-road. The vehicle stands out from the crowd with its rugged, powerful and attractive looks. The new ŠKODA Scout perfectly combines form and function”, says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Development.

Towing capacity has increased by 25 per cent to two tonnes
The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is now, more than ever before, a real workhorse. It can tow up to 2 tonnes – up to 25 per cent more towing capacity than before. Whether you are towing a caravan, a horsebox or a boat: the increased towing capacity ensures maximum flexibility in everyday life. The vehicle's improved hill-climbing ability is also
excellent. Thanks to its improved approach angle of 16.7 degrees at the front and 13.8 degrees at the rear, the Czech pathfinder can also tackle steeper and demanding terrain without difficulty.

The standard Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) supports comfortable starts at low speed. EDL operates on both the front and rear axle and acts as an inter-wheel lock. The new Octavia Scout also features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard. The two-stage ESC mode can be adapted to suit particular driving conditions, simply by pressing a button. This allows the driver to switch the traction control system on and off as needed.

State-of-the-art all-wheel drive based on Haldex-5 clutch transmission
The new Octavia Scout’s standard all-wheel drive ensures optimal driving dynamics, top active safety and low fuel consumption. It utilises state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive technology, based on the Haldex-5 clutch. The power distribution between
 the 4 wheels always depends on the driving conditions. When decelerating, or with a low load, most of the power goes to the front axle, saving fuel. As soon as more torque is required, or if the wheels need more grip, the rear wheels are smoothly activated within milliseconds. Loss of traction is virtually impossible. Compared with the Haldex-4 clutch that was previously used in the Octavia Scout, the new technology is 1.4 kg lighter.

For the use on rough terrain, the new Octavia Scout has got more ground clearance. Compared to the standard Octavia, it is an increase of 31 millimetres to 171 millimetres. In addition, the rough-road package with additional underbody protection is now a standard feature. This protects the underside of the car from being mechanically damaged and prevents dirt from getting into the engine bay. The underbody parts, as well as the brake pipes and fuel pipes are also protected with plastic covers.

The new Octavia Scout's striking appearance is the perfect match for its off-road technology. 17-inch alloy wheels and 225/50 R17 tyres are fitted as standard. Toughfront and rear bumpers with black plastic moulding and silver off-road sectionsunderline the vehicle's strength. On the sides of the car, the Scout introduces black plastic cladding covering the door sills and wheel arches. There are also black plastic side protection strips and aluminium design mirrors. The roof rails are also available in an aluminium-effect finish. Lastly, the interior has a number of features specifically designed for the Scout.
 
Three powerful engines with fuel consumption reduced by up to 20 per cent
The Octavia Scout's new engines are more powerful, as well as 20 per cent more environmentally friendly. One petrol and two diesel engines are available. The fuel savings result from the 29 kg reduction in weight, improvements in the all-wheel-drivetechnology, as well as the use of the efficient Green tec-engines with automatic Start-Stop and brake energy recovery as standard. All three engines meet the EU6 emission standards that come into force in September 2014.

The top diesel engine for the ŠKODA Octavia Scout is the 2.0 TDI/135 kW (184 PS) with the exciting combination of an automatic six-speed (DSG) transmission and all-wheel drive. It is the first time that this combination has been available in a ŠKODA vehicle. The 2.0 TDI/110 kW (150 PS) is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox. The 1.8 TSI/132 kW (180 PS) petrol version of the Octavia Scout comes with an automatic six-speed DSG.

Since 2007, the Octavia Scout has been an integral part of the ŠKODA model range. Between 2007 and the end of 2013, ŠKODA delivered around 53,600 Octavia Scout vehicles to customers worldwide. This represents almost eight per cent of all Octavia estate models delivered during this period.

The new Octavia Scout underpins ŠKODA's outstanding expertise in designing vehicles suitable for off-road use. The Czech car manufacturer now offers six models with a special off-road design: the Octavia Scout, the Fabia Scout, the Fabia Combi Scout, the Roomster Scout, as well as the Yeti Outdoor and Superb, featuring the Outdoor package.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 13, 2014, 10:11:27 pre podne
ŠKODA sales grew by 18.8 per cent in July

› The best July of all time: 82,800 vehicles were delivered (July 2013: 69,700)
› ŠKODA adds 26 per cent in Western Europe and 17.3 per cent in China
› Strong gains for ŠKODA models Octavia, Rapid, Yeti and Superb
› ŠKODA model campaign continues in autumn with the new ŠKODA Fabia

Mladá Boleslav, 13 August 2014 – ŠKODA increased its deliveries by 18.8 per cent in July to 82,800 vehicles (July 2013: 69,700 deliveries). It was the best July in ŠKODA's company history and at the same time the strongest monthly percentage increase in 2014. The brand grew by 26 per cent in Western Europe, by 17.3 per cent in China. Sales figures for the new ŠKODA Octavia also continued to develop positively, increasing by around 30 per cent in Western Europe.
"ŠKODA has made a very good start in the second half of the year and continued the record growth of the first six months," says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. "The best July of all time and the growth in almost all sales regions confirm our growth strategy. With the new ŠKODA Fabia, the biggest model campaign in our history will continue with a real sensation,” says Eichhorn.

At this year's Paris Motor Show at the start of October, the brand will present the new ŠKODA Fabia for the first time. The completely redeveloped Fabia is a young and emotional small car with a clearly honed look and balanced proportions. This month the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout will be launched onto the market.
In the reporting month of July, ŠKODA grew by more than a quarter in Western Europe. The brand delivered 33,400 vehicles, which is an increase of 26 per cent (July 2013: 26,500). The market share in this region grew to 3.4 per cent by the end of July. The brand achieved two-digit growth in almost all of the Western European markets. In Germany, sales increased by 24.4 per cent in July to 12,000 vehicles, allowing ŠKODA to strengthen its position as the strongest import brand. In the UK, the manufacturer increased deliveries by 22.9 per cent to 6,100. In the Netherlands ŠKODA doubled its sales to 1,300 vehicles.

ŠKODA also recorded two-digit growth in France (1,800 vehicles; an increase of 15.5 per cent), in Austria (1,600 vehicles; an increase of 13.6 per cent), in Spain (1,500 vehicles; an increase of 29.2 per cent), in Switzerland (1,500 vehicles; an increase of 34.8 per cent), in Italy (1,200 vehicles; an increase of 31.4 per cent), in Ireland (1,100 vehicles; an increase of 74.7 per cent), in Belgium (1,100 vehicles; an increase of 77.7 per cent), in Sweden (1,000 vehicles; an increase of 31.5 per cent) and in Norway (700 vehicles; an increase of 29.7 per cent).

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA increased deliveries in July by 4.1 per cent to 10,400 vehicles (July 2013: 10,000). In Russia, the brand sold 7,100 vehicles, a growth rate of 3.8 per cent. In almost all other Eastern European countries, deliveries to customers increased. There was two-digit growth in Romania (700 vehicles; an increase of 69.8 per cent), in Serbia (600 vehicles; an increase of 68.2 per cent), in Kazakhstan (600 vehicles; an increase of 58.5 per cent), in the Baltic states (500 vehicles; an increase of 23.5 per cent), in Bulgaria (200 vehicles; an increase of 57.8 per cent), as well as in Bosnia (100 vehicles; an increase of 15.7 per cent).

In Central Europe, ŠKODA deliveries grew by 24.9 per cent to 11,900 vehicles (July 2013: 9,500). In the home market of the Czech Republic, the manufacturer sold around 1,000 vehicles more than in the same month of the previous year and, with 5,600 vehicles delivered, achieved an increase of 22.5 per cent (July 2013: 4,500). ŠKODA is also well on the way in Poland (3,500 vehicles; an increase of 37.2 per cent), in Slovakia (1,400 vehicles; an increase of 16.3 per cent) and Slovenia (500 vehicles; an increase of 80.4 per cent).

ŠKODA was able to increase greatly in its strongest single market of China. Deliveries in July grew by 17.3 per cent to 21,100 vehicles (July 2013: 18,000). The brand also achieved high growth rates in Israel (1,400 vehicles; an increase of 24.4 per cent), in Algeria (1,200 vehicles; an increase of 55.7 per cent) and in Australia (400 vehicles; an increase of 26 per cent). ŠKODA sold 1,100 vehicles in India in July (July 2013: 1,700). Deliveries of the ŠKODA brand to customers in July 2014 (in units, rounded, by models; +/- in per cent compared to the same month of the previous year):

ŠKODA Octavia (29,600; +7.3 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (12,400; -22.3 %)
ŠKODA Superb (7,600; +3.7 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (8,100; +59.4 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2,400; -6.5 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (19,400; +156.9 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 3,300; -10.2 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 18, 2014, 15:11:51 posle podne
ŠKODA factories are running at full capacity; production of the new Fabia will begin at the end of August

› ŠKODA restarts its production after the factory holiday
› Production plant in Mladá Boleslav has been upgraded for the new ŠKODA Fabia
› Maintenance and refurbishment in all Czech factories
› The new engine centre in Česana will open shortly

Mladá Boleslav, 18 August 2014 - After just a two-week factory holiday, production at all three Czech ŠKODA sites is in full swing. In addition to refurbishment, the manufacturer used the factory shut-down, in particular in Mladá Boleslav, to prepare for the new ŠKODA Fabia production to start. The new small car will start to roll off the production line at ŠKODA's main plant from the end of August.

In just a few weeks the car manufacturer will be pushing forward with the biggest model campaign in the company's history with the new ŠKODA Fabia. “The new Fabia really does represent: small car, big on technology,” says Head of Production of Vehicles Marek Jancák. “More importantly we have expanded and technically updated important areas of the M1 assembly line in Mladá Boleslav,” says Jancák. This means that the Fabia factory has a new, extremely modern facility to configure new assistance systems. The paint shop has also, in some areas, been updated. During the factory holiday a total of 40 industrial engineering companies were at work in the company.

One of the focal points was to integrate the new Fabia engines into the production process. The small car features a completely new range of engines and is the most environmentally friendly and economical Fabia of all time. Energy consumption has been reduced by up to 17 per cent compared to its predecessor. The new Fabia engines (four petrol, three diesel) meet EU6 standards and are fitted with Start-Stop System and brake energy recovery as standard.
The second assembly line in the ŠKODA parent plant has also been comprehensively updated. ŠKODA manufacture the Octavia and Rapid models on assembly line M13. In addition, the M13 production shop underwent an expansion of production capacity for driver assistance systems.

In addition, a lot of work has been carried out to the Kvasiny and Vrchlabí ŠKODA factories. Kvasiny is currently setting up a new body shop. Its completing and the related infrastructure measures are among the highest priorities of ŠKODA. During the factory holiday, the Vrchlabí plant used the time to carry out maintenance to the DQ 200 transmission production line.

ŠKODA put a total of 100 individual projects into effect across all 3 Czech factories (Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny und Vrchlabí) during this break. About 90 companies have been involved in the process.

At an exceptional rate, the final work on the new ŠKODA engine test centre in Česana near Mladá Boleslav is nearing completion. It has been in pre-production phase since June and will be fully-operational from the beginning of September 2014. The manufacturer, jointly with Volkswagen, is investing over 34 million euros in the extension of its current technology and development centre. This is the largest development investment of a private company within the Czech Republic.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 19, 2014, 09:53:23 pre podne
The new ŠKODA Fabia: practical and full of emotion

Mladá Boleslav, 19 August 2014 – ŠKODA’s Head Designer Jozef Kaban speaks about the demands on form and function of the new ŠKODA Fabia.
 
Question: A few months ago, the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design study gave us a first glimpse of the future ŠKODA design language. In what way does the new ŠKODA Fabia reflect this development?

Jozef Kaban: We have demonstrated with the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design study how ŠKODA is able to combine great functionality with an expressive, emotional and more sharply defined design. This new design direction is the next step in the development of our brand and the new ŠKODA Fabia is the first model to communicate this design language. Drawing on elements of the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design study, the Fabia is more expressive, more dynamic and sportier.

Question:Why more emotions?

Jozef Kaban: Demands on a car brand and its design develop over time. In recent years, ŠKODA has made a name for itself by producing cars with great functionality and above-average interior space. We sense that now is the right time to create a stronger connection between the functionality of our cars and an expressive and emotional design. You could say, that we are taking steps back to our roots. ŠKODA has a tradition of building design-oriented cars which are full of emotion, such as the legendary ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo in the 1930s. We want to live up to these standards today.

Question: Does more emotion come at the expense of the new Fabia’s practical features?

Jozef Kaban: No, quite the opposite. In spite of all its emotionality, the ŠKODA Fabia remains more than true to its fundamental virtues and is more spacious, practical, economical and clever than ever before. Despite its more dynamic design, we have increased the space in a number of important areas. The boot is bigger and has the largest capacity in its class, the interior is both wider and longer. In addition, we offer up to ten new ‘Simply Clever’ solutions, including MirrorLink technology, available in a ŠKODA vehicle for the first time, to connect a smartphone to the vehicle. Furthermore, this compact car is up to 17 per cent more economical and has innovative assistance systems from higher class cars. Our new Fabia proves that emotionality and functionality complement each other perfectly.

Question: From a design perspective, what is special about the new ŠKODA Fabia?

Jozef Kaba?: During the development of the third-generation Fabia, we focused on creating a sportier vehicle and made the design altogether crisper. The result is a young, fresh and modern compact car that sets new standards in its segment.

Question: Which design elements have you used to achieve this?

Jozef Kaba?: Firstly, we have given the car tighter proportions. The new ŠKODA Fabia is flatter and wider than before, giving it a fuller stance on the road. It also has sharp edges, clear lines and features crystalline design elements. This has allowed us to achieve greater contrast and a very distinctive interplay of light and shadows. All that gives the vehicle a unique and self-assured character.

Question: The car appears much more confident than before. Is that just because of its new proportions?

Jozef Kaban: Not just because of this. The front of the car is one example: we designed the grille and the headlights so they appear optically stronger as a graphical unit. This makes the car appear wider, as does the powerfully-contoured bonnet with the two distinctive beadings on the sides. The wide and precision-cut headlights, alongside the width-enhancing fog lights, add to this effect. The clear horizontal structure of the back of the car also demonstrates strength. The powerful silhouette, together with the high, sharp tornado line creates more dynamics.

Question: More and more customers want to add a personal touch to their car. What can the new Fabia offer them?

Jozef Kaba?: There is more opportunity to customise the Fabia than ever before. 15 different body colours are available, as well as a special colour concept which offers customers the chance to individually select the colour of the roof, rims and exterior mirrors. We offer three lines and numerous options for the car’s interior.

Question: What is the significance of the crystalline elements?

Jozef Kaban: ŠKODA is proud of its Bohemian heritage. The sharp lines, the clear contouring and the fine cut of the new Fabia’s headlights pay homage to the Czech tradition of glass art, and high degree of precision as well as high-quality finish stand out. The rear lights are particularly impressive.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 22, 2014, 15:32:49 posle podne
Production of the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout begins

› Manufacturing of the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout begins at the Mladá Boleslav plant
› ŠKODA model campaign continues with the adventurer for family and leisure
› All-wheel drive, towing capacity of two tonnes, rugged looks, reduced consumption

Mladá Boleslav, 21 August 2014 – The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is now rolling off the production line in the Mladá Boleslav plant. The all-rounder wows with its rugged looks and exceptional versatility. Despite being more powerful, fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced by up to 20 per cent. In typical ŠKODA style, the crossover estate offers lots of space, outstanding functionality, state-of-the-art safety and comfort systems along with exceptional value for money. The car will be launched at the end of August.

The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is a true adventurer for family and leisure, and feels just as at home in the city as it does off-road. Innovative Haldex-clutch-based all-wheel drive, powerful engines, increased ground clearance, larger incline angles, a towing capacity of up to two tonnes and the rough-road package make the latest ŠKODA model one of the most versatile vehicles within its class.

The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is available exclusively based on the Octavia estate variant. The first vehicles will be on the market as soon as the end of August. The ŠKODA Octavia Scout has been part of ŠKODA’s model range since 2007. Between 2007 and the end of 2013, the manufacturer delivered around 53,600 Octavia Scouts to customers worldwide. This represents approximately 8 per cent of all Octavias sold during that period.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 22, 2014, 15:35:25 posle podne
A strong team: eight ŠKODA gems start at the Sachsen Classic

› Fascinating: from the Laurin & Klement 110 to the ŠKODA 110 R sports coupé
› The 3-day Sachsen Classic passes through the Czech Republic again
› ŠKODA Museum presents four of the brand’s unique classics in Karlsbad

Mladá Boleslav, 20 August 2014 – ŠKODA is at the starting line of this year’s Sachsen Classic with no fewer than eight legendary cars from its 119-year company history. The rolling classic phalanx from Mladá Boleslav ranges from the 1925 Laurin & Klement 110 to the legendary 1978 ŠKODA 110 R sports coupé.

Besides passing the most beautiful landscapes of Saxony again, this year the 12th Sachsen Classic (21 to 23 August) will also go into Czech territory. For this reason, four additional historic ŠKODAs can be seen in Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary). This includes an exact reproduction of the manufacturer’s first car from 1905, the famous Voiturette A.
“Saxony’s great automotive history, together with thousands of excited spectators, make the Sachsen Classic a highlight of the season. This has a particular relevance for ŠKODA this year, as the one-day detour through the Czech Republic of this year’s event makes it a sort of home game for our brand. This gives us a reason, more than ever before, to send more vintage ŠKODAs to this classic car rally”, says Dr Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development.

One of the oldest cars on the starting line is the 1925 Laurin & Klement 110. This vehicle represents a milestone in the company’s history; its production began in the same year that L&K merged with the former engineering company ŠKODA. Between 1925 and 1929, around 3,000 of these vehicles were built. The car participating in the Sachsen Classic dates back to the first production series and therefore only bears the L&K emblem. Later models carried the logos of both brands.

The elegant ŠKODA 645 represents automotive luxury of the 1930s. Only 758 vehicles were built between 1929 and 1934. In Saxony, seven-time German rally champion Matthias Kahle will take the driving seat. Two ŠKODA 1101 Tudors and the newly restored 1957 ŠKODA 440 also rank among the participating vehicles. This car, also colloquially known as ‘Spartak’, was – at that time – the manufacturer’s response to the public’s increasing demand for a reasonably priced, down-to-earth and modern vehicle.

German rally driver Sepp Wiegand will be driving the ‘Spartak’. Wiegand – currently second in the European Rally Championship (ERC) with the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 – is looking forward to the Sachsen Classic: “This is an excellent opportunity to combine motorsport with an attractive classic event. I am looking forward to being a part of this wonderful event with a ŠKODA 440 ‘Spartak’ in my home country. What a blast from the past: the car is around three times as old as I am.” The ŠKODA driver’s next rally appearance will be at the ERC home rally in Zlín, the eastern city of the Czech Republic

(Barum Rally Zlín, 29-31 August 2014).

The 1937 ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo refers back to the brand’s successful 113-year
motorsport history. In 1936, a ŠKODA Popular drove into an impressive second place at
the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. For this reason, the manufacturer produced an
exclusive line of 70 ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlos a year later. One of these can be seen
in Saxony, as will the 1978 ŠKODA 110 R sports coupé. ŠKODA’s presence will be
rounded off with a 1955 ŠKODA 1200 Sedan.

On Friday, 22 August, the participants of the Sachsen Classic Rally will make their way to
Karlsbad. ŠKODA is using the detour to the Czech Republic as an exclusive exhibition of a
further four historic cars. In Karlsbad, participants and spectators will be able to marvel
at an exact reproduction of the Voiturette Type A. The Voiturette A was, in 1905, the
first car of the founding fathers, Laurin and Klement. Another eye-catcher is the 1911
Laurin & Klement Type S, which was built in different variations as a mass-production
car up to 1924. The car from the first S series is equipped with a 14 PS engine and a
cylinder capacity of 1,771 cm3. A 1930 ŠKODA 645 and the elaborately restored 1950
ŠKODA 966 Supersport will also be on display in Karlsbad.

The Sachsen Classic is one of the most popular classic car rallies and revels in an evergrowing
presence of spectators. The reliability and regularity run begins on Thursday, 21
August at exactly 12:01 at the central market in Zwickau. On the second day, it makes
its way from Zwickau through the German-Czech border to Karlsbad. Finally, on
Saturday, 23 August, for the third stage, the participants will be able to enjoy a 258 km
round-trip, starting again from the central market in Zwickau and ending at the
Augustusplatz in Leipzig. Cars are scheduled to finish from around 15:30 onwards.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 22, 2014, 15:37:20 posle podne
A strong team: ŠKODA is a vehicle partner of the legendary Vuelta Spanish cycling tour

› ŠKODA has been the official partner of La Vuelta since 2011
› A total of 60 ŠKODA vehicles are used around the clock
› ŠKODA has online presence through Facebook and ‘WeLoveCycling.com’
› The car manufacturer’s history began in 1895 with the production of bicycles

Mladá Boleslav, 22 August 2014 – A few weeks after sponsoring the Tour de
France, ŠKODA AUTO once again shows great support at a prominent
international cycling event. It is the fourth time that the Czech manufacturer
has been the official sponsor of the legendary Spanish cycling tour (La Vuelta).
The focus of ŠKODA’s involvement is its provision of 60 vehicles. In addition,
the brand is also involved in a wide range of communication activity around the
Vuelta event.

The Spanish tour ranks among the ‘Grand Tours’ of cycling and is considered to be, after
the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, the most important stage race in the world. It
begins on the 23rd August with the team time trials taking place in the Andalusian town
of Jerez de la Frontera. The three-week cycling tour ends on the 14th September with the
concluding individual time trial at the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostella.

“Our comprehensive and visible commitment to cycling strengthens the image and the
prominence of the ŠKODA brand,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales
and Marketing. “For several years now, with both the Tour de France and the Vuelta,
ŠKODA has supported two legendary and world-renowned sporting events and as a result
has achieved a high level of international recognition. As a manufacturer whose
beginnings came from the production of bicycles, cycling is a sport that is especially close
to our hearts,” states Eichhorn.


At the beginning of March 2014, ŠKODA extended its sponsorship of La Vuelta and the
Tour de France for another five years, renewing it up to 2018. The agreement also covers
other international cycling events.
Once again, ŠKODA has provided a strong vehicle fleet for this cycling competition in
Spain. Over the next three weeks, a total of 60 vehicles from Czech Republic – primarily
ŠKODA Octavia Combis and ŠKODA Superbs – will be used around the clock as escort
vehicles. Since the start of the ŠKODA sponsorship in 2011, all organisers and
participants of the Spanish tour have been able to count on the one hundred per cent
reliable ŠKODA fleet. At the Vuelta, the vehicles cover approximately half a million
kilometres. In total, over the last four years, the cars have been used for around two
million kilometres – and all this without so much as one mechanical failure.

ŠKODA accompanies the sponsorship of the Spanish cycling tour with a wealth of
communication activity. This includes the presentation at the ‘Parque Vuelta’ as well as
advertising banners and signage along the route and at eye-catching points. Besides
advertising in Spanish newspapers and magazines, particular attention is paid to
electronic media. Amongst other things, the manufacturer has an online presence of La
Vuelta at facebook.com/skoda-cycling. ŠKODA’s presence can also be seen at
‘WeLoveCycling.com’. The website www.skoda-radsport.de (http://www.skoda-radsport.de) is an information platform
offering live reports, videos and brief summaries from the wide world of cycling. In
addition, ŠKODA will have its own blog. Spanish dealerships will also be closely involved
in La Vuelta on a regional level.
Besides ice hockey, cycling is the most important pillar of ŠKODA’s sponsorship strategy.
The manufacturer not only promotes professional tours but also amateur cycling.
Amongst other things, ŠKODA is a main partner of the largest international mountain
bike event ‘Kolo pro život’ (Cycling for Life). In Germany, the brand also sponsors, and is
the name behind, the ŠKODA velodrome in Cologne, the ŠKODA cycling tour in Frankfurt
and the ŠKODA cycling race in Dresden. ŠKODA is also a vehicle partner of the ‘Garmin
Velothon Berlin’, the ‘Vattenfall Cyclassics’ in Hamburg and the ‘Sparkassen Münsterland
Giro’. In the UK, ŠKODA is a partner of ‘Ride London’.

The passion for cycling has been a tradition for ŠKODA. The company’s history began in
1895 with the production of bicycles: Václav Laurin und Václav Klement founded a
factory, under the name L&K, for the production of bicycles in Mladá Boleslav – it was
around ten years before the company released its first car.
The Spanish tour is one of the three largest international stage races and last year
millions of excited cycling fans took to the streets to watch the event. This year’s Vuelta
will be broadcast worldwide to 190 countries and will capture some 2.2 million viewers.
In particular, the spectacular ‘mountain stages’ are amongst the best that international
cycling has to offer. La Vuelta will feature hills climbs again this year. The 3.181
kilometre tour includes 13 hill and mountain stages.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 26, 2014, 12:35:05 posle podne
The new ŠKODA Fabia - Clever small car with a spacious interior

› New ŠKODA Fabia: functional and full of emotion; compact outer dimensions, generous interior
› Perfect everyday companion: spacious, practical, clever and nimble
› Largest boot capacity within its class: 330 litres; 17 ‘Simply Clever’ features

Mladá Boleslav, 26 August 2014 – The new ŠKODA Fabia not only impresses with its emotionally-charged design; the car is also cleverer and more practical than ever before. The new model has enough space for 5 occupants and their luggage, yet thanks to its compact footprint, it is extremely agile and nimble. The boot is the largest within the small car segment. In typical ŠKODA style, the new Fabia has a total of 17 ‘Simply Clever’ features, nine of which are new.
“The new ŠKODA Fabia is a real champion in terms of practicality, offering a wide variety of opportunities for use – it is the ideal car for modern yet practical urban mobility and also possesses the perfect combination of functionality and emotionally-rich design,” says Dr Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development.

The ŠKODA Fabia provides lots of space for occupants and their luggage. The interior passenger space is slightly longer and larger than in the previous model and at the same time provides the driver and passengers with increased headroom. Although the new ŠKODA Fabia is 8 mm shorter than its predecessor, its interior length has increased by around 8 mm to 1,674 mm. Elbow room is also greater at 1,401 mm (21 mm longer) at the front and 1,386 mm (2 mm longer) at the rear.
The boot is the largest within the car’s segment. The luggage compartment in the new ŠKODA Fabia has a capacity of 330 litres, which is 15 litres more than the previous model and is considerably bigger than comparable competitors’ models. With the rear seats folded down, loading capacity increases to up to 1,150 litres. A spacious rear access width of 1,098 mm, a tailgate that swings open to 1,915 mm and a low sill height make loading easier. The loading area is 960 mm wide, which is 2 cm wider than the previous generation.

‘Simply Clever’ – the new ŠKODA Fabia fits the bill perfectly. Depending on spec, up to nine new ‘Simply Clever’ features are available for the new ŠKODA Fabia.

The new Fabia is the first ŠKODA to feature MirrorLink™ technology. It allows smartphone apps to be displayed on the screen of the infotainment system which, amongst other things, takes the use of navigation software or personal music files to a new level. Connection is quick and easy. Just connect the smartphone to the Bolero system via a USB cable, select and activate MirrorLink™ mode on the radio and MirrorLink™-certified apps will be mirrored on the infotainment system’s display.

Another very useful function is SmartGate, permitting the transfer of certain vehicle data such as fuel consumption, average speed, journey costs to specific applications on a smartphone for storage and mobile use. Data transfer is wireless via WiFi technology.

The new Fabia now features an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap. The new multimedia device cradle in the centre console is the perfect place to store a mobile phone, smartphone or an iPod. The high-vis vest, now mandatory in many countries, has a convenient dedicated storage compartment in the driver’s door. A rubbish bin is available for the side door. Storage nets on the inside edges of the front seats will hold miscellaneous small items. The new ŠKODA Fabia also provides more space for drinks bottles. Both rear doors will now hold a 0.5-litre bottle and a 1.0-litre bottle will fit in the glove compartment. Therefore, the ŠKODA Fabia now offers space for up to seven bottles: one bottle in each of the front and rear doors, the glove compartment and two bottles in the centre console.

The new ŠKODA Fabia also offers further ‘Simply Clever’ features that proved valuable in the car’s second generation, including the standard parking ticket holder on the inside of the left-hand A-pillar and the two optional bag hooks in the boot. Two storage nets are also available as an option for the boot to keep the area tidy. The hat shelf can be left in its normal position, but can also serve as horizontal partition or be stored vertically behind the rear seats. In addition, an optional flexible storage compartment for the boot will hold miscellaneous objects in place. Another ‘Simply Clever’ feature is the corner light function of the fog lamps.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 28, 2014, 00:44:53 pre podne
Emotions in the cool North: Six ŠKODA rarities at the Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik

​› Fascinating ŠKODA classics enrich the finest Rally of the North
› ŠKODA diversity: from a luxury car from the 1930s to the ŠKODA 130 RS
› Driving at Leisure: 733 km, 180 vehicles, six stages, three days

​Mladá Boleslav, 27 August 2014– From the cool North: ŠKODA will be presenting six particularly emotional representatives of the company’s 119-year history at this year’s Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik. The rarities from Mladá Boleslav show the diversity of ŠKODA’s historical models, ranging from a luxury 1930s automobile to the speedy ŠKODA 130 RS racing car.
​The 7th Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik leads the 180 participants from the Port of Hamburg to the heart of the German capital over three days (28 to 30 September). It is not without reason that the Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik has been called the most beautiful classic car rally of the North. Under the motto ‘Driving at Leisure’, the 733 km route leads over beautiful, small country roads – perfect for the automotive legends. For the first time there will be a detour over the German-Polish border to Szczecin this year.

“The Hamburg-Berlin-Classic has become a real cult rally,” says Michal Velebný, Head of the restoration workshop at the ŠKODA Museum. “Our vehicles represent an emotional glimpse through the brand’s automotive tradition”.

At the Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik Rally, the ŠKODA 645, produced in 1931, represents ŠKODA’s significance in automotive luxury of the 1920s and 30s. The saloon, which was over five metres long, was presented as another of the brand’s luxury models at the Prague Motor Show in 1929. The model name was the result of the number of cylinders and performance: the 2.5 litre six-cylinder in-line engine achieved up to 45 PS (33 kW). The mixed construction of a steel chassis and a wooden body is particularly remarkable. 758 models were built at the time; today, not even half a dozen of these prestigious saloons are known of.

An extremely rare and admirable highlight of the ŠKODA collection is the ŠKODA Popular Sport Coupé ‘Little Entente’. The name ‘Little Entente’ goes back to the vehicle’s special use in 1937. At that time, the sporty coupé won a 2400km rally through Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Romania, which then formed the ‘Little Entente’ alliance. The vehicle has been a proud member of the ŠKODA Museum collection since 1968. The Norwegian rally legend John Haugland will be behind the wheel at the Hamburg-Berlin Klassik.

The ŠKODA 1101 Cabrio is an important representative of the ŠKODA automotive era after WWII, dating back to 1948. Under the bonnet of the vehicle also known as the Tudor, you can find a 32-hp four-cylinder engine with a 1089 cm3 displacement. The Tudor is a regular participant at European vintage car rallies, and is considered very reliable and robust.

The faithfully restored ŠKODA 440 ‘Spartak’ from 1957 is also likely to captivate the spectators at the Hamburg-Berlin. The distinctive classic is to make its first appearance this season after extensive restoration. The ‘Spartak’ is powered by a 40-hp engine with 1089 cm3 displacement.  In its time, the ‘Spartak’ was an inexpensive yet modern people’s car.

ŠKODA’s appearance at the Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik is rounded off with two sporty racers from the 1970s. The ŠKODA 130 RS is an outstanding representative of ŠKODA’s 113-year history in motorsport. The seven-time German Rally Champion Matthias Kahle will be driving a model dating back to 1978. The place as Kahle’s co-driver was auctioned off to the highest bidder, raising around 4355 euros for ‘A Heart for Children’. The sports coupé ŠKODA 110 R from 1978 will also be drawing in the crowds with its athletic and emotional design.

The Hamburg-Berlin Klassik starts on Thursday, 28 August at the Hamburg fish market. The rally is a sporty performance trial event, evaluating uniformity and reliability, meaning that the competition is not necessarily about achieving the highest speeds. The destination for these 180 classics is Berlin where they will cross the finishing line on 30 August after a total of six exciting stages. Automobiles of historical importance built before 1994 have been entered into the rally. Auto Bild Klassik will be hosting the event.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 28, 2014, 13:52:50 posle podne
The moment is finally here: ŠKODA celebrates the arrival of the new Fabia

› ŠKODA’s main plant Mladá Boleslav celebrates start of production for the new Fabia
› Production facility in Mladá Boleslav has been strongly upgraded
› Top-of-the-range technology with regards to safety, connectivity, environment and comfort
› Practical and full of emotion: fresh looks, lots of space, new ‘Simply Clever’ features

Mladá Boleslav, 28 August 2014 – Reason to celebrate: under the header ‘Welcome New Fabia’, the first third-generation ŠKODA Fabia rolled off the production line at ŠKODA’s parent plant in Mladá Boleslav. The production staff gave the first car – a Fabia in ‘Race Blue’ – a standing ovation as it passed the final inspection. The completely newly designed ŠKODA Fabia wows with its emotionally-rich design language, innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems from higher car segments, as well as with its low consumption values. Market launch will be in November.

“The start of production for the new ŠKODA Fabia is another milestone in our model and production campaign,” says ŠKODA Board Member for Production Michael Oeljeklaus. “It’s always a big moment when the first vehicle of a newly developed model rolls of the line. This particularly applies to the new Fabia, as this great car is an important pillar in ŠKODA’s growth strategy. Our teams from Development and Production have put in meticulous and intensive preparation and commitment to get the small car up and running – a car that will set new benchmarks in its segment,” says Oeljeklaus. Ahead of the production start for the ŠKODA Fabia, extensive adjustment and refurbishment work has been completed at the Mladá Boleslav factory; all carried out during the factory holiday which ended mid-August.
40 companies specialised in production technology along with hundreds of experts have been involved in the process.

The new ŠKODA Fabia is ‘simply more car’ in every respect. The third-generation Fabia demonstrates as the first production car how ŠKODA’s design has developed into a more expressive and emotionally-rich design language. Smooth proportions, crystalline shapes and clear-cut lines make the new edition stand out. In addition, the new ŠKODA Fabia provides much more scope for customisation than ever before, inside and out.

What’s more: small car, big on technology. The new ŠKODA Fabia has been given innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems from higher vehicle segments. For the first time, a ŠKODA can easily be paired with a smartphone via MirrorLink™ technology. The completely new range of engines also sets new benchmarks, making the third-generation model the most ecological and economical ŠKODA Fabia of all time. Compared to the previous model, the new Fabia uses up to 17 per cent less fuel.

In typical ŠKODA style, the new Fabia also impresses with its generous space and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features, up to nine of which are new.

With a completely newly developed, third generation model, the manufacturer wants to continue the ŠKODA Fabia’s impressive success story. Having sold approx. 3.4 million vehicles to date worldwide, the ŠKODA Fabia is the Czech brand’s bestselling car after the ŠKODA Octavia. Between 1999 and 2006, a total of 1.8 million first-generation Fabias were sold. From 2006 to date, ŠKODA delivered around 1.7 million second-generation Fabias to customers.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Avgust 31, 2014, 14:28:59 posle podne

China‘s Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli visits ŠKODA

› Important visitors from China: Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Transport Minister Yang Chuantang and a 65-strong Chinese delegation are hosted by ŠKODA
› President of the Czech Parliament, Jan Hamáček, accompanies the Chinese guests
› Programme: talks with the ŠKODA Board of Management and KOVO trade union; visits to the ŠKODA museum and the ŠKODA Octavia production in Mladá Boleslav
› China is an important pillar in ŠKODA’s growth strategy; the product portfolio in China expands to six models with the aim of delivering at least 500,000 vehicles annually
› Success: since 2007, ŠKODA has sold more than 1.2 million cars in China

Mladá Boleslav, 29 August 2014 – Another important state visit to Mladá Boleslav: China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, accompanied by the Chinese Transport Minister Yang Chuantang and a high-level governmental and media delegation from China, was a guest of ŠKODA AUTO today. The visitors were accompanied by Jan Hamáček, President of the Czech Parliament.

The primary focus of the half-day visit was a meeting with the CEO of ŠKODA, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland, the ŠKODA Board of Management, Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, member of the Volkswagen AG Board of Management with responsibility for China, as well as the KOVO MB leader of the Works Council, Jaroslav Povšík. As well as discussing current topics, the visitors were particularly given information about the successful development of the ŠKODA brand as well as its international ŠKODA production network. They also discussed the significance of the Chinese market for the international car industry and opportunities for the ŠKODA brand in China. As well as this, the programme included a visit to the ŠKODA museum and the Octavia production line at ŠKODA’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav.

“ŠKODA’s development in China over the last seven years is a success story,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Sales in excess of 1.2 million vehicles since 2007 demonstrate that our brand is well received by the Chinese customers. China, the number-one growth market globally, is a core pillar in ŠKODA’s growth strategy and offers us promising opportunities. We intend to increase the number of cars delivered annually to at least 500,000 in the coming years and for this reason we will continue our model campaign strongly,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland.

As the largest individual market, China has great importance for ŠKODA. The 227,000 deliveries to Chinese customers made up around a quarter of ŠKODA’s global vehicle sales in 2013. The Czech car manufacturer has been operating in China since 2007. Since then, ŠKODA has delivered more than 1.2 million vehicles in China. During the first seven months of this year, deliveries in China grew by 17.3 per cent to 151,800 vehicles.

When it comes to its plans for growth, the Czech car manufacturer is banking on the most attractive model portfolio for China ever. Recently, ŠKODA expanded its China portfolio to include six models. The highlight and star rocket of these fireworks of products is the new ŠKODA Octavia. On sale in China since May, this third-generation model is in a class of its own and sets new standards as far as space, functionality, technology and design are concerned.
Altogether, the ŠKODA range available in China includes the following models: the Fabia, Rapid, Rapid Spaceback, Octavia, Yeti, Yeti 4x4, Superb and Superb Combi. The car manufacturer is counting on local production: six models – the Fabia, Rapid, Rapid Spaceback, Octavia, Yeti und Superb – are being produced locally in cooperation with the Chinese partner Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW). ŠKODA manufacturing operations are based at the SVW sites in Anting, Yizheng und Ningbo.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 03, 2014, 10:06:21 pre podne
Frank Schreier appointed as ŠKODA’s new Head of Quality

Mladá Boleslav, 2 September 2014 – Frank Schreier is the new Head of Quality
at ŠKODA AUTO. Schreier replaces Dr Manfred Bort who is moving to a different
position within Volkswagen Group.

Frank Schreier (56) studied Industrial Engineering at Braunschweig University and has
been working within Volkswagen Group for over 35 years. During this time, he held a
number of positions in production, before becoming Head of Car Production at the
Wolfsburg factory and later specialising in quality. Mr Schreier was responsible for quality
at various locations within Volkswagen Group. From 2006 to 2009 he was Head of Quality
at ŠKODA AUTO, a position to which he now returns. From October 2011 to August 2014
he served as Director of Quality at SEAT.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 03, 2014, 15:30:52 posle podne
Happy Birthday: Three ŠKODA Icons Turn 80

› ŠKODA Popular, Rapid and Superb highlight the rise of the brand in the 1930s
› ŠKODA Popular became the first ŠKODA accessible to general public in 1934
› ŠKODA Rapid: fantastic representative of the lower mid-class
› ŠKODA Superb: Automobile luxury of the 1930s and 1940s

Mladá Boleslav, 03 September 2014 – Three outstanding ŠKODA classics are celebrating their 80th anniversary this year: The ŠKODA Popular, ŠKODA Rapid and ŠKODA Superb. The attractive trio laid the foundation stone in 1934 for ŠKODA’s rise to becoming the best-selling brand on the Czechoslovakian home market and a recognised car brand throughout Europe in the 1930s. In their time, the vehicles set standards in technology, design and value for money.
The manufacturer introduced three vehicles within a few months of each other – a true model campaign. The new releases from Mladá Boleslav with innovative design solutions were greeted enthusiastically: replacing the former lead frame, all three models featured a modern central-tube frame. Additionally, ŠKODA introduced individual wheel suspension, followed in 1937 by modern OHV engines with overhead valves.

The vehicle trio gave the brand a powerful boost. Selling around 3,000 vehicles in 1936, ŠKODA became the number one carmaker for the first time in what was then Czechoslovakia. ŠKODA also achieved considerable success on the export market.

ŠKODA Popular: The bestseller from Mladá Boleslav

The ŠKODA Popular, which celebrated its premiere in February 1934, was the first ŠKODA model to receive a proper name in addition to a numerical designation. The name lived up to what it promised. The lightweight and low-cost model was an extremely popular vehicle, fulfilling the long-awaited dream for a car of a broad range of consumers, and was a real ‘people's car’. The four-seater was available as a saloon, as the two-door convertible ‘Tudor’, and as a semi-convertible, plus there was a two-seater roadster version and a van variant.

The two-door small car, introduced as the ŠKODA 418 Popular, was powered by a 18 hp engine with a 903 cc displacement. A larger four-cylinder engine with 995 cc displacement and 20 hp followed later that same year (ŠKODA 420 Popular). In 1937, the model received a new four-cylinder engine with 27 hp and modern overhead valves (ŠKODA Popular OHV), reaching an impressive top speed of 100 km/h. The ŠKODA Popular 1100 OHV followed in 1938 with 1,089 cc displacement and 30 hp, in 1940, the ŠKODA Popular 1101 with 32 hp and many other engine variants.
The ŠKODA Popular quickly became the best-selling automobile in what was then Czechoslovakia. Between 1934 and 1946, ŠKODA sold over 20,000 ŠKODA Populars, of which a remarkable 6,000 were exported to 50 other countries. The small car was not only exported to European markets but also found its way overseas, including countries such as China, India, as well as African and South American countries.

A major reason for the great popularity of the Popular was its reliability. With numerous long-distance journeys, ŠKODA boosted the reputation of the vehicle as a particularly robust and versatile model. In the May of 1934, seven young people undertook an expedition from Prague to Calcutta, covering around 11,000 kilometres without a single technical failure. The original photographs of the trip can be seen today at the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav. Additional reliability trials followed, among others, the 1936 USA-Mexico trip of Mr. and Mrs. Elstner: under the motto ‘100 days in the small car’, they covered just under 25,000 kilometres in a ŠKODA Popular.
The Popular even showed what it was made of on the rally circuit. In January 1936, Zdenek Pohl and Jaroslav Hausman took part in the famous Monte Carlo Rally with a two-seater Roadster version of the ŠKODA Popular Sport. Right off the bat, the Popular landed second place in its displacement-class and twelfth place overall. Encouraged by their rallying success, the brand presented several particularly sporty models under the name ŠKODA Popular Sport ‘Monte Carlo’, 70 of which were built between 1936 and 1938 as a roadster version and as streamlined coupé. An example can be found today in the ŠKODA Museum’s collection.

ŠKODA Rapid: Success in the mid-class

The ŠKODA Rapid also celebrated its premiere in 1934. As the big brother of the Popular, the ŠKODA Rapid was a new type of mid-class. Under the bonnet you could find a four-cylinder engine with a 1,195 cc displacement and 26 hp. The vehicles of the first series were available as the two-door Tudor, four-door saloon and two-door semi-convertible. The most produced version had a 1,386 cc engine, and the strongest model, which was produced until 1947, had 2,198 cc. ŠKODA sold almost 7,000 Rapids.

The ŠKODA Rapid also demonstrated its skill in many areas, including reliability trials. In 1936 Břetislavova Prohazka, the then Director of the Czechoslovak automobile club, circumnavigated the globe in only 97 days in a ŠKODA Rapid with his friend Kubias. Their route took them through Russia and Persia, over the Indian desert, then they passed through China and Japan and boarded a boat to the USA. They also took a ship from New York back to Europe. The pair drove over the continent with the Rapid on its own axles.
The new ŠKODA Rapid 1500 OHV celebrated its debut alongside the ŠKODA Popular 1100 OHV in the summer of 1938. The vehicle had a four-cylinder engine with 1,558 cc and 42 hp.

ŠKODA Superb: Automobile luxury

The manufacturer celebrated the brilliant culmination of an eventful year by presenting the ŠKODA 640 Superb at the end of 1934. Series production started in March 1935. From then on, the name Superb was synonymous with very high-class cars from Mladá Boleslav.

600 of the ŠKODA Superb had been produced for the civilian market by 1949. The best-selling version was the four-door limousine with six side windows. A four-door saloon version and a convertible were also offered.
The 5.5 metre long ŠKODA 640 Superb was powered by a 55 hp straight six-cylinder with 2,492 cc. The vehicle also featured a modern four-speed transmission. Passengers were very comfortable on the road thanks to the transverse leaf springs over the rear axle. The Superb was also the first ŠKODA to feature a hydraulic brake system.
The overhead valve (OHV) system was used in the Superb from 1938. The modernized ŠKODA Superb 3000 was powered by a straight six-cylinder engine with an output of 80 hp, reaching speeds of up to 120 km/h. ŠKODA Superb 4000 with the engine 3.991 cc followed.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 04, 2014, 13:43:48 posle podne
ŠKODA starts new engine centre operations at Mladá Boleslav

› Officially opened by ŠKODA Board of Management, along with the Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, ŠKODA Works Council and Volkswagen Group representatives
› Investments of around 45 million euros
› Centrepiece: 21 new engine and component test benches
› Competence: 115 years of expertise in powertrain development and production at ŠKODA

Mladá Boleslav, 04 September 2014 – ŠKODA AUTO has started operations at the new engine centre in Mladá Boleslav today. Together with Volkswagen Group, the manufacturer has invested around 45 million euros into the expansion of the existing ŠKODA Technology and Development Centre in Mladá Boleslav. The construction period was just under two years.

The Czech car manufacturer is expanding its expertise in engine and powertrain development through this new engine centre. The official opening was attended by the ŠKODA Board of Management, the Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, ŠKODA Works Council Chairman Jaroslav Povšík, as well as senior representatives of Volkswagen Group.

Over the next few years, ŠKODA plans to increase deliveries to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year worldwide. “The new engine centre is an important investment in the future of the ŠKODA brand and the Czech Republic as a manufacturing base. ŠKODA represents 115 years of expertise in engine development. We are strengthening this competency through the new engine centre,” says Dr Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development.
“The opening of the engine centre is an important step for ŠKODA AUTO, further increasing the competitiveness of the manufacturer internationally and ensuring job security,” says Jaroslav Povšík, Chairman of the KOVO MB Trade Union. “With this new facility, I am confident that ŠKODA will increase the appeal of technical careers to young people and that ŠKODA will be even more attractive as an employer. At the same time, with the new engine centre, Mladá Boleslav has gained another modern building, perfectly complementing its surroundings.”

Today, the Czech manufacturer carries out significant development work within Volkswagen Group on brakes, gearboxes, engines and components. Together with Volkswagen Group, the company has invested around 45 million euros into the construction of the engine centre – more than 34 million euros into the new building and around another 10 million euros into its equipment – making this currently one of the largest development investments of a private company in the Czech Republic.

There are 21 engine test benches at the core of the new engine centre. In addition to testing new engine generations prepared for series production, highly dynamic tests are also possible on the powerful 400 kW test benches, such as those necessary for ŠKODA’s motorsport activities. Another six specialised test benches are used to evaluate the function and durability of individual components and systems of internal combustion engines.
In light of the growing demand on the global use of engines, powertrains can be tested for the highly diverse markets worldwide – designed for different fuel types.

During the construction of the new engine centre, ŠKODA placed particular emphasis on ensuring operations were as environmentally friendly as possible. The test benches will be able to feed electricity back into the grid or provide power for direct consumption in the building. The heat produced from the cooling cycle and exhaust venting when testing the engines will serve the building’s heating system through a heat exchanger. The savings arising from these measures amount to 1140 MWh of heat energy and 400 MWh of electrical energy compared to conventional systems. This corresponds to a reduction of approximately 720 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Cooling water is sustainably supplied to the cooling towers from the Jizera River close by, saving 16,000 m3 of drinking water per year. Approximately 48,000 m2 of green land is to be created around the new test centre and other buildings in the vicinity.

ŠKODA is expanding its expertise in research and development with the new engine centre. The manufacturer’s Česana plant is the fourth-largest in Volkswagen Group, and one of the most modern in the automotive industry. The existing technology centre was opened in 2008, and has been continuously expanded in several steps. In 2009, the manufacturer opened two climate chambers for vehicle endurance tests and for tests on vehicle heating and air conditioning systems. New acoustic test benches were added at the end of 2010. Additionally, the testing track at Husí Lhota in Úhelnice has been part of the Technical Development department since 2011. This is where dynamic vehicle tests and crash tests are carried out.
ŠKODA is the only car manufacturer in the Czech Republic not only producing but also developing cars and components. Technical Development currently employs around 1700 specialists, engineers, designers and constructors. All vehicles are developed in Mladá Boleslav, not only those for domestic production but also the vehicles that roll off production lines abroad.

The development and production of engines has always been a focus of the company’s research and development. To date, ŠKODA has produced around 11.6 million engines.

The latest evidence of the company’s engineering competence was the launch of a new 1.0 MPI three-cylinder engine of the EA 211 series at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav at the end of May 2014. The new powertrain is used in the small and compact vehicles of ŠKODA, SEAT and Volkswagen.
ŠKODA has been producing the 1.2 and 1.4 TSI petrol engines of the EA 211 series since the end of 2012. In addition, the 1.2 HTP engines of the EA 111 series have been rolling off ŠKODA’s production lines since 2001. At the beginning of May this year, the manufacturer had produced 3 million 1.2 HTP engines.

ŠKODA has a tradition of developing and producing engines; in 1899 – four years after launching a company which constructed bicycles – when ŠKODA’s founding fathers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement (L&K) equipped a bicycle with an auxiliary motor for the first time: the so-called Motocyclette. In 1905, L&K developed the company’s first automobile, bearing the name ‘Voiturette A’ – driven by a water-cooled, 7 PS two-cylinder engine with a capacity of 1100 cm³. Further engine milestones during the early years included the construction of the first eight-cylinder engine in Central Europe in 1907. By 1924, even aircraft engines were being produced by L&K.

After the merger with ŠKODA in 1925, the development of engines continued to play an important role. After the Second World War, the first rear engine became a key development step in 1964. 1987 saw the return of the front engine. The decisive impetus for modern powertrain production was the company’s association with Volkswagen Group in 1991.

In addition to building engines, ŠKODA also focuses on the production of gearboxes. At the Mladá Boleslav plant, ŠKODA manufactures the MQ 200 manual gearbox and the MQ/SQ 100 gearbox. The DQ 200 dual-clutch automatic transmission is made at the Vrchlabí plant.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 04, 2014, 14:10:04 posle podne
Dieter Seemann New Head of Purchasing at ŠKODA

Mladá Boleslav, 4 September 2014 – On 15 October 2014, Dieter Seemann is to become the new Board Member for Purchasing at ŠKODA AUTO. He succeeds Karlheinz Hell, who is soon to take over as Executive Director of Corporate Purchasing Electric/Electronic within the Volkswagen Group.

"We would like to thank Mr. Hell for his excellent work. He has made a significant contribution to the success of the ŠKODA brand in a crucial phase of the company's growth," says ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland.

Dieter Seemann (57) studied Industrial Engineering. He started his career at Volkswagen AG in 1985 in the Engine Procurement department. He subsequently held various positions in Purchasing and Project Management. In 1989 Seemann became the Supply Division Manager at Shanghai Volkswagen in China. He then went on to become Vice-president of Volkswagen de Mexico, whilst also being director of the Forward-Global-Sourcing department. Between 2000 and 2005, he led the Procurement of new vehicle launches for the Volkswagen brand and the Group. He then returned to Shanghai to take over as Deputy Managing Director and Executive Commercial Director. Seemann transferred to SEAT in 2009 to become their Chief Financial Officer. He has remained on the Board of Directors at SEAT since 2010 as Head of Purchasing.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 09, 2014, 10:04:19 pre podne
ŠKODA Records Further Growth in August

› ŠKODA deliveries increase 14.3% to 73,200 vehicles
› Best August in ŠKODA’s 119-year corporate history
› European market share increases for the first time to over 5% in August
› World Premiere of the new ŠKODA Fabia early October in Paris

Mladá Boleslav, 8 September 2014 – ŠKODA has achieved double-digit growth again in August. ŠKODA’s deliveries grew 14.3% to 73,200 vehicles (August 2013: 64,000). This was the best August in ŠKODA’s corporate history. In Western Europe, the brand grew by 14.5%, in China by 19.1% and in Central Europe even by 32.4%. The brand’s European market share rose for the first time to over 5% (5.1%) in August.
“ŠKODA is continuing along the path of growth,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Across all the markets, we can see that our rejuvenated model range is appealing to new consumer groups. The world premiere of the new Fabia at the International Motor Show in Paris is the next important step in the ŠKODA model campaign.”

The new ŠKODA Fabia is to be presented to the public for the first time in early October at the Paris Motor Show. The completely redeveloped third generation Fabia sports impressive and emotional designs, innovative technology and the highest functionality. Its market launch is set for November.
In Western Europe ŠKODA’s deliveries to customers rose 14.5% to 24,500 this August (August 2013: 21,400), with the market share increasing to 3.8%. In Germany, ŠKODA grew by 18.8% to 10,500 vehicles delivered (August 2013: 8800), and are building their position as the strongest foreign brand in the region. In the UK, the manufacturer achieved growth of 18.5%, selling 2600 vehicles (August 2013: 2200). ŠKODA also achieved double-digit growth in Sweden (1200 vehicles; up 14.0%), Belgium (1000 vehicles; up 44.8%), Spain (800 vehicles; up 13.0%), in Norway (700 vehicles, up 26.8%), Italy (700 vehicles; up 14.9%), Greece (200 vehicles; up 18.1%) and Portugal (200 vehicles; up 83.3%).

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA delivered 10,000 vehicles to customers this August (August 2013: 10,500). In Russia, ŠKODA increased their market share to 4.2%, selling 6800 vehicles (August 2013: 7100). The brand achieved significant growth in the countries of Kazakhstan (900 vehicles, up 127.7%), Romania (600 vehicles, up 62.3%), Serbia (300 vehicles, up 11.2%), Bulgaria (200 vehicles, up 48.1%), Bosnia (100 vehicles, up 32.2%) and in the Baltic States (500 vehicles, up 41.0%).

ŠKODA’s sales were up by a third this August in Central Europe. Deliveries to customers increased 32.4% to 11,200 vehicles (August 2013: 8500). In their Czech home market, 5900 customers opted for a ŠKODA – that is an increase of 33.2% compared to last August (4400 deliveries). ŠKODA’s market share in the Czech Republic grew to 42.2% in August. The brand achieved excellent sales figures in Poland (3000 vehicles, up 30.5%), Slovakia (1300 vehicles, up 44.6%), Hungary (500 vehicles, up 20.1%) and Slovenia (400 vehicles, up 49.4%).

In their strongest single market, China, ŠKODA grew 19.1% to 21,600 vehicles sold this August (August 2013: 18,100). The brand also recorded significant growth in Israel (1300 vehicles, up 15.5%), Taiwan (200 vehicles, up 127.4%) and New Zealand (100 vehicles, up 89.2%). In India, ŠKODA delivered 1000 vehicles in August (August 2013: 1500). ŠKODA deliveries to customers in August 2014 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent over August 2013):

ŠKODA Octavia (24,800; -2.4%)
ŠKODA Rapid (18,900; +128.6%)
ŠKODA Fabia (11,200; -15.9%)
ŠKODA Yeti (7100; +44.5%)
ŠKODA Superb (6700; -3.2%)
ŠKODA Roomster (1900; -13.7%)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 2500; -15.2%)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 09, 2014, 10:28:34 pre podne
ŠKODA Official Sponsor of New Champions Hockey League in Europe

› ŠKODA to sponsor Champions Hockey League (CHL) until 2016
› Best of the best: 44 European hockey teams compete for the title
› ŠKODA – official main sponsor of IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship since 1992; longest main sponsorship in history of sports world championships

Mladá Boleslav, 9 September 2014 – ŠKODA continues to expand its long-standing commitment to international ice hockey. The Czech manufacturer is an official sponsor of the newly founded Champions Hockey League (CHL). The partnership with Europe's new hockey Champions League includes the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons. ŠKODA has supported the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship as official main sponsor since 1992, and is also a partner to some of the best national hockey teams in the world.

The newly founded Champions Hockey League was launched at the start of the 2014/2015 season. 44 top European teams from 12 countries will be taking part in the competition between August and February, with the finals being held on 3 February 2015. Those involved in the CHL include 26 leading European clubs, six European leagues (Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland) and the International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF.

“We are very pleased to be supporting the new European Champions Hockey League as the official sponsor,” says ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing Werner Eichhorn. “For more than 20 years, ŠKODA has been firmly established in the international hockey world as the official main sponsor of the Hockey World Championships and as a partner to outstanding national teams. In connection with these activities, the most important future European ice hockey event is a great platform to consistently show our presence throughout the year and present the brand internationally in an emotional and exciting environment.”
Over the next two years, ŠKODA will be pulling out all the stops for their CHL sponsorship. This will include positioning the attention-grabbing ŠKODA logo around the rink. The logo will be featured prominently on the ice from the second round onwards.

Additionally, the manufacturer will be showcasing vehicles at the semi-finals and final. ŠKODA will be an ever-present symbol in all CHL communications media including all online activities.
By continuing to support the Champions Hockey League, the Czech carmaker expands this long-standing commitment to international ice hockey that spans over two decades. ŠKODA has been the official main sponsor of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships since 1992, making this the longest main sponsorship in the history of sports world championships. This is a long-term sponsorship deal and was renewed three years ago until 2017.

ŠKODA has been a keen supporter of ice hockey since the beginning of their strategic ice hockey commitment 22 years ago. This includes supporting national hockey associations and leagues. During the last IIHF World Championship in Belarus, the ŠKODA logo shone on the jerseys and helmets of four teams (Czech Republic, Slovakia, USA and Norway).
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 11, 2014, 12:16:05 posle podne
Premiere: ŠKODA Classic in China

​› ŠKODA on the starting line of first ever ‘Top City Classic Rally China’
› Inspirational automotive gems: Laurin & Klement 300 and ŠKODA Felicia
› ‘Top City Classic Rally China’: Two trips in the regions of Beijing and Shanghai

​Mladá Boleslav, 11 September 2014 – ŠKODA premiere in China: The carmaker will be taking part in a classic car rally in China for the first time. A Laurin and Klement 300 and a ŠKODA Felicia will be on the starting line of the first ‘Top City Classic Rally China’. The ‘Top City Classic Rally China’ comprises two uniformity and reliability trials in the regions of the Chinese cities of Beijing (12 to 14 September) and Shanghai (19 to 21 September 2014).
​The international classic scene will be enriched by a unique new rallying adventure – the ‘Top City Classic Rally China’. The participants will experience some real contrasts between the vibrant cities, ancient cultural sites and amazing areas of natural beauty over two consecutive weekends in China. “We are delighted that ŠKODA will have the opportunity of being at the premiere of this amazing classic rally,” says Michal Velebný, Director of the ŠKODA Museum restoration workshop. “China is by far ŠKODA’s largest individual market. The rally presents a great opportunity to showcase two real gems from our 119-year corporate history to a Chinese audience who are both enthusiastic and knowledgeable about vintage cars.” 

The Laurin & Klement 300 is a visually and acoustically impressive vehicle from the 1920s. The open-top L&K 300, which will be in the starting line in China, was built in 1923, and has been in the ŠKODA Museum’s collection in Mladá Boleslav since 1974. The exhaust system does not feature any kind of soundproofing, which will surely guarantee an audible experience like no other for the spectators.  In addition, the car, with its high, open body, is a feast for the eyes. The intern also known as 'Makina' L & K 300 is powered by a 50 hp engine with a 4713cc displacement. Its top speed is around 100km/h, and normal cruising speed is 60km/h. The four-speed transmission with a reverse gear drives the rear wheels of the vehicle’s frame structure. The 200-liter fuel tank is located behind the seats.

The convertible ŠKODA Felicia built in 1961 epitomizes the noble elegance of the 1960s. The automotive homage to the ‘Sweet Sixties’ is one of the brand’s most sought after vintage cars, and has steadily increased in value being so popular among collectors. The turquoise model driving through Beijing and Shanghai has long been one of the ‘regulars’ at important vintage car rallies in Europe. And even in China, ŠKODA Felicia is sure to win the hearts of all those watching the rally. With its elegant shape and the distinctive tail fin, the two-seater is open one of the finest vehicles of its time. Under the bonnet – a 50hp four-cylinder engine with a 1083cc displacement, accelerating the vehicle to a maximum of 130 km/h.

The ‘Top City Classic Rally China’ will start on 12 September in the Chinese capital Beijing. From there, the participants will be driving 477 km northwest over the following two days, reaching their destination on 14 September in the city of Zhangjiakou. The metropolis with 4.8 million inhabitants is also known as Beijing's Northern Door due to its strategic position above and northwest of Beijing.

The programme continues exactly one week later (19 to 21 September) with the second part of the ‘Top City Classic Rally China’. The drivers will be taking a 581km journey southwest from Shanghai to the town of Qiandaohuzhen. The scenic route passes through unique natural landscapes, including around the famous Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Lake), a vast, 573km2 reservoir.

Both trips in the ‘Top City Classic Rally China’ have been announced as uniformity and reliability trials. The China Rally has been organised by Motor Presse China in collaboration with the magazines Motor Klassik and Auto Motor und Sport.

China is by far ŠKODA’s strongest individual market. With 227,000 deliveries in 2013, around one quarter of ŠKODA’s vehicle sales worldwide went to customers in China. The Czech manufacturer has been on the Chinese market since 2007, where ŠKODA has since delivered more than 1.2 million vehicles. Sales in China grew 10.3% to 173,400 vehicles in the first eight months of this year alone.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 16, 2014, 22:05:57 posle podne
Crowds delighted with iconic ŠKODA classics in China

​› ŠKODA classics make their Chinese début at the ‘Top City Classic Rally China’
› Two cars, two victories: Laurin & Klement 300 and ŠKODA Felicia winners in their categories: Felicia ‘most stylish vehicle’ in addition
› Second round to come in the Shanghai region

​Mladá Boleslav, 16 September 2014 – ŠKODA’s brilliant premiere in China: both of the ŠKODA classics participating in ŠKODA’s first classic car rally in China have won in their respective categories. At the end of the first round of the ‘Top City Classic Rally China’ in Beijing, the Laurin & Klement 300 and ŠKODA Felicia landed poll positions in their categories last weekend. The second round of the classic car rally takes place from 19 to 21 September in the Shanghai region.
​“Our classic rally debut in China couldn’t have been better,” says Andreas Hafemann, President of ŠKODA China. “The ‘Top City Classic Rally China’ shows just how enthusiastic the Chinese really are about classic automobiles.  Not only did we have this opportunity to present two real gems from ŠKODA’s corporate history, but we also landed two poll positions – and this has, of course, made our participation doubly valuable.” 

The elegant Cabriolet ŠKODA Felicia dating back to 1961 made a grand entrance in China. The automotive homage to the 1960s won its rating class of cars produced between 1947 and 1961, and was also named ‘most stylish vehicle’ of all cars taking part in the rally.

The second classic from Mladá Boleslav also caused a sensation. At the end of the two-day drive in the Beijing area, the Laurin & Klement took poll position in its rating category (‘models built prior to 1930’). The visually and acoustically impressive L&K 300 was built in 1923, and has been a part of the ŠKODA Museum collection in Mladá Boleslav since 1974.

The ‘Top City Classic Rally China’ consists of two uniformity and reliability trials in the Chinese regions of Beijing (12 to 14 September) and Shanghai (19 to 21 September 2014). The 530-kilometre first round took place last weekend from the Chinese capital Beijing, heading north-west to the popular ski resort of Zhongli.

The second half of the classic car rally takes place next weekend (19 to 21 September). The participants will be taking a 581-kilometre journey from Shanghai, heading south-west to the city of Qiandaohuzhen. The scenic route will take the legendary cars through unique natural landscapes, including a drive around the famous ‘Thousand Island’ Lake – a 573 km2 reservoir.

Both rounds of the ‘Top City Rally China’ are listed as being uniformity and reliability trials. The China Rally has been organised by Motor Presse China in collaboration with the magazines Motor Classic and Auto Motor and Sport.

China is by far ŠKODA’s strongest individual market.  With 227,000 deliveries in 2013, around one quarter of ŠKODA’s total sales worldwide went to customers in China.  The Czech manufacturer has been on the Chinese market since 2007 and has since sold more than 1.2 million vehicles there. During the first eight months of this year, the number of deliveries the brand made increased 10.3% to 173,400 vehicles.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 17, 2014, 13:51:11 posle podne
33rd ŠKODA Economy Run: Every Drop of Fuel Counts

› Traditional fuel-saving competition with ŠKODA vehicles on 20 September 2014
› 50 European teams, 300 km journey; start and finish in Kosmonosy
› New measurement tool determines lowest fuel consumption more accurately
› Environment: 18 ŠKODA models under 100g CO2/km, 97 models under 120g

Mladá Boleslav, 17 September 2014 – Saving fuel, how far man and machine will go: This has been the central idea behind the long-standing ŠKODA Economy Run. And it will be that time again on 20 September 2014. The 33rd run of the traditional competition will be taking the drivers over 300 km from Kosmonosy to Vrchlabí and back. 50 European teams will be going head to head in ŠKODA cars. A ŠKODA Fabia won in 2013, with an average consumption of only 2.6 l/100 km (109 miles to the gallon).

“The ŠKODA Economy Run is a special kind of race – less is more,” says Roman Havlásek, Director of Aftersales at ŠKODA AUTO. “ŠKODAs are among the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market, at an affordable price. The consumption and emission values achieved during the ŠKODA Economy Run prove this time and again every year.” The winning car in last year’s ŠKODA Economy Run was a ŠKODA Fabia with an average fuel consumption of just 2.6 l/100 km. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of only 60.58 g/km.

The Czech carmaker has long been the official partner of the ŠKODA Economy Run. ŠKODA’s Customer Service Centre takes care of the vehicle preparation and inspections, as well as the entire technical organisation of the event. All services are carried out at the ŠKODA Service Training Centre in Kosmonosy.

A new device developed in partnership with ŠKODA will be used for the first time this year: The electronic measurement tool can more accurately determine how much fuel has been used on the trip by calculating the precise amount of fuel in each tank before and after the competition. Each tank is only filled to 75% capacity. Calculating the difference between the two measurements provides the exact amount of fuel consumed. Until now, the vehicles have each started on a full tank and the amount of fuel consumed has been measured at the finishing line based on the amount of fuel left in the tank.

50 teams from the Czech Republic, Russia and Slovakia will be taking part in this year’s battle to be named fuel-saving champion. Kosmonosy will be the starting and finishing point, with an additional stop at the ŠKODA plant in Kvasiny. Only ŠKODA vehicles running on petrol or diesel can be entered into the competition.

There are five evaluation categories, based on the lowest CO2 emissions, calculated by the vehicle’s total consumption. The results will also include the average speed, as well as the difference between the actual consumption and standard fuel consumption in the manufacturer’s guide book. Should two vehicles achieve identical consumption and CO2 emission values, the higher average speed or larger engine capacity shall be the decisive factor.

ŠKODA is working hard to reduce the consumption and CO2 emissions across their entire range. In total, 18 ŠKODA models and model versions produce CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km, and 97 ŠKODA models emit less than 120g CO2/km. It is the ŠKODA GreenLine and Green tec models that offer the most environmentally friendly mobility. These versions are available for each series in the ŠKODA range. Another important pillar in this environmental campaign is the natural gas engine. ŠKODA offers three attractive G-TEC models – the Citigo G-TEC, Octavia G-TEC und Octavia Combi G-TEC. ŠKODA offers individual mobility, starting at only 79g CO2/km with the natural gas powered city car – the ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC.

The new third generation ŠKODA Fabia will be setting the latest benchmarks in environmentally friendly mobility in autumn 2014. The completely redesigned small car is up to 17% more economical than its predecessor. The Fabia GreenLine, available towards the end of 2015, will run on an average of only 3.1 l diesel/100km, 91 miles to the gallon, emitting just 82 g CO2/km.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 19, 2014, 21:23:41 posle podne
Gold for ŠKODA Logistics System: Best in Europe

› ŠKODA logistics wins ‘European Gold Medal in Logistics and Supplier Chain’
› Modern production logistics: key to ŠKODA’s production
› State-of-the-art supply of parts and components contributing to ŠKODA’s growth

Mladá Boleslav/Brussels, 19 September 2014 –ŠKODA’s logistics system is number one: ŠKODA’s production area has come out on top in the ‘European Gold Medal in Logistics and Supplier Chain’ competition. By presenting this award, the European Logistics Association (ELA) has acknowledged the top quality and high efficiency of ŠKODA’s internationally oriented logistics system.

Logistics systems are among the crucial success factors in automotive production. ŠKODA’s top ranking once again underlines the outstanding level of ŠKODA’s production logistics. The manufacturer had already received an award earlier this year in March for ‘Logistics Project of the Year in the Czech Republic’.

The European Gold medal for logistics and supply chain management, organised by the European Logistics Association (ELA) is based on a similar principle to the Champions League. The ELA is a federation of 30 national organizations from Central and Western European countries. Only the winning projects from national competitions reach the European final. After winning the national title ‘Logistics Project of the Year’ in the Czech Republic in March 2014, ŠKODA’s logistics area continued their success and presented their innovative solutions in Brussels. The expert jury narrowed 30 of the best national logistics projects down to just six finalists, selecting companies in various industrial sectors.

“We are delighted to have been recognised at a European level,” says Jiří Cee, Head of ŠKODA’s Logistics. “Over recent years, ŠKODA has invested heavily in their production logistics, and consistently fine-tuned the area to the highest efficiency, perfecting the processes. The result has been one of the most powerful logistics systems in the automotive industry. It is here that the production area is making a significant contribution to ŠKODA’s growth strategy.”

The sophisticated, powerful and internationally oriented system at ŠKODA ensures that the right vehicle parts and components are available across the entire logistics chain at the right time, at the right place and to the required quantity. The entire logistics process incorporates 13 ŠKODA production facilities around the world. Between January and August 2014 ŠKODA produced 696,600 vehicles – more than ever before in the first eight months of a year.
As part of their growth strategy, the Czech manufacturer has expanded and modernized key areas of their logistics. Since the beginning of 2013, the new ŠKODA Logistics Centre has been setting new standards in terms of design, size and conveyor systems at the main factory in Mladá Boleslav. 33 high bay racks have been installed in a 15,500m2, 18-metre-high, semi-automated logistics hall to supply the site’s vehicle and powertrain production areas with materials. A fully automatic, 60-meter conveyor tunnel to the M13 production hall and state-of-the-art warehouse technology ensure the fast, flexible and highly efficient supply of parts.

The Mladá Boleslav plant has been using a new fully automatic transport trolley for a year. This is an automated guided transport system that delivers the necessary parts and components directly to the shelves on the assembly line. This saves time and money. The use of new ‘pick-by’ systems has also made a significant contribution to the plant’s efficiency, ensuring the necessary parts are delivered to the assembly line exactly when they are needed – the so-called ‘Just-in Sequence’. Since the end of last year, ŠKODA has been using a new solution a sequence container with ‘Pick-by-Frame’. This technology helps the employees when loading the picking cart and makes the process safer.
The newly opened ŠKODA Parts Centre has been a supporting pillar of ŠKODA’s Logistics since April 2013. As part of its modernization, the total area of the central warehouse doubled to more than 100,000m2 – the equivalent of 12 football pitches. In total the company has invested around EUR 31.8 million into the new centre. With approximately 25,000 daily deliveries, the ŠKODA Parts Centre is responsible for an important part of the global supply of genuine parts and accessories for ŠKODA AUTO, as well as the Group brands VW, Audi and Seat. It is the largest genuine parts centre in the Czech Republic.

Currently, around 1250 people are employed in ŠKODA’s production process, ensuring that millions of parts, components and vehicle systems are transported to where they are required. Every year, approximately 52,000 shipments are transported by rail alone to and from the three Czech ŠKODA plants. In addition, 469,000 truckloads are sent to and from these same locations each year. The warehouse and logistic areas also cover vast spaces: at the three plants of Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny und Vrchlabí in the Czech Republic, the logistics areas cover a total of 321,000m2 – as large as 40 football pitches.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 21, 2014, 13:07:44 posle podne

ŠKODA Economy Run 2014: ŠKODA Octavia wins with 95,756 MPG

› Jiří Pilný and Petr Šíma take the victory in a ŠKODA Octavia Combi at the 33rd ŠKODA Economy Run
› Low emissions: winning car ŠKODA Octavia at only 77.88 g CO2/km
› ŠKODA vehicles in fuel-saving competition on 20 September 2014
› Best for the environment: 18 ŠKODA models emit less than 100 g CO2/km

Mladá Boleslav, 21. September 2014 – And the winner is: ŠKODA Octavia Combi 2.0 TDI DPF/103 kW (2006) at 33rd ŠKODA Economy Run. The driver team Jiří Pilný and Petr Šíma managed to achieve the lowest consumption of all participants in a ŠKODA Octavia at only 2.95 l/100 km (95,756 MPG) at the traditional fuel-saving competition. The achieved fuel consumption is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 77.88 g/km.

The 33rd Economy Run took place on 20 September 2014. “It was made clear once again at this year’s ŠKODA Economy Run how efficiently and economically you can get from A to B in a ŠKODA,” says Roman Havlásek, Head of After Sales at ŠKODA AUTO. “We would like to congratulate Jiří Pilný and Petr Šíma on achieving such an excellent result of just 2.95 l/100 km. Reducing vehicle consumption and emissions across the entire range is of the highest priority for ŠKODA. The results show that we are on the right track, and ŠKODA has significantly improved these vales step by step.”
A total of 48 teams took part in this year’s ŠKODA Economy Run. At the one-day competition, only ŠKODA vehicles were registered, running on either gasoline or diesel. The starting and finishing line of the 309km route was Kosmonosy near the headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. There was a brief pit stop at the ŠKODA AUTO plant in Kvasiny.
For many years, ŠKODA has been the official partner of the ŠKODA Economy Run. The ŠKODA Customer Service department was responsible for the technical preparation and checks of vehicles, as well as the technical organisation of the event. All vehicle servicing took place at the ŠKODA Service Centre in Kosmonosy.

Divided into five categories, the participants were assessed on the basis of the lowest CO2 emissions, calculated from the vehicle’s total consumption. The average speed achieved and the difference between the actual consumption and the standard consumption (from the manufacturer’s handbook) were also taken into account. In cases where identical consumption and CO2 emissions were recorded, the higher average speed or larger engine capacity was the decisive factor.
A new device developed in partnership with ŠKODA will be used for the first time this year: The electronic measurement tool can more accurately determine how much fuel has been used on the trip by calculating the precise amount of fuel in each tank before and after the competition. Each tank is only filled to 75% capacity. Calculating the difference between the two measurements provides the exact amount of fuel consumed. Until now, the vehicles have each started on a full tank and the amount of fuel consumed has been measured at the finishing line based on the amount of fuel left in the tank.
ŠKODA is working hard to reduce the consumption and CO2 emissions across their entire range. In total, 18 ŠKODA models and model versions produce CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km, and 97 ŠKODA models emit less than 120g CO2/km. It is the ŠKODA GreenLine and Green tec models that offer the most environmentally friendly mobility. These versions are available for each series in the ŠKODA range. Another important pillar in this environmental campaign is the natural gas engine. ŠKODA offers three attractive G-TEC models – the Citigo G-TEC, Octavia G-TEC und Octavia Estate G-TEC. ŠKODA offers individual mobility, starting at only 79g CO2/km with the natural gas powered city car – the ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC.

The new third generation ŠKODA Fabia will be setting the latest benchmarks in environmentally friendly mobility in autumn 2014. The completely redesigned small car is up to 17% more economical than its predecessor. The Fabia GreenLine, available towards the end of 2015, will run on an average of only 3.1 l diesel/100km, 91 MPG, emitting just 82 g CO2/km.
A list of all the teams competing in this year’s ŠKODA Economy Run, along with all the results can be found at www.economyrun.cz.
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 23, 2014, 09:48:18 pre podne
Delightful ŠKODA Classics at Chinese Premiere

​› ŠKODA taking part in Chinese classic car rally for the first time
› ŠKODA Felicia and Laurin & Klement fascinated Chinese fans
› ‘Top City Classic Rally China’: two journeys in the regions of Beijing and Shanghai with thousands of enthusiastic car fans

​Mladá Boleslav, 22 September 2014 – Over the last two weekends, tens of thousands of people flocked to the first ‘Top City Classic Rally China’, delighted with ŠKODA’s magnificent debut appearance. After the victories in their rating classes at the opening in Beijing, the ŠKODA classics Felicia and Laurin & Klement also showed their best side in Shanghai (19 to 21 September).
​This was the first time that the Czech brand had taken part in a rally in China at the ‘Top City Classic Rally China’. The two cars ŠKODA entered into the rally were a convertible ŠKODA Felicia built in 1961 and a Laurin & Klement 300 from 1923. The L&K 300 was the oldest vehicle of all those on the starting field.

After the glorious ŠKODA premiere at their first rally weekend in Beijing, where both ŠKODA classics came top in their class a week ago, the ŠKODA Felicia and the Laurin & Klement were also on top form at their appearance in the Shanghai region. The ŠKODA Felicia finished second in the overall ratings, and even took he poll position on the first day of the rally. The Laurin & Klement 300 wood the crowds, being the oldest vehicle on the starting field.

“That was a great ŠKODA Classic debut in China, and, at the same time, the best publicity for the brand,” says Andreas Hafemann, President of ŠKODA China. “The enthusiasm the crowds show for our classic cars demonstrates how interested the people are in our history, and reiterates the fascination our customers in China have with our automotive gems. ŠKODA plans to grow further on the Chinese market. Emotional appearances like at this rally strengthen our image over the long term, and make an important contribution to our growth strategy.”

The ‘Top City Classic Rally China’ comprised two uniformity and reliability trials in the regions of Metropolitan Beijing (12 to 14 September) and Shanghai (19 to 21 September). The participants took a 581-kilometre journey from Shanghai, heading south-west to the city of Qiandaohuzhen. The scenic route led the legendary cars over unique natural landscapes, including a drive around the famous ‘Thousand Island’ Lake – a 573 km2 reservoir.

The first journey – a week earlier – took the drivers on a two-day journey from the capital city Beijing 530km north-west to the popular ski resort in Zhongli.

Both rounds of the ‘Top City Rally China’ were uniformity and reliability trials. The China Rally has been organised by Motor Presse China in collaboration with the magazines Motor Classic and Auto Motor and Sport.

China is by far ŠKODA’s strongest individual market. With 227,000 deliveries in 2013, around one quarter of ŠKODA’s total sales worldwide went to customers in China.  The Czech manufacturer has been on the Chinese market since 2007 and has since sold more than 1.2 million vehicles there. During the first eight months of this year, the number of deliveries the brand made increased 10.3% to 173,400 vehicles.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 23, 2014, 12:09:54 posle podne

Successful, attractive, versatile – The ŠKODA Octavia


​› Sales of Octavia series increased 41.4% in Western Europe by the end of August
› New ŠKODA Octavia Scout now completes third model generation
› The Magnificent Seven: from the most eco-friendly to the fastest Octavia ever
› All-rounder: family car, spacious, off-roader, sporty, economical, CNG and adventure
› Heart of the brand conquers new consumer groups around the world

Mladá Boleslav, 23 September 2014 –The ŠKODA Octavia is in a class of its own in every respect. The ŠKODA Octavia Scout now completes the third-generation Octavia series: the Octavia, Octavia Combi and Octavia Combi 4x4, the Octavia RS, Octavia G-TEC and the Octavia Scout. Alongside these versions are the environmentally friendly Octavia GreenLine and the exclusive Octavia L&K model. With its versatility and outstanding features, the new ŠKODA Octavia has taken the market by storm. In Western Europe, sales of the bestseller increased 41.4% between January and August this year compared to the same period in 2013, and has set new sales records in many countries around the world.​
​Since introducing the third model generation in early 2013, ŠKODA has already delivered more than 344,000 Octavias and Octavia Combis to customers. In addition, the new ŠKODA Octavia is one of the most awarded vehicles in its class, and has won against premium brands in comparison tests.

“The third generation of the Octavia sets new standards in terms of space, quality, design, technology and value for money,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Head of Sales and Marketing. “The ŠKODA Octavia shows the power of the brand as an important pillar in our international growth strategy.  We are very confident that the ŠKODA Octavia will continue to establish itself over the coming years, and will win over new consumer groups around the world.”

Versatile: Seven fantastic versions since early 2013

The Czech carmaker’s most important model series is more attractive and varied than ever before. The ŠKODA Octavia was launched on the European market in early 2013. The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi followed shortly afterwards in May 2013. In mid-2013 the new four-wheel drive ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4 made its debut alongside the new ŠKODA Octavia RS – the fastest series-produced Octavia of all time. The ŠKODA Octavia GreenLine has been the most environmentally friendly ŠKODA Octavia since the end of 2013, consuming only 3.2l diesel/100km (88MPG) – corresponding to CO2 emissions of merely 85g/km. This year saw the premieres of the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC powered by natural gas, and most recently the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout, a mighty all-rounder with powerful off-road capabilities. Additionally, the exclusive ŠKODA Octavia L&K-version has been available on European markets for several months.

Up 41.4% in Western Europe

The broad Octavia range has been doing exceptionally well on the markets. Western European sales of the Octavia and Octavia Combi have risen 41.4% to 98,100 vehicles delivered in the eight months of 2014. Worldwide, ŠKODA delivered almost 249,100 ŠKODA Octavias (all variants), or approximately 37% of the brand’s total sales in this period.

In the first eight months of this year the ŠKODA Octavia was the best-selling new vehicle in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland. The successful model recorded the best six months of all time in the markets of the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Turkey, Israel, New Zealand, Palestine and Algeria.

The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi has also done particularly well in Europe, where the model became the best-selling estate model overall in the first eight months of this year with sales of 99,400 units. The estate version accounted for 61% of the all the Octavias sold in Europe, and even 77% in Western Europe.

The four-wheel drive ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4 took a considerable share of this figure. More than 12.5% of the Octavias sold in Western Europe between January and August this year were fitted with four-wheel drive. During this period, the model was the best-selling four-wheel drive estate car in the compact class in Switzerland and Sweden. The best four-wheel drive Octavia ever boasts the best handling characteristics on and off the road. This is made possible through modern technology, based on a fifth-generation Haldex coupling, combined with powerful engines and innovative chassis technology.

The new ŠKODA Octavia RS is the epitome of advance technology made in Mladá Boleslav. In the first eight months of 2014, 18,400 customers around the world opted for the racy sports model – more than ever before in this time period. The new RS is the fastest series-produced Octavia of all time and reaches a top speed of 248km/h (154mph).

Cornerstone of the growth strategy

The new ŠKODA Octavia is the key model in the Czechs’ international growth strategy. Over the coming years, ŠKODA plans to increase their sales worldwide to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year. Besides Europe, the manufacturer will be relying in particular on the international growth markets of China, Russia and India.

The new ŠKODA Octavia celebrated its sales premiere in in China in May 2014. The model is produced at one of Shanghai Volkswagen’s plants. The new Octavia has been available in Russia since mid-2013, rolling off the production lines at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod, in partnership with the Volkswagen Group Russia and the Russian car manufacturer GAZ. Production is carried out from CKD – going through the areas of body shop, paint shop and assembly. In India, the latest generation of the bestseller has been produced at the plant in Aurangabad since August 2013.

A tradition of success

ŠKODA is continuing the great success story of the ŠKODA Octavia with the third generation of this model. The Octavia symbolizes the rapid rise of the brand over the past two decades like no other. Its introduction in 1996 connects the brand’s development into an international car manufacturer with a presence on over 100 markets around the world.  Between 1996 and August 2014, ŠKODA delivered 4.4 million Octavias to customers worldwide, which corresponds to around 40% of ŠKODA’s total sales within that period.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 23, 2014, 13:13:00 posle podne
Tradition of success: 80 years of ŠKODA Kvasiny

› Kvasiny automotive plant was opened in 1934; part of ŠKODA since 1947
› Birthplace of outstanding ŠKODA models; more than 1.5M ŠKODAs produced at Kvasiny to date
› Cornerstone of ŠKODA manufacturing network: three models, 4200 employees
› ŠKODA growth strategy: Kvasiny plant to manufacture additional model

Kvasiny, 23 September 2014 – The ŠKODA AUTO Kvasiny plant celebrates 80 years of operation. Cars have been built at this East-Bohemian site since 1934, and ŠKODA vehicles have been running off the production lines since 1947. Today, around 4200 ŠKODA employees work on manufacturing the ŠKODA Superb, Yeti and Roomster models at Kvasiny. The plant is a cornerstone in ŠKODA’s global production network, and also the largest employer in the East-Bohemian region of Hradec Králové. As part of their growth strategy, the Czech manufacturer will be extensively modernizing and expanding the site over the next few years in partnership with the Volkswagen Group. An additional model is also in the pipeline for the production lines at Kvasiny. The future of the site has also been secured thanks to the help of the trade union KOVO MB.

“80 Years of automotive production at Kvasiny – this anniversary once again underlines the great tradition of the Czech automotive industry,” says ŠKODA Head of Production Michael Oeljeklaus. Over 1.5 million vehicles have left the production lines at Kvasiny since 1934. “It is based on this East-Bohemian industrial tradition and the work of an excellent team that the plant is a cornerstone of our international production network today, and plays a key role in ŠKODA’s growth strategy. Over the coming years, the site’s annual production volume will continue to increase. In order to achieve this growth, we will be investing heavily in the Kvasiny site, making Kvasiny a centre of excellence in the production of SUV vehicles among other things.”

Automobiles have been produced at Kvasiny since 1934. The first ŠKODA to be built at the automotive plant in 1947 was the ŠKODA Superb, a luxury model of its time. Over the following decades, the East-Bohemian site produced a number of popular and occasionally legendary ŠKODA models, such as the two-seater convertible ŠKODA Felicia (1958-1964), the ŠKODA 110 R Coupé (1970-1980) and the ŠKODA Pick-up/VW Caddy Pick-up (1995-2001).
One crucial milestone in recent years has been the 2001 production launch of the first ŠKODA Superb of the modern era. The new ŠKODA flagship marked the beginning of the rapid expansion and modernization of the site into a powerful state-of-the-art automotive plant, which began 13 years ago. ŠKODA invested around EUR190 million in partnership with the Volkswagen Group to ensure that Kvasiny could launch the production of the ŠKODA Superb at the turn of the millennium.

The ŠKODA production site has been expanded step by step since 2001. 2006 saw the launch of new ŠKODA Roomster - made in Kvasiny. This is also true of the ŠKODA Yeti, which the manufacturer sent to the market as the first ŠKODA Compact SUV in 2009.

With the expansion of the range produced in Kvasiny, the location’s production volume has increased eightfold from 20,000 to 150,000 vehicles annually since 2002. The end of 2013 saw the 1.5 millionth vehicle to be produced at Kvasiny. Today, the site produces the ŠKODA Superb, Yeti and Roomster models.


As part of ŠKODA’s model campaign, around EUR 650 million was invested into the plant between 2001 and 2013, including significant measures in environmental protection. In mid-2013 the location began operating a new combined heat and power plant (CHP), thanks to which the local CO2 emissions have decreased 10% (reduction of 8000 tonnes of CO2) per year. This environmental protection measure alone cost the company around EUR 3 million in investments. The CHP plant won the company the ‘Environmental Project of the Year’ award in the Czech Republic.

Over the coming years, ŠKODA will continue to expand the Kvasiny plant. A new body shop is to be built, in addition to expanding the assembly and logistics areas and the renovation of the plant’s infrastructure. Currently employing around 4200 people, the ŠKODA Kvasiny plant is the largest industrial employer in the Hradec Králové region. During the early 1990s, when ŠKODA joined forces with Volkswagen, the number of employees stood at only 500 people. That number rose to more than 4000 over the following two decades. Furthermore, ŠKODA is involved in many social projects within the region. “Our social commitment to the regions where we operate is of particular importance to us, and we support this with projects that make a real difference,” says ŠKODA Board Member for HR, Bohdan Wojnar. The main focus of the commitment lies in supporting education, technical training, road safety and environmental protection.


80 years of automobile production at Kvasiny – Key milestones

1934
The body shop Jawa Kvasiny is founded.
1947
Production launch of the ŠKODA Superb.
1959
Kvasiny launches the production of the convertible ŠKODA Felicia.
1970
Production launch of the sporty coupé ŠKODA 110 R.
1981
Production launch of the ŠKODA Garde / Rapid.
1991
ŠKODA joins the Volkswagen Group.
2001
ŠKODA’s new flagship, the Superb rolls off the production lines at Kvasiny.
2006
Launch of the ŠKODA Roomster model produced at Kvasiny.
2009
The new ŠKODA Yeti compact SUV is produced at Kvasiny.
2013
January: The assembly of the ŠKODA Roomster returns to Kvasiny.
July: The new combined heat and power plant (CHP) becomes operational. Around 3 million euros go into creating an environmental project, later awarded ‘eco-project of the year’ in the Czech Republic.
November: 1.5 million vehicles have been produced at Kvasiny.
December: 500,000 second-generation ŠKODA Superbs have been produced at Kvasiny.
2014
April: The Volkswagen Group announces that an additional model will be produced at Kvasiny.
September: The Kvasiny plant celebrates 80 years of operation.
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 24, 2014, 11:44:36 pre podne
Prêt-à-porter: New ŠKODA Fabia and new ŠKODA Fabia Combi debut in Paris

› World premiere: new small car will be a star of the Mondial de l’Automobile
› Simply more car: emotionally-rich design, innovative technology, top features
› Technology from higher vehicle classes: excellent in terms of safety, environment and comfort
› Typical ŠKODA: largest boot in its segment and many ‘Simply Clever’ features
› ŠKODA’s presence at the exhibition in Paris on 1.625 m2 floor space in pavilion 4

Mladá Boleslav, 24 September 2014 – Raise the curtain for the new ŠKODA Fabia: at the Paris Motor Show (02 to 19 October 2014), the newly developed small car from Mladá Boleslav celebrates a double world premiere: as a hatchback and an estate. Modern, dynamic and full of emotion, the new ŠKODA Fabia rolls onto the catwalk. The third-generation model also comes with innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems that are usually featured in higher vehicle classes, and is more environmentally friendly than ever before. The boot boasts an impressive 330 litre capacity, making it the biggest within its segment. The new ŠKODA Fabia will be available in Europe as early as November; the Fabia Combi will follow in early 2015. With this double hit, the Czech manufacturer is powerfully advancing the biggest model campaign of its company history.

After the ŠKODA Octavia, the ŠKODA Fabia is the bestselling ŠKODA model with a total of almost 3.5 million units sold since 1999. Its outstanding qualities make it one of the most popular vehicles of its class. With the completely new third generation, the ‘crisp’ small car again sets standards. “The new ŠKODA Fabia is, in every respect, simply more car and offers both innovative technology and emotionally-charged design,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “A great car for heart and mind, ideal for the modern, urban mobility of today. We are very confident that the new Fabia will write another chapter in the model’s success story, win over new customer groups and, as an important pillar of our growth strategy, further strengthen the brand’s shine within international markets,” says Prof. Vahland.

The new ŠKODA Fabia is the first ŠKODA production model showing how the brand’s design language has developed into a more expressive, more emotionally-rich design. For the first time, ŠKODA designers have realised design elements from the spectacular ‘VisionC’ show car in series production. At the same time, elements from ŠKODA Motorsport can also be seen. The significantly sharpened appearance of the hatchback and the estate versions emphasises crystalline shapes, clear-cut lines and a high level of precision and detail. The Fabia and Fabia Combi feature balanced, smoother proportions and are 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower than their predecessors. In addition, they impress with a wide range of customisable features – both for the exterior and the interior.

Small car – big on technology. For the first time at ŠKODA, the new Fabia allows smartphones to be easily paired to the car via MirrorLink™ technology and with the new SmartGate function. ŠKODA are bringing the intelligence of the smartphone into the car – easily and at a reasonable price. Thanks to new engines (four petrol and three diesel), a targeted weight reduction – down to 980 kg at its leanest – and improved aerodynamics, consumption and emission values of the new ŠKODA Fabia are up to 17 per cent lower. The most efficient ŠKODA Fabia will be available in 2015: the 55 kW (75 PS) 1.4 TDI ŠKODA Fabia GreenLine. It has a diesel consumption of only 3.1 l/100km, corresponding to CO2 emissions of just 82 g/km.

The new ŠKODA Fabia also has innovative safety and comfort systems that were more likely to be seen in higher vehicle classes. Available for the first time in a Fabia is the Front Assistant with integrated City Emergency Braking Function and the Multi-Collision Brake. The Front Assistant uses a radar sensor to continually measure the distance to the traffic ahead. Whenever the distance is too small, the Assistant intervenes at the necessary intensity level in order to prevent a collision – from optical and acoustic warnings to a short brake jolt and automatic emergency stop. The Multi-Collision Brake reduces the risk of the vehicle becoming involved in a subsequent collision following an accident. The system automatically engages the brakes if it detects a primary collision.

The new Fabia also has other safety systems: Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection), Speedlimiter, Hill-Hold Control and an electronic tyre pressure monitor. For increased comfort, optional features include KESSY (Keyless Entry Start and exit SYstem), front and rear parking sensors, the new electro-mechanical power steering and a large panoramic glass roof. At the same time, the new Fabia impresses with plenty of space, even more functionality and 19 ‘Simply Clever’ features.

ŠKODA at the MONDIAL DE L’AUTOMOBILE 2014 in Paris:
ŠKODA location: pavilion 4, stand 215
ŠKODA floor space: 1,625 m²
ŠKODA press conference: 02/10/2014, 08:40 - 08:50
ŠKODA vehicles on display on the first press day: 10 vehicles (7x Fabia, 3x Fabia Combi)
ŠKODA vehicles on display on the second press day: 12 vehicles (9x Fabia, 3x Fabia Combi)
ŠKODA cars on display on the public days: 13 vehicles (6x Fabia, 2x Fabia Combi, 1x Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1x Yeti Monte Carlo, 1x Citigo Monte Carlo, 1x Octavia Scout, 1x Superb Combi L&K)
Press days: 02/10 and 03/10/2014
Public days: 04/10 - 19/10/2014
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Septembar 30, 2014, 20:28:45 posle podne
New ŠKODA Fabia Combi: pretty practical

› World premiere of new ŠKODA Fabia Combi at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris
› Best in class: boot now has a capacity of 530 litres; interior is longer and wider
› ‘Simply Clever’: up to 17 practical features, 10 of which are new
› Emotionally-rich: crisp design, customisable interior
› Connected: new ŠKODA Fabia Combi with MirrorLink™ and SmartGate technology
› Top-level safety and comfort on the basis of modern MQB assistance systems
› Environment: up to 17% more efficient; lowest CO2 emissions of 82 g/km
› Individuality: innovative interior concept
› Bestseller: the market leader in its segment – since 2000, over 1.1 million ŠKODA Fabia Combis have been sold worldwide
› Market launch will begin in early 2015

Mladá Boleslav/Paris, 30 September 2014 – Raise the curtain for the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi: at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi celebrates its world premiere alongside the new ŠKODA Fabia hatchback. The new Fabia Combi is the most popular model in the small car segment, and the third-generation Fabia Combi once again sets standards with its space, functionality and environmentally friendly use. Its new design is based on an expressive and emotionally-rich design language. It comes with state-of-the-art safety, comfort and infotainment systems from higher vehicle segments, among them the new MirrorLink™ and SmartGate technology for pairing the car with a smartphone. The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi will be available in Europe from January 2015.

“The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is the perfect combination of space, functionality and emotionally-rich design. On top of that, it scores with modern technology,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “A modern, fresh car that stands for the best brand values of ŠKODA with the largest interior space in the small car estate segment. At the same time it extensively meets the increased requirements on connectivity and customisation,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland.
Just a few weeks after the launch of the new ŠKODA Fabia hatchback model, the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi will hit the first European markets in early 2015. With this new edition, the Czech manufacturer intends to build further on the success of the popular estate car. Since 2000, the ŠKODA Fabia Combi has been an integral part of ŠKODA’s model range. To date (as of 31.08.2014) ŠKODA has delivered more than 1.1 million ŠKODA Fabia Combis to customers.

Since its launch, the ŠKODA Fabia Combi has embodied all of the good ŠKODA qualities: lots of space within compact outer dimensions, many practical solutions, low fuel consumption, dependable technology and excellent value for money. This combination has made it a bestseller in the small car segment.
Excellent space: the largest boot capacity in its segment
Compact on the outside, the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi offers lots of space for up to five people and their luggage. The 530 litre boot capacity (1,395 litres with the back seat folded down) is the largest in its segment. The basis volume has increased by 25 litres compared to its predecessor.

The rear seats can be folded down in two positions: the seat is folded first and then the backrest. This increases the flexibility of the interior. Items up to 1.55 metres long can fit into the car. The loading floor is 960 mm wide, 2 mm longer than in the previous model. The tailgate opens to 1,900 mm and is 1,028 mm wide. The loading sill is only 611 mm high making loading the car up easy.
At the same time, the car interior is now wider (by 21 mm) and longer (by 8 mm) and, although the car is now slightly lower, there is also more headroom for the driver and front seat passenger.

Up to 17 ‘Simply Clever’ solutions

The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi does not only have plenty of space but is also more practical and cleverer than ever before. Up to 17 ‘Simply Clever’ solutions make life easier in the Fabia Combi, ten of them are new to this model.
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is available with an adjustable false boot floor as an optional extra. This is a removable shelf which divides the boot into two horizontal compartments, allowing storage on two levels. Simply sliding the shelf into two slots will hold it in its upper position. For easy loading and unloading, the shelf can also be locked at an angle. To use the boot without a partition, simply slide the shelf into its lower position.
The new MirrorLink™ technology brings smartphone applications (apps) including navigation to the infotainment system’s display. With the SmartGate function, certain vehicle data can be displayed, saved and accessed in dedicated apps on the user’s smartphone.

The new Fabia Combi now features an ice scraper in the fuel filler flap as standard. The ice scraper slides into a slot on the inside of the fuel filler flap, ready for use at any time. A mobile phone, smartphone or an iPod can be stored in the new multimedia device cradle located in the cup holder on the centre console. The high-vis vest, now mandatory in many countries, has a convenient dedicated storage compartment in the driver’s door. A waste bin is available for the passenger door. Storage nets on the inside edges of the front seats will hold miscellaneous small items.
The new model offers more room for drinks bottles. Both rear doors will now hold a 0.5-litre bottle. An additional 1.0-litre bottle will fit in the glove compartment. With these, the ŠKODA Fabia now offers space for a total of seven bottles. A 1.5-litre drinks bottle can be stored in each of the front doors, a 0.5-litre bottle in each of the rear doors, a 0.5-litre and a 0.4-litre bottle in the centre console and a 1.0-litre bottle can be stored in the glove compartment.
The new ŠKODA Fabia also offers further ‘Simply Clever’ features that proved themselves valuable in the its second-generation model.

The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi has a removable retractable cover for the boot: pressing the edge of the extended cover will cause it to roll up. Two bag hooks are available in the boot. In the Fabia Combi, the optional netting system comprising of three storage nets (2 vertical, 1 horizontal) keeps the boot space tidy. In addition, an optional flexible storage compartment for the boot will hold miscellaneous items in place.
The standard parking ticket holder on the inside of the left-hand A-pillar lets the driver slip in a ticket for easy display. Another ‘Simply Clever’ feature is the corner light function of the fog lights.

Pure emotion: a crisp, sporty design

The new emotionally-charged design of the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi complements its outstanding functionality perfectly. As the hatchback model, the new Fabia Combi impresses with design elements from the VisionC show car, dynamic proportions and modern, crisp design language.
The new, balanced proportions suit the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi particularly well, precise lines and sharp edges are proof of the high-quality manufacturing and accurate workmanship. Added to this, are a distinctive interplay of light and shade and the use of crystalline shapes.

The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is 10 mm longer, 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower than its predecessor. The front is identical to the hatchback model and appears more assured and imposing thanks to the added width and strong emphasis on horizontal lines. Distinctive elements are, as in the hatchback, the razor-sharp, wide headlights, the crystalline glass cut, the characteristic slatted grille and the brand’s logo on the bonnet’s ‘nose’. The designers highlighted the graphic unity of the grille and the lights, precisely marking out all lines and edges such as in the two distinctive beadings running from the outside to the inside of the bonnet.

The sides convey dynamism and emotion. The car’s silhouette appears as if made from one piece. An effect created by a crisp tornado line and the so-called wing line marking the side of the car as well as the slim pillars, the interplay of light and shade, the gently rearward sloping roof line and the completely new, attractive range of wheels.
The rear of the ŠKODA Fabia Combi exudes strength and assurance. It is clean, tidy and boldly contoured with yet another emphasis on horizontal lines. The tail lights in the typical ŠKODA C shape have contrasting dark edging and intricate detail in the style of Czech glass-making tradition.

The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi has ample scope for individual configuration. The car’s all-new interior impresses with quality, precise workmanship, an emphasis on horizontal lines and a wide array of colours and colour combinations.

New benchmarks in efficiency and emissions: CO2 emissions from 82 g/km

The new Fabia Combi is more environmentally friendly than ever before with fuel consumption reduced by up to 17 per cent compared to the second-generation model. Fuel consumption is now, at its best, down to 3.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions are just 82 g/km in the ŠKODA Fabia Combi GreenLine (available in 2015). These impressive improvements are the result of a completely new generation of petrol and diesel engines, radical weight reduction down to 1,004 kg and improved aerodynamics.
These excellent results are due to Volkswagen’s innovative MQB technology. Customers can choose from a total of three petrol and three diesel engines. All engines comply with EU6 emission standards and come with a Start-Stop System and brake energy recovery. Power output in the petrol engines ranges from 55 kW (75 PS) to 81 kW (110 PS). The new three-cylinder diesel range offers between 55 kW (75 PS) and 77 kW (105 PS). Transmissions are modern manual or automatic DSG gearboxes.

A comfortable chassis was particularly important in the development of the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi and the engineers delivered even more comfort and optimum ride stability. Finely-adjusted interplay between the new electro-mechanical steering, the new engines and the redesigned engine mounting enabled designers to significantly improve the chassis setup.
The model benefits not least from a wider track (30 mm) both at the front and the rear and a wheelbase that is 5 mm longer. The vehicle design of the new Fabia Combi is based on a modular concept, drawing for the most part on Volkswagen’s MQB technology, e.g. engines, electro-mechanical steering and a large part of the electrics (electrical architecture, such as ECUs, instrument cluster, infotainment and assistance systems).

Despite added technology and comfort, the vehicle’s weight is significantly reduced. Compared to the second generation, the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is up to 55 kg lighter (depending on vehicle configuration). The ŠKODA Fabia Combi with a 1.0 MPI three-cylinder engine has a kerb weight (without the driver) of just 1,004 kg.

MQB technology for active and passive safety; systems from higher vehicle classes

The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi impresses with its high level of safety achieved with safety systems from higher vehicle classes. The optional Front Assistant with integrated City Emergency Braking Function, which automatically brings the vehicle to a complete stop, reduces the risk of rear-end collisions. The Multi-Collision Brake System will automatically slow the car down after an accident to prevent a follow-on collision.
The Driver Activity Assistant will detect fatigue in the driver, while the new Speedlimiter can prevent the car from exceeding a pre-set speed. Hill-Hold Control will help drivers start on a gradient. Also, the new Fabia Combi comes with an electronic tyre pressure monitor as standard in EU countries.

The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi has the enhanced electronic differential lock function XDS+ as standard, which maximises traction when cornering.
Passive safety elements include up to six airbags for finely adjusted interaction with the car’s three-point seatbelts.

Innovative comfort systems

The third-generation Fabia Combi offers a new level of comfort. A first in the model is KESSY (Keyless Entry Start and Exit System), the automatic locking and starting system. Front and rear parking sensors also make a debut in this Fabia Combi. Previously, this technology was only available for the rear of the Fabia Combi.
The Rain-Light Assistant ensures optimum visibility with integrated sensors for rain and ambient light. The rain sensor automatically controls the windshield wipers’ frequency, while the light sensor switches the low beams on and off depending on light conditions.
Making its debut in the ŠKODA Fabia Combi is the new C-EPS (Column-Electric Power Steering), which saves weight and fuel and replaces the electro-hydraulic power steering used previously.
For the first time, customers can order the ŠKODA Fabia Combi with a large panoramic glass roof which adds to the ‘feel-good’ factor on board.

The infotainment systems in the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi are all-new concepts based on Volkswagen’s MIB (modular infotainment matrix) technology. They enable an array of attractive applications previously unavailable in a small car, including a touchscreen display with swipe operation. Customers can choose between three radio systems.
The new-generation air conditioning with control on MQB basis offers optimum comfort too. Both manual air conditioning and fully-automatic Climatronic climate control are available. In comparison to the technology used in previous Fabia Combi models, this new Climatronic system is considerably more efficient. The electronic control captures all the important influences and variables such as the intensity of the sun and the external temperature, and automatically adjusts the flow of cool air to suit. Climatronic not only regulates the air temperature but also the intensity and direction of the air flow.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 01, 2014, 21:28:07 posle podne
ŠKODA Fabia: World Premiere at the Volkswagen Group Night

​› Emotional: Sporty design, balanced proportions, fresh colours, distinctive wheel range
› Smart connectivity: First ŠKODA ever with MirrorLink™ and SmartGate technology 
› Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland: “We are once again setting standards in the small car segment with the third generation Fabia.”
› Announcement: New ŠKODA Fabia Combi celebrates its world premiere at the ŠKODA press conference on the first press day during the Paris Motor Show 2014

Mladá Boleslav/Paris, 1 October 2014 – Emotive appearance for ŠKODA in Paris: The new ŠKODA Fabia is celebrating its world premiere today at the Volkswagen Group Night on the eve of the Paris Motor Show 2014. The car is presented on the automotive catwalk as a young, sporty small car with balanced proportions, crystalline forms and sharp lines. The new ŠKODA Fabia is the first ŠKODA ever to feature MirrorLink™ and SmartGate technology, connecting the smartphone to the vehicle. The Chairman of the Board of Directors at ŠKODA AUTO, Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland said at the ŠKODA Fabia’s unveiling, “ŠKODA has made a great name for itself with high functionality and lots of room. Now, the time has come to combine our vehicles’ functionality with an expressive, emotive design. We are once again setting standards in the small car segment with the third generation Fabia. To date, 3.5 million customers have opted for this model. We plan to continue this success story.” The CEO also announced the world premiere of the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi for the press conference the following morning.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 02, 2014, 09:21:48 pre podne
ŠKODA at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris 2014 - Press Kit

​› World premiere: new small car is a star of the Mondial de l’Automobile
› Simply more car: emotionally-rich design, innovative technology, top features
› Technology from higher vehicle classes: excellent in terms of safety, environment and comfort
› Typical ŠKODA: largest boot in its segment and many ‘Simply Clever’ features
› Strong: ŠKODA sales grew by 13.4 per cent in the first eight months; turnover and operating profit increased significantly in the first half of the year
› ŠKODA’s presence at the exhibition in Paris on 1.625 m2 floor space in pavilion 4

​Mladá Boleslav/Paris, October 2014 – Raise the curtain for the new ŠKODA Fabia: at the Paris Motor Show (02 to 19 October 2014), the newly developed small car from Mladá Boleslav celebrates a double world premiere: as a hatchback and an estate. Modern, dynamic and full of emotion, the new ŠKODA Fabia rolls onto the catwalk. The third-generation model also comes with innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems that are usually featured in higher vehicle classes, and is more environmentally friendly than ever before. The boot boasts an impressive 330 litre capacity, making it the biggest within its segment. The new ŠKODA Fabia will be available in Europe as early as November; the Fabia Combi will follow in early 2015. With this double hit, the Czech manufacturer is powerfully advancing the biggest model campaign of its company history.

​After the ŠKODA Octavia, the ŠKODA Fabia is the bestselling ŠKODA model with a total of almost 3.5 million units sold since 1999. Its outstanding qualities make it one of the most popular vehicles of its class. With the completely new third generation, the ‘crisp’ small car again sets standards. “The new ŠKODA Fabia is, in every respect, simply more car and offers both innovative technology and emotionally-charged design,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “A great car for heart and mind, ideal for the modern, urban mobility of today. We are very confident that the new Fabia will write another chapter in the model’s success story, win over new customer groups and, as an important pillar of our growth strategy, further strengthen the brand’s shine within international markets,” says Prof. Vahland.

The new ŠKODA Fabia is the first ŠKODA production model showing how the brand’s design language has developed into a more expressive, more emotionally-rich design. For the first time, ŠKODA designers have realised design elements from the spectacular ‘VisionC’ show car in series production. At the same time, elements from ŠKODA Motorsport can also be seen. The significantly sharpened appearance of the hatchback and the estate versions emphasises crystalline shapes, clear-cut lines and a high level of precision and detail. The Fabia and Fabia Combi feature balanced, smoother proportions and are 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower than their predecessors. In addition, they impress with a wide range of customisable features – both for the exterior and the interior.

Small car – big on technology. For the first time at ŠKODA, the new Fabia allows smartphones to be easily paired to the car via MirrorLink™ technology and with the new SmartGate function. ŠKODA are bringing the intelligence of the smartphone into the car – easily and at a reasonable price. Thanks to new engines (four petrol and three diesel), a targeted weight reduction – down to 980 kg at its leanest – and improved aerodynamics, consumption and emission values of the new ŠKODA Fabia are up to 17 per cent lower. The most efficient ŠKODA Fabia will be available in 2015: the 55 kW (75 PS) 1.4 TDI ŠKODA Fabia GreenLine. It has a diesel consumption of only 3.1 l/100km, corresponding to CO2 emissions of just 82 g/km.

The new ŠKODA Fabia also has innovative safety and comfort systems that were more likely to be seen in higher vehicle classes. Available for the first time in a Fabia is the Front Assistant with integrated City Emergency Braking Function and the Multi-Collision Brake. The Front Assistant uses a radar sensor to continually measure the distance to the traffic ahead. Whenever the distance is too small, the Assistant intervenes at the necessary intensity level in order to prevent a collision – from optical and acoustic warnings to a short brake jolt and automatic emergency stop. The Multi-Collision Brake reduces the risk of the vehicle becoming involved in a subsequent collision following an accident. The system automatically engages the brakes if it detects a primary collision.

The new Fabia also has other safety systems: Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection), Speedlimiter, Hill-Hold Control and an electronic tyre pressure monitor. For increased comfort, optional features include KESSY (Keyless Entry Start and exit SYstem), front and rear parking sensors, the new electro-mechanical power steering and a large panoramic glass roof. At the same time, the new Fabia impresses with plenty of space, even more functionality and 19 ‘Simply Clever’ features.

ŠKODA grew globally by 13.4 per cent from January to August

The new ŠKODA Fabia is a cornerstone for the Czech manufacturer to support even further growth over the coming years. The aim of ŠKODA’s growth strategy is to increase global sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year. To achieve this, the company will launch a new or revised model on average every six months. This year alone, ŠKODA has so far presented the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC and ŠKODA Octavia Scout, as well as three new sporty Monte Carlo special models for the ŠKODA Citigo, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the ŠKODA Yeti.

This year, the Czech manufacturer has been on excellent form. From January to August 2014, global deliveries increased by 13.4 per cent to 678,500 vehicles – a new record for this period. Sales in Europe increased by 16.1 per cent; in China by 10.9 per cent. The new ŠKODA Octavia is doing exceptionally well: in Western Europe, the bestseller achieved a sales increase of around 41.4 per cent up to the end of August. Sales of the ŠKODA Rapid and ŠKODA Yeti also saw a significant increase.

ŠKODA’s good performance is reflected in the financial figures. Turnover grew to a new record of six billion euros (5.974 billion euros) in the first half of 2014 – an increase of 20.3 per cent compared to the first half of 2013 (4.966 billion euros). At the same time, the operating profit increased by 74.9 per cent to 425 million euros compared to the same period of the previous year.

ŠKODA’s model campaign is supported by strong investments in the international markets and at home in the Czech Republic. In China, ŠKODA’s strongest individual market, the new ŠKODA Octavia has been rolling off the production line for a few months. This year, ŠKODA’s model range for China is growing to six locally-manufactured models which are being produced in cooperation with Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) in a total of three Chinese factories. The production of ŠKODA models in Russia takes place in two locations: in Nizhny Novgorod in collaboration with the Russian GAZ Group, and at the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga.

At home in the Czech Republic, ŠKODA started operations in the new Engine centre in Mladá Boleslav at the beginning of September. Together with Volkswagen Group, the manufacturer invested over 45 million euros in the expansion of the existing ŠKODA Technology and Development Centre near ŠKODA’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. The construction work took just two years. With the new Engine centre, ŠKODA is further expanding its expertise in developing and producing engines and powertrains.

 
ŠKODA at the MONDIAL DE L’AUTOMOBILE 2014 in Paris:

- ŠKODA location: pavilion 4, stand 215
- ŠKODA floor space: 1,625 m²
- ŠKODA press conference: 02/10/2014, 08:40 - 08:50
- ŠKODA vehicles on display on the first press day: 10 vehicles (7x Fabia, 3x Fabia Combi)
- ŠKODA vehicles on display on the second press day: 12 vehicles (9x Fabia, 3x Fabia Combi)
- ŠKODA cars on display on the public days: 13 vehicles (6x Fabia, 2x Fabia Combi, 1x Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1x Yeti Monte Carlo, 1x Citigo Monte Carlo, 1x Octavia Scout, 1x Superb Combi L&K)
- Press days: 02/10 and 03/10/2014
- Public days: 04/10 - 19/10/2014
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 02, 2014, 09:26:39 pre podne
Emotions on the Seine: New ŠKODA Fabia and Fabia Combi celebrate world premieres

› New ŠKODA small cars are stars of the Paris Motor Show
› Sporty design, great colour concept, more customization options than ever
› Typically ŠKODA: Spacious, clever, largest boot in its class
› Simply more car: New assistance systems for more safety and comfort

Mladá Boleslav/Paris, 2 October 2014 – Emotive ŠKODA appearance in Paris: the new ŠKODA Fabia and the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi celebrated their acclaimed world premieres today at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Completely redesigned, the two versions of the small car rolled onto the automotive catwalk more sporty, modern and innovative than ever before. There is no question that the new ŠKODA Fabia and the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi are among the stars of the show in the French capital.

“The new ŠKODA Fabia is yet another milestone for ŠKODA, and demonstrates the emotive and technical power of the brand,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Both the hatchback and estate versions of the Fabia simply offer more car. A car for the heart and mind, ideal for modern, urban mobility today. We are very confident that the new Fabia will win over new customer groups. More than 3.5 million customers have opted for our Fabia to date. The Fabia Combi became the market leader in its segment from the outset,” says Prof. Vahland. “We plan to continue this success with the latest generation Fabia.”

The third generation of this model is a complete redevelopment of its predecessor. At first glance, the most visible expression of this is the significantly sharper design. ŠKODA has tailored an expressive design to the new Fabia, taking inspiration from elements of the ŠKODA VisionC show car.

“With its sporty proportions, the ŠKODA Fabia looks fresh and modern. We have also taken our rallying genes and created the most emotive Fabia of all time,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development. Other new aspects of the design concept include the young, fresh vehicle interior and the rich variety of colours and customization options.”

“We have designed the latest generation Fabia with tighter proportions. The new ŠKODA Fabia is lower and wider, holding closer to the road. The contours are also sharper, with clear lines and crystalline elements. It is through this that we have created more contrast and a very strong interplay between light and shadow. Everything comes together to give the car its own confident character,” explains ŠKODA Chief Designer, Jozef Kabaň.

The technology featured in the new ŠKODA Fabia is sure to meet all the demands of a state-of-the-art vehicle. This is the first time that the brand has released a model that can connect your smartphone to the car’s infotainment system, using the MirrorLink™ and SmartGate functions. With new engines and lower weight, consumption and emissions are significantly reduced by up to 17% in the new Fabia. Innovative assistance systems, normally only seen in higher vehicle classes, ensure increased safety and higher comfort. In addition, the new ŠKODA Fabia and the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi are real champions of utility, with diverse applications and the largest boot in their class.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 06, 2014, 20:15:39 posle podne
ŠKODA grows 10.4% in September

› Best September in ŠKODA’s history: 95,600 deliveries to customers
› Strong growth in China and Western Europe; European market share at 4.4%
› Second-best month in China ever: 24,900 deliveries to customers (up 16.3%)
› Model campaign continues: New ŠKODA Fabia launches early November

Mladá Boleslav, 6 October 2014 – ŠKODA’s global deliveries increased 10.4% to 95,600 vehicles in September (September 2013: 86,600), making this the best September in corporate history. ŠKODA managed to achieve their second-best sales month in China since entering the market back in 2007. The brand’s market share in Europe increased to 4.4 % over the first nine months.

“As demonstrated by this excellent September and the growth of 13% over the first nine months, ŠKODA remains on a stable path of growth,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Our young and attractive model range has been very well received on all markets. The new Fabia will be continuing the ŠKODA model campaign with its launch in early November.”

A few days ago the new ŠKODA Fabia and Fabia Combi celebrated their world premieres at the Paris Motor Show. The completely redeveloped small cars are more emotive than ever before, featuring innovative technology, up to 17% lower consumption and the highest functionality. The new ŠKODA Fabia will be making its European debut in early November, with the estate version following shortly afterwards in January 2015.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA grew 8.2% to 40,900 vehicles delivered in September (September 2013: 37,800). After nine months, ŠKODA’s market share increased to 3.4% (January to September 2013: 3.1%). In Germany, ŠKODA’s largest European market, the brand’s sales increased 4.5% to 14,200 vehicles delivered in September (September 2014: 13,600), and strengthened their position on the market as the number one importer. In the UK, the brand’s deliveries increased 12.4% to 11,400 vehicles (September 2013: 10,100). ŠKODA also achieved double-digit growth in this September in the Netherlands (1900 vehicles, up 57.1%), Belgium (1400 vehicles, up 35.3%), Spain (1200 vehicles, up 32.1%), Italy (1200 vehicles, up 26.0%) and in Portugal (200 vehicles, up 62.0%).

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA made 10,300 deliveries to customers this September (September 2013: 10,900). Their market share increased to 4.9 % (September 2013: 3.9 %), in Russia to 4.3 % (September 2013: 3.4 %). ŠKODA sold 7300 vehicles on the Russian market (September 2013: 7700). The manufacturer recorded significant growth in the countries of Kazakhstan (600 vehicles; up 28.7%), Romania (700 vehicles, up 47.6%), Serbia (400 vehicles, up 6.9%) and Bulgaria (200 vehicles, up 43.5%).

ŠKODA has done very well this September in Central Europe. The brand grew 7.8 % to 12,000 vehicles delivered (September 2013: 11,100). In September, more than one in every five new vehicles sold in Central Europe was a ŠKODA (market share: 20.9 %). Deliveries in the Czech home market grew 4.4% to 5800 vehicles (September 2013: 5600). In Slovenia, ŠKODA achieved a sales increase of 55.2% to 400 vehicles, and in Croatia sales grew 26.7% to 200 vehicles.

In September, ŠKODA achieved the second-best monthly sales result in China since entering the market back in 2007. ŠKODA’s deliveries in their strongest individual market increased 16.3% to 24,900 vehicles (September 2013: 21,400). ŠKODA also achieved excellent sales results in Turkey (1300 vehicles, up 30.7%), Israel (1300 vehicles, up 52.5%), Algeria (1300 vehicles, up 27.3%) and Australia (300 vehicles, up 17.4%). In India, ŠKODA delivered 1700 vehicles in September (September 2013: 1500).

ŠKODA AUTO deliveries to customers in September 2014 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent compared to September 2013):
ŠKODA Octavia (33,400; -4.8 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (21,800; +107.1 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (14,800; -19.4 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (9700; +23.9 %)
ŠKODA Superb (8500; +7.9 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2600; -10.9 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 4800; +19.8 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 14, 2014, 22:22:12 posle podne
ŠKODA World Dealer Conference: New ŠKODA Fabia Introduced in a Spectacular Style

› ŠKODA dealers from all around the world offered the first chance to try out the new Fabia in Valencia
› An event full of superlatives: 4,600 participants, 200 cars, 11 days
› The new ŠKODA Fabia scores with its crisp design and innovative technology

Mladá Boleslav/Valencia, 14 October 2014 – Only a few days after its world premiere the new ŠKODA Fabia is to be presented again in a great style at the ŠKODA World Dealer Conference held from 14 to 25 October 2014 in Valencia. ŠKODA AUTO introduces the small and completely re-designed car to its family of dealers for the first time. The new ŠKODA Fabia is about to be launched in the European market this coming November, followed by the launch of the Fabia Combi at the beginning of 2015.

At World Dealer Conference (WDC) event almost 4,600 ŠKODA dealers from around the globe will be given the opportunity to drive the new ŠKODA Fabia and receive extensive information about the brand’s newest model directly from the source. Among the guests at the WDC are both European dealers and their ŠKODA dealer colleagues from China and Australia.
„The new Fabia is the next step of our model offensive,“ says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. „Together with our dealers we wish to follow up on the successful past of our small car, winning customer target groups for the car itself and the brand as a whole. The WDC emotionally ushers in this new era,“ adds Eichhorn.

With Octavia taking the lead, ŠKODA Fabia is the second best-selling model of the Czech car manufacturer. Since its 1999 premiere about 3.5 million Fabias have been sold. The third generation Fabia should boost the brand’s success on international markets. In order to fulfil this task, ŠKODA AUTO has developed a completely new small car, which surpasses its predecessor in every possible aspect and sets a new benchmark in its class.

The new ŠKODA Fabia and the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi were among the highlights of the recent ‚Mondial de l’Automobile’ in Paris. As the first series model the new Fabia captures the development of the ŠKODA brand’s design language towards more expressive and emotional forms. At the same time, the model scores highly thanks to its innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems as well as the fact that it is more environmentally friendly than ever before. It features the distinctive ŠKODA shapes and offers spacious interior, amongst other things it has the largest boot capacity within the small-class segment and high functionality further accented by up to 24 ‘Simply Clever’ solutions.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 17, 2014, 18:19:11 posle podne
ŠKODA Felicia: Start of a new ŠKODA era 20 years ago

› Series production of the ŠKODA Felicia began on 17 October 1994
› First ŠKODA to be manufactured in partnership with the Volkswagen Group
› 1.4 million of the Felicia series sold between 1994 and 2001

​Mladá Boleslav, 17 October 2014 – Jubilee of the ŠKODA Felicia: 20 years ago today, the first ŠKODA model ran off the production lines after joining forces with the Volkswagen Group. Between 17 October 1994 and 2001 around 1.4 million of the ŠKODA Felicia were produced as hatchbacks, estates, pick-ups, Vanplus and Fun models at the Mladá Boleslav, Vrchlabí and Kvasiny plants.
​The ŠKODA Felicia became the first model to be produced in collaboration with the Volkswagen Group, highlighting the successful development of the partnership between the Czech manufacturer and VW since the 1990s. Three years after joining forces with the VW Group, ŠKODA presented the new small car as the successor to the hitherto manufactured ŠKODA Favorit. Sophisticated technology, plenty of space, good build quality and modern design characterized the new ŠKODA model that was produced as hatchback, estate, pick-up, Vanplus and Fun versions.

Dawn of a new era
ŠKODA and the Volkswagen Group sealed their new partnership in April 1991. ŠKODA’s rapid rise to becoming an internationally successful brand began under the umbrella of Europe's largest car manufacturer. Shortly after the contract was signed, work began on a new ŠKODA model named Felicia.

The launch of the ŠKODA Felicia heralded a new era of modern, Western production and quality standards at ŠKODA. The development was based on the previous model ŠKODA Favorit, however, ŠKODA adopted substantial changes in terms of design, workmanship, technology and production methods with the support of the Volkswagen Group. On 17 October, 1994, at exactly 10:20, the first ŠKODA Felicia rolled off the series production line in Mladá Boleslav.

Just nine days later, ŠKODA presented the new hatchback model to the public for the first time. On 26 October, 1994, three ŠKODA Felicias in the Czech national colours of red, blue and white were christened with Vltava water on Charles Bridge, Prague by the then Mayor of Prague Jan Koukal. One of the first vehicles was presented to the Ondráčeks – proud parents of nine-month-old quadruplets.

The Felicia was originally released with a 1289cc petrol engine with two output options – 40 kW and 50 kW.  The engine range was soon expanded. In 1995 a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 55 kW output and a 47 kW 1.9-litre four-cylinder diesel were launched.

ŠKODA expanded the Felicia range barely a year after the introduction of the first hatchback version. From June, 1995, the ŠKODA Felicia Combi became the next spacious and practical family car.  Shortly after the introduction of the estate, the manufacturer started the production of a pickup version in August 1995 at the Kvasiny plant (including the closed version Vanplus). Later, the ŠKODA Felicia Fun, a model based on the ŠKODA Felicia Pick-up, was released, designed for leisure use. Additionally, around 18,500 of the pick-up version were produced and sold under the name Volkswagen Caddy.

Quality, safety and equipment
For the Czech manufacturer, the ŠKODA Felicia signified a new milestone in terms of quality and safety. ŠKODA became the first Czech engine manufacturer to achieve the international quality certificate ISO 9002 in 1994. The ŠKODA Felicia’s good safety level was confirmed in the crash tests carried out by the German TÜV in 1995. The ŠKODA Felicia was the first of the brand’s models to offer two airbags and ABS, as well as comfort features, such as air-conditioning, front electric windows and leather seats in the top-of-the-range Felicia Laurin & Klement.

Success in motorsport
The ŠKODA Felicia even did very well in international motorsport. The model was used for three seasons between 1995 and 1997 in the rally world championships.  In the first season alone, ŠKODA Felicia Kit Car landed third place in its class, with Emil Triner and Pavel Sibera behind the wheel. In 1996 Stig Blomqvist took sensational third place with the ŠKODA Felicia in the overall rankings of the British RAC Rally. Finally in 1997, the ŠKODA Felicia scored second place in its class at the Rally World Championships. ŠKODA then went on to further rallying success with the Octavia WRC.

1998 ŠKODA Felicia completely revised
The ŠKODA Felicia was completely revised and relaunched in the February of 1998. ŠKODA trimmed the shape of the model to the brand’s new design language that had begun two years previously with the ŠKODA Octavia.

After exactly 1,401,489 of the vehicle had been produced, the last ŠKODA Felicia rolled off the line in 2001 to make way for its 1999 successor – the ŠKODA Fabia.

MANUFACTURE OF THE ŠKODA FELICIA SERIES
​Versions​Number of vehicles produced

​ŠKODA Felicia​               915 853​
ŠKODA Felicia Combi    ​351 895​
ŠKODA Pickup              ​124 589​
ŠKODA Felicia Vanplus  ​5160
​ŠKODA Felicia Fun​        3992

Total​​       1.401.489

Note: Beyond the scope of this production run, a further 18 592 Pick-up vehicles were manufactured and sold under the brand name VW Caddy.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 29, 2014, 11:33:30 pre podne
ŠKODA Octavia Hatchback now also available with all-wheel drive

​› An all-rounder with plenty of space, high functionality and a dynamic design
› State-of-the-art 4x4 technology based on the Haldex 5 clutch
› Four engines: 1.6 TDI/77 kW, 2.0 TDI/110 kW, 2.0 TDI/135 kW and 1.8 TSI/132 kW
› ŠKODA Octavia is a real winner: deliveries in Western Europe grew by 34.8 per cent in the first nine months of 2014
› ŠKODA all-wheel-drive range grows to seven models: Europe's newest and broadest 4×4 portfolio in the compact and mid-class segment

​Mladá Boleslav, 29 October 2014 – The ŠKODA Octavia is now also available as a hatchback with all-wheel drive. The new ŠKODA Octavia 4×4 hatchback combines the high practicality of an all-wheel-drive vehicle with the proven Octavia qualities. One petrol and three diesel engines are available. With the Octavia 4x4, the current Octavia series grows to seven variants, three of which have all-wheel drive. At the same time, ŠKODA is expanding its attractive 4x4 range to a total of seven vehicles.

​"With the ŠKODA Octavia 4×4, we are expanding our most important model range with an attractive variant and are proving our high level of competency in all-wheel-drive vehicles once more," says ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing Werner Eichhorn.

The handling of the ŠKODA Octavia 4x4 is impressive – whether it is asphalt, gradients, challenging terrain or tricky situations. All of this is made possible by fifth-generation Haldex clutch based all-wheel-drive technology in combination with powerful engines and a chassis which has been adjusted for comfort.

The ŠKODA Octavia 4x4 is fitted with an electronic differential lock (EDL) as standard. The rear axle has an innovative multi-link suspension with one longitudinal and three transverse links per wheel and an anti-roll bar. Finely-tuned interaction between these technologies ensures best handling, excellent pulling away characteristics, very good acceleration and maximum towing capacity.

At the same time, this youngest member of the Octavia family features the same outstanding product qualities the front-wheel-drive ŠKODA Octavia offers: it is luxuriously spacious and highly functional, comes with many ‘Simply Clever’ ideas, features innovative safety and comfort systems and has low fuel consumption and a dynamic and elegant design.

Haldex 5 all-wheel-drive technology, high-performance engines, excellent handling

The drive system on the ŠKODA Octavia 4×4 is one of the most modern and efficient all-wheel-drive technologies. Via the control unit of the Haldex 5 clutch, the all-wheel-drive system is programmed to deliver the torque mainly to the front axle in normal driving conditions and with a light load. If necessary, the rear wheels are smoothly activated within fractions of a second, so fast that loss of traction is almost impossible.

The new ŠKODA Octavia 4x4 also impresses with its excellent towing capacity. The vehicle will tow up to two tonnes (2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 PS)).

A total of four engines are available for the hatchback and estate models: three turbo diesel engines and one turbo petrol engine.

The 1.6 TDI Green tec with 77 kW (105 PS) has a combined fuel consumption in the Octavia 4×4 of just 4.5 l/100 km. CO2 emissions are 119 g/km. With the entry-level engine, the Octavia 4×4 accelerates to 100 km/h in 11.5 seconds, and its top speed is 191 km/h.

The 2.0 TDI Green tec with 110 kW (150 PS) consumes 4.7 l diesel per 100 km and emits 122 g of CO2 per km. Top speed is 215 km/h. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 8.6 seconds.

The 135 kW version of the 2.0 TDI Green tec consumes 4.9 l per 100 km. CO2emissions are 129 g/km. The engine accelerates the Octavia 4x4 from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds. The top speed is 228 km/h.

The 1.8 TSI Green tec with 132 kW (180 PS) is exclusively available with automatic six-speed DSG transmission. The combined consumption is 6.7 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 154 g/km. The Octavia 4×4 with this engine is capable of a top speed of 229 km/h. It will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds.

With the new Octavia 4x4 hatchback, the ŠKODA 4x4 model range now consists of seven vehicles: the ŠKODA Octavia 4×4, ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4, ŠKODA Octavia Scout, ŠKODA Yeti 4×4 and ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor 4×4, as well as the ŠKODA Superb 4×4 and ŠKODA Superb Combi 4×4. This means that in the compact and mid-class segment, ŠKODA has the newest and broadest 4x4 range in Europe.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Oktobar 31, 2014, 13:14:19 posle podne

ŠKODA experiences profitable growth – deliveries, sales revenue and operating profit continue to increase in the first nine months of 2014

​› ŠKODA deliveries up by 13 per cent to 774,100 vehicles
› Sales revenue increases by 19.3 per cent to 8.8 billion euros as of the end of September
› Operating profit up by 75.5 per cent to 651 million euros› New ŠKODA Fabia is advancing the biggest model campaign in ŠKODA history

​Mladá Boleslav, 31 October 2014 – The Czech manufacturer ŠKODA remains on the right track and continues to show profitable growth. In the first nine months of 2014, deliveries to customers worldwide increased by 13 per cent to 774,100 vehicles. Over the same period, sales revenue went up by 19.3 per cent to 8.8 billion euros. Operating profit rose to 651 million euros; a growth of 75.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.

​"ŠKODA has continued to successfully implement its growth programme over the course of the year so far," says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. "The double-figure increase in deliveries and the significant growth of sales revenue and results show that our new, attractive model range is going down well in the international markets. Over the coming years, we want to grow further still and convert new customer groups to the brand. From November, the new ŠKODA Fabia will ignite the next stage of our model campaign," says Prof. Dr. Vahland.

In the first nine months of this year, ŠKODA achieved revenues amounting to 8.8 billion euros; an increase of 19.3 per cent compared to last year. Over the same period, operating profit rose by 75.5 per cent to 651 million euros (January to September 2013: 371 million euros). Alongside increased deliveries, the effects of mixes as well as improved product costs contributed to the better profit. In addition, the first nine months of 2013 were influenced by the start of production of the new ŠKODA Octavia.

With 7.4 per cent, the operating margin at the end of September was considerably higher than last year’s 5 per cent. Net liquidity rose by 40.6 per cent to 2.278 billion euros. Investments reached 362 million euros (January to September 2013: 458 million euros).

"ŠKODA is experiencing profitable growth," says ŠKODA member of the Board of Management for Commercial Affairs Winfried Krause. "The growth of both operating profit and net liquidity is proof of our financial solidity and strength. In light of high demands from the markets, cost discipline remains our top priority," says Krause.

ŠKODA AUTO Group operating figures as of 30 September 2014:
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 05, 2014, 10:06:31 pre podne
Five stars for new ŠKODA Fabia in Euro NCAP crash tests

​› Results underline top-level safety of the new ŠKODA Fabia
› Small car provides outstanding occupant protection for adults and children
› Innovative safety systems: ESC with Multi-Collision Brake, Front Assistant with City Emergency Braking Function, fatigue detection, Speedlimiter
› Highest level of passive safety: six airbags as standard in EU countries

​Mladá Boleslav, 5 November 2014 – The new ŠKODA Fabia has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. The outstanding test results underline the high-level safety of the new small car from ŠKODA which is going to be launched on the first European markets in the next couple of days. The Euro NCAP rating is based on results for occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems.
​“One of the aims of the new ŠKODA Fabia development was to bring top-level safety performance to the small car segment,” says ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, Dr Frank Welsch. “The maximum five star rating is confirmation by independent experts that we have achieved this goal and it shows that the new ŠKODA Fabia is one of the safest small cars in the market,” says Dr Welsch.

The new ŠKODA Fabia received the maximum five-star rating in all four areas (occupant protection for adults, child safety, safety assistance systems and pedestrian protection). The testers particularly emphasised the stability of the passenger compartment. For the protection of 18-month-old children the new ŠKODA Fabia achieved maximum points, and the protection of 3-year-old children was also awarded high marks.

The new ŠKODA Fabia scored well thanks to innovative safety features that were previously reserved for higher vehicle segments. The optional Front Assistant with integrated Emergency Braking Function makes a debut in the new ŠKODA Fabia. This system uses a radar sensor to continually measure the distance to the traffic ahead. Whenever the distance is too small, the Assistant intervenes – from warnings to automatic emergency stop. Also making a debut in the new ŠKODA Fabia is the Multi-Collision Brake which is part of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) fitted as standard to the model. The Multi-Collision Brake reduces the risk of the vehicle becoming involved in a subsequent collision following an accident.

Also available for the first time in the new ŠKODA Fabia is the optional Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection). Other safety systems include Speedlimiter, Hill-Hold Control and an electronic tyre pressure monitor.

The new ŠKODA Fabia’s comprehensive and perfectly aligned safety package provides the best possible protection in case of an accident. Up to six airbags – front, side and head airbags – in combination with five three-point seat belts protect the occupants in case of a collision. High body rigidity and specifically optimised body crumple zones form the basis for the high passive safety.

Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) is an independent consortium of European ministries for transport, motoring clubs, insurers and consumer groups. The organisation carries out crash tests with new car models and assesses their safety.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 06, 2014, 12:04:25 posle podne
ŠKODA Vrchlabí plant: 500,000th DQ 200 transmission

› ŠKODA has produced half a million dual-clutch transmissions since October 2012
› High-tech location: 1,500 DSG transmissions daily; 210 million euros invested
› Important employer: around 1,000 people employed in the Vrchlabí plant
› Future: manufacturer expands powertrain competency
› Tradition: 115 years of ŠKODA powertrain development and production

Mladá Boleslav/Vrchlabí, 06 November 2014 – Today, the ŠKODA Vrchlabí plant has manufactured the 500,000th dual-clutch transmission. The modern direct shift transmission has been rolling off the production line in Vrchlabí since October 2012 and is used in ŠKODA vehicles as well as Volkswagen, Seat and Audi models. The Czech manufacturer, together with Volkswagen Group, had invested around 210 million euros in establishing DSG production.

Around 1,000 employees currently manufacture 1,500 DSG transmissions daily in the ŠKODA plant at the foot of the Krkonoše mountain range. Production takes place five days a week, around the clock in three-shift operation. At the beginning of 2014, the daily production capacity was increased from 1,000 to 1,500 DSG transmissions per day.
“The figure of half a million manufactured DSG transmissions underlines the performance of the Vrchlabí plant and its employees and marks another milestone for ŠKODA’s powertrain production in the Czech Republic,” says Ivan Slimák, plant manager of DQ 200 transmission production in Vrchlabí. “ŠKODA has developed the plant into a new high-tech location for the company. The production facility is a cornerstone of ŠKODA’s strategy for growth,” says Slimák.

Two years ago, the Czech manufacturer, together with Volkswagen Group, invested around 210 million euros in setting up the production of the DQ 200. For around 27 million euros, new buildings were built or existing production halls were modernised. 180 million euros were invested in technical equipment and additional provisions, for example in the training centre for transmission production, in logistics functions, in Measurement centre and laboratories.

The seven-speed direct shift DQ 200 transmission is one of the most innovative automatic transmissions in the automobile industry. The technology combines the ease of an automatic transmission and the execution of quick gear changes without any reduction in traction. The Vrchlabí plant got the go-ahead for the production of the DQ 200 transmission in spring 2011.

The production of the DQ 200 underlines the high competency of the Czech producer in powertrain manufacturing. Alongside the production of transmissions in Vrchlabí, the MQ 200 and MQ/SQ 100 transmissions are rolling off the production line in the Mladá Boleslav plant. Another focus is on engine production. The ŠKODA parent plant Mladá Boleslav is currently building three- and four-cylinder petrol engines for the EA 211 series as well as powertrains for the EA 111 series.

In the coming years, the company wants to further expand its powertrain competency. As the most recent step, at the beginning of September this year, ŠKODA opened a new engine centre in Mladá Boleslav. The manufacturer, together with Volkswagen Group, invested around 45 million euros in this alone.

ŠKODA has a 115-year-old tradition in engine and powertrain production. In 1899, the founding fathers Laurin and Klement equipped a bicycle with an auxiliary engine for the first time. The Motocyclette was driven by one-cylinder engines with 1.25 or 1.75 PS.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 10, 2014, 14:22:28 posle podne
ŠKODA Deliveries to Customers Increase 8.6% in October

​› 91,000 deliveries to customers: best October in ŠKODA's history
› Stable growth in Europe: market share increases to 4.4% in October
› Second-best month in China ever: 25,600 deliveries to customers
› New ŠKODA Fabia at dealerships in the first markets from mid-November

​Mladá Boleslav, 10 November 2014 – ŠKODA continues along the path of growth. In October the Czech carmaker grew by 8.6% to 91,000 vehicles delivered worldwide (October 2013: 83,800), making this the best October in corporate history. In Europe, ŠKODA's market share increased to 4.4%. In China, ŠKODA achieved their second-best sales month since entering the market back in 2007.

​“ŠKODA is on the path to success in the international markets,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “ŠKODA's best October ever and recording growth of 12.5% over the first ten months of this year demonstrate how well our product range has been accepted. We are vigorously pursuing our model campaign with the introduction of the new Fabia. The initial reactions to our small car from the media, dealers and customers have been extremely positive, and give us reason to be very confident.”

The new ŠKODA Fabia, introduced last month will be heading to the first European markets in just a few days. The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is soon to follow in January 2015. Both body versions of the small car feature the very best functionality, emotional design and the latest technology from higher vehicle classes. The manufacturer plans to reach out to new, younger target groups with the completely redeveloped Fabia.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA's deliveries increased 7% to 34,700 deliveries in October (October 2013: 32,400). ŠKODA's market share grew to 3.4% after ten months (January to October 2013: 3.1%). In Germany, ŠKODA's strongest sales region in Europe, the brand's deliveries increased to 12,800 vehicles – up 5.1% (October 2013: 12,100 deliveries). ŠKODA is thereby building their position as the number one importer in the country. ŠKODA recorded double-digit growth in October in the Netherlands (2200 vehicles; up 84.7% ), Belgium (1700 cars; up 32.2%), Spain (1500 vehicles; up 47.5%), Sweden (1300 cars; up 15.2%) and Italy (1200 cars; up 32.2%).

In Eastern Europe, ŠKODA delivered 10,800 vehicles to customers this October, compared to 11,400 in October 2013. However, the brand's overall market share in the region had increased to 4.4% by the end of October this year (January to October 2013: 3.9%). The brand's market share also increased in Russia from 3.2% last year to 4.1% this October, with 7400 deliveries. ŠKODA recorded double-digit growth in Romania (700 vehicles, up 18.3%) and Bulgaria (200 vehicles, up 28.9%).

In Central Europe, ŠKODA sold 13,200 vehicles in October – an increase of 10.9% over the same month last year (12,000 deliveries). So far this year, one in five newly registered cars in Central Europe is a ŠKODA (market share: 20.1%), and the Czech Republic, even more than one in three cars. In their Czech home market, the brand grew by 12.2% to 6400 vehicles delivered this October (October 2013: 5700). In Hungary, the manufacturer achieved an increase of 20.4% to 700 vehicles. In Slovenia, ŠKODA's deliveries to customers rose by 37.9% to 400 vehicles.

In their largest market worldwide, China, ŠKODA achieved the second-best sales month this October since entering the market back in 2007, where 25,600 customers opted for a ŠKODA – up 19.1% over October 2013 (21,500 vehicles). The new ŠKODA Octavia has also proven to be a great hit since being introduced in China in mid-2014, with sales increasing 15.6%.

In October, ŠKODA achieved the best monthly sales result in Turkey. ŠKODA’s deliveries increased by 66.4% to 1700 vehicles. In India, ŠKODA delivered 1500 vehicles to customers this October (October 2013: 2300).


ŠKODA AUTO deliveries to customers in October 2014 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent compared to October 2013):

ŠKODA Octavia (35,200; +3.1 %)
ŠKODA Rapid (21,200; +76.3 %)
ŠKODA Fabia (12,000; -22.2 %)
ŠKODA Yeti (8900; +23.8 %)
ŠKODA Superb (7900; -13.2 %)
ŠKODA Roomster (2500; +1.2 %)
ŠKODA Citigo (only sold in Europe: 3200; -2.5 %)
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 14, 2014, 20:54:21 posle podne
Legendary ŠKODA 966 Supersport: Restored to its Former Glory

​› Exceptional racing car painstakingly restored
› ŠKODA 966 Supersport - a characteristic representative of motorsport in the 1950s
› The fastest racing car of its time in Czechoslovakia
› Vehicle on display in the main exhibition at ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav

​Mladá Boleslav, 14 November 2014 – The world's only surviving example of a ŠKODA 966 Supersport has been restored to its former glory. ŠKODA specialists have been working with great care on the renovation of this vehicle for the past year, and now visitors to the ŠKODA museum can admire the automotive gem as it was originally presented in the 1950s.

​It was back in 1950 that three copies of the special racing edition of the ŠKODA 966 Supersport were built. Last seen on the racing track in 1962, only one has survived to this day. For many years, the car was owned by the Slovakian racing driver Ivan Mičík, and in 2007 the vehicle was acquired by the ŠKODA museum where its extensive renovation began. The restoration was carried out authentically, according to contemporary documents. The ŠKODA 966 Supersport, now shining once again as it did in the season of 1953, can be seen as part of the current museum exhibition. 

“The ŠKODA 966 Supersport provides an important testimony to our history in motorsport.  This conveys the atmosphere of the legendary lap racing from the second half of the 20th century perfectly,” says Michal Velebný, head of the restoration workshop at ŠKODA. “Given the uniqueness of this vehicle, this is one of the most interesting exhibits at the ŠKODA Museum,” he adds.

The special racing edition, the ŠKODA 966 Supersport with an aluminium body, was introduced in 1950, and the model stood out due to its high variability. After minor adjustments to the body in the form of covering the passenger seats and removing the headlights and fenders, the vehicle could also be used in the racing car category.

The ŠKODA 966 Supersport celebrated its premiere in the May of 1950 in Mladá Boleslav.  After two more races, however, the vehicle was so badly damaged that it had to be replaced by another. Since the factory team’s objective was to bring two vehicles into operation, an additional vehicle was produced – the third in the series. It was this third vehicle that has been preserved and has undergone full restoration.

The vehicle made its debut for the Grand Prix of Czechoslovakia on 24 September 1950. The car took racing driver Miroslav Fousek to second place in the category of up to 1100cc. The 1951 racing season began with victory in the sports car category at the races in Liberec.

In the following years, both Supersport vehicles – the second and third built – appeared in numerous races.  After a serious injury, Miroslav Fousek was replaced by Jaroslav Netušil. The second vehicle had been driven by Václav Bobek up until then.

ŠKODA improved both of the racing cars, especially the engines used. The assembly with a displacement of 1089cc was originally derived from the ŠKODA Tudor, but this was given a new aluminium cylinder head with hemispherical combustion chamber. There was a version with atmospheric aspiration and two carburettors, and the most powerful version with one or even two compressors. One could tell the two vehicles apart by the height of the bonnet; the turbocharged version had a lower bonnet. Under the higher bonnet with a pronounced 'bulge' were two carburettors.

Given the versatility of the drive unit and especially the speed of the conversion, both ŠKODA 966 Super Sport vehicles could take part in the 1100cc class (for the version with the carburettor) or in the 1500 category (for the version with the compressor).  For a further increase in power, in line with new racing rules, ŠKODA later changed the engine capacity to 1221 cc. In the final phase of development, a new prototype engine was installed under the bonnet with a capacity of 1500cc and either four carburettors, and/or two compressors.

The engine with carburettors achieved an output of up to 66 kW (90 hp) and the supercharged version even up to 132 kW (180 hp), reaching speeds almost breaking the 200 km/h barrier. Due to the considerable number of pipes in the engine compartment, the model with the compressor was also known as "gasworks". 

At the same time, the racing cars also underwent considerable improvement. A condenser was placed in front of the compressor to improve the cooling of the supercharged version. During the 1953 season, the designers improved the vehicle’s aerodynamics by lowering the radiator grille and making the suction opening more oval. By the end of 1953, the car had been installed with a new engine with a capacity of 1500cc. In the autumn of 1953, Václav Bobek achieved a new speed record of 197.8km/h in the version with two compressors, making the ŠKODA 966 Supersport the fastest automobile in Czechoslovakia at that time.

The final adjustments to the bodywork took place during 1954. Due to the changes in the rules, the Supersport received large fenders that were firmly attached to the body. Jaroslav Netušil raced in the now newly restored vehicle in 1955. Development of the new ŠKODA 1100 Special OHC – the Supersport’s successor – began one year later. In the following years, both ŠKODA Supersport 966 vehicles were used to train future racing drivers.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 18, 2014, 22:11:07 posle podne
ŠKODA Design Premiere in China – Show Car ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ at the Auto Guangzhou 2014

​› Premiere: spectacular ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ study on show in China for the first time
› ŠKODA with strongest China portfolio ever; six locally manufactured models
› Growth target: more than 500,000 deliveries annually in China
› January to October 2014: ŠKODA has grown by 12.4 per cent in China
› ŠKODA’s presence at the exhibition in Guangzhou with 1,190 m2 floor space in pavilion 6.1

​Mladá Boleslav/Guangzhou, 17 November 2014 – ŠKODA wants to continue to grow in China. The highlight of ŠKODA’s presence at the Auto Guangzhou (20-29 November) is the Chinese premiere of the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ show car. With its expressive, modern and young design language, the spectacular coupé study gives a glimpse of the future ŠKODA design and shows off the emotional power of the brand. With this, ŠKODA underlines its growth ambitions in the Chinese market. In addition, ŠKODA will present the full range of its current China product portfolio which is the most comprehensive and attractive ever. This year alone, ŠKODA has doubled its China portfolio to six locally manufactured models. With its continuing model campaign and the expansion of local production capacity, the brand intends to increase deliveries in China to at least 500,000 annually. In the first ten months of 2014, ŠKODA has delivered 223,800 vehicles to customers in China. This is an increase of 12.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. In October alone, the brand increased sales in China by 19.1 per cent.

​“As the largest individual market for ŠKODA, China is a core pillar in our international growth strategy,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Over the last few years we have expanded our model portfolio in the country on a gradual basis and successfully developed the profile and image of the brand. Today, we are offering the most attractive ŠKODA model portfolio ever in China. We want to further develop our position over the coming years and increase deliveries in the Chinese market. Apart from functional features, we are placing more emphasis on a modern, emotionally-charged design language for our cars. In doing so, we are responding to the increased demands from our customers and are appealing to new market segments at the same time. The ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design study shows the direction in which the ŠKODA design is developing,” says Eichhorn.

Chinese premiere of the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ coupé study

With the Chinese premiere of the trend-setting ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design study, the brand launches a new era of its design language: a design language that highlights the value and the ambition of the brand, and reflects the active lifestyle of modern people. With its emotionally-charged design, the dynamic and elegant five-door coupé ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ inspires through its expressive design language, clean lines and perfect proportions. The interplay of soft, gently contoured surfaces and precise, sharp lines is exciting.

At the same time, the show car comes with Volkswagen Group’s modern MQB technology: innovative CNG drive, low bodyweight and excellent aerodynamics. With this set-up, the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ show car achieves CO2 emissions of just 91 g per kilometre.

The study fulfils the highest demands with regards to functionality as well as practical characteristics. The large tailgate for example, typically ŠKODA, provides optimum access to the boot: design and functionality in perfect harmony.

ŠKODA’s 2014 model portfolio significantly expanded – six locally manufactured ŠKODAs

Alongside the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ study, the car manufacturer will present its China model portfolio in Guangzhou, which has been comprehensively refreshed over the last months. A total of eight models with the winged arrow are currently available in China: Fabia, Rapid, Rapid Spaceback, Octavia, Yeti, Yeti 4x4, Superb and Superb Combi. Apart from the Yeti 4x4 and the Superb Combi, all vehicles are manufactured locally in China.

The ŠKODA Octavia is the heart of the brand in China too, where the new Octavia was launched onto the market in May. Production in China operates in cooperation with Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) at the Ningbo car plant. So far this year, ŠKODA has delivered 88,800 Octavias to customers in China. In October alone, Octavia sales in China increased by 15.6 per cent compared to October 2013.

The ŠKODA bestseller is in a class of its own and sets new standards in the compact segment for space, functionality, technology and design. Never before has a ŠKODA Octavia been as dynamic and timelessly elegant, striking, significant and poised as the third generation is now. The design has been adapted to the taste of Chinese customers, for example through the use of more chrome features. The new ŠKODA Octavia is available in China with two efficient petrol engines, the 1.4 l TSI and the 1.6 l petrol.

The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback has also been launched in China this year. This hatchback variant of the ŠKODA Rapid compact saloon, on sale in China since 2013, extends the offering between the ŠKODA Fabia and the ŠKODA Octavia. The dynamic and fresh design is particularly appealing to younger customer groups. In typical ŠKODA style, the young compact car wins over customers with lots of space, numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions, top-level safety, low consumption and outstanding value for money.

In Guangzhou, the brand will present both the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the ŠKODA Rapid. Deliveries for the two model variants increased in China by 278.1 per cent between January and October. This makes the ŠKODA Rapid the second strongest ŠKODA model series in China.

The third new model to be launched this year in China was the urban version of the compact SUV ŠKODA Yeti. The popular compact SUV is now available in two variants on the Chinese market for the first time: the ŠKODA Yeti in elegant design for the city and the ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor equipped for rough terrain and adventure.

The locally produced Yeti comes with a 6 cm longer wheel base, meeting the demand of Chinese customers for more space on the rear seats. Mounting the spare wheel on the tailgate of the ŠKODA Yeti is optional in China. Customers can choose from three petrol engines for the Yeti in China: the 1.6 l petrol exclusively for the urban variant, the 1.4 l TSI and the 1.8 l TSI. Between January and October 2014, 15,700 customers in China chose the ŠKODA Yeti (both variants).

At Guangzhou, ŠKODA will also present the ŠKODA Superb, which was comprehensively redesigned in the middle of 2013, both in the saloon and the estate variant. The brand’s flagship impresses with attractive new ŠKODA design elements, a fresh interior and improved technology. The engine portfolio’s consumption and emissions have been reduced by up to 19 per cent. Between January and October, ŠKODA has delivered 25,900 Superbs und Superb Combis to customers in China.

ŠKODA success in China since 2007; more than 1.2 million cars sold

ŠKODA has had a presence in China since 2007. Since then, the brand has delivered more than 1.2 million vehicles to customers in China. The first model to be produced in the country was the ŠKODA Octavia in 2007. The ŠKODA Fabia followed in 2008 and the ŠKODA Superb in 2009. The ŠKODA Yeti, launched in 2013, started off as an import model and has been manufactured locally in cooperation with Shanghai Volkswagen since the end of 2013. The ŠKODA Rapid compact saloon has been available in China since the beginning of 2013, the new ŠKODA Octavia, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the ŠKODA Yeti as an urban variant followed this year. The brand is offering the ŠKODA Superb Combi as an import model.

Over the last years, ŠKODA has consistently developed its position in China, which has been the strongest individual ŠKODA market since 2010. Right from the start of its operations in China, the manufacturer has focused on close cooperation with Shanghai Volkswagen. Since the market launch of the brand in China, about 1.1 million ŠKODA models have rolled off the production line at SVW. This is approximately 10 per cent of the ten million vehicles that have been produced at SVW since 1983. ŠKODA production currently takes place at three locations in China: Ningbo, Anting and Yizheng.

ŠKODA is growing worldwide

In 2014, ŠKODA has continued to show strong growth internationally. The manufacturer has delivered more than 865,000 vehicles to customers worldwide in the first ten months – an increase of 12.5 per cent and a new sales record for this period. In October, ŠKODA increased deliveries worldwide by 8.6 per cent to 91,000 cars, making this the best October in the company’s history.

The strength of the brand is underpinned by good financial results. ŠKODA revenues increased by 19.3 per cent to 8.8 billion euros in the first nine months. The operating profit of the company reached 651 million euros, which represents growth of 75.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The biggest ŠKODA model campaign ever is continuing at full force. Only a few days ago, the new ŠKODA Fabia was launched on the first European markets. The new small car inspires with an emotionally-charged design language, innovative technology and great functionality.

Over the coming years, ŠKODA intends to increase worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles annually. To achieve this, the company will launch a new or redesigned model on average every six months.


ŠKODA at the Auto Guangzhou 2014:

› ŠKODA location: pavilion 6.1
› ŠKODA floor space: 1,190 m2
› ŠKODA press conference: 20/11/2014, 09:30-10:00
› ŠKODA vehicles on display on press day: 7 vehicles (1x VisionC, 1x Octavia, 1x Rapid, 1x Rapid Spaceback, 1x Yeti, 1x Superb, 1x Fabia)
› ŠKODA vehicles on display on the public days: 12 vehicles (1x VisionC, 2x Octavia, 2x Rapid, 2x Rapid Spaceback, 2x Yeti, 1x Superb, 1x Superb Combi, 1x Fabia)
› Press day: 20/11/2014
› Trade days: 21/11 - 23/11/2014
› Public days: 24/11 - 29/11/2014
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Novembar 28, 2014, 21:01:43 posle podne
Virtual Tour of ŠKODA Museum and ŠKODA Customer Centre

​› The ŠKODA Museum can now be explored around the clock on Street View
› Take a closer look at selected classic cars; virtual museum tour
› ŠKODA Customer Centre presents current model range and genuine accessories

​Mladá Boleslav, 28 November 2014 – The ŠKODA Museum is living up to its reputation as an interactive world of adventure – now even as a virtual on-line experience. The ŠKODA Museum is the first automotive museum in the Czech Republic to offer a virtual tour of the location via Google Street View. By taking a virtual tour, you can explore the exhibition in detail and even get behind the wheel of selected ŠKODA classics – any time and from anywhere in the world.

​“Our museum, which was reopened two years ago after extensive reconstruction, illustrates the great history of the ŠKODA brand, and attracts visitors from all over the world. We are now offering this fantastic opportunity and expanding our services to make the exhibition accessible from around the world 24/7,” says Andrea Frydlová, Director of the ŠKODA Museum.

Google Street View now offers everyone the chance to wander through the ŠKODA Museum from the comfort of home, to experience the industrial architecture of the exhibition halls and even to take a closer look at the legendary historic vehicles. With just a few mouse clicks, you can find yourself at the heart of the exhibition and experience the automotive gems for yourself.

The virtual tour also makes it possible to get behind the wheel of selected exhibits – for example, the first automobile ever produced by the Czech manufacturer, the Voiturette A designed by the founding fathers Laurin and Klement, and other legends such as the L&K-ŠKODA 110, ŠKODA 860, ŠKODA Superb 4000 and the ŠKODA 1101 ‘Tudor’ Cabriolet. You can also ‘get in’ the ŠKODA Popular Sport ‘Monte Carlo’ and the ŠKODA 1000 MB. The experience also includes an in-depth walk-around the ŠKODA VisionD design study and the cockpits of the ŠKODA 130 RS and ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 race cars.

At the end of 2012, the ŠKODA museum was reconceptualised and underwent extensive modernisation to become a multimedia showcase for the brand. In the historic halls on Václav Klement Street, you can take a journey through almost 120 years of corporate history in a diverse, interactive and multimedia experience. The ŠKODA Museum collection, spanning over 1800m2 currently displays around 340 exhibits, including passenger vehicles from series production, racing cars, prototypes, and also several dozen engines, four motorcycles and a bicycle. The virtual tour offers a taste of the experience, awaiting visitors of the ŠKODA Museum.

Google Street View also gives Internet users the chance to take a virtual look around the ŠKODA Customer Centre in Mladá Boleslav. The current model range can be seen in detail inside and out, including the brand’s current bike collection and genuine accessories range. The ŠKODA Customer Centre underwent extensive modernisation in 2013.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 02, 2014, 22:20:15 posle podne
ŠKODA model range safer than ever

​› New ŠKODA Fabia completes the ŠKODA range with top safety
› Safety for all: five-star Euro NCAP seal of approval for ŠKODA Fabia (2014), Octavia (2013), Rapid (2012), Citigo (2011), Yeti (2009), Superb (2008) and Roomster (2006)
› CSR: Comprehensive activities on the topic of road safety

​Mladá Boleslav, 2 December 2014 – ŠKODA cars protect your passengers with top safety seal of approval. All seven ŠKODA model series have achieved the maximum five-star safety rating in the internationally recognised Euro NCAP crash tests in the course of their respective market launches, with the new ŠKODA Fabia being awarded five stars most recently in November.  The universal top rating by Euro NCAP proves the high safety level of ŠKODA vehicles, and has been the result of intensive work to achieve maximum active and passive vehicle safety. In addition, the company engages various road safety initiatives as part of their social responsibility campaign.

​“The safety of all passengers is ŠKODA’s top priority,” says ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development Dr. Frank Welsch. “This uncompromising standard applies across all classes of vehicles, from the city car ŠKODA Citigo to our flagship ŠKODA Superb. We are constantly working to improve the level of active and passive safety in our vehicles. This includes installing innovative assistance systems, as well as perfectly coordinated restraint systems, cutting-edge suspension technology, high-performance lighting systems and optimizing the body structures of our vehicles.” 

ŠKODA employs around 1700 specialist designers, engineers and constructors in the Technical Development department. A considerable part of this work is directly or indirectly concerned with the technical issues of vehicle safety.

The new small car ŠKODA Fabia clearly demonstrates how much emphasis ŠKODA puts on safety systems. The third generation model offers a variety of safety innovations that had previously been reserved for higher vehicle segments. This means that the new ŠKODA Fabia features a safety level new to this segment, and is unmatched by any small car outside the Volkswagen Group.

The Front Assistant with integrated city emergency brake function celebrates its premiere in the new ŠKODA Fabia. The new Fabia also features a long list of additional safety features, such as multi-collision brakes, Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection), Speed Limiter, Hill Hold Control (assists drivers to start on an incline) and the electronic tyre pressure monitoring system. Other features available upon request include LED daytime running lights and fog lights with Cornering function.
As part of their respective market launches over recent years, all seven ŠKODA model series have been awarded the highest rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP Crash tests. The new ŠKODA Fabia received the top rating most recently in early November.
Other models to have achieved the five-star Euro NCAP status, include the ŠKODA Octavia (2013), ŠKODA Rapid (2012), ŠKODA Citigo (2011), ŠKODA Yeti (2009), ŠKODA Superb (2008) and ŠKODA Roomster (2006).

The high safety level of the ŠKODA models has been confirmed by independent experts. Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) is an independent consortium of European transport ministries, automobile associations, insurers and consumer advocates. The organization carries out crash tests with new automobile models, assessing safety according to the four categories of occupant protection for adults, child safety, pedestrian safety and supporting safety systems.

Innovative safety assistance systems

Safety assistance systems help to prevent accidents or mitigate their consequences for passengers and other road users. Over recent years, a number of new technologies have entered the ŠKODA model range. The Czech manufacturer has been able to successfully implement these systems thanks to the technology and modular transverse matrix (MQB) of the Volkswagen Group. As part of ŠKODA’s safety strategy, the brand currently offers the following security systems in various forms in each of the seven models in the series: Front Assistant, including City Emergency Braking, Multi-Collision Brake Feature, Adaptive Cruise Assistant (adaptive cruise control), Lane Assistant (lane keeping assistant), Intelligent Light Assistant (high-beam assist), Crew Protect Assistant (proactive passenger protection), Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection), Traffic Sign Recognition and electronic tyre pressure monitoring system.

Best passive safety with safety package

In order to best protect the passengers in the event of a collision, all ŠKODA models are equipped with a comprehensive, perfectly tuned safety package. Depending on the model, this can include up to nine airbags (Superb, Octavia and Yeti), height adjustable 3-point seat belts with pretensioners and safety headrests. Specifically optimized body structures provide very good deformation characteristics in a collision, and ensure that as much energy as possible is absorbed and the passenger compartment remains stable.

Social commitment to increased safety

In addition to the safety of their vehicles, the Czech manufacturer is particularly keen on the issue of road safety in general, which forms a substantial part of ŠKODA’s comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

For many years, the can manufacturer has been supporting numerous projects surrounding this topic throughout the Czech Republic.  Since 2013, ŠKODA has been the main partner of the road safety portal ‘Bezpečné cesty’ (Safe Journeys). At www.bezpecnecesty.cz, road users and pedestrians can get important and clear information on the issue of road safety, and find tips on the best ways to behave on the road. ŠKODA provides specific information, findings and their expertise from their safety and accident research; they also give their specialist input and provide specific illustrative material in the form of texts and films.

The Internet educational programme ‘Playful ŠKODA’ gives kids a fun way to learn about how to behave near roads and urban areas. The nationwide competition ‘Ways through Cities’, which has been running for the past eleven years with ŠKODA’s support, shows which methods are most effective in reducing traffic in Czech cities and towns.  The company regularly organizes events, such as ‘Safe in the Car’ and ‘Road Safety Days’ in association with the Integrated Rescue System of the Czech Republic. In the regions of ŠKODA production sites, ŠKODA AUTO has supported ten other road safety projects last year alone.

The company is also actively engaged in accident research, in which ŠKODA works in close cooperation with transport police, fire brigade, ambulance services and hospitals, and other government and private sector organizations.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 08, 2014, 13:34:37 posle podne
Record November for ŠKODA - More than 1 million ŠKODAs produced and sold in 2014

​› 955,300 sales by the end of November; 920,800 full-year 2013
› Best ŠKODA November: 90,200 deliveries (up 10.1%)
› China: 46.9% ŠKODA growth; Octavia 112.4% in the plus
› Vahland: “One million vehicle milestone for ŠKODA”

​Mladá Boleslav, 8 December 2014 – ŠKODA is steaming ahead in 2014. Between January and November 2014, the Czech carmaker delivered 955,300 vehicles around the world – 34,500 more vehicles than in the whole of 2013, and 16,100 more deliveries than the previous record year – 2012. ŠKODA deliveries in November increased 10.1% to 90,200 units. This was the best November so far in corporate history, and the Chinese market has been a strong driver of growth. ŠKODA’s sales in China increased 46.9% this November over November 2013.

​“ŠKODA will set a new sales record this year. Following the positive results in November, the milestone of one million vehicles produced and sold in one calendar year is certain,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Producing and selling one million ŠKODA cars for the first time in one year is a milestone for our brand, and has made the whole team very proud.”

The backbone of this sales success has been the brand’s ongoing model campaign, through which the company is also winning over new consumer groups. The new ŠKODA Fabia has been on the first European markets since mid-November, and the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi (estate) will be heading to the dealerships in early 2015. Both body versions feature emotive designs, maximum functionality, low consumption and innovative technology from higher vehicle classes.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA achieved 33,000 deliveries this November (November 2013: 34,000). After eleven months ŠKODA’s market share rose to 3.4% (January to November 2014: 3.2%). In ŠKODA’s strongest European market, Germany, the brand delivered 12,100 vehicles this November (November 2013: 12,300). In the UK, ŠKODA sold 5600 vehicles, representing an increase of 0.3% over November last year. The manufacturer recorded double-digit growth in November in Spain (1400 vehicles; up 12.1%), Belgium (1500 vehicles; up 17.5%), Italy (1300 vehicles; up 30.4%) and Portugal (200 vehicles; up 37.5%).

In Eastern Europe, including Russia, ŠKODA’s deliveries to customers stood at 10,600 vehicles (November 2013: 11,300). After eleven months, ŠKODA’s market share had increased to 4.4% (January to November 2013: 3.9%). In Russia, the brand sold 7600 vehicles, representing an increase of 2.9% over November 2013. The market share in Russia rose to 3.8% this November (January to November 2013: 3.4%). ŠKODA recorded double-digit growth in Romania (800 vehicles; up 37.0%), as well as in Bulgaria (200 vehicles; up 10.7%).

In Central Europe ŠKODA delivered 12,800 vehicles in November, representing an increase of 1.6% over November 2013. After the first eleven months, the market share had risen to over 20% (20.2%), after 19.1% by the end of November 2013. In the Czech home market, the brand’s sales had increased 10% to 6500 vehicles by the end of November (November 2013: 5900). In Slovenia, ŠKODA’s sales increased 3.1%.

ŠKODA is in excellent shape inChina – the brand’s strongest sales market in the world. In November, the company’s sales increased 46.9% to 26,800 vehicles (November 2013: 18,200). So far this year, ŠKODA has sold 250,600 vehicles on the Chinese market – more than ever before in one calendar year. The model most in demand this November, introduced in China in the summer, was the new ŠKODA Octavia, with sales increasing 112.4%.

ŠKODA sold more models in Turkey this November than ever before in a single month: 1800 units (up 21.6%). The brand achieved their third-best monthly sales result in Israel, with deliveries increasing 23.3% to 1600 vehicles (November 2013: 1,300). In India, ŠKODA achieved 1200 deliveries to customers this November (November 2013: 1600).


ŠKODA deliveries to customers in November 2014 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent over November 2013):

ŠKODA Octavia (36,400; +18.2%)
ŠKODA Rapid (19,000; +30.5%)
ŠKODA Fabia (12,600; -13.0%)
ŠKODA Yeti (8700; -1.3%)
ŠKODA Superb (7300; +3.0%)
ŠKODA Roomster (2700; -6.5%)
ŠKODA Citigo (Only sold in Europe: 3400; +4.8%)
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 10, 2014, 13:27:54 posle podne
Milestone achieved: For the first time ŠKODA produces 1 million vehicles in one year

› The jubilee car is a ŠKODA Fabia 1.2 TSI/81 kW in Moon-white
› Success story: ŠKODA sales increase six-fold since 1991
› Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland: “ŠKODA will continue to grow”

Mladá Boleslav, 10 December 2014 – This is the first time in corporate history that ŠKODA has produced more than one million vehicles in a calendar year. Today at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav, the jubilee car – a ŠKODA Fabia 1.2 TSI/81 kW in moon-white – rolled of the production line. By achieving the milestone of manufacturing one million vehicles in a single year, the Czech carmaker reaffirms their international growth strategy.

“For the first time in the 119-year history of our company, ŠKODA has today crossed the magic threshold of one million vehicles produced in a single year,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “A milestone for the brand that the whole team can be proud of. We will not become complacent about this success. ŠKODA will continue to grow.”
The most comprehensive model campaign in ŠKODA’s history has formed the basis for the growth in production and sales. Since 2010, the Czech manufacturer has comprehensively renewed their model range, and expanded in key areas, particularly at the main ŠKODA plant in Mladá Boleslav – the heart of ŠKODA’s global production network. “The figure of one million vehicles produced this year demonstrates the strength of our Czech and international production sites and the skill of our all production teams,” explains Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics. “We plan to further modernise and expand ŠKODA’s production over the coming years.”

The milestone in production achieved today once again emphasises the outstanding development of the Czech carmaker, especially over the last two decades. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain and joining the Volkswagen Group in April 1991, ŠKODA has recorded a six-fold increase in sales. The rapid resurgence of the legendary automobile brand has indeed been impressive – from the company’s roots in the heart of Europe to an internationally successful manufacturer with currently seven model series and over 40 model variants. From producing only one model in 1991 – the Favorit – ŠKODA today offers the largest and most attractive product range of all time.

An important pillar of the growth over recent years has been the development of new markets beyond Europe. In the early ‘90s, the Czech brand was still unilaterally focused on the domestic market and the Central and Eastern European countries. Nowadays, ŠKODA sells their products in over 100 countries around the world. China has been the brand’s strongest individual market since 2010. In the first eleven months of this year alone, sales on the Chinese market accounted for a quarter of ŠKODA’s total.

Against this background, ŠKODA is putting increasing emphasis on local production in the world’s key growth markets in addition to expanding capacities at home as part of their international growth strategy. In China, the Czechs operate at the sites in Anting, Yizheng and Ningbo in partnership with Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW). To date, more than 1.3 million ŠKODA vehicles have been produced at the SVW plants for the Chinese market. This year ŠKODA has doubled their Chinese product range to six locally produced models. In Russia, the production of ŠKODA models takes place at Nizhniy Novgorod and Kaluga. In India, ŠKODA vehicles run off the production lines in Pune and Aurangabad. ŠKODAs are also manufactured in Slovakia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

Milestones in ŠKODA AUTO production:

› 10 December 2014: ŠKODA manufactures the millionth vehicle in 2014, achieving for the first time one million vehicles produced in a single calendar year
› 19 March 2014: 11 million ŠKODA cars produced at the Mladá Boleslav plant
› 26 August 2013: 4 million ŠKODA Octavias
› 9 July 2013: 1 million ŠKODA cars produced in China since 2007
› 5 February 2013: 15 million ŠKODA cars produced since 1905
› 30 January 2012: 14 million ŠKODA cars produced since 1905
› 12 October 2011: 10 million ŠKODA cars produced at the Mladá Boleslav plant
› 8 April 2009: 12 million ŠKODA cars produced since 1905
› 13 July 2006: 10 million ŠKODA cars produced since 1905
› 1991: 5 million ŠKODA cars produced since 1905
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 11, 2014, 08:38:44 pre podne
A start of a new era: The New ŠKODA Superb

 › Best ŠKODA of all time: expressive design, innovative MQB technology
 › In the starting blocks: World premiere mid-February in Prague
 › New Superb successfully completes final technical inspection drives

Mladá Boleslav, 11 December 2014 – The countdown has begun: The new ŠKODA Superb is in the starting blocks. The completely redeveloped ŠKODA flagship has recently completed the final test series in Southern Europe, among other regions. The new ŠKODA Superb is the top model in the ŠKODA model range. With its new design language, new proportions, space, innovative technology, driving dynamics and build quality, the car has shifted to the upper end of the automotive mid-class.

The new third-generation ŠKODA Superb offers the highest functionality with an improved package. The amount of space and boot size typical of a ŠKODA have once again increased, and set a new benchmark in its segment. Incorporating the VW Group’s MQB technology, the ŠKODA Superb brings qualities from higher vehicle classes into the automotive mid-class. The car offers the best values in terms of comfort, infotainment and connectivity, safety, eco-friendliness, consumption and performance. 

“The new ŠKODA Superb is the best ŠKODA ever. This latest generation of our flagship will appeal to new groups of customers in the business and private sector. The qualities of the Superb emphasize the brand’s values and point to the future of ŠKODA,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. 

The new ŠKODA Superb will be celebrating its world premiere in mid-February 2015 in Prague. The introduction at the Geneva Motor Show will follow shortly afterwards in early March. The market launch is planned for mid-2015. The ŠKODA Superb has formed the apex of ŠKODA’s model range since 2001. To date, the brand has delivered more than 700,000 first and second generation ŠKODA Superb to customers all over the world.
Naslov: Odg: ENG: Škoda Official Site News & Press Release
Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 15, 2014, 10:04:20 pre podne
ŠKODA: Production launch for new Fabia Combi

​› Production at ŠKODA’s Mladá Boleslav plant; Market launch January 2015
› Setting new standards in space, practicality, connectivity and eco-friendliness
› Emotive and functional: Fresh design, 17 Simply Clever solutions

​Mladá Boleslav, 15 December 2014 – The series production of the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi has been launched at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The ŠKODA Fabia Combi is the most popular model in its segment. The completely redeveloped third generation is once again setting standards in terms of space, functionality and eco-friendliness. The new design is expressive and emotive. In addition, the model features advanced safety, comfort and infotainment systems from higher vehicle classes, including the new MirrorLink- and SmartGate technology to connect the vehicle to your smartphone. The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi will be launched on the first markets in January 2015.

​“The production launch of the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is a key element of our comprehensive model campaign,” explains ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics, Michael Oeljeklaus. “As the best-selling vehicle in its segment, the Fabia Combi is a pillar of the ŠKODA growth strategy. With its outstanding features, it has everything to attract new consumer groups for both the model and the brand.”

The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is being launched just weeks after the sales premiere of the Fabia hatchback model. The carmaker has undertaken extensive adaptation and modernization work at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav for the series production of the new Fabia model, which has included establishing a new, ultramodern facility to configure new assistance systems, and also renewing certain areas of the paint shop.

The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi offers plenty of space for up to five passengers and their luggage even with the car’s compact exterior dimensions. The boot has the capacity in its segment at 530 litres (1395 litres with the rear seat folded down). In addition, the third-generation model is more practical than ever with up to 17 Simply Clever solutions, ten of which are on offer in the estate version for the first time.

The design of the new small car is significantly more emotive than before. Just as the hatchback version, the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi features a modern, sharp design language, dynamic proportions, as well as design elements from the ŠKODA VisionC show car. Precise lines and sharp edges testify to the highest production quality and attention to detail.  Crystalline elements and the striking interplay between light and shadow emphasize the strong appearance. The interior has also been completely redesigned, and offers an array of customization options.

From higher vehicle classes, the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi now features innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems, including the innovative MirrorLink technology, displaying smartphone apps, such as sat-nav on the infotainment system screen. The SmartGate function is also new. The technology enables data on the vehicle to be displayed and saved on your smartphone by using special apps.

The small car sets new standards in terms of consumption and CO2 emissions. The new Fabia Combi consumes up to 17% less fuel than the second generation model. The most economical version will be the new Fabia Combi GreenLine, to be launched in the second half of 2015, with the fantastic consumption of 3.1 l/100 and CO2 emissions of only 82 g/km.

The ŠKODA Fabia Combi has been a major player in the ŠKODA model range since 2000. To date (30.11.2014), the manufacturer has sold more than 1.1 million to customers internationally, making the ŠKODA Fabia Combi the best-selling vehicle in its class.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 15, 2014, 13:06:12 posle podne
Success: ŠKODA produces 500,000th third-generation Octavia

​› In a class of its own: the third-generation Octavia is a great success
› Octavia deliveries in Western Europe increased by around a quarter in 2014
› Octavia series: versatile as never before
› International success: production in Europe, China, Russia and India
› Success steeped in tradition:, morethan 4.46 million Octavias delivered since 1996

​Mladá Boleslav, 15 December 2014 – ŠKODA produced the 500,000th third-generation Octavia today. The anniversary vehicle – an Octavia GreenLine in white colour – rolled off the ŠKODA production line in Mladá Boleslav. The third-generation Octavia, launched at the beginning of 2012, is in a class of its own and has proven to be a great hit on the market. In Western Europe, sales of the successful model had increased more than a quarter by the end of November this year.

​“Producing half a million Octavias in less than two years reinforces how well the car has been received on the international markets. As the ‘heart of the brand’, the ŠKODA Octavia is the central pillar of our Growth strategy. Over the coming years, we plan to continue growing and inspire new customer groups with the Octavia and the attractive ŠKODA model range,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.

The third generation sets standards in its class and is the largest, safest, lightest, most comfortable, practical and environmentally-friendly Octavia ever. In addition, Octavia series is versatile as never before. The Octavia saloon and estate are now available with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Plus, the ŠKODA Octavia RS is the fastest production Octavia of all time. The particularly environmentally-friendly ŠKODA Octavia GreenLine consumes only 3.2 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres (CO2 emissions: 85g/km). The ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC with CNG drive, as well as the ŠKODA Octavia Scout, a rugged all-rounder with strong off-road capabilities, debuted in 2014. In addition, the exclusive trim derivate ŠKODA Octavia L&K is available in Europe.

With its wide range of derivates and excellent features, the ŠKODA Octavia has been a great hit on the markets. By the end of November of this year, sales of the Octavia in Western Europe had increased 24.7 percent, setting new records in several countries. The model is one of the most award-winning vehicles in its class, and has come out on top in a number of comparison tests.

So far this year in Central Europe, deliveries of the Octavia have increased more than 20 percent. In the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland, during the first eleven months of the year, the Octavia was the most sold new car of the month.

In addition to the production in the Czech Republic, the ŠKODA Octavia also rolls of production lines in China, Russia, India, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. As ŠKODA’s largest individual market, China plays a central role for the brand and the model. The ŠKODA Octavia was launched on the Chinese market in mid-2014. In November 2014, the model successfully achieved a sales increase of 112.4% on the Chinese market.

The Octavia is the most important model in ŠKODA’s international growth strategy, and is the driving force of the most comprehensive product campaign in ŠKODA’s history. Over the coming years, the manufacturer intends to increase worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles annually.

Like no other model, the Octavia symbolises ŠKODA’s rapid rise to success over the past two decades. Its introduction in 1996 kick-started their development into an international manufacturer with a presence on over 100 markets worldwide. Till the end of November, 4.46 million Octavias have been delivered to customers worldwide since 1996. This represents almost 40% of all the brand’s sales during this time.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 18, 2014, 14:12:03 posle podne
ŠKODA celebrates a double million

› ŠKODA produces and sells 1 million vehicles for the first time in one year
› Large anniversary event for employees and other guests at ŠKODA Museum
› Millionth vehicle produced: ŠKODA Fabia 1.2 TSI/81 kW goes to 'Life for Children' foundation
› One millionth vehicle delivered, a ŠKODA Octavia RS in 2014 goes to Czech customer
› Manufacturer achieves key milestone in growth strategy

​Mladá Boleslav, 18 December 2014 – Producing and delivering one million ŠKODA cars in a single year is a milestone for the Czech manufacturer, and reaffirms their international growth strategy.  ŠKODA honoured the team’s outstanding contribution to the successful development over recent years by hosting the ‘Million Celebration’ at the ŠKODA Museum.

​The one millionth ŠKODA vehicle produced this year ran off the production lines at the main ŠKODA plant in Mladá Boleslav on 10 December: ŠKODA Fabia 1.2 TSI/81 kW in moon-white. The manufacturer has donated the anniversary car to the ‘Life for Children’ foundation. The keys were handed over yesterday evening at a ceremony in Mladá Boleslav. ŠKODA employees voted on which charity would be the worthiest recipient of the ‘million vehicle’.  There were ten organisations to choose from in total.

In addition, the millionth ŠKODA customer of 2014 from the Czech Republic was welcomed during the festivities. He had ordered a ŠKODA Octavia Combi RS, 2.0 TSI in rally-green metallic, and the keys were handed over to him by the Rally Champion Jan Kopecky.

“Each 1 million vehicles produced and sold are historical milestones and demonstrate the strength of the brand,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. hc Winfried Vahland. “ŠKODA has achieved a new dimension and is firmly established as an international volume manufacturer. This success can be attributed to our model campaign, and the great performance of our 26,000 employees worldwide. The whole team is very proud of this achievement. At the same time, achieving this million in production and sales will spur us on to pick up the pace over the coming years.”

ŠKODA growth strategy is successful

By achieving one million in production and sales in 2014, the manufacturer is once again flying the banner high and highlighting their growth at the end of the year. At the heart of the growth strategy is the most comprehensive model campaign in the 119-year history of the company. Since 2010, the brand has been extensively renewing their model range and branching out into important segments – from the small ŠKODA Citigo to the new ŠKODA Fabia introduced just a few weeks ago.

“We offer the most attractive and modern ŠKODA model range of all time,” says Winfried Vahland.  The model campaign’s success is reflected in the sales figures: Between 2010 and December 2014, ŠKODA’s deliveries increased by over 30%, making ŠKODA one of the world’s fastest growing volume brands.

The company’s development over the past two decades is one of the great success stories in the automotive industry. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain and joining the VW Group in April 1991, ŠKODA’s production and sales have increased six-fold. With this came the resurgence of one of the longest-established automotive brands. ŠKODA's origins date back to the pioneering days of the car in 1895. In its rich history, the company has always delighted customers with legendary cars like the ŠKODA 860 and ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo.

In addition to expanding the model range, one important pillar of the implemented growth strategy is entering new markets beyond Europe. Nowadays, ŠKODAs are available in over 100 countries around the world. China has been the brand’s strongest individual market since 2010, where in the first eleven months of 2014 around one quarter of all ŠKODAs produced have been sold.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Decembar 22, 2014, 08:25:27 pre podne
Design revolution: The new ŠKODA Superb

​› New ŠKODA flagship revolutionises the brand’s well-known design language
› Strong appearance: expressive, elegant, dynamic, discrete and modern
› Striking: design elements from the ‘Škoda VisionC’ coupé study

​Mladá Boleslav, 22 December 2014 – The new ŠKODA Superb revolutionises the familiar ŠKODA design language. A new sketch shows an expressively designed  saloon full of class and passion. The design is sophisticated, elegant, dynamic, discrete, modern and expressive.

​The new ŠKODA flagship has striking, expressive shapes from the ‘Škoda VisionC’ show car with new, dynamic proportions. From the front to the rear, from the large wheels to the gently rearward sloping roof line, the new Superb captivates with clear geometry, strikingly contoured surfaces, sculptural shapes, purist precision and elegant lines as if made from one piece.

With its expressive exterior, the ŠKODA top model gained in stature and makes a visual impact in the automotive mid-class segment – with a sharp and muscular cut, more poised and full of emotion than ever before. Significant expressive shapes of the exterior can also be found on the inside of the car.

The new edition brings the ŠKODA Superb onto the higher level of the automotive mid-class segment. The third generation is expected to get new customer groups interested in the brand and model. The new ŠKODA Superb will celebrate its world premiere in Prague in the middle of February 2015. Its introduction at the Geneva Motor Show will follow in March. The market launch is planned for mid-2015.
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Poruka od: Karlheinz Januar 09, 2015, 12:19:27 posle podne
New ŠKODA Fabia: Class leader in the Euro NCAP crash tests

​› The ŠKODA Fabia achieved the highest score in its class in the 2014 Euro NCAP Crash Test, and was the only one of 14 small cars tested to get five stars
› Outstanding passenger protection for adults and children
› Innovative safety systems, six airbags fitted as standard in EU countries
› ŠKODA model range safer than ever

​Mladá Boleslav, 9 January 2015 – The new ŠKODA Fabia is the safest small car according to the latest Euro NCAP crash tests. Back in November 2014, the new ŠKODA model achieved the highest score in its segment, becoming the only one of 14 small cars to get five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests.  The Euro NCAP evaluation is based on the results in the categories of passenger protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection, and supporting safety systems.

​“With innovative safety systems and a comprehensive safety package, our new model is setting standards in its segment. Receiving the award for being the safest small car in the Euro NCAP crash tests confirms this once again,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development.

The new ŠKODA Fabia was awarded the best rating of five stars by Euro NCAP in all four evaluation categories (passenger protection for adults, child safety, safety assistance systems and pedestrian protection). The evaluators appreciated the stability of the passenger compartment in particular. The maximum possible score was given for the protection of infants up to 18 months. The safety of children up to three years of also received a high rating.

The new ŠKODA Fabia has been available on the first European markets since mid-November 2014. The third generation of the model has won over customers with its expressive design, outstanding eco-friendliness and great technology for increased safety and comfort. The response so far from the media, customers and dealers has been very positive. The fir