Surging demand for its SUVs sees Czech car manufacturer produce its one millionth vehicle in mid-October – earlier than ever before in the company’s history.
Yesterday Skoda Auto produced its millionth vehicle for 2018, thereby reaching this milestone two weeks earlier than in 2017. This makes it the fifth year in a row that the number of vehicles produced has reached seven figures. The Kodiaq and Karoq SUVs as well as the Octavia and Fabia model ranges have significantly contributed to this success.
Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics, said, “The current financial year shows that a modern model range allows Skoda to tap into new customer segments in international markets in a sustainable way. In recent years, we have consistently increased our production and sales, and we are now surpassing the one-million mark for an impressive fifth time in a row. We’re going to continue our growth strategy in 2019. Here, an important role is going to be played by the new Skoda Scala – a vehicle in the high-volume A segment that we have added to our portfolio.”
The millionth vehicle manufactured in this production year – a Fabia 1.0 TSI in Moon White – rolled off the line at the Mladá Boleslav plant. The recently revised small car is this year’s most popular Skoda model range after the bestselling Octavia.
Surging SUV demand
The continuing high demand for the Kodiaq and Karoq SUVs is an important component in the Czech car manufacturer’s ever-increasing vehicle production and has played a significant role in Skoda reaching the one-million mark as early as mid-October this year.
The Skoda Kamiq, which is offered exclusively in the Chinese market, adds to the SUV portfolio in the company’s largest individual market.
The new Kodiaq GT (pictured above_ – the second Skoda SUV to be exclusively available for the Chinese market – is a key component of the carmaker's SUV campaign in China.
Skoda's 2025 growth strategy key topics include electromobility, the digitalisation of the company, products and production itself, as well as new mobility services and connectivity solutions. Alongside the successful SUV campaign, its main focus is on electromobility, digitalisation and internationalisation. The aim is to gradually increase the number of markets Skoda is active in from the current 103 to 120.
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