Skoda started making cars in 1905, prior to that, brothers Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement used to make bicycles and motorcycles. Moving to December 2016, the Czech brand celebrates producing its 19th millionth vehicle: a white Fabia.
A lot has changed for the carmaker in the last 111 years of producing cars. From a single manufacturing facility in Mlada Boleslav, Skoda has production facilities in places far away from Europe as India and China.
The 19th millionth Skoda was built on December 19, 2016, less than a year after the company announced it completed the 18th millionth vehicle on January 19, 2016.
The 18th millionth car was the Superb Combi. In 1991, Skoda produced its 5th millionth vehicle, the same year Volkswagen acquired 30 percent stake in the company.
Skoda CEO, Bernhard Maier said Skoda is once again on course to set a new production and sales record in 2016. In its 25the anniversary year of partnerships between Skoda and Volkswagen, this once again demonstrates the Skoda team's capabilities and the strength of the brand.
He further added that they are going to build this development over the coming years. The foundation of the for this is out strategy 2025, which will prepare Skoda sustainably for the processes of change in society and the automotive industry.
Skoda Board Member responsible for Production and Logistics Michael Oeljeklaus said that they have 19 million reasons to be proud and this milestone underscores the performance of their Czech and international production sites, as well as the competence of their team.
Skoda has 14 assembly plants which are located in 7 countries. As for the future of the Czech company, Skoda Auto's Strategy 2025 plan is for three things: electrified, autonomous, and alternative taxi services. Skoda Superb sedan and the Kodiaq crossover SUV will among the first models to be electrified.
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