Škoda celebrates 18 millionth vehicle

Skoda has built its 18 millionth vehicle, a Superb estate,

Skoda has built its 18 millionth vehicle, a Superb estate, - Credit: supplied

Škoda Auto has made its 18 millionth vehicle since the company first started building cars in 1905. The car – a Superb estate – rolled off the production line at the Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic.

Škoda CEO Bernhard Maier said; 'Kvasiny is a production site with a great tradition and an outstanding team. You immediately sense the enthusiasm with which people carry out their tasks here. This is where automobile construction is lived, and implemented to an exemplary quality and efficiency. Today we have 18 million reasons to be proud of our employees' performance. Without them, the success of the Škoda brand would be unimaginable.'

The Kvasiny plant is currently undergoing extensive modernisation and expansion, and in future the production capacity of the facility will increase to 280,000 vehicles annually, creating up to 1,300 new jobs in the process.

Škoda board member for production Michael Oeljeklaus said 'Over the last five years, we have significantly increased the number of high-quality vehicles produced worldwide. The Škoda plants in the Czech Republic have made a significant contribution to this. This is the heart of our international production network. Since 1991, we have invested more than 300 billion crowns into modernising and expanding our production facilities in the Czech Republic.'

Kvasiny is one of Škoda's three production sites in the Czech Republic. In addition to the Yeti crossover, Superb hatchback and Superb estate currently run off the production lines there. The production of Škoda's sport utility models will also play an important role at the location in the future.