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News that Škoda is building a new, energy-efficient press shop at its main factory in Mladá Boleslav drew a lot of eyes to just-auto.com thi...
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| 9 Jul 2015
The 12 percent YoY rise in the June German passenger cars market has seen some notable changes to the usual pecking order. Opel muscled past both Ford and BMW to take fourth position behind Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and third-placed Audi.
| 1 May 2015
The big news of the week[end] was the failure of Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piëch to unseat CEO Martin Winterkorn, as we reported here and here.
| 1 May 2015
The key change for Skoda Superb generation three is that the Twin Gate choice of 'boot' or 'hatchback' opening is no more. As an insider revealed during a wide ranging discussion on the sidelines of the international media launch in Italy, owners rarely used the 'boot' option so hatchback only it now is.
| 27 Apr 2015
Ferdinand Piech's forced exit from his role as chairman of Volkswagen Group's Supervisory Board appears to have resulted from yet another bout of political infighting instigated by himself.
| 18 Nov 2015
Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Fritz Schweindl, Director Advanced Engineering International Automotive Components (IAC) Europe. IAC is a global supplier of automotive components and systems, including interior and exterior trim.
| 10 Oct 2013
Soon to clock up six months as head of SEAT, Jürgen Stackmann talks brand performance, plans for China and future products with just-auto.com. Glenn Brooks reports.
| 25 Nov 2015
Volkswagen Group announced on Wednesday fixes for 1.6- and two-litre EA 189 diesel engines that give false emissions readings, saying it would need all of 2016 to carry out the recalls. The measures are for Europe only and do not apply to US models.
| 11 Nov 2015
Škoda sales dipped 2.7% year on year to 88,500 vehicles worldwide. Though deliveries were slightly down on the previous year in western Europe, Russia and eastern Europe, individial models such as the Fabia (+44.1%) and the Superb (+22.8%) saw volume rises.
| 9 Nov 2015
Škoda is building a new, energy-efficient press shop at its main factory in Mladá Boleslav. Construction has now begun on the M4 hall. In spring 2016, the VW Group automaker will install a servo press line in the new hall that will be able to press aluminium body panels for the first time. The new facility is expected to go into operation in February 2017 at a cost of EUR86m (US$93.47m).
| 2 Nov 2015
Bernhard Maier has taken over as the Skoda brand’s new CEO effective from today. He succeeds Dr Winfried Vahland, who has decided to leave the VW Group.
| 30 Oct 2015
Škoda says that in the first nine months of 2015, its deliveries to customers increased by 2.2% to 791,500 vehicles worldwide. During the same period, the sales revenue increased by 5.7% to EUR9.3bn (US$10.2bn). Operating profit rose significantly to EUR734m, representing an increase of 12.7% compared to the same period in 2014
| 30 Oct 2015
Skoda has launched its new flagship model, the Superb, on the Chinese market and says it is on the way to delivering China sales of 500,000 Skodas a year ‘within the next few years’.
| 14 Oct 2015
Škoda sales slipped 2.1% year on year to 93,600 vehicles worldwide in September. Sales rose in western and central Europe, but fell in China, Russia and eastern Europe.
| 8 Sep 2015
Škoda global car deliveries declined by some 3.4% in August to 70,700 vehicles. The company said the economic situation in China, Russia and Eastern Europe led to the decline.
| 7 Sep 2015
Volkswagen has commenced operations at its engine plant in Russia. The factory, adjacent to the company's vehicle assembly plant in Kaluga, has an annual production capacity of 150,000 engines.
| 20 Aug 2015
Volkswagen plans to launch the brand Skoda in South Korea by the end of 2015, according to sources.
| 18 Aug 2015
Production is again running at full capacity at Škoda's three sites in the Czech Republic after the factory holiday.
| 11 Aug 2015
Škoda says the new Škoda Superb has been "transformed into a concert hall on wheels" with the exclusively developed Canton sound system.
| 28 Jul 2015
Volkswagen Group's Škoda Auto plans a variety of maintenance and expansion projects during two or three week summer holiday breaks at its factories in Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí.
| 25 Jun 2015
Russian producer, GAZ Group says it has "supplier visibility" down to Tier 3 level and even further as it looks to leverage the possibly short-lived advantage of a rouble under pressure.
| 25 Jun 2015
GAZ Group parent, Russian Machines says "not one rouble" is wasted in the company as it continues its efficiency moves to drive down costs in the business.
| 23 Jun 2015
Skoda has commenced production of the Superb Estate at its Kvasiny plant in Mlada Bolesl.
| 18 Jun 2015
GAZ Group's supply division is welcoming the rouble depreciation as a genuine business opportunity but noted it had to submit its tender to manufacture for its parent in just the same way as any other competitor.
| 18 Jun 2015
GAZ Group's parent estimates the bottom may have been reached of plummeting passenger and light commercial vehicle sales in Russia but concedes the government will likely have to keep stepping in with incentive programmes.
| 27 May 2015
Volkswagen Group has expanded capacity in China with the official opening of a new vehicle assembly plant for the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture in Changsha, southern China. The plant is the group's 119th global facility and its 20th in China.
| 21 May 2015
Continental says Škoda has approved its ContiEcoContact 5 and ContiPremiumContact 5 tyres as original equipment for its Superb model.
| 19 May 2015
Czech carmaker Skoda is streamlining its car distribution operations in China by discontinuing its imported car distribution business operated by its parent company Volkswagen.
| 1 May 2015
Skoda is considering adding a plug-in hybrid powertrain to its new flagship model, the Superb. The decision on whether to go ahead will largely depend on whether the company can meet the EU's 2020 fleet-average CO2 target of 95g/km using only combustion engines.
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