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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Skoda's new press shop

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Glenn Brooks | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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.


Dave Leggett | 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.

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Glenn Brooks | 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.


Simon Warburton | 26 Mar 2013

PSA Peugeot Citroen recently inked a partnership with Agromash Holding, for the assembly and distribution of the French automaker's passenger cars and LCVs in Kazakhstan. Simon Warburton was in contact with the trailer and agricultural machinery manufacturer based in the huge country on Russia's southern border.

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Simon Warburton | 2 Jun 2016

TMD Friction has unveiled a new partnership with Volkswagen Group, which will see subsidiary, Pagid technology on more than 7.5m pieces per year of rear brake pads, produced in Essen, Germany.


Dave Leggett | 30 Mar 2016

Skoda says it is strengthening its presence in China in cooperation with its longstanding Chinese joint venture partner SAIC-VW. It says it plans to expand the model range offered in China and invest in ‘pioneering automotive technologies’. SUV segments are targeted and the VW-owned brand wants to double China sales to almost 600,000 units a year by 2020.


Graeme Roberts | 17 Mar 2016

In 2015, Skoda set new records both in terms of global vehicle sales and financial results. Deliveries increased 1.8% to 1,055,500 vehicles (2014: 1,037,200). The brand also achieved record sales revenue, up 6.2% to a new high of EUR12.5bn(US$14bn) (EUR11.8bn). Operating profit rose 12% to EUR915m (EUR817m). The automaker is planning further growth in 2016.


Graeme Roberts | 1 Feb 2016

In 2015 the European car market totalled 14.2m new registrations, an increase of 9.3% over 2014 full year results; the highest since 2009. The market benefited from the last two months of double-digit growth with December setting the highest positive monthly change of the last three years at 1.16m units. Therefore, the last quarter volume increase was the highest of the year, standing at 10.2% more than in Q4 2014, representing 3.42m cars sold in total. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, SAAR, came in at 16.52m units.


Graeme Roberts | 17 Dec 2015

European new car sales experienced a 27th consecutive month of growth during November 2015 with volume up 13.5% year on year, the second largest rise this year, according to analysts at JATO Dynamics. This followed a significant slowing of growth during October as a consequence of smaller increases in the 'Big Five' EU markets.


Graeme Roberts | 10 Dec 2015

Volkswagen said it had "largely concluded the clarification of the matter" concerning an investigation into whether the published CO2 emissions of its vehicles reflected real-world conditions.


Graeme Roberts | 2 Dec 2015

VW group unit Skoda will not add weekend shifts this month but insisted it was not cutting production.


Graeme Roberts | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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).


Dave Leggett | 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.


Dave Leggett | 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


Dave Leggett | 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’.


Graeme Roberts | 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.


Dave Leggett | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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.


Dave Leggett | 20 Aug 2015

Volkswagen plans to launch the brand Skoda in South Korea by the end of 2015, according to sources.


Simon Warburton | 18 Aug 2015

Production is again running at full capacity at Škoda's three sites in the Czech Republic after the factory holiday.


Dave Leggett | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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.


Simon Warburton | 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.


Simon Warburton | 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.

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