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ANALYSIS - Skoda goes after Qashqai with new Karoq

5 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Demand for crossovers and SUVs shows no sign of abating. Ever more brands are piling in to a class which in Europe is led by the assailed but still strong Nissan Qashqai. Now Škoda believes it can build up a strong following with the Karoq, a new name in a segment one size up from where the Yeti formerly found a lot of success.


ANALYSIS - Skoda future models

18 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Škoda has come a long way in a relatively short period. Sales keep rising, especially in China and Europe, and profits with them. This, more than any other, is the division which can seemingly do no wrong within the Volkswagen Group family of companies and brands.


Octavia vRS 245 - is Skoda now a premium brand?

30 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

How do you make a 10 per cent return selling mass-market cars? One way is to create and then continue to dominate a segment. Plus it helps if every rival ignores that same segment.


Why non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb

21 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

So-called value brands are in a death squeeze as premium makes continue to colonise their traditional territory. Or so goes the theory. And how about the supposed fact that to pull in big worldwide sales and profits, a car company must also be in the US market? Škoda breaks these and many other rules.


ANALYSIS - Kodiaq and future Škoda SUVs

7 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Škoda is making big money and ever more vehicles, while extra models - including more SUVs - are on the way. There is no doubting the steady rise in sales and ROI, but the question needs to be asked: does the new Kodiaq offer the value for money which has hitherto been one of the main reasons for the company's success?


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Skoda January to September 2018 global sales up 7.8%

12 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Skoda delivered 939,100 vehicles to customers worldwide in the first nine months of the year, exceeding the previous year’s result by 7.8%.


Magna opens new Czech seating facility

11 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Magna has officially opened its new seating facility in Chomutov, Czech Republic, to support new BMW Group business.


Varroc Lighting opens new Czech facility

3 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Varroc Lighting Systems has announced a significant increase of its production capabilities in the Moravian region of the Czech Republic with the opening of a 7,000-square meter production hall.


Skoda signs agreement for 'urban mobility services'

26 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW Group-owned Skoda, the city of Prague and the Faculty of Transportation Sciences at the Czech Technical University in Prague, say they will implement initiatives for sustainable urban mobility.


Skoda opens new innovation hub in Czech Republic

12 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

With the motto ‘Ready for the Future’, Skoda has inaugurated its new InnoCube innovation area, which is located in a former abbey building near Malda Boleslav.


Already? Skoda makes 1m SUVs in nine years

22 Aug 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Skoda has made a million sports utility vehicles nominating the milestone vehicle as a green Karoq.


Skoda global sales up 14.6% in July

15 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

Skoda made a strong start to the second half of the year, delivering 99,700 vehicles to customers worldwide in July, and exceeding last year’s car deliveries by 14.6% (July 2017: 87,000 vehicles).


Autoneum expands Czech tooling site

12 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Autoneum is expanding its development and production site for tooling in the Czech city of Hnátnice owing to high demand and capacity utilisation.


Continental acquires Czech tyre assembly machines supplier VUK

11 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Continental has taken over the Czech machine tool manufacturer VUK.


Continental creates 200 jobs with Czech NOx sensor facility

19 Jun 2018 | Simon Warburton

Continental has opened a combined NOx sensor production and storage facility in Trutnov in the Czech Republic creating 200 jobs.



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