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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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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.

Constellium expands operations at Decin plant

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Constellium is expanding its operations in Decin, Czech Republic, to support increased demand for aluminium profiles.

Skoda defines its own segment with Rapid Spaceback

27 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

One of the things which sets Škoda apart and contributes greatly to its success is finding size sweetspots in the market. That not only applies to the Fabia, Octavia and Superb but to the Rapid Spaceback, a hatchback which is longer than a Golf yet much narrower than even a Fabia or Polo.

Benteler opens new component factory in Czech Republic

16 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Benteler Automotive has opened a new component plant in Klasterec nad Ohri, Czech Republic.

Skoda sets new records in 2017

23 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

Last year was the most successful year in VW Group-owned Skoda's history with new records set in both global vehicle deliveries and financial results.

IAC begins production of doors in Prestice, Czech Republic

8 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

International Automotive Components (IAC) has officially opened its plant for 'premium door panels' in Prestice, Czech Republic.

Korea suppliers add value to remain competitive - Plakor director

7 Dec 2017 | Simon Warburton

Rising cost of conducting business in South Korea is seeing some of the country's ultra-competitiveness erode, with the result suppliers are having to provide more value-added products to maintain attractiveness, including those based abroad..

Industry 4.0 to drive emerging economies - Grammer Serbia

6 Dec 2017 | Simon Warburton

Fast-moving economies will be able to take advantage of Industry 4.0 techniques as their need to operate at faster rates capitalises on new technologies to drive efficiencies.

Skoda building new paint shop in Mlada Boleslav

5 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Skoda Auto has laid the foundation for a new paint shop in Mlada Boleslav which will cost EUR214.5m (US$254m) and create up to 650 jobs. The shop is expected to be running by June 2019.

Bosal committed to CEE despite challenges

4 Dec 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bosal says despite the challenges of finding suppliers in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region, it nonetheless "strongly believes" in the key nature of the area for the automotive sector.

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