Czech car maker Škoda Auto is reported to have sold 107,400 cars in
October, which is an increase by 9.7 percent on the previous year. The
company’s sales went up by 11.3 percent in Europe, by 23.8 percent in
Russia and by 7.7 percent in India.
Despite a drop in sales, Škoda Octavia remains the company’s best-selling model with 37,100 cars delivered to the market in October, followed by the Škoda Rapid with 18,300 cars.
The Škoda Auto brand and that of Volkswagen and Spanish manufacturing unit
SEAT should be more clearly distinguished from each other according to the
general manager of the Volkswagen Group, Matthias Müller.
The move should, it is claimed, help reduce conflicts and tension between the companies targeting the same mass market. Production should be targeted at 14 different customer segments, according to the declaration made to managers in Volkswagen’s home city of Wolfsburg.
Media reports have recently suggested tension within the group particular focused on suspicions that the success of Škoda Auto could be coming at the expense of other Volkswagen companies .
The management of carmakers Škoda Auto have reassured the Czech prime
minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, that they will do all they can to keep jobs in
the Czech Republic. There has been speculation that Volkswagen, which owns
Škoda, could transfer part of its production to Germany from other
Mr. Sobotka said he had received the reassurances after a meeting with representatives of the automobile industry on Wednesday.
His words were echoed by Škoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier, who said the Czech Republic was the heart and home of the company and would remain so.
Mr. Maier said the carmaker was currently looking to increase production capacity to keep up with worldwide demand.
Škoda Auto’s mid-range Octavia model was the third most popular model
sold in Europe in August.
It is the first time that a Škoda model has appeared in the top three of the most popular European models. In July, it was the fourth most popular model.
Registrations of new cars in Europe rose by 5.4 percent in August. Volkswagen’s Golf was the most popular model in Europe followed by Renault’s Clio. Octavia sales totalled 15,857 sales during the month.
Workers at the Czech Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, will be
seeking a pay rise of more than 10 percent next year, according to the
latest edition of the union’s weekly newspaper.
It said a bare 10 percent rise was insufficient. The article pointed out that an agreement with bosses on flexible working methods was up for negotiation soon ahead of the overall pay and conditions deal which runs till the end of March 2018.
Disagreement over flexible working would result in confusion across car plants, the article added. The average monthly wage is around 40,000 crowns at the moment.
Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Favorit in what is
described as a landmark moment in the modern history of the Czech carmaker
Škoda. The hatchback was presented to the public for the first time at an
engineering trade fair in Brno on 16 September 1987.
The CEO of the now German-owned Škoda Auto, Bernhard Maier, said the Favorit had begun a new era for the company and enabled it to compete with cars from the then West.
The car was remodeled twice in the early 1990s. Production ceased in 1995, after almost 800,000 Favorits had been rolled out at Škoda factories in Bohemia.