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.
Škoda Auto models sold in Russia have been recalled by mother company, Volkswagen, due to technical problems. The recalls affects 3,463 cars in total with Octavia, Yeti, and Rapid models build by the Czech Republic’s biggest carmaker included. It is not the first time that Škoda cars sold in Russia have been subject to a recall this year. Earlier, a much bigger recall of 43,000 cars built between 2012 and 2016 included near all models in the Czech carmaker’s range.
The Czech Republic’s biggest car maker Škoda Auto has announced the collapse of its plans to build a low cost car together with Indian company Tata Motors. Talks had been going on since March on the possible joint venture. Škoda Auto said that sufficient technical and economic synergies between the companies could not be found. It did not rule out future cooperation though with Tata, which is the largest Indian auto producer. Škoda was representing the wider Volkswagen group in the talks.
The Czech Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, has announced the choice of a new chief designer. The post goes to Oliver Stefani, who previously spent his career with Volkswagen. Stefani is responsible for work on the UP, Polo, Jetta, Tiguan, Golf, Passat and Sharan models. Škoda has been searching for a new designer since Jozef Kabaň left for BMW in February after 20 years with the company.