Skoda Auto announced it has reached a new milestone, producing its 18 millionth vehicles since the company first started building cars in 1905.
The milestone car, a candy-white Skoda Superb Combi, has just rolled off the production line at the company’s plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, the automaker announced in a statement. The Kvasiny facility is currently undergoing the largest modernization and expansion in its history, Skoda said, for which it will be investing around seven billion crowns (around 280 million dollars). Over the coming years, the production capacity of the East Bohemian site will increase to 280,000 vehicles per year and up to 1,300 new jobs will be created in order to achieve this. “Skoda plants in the Czech Republic are the heart of our international production network,” Skoda Board Member for Production, Michael Oeljeklaus, said. “Since 1991, we have invested more than 300 billion crowns into modernizing and expanding our production facilities in the Czech Republic.”
Kvasiny’s production line is one of company’s three production sites in the country. In addition to the Yeti crossover, the Skoda Superb and Superb Combi are currently run off the production lines there. In the future, the production of Skoda’s SUV models will also play an important role at the location. Around 150,000 vehicles were produced at the Kvasiny plant in 2015, with 4,500 people being currently employed at the site. This facility was established as a second important production site in former Czechoslovakia, in 1947. This happened 52 years after the opening of the Mlada Boleslav plant, the central pillar of the Czech automaker’s global production network, with more than 50 percent of all its cars around the world produced to date coming from this manufacturing location. Skonda has become part of the Volkswagen Group in 1991.