Skoda Mlada Boleslav plant: 120 years of history and 12 million cars produced image

A new milestone has been reached at Skoda’s main plant in Mlada Boleslav, as it has produced 12 million vehicles since 1905.

Skoda’s story has actually begun in 1895 when the two founders, Laurin and Klement, first started by constructing bicycles, then moved on to motorbikes, and eventually produced their first automobile in 1905. Today, it is not only cars and petrol engines that are manufactured in Mlada Boleslav plant, but also gearboxes, with around 15,000 people working on production alone. A new milestone has recently been reached at the company’s main facility, where the 12th million vehicle has been rolled out from the assembly line. Six Skoda models currently run off this site’s productions lines: The Octavia, Octavia Combi, Fabia, Fabia Combi, Rapid and Rapid Spaceback.

Mlada Boleslav is the central pillar of the Czech automaker’s global production network, with more than 50 percent of all its care produced around the world to date come from this manufacturing location. The site has undergone comprehensive redevelopment, particularly since the brand joined forces with the Volkswagen Group in 1991. Since then, 7.8 million vehicles have been built at the location, out of which almost 3.3 million Fabias, around 2.8 million Octavias and over 309,000 Rapids.

Besides the main factory, Skoda has two other plants in the Czech Republic, namely Kvasiny and Vrchlabo. In Kvasiny, the Superb, Superb Combi and Yeti are produced, while the Vrchlabí site manufactures the dual-clutch gearbox DQ 200 both for Skoda models and for other Volkswagen Group brands. In addition to its local facilities, Skoda’s cars are also produced in China, Russia and India.