Skoda has produced the 15-millionth car since the Czech company started making automobiles in 1905.
The milestone car – a silver third-generation Skoda Octavia – rolled off the assembly line at the carmaker’s main plant in Mlada Boleslav. The vehicle will be used as a VIP sedan at the Skoda Technology Center in Cesana. At the beginning of 2012, Skoda had produced the 14-millionth car, and a year later another million has been added.
In the past six years alone, one third of Skoda’s total production (approximately five million vehicles) rolled off the assembly lines. Skoda wants to increase worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million units per year by 2018. 2012 was the company best-ever year, with 939,200 sales.
“The entire Skoda team is very proud of the million jubilee. 15 million produced cars are a symbol for the great development of the Skoda brand. We have been building vehicles for 118 years and automobiles since the year 1905. Thus we are among the automobile brands with the richest traditions in the world,” said Skoda chairman of the board, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland.
In total Skoda will launch eight new or reworked models in 2013, starting with the all-new Octavia, set to be launched in the Czech Republic and Germany in the coming days.