It’s the first time Skoda has produced a million cars in a year – and it’s not going to stop there either, vowed CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Skoda will continue to grow,” he said.
The one millionth car was a left-hand drive Fabia 1.2 TSI, produced on 10 December 2014 (at just after 7am in the morning, detail fans). And as Skoda production is still going full steam ahead for 2014, the one million figure will grow further before the year is out.
It’s a milestone that illustrates how Skoda has grown: since 1991, sales have rocketed six-fold.
Skoda produced its five millionth car in 1991. In 2013, it built its 15 millionth, which shows how rapid growth has been since Volkswagen took over the Czech firm.
Skoda: from 1 to 40
Back in 1991, it produced just one car, the Favorit. Today, it makes over 40 model variants.
Skoda also sells cars throughout the world, way beyond Europe, which contrasted with its early 90s focus on Central and Eastern Europe.
Indeed, since 2010, China has actually been Skoda’s biggest market, with around a quarter of its annual production going there. Skoda also exports cars to more than 100 other countries across the world.
The one millionth car in 2014 is a “milestone for the brand that the whole team can be proud of,” said Prof. Vahland. But “we will not become complacent about this success”.
Skoda board member for production and logistics, Michael Oeljeklaus, backed up his boss and said the best is yet to come: “We plan to further modernise and expand Skoda’s production over the coming years.”