Škoda Auto, in cooperation with the Czech Technical University (ČTU), has
started producing high-grade respirators using industrial 3D printers. The
carmaker said via Twitter it is now producing 60 pieces a day.
The respirators were developed by a team of researchers at the ČTU’S Institute of Computer Science, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC).
They are reusable, save filter material and as effective as the highest standard respirators now available on the Czech market (FFP3).
Škoda has announced the name of its first electric SUV. The latest Škoda model, which is still in development and should hit the market in 2022, has been named Enyaq. The name starts with the letter E symbolizing electromobility and ends with Q, which the brand uses in the names of all its SUV models. The name is derived from the Irish word enya meaning "source of life." Enyaq is the latest in a series of Škoda SUV models, following up on Kodiaq, Karoq and Kamiq.
The car maker Skoda produced 910,000 vehicles in its three Czech plants in
2019, which represents a year-on-year increase of 2.25 percent, according
to an annual report sent to the ctk news agency.
Overall production was down by 0.9 percent due to a drop in demand on Chinese and Indian markets.
The company’s three Czech plants are in Mladá Boleslav, which manufactured 590,000 cars last year, half of which were the popular Octavias, as well as the Fabia, Scala, Kamiq a Karoq; in Kvasinky which specializes in SUVs and in Vrchlabí which produces car components.
Škoda Auto unions fear partial production of the Fabia model could shift
to Seat, a Spanish subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, with the departure
of that company’s CEO, Luca de Meo.
Production of the Superb model in the Czech Republic is also still in jeopardy, Škoda trade union head Jaroslav Povšík is quoted as in the union weekly, saying it may move to Turkey.
Škoda Auto is the biggest Czech car producer and country’s top exporter. It raised its domestic production by 2.5 percent to 670,156 cars in the first nine months of 2019.
Škoda Auto’s latest version of the best-selling Octavia model will be
sold on the Czech market for CZK 456,000, the Czech News Agency wrote on
Thursday. The starting price of the liftback is 6,000 crowns higher than
the price of the previous model.
The basic liftback model will only be available in mid-2020, while the fourth-generation Octavia Combi model, which will cost an extra CZK 180,000 is set to go on sale before the end of the year.
Sales of new passenger cars in the Czech Republic in the first three
quarters of 2018 dropped by eight percent year-on-year to 191,110,
according to figures released by the Car Importers Association on Thursday.
The month of September saw a rise by 8.5 percent to 15.770 sold cars. The biggest seller in the period was Škoda with over 64,656 cars, followed by Volkswagen and Hyundai.
President Miloš Zeman will continue using Czech-made Skoda cars in office,
the Office of the President reported.
On the occasion of the president’s 75th birthday on Saturday, Skoda Auto representatives presented the head of state with a new, third-generation Skoda Superb. He will also have a new SUV, a Kodiaq, at his disposal.
As Zeman posed for photographers in front of the new Skoda, he reiterated the view that a Czech president should ride in a car made in the Czech Republic.
Škoda Auto’s first electric car, the Citigio, is set to become the
cheapest vehicle of its kind on the Czech market. The Czech-based automaker
presented the Citigo at a car show in Frankfurt on Tuesday. It will go on
sale at the start of 2020 at a cost of CZK 429,000 in the Czech Republic.
The first 500 buyers of the Citigo will receive free electricity from a public network of CEZ charging stations for a period of one year.