update: 16.11.2018 22:25
Release: 16.11.2018, 15:01
Wolfsburg – Volkswagen moves the production of Passat family cars to the factory of the Czech car manufacturer Škoda Auto in Kvasiny, which will be manufactured together with the Škoda Superb and Kodiaq models. In Kvasiny, Škoda Karoq and Seat Ateca models are currently being produced. Their production will be moved to a new Volkswagen plant, which should be located in Eastern Europe. His place has not yet been selected. Today announced changes are part of a new five-year plan that mainly focuses on the production of electric cars in races in Germany.
Škoda Auto expressed satisfaction with continued production of the Superb models in the Czech Republic. For over a year, it has been speculated about the possible transition of Superb to the VW production plant in Germany. Today's decision by Volkswagen to move Passat cars to the Kvasiny factory will ensure the long-term future competitiveness of the two Czech factories, says Škoda Auto Chairman Bernhard Maier, CTK.
He recalled that next year Kvasiny will start producing the first Škoda brand with plug-in hybrid drive Superb. From 2020, Škoda in Mladá Boleslav produces clean electric cars. "Today's decision ensures the long-term future competitiveness of the two Czech factories," Maier said.
Volkswagen's decision to build a new factory in eastern Europe, according to Maier, gives the opportunity to realize the urgent increase in the production capacity of Škoda models. To move Karoq's production to a new factory, Maier did not comment.
Volkswagen intends to expand its production capacity in Eastern Europe by another factory from 2022. The location of a multi-brand factory, automaker has not yet decided, has just said it will be in Eastern Europe. The German media had previously speculated that it would be in Bulgaria or Turkey.
According to ford expert EY Petra Knap, the changes for Škoda in the short term strengthen the position that the Kvasiny factory has confirmed that it can produce next to the super-class limousine such as Passat. "At the same time, good news is that Škoda has grown green to create new capacity in Eastern Europe," he said. In the long run, Škoda will require Knap to challenge the group as part of the start of electric cars.
Volkswagen confirmed the plans for the production of electric cars in German factories in Cvikov, Hannover and Emden. It is now in Emden that passes produced now. The company intends to start producing electric cars in Zwicka next year and in Emden and Hannover in 2022.
"Due to our high level of production skills and qualifications, the German factories are particularly suitable for conversion into electric car factories," said Oliver Blume, CEO of Volkswagen Group, which is responsible for production. The transition to the electric car's production raises concerns about jobs. This production is less demanding than the production of traditional cars.
Passat is among the intermediate cars. Volkswagen has produced it since 1973 and is currently on the market for the eighth generation in the sedan and freight versions. The family includes Arteon Coupe. German media, however, warn that sales of Passat fall. Ten years ago, every fifth VW Passat car was sold, now every tenth.
Last year, Škoda delivered 1.2 million cars worldwide. The company operates three production facilities in the Czech Republic, which produce in China, Russia, Slovakia, Algeria and India, mainly through group partnerships, Ukraine and Kazakhstan in cooperation with local partners. It employs over 35,000 people and operates in more than 100 markets.
The damage is no longer sufficient in the Czech Republic and some of its cars are produced in other factories of concern. In 2014, Škoda produced a million cars, now it is approximately 1.23 million and this number should continue to grow significantly over the next few years.