Update: 16.11.2018 22:25
Vydáno: 16.11.2018, 15:01
Wolfsburg – Volkswagen moves the production of Passat family cars to the factory of the Czech car maker Škoda Auto in Kvasiny, which will be produced together with the Škoda Superb and Kodiaq models. In Kvasiny, Škoda Karoq and Seat Ateca models are currently being produced. Their production is to be moved to a new Volkswagen plant, which should be located in Eastern Europe. His location has not yet been selected. Today announced changes are part of a new five-year plan that focuses mainly on the production of electric cars in races in Germany.
Škoda Auto expressed satisfaction with the continued production of the Superb models in the Czech Republic. For over a year there has been speculation about the possible shift of the Superb into the VW production plant in Germany. Today's decision by Volkswagen to move Passat cars to the Kvasiny plant will ensure the long-term future competitiveness of both Czech factories, said Škoda Auto Chairman Bernhard Maier, CTK.
He reminded that in the next year Kvasiny will start production of the first Škoda brand with plug-in hybrid drive Superb. From 2020, Škoda in Mladá Boleslav will produce pure electric vehicles. "Today's decisions thus ensure the long-term future competitiveness of both Czech factories," Maier said.
Volkswagen's decision to build a new plant in Eastern Europe, according to Maier, offers the opportunity to realize the urgently needed increase in production capacity for 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 plant from 2022 onwards. The location of a multi-brand factory, the 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 automotive expert EY Petra Knap, the changes for Škoda in the short-term perspective strengthen the Group's position because the Kvasiny plant has confirmed that it is able to produce next to the super class limousine like Passat. "At the same time, good news is that Škoda has got green to create new capacities in Eastern Europe," he said. In the long run, Škoda will be calling on Knap to challenge the group as part of the take-off of electromobiles.
Volkswagen confirmed the plans for the production of electric vehicles in German factories in Cvikov, Hannover and Emden. It is now in Emden that passates are now being produced. The company intends to start production of electric cars in Zwicka next year and in Emden and Hanover in 2022.
"Due to the high production expertise and qualification level of our employees, German factories are particularly suited for conversion into electric car manufacturing plants," said Oliver Blume, a Managing Director of the Volkswagen Group, who is in charge of production. However, the transition to the production of electric cars raises worries about jobs. This production is less demanding than the production of traditional cars.
The Passat is among the mid-range cars. Volkswagen has been producing it since 1973 and is currently on the market for the eighth generation in the sedan and estate versions. The family includes the Arteon coupe. German media, however, warn that the sale of the Passat is falling. Ten years ago, every fifth VW Passat car was sold, now every tenth.
Last year, Škoda delivered 1.2 million cars worldwide. It operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, producing in China, Russia, Slovakia, Algeria and India, mostly through group partnerships, Ukraine and Kazakhstan in cooperation with local partners. It employs more than 35,000 people and is active 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 the concern. In the year 2014 Škoda produced one million cars, now it is about 1.23 million, and this number should continue to grow significantly in the next few years.