Skoda made 26,000 cars at two factories in India last year.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and shortage of semiconductors, Skoda Auto claims to have produced 802,000 cars worldwide in 2021. It also claims to have produced more than 20 million vehicles since its merger with Volkswagen AG in 1991. The Czech automaker also said it produced 26,000 cars at its Indian plant last year.
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Skoda Auto India manufactures the Octavia, Kodiaq and Superb models at the Aurangabad site. Additionally, it manufactures Slavia, Rapid and Kushaq at the Pune plant. In addition to this, Skoda also manufactured over 37,000 engines at its Indian factories last year.
Skoda Kushaq is the automaker’s first production model under the India 2.0 project, while another key model in this program is the Skoda Slavia mid-size sedan. Skoda Slavia is an exclusively Made in India and Designed for India car from the brand which is based on the MQB A0 IN platform. It has been produced in the Pune factory since January 21, 2022 with 95% localization.
Speaking about the automaker’s production in 2021, Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda Auto’s board member for production and logistics, said the company had produced more than 800,000 vehicles at its factories around the world in extremely difficult conditions. “We expect semiconductor supply to gradually improve from the second half of the year, so I’m cautiously optimistic about the future,” he added.
The automaker is currently focusing on specific goals in areas such as insourcing, electrification and digitalization as part of its Skoda 2030 strategy. The automaker says it is focused on opening up new markets with growth potential within the framework of the strategy. Skoda plans to become Europe’s leading automaker in markets such as India, Russia and North Africa by the end of this decade.
The Skoda 2030 strategy also focuses on sustainability keeping an eye on the Green Future strategy. The automaker says this strategy is based on three pillars. These are – ‘Green Retail’, ‘Green Product’ and ‘Green Factory’.
Date of first publication: January 31, 2022, 10:36 am IST