The German carmaker Volkswagen has started production of the Škoda Karoq sport utility vehicle (SUV) in its plant in Slovakia. The production of the new model will provide work for 500 employees, the Bratislava plant said. It helps with the installation of the Karoq model for capacity reasons.
For the Bratislava plant, this is the ninth model that is produced there, of which the second model of the Czech carmaker Škoda. Another is the Citigo electric care iV. The volume of production should be in the order of tens of thousands per year. The production was decided last autumn.
“I am pleased that despite the difficult period associated with the coronavirus epidemic, we were able to start production of the new model as planned,” said Oliver Grünberg, Chairman of the Board and Member of the Board for Technical Affairs at Volkswagen Slovakia.
Bodies for the Karoq model are manufactured in the Czech Republic, from where they are transported for assembly to the Bratislava plant. The chassis is manufactured in Bratislava.
In the Czech Republic, Karoq is manufactured partly in Mladá Boleslav and in Kvasiny in the Rychnov region. Last year, Škoda Auto delivered 1.24 million cars worldwide. It operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India, mostly through group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan in cooperation with local partners. It operates in more than 100 markets and employs almost 39,000 people, of which almost 34,000 in the Czech Republic.
Volkswagen is one of the largest employers in Slovakia. It assembles sport-utility vehicles in the country, as well as small city cars, including Škoda Citigo electric cars.
In addition to Škoda, the Volkswagen Group also includes a number of other brands. In addition to the Volkswagen flagship, there are, for example, Audi, Porsche, Seat, Bentley and Lamborghini.