The 16th April 2011 marked the 20th Anniversary of Skoda becoming a partner of the Volkswagen Group.
The occasion was celebrated on 15th April a Skoda's manufacturing plant in Mlada Boeslav, in the presence of international representatives and personalities from politics and business, as well as representatives of the Volkswagen Group.
Attendees to the ceremony also included Czech president Vaclav Klaus and the president of the Senate of the Czech Parliament Milan Stech. Among the hosts were chairman of the supervisory board of Skoda and chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Skoda’s chairman of the board Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland, and the chairman of the union OS KOVO and chairman of the works council of Skoda, Jaroslav Povsik.
"The merger was the decisive strategic turning point for the success and rebirth of Skoda during the last 20 years," emphasised Skoda's chairman of the board, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. "Since 1991, Skoda has nearly quadrupled sales under the umbrella of the Volkswagen Group and expanded its international presence to more than 100 markets. A one-model manufacturer has turned into a seller with a broad product range. Our employees in particular have contributed to this development in an outstanding manner. The entire company and its employees are proud of this shared path and will continue their efforts in the coming years."
In the past two decades, Skoda has gone from being a state-owned Eastern European manufacturer, selling two products to a global automotive manufacturer, with five award winning model lines, three body style choices and start of the at manufacturing facilities.
In 2010 sales figures saw more than 762,000 units being sold, breaking the three quarter-million barrier for the first time. Revenue rose by 22.4% to €8.692 billion, will operating profit was more than doubled to €447 million.
Total registrations for the UK during 2010 reached over 41,000, representing a 10.5% increase on 2009 and a 2% market share.Published 18 April 2011