Skoda Karoq production was extended to Germany in order to meet the demand, and the company’s flagship Mladá Boleslav facility in the Czech Republic is updated with a new paint shop.
This means that, for a limited time, a few examples of the Yeti successor will be built on the Volkswagen Group, the factory in Osnabrück, where the Volkswagen Tiguan is made.
The site also has paintings, Skoda Fabias and was attended by the Porsche 718 Cayman since 2017.
Skoda has not yet officially announce the move, but Automotive News Europe reports that the brand will produce Karoq models in Germany in 2019, to meet the strong demand for the SUV.
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Last month, the chief executive officer of Bernhard Maier said at Skoda’s annual results conference that customers in some markets have had to wait up to 10 months for their car to be delivered. He said that it was too long and may encourage the brand to open another factory.
The Karoq is a key element of Skoda’s recent sales growth. It was introduced last year and is located below the largest Kodiaq in Skoda’s SUV line-up. The two models have received a strong demand from buyers, helping Skoda to the growth of its sales in the first quarter of this year from 12% to 316,176 units.
In 2017, the brand has expanded its European market share to 4.48%, up from 4.36% in the previous year. Overall, sales increased 6.6% to sell 1.2 million cars.
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These figures should be fought when a small SUV model, based on the recent Vision X concept, the production at the Mladá Boleslav plant. The same plant will also build the Skoda’s first electric vehicle, which is expected by 2020.
That EV will be part of it electrified 10 models planned by Skoda before 2025, six of which will be full EVs, and the other four plugins.
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