Do Not Move Skoda Superb Production To Germany, Unions Warn VW

Skoda’s success in recent years has triggered a lot of envy in the automotive industry, including from within the brand’s parent company VW Group. 

You might remember a report from last year about some of VW passenger car brand’s managers and unions looking into ways to curb competition from Skoda. One of the discussed ways to do that was to move some of the production from the Czech Republic to some underused plants in Germany.

On the one hand, that was seen as a way to curb Skoda’s “unfair” cheaper labor advantage. On the other hand, it would help offset declining Passat and Golf output at VW’s plants in Germany.

Apparently, things are starting to move in that direction. VW would like to shift some Skoda Superb production to the Emden plant, which currently builds the Passat. Except the move sees strong resistance from Skoda trade unions, which oppose any idea of moving some of the production of the brand’s flagship model to Germany.

In a statement cited by Reuters, the unions’ committed “categorically rejected” the prospect of transferring Superb car output outside Skoda’s home country. Union leader Jaroslav Povsik said the Superb is “part of our DNA,” vowing to fight to keep production of the flagship model in the Czech Republic. “It creates profit that we would miss,” Povsik said.

The Skoda Superb is currently made at the Kvasiny plant alongside the Kodiaq, Karoq and Seat Ateca SUVs. The facility works three shifts a day, including Saturdays. Skoda has already announced it would shift some Karoq production to VW’s Osnabrück plant in northwest Germany.

However, Skoda spokesman Tomas Kotera told Reuters there were “no other changes planned” at the moment. VW spokeswoman Leslie Bothge labeled the trade union statement as “speculation,” declining to comment.

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  • Well we know VW would try to screw-the-pooch Skoda to put a spoke in their very successful run.

    • Jason Panamera

      It’s just production optimalisation. It makes sense to move part of the Czech passat production to Germany as Skoda will soon have more models in their lineup. Managing such big concern as VW is a big deal and if you look at Skoda’s sales which are growing up every year, VW is doing it right. It’s no secret that some managers are envy about Skoda’s pricing and production costs, being build on common VW pars, but skoda is still product of VW and is still in It’s possession so they will do what they think is right. ( It’s always all bout money)

      • Sure. Any Skoda production in Germany with hit their divisional profitability bigly, and which is why they don’t want it moved there.

    • Kagan

      Well it is VW not Skoda. Skoda is only a brand name.

      • Yes I know that, however VW has their subsidiaries compete against each other for company resources.

  • NATIONAL PRIDE.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Nationalist German Corp

  • Benjamin B.

    Volkswagen should move production to Mexico or Tennessee. Just saying.

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