New Milestone for ŠKODA in Russia as 150,000th RAPID Rolls off the Assembly Line
Kaluga, 20 February 2019 — ŠKODA AUTO Russia celebrates a new milestone in the company’s history: the production of the 150,000th ŠKODA RAPID at the VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus plant in Kaluga. The jubilee model is the RAPID Monte Carlo, finished in Tornado Red with a black roof and powered by a 1.4-liter engine. This compact liftback has been assembled at the plant using CKD methods since 2014 with a facelifted version of the car being brought into production in 2017.
“The ŠKODA RAPID has been an unfailing hit on the Russian market since the very outset,” Jan Procházka, head of ŠKODA AUTO Russia pointed out. “The 150,000th RAPID is an important milestone in the company’s history, for it not only demonstrates the level of professionalism of both the ŠKODA AUTO Russia team and the Kaluga plant staff, it also shows how much customers trust the Czech brand. We are delighted that this car has become a true and reliable friend both to our clients and their families who, first and foremost, value the RAPID for its functionality, superb practicality and record-breaking spaciousness.”
The production of the ŠKODA RAPID at the Kaluga plant began in 2014, and a facelifted version of the model has been assembled here since 2017. The compact liftback is ŠKODA’s bestseller on the Russian market. The car has become popular not only on account of its functionality and low fuel consumption, but also due to its outstanding spaciousness, compact dimensions, emotional design and a wealth of standard features. With an abundance of extras providing additional comfort and safety and a whole range of Simply Clever solutions, the ŠKODA RAPID is the perfect car for city driving and a practical choice for the family.
At the Kaluga plant, vehicles are manufactured using CKD assembly methods designed to meet VOLKSWAGEN AG’s high global standards. Following delivery, the various parts and semi-finished products destined for production-line vehicles are subjected to a series of treatments, which include welding and the application of a double coat of primer, a top coat and an anti-corrosion coating comprising hot wax and the VOLKSWAGEN proprietary in-house compound. During final assembly, the vehicles undergo a further series of operations, including the installation of the engine and gearbox and fitting of the window glass and vehicle seats. Apart from the ŠKODA RAPID, the Kaluga plant also produces the Volkswagen Tiguan and Polo. The 1.6 MPI petrol engine — which is used in the ŠKODA RAPID — has also been built here since 2015.
In addition to Kaluga, VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus has a manufacturing site at the GAZ Group plant in Nizhny Novgorod. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA has been assembled there since 2013, and the plant was also chosen for the production of the KODIAQ — the first family SUV manufactured by the Czech brand — in 2018.