Skoda Rapid In Production
Czech car maker Skoda began series production of the new and highly anticipated Rapid model at its Mladá Boleslav plant. So by the time the car makes its global debut at the Paris Motor Show it’ll be fully ready to launch.
The Skoda Rapid is the third model to be built at Mladá Boleslav as well as the Fabia and Octavia. At the current time, ŠKODA is modernising and expanding essential production areas in its main plant for the production of the Rapid and the next generation Octavia.
As for the car itself, it’s a mid size sedan with a length of 4.48 meters, a width of 1.7 meters. It offers room for five passengers and their luggage. Headroom, legroom as well as the boot volume represents the benchmark in this vehicle segment. Engine-wise it gets a choice of engines comprises five petrol and two diesel options. It seems to be a good economy sedan.
Skoda press release:
“The launch of the series production of the ŠKODA Rapid is a special moment for us,” emphasised ŠKODA’s chairman of the board, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Today, we give the green light for the series production of the new class of ŠKODA. The car sets new standards in the compact class and is an important pillar of our growth strategy. The entire ŠKODA team has worked with great commitment toward this day – starting today, the new Rapid will roll off the assembly line. This car will appeal highly to our customers and strengthen the position of ŠKODA in international markets even further,” said Dr. Vahland.
The production capacity of assembly line one in Mladá Boleslav will be increased from 800 to 1,200 vehicles per day in the future. “This expansion, while production continues simultaneously on both lines, is a logistical and engineering masterstroke of our production, planning and logistical teams,” said Michael Oeljeklaus, the ŠKODA board member for production and logistics. “We will successfully realise a fundamental expansion of capacities in our main plant with this.”
In order to launch the production of the ŠKODA Rapid, various measures will be implemented in 17 production halls in Mladá Boleslav with a total of 173 individual projects to be realised. These involve more than 141 planners and 2,000 employees from external companies. The original assembly line will receive new facilities for the assembly of the ŠKODA Rapid, for example, for the mounting of modules such as the cockpit, front end and chassis, as well as for filling the vehicles with oils, fuels and coolants; they also include new testing facilities, conveying systems and as handling technologies. After the expansion of the production halls, the assembly line has grown by almost one third.
ŠKODA will continue its construction measures and the expansion of the logistical capacities in Mladá Boleslav, due to the upcoming production launch of the new ŠKODA Octavia during the coming months. In the first half year of 2012, the brand manufactured approximately 530,000 vehicles worldwide.
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