The production line of the Aniac coupe (photo: manufacturer's website)
The wave of disruptions following supply difficulties in the field of chips for the automotive industry continues to hit European car factories.
This time it is Skoda that is forced to reduce production at its main plant near Prague.
The reduction due to a lack of chips relevant to the models will be reflected in the cancellation of shifts at the flagship factory, the one responsible for some of the manufacturer's most important models.
The super mini Fabia car, the Octavia family car, the Scala hatchback car and the Camique and electric Aniac crossovers.
Just a few days ago, the manufacturer stated that despite the difficulties, in 2022 the company produced almost 780,000 vehicles, 415,000 of them from the factory in Melda Boleslav, near Prague and the rest in the company's factories in Slovakia, India, China, Ukraine and Russia.
In a press release it announced that in 2023 it will increase the production quota of its electric vehicles.
Anyak coupe, there are also production cuts here (photo: Yoel Schwartz)
The figure of 780 thousand units is one of the lowest for the manufacturer in recent years, which due to the corona epidemic dropped from about 1.3 million cars in 2019 to 753 thousand units in 2020, with a slight improvement in 2021 when it reached 878 thousand units and in 2022 decreased again as mentioned to 780 thousand units.
Even in the local market, customers felt the delays caused by the previous waves of supply difficulties.
For example, the 1,300 Aniacs that were supposed to start being delivered as early as February 2022 were delivered by the importer Champion only in the last quarter of 2022.
The damage to production capabilities does not only harm Skoda but also the rest of the Volkswagen Group, which this year also had to see Toyota carry the title of the largest car manufacturer in the world For the third time in a row, when it ended the year with 8.3 million units, second only to Toyota with 10.5 million cars.