Volkswagen will move Škoda Superb model production to Slovakia, says trade union leader

The production of Škoda’s flagship car model, the Superb, will be moved from Bohemia to the Volkswagen manufacturing plant in the Slovak capital of Bratislava,  Škoda trade union leader Jaroslav Povšík told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday. The daily Hospodářské noviny first broke the story on Wednesday, but Škoda has refused to comment on the news, describing it as speculation.

According to the trade union leader, who has been a vocal critic of the car manufacturer’s new leadership, the decision was possible, because the board of Škoda did not fight hard enough to keep production in the Czech Republic.

It has been speculated that one of the possible reasons behind the move are lower costs. However, Mr. Povšík says that this may not necessarily be true.

Hospodářské noviny writes that the technological development centre for the Superb will remain in Czechia.

Currently, the Superb is manufactured in the Rychnosvko area in the north-east of Bohemia.

Author: Tom McEnchroe