ŠKODA AUTO is supporting the Tour de France Femmes avec ZWIFT as the main partner. From 24 July to 31 July, the peloton will face eight stages over a distance of 1,029 kilometres. This is the first time the event is taking place in this form; a one-day event for women was last held as part of the Tour de France in 1984. The Czech car manufacturer is providing the organisers and numerous teams with a fleet of more than 50 vehicles. In addition, ŠKODA is sponsoring the green jersey for the leader of the points classification.


“The Tour de France Femmes is shining the spotlight on top international women’s cycling this year. Through our support as the main partner, we would like to actively contribute to this new event rapidly unfolding its great potential. The goal must be for the Tour de France Femmes to become firmly established in the calendar of the international cycling community in the coming years.”

Martin Jahn, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing

The Tour de France Femmes avec ZWIFT will commence on Sunday 24 July against the spectacular backdrop of Paris: At the Eiffel Tower, 144 women in 24 teams will take to the track. The race leads through eastern France in eight stages covering a total distance of 1,029 kilometres and concludes on 31 July at La Super Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges mountains. The director of the Tour de France Femmes avec ZWIFT is the former cyclist Marion Rousse.

ŠKODA AUTO is supporting the cycling event, which is being held in this form for the first time, as the official main sponsor and vehicle partner. The company is providing the organisers and teams with more than 50 service and support vehicles; the fleet includes the OCTAVIA as well as the SUPERB iV with plug-in hybrid drive. In addition, ŠKODA AUTO is sponsoring the green jersey for the leader of the points classification – just like in the men’s Tour de France.

ŠKODA campaign ‘You have to love it. We all do’ and Tour de France Femmes avec ZWIFT NFTs
ŠKODA is supporting the Tour de France Femmes avec ZWIFT and the Tour de France with the campaign ‘You have to love it. We all do.’ This includes TV commercials, social media activities on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram as well as on the company’s website www.welovecycling.com. This is where cycling fans can find exciting stories and information about the two events as well as a competition with four weekly prize rounds. Prizes include trips to the Tour de France and the Tour de France Femmes avec ZWIFT, a signed green jersey, bicycles, cycling equipment and a subscription to the fitness app Strava.

As the main partner of the Tour de France Femmes avec ZWIFT, ŠKODA AUTO is also issuing its own Non Fungible Tokens (NFT), limited to 30 for each stage. The eight designs, which will be published ahead of the race on weareridinghistory.io, were created by Czech artist Ilona Polanski. The NFT for each upcoming stage will also be posted on WeLoveCycling’s Twitter account. Collectors can find out on this website how to gain the exclusive Non-Fungible Tokens, which are offered for free via the energy-efficient Solana blockchain platform.

As the ‘engine of cycling’, the company supports the Tour de France and the Tour of Spain (‘Vuelta’), as well as the amateur race L’Étape, among others. Under the umbrella of the Tour de France, the worldwide racing series enables ambitious amateur cyclists to follow a race stage. In addition, bicycles and cycling accessories are part of the car manufacturer’s extended product range.

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ŠKODA AUTO delivered 360,600 vehicles worldwide in the first half of 2022 – 30% fewer than in the same period last year. The reasons for this include the war in Ukraine and the ongoing shortage of semiconductors. The operating profit of €676 million is 30.6% below the previous year, while the return on sales remains strong at 6.6% (previous year 9.6%). ŠKODA AUTO is continuing its NEXT LEVEL EFFICIENCY+ programme and still expects a robust return on sales for the year as a whole.


“Despite the many geopolitical and macroeconomic challenges, it’s clear that ŠKODA AUTO is crisis-proof. Our business is robust, demand for our models remains high and customers have stayed loyal to us in spite of the unavoidable waiting times. I thank them for this, and I’d also like to thank the entire team, who are demonstrating great resilience and flexibility in these times while doing everything they can to ensure our customers receive their new ŠKODA as quickly as possible. We expect the supply of semiconductors to further improve over the coming weeks and months. At the end of August, we’ll be presenting to the world our new brand identity that will reposition ŠKODA for the decade of transformation.”

ŠKODA AUTO CEO Klaus Zellmer

“The challenges we faced at the beginning of the year intensified in the second quarter. Nevertheless, ŠKODA is coping very well: Although significantly fewer vehicles were delivered to customers due to the supply bottlenecks, and prices for energy and raw materials have increased costs considerably, we were able to maintain the robust return on sales of 6.6%, in the second quarter. Through strong teamwork, we’ll continue to address the challenges, especially the global supply chain disruptions and the impact of war in Ukraine. We are therefore consistently pursuing our NEXT LEVEL EFFICIENCY+ cost and efficiency programme.”

ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Finance and IT Christian Schenk

“We can look back on an extremely challenging first half of the year. In addition to the semiconductor shortage and coronavirus pandemic, the war in Ukraine has had a particularly strong impact on us: In Russia, our second most important market, we suspended vehicle production at our Kaluga and Nizhny Novgorod plants until further notice and halted all exports to the country. In addition, a fire at one of our suppliers forced us to stop production of our best-selling OCTAVIA at certain points over the last few months. However, we have now resumed production at full capacity. We are also optimistic about the global demand for our vehicles, which remains high. We are working tirelessly to process the backlog of orders and shorten waiting times for our customers.”

ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing Martin Jahn

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ŠKODA AUTO presents another preview of their upcoming design language. The first interior sketch of the VISION 7S concept study reveals a spacious vehicle with an all-new, versatile interior architecture, offering space for up to seven people. Sustainable materials are used to create the minimalist interior. The new design language is authentic and offers intuitive control of digital technologies and a high degree of functionality.


The all-electric VISION 7S concept car is ŠKODA’s first concept car to feature the manufacturer’s new design language. The first sketch has now been released showing inside the vehicle. In addition to sustainable materials, the minimalist interior is characterised by generous space for up to seven people in three rows of seats as well as ŠKODA’s signature Simply Clever features.

“The new design language is minimalist, functional and authentic. In the future, we will continue to focus on ŠKODA’s traditional strengths, such as generous space, easy usability and a high degree of functionality. With our new design language, we are taking the next step and placing even greater emphasis on the customer experience. The great creativity of our designers and engineers is demonstrated through movable interior elements and newly developed Simply Clever features such as an integrated child seat. The deliberately minimalist lines also extend the clear exterior design into the interior.”

Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design

Innovative detail solutions
The interior of the new VISION 7S concept car features a symmetrical wrap-around design, plus a wide, horizontal dashboard that extends to the doors, enhancing the sense of space. An optimally positioned hand rest makes interacting with the touch screen and haptic buttons easy and convenient. Haptic controls are also integrated into the redesigned steering wheel. Ambient lighting highlights various areas of the interior, including charging status, and provides appropriate lighting when getting in and out of the car. The door panels also feature interactive haptic and visual elements. The integrated child seat is located in the centre console – the safest place in a vehicle. The backrests of the front seats are fitted with holders for multimedia devices for passengers in the second and third rows. These also have backpacks integrated into them.

Innovative sliding controls for different modes
The spacious interior offers two distinct configurations that provide a new spatial experience for different situations – driving and relaxing. In driving mode, all the controls are set in their ideal positions and the central touchscreen is vertically aligned to display all the relevant information while driving. Relax mode can be activated when charging or stopping for a rest; the steering wheel and instrument cluster slide forward and the first and second row seats move back for an even more relaxed seating position. This option offers passengers maximum space and comfort.

ŠKODA AUTO announced its new design language at this year’s annual press conference in March. The new design language is based on traditional brand values such as robustness, functionality and authenticity. The upcoming design language is characterised by spaciousness, durable and sustainable materials and an aerodynamic, efficient shape.

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Production of the ŠKODA 1200 ‘Sedan’ with an all-steel body began in Mladá Boleslav 70 years ago. This technological advancement paved the way for efficient large-scale production. In addition, the body allowed for a larger interior as well as enhancing passive safety while reducing the vehicle’s weight. The pontoon body of the ‘Sedan’ was one of the first in Czechoslovakia to be optimised in a wind tunnel.


The first automobile from Mladá Boleslav ever developed by engineer Václav Laurin’s team was presented to the public by the Laurin & Klement brand back in 1905. The legendary L&K VOITURETTE A featured an open wooden body which had no windscreen and no doors. Later, manually formed sheet metal parts were affixed to the wooden frame with small nails. The car industry was still using this method half a century later.

11 July 1952 saw a major leap in manufacturing technology. The switch from wooden to metal bodies meant that the carpenters responsible for building wooden body frames had to turn to building transport boxes for vehicle exports. The new ŠKODA 1200 ‘Sedan’ was the first model with an all-steel pontoon construction and integrated mudguards, which enhanced the interior space and increased passive safety. The smooth and rounded surfaces also made servicing easier.

Development work on the new ŠKODA model began as early as 1948, with the first prototype being built a year later. Other versions soon followed, including the versatile STW (station wagon) estate version with a folding rear seat. A prototype with an open body was also developed.

The ŠKODA 1200 ‘Sedan’ represented an evolution of the chassis concept with a central tubular frame. This was forked at the front and could thus accommodate a petrol engine with OHV valve control and other innovative components, such as wet cylinder liners. The rear wheels with independent suspension were driven via a synchronised four-speed gearbox. The car reached a top speed of 105 km/h and consumed 10 litres of fuel per 100 km.

The father of the ‘Sedan’
Among the most prominent figures in the area of body construction at the time was Josef Velebný (1906-1989). He had been working at the car plant in Mladá Boleslav since 1925 and headed the body design department from 1946. This was also when systematic research and development in the field of aerodynamic optimisation began, resulting in higher top speeds and lower fuel consumption. In addition, the vehicles were quieter and the bodywork stayed cleaner on the roads. At that time, research was conducted using wooden models at a scale of 1:5 and 1:10 in a wind tunnel with a diameter of 1.8 metres. The only facility of this kind at the time was at the Aviation Research and Testing Institute in Prague-Letňany. ŠKODA first tested the ŠKODA 1101/1102 ‘Tudor’ models there, but the main focus was on the ŠKODA 1200.

Thanks to its new body, the car benefited from a low kerb weight of just 1,050 kilograms, which was comparable to the weight of the older, much smaller ŠKODA RAPID OHV model. The five-seater ‘Sedan’ had a partitioned luggage compartment with a separately accessible spare wheel and a tool kit that was mandatory at the time. The four doors also concealed the sills so that the passengers’ clothes would not get dirty when getting in and out. Among other things, having the gearstick mounted on the steering column helped to improve the active safety; the driver only had to take their hand off the steering wheel briefly when changing gears. At the same time, they enjoyed more legroom because the gearstick had been moved from the centre tunnel.

The advantages of an all-steel body were not only evident in the notchback version but also in light commercial vehicles. Production of these began in 1952 at the Vrchlabí plant. At the Kvasiny site, ambulance versions were built, with room for two stretchers as well as the crew. At the beginning of 1953, the range was expanded to include the practical ŠKODA 1200 STW estate car with a one-piece, side-opening rear door. Some of the fold-down seats were only accessible from the right-hand side of the vehicle to allow for a stiffer body. In the two-seater version, the estate offered a 1,750 mm long, 1,380 mm wide loading area, which measured 990 mm between the wheel arches.

The ŠKODA 1200 ‘Sedan’ underwent continuous modernisation. The adaptations optimised the body strength and reduced the interior noise. The innovations also included modern indicators, which replaced the earlier turn signals. The updated ŠKODA 1201 model with a more powerful engine started rolling off the line at the beginning of 1956. It had an output of 45 hp (33.1 kW) at 4,200 rpm. Production of the 1200/1201 series came to an end in autumn 1961 after 67,071 vehicles had been built, of which around 27,000 had notchback bodywork and around 15,000 were estates, with the remaining units being commercial vehicle versions.

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ŠKODA AUTO has launched a mobile private 5G network in cooperation with VODAFONE at its Mladá Boleslav site. For the carmaker, the ultra-fast and reliable data transmission technology opens up new possibilities in production. The pilot project aims to comprehensively test and further develop the technology under real-life conditions.


Christian Schenk, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Finance & IT, says“The private 5G network is a milestone for ŠKODA AUTO on its journey towards becoming a Smart Factory. The technology offers enormous potential for future innovations, for example, in predictive maintenance and optical inspections in body construction. Under the recently launched pilot project, we are testing 5G in everyday operations, and we will also be evaluating future uses of this technology to make us even more efficient and flexible.”

Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics, adds“The 5G standard also opens up new possibilities for autonomous transport in logistics, augmented reality in production and many other applications. One example is the FATA MORGANA application that enables remote support between maintenance and technical experts in two different continents by creating a real-time digital twin and communicating using 3D objects in augmented reality. This technology takes advantage of the much faster flow of data and lower latency of 5G connectivity. Microsoft HoloLens 2 glasses also improve the efficiency of the digital twin of the scanned area.”

The 5G research network allows data to be locally transmitted securely in real time. The solution uses 5G Standalone (SA) technology, which is one of the first SA 5G commercial deployments in the Czech Republic. ŠKODA AUTO’s network uses a private frequency spectrum, which is unique to the ŠKODA AUTO smart factory; it enables reliable, wireless data transmission and guarantees sufficient bandwidth even under high utilisation. Thanks to 5G, latency, which is the time it takes to transmit data to sensors, machines, vehicles or other devices, may drop as low as a few milliseconds. This makes 5G technology significantly faster than WLAN or other wireless communication technologies.

The mobile private 5G network makes new technologies possible within the framework of the Smart Factory concept, for example in the areas of Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence and shared data. The next step will involve uploading data to finished vehicles via 5G. Another field of application is the intelligent networking of robots and wireless assembly tools.

ŠKODA AUTO has integrated the private 5G network into existing data networks in order to ensure the necessary data security and gain experience with deploying this technology. The technology will soon be extended to all areas of production and logistics. In the future, it will be used to autonomously transport vehicles and in predictive maintenance, and it will also be tested in combination with various devices at the ŠKODA FabLab.

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