ŠKODA AUTO will be broadcasting this year’s annual press conference live online on Tuesday, 22 March from 10:00 Central European Time. The stream will be available on the ŠKODA Storyboard and the company’s social media channels. The company will be presenting its financial figures for 2021 and reviewing the results during the one-hour event. The car manufacturer will also be providing information about the latest developments and upcoming plans and projects at ŠKODA AUTO.


ŠKODA AUTO’s Annual Press Conference will be featured on the ŠKODA Storyboard. The company is also sharing the event on its social media channels. The media can broadcast the livestream on their own channels via an embed code.

Following the presentation and review of the financial figures, a Q&A session with the members of the Board of Management will be held for media representatives.

Questions can be submitted in advance to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or addressed to the panellists at the location via Slido.

Date: Tuesday, 22 March from 10:00 CET

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The Volkswagen Group has received the news about the war in Ukraine with dismay and shock. Volkswagen continues to hope for a cessation of hostilities and a return to diplomacy. We are convinced that a sustainable solution to the conflict can only be found based on international law.

In view of the Russian attack on Ukraine and the consequences of this, the Group Board of Management of Volkswagen AG has decided to halt the production of vehicles in Russia until further notice with immediate effect. This decision applies to the Russian production sites in Kaluga and Nizhny Novgorod.

Likewise, vehicle exports to Russia will be stopped with immediate effect.

By largely suspending business activities in Russia, the Group’s Board of Management is responding to the overall situation, which is characterised by significant uncertainty and disruption.

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Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists need extra protection on the road, which is why in all stages of vehicle development, ŠKODA AUTO pays particular attention to pedestrian protection.


“The safety of pedestrians and people on two wheels is always a priority when developing a new ŠKODA model. This starts with the vehicle design and includes comprehensive test procedures as well as modern driver assistance systems that prevent an accident from happening in the first place.”

Radek Urbiš, Head of Vehicle Safety Development at ŠKODA AUTO

Current ŠKODA models’ high standard of pedestrian protection is underlined by the results in the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), the reference test for crash safety. Both the new FABIA and the electric ENYAQ iV were named best-in-class vehicles for the 2021 test year.

During the development phase of a new ŠKODA model, over 200 different pedestrian safety tests are carried out. The physical tests performed at the Aurel CZ laboratory focus on the areas of the human body that are most vulnerable in the event of an accident. The prescribed tests with these so-called ‘impactors’ include simulating an accident involving the head of an adult or child hitting the bonnet or windscreen, and a test body’s thigh colliding with the bonnet and the lower leg hitting the front bumper.

All new ŠKODA models are designed with maximum pedestrian protection in mind. This means, for example, that there must be sufficient space between components such as the engine, shock absorbers, bonnet hinge, bonnet lock and the windscreen wiper axles to cushion a possible impact through deformation of the bonnet. The front edge of the bonnet is also shaped to optimise safety. It has no sharp edges or non-essential hard structures. Pedestrian protection is also enhanced thanks to an energy-absorbing material fitted in front of the bumper’s steel reinforcement.

In addition, assistance systems are available for ŠKODA models that actively support the driver in preventing collisions with pedestrians or cyclists. These include Front Assist with anticipatory pedestrian and cyclist protection as well as Collision Avoidance Assist, which enables controlled avoidance. In addition, Exit Warning alerts the driver and passengers to vehicles, cyclists or motorcyclists approaching from behind when a door is opened.

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Dear colleagues,

We are dismayed by the military attack on Ukraine and sincerely hope for the swift cessation of hostilities and a speedy return to diplomacy following international law.

We are very concerned for the people in Ukraine, especially the families of our more than 600 Ukrainian colleagues in the Czech Republic and the whole Eurocar team at the Solomonovo factory in Ukraine and the headquarters in Kyiv. Our sympathy goes out to them during these difficult days. At the same time, our thoughts are with our colleagues at Volkswagen Group Rus whose situation is also serious.

There is strength in unity. The Volkswagen Group and its brands will be donating one million euros to the UN Refugee Agency; ŠKODA AUTO is also contributing to this support. In addition, in close alignment with our social partner KOVO, we have decided on the following seven specific support measures, which are the first humanitarian steps we will be taking:

● ŠKODA AUTO will be donating 10 million Czech crowns (400,000 euro) to the Czech not-for-profit NGO ‘People in Need’ (Člověk v Tísni).

● The KOVO MB trade union will be supporting the town of Mladá Boleslav’s fundraiser with 1 million Czech crowns (40,000 euro). At the same time, the trade union will be rolling out other fundraising activities. Refugees will also be provided with accommodation at recreational facilities owned by The KOVO MB trade union and refugee children will be offered places at children’s camps. The KOVO KV and KOVO VR trade unions will be supporting local municipalities in Rychnov nad Kněžnou and Vrchlabí with other activities.

● If necessary, we will help any Ukrainian workers to build a safe life in the Czech Republic for their family. Specifically, we will assist with visa applications, accommodation, language courses, health care, integration, education and ideally, also employment.

● We are grateful that our partner towns of Mladá Boleslav, Rychnov nad Kněžnou and Vrchlabí are preparing for the arrival of Ukrainian refugees. To cover their additional costs, ŠKODA AUTO will now provide a financial contribution of 1 million Czech crowns (40,000 euro) for Mladá Boleslav and half a million Czech crowns (20,000 euro) each for Rychnov na Kněžnou and Vrchlabí.

● We would appreciate your contributions to the numerous material or financial donations made by our partner communities and private organisations. You can find more information here:

Mladá Boleslav fundraising

Mladá Boleslav material donations

Rychnov nad Kněžnou material donations

● The town of Mladá Boleslav is organising a fundraiser for the hospital in the Ukrainian twin town of Tiačiv. ŠKODA AUTO will be supporting this donation with one million Czech crowns (40,000 euros), The KOVO MB trade union will be adding a further one million Czech crowns (40,000 euros) to this.

● Our core business is mobility. We are therefore helping to transport donated items via ŠKODA Logistics and providing cars to Czech aid organisations to help them deliver the humanitarian aid.

Dear colleagues,
Human is one of our company’s brand values. Now it’s more important than ever to put this value into action. Join us in making a contribution and supporting those who need our help.

Many thanks.

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A special triumph for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA: this latest win marks the tenth time the Czech manufacturer’s best-seller has won the renowned “Best Cars” readers’ poll organised by German car magazine “auto motor und sport”. In what was the 46th edition of this poll, more than 100,000 readers and online users cast their votes and once again ranked the OCTAVIA in first place for the import category of the “compact class”. A total of 386 models in twelve categories were eligible for the “Best Cars 2022” poll.


Following up on its successful debut in 2021, the fourth generation of ŠKODA’s best-selling model once again took first place in the import ranking of the 2022 “compact class” category. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA and another model from the Volkswagen Group each received 12.2 per cent of the votes from over 100,000 readers and online users of “auto motor und sport,” sharing this year’s victory ahead of 26 competitors. This now marks the tenth “Best Cars” title for the OCTAVIA: nine times as the best import model in the “compact class” and once as the best import vehicle in the “mid-sized car” category. Presented in 2020, the fourth generation of the ŠKODA best-seller is more spacious, safer, better connected and emotionally more appealing than ever before. Available in hatchback and COMBI estate format, the OCTAVIA comes not only with efficient petrol and diesel engines, but can also be ordered as a natural-gas version as well as with mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology.

ŠKODA OCTAVIA continues to collect awards
The fourth-generation OCTAVIA continued the successful streak begun in its debut year by collecting further prestigious awards in 2021. At the “Auto Trophy 2021” awards of German car magazine “Auto Zeitung” it was once again crowned the best import vehicle in the “compact models” category, winning its eighth trophy in succession in this readers’ poll, and its fourteenth overall. Earlier that year it had won its eleventh title overall as the best imported fleet vehicle in the compact class at the “Company Car of the Year 2021” awards of German trade magazine “firmenauto”.

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