ŠKODA AUTO overcomes challenging 2021 fiscal year – outlook marked by major uncertainties

› 878,200 vehicles delivered worldwide in 2021 despite semiconductor shortage and coronavirus pandemic
› Refreshed best-selling SUVs KAROQ and KODIAQ and new FABIA generation launched
› All-electric ENYAQ iV: expectations greatly exceeded with almost 45,000 deliveries
› In addition to India, responsibility assumed at the Group level for North Africa and Russia as well as the MQB‑A0 Global Platform
› EU CO2 fleet target met; independent Sustainability Advisory Board established
› Impact of pandemic kept to a minimum; staff vaccination rate increased to 70%
› Systematic further development of the brand with a new design language
› Great uncertainties due to war in Ukraine and supply bottlenecks; relief campaigns launched

Mladá Boleslav, 22 March 2022 – ŠKODA AUTO can look back on a challenging yet successful 2021 fiscal year. 878,200 vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide despite the shortage of semiconductors and coronavirus pandemic. Newly launched models, including the FABIA and the refreshed KODIAQ, enjoy high demand. The ENYAQ iV, the brand’s first all-electric SUV, significantly exceeded expectations, with almost 45,000 being delivered. At the same time, ŠKODA AUTO now has even more responsibility at the Group level, for example, for the regions of North Africa and Russia as well as the MQB-A0 Global Platform. The company expects significant burdens on its operating business in 2022 due to the war in Ukraine and supply bottlenecks.

ŠKODA AUTO CEO Thomas Schäfer emphasises: “Despite all the challenges, 2021 was a good year for ŠKODA AUTO. We did everything we could during the semiconductor crisis to produce as many cars as possible. This enabled us to keep global deliveries at a respectable level. At the same time, we introduced new models and set the course for a new decade of transformation with the NEXT LEVEL – ŠKODA STRATEGY 2030. We are strengthening our role within the Group by taking on even more responsibility, for example for the region of North Africa and the MQB-A0 Global Platform. We are expanding our range of e-models, such as the ENYAQ COUPÉ iV, and we are taking further ambitious steps in sustainability and diversity. For the rest of the year, we expect a great deal of uncertainty due to the war in Ukraine and supply constraints.”

ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing, Martin Jahn, adds: “With the new generation FABIA, the refreshed best-selling SUVs KAROQ and KODIAQ as well as our first all-electric ENYAQ iV, we have upgraded and expanded our model range in a targeted manner. The shortage of semiconductors meant that we were only able to meet the high demand to a limited extent. Despite the difficult situation, we managed to rank among the top 8 brands in Europe. In India, we more than doubled our deliveries thanks to the successful launch of the KUSHAQ. I would like to thank our customers for their trust and patience and our dealers for their outstanding commitment. This year, we will continue this momentum with new models such as the ENYAQ COUPÉ iV, the FABIA MONTE CARLO and the refreshed KAROQ. At the same time, we expect another very challenging sales year due to the ongoing production limitations.”

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