Europe’s largest independent motoring jury, AUTOBEST, has honoured ŠKODA with the ‘COMPANYBEST 2020’ award. The panel of journalists from 31 countries recognised the car manufacturer’s impressive development in international markets and their implementation of innovative concepts in production. Besides the ‘dProduction’ digitalisation project at the Kvasiny site, the panel also praised the brand’s solution in Mladá Boleslav, where MQB and MEB vehicles are built alongside one another on the same production line. Furthermore, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the Czech carmaker’s bestselling model, is one of the finalists for ‘Best Buy Car of Europe 2021’.

ŠKODA has been crowned the winner of the ‘COMPANYBEST 2020’ award. The 31 members of the independent AUTOBEST jury awarded the Czech car manufacturer for, among other things, impressively increasing its market share and the number of new registrations across the globe.

The panel also commended ŠKODA for the attractive design of its models, the addition of customer-focused solutions to its range of products, the brand’s practical Simply Clever features, and its technological innovations.

ŠKODA also won the judges over with its clever production concept. At the Mladá Boleslav site, the carmaker produces the ENYAQ iV, which is based on the MEB modular electric car platform, and the MQB-based OCTAVIA and KAROQ models alongside one another – on the same production line and with maximum flexibility. Furthermore, AUTOBEST recognised the brand’s ‘dProduction’. This project introduced a system to the plant in Kvasiny to digitally guide the site’s workforce through production steps, documentation and quality control.

In addition to this recognition, the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA will take part in the pivotal test drives for the ‘Best Buy Car of Europe in 2021’ award. The winner will be announced in mid-December.

ŠKODA won acclaim last year too, when the jury decorated the digital assistant Laura with the ‘SMARTBEST’ award. Laura was considered innovation of the year, beating the competition in the field of in-car interaction between the driver and artificial intelligence.  

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The all-new ŠKODA OCTAVIA is in the running for its next international honours. The fourth generation of the ŠKODA best-seller has been short-listed for this year’s edition of the prestigious “Car of the Year” award. From an initial field of 29 new cars launched on the international markets during the past twelve months, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA made it into the final. This is where the seven remaining models are presented to an international expert jury, with 60 motoring journalists from 23 European countries casting their votes. The annual award was first established in 1964. The “2021 Car of the Year” will be announced on 1 March. In the last quarter of 2020, the OCTAVIA already succeeded in collecting renowned awards in the key export markets of the UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

ŠKODA AUTO has been presented with the Pioneer Award for its use of artificial intelligence in vehicle diagnostics. At this year’s CONNECTED CAR Awards, the trade magazines Auto Bild and Computer Bild chose ŠKODA’s Sound Analyser app as the winner of the editorial prize reserved for particularly innovative ideas. Using a smartphone or tablet, the noises a car makes while in operation can be recorded and compared with stored sound patterns. On this basis, the software can quickly and reliably detect if the vehicle in question requires any maintenance.

ŠKODA AUTO has brought home another success from the HR Officers Awards held by the Employers Club. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the results this year were announced as part of an online presentation on LinkedIn, a social network that focuses on professional networking and career development. ŠKODA AUTO’s HR department came first place overall for its ANTICOVID-19 project, also winning a special prize for its activities aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Following a series of prestigious awards, such as the Employer of the Year and the Randstad Award, this is another success for the brand in the area of HR management.