The ŠKODA models FABIA and RAPID make the drivers in the small and compact segment the happiest in Germany. These were the findings of the latest 2019 Germany Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) by the market research institute JD Power. More than 12,500 people took part in Germany’s largest motorist survey, which focuses on quality and reliability. This is the third award the FABIA has received from J.D. Power.

J.D. Power examined cars from nine segments in this year’s vehicle reliability study. Six models came out on top in their category with minimal faults and excellent product quality to receive the renowned J.D. Power Award. With the FABIA and RAPID, ŠKODA is the only brand with two winners. The FABIA won in the small car segment with the most satisfied customers, building on its victories in 2015 and 2016 in the same class. ŠKODA launched the upgraded version of the third-generation FABIA last September. Since then, the popular small car has featured LED headlights, a modified design and extended standard equipment.

The ŠKODA RAPID prevailed in the compact class with its generous space for passengers and luggage, ŠKODA Connect and many ‘Simply Clever’ ideas that have made ŠKODA popular. As recently as April 2019, ŠKODA launched the new model SCALA in this segment on the European market. With new technology, emotional design, high functionality and state-of-the-art connectivity, the SCALA sets new standards in the compact class.

In the annual vehicle reliability study, participants assess how reliable their vehicle is and how satisfied they are with it. The experts from J.D. Power hold online interviews with drivers about their experience with their car. The vehicle reliability study has been running in Germany since 2002. Between November 2018 and January 2019, 12,854 motorists participated in the market research institute survey. The study looks at vehicles one to three years old. Overall, 151 model series from 27 manufacturers were evaluated.

James David Power III founded the company in 1968, and today it is considered one of the most renowned market research institutes in the world. One of their annual studies is the Vehicle Reliability Survey, in which assessment criteria such as engine/transmission, bodywork, driving experience, controls/displays, infotainment/communication/navigation, seats, air conditioning and interior determine the success of a model.

Latest Awards

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.