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by Matt Brogan

Škoda Auto Russia today announced that it has begun full-cycle production of the new Škoda Fabia at its Kaluga, Russia factory.

The Škoda Fabia has become the second model in the Škoda range to be produced in full-cycle at the factory, which includes welding, painting and assembly.

The previous Fabia model was built at Kaluga factory by SKD. The first model to change to a CKD-production was the Škoda Octavia.

“Over the past few years, Škoda has been very successful and record sales were once again achieved in 2009, said Reinhard Jung, head of Škoda Auto board of directors.

“A main contributing factor for this market growth is the continued development in areas such as Russia, India and China.

“With our investments in Kaluga production, dealer network and products we will continue to strengthen our position in the Russian market.”

Fabia is the brand’s best-selling model in Russia and global markets. In 2009, 264,173 Fabia models were sold across the globe; an increase of 7.1 per cent on the previous year.

“Russia is one of the key markets for Škoda and we expect to see sustained future growth,” explained Petr Janeba, Head of Škoda Russia.

“One of our primary objectives is to increase our production capacities and we are already achieving success in this as all Škoda models are produced at the Russian factory in Kaluga; providing attractive price-quality ratio to our clients, faster reaction to the local market changes and to our Russian customers’ requirements.

“In October 2009, we started full-cycle production of the Škoda Octavia and today we are ready to announce the start of the second model production by CKD.

“The Škoda Fabia is such a popular vehicle in the Russian market and we happy to say that it is now the second all-Russian car of our brand. We are pleased to showcase it for the first time at our factory.”

The new Škoda Fabia will be available in Russian showrooms from this month alongside Škoda Octavia models. Both vehicles are participating in the state credit and scrappage incentive programs.

“Škoda Fabia is the third model in the Group to be produced in full-cycle including welding, painting and assembly,” concluded Dietmar Korzekwa, General Director of Volkswagen Group Russia.

“Our Kaluga factory with its wide model line-up is unique for Volkswagen Group and we intend to increase the number of models in the future.

“Most importantly, we produce all vehicles in accordance with the highest quality standards.”