Skoda Auto announced the suspension of activities in Russia

The Czech automobile company Skoda Auto suspends its activities in Russia, including the production and export of cars, RIA Novosti reports, citing a statement by the company’s spokeswoman Simona Gavlikova.

“With the suspension of business activities in Russia, the board of directors of the Volkswagen Group is responding to the overall situation, which is characterized by significant uncertainty and disruptions,” Gavlikova said. Earlier, the automaker announced that it was stopping the production of cars at Russian factories and deliveries to Russia from abroad. The German company also said that its employees in Russia would be paid part-time benefits.

According to the agency, last year Russia was the second largest market for Skoda cars – 90,400 cars were sold here. In Russia, Skoda Auto produces Rapid, Octavia, Karoq and Kodiaq models. Three models are produced at the company’s plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Rapid is produced at the plant in Kaluga.

On February 28, the Russian representative office of the Volkswagen Group Rus concern announced the suspension of the shipment of cars to local dealers. Then it was only about cars already in Russia. Volkswagen Group Rus combines seven brands of the concern on the Russian market: Volkswagen passenger cars, Volkswagen commercial vehicles, Skoda, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley and Ducati. The company manufactures cars and engines in Kaluga and cars at a production site in Nizhny Novgorod.

Foreign manufacturers began to suspend the supply of their products to Russia against the background of the imposition of sanctions by Western countries in response to the Russian military operation in Ukraine. In particular, this decision was made by General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford, Land Rover, Toyota and Mazda. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Hyundai and Renault stopped their Russian factories. Daimler Truck AG announced that it would suspend cooperation with Kamaz and stop the production of trucks at the DK Rus joint venture.

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