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With an area of over 12,000 square metres, the facility is ideal for testing, planning and the manufacture of pre-production models and production preparation.

22 Jan 2021 | International News : Czech Republic

Skoda has put a new Central Pilot Hall into operation at its headquarters. In the development phase of new models, comprehensive analyses will be carried out here and pre-production cars manufactured. Vehicles will be subjected to extensive testing by the Technical Development and Quality Assurance departments prior to the launch of serial production.

The facility houses, among other things, a body shop and an assembly shop as well as a measuring centre and a virtual reality studio. The Central Pilot Hall is also prepared for the era of electromobility, with charging points and relevant assembly areas including options for testing electrified vehicles.

To prepare for the assembly of future pre-production cars, the facility is designed to be retrofitted with flexible robot cabins
The new Central Pilot Hall provides Skoda engineers with their own little factory. In addition to robot stations where the car bodies are joined, the new facility also houses areas for assembly and final inspection. Virtual reality devices and 3D printers are some of the tools available.

The equipment and processes are designed in such a way that both vehicles with a combustion engine and partially or fully electric cars can be subjected to all the necessary tests and analyses. As soon as a model meets the stringent quality requirements, it leaves the Pilot Hall - the vehicle and process are then considered ready for serial production.

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