VIENNA – Czech Republic-based Skoda Auto a.s. is planning to shift assembly of its Roomster multipurpose vehicle from Kvasiny to Vrchlabi in early 2011.

At present, two Skoda Octavia models – the older Octavia Tour and the younger Octavia – are built at Vrchlabi, but Skoda this fall will phase out Tour production and needs another model to utilize capacity at the plant.

The facility, which employs 1,026 workers, currently assembles 320 cars a day, including 100 Tours on one shift and 220 Octavias on two shifts.

As the Vrchlabi plant does not have a body shop or paint shop, painted Roomster bodies will be sourced from the factory in Kvasiny.

Skoda’s Kvasiny plant currently has two assembly lines – one for the Roomster and the other for the Yeti compact cross/utility vehicle and flagship Superb sedan and station wagon.

The Kvasiny plant will operate for one week during Skoda’s normal 3-week summer shutdown to help meet demand for its cars. Roomster production will be running on one shift and Yeti and Superb output on two shifts.

Several departments within Skoda’s Mlada Boleslav and Vrchlabi factories that produce parts for the three models also will be open during the normal break.

Meanwhile, Skoda’s engine output is to be partially continued during the summer shutdown, as well. According to Skoda’s union, some 150 employees will produce engines in the first week, 100 in the second and 950 in the third.