VIENNA – Skoda Auto begins volume production of the DQ200 7-speed direct-shift gearbox at its plant in Vrchlabi, Czech Republic. However, the move means much more than simply the launch of a new transmission type. It marks the beginning of the end for car assembly in Vrchlabi. The Vrchlabi factory, strictly an assembly plant, without body or paint shops, currently builds Skoda Octavia and Roomster cars. But the Octavia assembly will be phased out in upcoming weeks in ...

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