Skoda Auto production line

William Malcolm

Skoda Wins CZK 1.5B Contract From Interior Ministry

The Ministry of the Interior signed a tender with Škoda Auto for 3,300 cars over the next three years. This year alone, 1,250 vehicles will be delivered, today the ministry received the first 35 cars. The department ordered the Kodiaq, Scala, and Fabia models, company representatives, police, and Interior Minister Jan Hamáček told reporters. The value of the tender is approximately CZK 1.5 billion.

Of the 3,294 cars ordered, 1,853 are Kodiaq, the largest of the cars ordered. All Kodiaq cars will have an all-wheel drive, a seven-speed DSG transmission, and a two-liter diesel engine.

The ministry will also take over 640 Scala cars, powered by a 1.0 TSI petrol engine. Another 801 vehicles will be Fabia, even with 1.0 TSI drive, 630 will be in the hatchback version, and 171 will be station wagons. Most cars will be equipped with a hidden warning sound and radio device; the rest of the vehicles will be in the civilian design.

According to Hamáček, the cars will be used by various units of the Ministry of the Interior, most of them by the police. Still, they will also be given to the fire brigade or the administrative department. In addition to the lighthouses, the cars are equipped with a radio.

Since 1993, more than 19,000 Škoda cars of various models and specifications have been supplied to Czech police officers in several tenders, and tens of thousands more have been taken over by other state administration bodies.

In January, the police took over more civilian cars and bought them for an operational lease for the first time. In four years, he will pay 191 million crowns, get 500 octaves, which the company will exchange for new ones after two years. One car costs almost 8,000 crowns a month. The price also includes service, tire service, or insurance—the police promise to reduce the cost of operating vehicles from operating leasing. However, the first cars handed over today from the next tender are purchased as standard; they are not leases in the form of operating leases.