By Anthony Henson, August 9, 2022
Nicola Hume is the very best factor to occur to the Auto Specific YouTube channel since its inception. Fortunately Mrs. Hume shouldn’t be a educated journalist and because of this, comes throughout as a totally pure presenter. Keep in mind of us, as a aspect be aware, journalism colleges exist to show future skilled journalists easy methods to lie. Mrs. Hume is a curious particular person and through her overview of the Skoda Fabia out of the blue realizes that it affords a greater proposition than the VW Polo.
Mrs. Hume then goes on to disclose that the Fabia is an train in product model washing in as far as it’s a Volkswagen Polo in disguise. At this level, Volkswagen’s Product Managers have to be pulling their hair out and the Skoda PR individuals have to be facepalming as a result of a journalist isn’t mendacity on their behalf. Mrs. Hume has revealed the magician’s secrets and techniques.
Why is the Skoda cheaper and higher than the VW Polo upon which it’s based mostly? Mrs. Hume asks herself. Let’s attempt to work this one out.
The Skoda Fabia is constructed within the Czech Republic the place the common minimal month-to-month wage is between $500-1000. The nation has an annual GDP hovering at round $450 Billion. In Germany, the common month-to-month wage is round $4,000, and the nation’s annual GDP is $4 Trillion. Germany even recorded a finances surplus in 2019.
With all this info handy we are able to now conclude the elements concerned in making the Skoda Fabia cheaper than the VW Polo… drum roll…
The Czech Republic merely affords decrease labor prices. VW doesn’t have a producing base within the Czech Republic as a result of it needs to assist the individuals. It’s purely the results of mergers, acquisitions, and the chilly laborious actuality of doing enterprise.
You may additionally argue wage suppression is a further issue that makes the Skoda Fabia worth aggressive however that’s one other argument for an additional day. And do you what? the Volkswagen Polo progenitor isn’t even made in Germany anymore.