Skoda 1.2 HTP Engine Production Reaches 3 Million Units

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Czech carmaker Skoda today announced that production of the 1.2 HTP engine has reached and exceeded 3 million units. Production of this 3-cylinder unit started in 2001 at the Mlada Boleslav factory, which means they made an average of about 230,000 per year in that time.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the 1.2 HTP, this is a 3-cylinder engine from the EA111 family. It's pretty old technology base on the 1.6-liter naturally aspirated block and is mainly used by subcompact cars. The abbreviation HTP stands for ‘High Torque Performance’.

All the cheapest versions of the SEAT Ibiza, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo use it, although The 2014 Polo has dropped the HTP in favor of a smaller 1.0.

Even more recently introduced models like the Rapid use it, although only as an entry-point to the model range.

While quite popular with buyers, the 1.2 HTP has received a lot of criticism over the years. Its 3-cylinder layout makes for a diesel-like engine sound which is especially unpleasant in the high rev band. There are currently two version of the 1.2, one with 60 PS and the other with 75 PS. By modern standards, the 112 Nm of torque it produces can be considered quite low due to the pack of turbocharging.

“Our company has been building engines for almost 115 years. This makes ŠKODA one of the longest-established engine developers and producers in the automotive industry,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics. “The milestones of producing three million 1.2 HTP engines and 500,000 MQ/SQ 100 gearboxes prove the power of our local production. We are going to strengthen this technological expertise in the years to come.”
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