PRAGUE (Reuters) -- Skoda, whose car sales have fallen recently, said it will not introduce additional weekend shifts in December but it was not cutting production.
"Having considered extra weekend shifts towards the end of the year, Skoda Auto has decided that these measures will not be necessary," Skoda said in a statement. "This is not about production cuts; production will be going ahead according to plan."
The Czech carmaker's statement was in response to questions about a report in newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes. Citing unnamed sources, the paper said the automaker would reduce output at the end of the year by cutting work shifts and foregoing Saturday shifts introduced in previous years.
The newspaper said the measures were a response to slowing markets Russia and eastern Europe and would include cutting more than three shifts on the Fabia and Rapid model production lines in December, from November schedules.
In its statement, Skoda said its decision not to increase the number of year-end shifts was not related to the emissions scandal at its parent group Volkswagen.
Skoda has been a success story and the brand sold more than 1 million cars for the first time in 2014. Sales have fallen recently, hit by slipping deliveries in Russia and eastern Europe.
The brand's Russia sales fell by 35 percent through October in a market down 34 percent, according to data from the Moscow-based Association of European Businesses.
Skoda's global deliveries through October were up 1.7 percent to 880,000, VW Group said in a statement last month.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report