Skoda Auto is the name of a former manufacturer of cars, nothing less than one of the four oldest in the world. Currently it is part of the Volkswagen Group, which ensures the high reliability of its vehicles. In addition this Czech brand cars have excellent value for money. As official logo, it has a green winged arrow in a circle.
Beginning of Skoda
The history of Skoda began in 1895, when the riders fans V?clav Laurin and V?clav Klement decided to open a simple workshop of repair and manufacture of bicycles in the city of Mlad? Boleslav, Prague. The first products of this small business bearing the name of "Slavia". The first motorcycle was launched in 1999, and then is were manufacturing more models that had a great success, being exported to England. They also harvested some sporting triumphs; increasing its prestige.
The company's growth helped to 1905 he made his first car: the Voiturette, the first born auto in the by then Czechoslovakia. It is so the company name changed to "Laurin & Klement" and develop other cars; the Phaeton and the model S. Exports grew in many parts of the planet, and with the onset of the first world war became more popular. For 1920 already manufactured buses, trucks, engines, aircraft and even agricultural machines.
In these times it was an alliance with Roudnice Company. Finally, in 1925 merged with the industrial group Skoda Pilsen looking for a powerful partner, and the brand is no longer called Laurin & Klement definitely. After the crisis of 1929, the branch dedicated to manufacture automobiles recovers thanks to the launch of Skoda 420 Popular tourism. But the nazi occupation when breaks world war slows down evolution. The Czech firm was incorporated into a German consortium of armament and was expressly devoted to military production.
In 1945 they returned to exit the first cars of the firm, emphasizing the Popular Skoda 1101. In the late 1940s, communism takes power and nationalized Skoda, which happens to be called AZNP. IN the 50's saw some very successful as the Skoda 1102, 1200 or Spartak models. At the beginning of the 1970s the company's industrial activity began to stagnate, and although some models were modernized in general the Socialist state supported not already much.
Resurgence of Skoda
However in 1982, authorities changed attitude, and Skoda could bring forward the Favorit range designed by Italian Nucio Bertone and who managed to sell more than one million units. It was released in 1987. Communist rule ended in 89, and thus Volkswagen spent to control the company. Major improvements in technology, management and distribution, showing the new Felicia and Octavia were carried out. Sales and exports were growing in the new mileno, and today Skoda Auto is one of the pillars of the economy of the Czech Republic.