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Beginning. History began in the Czech Republic in 1895, when a mechanic and a bookseller decided to produce bicycles. Four years later, Laurin & Klement factory began to produce motorcycles that took part in the competitions. In 1905, Skoda launches his first car - Voiturette, which immediately becomes a hit.
Development. After World War II Skoda becomes a monopoly in the domestic market. Due to the fact that Czechoslovakia has not maintained contact with the West, between the Skoda cars and other technological differences deepened. After the end of 1989 it was decided to introduce a strong foreign partner. A year later, the choice fell on Volkswagen, Skoda though the company struggled to 22 (including Renault, BMW, Fiat, General Motors). With this move, the Czech manufacturer has become the fourth brand in the portfolio of German giant (except VW, Audi and Seat).
Today. The perception of the brand in Western Europe changed after the takeover by Volkswagen. In the 80s Twentieth century, the Czech automotive company was laughing. Besides, the brand also derided in Czechoslovakia. They told this joke: "How to double the value of the Skoda? You have to refuel full "in the UK was carried out in 2003, even an image campaign to change that. It has brought an effect, as now, to buy a Skoda in the UK, you need to enter on the list. According to the survey, the Czech manufacturer is a good place in the ranking of satisfaction with the brand, conducted among the British.
Contribution to the automotive industry. The company at the beginning of its activity was at a very high level of technology. In 1912, he received a license to manufacture engines Knight szybrowych system. I will soon produce these engines according to their own projects. Engine szybrowy Knight was a very difficult and complicated to produce, but in effect, gave perfectly equal to the engine, which currently meets only 12-cylinder cars. Until the 90's, when he developed an electronically controlled engine with variable valve timing phase, nothing was able to match them in this respect. Laurin & Klement producing six varieties of the engine for nearly 20 years, such as Mercedes and it's only two short.
Trivia. Currently Skoda brand is a leader in the Polish automotive market in 2009 sold 37 944 units of new passenger cars in Poland.
Among the most popular models produced today are: Skoda Fabia, Skoda Octavia, Skoda Roomster, Skoda Superb, Skoda Yeti.
Tires. Skoda is a manufacturer of popular models. The most common tire sizes found in these cars are: 155/70 R13, 185/60 R14, 185/65 R14, 195/65 R15, 205/55 R16. Skoda often are equipped with original equipment tire brands such as Michelin, Goodyear, Continental.