Skoda Auto is a Czech carmaker, headquartered in Mlada Boleslav. more
Skoda logo is a green “winged” arrow, which is also believed to be a head of an Indian, who wears a headdress with five feathers on it. It appeared for the first time in 1926. The latest modifications of the emblem were made in 2011. The arrow became bigger and brighter and it’s now surrounded by chrome circle.
The history of the company started in 1895, when Vaclav Klement and Vaclav Laurin decided to open a bicycle repair shop and started the “Laurin & Klement” company. In 1899, the company released its first motorcycle. In 1905, Voiturette A, the first car of the brand, was presented. In 1925, “Laurin & Klement” merged with “Skoda Works” company and started to be called “Skoda”. Just the same year, they released their breakthrough model Skoda Popular, which was the most affordable car of the brand at that time. By 1938, Skoda cars were owned by 39% of the car owners in the country.
During the Second World War, Skoda focused on producing of military vehicles. When the war ended, the brand was separated from Skoda Works and became a part of the communist planned economy. Despite losing contacts with the non-communist countries, by 1960s Skoda gained a good reputation, producing Skoda 440 Spartak, 445 Octavia, Felicia and Skoda 1000 MB models. 1970-1980 were the years of crisis, from which Skoda managed to recover only after releasing Favorit in 1987.
In 1990s, Skoda started cooperation with Volkswagen. In 2000, it became its subsidiary. Since then, many Skoda models overlap with the ones of the Volkswagen brand on characteristics and prices.
Now, besides cars, Skoda is also a manufacturer of trucks, buses, aircraft engines and agricultural machines.