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Most commonly known as Skoda, Skoda Auto is a Czech automotive brand founded in 1895. Initially named Laurin &Klement, the company has its headquarters in MladaBoleslav, Czech Republic.
Following the same path as many well established automotive brands, Skoda started out by building bicycles. It was in 1905 when the company started building automotive products, making it the second oldest Czech car brand, after Tatra. By then, the company had 320 employees and a 7,800 square meter production area. The first car model of the company is the Voiturette A and was proven to be an actual success. In 1925, Skoda Works, the largest industrial enterprise in Czechoslovakia acquired Laurin &Klement and produced cars under the Skoda brand, also introducing a new production line since 1930.
The redesign of the company was initiated in 1930 due to major financial issues. Skoda released the Popular, Rapid, Favorit and Superb models using the new chassis, backbone tube and independent suspension. The factory in MladaBoleslav undergone extensive reconstruction after the Second World War and started construction of its new 1101 series. After unfavorable political conditions of the communist regime, Skoda managed to regain trustworthiness and released the 440 Spartak, 445 Octavia, Felicia and the famous 1000 MB models.
After the communism regime fell, the Czech government selected Volkswagen Group to partner with in order to boost Skoda cars production and development. Since the early 90s, Skoda established as one of the largest automotive names in Central Europe, with over 1 million cars sold worldwide as of 2014.
The growth strategy of Skoda includes creating a production line for electric and hybrid units. At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Skoda revealed the Octavia Green E Line concept. Shortly afterwards, China became the brand’s main export market, out-passing Europe in terms of sales volume.
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