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Like many European automakers, Skoda was initially a bicycle manufacturer known as Laurin Klement. After the company’s inception in 1895, and subsequent bicycle production, they moved towards motorcycles in 1899 and cars in 1905. Their first car, the Voiturette A, was a success.
WWI saw the company interested in building trucks and in desiring to do so, merging with Skoda works which was then the biggest industrial company in Austria-Hungary and what is now the Czech Republic. Skoda started making successful cars towards the end of the 1930s, but with the advent of WWII, the company was forced to serve the German war effort.
After the war, SKoda continued to build good, reliable cars, such as the 440 Spartak, 45 Octavia, Felicia and the Skoda 1000 MB. Unfortunately, due to little/no contact with non-communist countries, Skoda could not ramp up its R D to suit the market in the 1980s and as such ended up building cars that were seen as substandard in the 80s and early 1990s. However, in 1987, an important part of the turnaround was established. The Favorit designed by Bertone (Italian) and with licensed technology from the West was the first Skoda car in many decades to effectively mimic Western design/technology.
The Favorit was successful in the (now former) Eastern bloc. The fall of communism in Czech Republic found Skoda being annexed into becoming a VAG/Volkswagen brand. Because of VWs innovation and technology, Skoda cars became more like VW cars in many ways with the newer Octavia and Felicia models resembling the VW Golf and associated other VAG cars.
Because of the involvement that Skoda has with the VW group, and the work that they’ve put into it, perceptions of this automaker are rapidly changing in Europe and indeed around the world.