Skoda: Company History, Current Models, Interesting Facts ...


Skoda Auto is a popular high-end automobile company based out of the Czech Republic. They achieved global sales of over 939,200 cars in 2012. Their most popular current models include the Skoda Citigo, the Skoda Fabia, the Skoda Superb, and the Skoda Yeti. The brand became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group in 2000.

Company History

Skoda got its start in 1859 as an arms manufacturing plant known as Skoda Works. It wasn’t until the early 1890s that the company first began to manufacture vehicles. Like many long-established car companies, Skoda first started off manufacturing bicycles and bicycle replacement parts.

By 1899, the company had progressed to manufacturing motorcycles. Their first shipment sent 150 of these motorcycles to a firm in London. The first run of Skoda automobiles was produced in 1905. Their first model, known as the Voiturette A, was a resounding success. Skoda’s early involvement in the automobile industry makes them one of the five oldest car companies in the world, alongside Tatra, Daimler, Opel, and Peugeot.

Skoda, as a car company, has continued to grow since its first automobile was released in 1905. They have produced a wide range of cars and trucks, with particular popularity during the post World War II period up until the present day.

Flagship Model

Skoda’s current flagship model is the Skoda Superb. The company has manufactured the current model, the Superb II, since 2001.

The current vehicle is based on the Volkswagen Group A6 PQ46 platform. It is the largest and most luxurious car in Skoda’s current model range. Because of its wide wheelbase (108.7 inches or 2,761 millimeters), it is considered by many as competition for some executive cars.

The Skoda Superb features a flagship 3.6-liter 191 kW FSI VR6 engine with 4motion four-wheel drive and a six-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox (though other engine options, including diesel are available). A five-door, five-seat design and an innovative rear door that doubles as a separate truck are additional highlights. A number of options are available for everything from engine type to trim to wheel size to features.

The Skoda Superb has received widespread recognition as one of the top luxury cars in the world. For instance, it was rated the Luxury Car of the Year in 2009 by Top Gear Magazine.

Current Models

Skoda Auto currently produces seven different models of cars. These include the Skoda Citigo, Skoda Fabia, Skoda Rapid, Skoda Octavia, Skoda Superb, Skoda Roomster/Praktik, and the Skoda Yeti.

Skoda Yeti: The Yeti is a rebranded version of the Volkswagen up!. It is a city car that has been produced since 2011.

Skoda Fabia: The Fabia is based on the platform of the Volkswagen Polo Mk4. It is considered a supermini car and has been produced since 2007.

Skoda Rapid: The Rapid is one of the newest releases from Skoda. It is a small family car and has been produced since 2012.

Skoda Octavia: The Octavia is currently in its third generation as the Octavia III. It is a high-performance small family car that has been produced since 1996 (the III since 20013).

Skoda Superb: The Superb is Skoda’s flagship model. It is a high-end, luxury family car and the current second generation has been produced since 2008.

Skoda Roomster/Praktik: The Roomster (sometimes known as the Praktik) is a five-door, five-seat multi-purpose luxury vehicle. It has been produced since 2006.

Skoda Yeti: The Yeti is a five-door, five-seat compact SUV. It has been produced since 2009.

Previous Models

As one of the oldest continually operating car companies on the planet, Skoda Auto has produced a wide variety of automobiles.

The 1905 Laurin & Klement Voiturette A was their first model. This was followed by a number of generations (including the B, C, D, and E) up through the late 1920s. The Skoda Rapid, a five-door hatchback, was a popular car in the 1930s and 1940s, maintaining production during and after World War II.

The 1950s brought forward new popular models such as the Skoda 1200, the Skoda Felicia, and the original Skoda Octavia. The Skoda Garde and the Skoda Favorit were other best-selling models produced during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Three out of Skoda’s seven current models are second or third generation remakes of classic Skoda cars.

Interesting Facts

Skoda is one of the five oldest continually operating car companies in the world. The company got their start manufacturing bicycles in the late 1890s. The company has been a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group for more than twenty years. They have begun development on an emission-free line of e-cars, led by the Octavia Green E Line.

Skoda is deeply involved in motorsports racing. The Octavia and Fabia have been successfully used in the World Rally Championship. A specially made Octavia vRS became the fastest car in the world with an up to two-liter engine in August 2011 after hitting a speed of 227 mph at Bonneville Speedway in Utah.

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