The Czech automaker, currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group, has a long and rich history – as it was founded back in December 1895.
Then called the “Laurin & Klement” bicycle manufacturer, the company started production of cars in 1905 at home in Mladá Boleslav with the first Voiturette A. Now their 19-th million vehicle – if the L&K-badged cars are included – has rolled off the production lines. The prize-winning car is an affordable Fabia hatchback finished in Moon White and built at the same plant in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. By the way, Skoda is also marking the milestone with the anniversary of 25 years of successful partnership Volkswagen and prepares for an all-time annual production record.
Acquired back in 1991 by Volkswagen, Skoda has increased sales six times in the mean time and has 7 model series with more than 40 model versions. Its production facilities include 14 locations in seven different countries and this year its most important product was the all-new Kodiaq seven-seat SUV. Their product pipeline includes the updated Octavia vRS, a facelift for the Rapid and an all-new Yeti compact crossover. In addition, in the years to come it will start making its first plug-in hybrid models, based on the Kodiaq and Superb, most likely from 2019.