The Czech Republic’s Skoda brand was among the first former communist companies in the automotive industry to have a taste of capitalism, thanks to Volkswagen’s acquisition in the early 1990s.
A wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen group since way back in 1991, Skoda saw success coming with measure at first – with the Octavia Typ 1U presented back in 1996 having the honor to kickstart the revolution. Twenty-six years after Volkswagen took command, the Czech manufacturer is celebrating an important milestone – 15 million vehicles. Last year alone the Skoda brand contributed to the calling card with sales of 1,126,500 examples, including in faraway places such as China. “Skoda has developed very dynamically as part of Volkswagen Group,” commented With globally successful products and a motivated team, we continue along our path to growth. Strategy 2025 describes the major process of change, with the expansion of our SUV campaign, the digitalization of our products, processes, and production, as well as by turning our attention to electromobility.”
Taking up the models, the bestselling Skoda product of the modern age is the compact Octavia – 5,618,597 units, followed closely by the Fabia (4,004,569), and the Superb (1,026,055) taking the last place in the top three. In the future, Skoda is going to solidify its newly minted SUV presence with a Kodiaq Coupe flagship model, as well as become interested in electrification as a way to stay up to date with the trends.