Skoda | CAR REVIEW | Skoda AutO, more commonly known as Skoda , is an automobile manufacturer based in the Czech Republic. Skoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group in 2000, positioned as the entry brand to the group. Its total global sales reached 684,226 cars in 2009 and 85,000 for the month of March 2011. Skoda Works was established as an arms manufacturer in 1859.
Origin of what has become the Skoda Auto to return to 1890, who, like many long-term car manufacturers, the Skoda started manufacturing bicycles. It was 1894, and the 26-year Klement Vaclav, who was a bookseller in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic today, which was then part of Austria-Hungary, did not get spare parts to repair his German bicycle. Klement returned his bicycle manufacturers, Seidel and Naumann, with a letter, the czech Republic, asking them to do the repairs, just to get the answer, and said. "If you want an answer, you should try to write in a language we can understand "
In 1895, a disgusted Klement, despite not having technical experience, decided to start a bicycle repair shop, which he and Václav Laurin opened in Mladá Boleslav. Before going into business partnership with Klement, Laurin was established as a bicycle manufacturer in the nearby town of Turnov. In 1898, after moving to their newly-built factory, the pair bought a Werner "motorcyclist", which was produced by French manufacturer Werner Brothers. Laurin & Klement's first motorcyclette, powered by an engine mounted on the handlebars driving the front wheels, proved dangerous and unreliable - an early incident on it cost Laurin a front tooth. To design a safer machine with its structure around the engine, the pair wrote to German ignition specialist Robert Bosch for advice on a different electromagnetic system. In 1899, the pair's new Slavia motorcycle made its debut.
In 1900, when the company of Skoda had a workforce of 32, Slavia exports began, with 150 machines shipped to London for the Hewtson firm. Shortly afterwards, the press credited them as makers of the first motorcycle. The first model, Voiturette A, was a success and the company was established both within Austria-Hungary and internationally. By 1905 the firm was manufacturing automobiles.
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After World War Laurin-Klement Company began producing Skoda trucks, but in 1924, after running into problems and being hit by a fire company was looking for a partner, and was taken by Skoda Works, an arms manufacturer who was now a multi-sector concern, and the largest industrial enterprise in Czechoslovakia. Most of the production was later under the name Škoda. After a decline during the economic depression, Škoda was again successful with models such as popular in the 1930s. During World War II occupation of Czechoslovakia, the Škoda works was turned into part of Hermann Göring Werke serving the German World War II effort. - CAR REVIEW