Skoda logo (2011).
Update: Skoda Auto produced its 10,000,000th vehicle on July 13 2006. Skoda has produced vehicles since 1905 when the very first L&K Voiturette A was completed at the company's factory in Mlad Boleslav. Leaving the production line on July 13, the jubilee-marking vehicle is a silver Octavia Combi Elegance 2.0 TDI. The ten-millionth vehicle was donated to "Czech Centres", a government-funded organisation that is part of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Czech Centres' mission is to build a positive international reputation for the Czech Republic through a network of Czech Centres across Europe and beyone. Czech Centres Director Jan Bondy received the vehicle from Skoda Auto Board of Directors Chairman Detlef Wittig and Horst M?hl, the Board Member responsible for Production and Logistics.
A car is a beautiful product that integrates the expertise of many professions. To make one takes a great deal of joint effort, diligence, and hard work of engineers, designers, technicians, artists, and workers.
Skoda has been making automobiles for a long time. Telling its history is like telling the story of the world's motoring. Few companies (only 4 in the world) may boast of 100 years of know-how and experience in car design and manufacture.
It all began in 1895 with 2 young men joining efforts to make bikes and motorbikes in a family business named Laurin & Klement. By 1905, Grandfather Automobile appeared on the scene.
The initial phase of automobile manufacture was a story of success from the very start. In 1925, following merger with Skoda Pilsen, the company enjoyed enormous progress, producing beautiful vehicles with many fine details and breaking records at international competitions.
The boom slowed down only after the outbreak of WWII, followed by a period of socialism, yet the factory managed to keep up with the West. In 1991, Skoda Auto ties onto the past and reenters global markets under the wings of the VW Konzern.
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