Skoda originally started out as a bicycle repair shop owned by Vaclav Klement and Vaclav Laurin. It is now the Czech Republic's leading car manufacturer.
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Soon after opening their Bicycle repair shop Klement and Laurin bought a Werner ‘motorcyclist’ which inspired them to build their own which consisted of an engine mounted on the handlebars which drover the front wheels, after a few attempts at improving the initial design they created the Slavia Motorcycle in 1899 which contained an electromagnetic system advised by ingnition specialist Robert Bosch. The team were credited with making the first motorcycle by the press and after further success with motorcycles began manufacturing automobiles in 1905. Eventually Klement and Laurin were taken over by arms manufacturer; Skoda works in 1924.
Since then Skoda’s name has grown and in 1991, Skoda joined forces with Volkswagen becoming the fourth element in the Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen’s experience has helped to fix many of the styling and mechanical problems that Skoda had previously faced.
Current and popular models include the Fabia, Roomster, Yeti, Octavia, the Superb and the Citigo.
The Citigo is a badge-engineered version of the VW up! and the SEAT Mii. It's cheaper than both of its brothers and it's a cracking little city car, despite its basic interior.
The Skoda Fabia is a small family car which was designed to replace the Skoda Felicia. The car is available in three body styles; four-door saloon, five-door hatchback, or as a five-door estate. The car comes with a wide variety of petrol and diesel engine options. The Skoda Fabia was first produced in 1999.
The Skoda Roomster is a small MPV which is often referred to as a leisure activity vehicle. The roomster comes with a variety of engine choices including diesel engine options. The Roomster was first revealed in 2006 at an auto show as a production model and is Skoda’s first car since the Volkswagen Group takeover since 1991. It was designed with ‘living room’ and space in mind.
The Skoda Yeti, first produced in 2009, is a five door, five seater, medium 4X4. It is Skoda’s first entry into the ever popular 4X4 market and was greeted with success being named the ‘Family Car of the Year’ by the Top Gear magazine in 2009 and achieving fourth place on the European Car of the Year website in 2010.
It is available at four trim levels in the UK; E, S, SE and Elegance, and also offers a choice of 4 different engines.
The Skoda Octavia is a small family car that has been produced in two generations. The car is available as a four-door saloon, or a five-door estate and is available in the UK with 7 different trims to select from; Classic, Ambiente, 4x4 (Estate only), Elegance, Laurin & Klement, Scout 4x4 (Estate only), and vRS. The original Octavia was produced in 1996.
The Skoda Superb is a large family car that is recognised as Skoda’s flagship car as well as its largest and most luxurious model. The Superb was also met with success and was named Luxury Car of the Year in the Top Gear Magazine. It has a wide variety of diesel and petrol engines to choose from and is currently in its second generation. Though this is not the first time the Skoda Superb name has been used, it was originally used in 1934 for luxury vehicles designed for high-ranking military officials.