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About Skoda Cars
Not many automobile companies could survive a glorious 103 years with constant renovation and the struggle to achieve. Skoda cars penetrated the European market with Fabia and Rapid only to be teamed with Octavia. Under Volkswagen, Skoda regained its velour, and the partnership has been symbiotic.
Style, performance, and safety- namesake for Skoda cars
Every now and then, one spots the Skoda Fabia and wishes to own one someday if not already. With their unique styling and powerful features, Skoda cars have come a long way ever since their emergence in 1895. HQed in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, they came out as a private company as late as 1991. One recognizes a Skoda car by its logo which resembles speed, progress, and freedom, Skoda has been able to spread across Europe including the UK where Mini Coopers prevail.
Beginning of the glorious 100 years:
Lauren and Klint acquired Skoda Works in 1899, and within a very short period, their business was booming. After one failed attempt, they finally made a motor vehicle which was, in a year made exportable. Claimed as the makers of the first motor vehicle and second oldest only after Tatra.
The Voiturette A was built with much vigour and shortly after 1905, Skoda established itself in Austria and Hungary. With the advent of war in Europe for the first time, Skoda started producing trucks and under a new partner, started producing bigger vehicles. With workshops in Prague, Skoda cars had a strong base of intelligent workers.
Skoda survived a fire explosion in one of their workshops and still managed to get them out from economic depression. Skoda 420 Standard struggled to improve its engine capabilities, and finally, it came with even powerful vehicles like rapid, Favorit and Superb.
Post War global reach:
Subsequently, after World War II, Skoda Motors suffered a steep decline only to be rejuvenated by an updated engine configuration. By 1959, US became an important importer of Skoda vehicles. The Felicia equipped V8 engines with comfortable inside. By 1970s Skoda successfully made its market in the European space especially in the UK.
Rapid hit the markets hard and famed as 'poor man's Porsche,' it inflicted strong European manufacturing. Favorit became an absolute favourite and its partnership with Volkswagen, it grew in leaps and bounds with dealerships all across the UK and later to China. Korea and Iran are the next to get Skoda cars dealerships.
Good looking family vehicle status:
After its merger with Volkswagen, Skoda Motors spread all across Europe with vigour, and by now its advertisements were common sights in families. Rapid and Favorit gained a considerable portion of the front wheel hatchbacks of the 1990s.
With the improvement in quality and interior designing, Octavia and Fabia finally entered the European market. Octavia was an immediate favourite of the people, and it came under the influence of Volkswagen Golf, some say.
The partnership has successfully captured a major portion of Europe's automobile industry as a whole. By 2012, their 3rd generation Octavia and 2nd generation Rapid and with this, they made 14 million cars since their foundation.
Skoda Auto India Limited and Indian scenario:
By 2001 Skoda finally entered the Indian market with a manufacturing unit in Maharashtra. In 10 years, the establishment opened up manifold, and Octavia became the style statement.
Although the company shut down its production of Fabia, it launched the Octavia with improved features like stronger engine and body structure.
Skoda cars are popular for their durability, and Skoda Rapid saw its launch. The company has more than 60 dealerships all over India.