A ŠKODA Octavia that rolled-off the production line in the Czech Republic is the fifteen-millionth car produced by the manufacturer. This historic vehicle - which has silver paint - will now ferry VIPs around ŠKODA's Technology Centre in Cesana. More importantly, it emphasises that its manufacturer is a growing force in motoring. ŠKODA, after all, has produced one-third of all its vehicles in the past six years - including one million in 2012. ŠKODA has been particularly successful in the UK where it registered fifty-three thousand units in 2012. That is the company's record. It also won nineteen awards, and has excelled in the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey for twenty years.
ŠKODA Chairman Hails Company's Success
ŠKODA Chairman of the Board, Professor Winfried Vahland, said: “Producing fifteen million cars is a symbol for the great development of the ŠKODA brand. We have been building vehicles for one-hundred and eighteen years and automobiles since the year 1905. Thus we are among the automobile brands with the richest traditions in the world. In the coming years, ŠKODA plans to continue to speed up development and sell at least one and a half million vehicles per-year by 2018. By launching the Citigo, Rapid and the new Octavia the greatest model offensive in company's history has had a successful start.”
History of ŠKODA
ŠKODA – which was originally called Laurin & Klement Co after its founders – built bicycles and motorcycles from 1895 then produced its first car in 1905. This was the Voiturette A and was very popular in its day. It is now a prized classic in the Czech Republic. Their range then expanded to include several cars, trucks, buses, plane engines, and agricultural machinery. To strengthen their position Laurin & Klement Co then merged with Pizen Skodovka to form ŠKODA in 1925. It then produced the Type A ŠKODA Popular which became legendary in the thirties as it was capable of 80kph. The Roadster version even entered the Monte Carlo Rally. After World War 2 – during which civilian car production virtually ceased - the company was nationalised and it performed fairly well until the sixties. However, the manufacturer then struggled to keep pace with its competitors so its sales and build quality were unremarkable for much of the seventies and eighties. It then became part of the Volkswagen Group in 1990 where it flourished. The new ŠKODA Octavia is the next step in the brand's development and – based on the manufacturer’s recent vehicles and sales – is likely to be extremely popular.