• 1906

    LAURIN & KLEMENT
    VOITURETTE A
    (vehicle on display: 1906)

    The first Mladá Boleslav-made cars, including this 1906 LAURIN & KLEMENT VOITURETTE A, came with add-on acetylene lamps – as an option, because lighting was not a statutory requirement at that time.

  • 1929

    LAURIN & KLEMENT
    ŠKODA 110
    (vehicle on display: 1929)

    Electric headlights started appearing in cars in the 1920s as part of the standard configuration, as on this 1929 LAURIN & KLEMENT ŠKODA 110. Top-end luxury cars offered a (fairly primitive) solution for switching between low beam and high beam - the headlamps were fitted on a steel cross bar that was controlled with a special lever in the car.

  • 1930

    ŠKODA 645
    (vehicle on display: 1930)

    Sanding the manufacturer‘s logo into headlamps was trendy between the mid-1920s and the early 1930s. The photo shows a 1930 ŠKODA 645.

  • 1937

    ŠKODA POPULAR
    MONTE CARLO
    (vehicle on display: 1937)

    Headlights concealed behind decorative grilles are no doubt an interesting  solution, but only appeared in one model in the history of ŠKODA - the ŠKODA POPULAR MONTE CARLO.

  • 1960

    ŠKODA OCTAVIA
    (vehicle on display: 1960)

    The ŠKODA OCTAVIA featured a highly unconventional system to switch between low beam and high beam – a push-button on the floor, to the left of the clutch.

  • 1985

    ŠKODA 125
    (vehicle on display: 1985)

    The ŠKODA 125 featured the brand‘s first type of large headlamps integrated into the front fascia. They replaced the previously round and oval headlamps. The indicators were located right next to the headlights, moving up from their previous position in the bumper.

  • 2001

    ŠKODA SUPERB I
    (vehicle on display: 2001)

    ŠKODA’s first bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic tilt adjustment and integrated pop-out washers came with the SUPERB I in 2001. At that point they were available as an optional extra.

  • 2013

    ŠKODA OCTAVIA III
    (2013)

    LED technology had its premiere at ŠKODA in 2009, as an independent component in the front bumper of the OCTAVIA RS. LEDs became part of the main headlights at the turn of 2012 and 2013. The first car to have featured this solution was the OCTAVIA (late 2012), followed by the rejuvenated SUPERB II in mid-2013.

  • 2018

    ŠKODA KAROQ
    (2018)

    Headlamps have made a big leap forward over the last decade. Halogens were replaced with Xenons, which, in turn, are being squeezed out by the LED headlights. LEDs come hand in hand with advanced driver assist systems, such as Auto Light Assist in the new KAROQ, which automatically (de)activates the high beam in response to the lighting conditions and traffic situation.

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