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2015 – SKODA CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF ANNIVERSARIES

2015 - SKODA CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF ANNIVERSARIES

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ŠKODA celebrates 120 years of corporate history and 110
years of automobile production. In 1905, the company
founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement (L & K) presented
their first automobile: the legendary Voiturette A. The
same year, the publication of the first official photo in the
29 October edition of the “Allgemeinen Automobil-Zeitung”
journal is considered the birth of the automobile. The same
photo, supplemented with additional details, was also
published on the cover of the Czech weekly magazine “Sport
a Hry” (“Sports and Games”) at the end of 1905. Bohemia
became one of the cradles of the automobile.
Following the Velvet Revolution in 1989, ŠKODA needed
a strong strategic partner. The merger with the Volkswagen
Group in 1991 marked a decisive step in the brand becoming
one of the greatest success stories of recent automotive
history. ŠKODA’s annual sales increased six fold between
1991 and 2014.
The construction of the Voiturette A followed the then modern
construction principle with an engine radiator mounted in front of
the engine and an inclined steering column. A water-cooled, 7-hp
(5.2 kW) two-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1,005 ccm
provided the power. The top speed was around 40 km/h. The
transmission had three gears and one reverse gear, the clutch was
lined with leather. The vehicle weighed approximately half a tonne.
L & K produced at least 44 cars Voiturette A.
Václav Laurin, Bohemian mobility pioneer and one of the two ŠKODA AUTO founding fathers,
would have turned 150 on 27 September. Together with his business partner Václav Klement
they founded ŠKODA AUTO’s predecessor company Laurin & Klement (L & K) in 1895. Their slogan
was: “Only the best is good enough for our customers”. L & K initially made bicycles, motorcycles
and later, from 1905, automobiles. In 1925, i. e. 90 years ago, the company merged with Pilsner
engineering company ŠKODA. On 4 December we commemorate 80 years from the moment
Czech famous engineer, Václav Laurin passed away.
ŠKODA changed its logo only six times during the 120 years of existence.
ŠKODA AUTO was always considered a technical innovator. Exactly 80 years
ago, the revolutionary prototype ŠKODA 935 was introduced to prove the
brand’s expertise in aerodynamics. The car, equipped with a boxer engine in
front of the rear axle, is currently in the final stage of its restoration.
ŠKODA AUTO was also successful in aircraft engineering. The company manufactured aircraft engines
L & K Lorraine Diétrich in the 1920s: eight and twelve cylinder engines with output of 400 and 450 HP.
The twelve cylinder masterpiece had a W shape arrangement with four cylinders in three rows, the
maximum output was delivered at 1850 revs per minute. These engines were mounted for example in
the Czech aeroplanes Letov Š-12 and ŠB-16.
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RENDEZVOUS WITH HISTORY
FIRST AUTOMOBILE:
VOITURETTE A WITH 7 HP
VÁCLAV LAURIN
27/09 1865 — 4/12 1935
ŠKODA CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF ANNIVERSARIES
2015
ŠKODA AUTO:
THE GLOBAL PLAYER AND
ONE OF JUST FOUR MOST
TRADITIONAL CAR PRODUCERS
WHICH STILL MANUFACTURE
AUTOMOBILES.
110 YEARS
OF AUTOMOBILE PRODUCTION
1905 –2015
120 YEARS
OF CORPORATE HISTORY
AND START OF BICYCLE
PRODUCTION
1895 –2015
150 YEARS
FROM THE BIRTHDAY OF THE
COMPANY FOUNDING FATHER
VÁCLAV LAURIN
1865 –2015
MORE THAN 17 MILLION
VEHICLES MANUFACTURED
UP TO NOW
2015
1895–1905 1905–1925 1926–1933 1926–1990 1999–2011 2011–
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