The ŠKODA story began not on four wheels, but two: a bicycle called the ‘Slavia’. Our founders, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, built it in 1895. Besides their first names and a love for cycling, they had another thing in common: a strong inventive spirit.
From humble beginnings, the two friends went on to build some of the world’s formative motorcycles, which were soon winning races and breaking speed records. Encouraged by this success, they graduated to four wheels, and with the ‘Voiturette A’ started an automotive lineage that makes ŠKODA one of the oldest car manufacturers in the world.
In 1925, Laurin & Klement merges with Škoda Works of Pilsen and went on to achieve breakthrough success with the ŠKODA Popular. Through the entire 20th century, encompassing two World Wars and a socialist-era planned economy, the commitment from ŠKODA to building high-quality cars didn’t waver. A smooth transition to become part of the Volkswagen group in 1991 only reinforced another commitment: to sustain the inventive spirit that began 120 years ago.
The journey of Laurin & Klement to our present day "Winged Arrow" logo shows how the company has developed over time.
Our affordable prices and low total cost of ownership offer you accessible automotive mobility and today’s technologies. The key to our performance is our lasting and appealing design, precise execution and our passion for precision in everyhing we do.
Another thing that make our cars exceptional are the aptly named simply clever features – our answer to the life’s little everyday challenges. After all it’s important for us taking up our part of responsibility for the environment and the future of next generations.