Ever since the automotive industry’s pioneering days, the ŠKODA brand has been turning out cutting-edge technologies and inventions. Our devotion to refining people-moving technology initially found expression in bicycles, followed by motorcycles and, ultimately, our industry-leading cars. Come with us on an exciting trip down memory lane at ŠKODA, taking in the company’s foundation in 1895 to the present day, and explore its rich heritage, brimming with history-making cars and intriguing moments.
At ŠKODA, life began not on four wheels but on two. Our founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement started out making bicycles in the 1890s, and went on to produce motorcycles before they eventually progressed to manufacturing automobiles in 1905. Difference, you might say, is in our very DNA.
Václav Klement was of humble origins. As a young man, he took over a bookshop in Mladá Boleslav, which he also transformed into a general store, a bicycle shop and sold spare parts for bicycles. His insatiable curiosity, unfettered creativity and good business sense made Klement a great partner for the rather meticulous Laurin.
Václav Laurin did his apprenticeship as a machine fitter. He continued to educate himself, even teaching himself to operate steam engines. Settling in Mladá Boleslav, he established a bicycle factory with Václav Klement. As a visionary, who could tinker with an idea, contemplating it to the final detail, he proved to be the ideal counterpart to the enterprising Klement.
You can see this in the clear, sharp lines and dynamic shape of our Kodiaq SUV. Look even closer and you’ll also see a crystalline structure in the design of the headlights and the decorative trim.
Nothing is ordinary.
We don’t reel off performance figures and specification for their own sake. We take a more human approach. We concentrate on developing innovations which make the driving experience more enjoyable in real life scenarios.
We’ve noticed that ŠKODA cars are driven by a particular type of person. It’s nothing to do with age, income or any other social demographic, but attitude.
They love driving something different because they’re driven by something different.
Just like us.