Škoda Auto Is Celebrating Their 125th Anniversary

Laurin Klement
Laurin Klement type BSC

Škoda Auto is celebrating 125 years making them one of the world’s oldest automobile manufacturers still actively producing motor vehicles today.

2020 is a special anniversary for the Czech automobile manufacturer with the marque holding various activities, promotions and events around the world – 125 years since the company was founded and a further 115 years since the company began its automobile production. Several of the brand’s historically important models are also celebrating their own jubilees this year too.

Škoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier explained:
“Škoda Auto is one of the world’s five oldest automobile manufacturers still active today. The courage and ingenuity of the two founders, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, are the cornerstone of this unique success story and at the same time an obligation and incentive to lead the company towards a prosperous future. This is precisely what we are doing through our Strategy 2025, transforming ŠKODA AUTO from a car manufacturer into a ‘Simply Clever Company for the best mobility solutions’.”

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The impressive 1948 Škoda Superb OHV – Images courtesy Škoda

Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, Škoda revealed the first model to proudly wear the 640 Superb, boasting top-of-the-range luxury in a vehicle featuring a very modern construction for the era, including central tube frame, fully independent suspension, hydraulic brakes, and a spritely six-cylinder powerplant.

Founders of the company, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement were quick to lay the foundations with a bicycle production and repair business in the central Bohemian town of Mladá Boleslav. The dynamic duo, Laurin & Klement (L&K) was soon offering a combination of two and three-wheelers, with the production of motorcycles beginning in 1899.

Automobiles swiftly followed with the introduction of the Voiturette A making its debut as early as 1905 and quickly proving itself as a popular and everyday vehicle for its public.

Škoda Auto - 1906 LK Voiturette
1906 LK Voiturette

Success was achieved with the 1925 merger of Laurin & Klement and the mechanical engineering group Škoda, which then secured the necessary capital for expansion. Since then, the winged arrow has been featured in the brand logo of the vehicles from Mladá Boleslav.

Škoda Auto is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2020 with a host of activities with historically significant models taking part in driving events in China and India as well as other international markets.

A special concert by the world-renowned Czech Philharmonic will also be a highlight in the year of festivities.

Moving forward, Škoda Auto will continue its path towards electromobility in 2020, presenting the series-production version of the VISION iV in the first half of the year, marking the beginning of a new era for the manufacturer: the all-electric SUV is the brand’s first vehicle to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electric Platform (MEB). As part of its ongoing product campaign, the marque will also be launching 30 new models from 2019 to the end of 2022, more than ten of which will be partially or fully electric.