It’s been an impressive journey for the Czech marque Skoda and now they are celebrating 110 years of car production which makes the Volkswagen-owned marque one of the oldest in the industry. Their original model, a Laurin & Klement Voiturette A, was unveiled back on October 29, 1905 with a mighty two-cylinder 1.0-liter engine developing 7 bhp sent to the wheels with help from a 3-speed gearbox that allowed the car to reach a top speed of approximately 40 kmph.
The car’s “Voiturette” moniker comes from the French word meaning “small car” or “little car” which we think suits the model very well. At least 44 units of the Voiturette A models were made and it served as foundation for the Skoda brand we know today and over the 110-year period they have managed to sell more than 17 million cars all over the world.
India is a very important market for Skoda and they have four models on offer in our country: the Rapid small sedan, followed by the popular Octavia and the range-topping Superb which is about to make the switch to the new generation in 2016. Besides these three cars, Skoda India is also selling the funky Yeti crossover which even though it’s been on the market for quite some time it still remains a distinctive model among the current crop of compact crossovers. Speaking of the Yeti, Skoda recently celebrated the 500,000th unit built at their factory in Kvasiny, Czech Republic.
Through September this year, Skoda’s performances in terms of sales have been exceptional as deliveries have increased by 2.2% to 791,500 vehicles while the sales revenue has jumped by 5.7% to €9.3 billion. In addition, the operation profit has increased by a significant 12.7% to €734 million while the net liquidity saw a massive 32.3% hike to €3 billion.