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Skoda history begun in 1869 when Czech engineer named Emil Skoda headed steel works. Skoda has brought to the company not only his enthusiasm but new technologies when plant has bought modern equipment. After establishment of sustainable and high quality production, Skoda in 1899 became the official supplier of weapons to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The plant produced armament and ammunition and in 1917 total number of factory workers reached almost 35,000 people.

After formation of Czechoslovakia Skoda was refocused on peaceful production and developed production of locomotives, passenger cars and trucks. The company has also produced airplanes, ships and steam turbines.

The first Skoda car of Skoda 422 model was released in late 20-ies.

After massive flaps during the Second World War the plant was suffered greatly. Over 70% of constructions and effective areas were destroyed. In 1945 Skoda was nationalized. These days the main line of plant was production of public transport. Some part of production was exported to social countries.

In the middle of 90-ies the company was bought by German Volkswagen concern. The company received great investments. In a shortest time production was upgraded and since that moment Skoda conducts activity in Europe.

At present days Skoda produces three models of passenger cars such as Skoda Octavia, Scoda Fabia and Scoda Superb with different types of engines and bodies. Skoda is differed by high quality of production and lower cost in comparison with its German analogues. Since 2004 Skoda has launched its new Skoda Octavia model with sedan and wagon bodies.

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