- Established - 1895 as Laurin & Klement
- Headquarters - Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
- Products - Cars
- Production output - 949,412 units (2012)
Skoda Auto, more commonly referred to as Skoda, is a car manufacturer based in the Czech Republic, which became wholly owned by the Volkswagen group in 2000. Its products are available worldwide, except for North America.
After many victories in lower levels of motorsport, Skoda began participating in the FIA World Rally Championship in 1999 with the Skoda Octavia. Their best result in the Octavia during the WRC was Armin Schwarz’s third place in the 2001 Safari Rally.
Today, Skoda is a brand known for stylish cars, reliable engines and clever advertising, the combination of which have helped transform it into the success we see today.