SKODA AUTO celebrates landmark anniversaries in 2021
Almost 85 years ago, on 2 February 1936, Zdeněk Pohl/Jaroslav Hausman won second place in the class up to 1500 cm3 in the cockpit of the ŠKODA POPULAR Sport roadster model. Two of these successes will be celebrating round anniversaries in 2021: 60 years ago, the Finnish duo Esko Keinänen/Rainer Eklund won the class up to 1300 cm3 with the ŠKODA OCTAVIA TS at the “Monte”. A success that ŠKODA vehicles confirmed again in 1962 and 1963. A series of four consecutive class victories began 30 years ago when Pavel Sibera/Petr Gross won the classification for cars up to a 2.0-litre capacity and one driven axle at the Rally Monte Carlo for the first time in 1991 with the hatchback model ŠKODA FAVORIT 136 L.
The modern design of the compact model FAVORIT sparked the Volkswagen Group’s interest in the Czech car manufacturer in the early 1990s. After intensive negotiations with several potential partners, the car manufacturer became part of the Volkswagen Group 30 years ago, on 16 April 1991.
At that time, ŠKODA was producing almost 200,000 vehicles a year in Mladá Boleslav, but only a single model series. The car manufacturer now offers ten model series and is successful in more than 100 markets worldwide.
For example, it will be the 75th anniversary of the debut of the ŠKODA 1101/1102 “TUDOR”, which played a key role in the car manufacturer’s successful development in the post-war period. In 1966, 55 years ago, the TREKKA, manufactured in New Zealand, proved that ŠKODA’s robust technology was also suitable for highly specialised applications and the most demanding markets.
Jan 12, 2021 at 13:47