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12 discontinued models

history
Based in the Czech Republic, Skoda Automobile was created by a disgruntled bookstore owner and his brother and started out as a bicycle repair shop in 1895. Vaclav Laurin and his brother started the business when they couldn't get their German bikes fixed due to lack of parts. They decided to call the company Slavia from a patriotic urge. Later, it was changed to Laurin & Klement  Co. and it started making motorcycles.

After several victories in local races, the two bothers decided to export their motorcycles to London. Based on the success of the first model, Voiturette A, Laurin and Klement expanded into automobile making starting with 1905. By that time they were established as a big company both locally and internationally.

The First World War meant that the factory was now engaged in war production but as soon as it was over, the company resumed car production. In 1924 they made a merge with Skoda Works, an industrial conglomerate and started making trucks. This is the moment that all products came out with the Skoda name.

The Second World War brought the German occupation which put Skoda in the position of producing to support the nazi war effort. Civilian production was at first limited and then halted altogether. After the war, the company was affected by the nationalization program ran by the government and became known as the AZNP enterprise in 1946. The only benefit was that it obtained the monopoly of passenger car making.

Models from this period include the 1101 series (an updated version of the Skoda Popular), the 440 Spartak, 445 Octavia, Felicia and 1000 MB. As time passed, Skoda lost contact with the West which caused a break in development. Soon, most Skoda models became outdated and as other car companies increased in sales and models, Skoda was strictly controlled by the state.

Only after the economic crisis of the 70s did Skoda manage to gain somewhat of success with the new Skoda Favorit in the 1987. This model designed by the Italian company Bertone and having Western engine technology sold remarkably well in Eastern Europe and in the UK as well, being known that Skodas were generally reliable cars.

As the communist regime fell throughout Europe, the Czechoslovak  government set new market economy conditions, which allowed Skoda to search for a foreign partner to help it grow.

In december of 1990 Skoda became associated with Volkswagen Group, and became effective on April 16th 1991. With German technology by its side, Skoda managed to increase the quality of its cars and has since become a major player in the European car market.

Recent trends have seen the Czech automaker move into a slightly more luxurious market with the Superb and the Octavia. The company is also trying to secure other segments of the market with the 2006 MPV called Roomster and a crossover concept called the Yeti.
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production models:
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SKODA Fabia specs and photos

SKODA Fabia

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

5 generations

2021 - present
SKODA Karoq specs and photos

SKODA Karoq

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2021 - present
SKODA Kodiaq specs and photos

SKODA Kodiaq

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2021 - present
SKODA Octavia Scout specs and photos

SKODA Octavia Scout

Gasoline · Diesel · Mild hybrid

5 generations

2020 - present
SKODA Octavia specs and photos

SKODA Octavia

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel · Natural gas · Hybrid

6 generations

2019 - present
SKODA Octavia Combi RS specs and photos

SKODA Octavia Combi RS

wagons

Diesel · Gasoline · Mild hybrid · Hybrid

6 generations

2019 - present
SKODA Superb Combi / Scout specs and photos

SKODA Superb Combi / Scout

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid

4 generations

2019 - present
SKODA Octavia Combi specs and photos

SKODA Octavia Combi

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel · Natural gas · Hybrid

6 generations

2019 - present
SKODA Superb specs and photos

SKODA Superb

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid

6 generations

2019 - present
SKODA Citigo specs and photos

SKODA Citigo

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Natural gas · Electric

5 generations

2019 - present
SKODA Fabia Combi specs and photos

SKODA Fabia Combi

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2018 - present
SKODA Octavia Combi 4x4 specs and photos

SKODA Octavia Combi 4x4

Diesel · Gasoline

3 generations

2017 - present
SKODA Rapid Spaceback specs and photos

SKODA Rapid Spaceback

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2013 - present
SKODA Slavia specs and photos

SKODA Slavia

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2021 - present
SKODA Kushaq specs and photos

SKODA Kushaq

suvs

Gasoline

1 generation

2021 - present
SKODA Enyaq specs and photos

SKODA Enyaq

suvs

Electric

1 generation

2020 - present
SKODA Scala specs and photos

SKODA Scala

hatchbacks

Natural gas · Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2018 - present
SKODA Rapid specs and photos

SKODA Rapid

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2012 - present
SKODA Enyaq Coupe specs and photos

SKODA Enyaq Coupe

suvs

Electric

2 generations

2022 - present
SKODA Kamiq specs and photos

SKODA Kamiq

suvs

Gasoline · Natural gas · Diesel

2 generations

2019 - present
 
discontinued models:
sort:yearname
SKODA 100 series specs and photos

SKODA 100 series

Gasoline

2 generations

1970 - 1982
SKODA 860 specs and photos

SKODA 860

Gasoline

1 generation

1929 - 1933
SKODA Fabia Combi RS specs and photos

SKODA Fabia Combi RS

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2010 - 2014
SKODA Fabia RS specs and photos

SKODA Fabia RS

hatchbacks

Diesel · Gasoline

2 generations

2010 - 2014
SKODA Fabia Sedan specs and photos

SKODA Fabia Sedan

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2001 - 2006
SKODA Favorit specs and photos

SKODA Favorit

Gasoline

1 generation

1989 - 1995

1 generation

1991 - 1994
SKODA Felicia specs and photos

SKODA Felicia

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1995 - 2001
SKODA Felicia Combi specs and photos

SKODA Felicia Combi

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1995 - 2001
SKODA Octavia RS specs and photos

SKODA Octavia RS

sedans

Diesel · Gasoline

4 generations

2016 - 2019
SKODA Roomster specs and photos

SKODA Roomster

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2006 - 2015
SKODA Yeti specs and photos

SKODA Yeti

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2013 - 2017