I was reading some articles about Škoda, and it said that Škoda was the top-selling passenger car in Q1 of 2010 in Czech Republic! Its sales rose up by 61% and now dominates a 35% of market share. Impressive.
Anyway, I was wondering what "Škoda" means in Czech. I checked the Google Translate, and it gave me back the word "damage." Sounds like an awful name for a car, doesn't it?? Anyway, it seems the name was coming from the company called Škoda Works that was named after the owner's family name.
So, I did a quick check on its history. Škoda Auto goes back to the early 1890s. It started out as a bicycle manufacture. It said the guy named Klement was trying to get some spare parts to repair his German bicycle. He returned the bike with Czech letter asking for a repair, but then the German manufacture get back to him in German stating that he should write them a letter in German if he wants them to reply to his inquiry. Klement got upset and decided to open up his own repair shop by partnering with a guy named Laurin who had his own bicycle manufacture in 1895. The company grew fast and started to manufacture motorcycles, and became a manufacture of automobiles by 1905!
Btw, is it only me? The one in the middle of Škoda's logo reminds me of Murloc from World of Warcraft. :-)