SKODA Kamiq Technical specifications
|1.0 MT (95hp)
For most people, the Bugatti Veyron is like a spaceship, while the Skoda Octavia (A5) is nothing more than a "working horse." However, few know they share a common father. His name is Josef Kaban...
A Slovak by origin, Kaban graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. It was his sketch of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4B in 1999 that got the approval of Volkswagen's head, Ferdinand Piech, who already owned the rights to the Bugatti brand. Notably, Josef's design triumphed over the efforts of numerous renowned design studios! Not surprising that, at a relatively young age, Josef Kaban earned a reputation as one of the most talented auto designers. After all, he not only created from scratch the fastest, most expensive, and most successful Bugatti model but also worked on designing new models for Skoda, including the Octavia A5 - a recurring leader in its class in many markets, including Ukraine.
Speaking of Skoda's popularity in our country, it's not a recent phenomenon – not a year or two, not even thirty-two years ago! Historical records show that the representation of Czech cars first appeared in Kyiv in the early 20th century. However, there's a nuance here. We're talking about representing the interests of the "L & K" company. Sound familiar? For Skoda owners, definitely yes. This abbreviation stands for "Laurin & Clement" and is still found on the most expensive versions of Skoda cars today. Historically, it serves as a reminder of Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement, the crucial figures in Skoda's history. They can indeed be considered the parents of the Czech automaker. But why Skoda back then? Well, "wheels grew" from the name of an entrepreneur in Plzen named Emil, who acquired a small workshop for manufacturing equipment for sugar mills, steam engines, and breweries. Later, his company absorbed Laurin & Klement, but let's get back to the story...
The history of Skoda as an automaker begins in 1895 when Laurin and Klement founded a small enterprise for producing and repairing Slavia bicycles. Legend has it that the idea arose almost accidentally. Rumor has it that Klement, an avid cyclist, once bought a German wonder of pedal technology that quickly broke. When Klement requested the necessary parts, the German company replied that he needed to write his wishes/complaints in German. Proud and offended by such treatment, Klement decided to open a workshop for repairing and manufacturing bicycles.
Four years later, and just one year after that, Britain bought 150 of their motorcycles. Unlike the authoritative Werner brothers, the Czechs first created a single-cylinder engine and then built a motorcycle around it. Whereas the Werner brothers simply attached the engine to the frame of a bicycle. As the Austrian press wrote, "The difference is that the French emphasized the principle of a bicycle, while the Czechs - the principle of a car."
Time went on, and the Czechs didn't pedal in one place. Three years later, a tricycle appeared capable of reaching speeds of 40 km/h. But the pinnacle of progress and the beginning of the era of Czech automotive industry was undoubtedly the launch of the first L&K Voiturette car in 1905. Initially, the "firstborn" was only available with a 2-cylinder engine, but later, with 4- and even 8-cylinder engines. To convince potential buyers of the reliability of their invention, Laurin and Klement put it to the test in classic races. And the "little car" managed to win in the class of road vehicles!
By 1925, constant improvement and the race for comfort and speed led to a significant increase in the cost of production, making it too expensive for post-World War I Europe. As a result, Laurin and Klement had to think about how to keep the company afloat. The partners chose to transform Laurin & Klement into the large industrial co...