Ferdinand Poresche was friendly with the chief designer at Tatra
and admitted that he did steal some the design of the Tatra for
the VW. There was a lawsuit which was filed before the war and
finally settled in favor of Tatra in the 1960's.
The real irony of Skoda is that while the French and British sold
out Czechoslovakia one third of the tanks that were used to
invade France were Skoda designs. The Germans knew the
Skoda tanks were better than their tanks at that time.
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
, "amiak27" <rmat@p...>
> Yea, it is ironic that VW was the original naziwaggon and it has
> done so well. Even the Ruskies refused to take the factory as
> reparations. Come to think of it, there are accusations that
> stole the Tatra design and applied it to the Beetle.
> It was quite a shock to see that even German magazines pan
> cars. That was one of the most chauvenistic features of
> before - their cars were always rated higly, the "Japser" were
> scorned by the magazines, if not the public, and the American
> were not worth a mention. One time Mercedes came out with a
> bery big car with one big mistake - the suspension was poorly
> designed and this big limo was only rated to carry three people
> baggage and a full tank fo gas cut into the carrying capacity.
> German auto magazines wrote it up as "na, tja, eveyone
makes a small
> mistake now and then". Times have changed. Once VW
> they aimed it at the lower middle class of the car market. That
> still leaves it unaffordable for most Czech workers. At one time
> figured the basic Skoda cost a Czech laborer five years gross
> wages. Years later I figured it at two years gross wages. So if
> you can call that an improvement, eventually the workers willb
> able to afford one! By then our living standards will sink to their
> level and we will all be equal.
> --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "gergely"
> > I've noticed several in Germany in the last few years. They
> > nice and well built. I believe VW owns Skoda now. Which
> explain the
> > high quality.
> > Jack Gergely
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
> > [mailto:Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of agp
> > Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 11:13 AM
> > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
> > Subject: [Slovak-World] News Story: Skoda named most
> > Car
> > Take a look at this article in the UK's Daily Telegraph
> > http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?
> > No longer a pity!
> > So why aren't they sold in the USA?
> > Tony P
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