ŠKODA Auto India started its operations in India on November 16, 2001. They opened their manufacturing unit in Shendra, on the outskirts of Aurangabad. Thus setting their foot on the Indian soil. ŠKODA is based in the Czech Republic and was established in the year 1895. However, in 1990, the Czech Government decided to collaborate with a foreign brand and so in 1991 ŠKODA Auto became a subsidiary of Volkswagen and accordingly became its fourth brand along with Volkswagen, Audi and SEAT. Entering the Indian market in 2001 was highly beneficial for both ŠKODA and Volkswagen.