Czechoslovakia: Competing with the West

Out of the Czech town of Mlada Boleslav last week came a set of production statistics meant to impress the West as well as local consumers. Daily output of autos from the town's Skoda plant had reached 340; by the end of this year it would rise to 400, for a total 1967 total of over 100,000 cars.

The figures are minuscule by the standards of such Western giants as General Motors, Ford, or even Volkswagen. But in Skoda's case, they are significant not only to Czechoslovakia but to all of Communist Eastern Europe. If nothing else, Skoda's snappy, rugged...

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