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Tatra (company)

Tatra (car)
Company nameTATRA, a. s.
Company typePrivate
IndustryAutomotive
Founded1850
Founder(s)Ignác Šustala
HeadquartersKopřivnice, Moravia, Czech Republic
Key peopleRonald Adams (CEO)
Hugo Fischer von Roeslerstamm (designer)
Hans Ledwinka (designer)
Julius Mackerle (designer)
ProductsAutomobiles, wagons, carriages, trucks
Revenue(+) CZK7.87 billion (2008)
Employees2,000 (2011)

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Tatra is a vehicle manufacturer in Kopřivnice , Czech Republic. The company was founded in 1850 as Schustala & Company later renamed Nesselsdorfer Wagenbau-Fabriksgesellschaft, a wagon and carriage manufacturer, and in 1897 produced the first motor car in central Europe, the Präsident. In 1918, it changed its name to Kopřivnická vozovka a.s. and, in 1919, started to use the Tatra badge named after the nearby Tatra mountains in Slovakia. Tatra is the third oldest car maker in the world after Daimler Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot. During World War II Tatra was instrumental in the production of trucks, and tank engines for the German war effort. Production of Tatra cars ceased in 1999 but the company still produces a range of primarily all-wheel-drive 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, 10×10, and 12×12 trucks.


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