The i range of cars will help BMW comply with emissions regulations
Skoda's 1000 MB was launched in 1964
Car sales in Europe rose nearly eight per cent in February. That's been attributed to increased economic growth in southern Europe and price cuts to boost demand for new models. Most major European manufacturers posted an increase in sales.
BMW has targeted an annual output of more than 100,000 units for its i range of cars by 2020. The high output is believed to help the company beat tougher EU emissions regulations. The company already expects customers wanting a new i8 to have to wait up to six months for the model, which goes on sale globally in June.
The Skoda 1000 MB has celebrated its 50th birthday. Hailed as the first car to be mass-produced in the Czech Republic, the 1000 MB made its debut in 1964. Skoda says around 443,000 units of the model were made between its introduction and August 1969.
Additional reporting by Philip Morton