The abbreviation LIAZ means Liberecke
Automobilove Zavody, it
was a czech
There was a car production in Liberec since 1906, when
Reichenberger Automobil Fabrik, RAF, started
manufacturing of cars, trucks and coaches. During the
first world war RAF joined together with Laurin &
Klement from Mladá Boleslav (todays koda) and the
car division of koda in Pilsen. They produced
trucks and parts for cars untill the second world war
After the second world war was the activities were taken
over by the state, and in 1951 a truck production was
started up, at factories in Rýnovice, Jablonec nad Nisou
and Ministovy Hradiste.
The new era started officially, when the new LIAZ company
, was established in Jablonec nad Nisou at 1.1.1953.
The trade name LIAZ was used from 1974.
The production range expanded to trailors, heavy
tractors, trailor tractors, platform trucks and engines.
The Liaz company expanded, with factories in Mělník,
Zvolen (Slovakia), Velký Krtí (Slovakia), Poerov
and Holýov. In the 1989 Liaz produced 18 000
vehicles and 23 000 engines. LIAZ became one of the
biggest vehicle manufacturers in Czechoslovakia.
But the dramatic political changes in eastern Europe
after 1989 made changes in short time.
At 1.5.1992 Liaz privatization began, and in august 1995
koda Pilsen bought 52,4 % share of stocks. The
company´s name changed to koda Liaz a.s.
But the economic condition of the company was much more
difficult. The new product - koda Liaz Xena -
coudln´t help, the competition was too hard. The last
model, Fox, was a tipper, an ideal vehicle, but it came
Since august 1998 all the vehicles have been named
koda. In 1998 a new manager was elected who was the
6th one during the past 8 years. In 1998 the production
was only 309 trucks, in 1999 only 133.
In .2000 Sipox Holding from Slovakia became the new owner
of Liaz. New name of the company was Liaz Sipox a.s. .
The very last Liaz truck was made on 1.9.2003.