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1990 Karosa B732.1652
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1995 Karosa B741.1922
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2000 Karosa/Renault Citybus 12M
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The company was founded by Josef Sodomka in 1896 and a bus building factory was built in Vysoké Mýto near Pardubice. In 1948 the company was nationalized and the name changed to Karosa. It became the sole manufacturer of buses in the Czech Republic under the comunists. It started producing transit buses in the late 1950s and one was exhibited at the Brussel's World Fair in 1958. The popular B731 model was introduced in 1981. The factory was modernized and was producing over 3400 bus annually in the late 1980s. In 1989 following the collapse of the comunist regime production fell to about 1000 and soon after Renault invested in the company and Karosa started producing low floor buses.

In 1999 it became part of Irisbus which was then acquired by Iveco in 2003. The company is doing business as Iveco Czech Republic, a. s.

Models (Partial listing)



Czech Republic

  • Car-Tour spol. s.r.o. - Opatovice nad Labem
  • Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy, a.s. - Prague
  • Dopravní podnik města České Budějovice, a.s. -- České Budějovice
  • Dopravní podnik města Hradce Králové, a.s. - Hradec Králové
  • Martin Uher - Prague Suburbs
  • PMD - Plzeňské městské dopravní podniky, a.s -Plzen
  • Probo Trans Beroun, spol. s.r.o. -- Králův Dvůr
  • Veolia Transport Praha, s.r.o. -- Prague
  • ZAPO - Autobusová Doprava -Prague


  • UAB "Vilniaus autobusai" -- Vilnius