Founded in 1919, the Czech company AVIA began by manufacturing aircraft and engines. Involvement in truck production began in 1946. This was followed by an important license agreement with Renault in 1967, which resulted in the production of the famous 'A' range. In 1995 the South Korea-based Daewoo Motors purchased a 50.2% majority stake of the company. This resulted in the compnay being known as 'Daewoo Avia' and a significant investment in both product development and facilities was undertaken. In 2005, a majority shareholding in Avia was purchased by the Odien Group and the AVIA name returned.