Yes, I'm aware of what the situation was like behind the iron curtain, and why ?koda weren't able to produce the cars they really wanted to. A waste of engineering talent, and all that. I totally agree with it, too. But the simple truth is that they were considered to be crap compared to the Western competition, because communism. Not because of lack of willpower and talent.What you call "communist" engineering wasn't actually bad, at least in Czech Republic. There was a lot of engineering talents and good ideas often on par with "western" stuff, but often buried by politics and lack of funds in the light industry.