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Skoda sells 99,000 vehicles in May 2017 globally

Friday, Jun 16, 2017

Volkswagen owned Skoda increased its sales by 2.4% to 99,000 units in May (May 2016: 96,700 vehicles), making it the best May in the company’s history, Skoda said in a press release.

The Czech brand made significant gains particularly in Europe and India. Skoda promises further growth impetus from the current SUV campaign: The newly launched Skoda Kodiaq saw a total global sales of 7500 units last month.

The new compact Skoda Karaq SUV, which was presented to the public for the first time in Stockholm in May, will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2017 globally.

“Skoda continued along the path to success in May,” says Werner Eichhorn, Skoda Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Despite the challenging market conditions in some regions, we were able to sell more vehicles last month than in any May in our history. We are particularly pleased with the successful market launch of the Skoda KODIAQ. The first vehicle of our SUV campaign has been very well received by our customers.”

Skoda is expanding its model range through a comprehensive SUV campaign as part of Strategy 2025. The first representative is the Skoda Kodiaq, 17,100 of which have already been delivered since its market launch in March 2017. KAROQ will further strengthen the brand's position in the important SUV segment.

In Western Europe, the company surpassed last year’s result in May with 42,800 deliveries (+4.1%) (May 2016: 41,100 vehicles). In Germany, it sold 15,500 vehicles delivered. The brand also recorded strong sales growth in the markets of France (2300 vehicles, +13.5%), the UK (7000 vehicles, +5.9%), Italy (2600 vehicles, +27.5%), Sweden (1600 vehicles; +8.5%), Austria (2200 vehicles, +5.9%) and the Netherlands (1400 vehicles, +12.7%).

In Central Europe, Skoda increased its deliveries by 14.5% to 19,000 units (May 2016: 16,600 vehicles). In the Czech home market, deliveries increased by 12.1% to 9100 vehicles (May 2016: 8100 vehicles). The Czech car manufacturer also made significant gains in Poland (5700 vehicles, +19.2%), Slovakia (1900 vehicles, +10.0%), Croatia (700 vehicles, +74.6%) and Slovenia (600 vehicles, +5.2%).

In Eastern Europe excluding Russia, ŠKODA grew by 9.9% to 3600 vehicles this May (May 2016: 3200 vehicles). The Baltic States (700 vehicles, +25.0%), Serbia (600 vehicles, +16.5%), Ukraine (500 vehicles, +48.5%) and Bulgaria (300 vehicles, +11, 3%) all recorded double-digit growth rates. In Russia, ŠKODA recorded an increase of 5.9% to 5000 units in May (May 2016: 4700).

In China, the company delivered 22,700 vehicles (May 2016: 24,200 vehicles; -6.1 %). This decline is mainly due to the ongoing revision of the model range. Skoda had expected this trend and anticipates a normalisation of demand in the second half of the year.

Skoda also reported positive sales in India, where the manufacturer’s sales increased to 1300 – 34.1% up on last year (May 2016: 1000 vehicles).

 

Source:auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com