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Skoda Achieves Best-Ever May Sales Figures Globally

Skoda is expanding its model range through a comprehensive SUV campaign as part of Strategy 2025.

News18.com

Updated:June 15, 2017, 12:21 PM IST
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Skoda Achieves Best-Ever May Sales Figures Globally
Skoda Logo. Image used for representative purpose. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
Skoda’s deliveries increased by 2.4 percent to 99,000 units in May, making it the best May in the company’s history. The traditional Czech brand made significant gains, particularly in Europe and India. Skoda promises further growth impetus from the current SUV campaign: The Skoda Kodiaq – the brand’s first new SUV model – has been successfully launched on the markets; 7500 units were delivered to customers in May. The new compact Skoda Karoq SUV, which was presented to the public for the first time in Stockholm in May, will follow in the fourth quarter of 2017.

“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. 7500 of the brand’s first large SUV were delivered in May alone, confirming the steadily growing demand. The Skoda Karoq will further strengthen the brand's position in the important SUV segment. The new compact SUV was introduced in Stockholm in May. The market launch of Skoda Karoq will take place at the end of this year.

In Western Europe, Skoda surpassed last year’s result in May with 42,800 deliveries. In Germany – the brand’s strongest individual European market – Skoda confirmed the excellent result from last year with 15,500 vehicles delivered. The brand also recorded strong sales growth in the markets of France, the UK, Italy, Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands.

In Central Europe, Skoda increased its deliveries by 14.5% to 19,000 units. In the Czech home market, deliveries increased by 12.1% to 9100 vehicles. The Czech car manufacturer also made significant gains in Poland, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia.

In Eastern Europe excluding Russia, Skoda 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, Skoda recorded an increase of 5.9% to 5000 units in May.

In China, the brand’s largest individual market, Skoda delivered 22,700 vehicles. 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 can report a positive result in India, where the manufacturer’s sales increased to 1300 – 34.1% up on last year.
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