Skoda has reported global sales of 87,000 vehicles to customers in July, surpassing the previous year's result by 4.0 percent (July 2016: 83,700 vehicles). In addition to high growth rates in Europe (+6.5%), the carmaker was able to increase its sales in Russia (+13.6%) and India (+34.0%). Skoda also posted a year-on-year increase in China (+3.0%). The Skoda Superb and Kodiaq models contributed to the brand’s success. The new Skoda Kodiaq SUV achieves 37,100 deliveries since market launch. The company also expects further growth impetus from the Skoda Karoq whose production started at the Czech Kvasiny plant at the end of July.
Werner Eichhorn, Skoda board member for sales and marketing, said “Skoda has again succeeded in outperforming the excellent sales figures from the same period last year. The sustained success is an testament to the attractiveness of our model range. We are now pushing ahead with our SUV campaign: With the KODIAQ and the new Karoq, we have expanded our portfolio with two modern, attractive SUVs.”
In Western Europe, Skoda posted a 6.0 percent increase in deliveries to customers in July, reaching 34,700 units (July 2016: 32,700 vehicles). In Germany, the brand’s strongest single European market, Skoda confirmed last year’s result, delivering 11,000 vehicles (July 2016: 10,500 vehicles, +5.6%). Sales developed particularly positively in the UK (7,100 vehicles, +16.9%), Italy (1,800 vehicles, +13.6%), Austria (1,700 vehicles, +18.8%), Norway (800 vehicles, +27.1%), Greece (200 vehicles, +32.0%) and Portugal (200 vehicles, +32.4%).
In Central Europe, the car manufacturer delivered 14,700 vehicles to customers in July, an increase of 6.0 percent compared to the same month last year (July 2016: 13,900 vehicles). In the home market of the Czech Republic, Skoda achieved 6,900 deliveries (July 2016: 7,100 vehicles, -2.5%). Double digit growth was recorded in Poland (4,400 vehicles, +24.7%) and Hungary (900 vehicles, +4.6%). Skoda also grew in Slovakia, with 1,700 deliveries, representing an increase of 6.0 percent.
In Eastern Europe excluding Russia, Skoda’s deliveries rose by 3.1% to 3,200 units (July 2016: 3,100 vehicles). The traditional Czech brand made significant headway in Ukraine (600 vehicles, +65.0%), the Baltic States (500 vehicles, +18.8%) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (100 vehicles, +20.0%).
In Russia, the deliveries rose by 13.6 percent in July to 5,300 vehicles (July 2016: 4,700 vehicles).
In China, Skoda's largest single market, the automotive manufacturer delivered 22,000 vehicles to customers in July, 3.0 percent more than last July (July 2016: 21,400 vehicles).
In India, Skoda recorded high double-digit growth: In July, the manufacturer delivered 1,200 vehicles (July 2016: 900 vehicles, +34.0%).
New milestone: Skoda launches series production of the Karoq
On 26 July, the first Skoda Karoq ran off the production line at the Czech plant in Kvasiny. The all-new compact SUV has won over customers with its emotional and dynamic design. Between 12 and 24 September, Skoda will be presenting the newcomer at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The first vehicles will be delivered to customers in October this year.
Skoda deliveries in July 2017 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent compared to July 2016)