ŠKODA continues along the path of growth in 2017. The Czech car manufacturer delivered 81,200 vehicles to customers worldwide in February, 3.1 per cent more than in the same period last year.
“We are delighted with our strong start to 2017.
“We expect the market launch of the OCTAVIA product upgrade as well as the new KODIAQ to create further momentum,” said Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA board member for sales and marketing.
In Western Europe, deliveries to customers rose by 7.0 per cent in February to 34,800 vehicles.
With 12,600 vehicles, Germany remains the strongest single European market. ŠKODA recorded double-digit growth rates in the UK (3,400 vehicles, +23.6 per cent), Italy (2,200 vehicles + 20.1 per cent), Belgium (2,000 vehicles, +27.1 per cent) and Austria (1,900 vehicles, +64.7 per cent).
In Central Europe, ŠKODA achieved an increase of 12.9 per cent with 17,400 cars. Deliveries on the home market of the Czech Republic rose by 8.8 per cent to 8,200 vehicles, in Poland (5,700 vehicles, + 16.3 per cent), Slovakia (1,700 vehicles, +15.4 per cent), Slovenia (600 vehicles, +22.6 per cent) and Croatia (300 vehicles; +46.9 per cent), also rose in double figures.
In Eastern Europe, excluding Russia, ŠKODA achieved a year-on-year increase of 13.3 per cent with 2,800 vehicles delivered (February 2016: 2,500 vehicles). In the same period, 400 customers in Ukraine received their new ŠKODA – an increase of 93.9 per cent. The number of deliveries increased significantly in Bosnia (200 vehicles, + 55.7 per cent), Bulgaria (200 vehicles, +17.5 per cent) and the Baltic States (600 vehicles, + 22.9 per cent). In Russia, ŠKODA achieved an increase of 4.6 per cent with 4,300 vehicles .
In China – the brand’s largest market worldwide – ŠKODA handed over the keys to 15,000 new vehicles. Deliveries overseas increased by 98 per cent to a total of 2,500 vehicles.