Mladá Boleslav, 27 April 2018 – ŠKODA AUTO continues its growth course. Never before has
the Czech traditional brand achieved such a strong result in terms of sales revenue,
deliveries and operating profit between January and March. The manufacturer delivered
316,700 vehicles worldwide (+ 11.7%). Operating profit increased by 5.3% to 437 million
euros in the same period, while sales revenue increased by 4.9% to 4.5 billion euros.
"We have set the right course with Strategy 2025, and the quarterly sales revenue, deliveries and
operating profit demonstrate that we are growing profitably and sustainably," says ŠKODA AUTO
CEO Bernhard Maier, adding: "Due to the consistently high demand for our vehicles, we are
working hard to expand our production capacities."
In the first quarter of 2018, ŠKODA AUTO's sales revenue increased by 4.9% to 4.547 billion euros
(first quarter of 2017: 4.334 billion euros). Operating profit increased by 5.3% to 437 million euros
(first quarter of 2017: 415 million euros); the return on sales currently stands at 9.6%.
“ŠKODA AUTO achieved another record quarterly result despite the demanding and challenging
market environment. Positive volume and mix effects are the basis for the increased profitability,”
says ŠKODA CFO Klaus-Dieter Schürmann. "Thanks to an attractive model mix, increased demand
for our KODIAQ and KAROQ models and optimised product costs, we have been able to
seamlessly continue our profitable growth from last year. Consistent cost and efficiency
management will continue to be a high priority at ŠKODA AUTO.”
In addition to the bestselling ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the SUV models KODIAQ and KAROQ were
among the growth drivers. From January to March 2018, the Czech carmaker delivered a total of
105,700 OCTAVIAs to customers worldwide, 2.6% more than in the same period of the previous
year. Sales of the large SUV ŠKODA KODIAQ increased by more than 500% to 38,100 units in the
first quarter. The ŠKODA KAROQ, which was launched last autumn, is also contributing to the
positive sales development. ŠKODA AUTO delivered 17,100 units of the compact SUV between
January and March. The second-strongest model after the global bestseller ŠKODA OCTAVIA is
the compact ŠKODA FABIA. Its sales figures of 54,600 deliveries in the first quarter remain at the
previous year's level.
ŠKODA AUTO is diversifying for the future
In response to the profound changes in the automotive industry, ŠKODA AUTO has formulated
Strategy 2025, with which the company intends to actively shape future developments in key areas
such as electromobility, autonomous driving and connectivity. Other important areas of action
include digitising products and processes, entering new markets and expanding the traditional
automotive business to include a variety of mobility services. In this way, ŠKODA AUTO plans to
expand in two dimensions: in addition to increasing vehicle sales, new business areas will broaden
the growth course.
With the current seven car series, ŠKODA AUTO offers the most comprehensive product portfolio
in the company's history. Presenting the ŠKODA VISION X study at the Geneva Motor Show, the
traditional Czech brand provided an exciting outlook for a third model in the successful SUV family.
In addition, the modernised ŠKODA FABIA celebrated its world premiere and, with the ŠKODA
KODIAQ LAURIN & KLEMENT, the new top model of the popular SUV series was presented to the
public for the first time. At the end of April, ŠKODA AUTO also presented the ŠKODA KAMIQ city
SUV – a model developed exclusively for its worldwide strongest single market, China.
ŠKODA AUTO Group – Key figures quarterly comparison – January to March 2018/2017*:
January – March 2018/2017
Deliveries to customers cars 316,700 283,500 +11.7
Deliveries to customers excluding China cars 237,500 216,700 +9.6
Production** cars 242,800 234,300 +3.6
Sales *** cars 256,200 252,400 +1.5
Sales revenue Million EUR 4,547 4,334 +4.9
Operating profit Million EUR 437 415 +5.3
Return on sales % 9.6 9.6 -
Investments Million EUR 109 96 +13.1
Net cash flow Million EUR 595 573 +3.8
* Percent deviations are calculated from the non-rounded numbers.
** Comprises production of the ŠKODA brand, without production in China, Slovakia, Russia or
India, but does include other Group brands, such as SEAT, Audi and VW; Vehicle production
without part/complete kits
*** Comprises sales of the ŠKODA brand, including other Group brands such as SEAT, AUDI and VW; Vehicle
sales without part / complete kits