ŠKODA continues on course for growth in July

ŠKODA continues on course for growth in July

› Deliveries: ŠKODA delivers 99,700 vehicles to customers worldwide in July (+14.6%)

› Markets: ŠKODA grows strongly in Europe (+15.7%) and in the growth markets of Russia

(+24.7%), China (+13.9%) and India (+12.7%)

› ŠKODA OCTAVIA remains the brand’s bestseller; KODIAQ and KAROQ SUV models continue

to be important growth drivers

Mladá Boleslav, 14 August 2018 – ŠKODA made a strong start to the second half of the year,

delivering 99,700 vehicles to customers worldwide in July, and exceeding last year’s car

deliveries by 14.6% (July 2017: 87,000 vehicles). Alongside Europe (+15.7%), ŠKODA made

considerable gains in Russia (+24.7%), China (+13.9%) and India (+12.7%). In addition to the

bestseller OCTAVIA, the ŠKODA KODIAQ and KAROQ SUV models once again guaranteed the

brand would remain on course for growth. The new ŠKODA KAMIQ enjoyed great popularity in

July: ŠKODA delivered 2,200 of the compact SUV in the first full month of sales following its

launch on the world’s most important single market – China.

Alain Favey, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing emphasizes: “Following the

record result in the first half of the year, ŠKODA’s growth has also continued in July. We expect further

growth impetus in the coming months, not least due to the launch of the comprehensively updated

ŠKODA FABIA. By the beginning of August, the first units had already left the assembly line at our

main plant in Mladá Boleslav."

In Western Europe, ŠKODA delivered 40,600 vehicles to customers in July, an increase of 17.1%

over the same month last year (July 2017: 34,700 vehicles). In the largest single European market –

Germany – the car manufacturer grew by a strong 45.2%, with deliveries rising to 16,000 vehicles

(July 2017: 11,000 vehicles). ŠKODA also posted double-digit growth rates in Spain (2,400 vehicles,

+38.0%), France (2,400 vehicles, +32.0%), Austria (2,400 vehicles, +40.6%), Switzerland (1,300

vehicles, +18.4%), Belgium (1,300 vehicles, +45.7%) and the Netherlands (1,100 vehicles, +67.0%).

In Central Europe, deliveries were 6.7% above the previous year’s level at 15,700 vehicles (July

2017: 14,700 vehicles). Delivering 7,200 vehicles, the Czech brand recorded a slight increase in its

domestic market compared to the same period last year (July 2017: 6,900 vehicles, +3.4%). In

Hungary (1,300 vehicles, +39.8%) and Croatia (500 vehicles, +56.2%), the brand achieved doubledigit

growth rates.

In Eastern Europe excluding Russia, ŠKODA grew strongly overall, with vehicle sales rising to 4,100

units (July 2017: 3,200 vehicles, +27.0%). Significant growth was recorded in Romania (1,300

vehicles, +19.2%), Serbia (600 vehicles, + 41.2%), Bulgaria (400 vehicles, +144.7%) and Bosnia and

Herzegovina (100 vehicles, +38.9%).

In Russia, deliveries to customers increased to 6,600 vehicles – growth of 24.7% over the same

period last year (July 2017: 5,300 vehicles).

The carmaker also made positive developments in China, ŠKODA’s largest single market worldwide.

The traditional Czech brand increased its July sales by 13.9% to 25,100 vehicles (July 2017: 22,000


In Israel, deliveries to customers exceeded the previous year's figure by 6.5%, with ŠKODA selling

2,100 vehicles in the region in July (July 2017: 1,900 vehicles).

ŠKODA AUTO is also making significant gains in the growth market of India. With 1400 vehicles, the

traditional Czech brand increased its deliveries by 12.7% compared to the same month last year (July

2017: 1,200 vehicles).

ŠKODA brand deliveries to customers in July 2018 (in units, rounded off, listed by model; +/- in

percent compared to July 2017):

ŠKODA OCTAVIA (30,700; +3.6%)

ŠKODA FABIA (14,900; +4.5%)

ŠKODA RAPID (14,300; -2.8%)

ŠKODA KAROQ (10,700; –)

ŠKODA YETI (700; -86.3%)

ŠKODA KODIAQ (12,300; +22.6%)

ŠKODA SUPERB (10,400; -7.4%)

ŠKODA CITIGO (only sold in Europe: 3,600; +75.6%)

ŠKODA KAMIQ (2,200; –)

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  • D'Ieteren Automotive distributes Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Škoda, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche and Yamaha vehicles in Belgium. It has a market share of around 22% and 1.2 million vehicles on the road. Its business model is evolving towards improving the lives of citizens with fluid, accessible and sustainable mobility. Sales and adjusted operating result reached respectively EUR 3.6 billion and EUR 119.0 million in FY 2019.
  • Belron (54.85% of the voting rights) has a clear purpose: “making a difference by solving people’s problems with real care”. It is the worldwide leader in vehicle glass repair and replacement and operates in 39 countries, through wholly owned businesses and franchises, with market leading brands – including Carglass®, Safelite® and Autoglass®. In addition, Belron manages vehicle glass and other insurance claims on behalf of insurance customers. Sales and adjusted operating result reached respectively EUR 4.2 billion and EUR 400.5 million in FY 2019.
  • Moleskine (100% owned) is a premium and aspirational lifestyle brand which develops and sells iconic branded notebooks and writing, travel and reading accessories through a multichannel distribution strategy across 114 countries. Sales and adjusted operating result reached respectively EUR 163.9 million and EUR 18.6 million in FY 2019.
  • D’Ieteren Immo (100%) groups together the Belgian real estate interests of D’Ieteren Group. It owns and manages approximately 30 properties which generated EUR 19.7 million net rental income in FY 2019. It also pursues investment projects and carries out studies into possible site renovations. 

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