Mladá Boleslav, 13 March 2017 – ŠKODA continues along the path of growth in 2017. The Czech car manufacturer delivered 81,200 vehicles to customers worldwide in February; 3.1% more than in the same period last year (February 2016: 78,800). ŠKODA sold more cars than any February in its history. The Czech manufacturer achieved double-digit growth in Central and Eastern Europe (+ 12.9% and + 13.3%), India (+ 12.8%) and Israel (+ 19.8%), among others.
"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," says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.
At the Geneva Motor Show, ŠKODA is currently presenting the new KODIAQ SPORTLINE and KODIAQ SCOUT, as well as the model revisions of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA, RAPID and CITIGO.
In Western Europe, deliveries to customers rose by 7.0% in February to 34,800 vehicles (February 2016: 32,500). With 12,600 vehicles, Germany remains the strongest single European market (February 2016: 12,100 vehicles, +4.5%). ŠKODA recorded double-digit growth rates in the UK (3,400 vehicles, +23.6%), Italy (2,200 vehicles + 20.1%), Belgium (2 000 vehicles, +27.1%) and Austria (1,900 vehicles, +64.7%).
In Central Europe, ŠKODA achieved an increase of 12.9% with 17,400 cars (February 2016: 15,400 vehicles). Deliveries on the home market of the Czech Republic rose by 8.8% to 8,200 vehicles, in Poland (5,700 vehicles, + 16.3%), Slovakia (1,700 vehicles, +15.4%), Slovenia (600 vehicles, +22.6%) and Croatia (300 vehicles; +46.9%), also rose in double figures.
In Eastern Europe, excluding Russia, ŠKODA achieved a year-on-year increase of 13.3% 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% (February 2016: 200 vehicles). The number of deliveries increased significantly in Bosnia (200 vehicles, + 55.7%), Bulgaria (200 vehicles, +17.5%) and the Baltic States (600 vehicles, + 22.9%). In Russia, ŠKODA achieved an increase of 4.6% with 4,300 vehicles (February 2016: 4,100 vehicles).
In China – the brand’s largest market worldwide – ŠKODA handed over the keys to 15,000 new vehicles (February 2016: 18,500 vehicles; -18.8%). Deliveries overseas increased by 98% to a total of 2,500 vehicles.
At the Geneva Motor Show, ŠKODA is presenting several new highlights. These include the ŠKODA KODIAQ SCOUT and ŠKODA KODIAQ SPORTLINE alongside the extensively upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA as well as the sporty spearhead ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 245 and the ŠKODA
OCTAVIA SCOUT with a rugged off-road look. In addition, the upgraded ŠKODA models RAPID and RAPID SPACEBACK, and Citigo are on show.
ŠKODA deliveries to customers in February 2017 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent compared to February 2016):
ŠKODA OCTAVIA (28,600; -8.6%)
ŠKODA FABIA (16,700, + 15.2%)
ŠKODA RAPID (15,000, + 12.1%)
ŠKODA SUPERB (10,900, + 17.1%)
ŠKODA KODIAQ (1,300; + 100.0%)
ŠKODA YETI (6,300, -15.7%)
ŠKODA CITIGO (only sold in Europe: 2,300, -16.4%)