› New records: ŠKODA AUTO delivered 1,253,700 vehicles worldwide in 2018 and manufactured 886,100 in the Czech Republic
› Global player: ŠKODA AUTO operates in more than 100 markets, employing more than 36,000 people worldwide
› EMobility: ŠKODA is introducing the SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive and the all-electric CITIGO in 2019
› Digitalisation: ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab with branches in Prague and the IT hotspot of Tel Aviv
› INDIA 2.0: ŠKODA AUTO is responsible for Volkswagen Group’s model campaign in India
Mladá Boleslav / Geneva, 4 March 2019 – ŠKODA delivered a total of 1,253,700 vehicles to customers in 2018, setting a new sales record for the fifth year in a row. ŠKODA is entering the era of eMobility in 2019, starting with the all-electric version of the CITIGO and the SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive. ŠKODA is also rigorously pressing ahead with the implementation of its 2025 Strategy in terms of digitalisation. ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab is represented with branches in Prague and the IT hotspot of Israel, and has already signed many partnerships with start-ups. As part of the INDIA 2.0 project, the company has also assumed responsibility for Volkswagen Group’s model campaign in the Indian market.
ŠKODA AUTO continues its global success story: in 2018 the carmaker set a new sales record for the fifth time in a row. Deliveries to customers rose by 4.4% last year to 1,253,700 vehicles. The company recorded sales growth in Europe (+4.9%) as well as in the growth markets of China (+4.9%) and Russia (+30.7%). The KODIAQ and KAROQ SUV models continue to be important drivers of growth and the ŠKODA OCTAVIA remains the brand’s bestseller.
With 341,000 deliveries to customers, China continues to be the brand’s most important single market. In Germany, Europe’s largest and ŠKODA’s second largest single market, the brand delivered 176,600 vehicles – a year-on-year increase of 1.9%. ŠKODA delivered 93,600 vehicles in its home country of the Czech Republic. The UK (74,500 vehicles), Poland (71,100), France (32,000), Spain (27,000), Italy (26,400) and Austria (24,900) round off ŠKODA’s top ten sales markets.
ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier pointed out, “In 2018, we delivered more vehicles than ever before. This result demonstrates that the ŠKODA 2025 Strategy is effective; our product campaign is unleashing its power around the world. ŠKODA is growing sustainably and manageably, despite the fact that 2018 presented numerous challenges for the entire industry, including the WLTP changeover. In 2019 we will continue our product campaign with several new models such as the SCALA and the KAMIQ. At the same time, we are launching eMobility at ŠKODA this year with our first plug-in hybrid and first all-electric car – a very special moment in our company’s 124-year history.”
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