› Sales figures increased again in 2018 by 4.9 per cent to 341,000 vehicles
› ŠKODA makes major financial investments in China
› ŠKODA’s 22 millionth vehicle was a ŠKODA KODIAQ GT produced in China
Mladá Boleslav / Shanghai, 14 April 2019 – ŠKODA in China: since the brand returned to the Chinese market in 2007, it has written a unique success story. For nine years, China has been the Czech carmaker’s largest single market worldwide – one in four ŠKODAs is currently delivered there. Despite a decreasing overall market, ŠKODA once again celebrated a record year in 2018 and, in comparison to 2017, its sales figures increased by 4.9 per cent from 325,000 to 341,000 vehicles. Since 2007, ŠKODA has delivered an impressive total of 2.6 million vehicles in China and the brand is to further expand its presence in the future as well by making major financial investments and launching its first all-electric models.
ŠKODA did business in China for the first time as early as the 1930s. In 1936, the Czech brand had five sales agencies in the Asian country. However, the real success story began in 2007, when – after a break lasting for decades – ŠKODA returned to the Chinese market as part of the SAIC Volkswagen joint venture and immediately began producing the ŠKODA OCTAVIA locally in Ningbo. The KAROQ is the second model produced there. The KODIAQ and its coupé variant, the KODIAQ GT, are manufactured at Volkswagen’s joint venture plant in Changsha. The RAPID and RAPID SPACEBACK roll off the production line at the Yizheng plant, whilst the SUPERB and KAMIQ are both built in Nanjing.