“The overall economic situation in China, Russia and Eastern Europe continues to affect the automotive markets. The promising developments in Western and Central Europe, however, have only been able to partly offset the decline in other regions,” explains Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.
In Western Europe, ŠKODA’s deliveries increased 10.6% to 27,100 in August (August 2014: 24,500). In Germany, the Czech carmaker sold 11,600 vehicles. This represents an increase of 10.9% compared to August 2014 (10,500) where ŠKODA continues to hold the number-one position among the imported brands. The manufacturer achieved double and even triple-digit growth in the markets of Great Britain (3000 vehicles; up 14.3%), Spain (1300 vehicles; up 54.6%), France (1300 vehicles; up 12.7%), Ireland (500 vehicles; up 35.7%) and Greece (500 vehicles; up 162.8%).
In Russia where the overall market is in decline, ŠKODA recorded 4300 deliveries in August (August 2014: 6800 vehicles; down 36.3%). In Eastern Europe, excluding Russia, ŠKODA delivered 2300 vehicles in August (August 2014: 3200; down 28.5%). In Serbia, the brand’s deliveries increased by double figures (400 vehicles; up 11.0%). ŠKODA could not evade the weak market in Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
In Central Europe, ŠKODA’s sales soared by 9.3% over the previous year to 12,200 vehicles (August 2014: 11,200 vehicles). The brand recorded double-digit growth in their home market of the Czech Republic, where deliveries rose by 14.0% to 6700 vehicles (August 2014: 5900 vehicles). ŠKODA also made double-digit sales increases in Slovakia (1400 vehicles; up 10.7%) and Hungary (700 vehicles; up 23.1%).
The market situation has remained challenging in China where ŠKODA sold 19,100 vehicles in August (August 2014: 21,600; down 11.4%). However, the brand recorded a clear increase in sales of 13.4% in India, where 1100 vehicles were delivered following the 1000 units last August. There was also double-digit growth in Turkey (1400 vehicles; up 16.5%), Australia (300 vehicles; up 11.7%) and New Zealand (100 vehicles; up 34.3%).
ŠKODA deliveries to customers in August 2015 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent compared to August 2015):
ŠKODA Octavia; (29,900; +20.7 %)
ŠKODA Fabia; (14,300; +27.9 %)
ŠKODA Rapid; (12,600; -33.4 %)
ŠKODA Yeti; (6900; -3.5 %)
ŠKODA Superb; (3800; -43.5 %)
ŠKODA Roomster; (600; -69.0 %)
ŠKODA Citigo; (only sold in Europe: 2600; +4.1 %)