Mlada Boleslav, Central Bohemia, June 12 (CTK) – Skoda Auto raised car deliveries by 13.4 percent yr/yr to 112,400 units in May, which was the highest May figure, and global deliveries increased, while the Czech market reported an annual drop of 4.2 percent, Skoda Auto said in a press release today.
Domestic deliveries went down by 400 cars to 8,700 units in May. A drop was also recorded in the Czech Republic in April, the car maker said.
Octavia was the best-selling model. Skoda Auto delivered 35,000 Octavias in May, 6.2 percent more annually. Rapid deliveries saw a rise of 12.2 percent to 18,100 units.
The new SUV Kodiaq registered a growth of 79.8 percent to 13,500 units.
Fabia and Superb models, on the other hand, saw a drop of 8.8 and 4.7 percent, respectively, in annual terms.
“For the first time in our history, we delivered more than 100,000 vehicles in a May,” said Alain Favey, Skoda Auto board member for sales and marketing.
“While we are delighted with the high demand for our SUV models Kodiaq and Karoq, it also underlines that we are offering the right vehicles at the right time as part of our SUV campaign,” he said.
China, Skoda Auto’s largest market, saw an improvement of 35.4 percent to 30,800 units, a rise from 22,700 cars in May last year.
Western Europe’s deliveries grew by an annual rate of 3.3 percent to 44,200 units.
Germany, the largest market in Europe, reported a drop of 2.9 percent to 15,100 units.
Conversely, France, Sweden, Spain, Finland and Greece registered a double-digit increase.
Deliveries in Central Europe added 1.8 percent yr/yr to 19,300 units.
Deliveries in Eastern Europe excluding Russia posted a rise of 23.6 percent to 4,400 units. Russian deliveries were 19.8 percent higher yr/yr at 6,000 units.
Global sales totalled 1.2 million cars last year.
Skoda Auto, which runs three car plants in the Czech Republic, also makes cars in China, Russia, Slovakia, Algeria and India, mostly via partnerships, and in Ukraine and Kazakhstan in cooperation with local partners. It employs more than 35,000 people, and has been operating on over 100 markets.