In July, Škoda Auto’s sales fell by 30.9 percent year on year to 75,000 cars. According to data released today by the parent company Volkswagen, the rate of decline accelerated from five percent in June. In the first seven months of the year, however, Škoda Auto’s sales rose 10.3 percent to 590,300 vehicles.
Sales of the entire Volkswagen Group fell by 18.7 percent year on year to 720,200 vehicles in July, while from January to July they rose by 19.2 percent to almost 5.7 million vehicles. In addition to Škoda, the Volkswagen Group includes a number of other brands. In addition to the VW flagship, they are, for example, Audi, Porsche, Seat, Bentley or Lamborghini.
The automotive industry around the world was hit hard last year by the covidu-19 pandemic, which had a negative impact on production activities and demand. This year, car manufacturers are facing a shortage of components, especially chips. It also disrupted the production activities of Škoda Auto.
The Mladá Boleslav carmaker operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, but also produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India, mostly through group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan in cooperation with local partners. It operates in more than 100 markets.