Skoda achieved a new sales record in the first half of 2016 as its deliveries to customers worldwide increased 4.6 per cent to 569,400 vehicles between January and June, 2016. In comparison, the Czech carmaker sold 544,300 in the first half of 2015. The carmaker delivered 98,800 vehicles in June (up by 4.4 per cent, compared to June 2015). It said the development of the Chinese and European markets along with the recovery of sales in Russia and significant increase in the sales of the Fabia, Superb, and Yeti models have contributed to the record results.
Werner Eichhorn, Skoda Board Member for Sales and Marketing, said, “Skoda did very well in the first half of the year, and the company’s stable growth continues. The sales record is the result of an attractive model range and our team’s great performance. The strong sales figures in the first six months give us confidence for the second half of the year.”
In Europe, Skoda’s sales grew by 7.5 per cent in Western Europe, 8.3 per cent in Central Europe, and 6.5 per cent in Eastern Europe (excluding Russia). In its home market, the Czech Republic, Skoda’s recorded a growth of 7.9 per cent in the first half of 2016. Whereas in Russia, the company sold 26,900 vehicles (first half of 2015: 28,000), thus increasing its market share by 12.8% to 4.3%. The same story repeated in China too, Skoda’s strongest market worldwide; the automaker recorded an increase of 5.4 per cent in the first six months.