Czech automaker Skoda in a media release said that it has registered growth of 2.5 percent in its global sales for the period between January-March, 2017 and stood at 283,500 units.
In March, the deliveries rose by 2.1 percent to 108,500 units (March 2016: 106,300). This was the best sales result in one month in the company’s 122-year history, said the carmaker.
“Skoda successfully continued along its path to growth in the first quarter. This forms a good basis for further growth in the coming months,” says Werner Eichhorn, Skoda Board Member for Sales and Marketing.
“The record figures are the result of an attractive model range and an outstanding team performance. We expect the current market launch of the Skoda Kodiaq to provide further momentum. The interest of customers in our new large SUV continues unabated. 4,700 vehicles have already reached their new owners in the first weeks.”
In Germany, the brands strongest European single market, Skoda’s sales increased by 4.5 percent in March to 17,100 vehicles and in the first quarter by 4.9 percent to 40,800 vehicles (2016: 38,900 vehicles).
Skoda’s home market, the Czech Republic, sales in March increased by 9.8 percent to 8,800 vehicles, and in the first quarter by 12.3 percent to 24,600 vehicles.
In China, the company delivered 21,800 vehicles to customers in March as against 25,600 vehicles during March 2016; thereby witnessing de-growth of 14.8 percent.The manufacturer sold 66,800 vehicles in the first quarter of this year. This development is largely due to tax increases in various vehicle segments where Skoda is also represented.
The company anticipated this development and expects that demand will return to normal in the second quarter.
In terms of model series, the models Skoda Superb, Rapid and Fabia are driving the strong growth rates. The brand’s flagship sedan, Skoda Superb, increased by 18.9 percent to 38,300 deliveries in the first quarter.
Deliveries of the Skoda Octavia fell in the first quarter by 6.3 percent to 103,000 vehicles. This is due to the ongoing introduction of the updated model and the associated – temporarily limited – model availability in certain markets, said the company.
Company also said that the brand’s new large SUV Skoda Kodiaq have already been delivered to 4,700 customers.
At the Shanghai motor show 2017, which is going to take place from April 19-28, Skoda will unveil the Vision E concept for the first time. The emotive five-door SUV coupé can travel up to 500 kilometres on electric alone and reaches Level 3 of autonomous driving.