“With an attractive model range, Škoda has continued on its successful path during the third quarter of 2010. In light of the sales development to date and the record month of September, we are confident that we will sell significantly more vehicles this year than in 2009”, said Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland, chairman of the board of Škoda Auto a.s.
In its home market Czech Republic, Škoda was able to strongly expand its leadership position. With a sales increase of 9.2 percent, the brand clearly outpaced the overall market (plus 0.7 percent). In the first nine months of the year, Škoda delivered a total of 43,666 vehicles to customers in the Czech Republic (last year: 39.974). The market share rose to 34.7 percent.
In the other markets of Central and Eastern Europe, Škoda Auto also grew above average. Market shares and deliveries increased in all markets. In Russia alone, the company achieved a sales plus of 35.2 percent with sales reaching 34,273 units.
In Western Europe (without Germany), Škoda Auto’s deliveries rose 25.5 percent. In the Netherlands alone, sales improved 75.9 percent compared to the previous year. The GreenLine models, which distinguish themselves through low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions, proved to be particularly popular here. Increased sales in Great Britain, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, and in Switzerland also played a large role in the positive development in Western Europe.
The dynamic sales in the growth markets outside of Europe continued to develop unabated. In China alone, Škoda sold almost 65 percent more vehicles (134,470 units) than in the comparable period of last year (81,652). In the other non-European markets, the growth reached a total of 44.6 percent. In India, 14,224 vehicles were delivered for a plus of 36.6 percent (10.415). The Škoda sales organisations in Egypt (+168.8 percent), Israel (+63.1 percent), and Turkey (+61.4 percent) also recorded significant growth rates.
Deliveries to customers in September 2010 (Škoda models in comparison with September 2009): Octavia (31,546 vehicles / +16.5 percent), Fabia (23,434 vehicles / -16.5 percent), Superb (9,962 vehicles / +139.3 percent), Yeti (5,389 vehicles / +240.0 percent), Roomster (3,327 vehicles / -29.5 percent), Octavia Tour (2,132 vehicles / -37.7 percent).
In Australia, Škoda has also been going from strength to strength with September sales up by 82% compared with the same month last year. Year to date, Škoda Australia sales have increased by 49% in comparison to the same period of 2009.
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