In 2010, Škoda Auto will sell more cars than ever in a single year. With a plus of 12.3 percent and 702,400 sold units after eleven months, the Czech manufacturer has already exceeded the previous year’s total. In November alone, the brand had a worldwide increase of 15.8 percent and sold 64,200 vehicles (November 2009: 55,000 units). In doing so, Škoda Auto recorded high double-digit gains in the growth markets China, India, and Russia in particular.
“Škoda is clearly accelerating and has every chance to grow at a double-digit rate this year”, emphasizes Jürgen Stackmann, board member for sales and marketing of Škoda Auto. “With the strong growth in November, we’re on track to achieve our sales forecast of 750,000 sold vehicles this year. That is a more than solid basis for our ambitious growth objectives for the coming years.”
On its home market of the Czech Republic, the company was once again able to expand its leading position. The market share rose to 34.3 percent in November (last year: 32.9 percent). Overall, the company sold 53,400 vehicles in the Czech Republic in the first eleven months of the year (January-November 2009: 50,800). This corresponds to a growth rate of 5.1 percent compared to the previous year. High increases were recorded for the Octavia Combi and the Superb Combi. Furthermore, the first models of the second generation Octavia Tour were delivered.
In the UK, November sales totaled 2,500, bringing the year-to-date total to over 38,000 and market share to over 2%, making 2010 already a new high mark for the brand in the UK.
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