Skoda Auto last month increased its sales by 6 percent year-on-year to 72,600 vehicles worldwide, up from 68,500 in July 2011.
It is the best July sales result in the Czech carmaker’s 117-year history. In the first seven months of this year, sales also rose by a total of 8.1 percent to 565,600 units, up from 523,200 in the same period last year.
Despite a difficult overall market, the brand managed to advance significantly in major markets of Western Europe: in the UK in July 2012, Skoda sales grew by more than 20 percent, while in Denmark sales were up 24.7 percent. Significant growth rates were also reported in other markets from the region, including Belgium (+8.2 percent), Norway (+6.6 percent) and France (+6.2 percent).
However, in Western Europe overall, Skoda sales dropped by 7.1 percent to 25,300 cars in July 2012. In Eastern Europe Skoda scored significant increases in July (11,400 units; +26.8 per cent), while in Eastern Central Europe, the brand managed to grow despite a declining trend in the overall market (9,600 units; +2.9 per cent).
In China, Skoda’s strongest individual market, deliveries rose 6.6 per cent in July 2012 to over 19,000 (July 2011: 17,800). In India, Skoda posted 22.6 percent sales growth, with more than 2,800 cars sold.