During the first half of the years Skoda’s sales worldwide dropped 6% to 464, 600 units, as VW was affected by low demand in Europe.
From January to June sales dropped in all Skoda’s important markets, including western Europe where deliveries fell 5% to 186,200 vehicles and Eastern Europe down 10% to 59,100 units. Sales in China dropped 0.4% to 120,200 vehicles.
The automaker said that it expects sales during the second half to improve, thanks to the mid-sized Superb and the revised Octavia compact models launch. Skoda’s sales in June were flat at around 35,700 units.
“In the second half of the year we expect a further increase in deliveries. However, the economic conditions, especially in the European markets continue to be a challenge,” Winfried Vahland, CEO of Skoda, said in a statement today, July 11th.
Last week Skoda began production of the third-generation Octavia sedan in Kazakhstan and Ukraine. In Ukraine, Skoda manufactures the third-generation Octavia in alliance with local partner Eurocar in Solomonovo and production in Kazakhstan takes place in collaboration with Azia Avto at Ust-Kamenogorsk.
Production and logistics chief Michael Oeljeklaus said: “Now, by starting the local production of the third generation Octavia in both countries, we aim to continue this success story.”