During the first half of the years Skoda’s sales worldwide dropped 6% to 464, treat 600 units, mind as VW was affected by low demand in Europe.
From January to June sales dropped in all Skoda’s important markets, find 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.”