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VW’s Czech division reported it had the best February ever in terms of global sales, due to a strong demand in Western Europe and China.

Skoda had a rough sales momentum during the last months of last year because of a slower pace in the Eastern European markets, where the brand has always been well received, and a significant drop in Russia. However, VW’s Czech division ended 2015 with a positive overall results. Skoda started this year on good terms and, after the best January ever in the company’s history, it followed a similar record sale for February. Last month, global deliveries increased by 3.6 percent to 78,800 vehicles, helped by a significant increase particularly in Western Europe and China, the company said.

“Skoda has made a good start to the new year,” commented Werner Eichhorn, Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “The first two months highlight the positive momentum of the brand. On the global markets, our new Fabia and Superb are in particularly high demand. However, the situation in Russia and neighbouring countries continues to be tense.”

In Western Europe, the automaker achieved growth of 9.8 percent with 32,500 deliveries to customers, in Eastern European countries sales rose by 11.8 percent to 2,500 vehicles, while on the Russian market demand dropped by 27.4 percent. China remains Skoda’s number-one sales region in February, with 4,6 percent more cars sold than a year ago, hitting 18,500 units for February.

Skoda deliveries in February 2016 (in units, rounded off, by model; compared to February 2015):
Skoda Octavia (31,300; -2.1%)
Skoda Fabia (14,500; +42.7%)
Skoda Rapid (13,400; -17.0%)
Skoda Superb (9,300; +65.7%)
Skoda Yeti (7,400; +7.6 %)
Skoda Citigo (only sold in Europe: 2,800; +2.2%)