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Skoda Auto, the Czech manufacturer fully owned by the Volkswagen Group sees its fortunes continuing their rise – with the company’s best May sales ever.

Last month, the ninth in a row with growth, Skoda increased overall global sales by 15.2% to 91,200 units, thanks to increased consumer demand in Western and Central Europe and buoyed by its best-seller the Octavia compact.

“The excellent results from May continue the success seen so far in 2014,” says Werner Eichhorn, Skoda’s boss of Sales and Marketing. “Skoda is in the middle of the most comprehensive model campaign in the history of the company. The figures show how well the new cars are being received by our customers. We are picking up the pace and will be bringing out a new or completely revised model on average every six months until 2016.”

In Western Europe, the brand grew deliveries by 25.2% to 37,900 units, and also had the same positive outcome in Central Europe – up 25.3% to 13,200 vehicles, with a 13.3% increase in the home market. The only decline in Europe was in Eastern Europe, down from 10,900 cars in 2013 to 10,400 units last month, while the marque’s strongest individual market is China, where a 10.8% rise in deliveries led to a 23,200 cars tally.