Czech carmaker Skoda Auto, a unit of Volkswagen, reported on Tuesday a 1.4 percent year-on-year drop in November deliveries, weighed down by falling sales in Russia.
Skoda’s global deliveries in the month reached 89,000 vehicles, compared to 90,200 units for November 2014, down by 1.4 per cent. The car manufacturer saw a modest growth in both Western and Central Europe. The tense overall market situation in Russia, however, slowed brand’s sales. In China and Eastern Europe (excluding Russia), Skoda sales reached the same level as in November of the previous year. In Western Europe, 33,600 vehicles were sold to customers, up by 1.8 percent. In Germany, sales increased by 11.8 percent to 13,600 vehicles, with Skoda claims it remains the strongest foreign brand in the German market “by a long way”. By contrast, in an overall declining market in Russia, the automaker delivered 4,700 vehicles in November, down by 38.7 percent from November 2014. In Eastern Europe, not including Russia, 2,900 customers chose to buy a new model from the Czech brand, a 1.3 percent decrease.
In Central Europe, the sales rose by 16.8 percent to 15,000 units, with a 18.3 percent increase in the Czech Republic, its domestic market, up to 7,700 vehicles. In China, deliveries totaled 26,800 vehicles last month, thereby achieving the same level as in November of the previous year. “Skoda has performed well in November, in a somewhat difficult market situation,” said Werner Eichhorn, brand’s Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “Our global deliveries remain at a high level. We are pleased with the continued positive development of our new-generation models. After a successful market launch, the Superb has far exceeded our expectations,” continued Eichhorn.