Czech automaker Skoda, part of Volkswagen Group, sold more than 1 million cars for the second time in its history last year, increasing global deliveries by 1.8 percent.
After selling more than 1 million cars for the first time in 2014, Skoda boosted deliveries to 1,055,500 cars in 2015 and reported its best-ever December sales, up 5.7 percent worldwide to 86,600 units. The positive results are due to strong demand in most of Europe. In Western Europe, Skoda grew 4.3 percent to 430,900 deliveries in 2015, led by solid gains in Germany. In December, the brand sold 31,100 vehicles in the region. In Germany – the brand’s second-strongest global market after China – the manufacturer’s deliveries increased by 6.2 percent to 158,700 cars. The Czech automaker recorded double-digit growth in markets such Italy, Spain or Sweden.
Because of challenging market environment of Eastern Europe, Skoda delivered a total of 32,700 vehicles to customers in 2015, down from 34,700 cars in 2014. The biggest fall has been reported in Russia, from 84,440 units sold in 2014 to 55,000 vehicles last year. The VW-owned brand did extremely well in Central Europe, where it grew by 14.8 percent to 172,100 deliveries. China sales remained almost flat, with a rise of 0.1 percent to 281,700 vehicles.
Skoda did not provide an outlook for 2016, but said it was preparing for the launch of a new SUV model this year. “After recently expanding and renewing the entire range, Skoda is now finalizing the preparations for entering the next phase of the model campaign,” CEO Bernhard Maier said. “We will be strengthening our presence in the SUV segment among other things.”
Skoda deliveries in 2015 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent compared to 2014):
Skoda Octavia (432,300; +11.1 %)
Skoda Rapid (194,300; -12.2 %)
Skoda Fabia (192,400; +19.8 %)
Skoda Yeti (99,500; -3.2 %)
Skoda Superb (80,200; -12.0 %)
Skoda Roomster (16,600; -44.0 %)
Skoda Citigo (only sold in Europe: 40,200; -5.5 %)
Skoda deliveries in December 2015 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent compared to December 2014):
Skoda Octavia (35,500; +1.2 %)
Skoda Rapid (15,100; -18.7 %)
Skoda Fabia (14,800; +53.3 %)
Skoda Yeti (8500; +15.2 %)
Skoda Superb (9400; +39.7 %)
Skoda Roomster (200; -91.4 %)
Skoda Citigo (only sold in Europe: 3100; +21.8 %)