Skoda Auto sells record 247,200 cars in Q1

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10.04.2014 11:35

Mlada Boleslav - Skoda Auto sold a record amount of 247,200 cars in Q1, up 12.1 percent yr/yr, and record sales of 96,100 units were also registered in March, making an annual rise of 14.6 percent, the largest Czech car maker told CTK today.

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Modely aut Fabia a Roomster od největší tuzemské automobilky Škoda Auto budou mít nové logo. Kromě tradičního okřídleného šípu bude nově na těchto autech použitý jiný typ písma a modely budou mít na zádi poprvé nápis ŠKODA. Prvním modelem, který měl nové logo, byl malý vůz Citigo. Stejné značky mají i modely Rapid, informovala 3. ledna ČTK automobilka v tiskové zprávě. Automobilka mění u svých stávajících modelových řad loga postupně od roku 2011. Nyní se obmění logo u třetí a čtvrté modelové řady Fabie a Roomsteru. Nové logo značky je umístěno na několika místech na voze i v interiéru; například na kapotě, zádi, krytech středu kol z lehké slitiny, volantu, krytu motoru a klíčích k vozu. Kromě nového nápisu ŠKODA bude na zádi auta nový typ písma použitý i u popisu typu motorů. ČTK Škoda Auto

Skoda Auto said that both results were the best in the company's history for the said period.

The firm supplied 920,800 cars to its customers last year, an annual drop of 2 percent.

Werner Eichhorn, a Skoda Auto board member for sales and marketing, said that all models are selling well on the international market, especially the new Octavia.

According to him, the company will maintain the upward trend this year and will continue the model offensive of the Skoda brand name.

The new Octavia, the flagship model, saw its sales soar by 49 percent in Western Europe in March, and by 47 percent in Central Europe.

Skoda Auto sold 45,500 cars in Western Europe in March, a rise of 18.7 percent, and January-March sales were 15.6 percent higher at 104,400 units, surpassing the level of 100,000 cars sold in Q1 for the first time.

Sales in Germany, the second largest market for Skoda, grew by 10.8 percent to 14,500 units in March. The market share rose to 4.9 percent at the end of March.

Sales in Eastern Europe increased by 3.8 percent to 10,700 units in March. First-quarter sales reached 26,500 units, an annual growth of 5.3 percent.

March sales in Russia, the third largest market, were 1.2 percent higher at 7,800 cars. Q1 sales rose by 1.5 percent to 18,900 units.

March sales in Central Europe rose by 28.9 percent to 13,400 cars. January-March sales were 30.2 percent higher at 37,400 cars. The market share for January to March increased to 19.2 percent from 18 percent in the first three months of last year. Every fifth car sold in Central Europe is the Skoda car.

Domestic sales improved by 20.7 percent to 5,600 units in March.

A total of 20,300 cars were supplied to China, Skoda Auto´s largest market, in March, 10.1 percent more on the year. First-quarter sales increased by 7.5 percent to 62,000 cars.

Skoda Auto has three plants in the Czech Republic, and it produces cars in China, Russia, Slovakia, India, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

The firm employs 25,800 people all over the world, and it is active on more than 100 markets.

Last year´s after-tax profit decreased by 22.9 percent to Kc11.8bn. Sales were 2.2 percent higher at Kc268.5bn. The profit fall was due to investments in the launch of new models and lower sales on some markets.

Skoda Auto is a part of the German concern Volkswagen, Europe´s largest car manufacturer.

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