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Škoda claims new sales record in 1H 2016

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Automaker records 7.9% uptick in sales in Czech Republic

By BOHEMIST STAFF

PRAGUE – Czech automaker Škoda has delivered a 4.9 percent increase in automobiles for the first half of 2016 when compared to sales from the same period last year, according to a news release. The increase represents a total of 569,400 vehicles, up from 544,300 in the first half of 2015.

According to the report, the improvement comes from greater sales in Škoda’s core markets of Europe and China, as well as a recovery in Russia sales.

“Škoda did very well in the first half of the year, and the company’s stable growth continues,” Werner Eichhorn, a Škoda board member, stated in the release. “The sales record is the result of an attractive model range and our team’s great performance. The strong sales figures in the first six months give us confidence for the second half of the year.”

In the Czech Republic, sales increased 7 percent to 8,200 vehicles in June, and 7.9 percent to 46,200 units in the first half of the year. Those figures are in line with the firm’s Central Europe sales as a whole, which achieved 8.3 percent growth on the sale of 96,300 vehicles.

Škoda also surpassed last year’s sales figures in China – the company’s strongest market worldwide: In June, sales climbed by 11.8 percent on 22,400 vehicles, according to the report. The six-month balance also closed positively with an increase of 5.4 percent (145,800 vehicles).

According to company data, Škoda’s best most selling vehicle, the Škoda Octavia, suffered a 1.9% percent decline in sales year-to-year, while the Škoda Superb posted an 81.1 percent increase in the same period on the sale of 70,100 cars.

Škoda also surpassed last year’s sales figures in China – the company’s strongest market worldwide: In June, sales climbed by 11.8% on 22,400 vehicles, according to the report. The six-month balance also closed positively with an increase of 5.4% (145,800 vehicles).

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