ŠKODA delivered 95,900 vehicles to customers in April. Compared to the same period last year, deliveries fell by 10.5% (April 2018: 107,100 vehicles). Nevertheless, ŠKODA has made gains in Europe, increasing its deliveries in Switzerland (+36.4%), Croatia (+32.0%), Austria (+14.1%) and France (+9, 5%). Deliveries also increased in the Russian market by 16.2% compared to the same period last year to 7,400 vehicles. The reason for the generally declining market development is the current situation on the Chinese car market as a whole. The OCTAVIA remained the brand’s bestseller in April, and the first units of the new ŠKODA SCALA were delivered to customers.
ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing Alain Favey emphasises: “In 2019 we are setting the course with a broad-based product campaign in order to ensure the success of our model range over the long term. With the successful launch of our new compact model, the ŠKODA SCALA we reached the first milestone in April. The next important step and an exceptional moment in our company’s history will follow next week: the world premiere of the ŠKODA SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive and the 100% electric version of the ŠKODA CITIGO in Bratislava, Slovakia, marks the beginning of e-mobility at ŠKODA.”
With 42,800 deliveries to customers in Western Europe, ŠKODA was only slightly below the level of last April despite the overall decline in the car market (April 2018: 43,200 vehicles, -0.8%). In the largest single European market of Germany, the Czech carmaker delivered 15,500 vehicles – a slight decline of 1.4% compared to the same period last year (April 2018: 15,700 vehicles). ŠKODA posted double-digit growth in Austria (2,600 vehicles, +14.1%), Switzerland (1,800 vehicles, +36.4%) and Denmark (1,500 vehicles, +23.6%).
In Central Europe, the manufacturer delivered 18,800 vehicles, 4.4% more than last April (April 2018: 18,000 vehicles). ŠKODA recorded 8,500 deliveries in its Czech home market, thus confirming the success of the same period last year (April 2018: 8,500 vehicles, -0.5%). The carmaker achieved double-digit growth in Poland (5,700 vehicles, +11.8%) and Croatia (700 vehicles, +32.0%).
In Eastern Europe excluding Russia, deliveries fell by 4.2% to 4,000 units compared to the same period of the previous year (April 2018: 4,100 vehicles). In Russia, the car manufacturer delivered 7,400 vehicles in April, an increase of 16.2% compared to the same month last year (April 2018: 6,300 vehicles).
In April, ŠKODA achieved 16,600 deliveries in its largest sales market of China, down 40.8% year-on-year (April 2018: 28,000 vehicles). The reason for this development is the overall decline in the Chinese car market. In India, deliveries were below the level of the same period last year at 1,100 vehicles (April 2018: 1,400 vehicles, -24.6 %).
ŠKODA AUTO deliveries in April 2019
(in units, rounded off, listed by model; +/- in percent compared to April 2018):
ŠKODA OCTAVIA (28,500; -13.2 %)
ŠKODA FABIA (15,400; -5.2 %)
ŠKODA RAPID (12,200; -29.5 %)
ŠKODA SCALA (800; – )
ŠKODA KODIAQ (11,900; -8.7 %)
ŠKODA KAROQ (12,000; +19.8 %)
ŠKODA SUPERB (9,000; -25.7 %)
ŠKODA KAMIQ (only sold in China: 2,600; –)
ŠKODA CITIGO (only sold in Europe: 3,500; -2.2 %)