2009's worldwide sales were the best ever for Skoda
20 January 2010

Skoda defied the general industry downturn for new car sales in 2009 by achieving its best ever annual worldwide sales figures.

The Czech company sold 684,226 units in 2009, a 1.4 per cent year-on-year rise. Its strongest market was western Europe, where scrappage incentive schemes boosted its sales as buyers opted for smaller, cheaper models such as the Fabia and Octavia.

China was also a successful market for Skoda in 2009 as it sold more than 122,000 cars, more than double the previous year. Skoda board member Reinhard Fleger expects Skoda’s sales in China to grow further in the coming years.

“During this difficult time that the global economy is experiencing, we have managed to stabilise the company’s sales,” he said.

“We have been helped by the strategic and rapidly developing Chinese market, also interest from customers in western Europe strengthened following the introduction of the car-scrappage bonus.”

Fleger said continued development of existing products and continued expansion into developing markets would be vital if Skoda is to sustain this level of sales in what will be a “difficult” 2010.

“According to all estimates, 2010 will be a difficult test,” he said. “We are placing our hopes for positive development on the models that have been recently launched and other models that will be launched in the new year and on expansion in to further developing markets.”

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20 January 2010

Not surprising really. Well made, good value and using the best bits of the VW parts bin. Volvo, Merc and Audi etc should be worried by the new Superb estate which trounces all its rivals on space and value. Quiet a handsome looking car to boot.

20 January 2010

This should be no suprise to anyone with an interest in all things automotive. As JCT911 says and having owned a first generation Octavia vRS these cars are well priced and well built.

I am considering the new Superb for my next car when the 159 is due to go, although the Superb is not a looker it has masses of space (which I now need) and is well kitted out for the price.

20 January 2010

What’s not to like, just like SEAT, VWs made by sidestepping expensive German workers and passing the savings on to you.

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To know which way the wind blows
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20 January 2010

Skoda makes a mean car. WE here in America have plenty of empty showrooms just waiting to fill up with cars. Let's get VW off their rumps, build them to US guidelines and send them here.

20 January 2010

[quote MDTopdad]Let's get VW off their rumps, build them to US guidelines and send them here.[/quote]

VW is already off their rumps building a VW plant here in the states, again to side step expensive German manufacturing.

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

20 January 2010

well done Skoda, great results.

Now just make the next generation Fabia, Roomster and Superb saloon look visually appealing and i think you might have cracked it.

21 January 2010

[quote jonfortwo]

well done Skoda, great results.

Now just make the next generation Fabia, Roomster and Superb saloon look visually appealing and i think you might have cracked it.

[/quote]

It looks like they already have cracked it!

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