Skoda records its strongest start to a year ever for new car sales in 2010
20 July 2010

Skoda has posted record first half sales in 2010, parent company Volkswagen Group has confirmed.

Between January and June, the firm sold a record 378,747 units, a 15 per cent year-on-year rise.

Sales were particularly strong in China, where it recorded 83 per cent year-on-year growth, and Germany, which accounted for 22 per cent of total sales.

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Skoda’s previous best year was 2009, where sales were buoyed by strong demand from pan-European scrappage incentive schemes.

Skoda sold a total of 684,226 units last year and has said it expects to at least match that figure in 2010.

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20 July 2010

I wonder how sales of the present model Fabia compare with the previous model. In general I don't think its quite as appealling.

20 July 2010

[quote catnip]I wonder how sales of the present model Fabia compare with the previous model. In general I don't think its quite as appealling.[/quote] I think the new model is very colour dependant. some bold colours really suit it and add to its air of 'cheekiness'...it does however, seem to have proportionately small wheels that makes it look more ungainly...

20 July 2010

Good on you Skoda... I would agree they did miss a bit of a trick with the new Fabia, it is a bit too boxy compared to the Ibiza and even Polo. But you really have to want the badge to not justify the savings that can be had by going with Skoda, considering everything underneath is the same.

20 July 2010

[quote FriendlyFisherman]Good on you Skoda... I would agree they did miss a bit of a trick with the new Fabia, it is a bit too boxy compared to the Ibiza and even Polo. But you really have to want the badge to not justify the savings that can be had by going with Skoda, considering everything underneath is the same.[/quote] i agree, and i must admit i'm quite tempted by some of the range (yeti, superb estate) BUT, and this has nothing to do with badge snobbery, i find them a little too middle of the road and 'safe' in their look and feel. they seem to be like the epitomy of 'VWness' safe, dependable, well built, but ultimately, (to me at least) lacking something which i can;t quite put my finger on...i know a few people who've recently bought new skodas, and the first things they say when i ask what it's like is: 'it only cost £xxx' 'it's just like a VW' perhaps skoda (and the press in general) should move away from that point and try and become unique in their own right...

20 July 2010

A good value for money brand but yes the present Fabia looks ungainly from all angles.They have copied the screen and roof of the Suzuki Swift but dont seem to have integrated the rest of the design.Then again Suzuki have imo spoiled the clean design of the outgoing Swift

20 July 2010

Skoda deserve it - they have a very good range. VW have been good to them. However, they have been discounting reasonably heavily for the last few months (the VAT free offer), so I wonder how profitable they will be.

20 July 2010

[quote theonlydt]I wonder how profitable they will be.[/quote]

Skoda should be profitable. They are manufactured mainly in the Czech Republic, where wages are low and productivity high. Plus Skoda make good reliable cars.

20 July 2010

My Fabia TDI : 2 years old, 72,000 miles ZERO faults.

By far the most reliable car i have EVER owned (and ive had a few inc Japs)

Dull yes... dependable absolutely!

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