On the up – worldwide sales grow in ’08 - 17th January 2009

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ŠKODA Auto sold 674,530 vehicles worldwide in 2008 – a 7.1 per cent increase on 2007 and a record for the manufacturer. The company said it was pleased with what it called an “excellent result” given current economic circumstances. Most of the company's growth was in China and Eastern Europe. ŠKODA delivered 59,284 vehicles in China in 2008, 117 per cent more than in 2007. A further 16,051 were delivered to customers in India (31.9 per cent up on 2007).

Sales in Eastern Europe grew by 30.1 per cent to 123,630 vehicles. The fastest-growing market in 2008 was Russia, where the company sold 50,733 vehicles – a year-on-year increase of 84.2 per cent. With 344,857 vehicles sold (11.3 per cent more than in 2007), the Octavia (hatch and estate) was ŠKODA's best-selling model overall in 2008. The Fabia sold 246,561 units – 5.9 per cent up from 2007). There were 25,645 new Superbs sold and 57,647 Roomsters.

Fred Kappler, ŠKODA Auto BOD member responsible for sales, said: “Despite the current difficulties, we have managed to keep positive sales trends in many of our markets. We are going to continue monitoring Russia, China and India. Although the future sales trends are difficult to estimate now, we believe that the demand for small vehicles such as the ŠKODA Fabia will grow worldwide, as this category offers financial savings and is in line with the growing environmental awareness. We are looking forward to success with our new models in 2009.“

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