Skoda Has Assembled and Sold Over 1 Million Cars in 2014

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With only a few more weeks to go before we toss our calendars in the trash, Skoda has managed to achieve another landmark production number. The Czech car company has just reported it has produced more than 1 million cars so far in 2014, making this their best year ever.
Between January and November 2014, the Czech carmaker delivered 955,300 vehicles around the world, 34,500 more vehicles than in the whole of 2013, when they managed 920,800 units.

Partly responsible for the growth spurt Skoda is experiencing is the increased demand from China, where 47% more cars were sold in November alone. During the same month, the new Fabia also started appearing at dealerships across Europe. After a couple of years when sales have been slowly declining, the supermini is expected to re-become a linchpin of the Skoda model range.

“Skoda will set a new sales record this year. Following the positive results in November, the milestone of one million vehicles produced and sold in one calendar year is certain,” says Skoda CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Producing and selling one million Skoda cars for the first time in one year is a milestone for our brand, and has made the whole team very proud."

By the markets

Demand was down in western Europe during the last month of autumn. 33,000 deliveries were reported, as opposed to 34,000 last year. In the strongest European The company recorded double-digit growth in November in Spain (1400 vehicles; up 12.1%), Belgium (1500 vehicles; up 17.5%), Italy (1300 vehicles; up 30.4%) and Portugal (200 vehicles; up 37.5%).

Their performance in both eastern and central Europe was lack-luster. However, China results were solid. So far this year, 250,600 vehicles were delivered there, more than in any other year. The most in-demand model was the Octavia, with sales increasing by a massive 112.4%.

By the models

The Octavia compact car family was easily the best seller in November, with 36,400 deliveries, up 18.2%. However, the slightly smaller and less technologically advanced Rapid is also finding many fans. Despite being available in fewer version and without AWD, the model grew even faster than the Octavia: +30.5% in November to 19,000 units.

Demand for the Fabia continued to decline, dropping 13% to 12,500. The Yeti, Superb and Roomster were all largely flat, reporting single-digit changes. The second worst performing model was the Euro-only Citigo, which only sold 3,400 units in November.
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