Interfax reports that Skoda plans to sell over 10,000 cars in Russia this year, up from 8,391 units in 2001.

Skoda sold 5,065 cars in Russia in the first half of this year, a 70% gain on last year. The company reports that the Octavia model is proving very popular in Russia and it launched the Superb model onto the market last month.

The news item adds that Skoda does not consider the recent imposition of tariffs on car imports to Russia to be a big problem.

Skoda’s plans for a manufacturing facility in Russia are making slow progress following the collapse of joint venture negotiations with Izhmash-Avto in Izhevsk.