Škoda says that in the first nine months of 2015, its deliveries to customers increased by 2.2% to 791,500 vehicles worldwide. During the same period, the sales revenue increased by 5.7% to EUR9.3bn (US$10.2bn). Operating profit rose significantly to EUR734m, representing an increase of 12.7% compared to the same period in 2014.

"With regard to deliveries, Škoda has made good progress over the last nine months, with deliveries slightly above last year's record level," said Werner Eichhorn, Škoda board member for sales and marketing. "This solid increase in sales revenue and earnings shows that our attractive model range continues to strike a chord with our customers on the international markets," added CFO Winfried Krause.

In the first nine months of 2015, Škoda's sales revenue amounted to EUR9.3bn. This represents an increase of 5.7% compared to the same period last year (January to September 2014: EUR8.8bn). Operating profit grew by 12.7% to EUR734m (January to September 2014: EUR651m). Mix effects and improved material costs contributed to the increase in earnings. In addition, exchange rates had a positive impact on the operating profit.

By the end of September 2015, the operating margin stood at 7.9% – above last year's figure of 7.4%. Net liquidity rose 32.3% to EUR 3bn. Capital investment reached EUR277m (January to September 2014: EUR362m).

"Škoda continues to grow profitably," said Krause. "The increase in operating profit is an expression of our financial soundness and strength."

This positive development shows the company's financial strength, and is the financial basis for the continuation of Škoda's model campaign, to which the latest generation Škoda Superb belongs. The Superb saloon was released on the market in the third quarter. The Superb Combi will be launched on the first eleven European markets in September.