Škoda sales dipped 2.7% year on year to 88,500 vehicles worldwide. Though deliveries were slightly down on the previous year in western Europe, Russia and eastern Europe, individial models such as the Fabia (+44.1%) and the Superb (+22.8%) saw volume rises.
"Škoda has been able to hold its own with an attractive model range in a partly challenging environment in October," said Werner Eichhorn, sales and marketing chief. "Our new models have been very well received by customers. This is evidenced by the stable development of incoming orders. However, we continue to see tense markets in Russia and Eastern Europe."
In Western Europe, Škoda delivered 34,000 vehicles to customers in October (October 2014: 34.700; down 1.9%). On the German market, the brand's sales reached the previous year's level of 12,800 vehicles. Škoda achieved double-digit growth in the markets of France (2,100 vehicles; up 17.3%), Spain (1,700 vehicles; up 12.9%), Italy (1,400 vehicles; up 13.3 %), Portugal (200 vehicles; up 22.5%) and Ireland (200 vehicles; up 22.2%).
In the overall declining Russian market, Škoda achieved 4,600 deliveries in October (October 2014: 7,400 vehicles; down 38%). In Eastern Europe, excluding Russia, the manufacturer sold 3,000 vehicles in October (October 2014: 3,300; down 11%). Škoda recorded double-digit growth, however, in Romania (900 vehicles; up 26.3%) and Serbia (500 vehicles; up 21.2%).
In Central Europe, Škoda grew 11.9% to 14,800 deliveries in October (October 2014: 13,200). This means one in five newly registered vehicles in Central Europe is a Škoda. In their home market of the Czech Republic, the brand achieved a significant increase of 18.5% to 7,600 vehicles (October 2014: 6,400). Škoda also recorded double-digit growth in the following Central European regions: Slovenia (500 vehicles; up 14%) and Croatia (200 vehicles; up 28.1%).
In China, Škoda delivered 26,400 vehicles in October. This is a small increase of 3.2% over last October's results (25,600 deliveries). In India, Škoda's sales increased 7.7% to 1,600 vehicles (October 2014: 1,500). In Taiwan, the brand achieved growth of 20%, delivering 300 vehicles. Škoda also recorded double-digit growth in Israel (1,500 vehicles, up 52.7%).