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Skoda July sales rise despite China and India

By Graeme Roberts | 14 August 2019

Skoda increased its deliveries worldwide in July by 3.1% to 102,700 units (July 2018: 99,700 vehicles), achieving the best July in its history.

High demand for SUV models played a major role in the brand's growth.

In western Europe, deliveries increased by 12.3% year on year to 45,600 vehicles (40,600).

German sales rose 16.2% to 18,600 in the largest single European market (16,000), French sales rose 24.2% to 3,000, Italy volume rose 31.2% to 2,500, by 58% to 1,800 in the Netherlands, 84% to 1,400 in Sweden, 17.5% to 1,100 in Denmark and 38.4% to 300 in Greece.

In central Europe, sales rose 11.2% to 17,500.

In eastern Europe excluding Russia, deliveries increased 18.4% to 4,900.

In Russia, sales were up 10.4% to 7,300.

China sales fell 15.7% to 21,100 deliveries as, Skoda said, "the passenger car market in China continues to be characterised by consumers' general reluctance to spend and market uncertainty".

In India, another currently challenging market, sales fell 14.6% to 1,200.