China Became Skoda’s Largest Market

Three short years after Shanghai-Volkswagen released the first Skoda car in China, an Octavia, the country has become the Czech automaker’s largest market, accounting for over 23% of its worldwide sales so far this year.

The three Skoda models currently built in China–Octavia, Superb, and Fabia–delivered a total of 83,234 units in the first half of this year (up 80% year-on-year), and 134,470 units in the first nine months (up 63.6% year-on-year).

Global sales of Skoda increased 12.8% from a year ago to 568,990 units in the first nine months, including 43,666 in the Czech Republic, 32,500 in the UK, and 34,273 in Russia.

In the first eight months, Chinese bought 72,000 Octavias, 24,400 Superbs, and 23,900 Fabias (total: 120,300), according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

To expand Skoda lineup in China, Shanghai-VW is reportedly mulling selling imported models, such as Superb wagon and Combi, and launching local production of the Yeti mini SUV.