Skoda posted a 7.5-percent surge in sales in October 2013 to around 83,800 vehicles – a new sales record for the carmaker. With the feat, the Czech carmaker managed to slow down its sales decline for 2013, from 4.5 percent as of the end of September, to 3.3 percent as of the end of October. The carmaker sold 768,700 vehicles in the first 10 months of 2013.
According to Skoda, it logged a double-digit sales gain in Europe in October, including a 23.5-percent surge in Germany. The carmaker said that despite some difficult market conditions, “new orders continue to develop positively, "adding that sales of the new Octavia compact have surpassed expectations.
October sales of the new Octavia in western Europe jumped 50 percent and in Central Europe by 23 percent. Skoda saw its October sales in western Europe climb 17 percent to 32,400 vehicles.
Skoda is set to launch the new-generation Octavia in China in 2014. The Czech carmaker also expects the new Rapid Spaceback compact model to boost its sales when it arrives in European markets. The carmaker is already accepting pre-orders for the revised Yeti subcompact SUV, which will be rolled out in January 2014.