Skoda logs 8.4 percent growth in global sales in first half 2012

Article by Anita Panait, on July 13, 2012

Skoda posted an 8.4-percent year-on-year increase in global sales in the first half of 2012 to a record 493,000 vehicles, thanks to the strong demand Germany and China. The carmaker likewise logged a 7.5 percent jump in deliveries in June 2012 to 87,400. Skoda remarked that it managed to post sales growth larger than the market in most regions, although it is wary of a more difficult second half.

Skoda posted a 10.5 percent year-on-year jump in Germany, its largest market in Europe, to 14,600 in June. The brand also posted a 5.5 percent growth in China, its largest global market since 2010, to 20,100, boosted particularly by the popularity of the Octavia, which logged a 20.3 percent hike in sales to 12,400 units.

Skoda posted a 36-percent growth in sales in Russia to 9,600 vehicles, sparked by 180-percent jumps in sales for its Yeti small sports utility vehicle to 1,900 units. In a statement, Skoda chairman Winfried Vahland said that they are watching markets carefully and are expecting significantly stronger headwinds in the second half of 2012. Skoda is hoping that its new Rapid compact saloon will help boost demand when it is rolled out in Europe in the autumn.

Yeti takes Škoda's 10 decades of car manufacturing expertise, focusing that wisdom on enhancing a strong but comfy car, setting a new benchmark in the small SUV segment. Škoda Yeti is available in the market with five doors, giving passengers easy access to the compartment to store luggage easily. Also, an intelligent, permanent, power-distributing 4WD and ground clearance of 180 mm puts Škoda Yeti the leading off-road vehicle in the market today.

Škoda Yeti's is 4,223mm long and enables drivers to fit the car well even in tight parking spaces, and it is 1,793 mm wide which ensures that the doors can be opened without having to worry of a scratch in small slots.

And on more challenging, rough terrains, the slender built of the Škoda Yeti easily finds a spot to go through. It is 1,691 mm tall, and it weighs around 1,520 kg including the driver (1.8 TSI 4x4) and a load of around 545 kg, with adjustable boot volume of 416 liters to 1,760 liters. A max trailer weight of 1,800 kg makes Škoda Yeti a reliable and a safe towing car.

In the SUV compact segment, the Škoda Yeti is up against veterans, like the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Suzuki Grand Vitara and Nissan Qashqai. Yet Škoda Yeti still takes the lead in this famous, exclusive class. Besides its exemplary off-road capabilities and handling attributes in country roads, towns and motorways - its performance does not deteriorate when matched with other compact SUVs. The latest Škoda has the newest engine range in the sector. This guarantees max fuel efficiency and the lowest emissions any car can offer.

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