Skoda sales rose 7.5% in June but carmaker sees tougher second half
Skoda deliveries rose 7.5 percent last month to 87,400, boosted by strong demand from Germany and China.
In the first half, the automaker raised global sales by 8.4 percent to a new record of 493,000 cars, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
Skoda said it had outgrown the market in most regions but still saw a more difficult second half to the year.
"The second half will not be easy. We are watching markets carefully and expect significantly stronger headwinds," Chairman Winfried Vahland said in a statement.
Skoda said it said it hoped its new Rapid compact saloon, which will be introduced in Europe in the autumn would help boost demand.
In Germany, Skoda's biggest European market, sales rose 10.5 percent to 14,600.
Sales of the brand rose 5.5 percent to 20,100 in China last month, helped by the success of the Octavia, which sold 12,400, a rise of 20.3 percent. China has been Skoda's No. 1 sales market since 2010.
Russia sales in June were lifted by the success of the small Jeti SUV, which sold 1,900, a rise of 180 percent over the previous year. Overall Russian sales rose 36 percent to 9,600.Contact Automotive News