Czech car manufacturer Skoda Auto delivered more than a million vehicles across the globe in 2020 amid the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company delivered 426,700 vehicles in the first half of the year and then ramped up its deliveries to 578,100 vehicles in H2 2020 after implementing its market-specific restart program across all its dealerships, according to the company’s statement on Jan 12.
In Western Europe, Skoda’s sales in 2020 fell by 16.5pc to 434,500 vehicles from 520,500 vehicles in 2019. In Central Europe, the car manufacturer’s deliveries declined by 15.7pc to 181,900 vehicles from 215,800 units, and its Eastern Europe shipments dropped by 20.8pc to 39,800 units from 50,200 during the same period.
Skoda’s Russian market, on the other hand, saw a 6.8pc increase in deliveries to 94,600 vehicles in 2020 from 88,600 vehicles in 2019. The carmaker’s sales in China fell by 38.7pc decline to 173,000 vehicles from 282,000 vehicles during the same period under review.
Deliveries in India plummeted by 27.9pc to 10,900 vehicles in 2020 from 15,100 vehicles in 2019. However, they rose in Turkey by 56.3pc to 24,200 vehicles in 2020 from 15,500 in the previous year.