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Skoda sales down 12.9%, but electric Enyaq volumes strong

Skoda CEO Thomas Schäfer said in 2021 [the car maker’s] “History” reports a decline in global sales to 878,200 units of 12.9%.

This means that the Czech company was unable to sell more than one million cars for the first time in eight years.

While the semiconductor crisis and Covid’s pandemic were affecting the industry as a whole, almost all Skoda markets were down and there was one anomaly. In India, the introduction of the Kushaq medium-sized SUV increased sales by 108.9% compared to 2020.

China’s sales were hit The most difficult Delivery decreased by 58.8%, while Western Europe decreased by 5.9% to 409,000 units. The UK remains important to Skoda as the fifth most popular market after Germany, Russia, the Czech Republic and China. In 2021, a total of 55,800 Skodas were delivered in the UK, compared to 58,700 in the previous year.

However, Skoda achieved double-digit growth in a few countries, including Portugal (1800 units, up 37.4%), Norway (9800 units, up 36.9%), Ireland (9100 units, up 21.8%) and the Netherlands. .. (19,300 units, up 19.0%) and Spain (24,600 units, up 17.0%).

Skoda Octavia remains the company’s largest seller, but sales fell 22%. The models most unaffected by the recession were Skoda Fabia and Skoda Kamiku, with production cuts of 6.0% and 6.1%, respectively.

It was a slightly different picture for Britain, where Caroque surpassed Octavia. Fabia and Kamiku were third and fourth, respectively.

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Despite the challenges, Skoda described the “good start” of the first standalone electric vehicle, the Skoda Enyaq iV, with approximately 45,000 units delivered in 2021.

It predicts that semiconductor supply will gradually improve in the second half of 2022 and will be a positive impetus from new products, especially the Enyaq Coupei V and the refreshed Skoda Karoq.

Schaefer said: “Our growth has slowed significantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lack of semiconductors. Thanks to the Skoda team’s flexibility and wisdom, and close cooperation with our suppliers, we have a company throughout the year. I was able to lead it to success and bring good results.

“Semiconductor supply is expected to gradually ease in the second half of the year. I am confidently looking ahead. Many new products, including the Enyaq Coupe iV, are in the pipeline and very high. We have an ambitious team that is experiencing customer demand. In the long run, the company is in a good position to emerge more strongly from the transformation process. “

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