With the imminent arrival of their new SUV, the Kodiaq, in the New Year, Skoda are on something of a roll when it comes to shifting tin. The Kodiaq – pictured above in disguise – will be officially launched at the Paris Motor Show in October and Skoda seem to be doing well on sales across the range.
The 4.7m long SUV appears to be a versatile all-rounder. It offers the largest boot capacity within its class and will be available with the option of a third row of seats. The Kodiaq places a new brand emphasis on infotainment, assistance systems and connectivity, say the company.
Next week DriveWrite will be welcoming the Skoda Superb and the test car will come with 4WD and a bullish 280PS. There has apparently been an incredible demand for the flagship Superb with sales up 70.6% on 2015 – a record in the UK.
In fact Skoda has recorded its best ever six-month sales period in the UK, with an accountant-pleasing 42,233 new cars registered from January to June. That is, they say, almost 1,000 more vehicles than the brand sold in the entire twelve months of 2010 (41,240). Compared to a figure of 39,463 units for January to June 2015, it means a growth of 11 per cent and gives the brand a year-to-date market share of three per cent.
The Czech company’s share of the new car market in the UK also rose in June, despite the overall market seeing a 0.8 per cent decline. The brand’s sales are up year-on-year according to Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders figures released a few days ago, with 9,035 finding new homes – making it Skoda’s best ever June in the UK, 900 vehicles ahead of the same period in 2015.
Demand across the whole model range this year has remained strong, Brexit and so on notwithstanding. Of particular note was the very strong demand for the Fabia super-mini, which is up 22.8% on the same period last year.
ŠKODA UK are justifiably pleased, saying; “This is a thrilling result. We have long made cars which offer great engineering and exceptional value-for-money. With the introduction of our new design language, in the latest generation Fabia and Superb models in particular, we also have cars which offer striking contemporary design, too. This is a healthy foundation from which we will build the brand. With the imminent arrival of Kodiaq, our large seven-seater SUV, everyone in ŠKODA is excited about the future.”
Personally, I like a Skoda. The Octavia makes a great family car and the hot VRS version is lively and characterful to drive. The Yeti is tried and tested and is one of the best small SUVs out there. Thus I am looking forward to the Superb next week. I hear tell it is so big inside that I intend to practice my yodelling skills during the road tests.
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