Supercharged Skoda zooms past 1million sales
After years of being the butt of motorists' jokes, Skoda is having the last laugh as annual global sales top the 1 million mark for the first time.
The latest figures were revealed as the Czech car maker - which was taken over by Volkswagen in 1991 - prepares to launch 'the best Skoda ever' next month. The third -generation model of Skoda's flagship Superb family car has a starting price of just £18,640, while a top -of -the -range version will sell for £33,840.
Skoda, which began life as a bicycle maker in 1895, sold 1,037,200 cars around the world last year - up 12.7 per cent on 2013. Chief executive Dr Winfried Vahland said: 'By delivering more than a million vehicles for the first time in a single year, we have established ourselves as a volume manufacturer on the international markets with our modern model range.' Total Skoda sales in the UK were up 3 per cent to 76,027.
Article by Ray Massey, published in the Daily Mail