Skoda hails million vehicle record

Skoda hails million vehicle record

Skoda is celebrating after selling over a million vehicles last year.

It is the first time the company, which is 119 years-old, has hit the target.

Chief executive Winfried Vahland said Skoda had made good ground at a challenging time and continued to expand.

He said the record sales put the company firmly in the 'Champions League' of world car-makers.

Skoda laid out its ambitions for this year, saying there would be new models and it intended to grow even more.

Last year, the brand's global deliveries were up 12.7% to 1,037,200 - compared to 920,800 in 2013.

Its share of the global market was up from 1.3% in 2013 to 1.4% last year.

The marque managed to increase sales by 16.9% in December alone, with 81,900 customers choosing to buy a Skoda and making it the most successful December in its history.

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