Times might have been tough, but Skoda was on a roll in New Zealand last year, with sales 79.6 percent up on 2007 in an overall market that fell by 5.2 percent
Skoda sold 325 cars to become NZ’s sixth largest-selling European make. Best-seller was the Octavia (197 sold), followed by the Fabia on 98.
The best-selling individual models were both diesels, the Fabia 1.4TDI and the Octavia 1.9 TDI Liftback, with diesels accounting for 86 percent of all Skoda sales. That has prompted the Czech company to switch to an all-diesel range from 2009.
Skoda did well internationally too, selling 674,530 cars, a 7.1 percent rise on 2007, fuelled largely by increased sales in China and Eastern Europe. Octavias and Fabias were the most successful models.