PRAGUE Jan 10 Skoda Auto, the Czech unit of
carmaker Volkswagen, raised global deliveries by 6.8 percent to
a record 1.13 million cars in 2016, lifted by rising sales in
Europe and China, the company said on Tuesday.
The car company said it expected the launch of a new SUV and
an upgrade to its flagship Octavia model to bolster its first
half of the new year.
"The market launches of the revised Skoda Octavia and the
new SUV model Skoda Kodiaq are expected to provide further
positive momentum for the brand in the first half of the year,"
Chief Executive Bernhard Maier said in a statement.
Skoda is the Czech Republic's largest exporter and a
bellwether for the economy that has posted solid growth in the
past few years.
(Reporting by Jason Hovet)