Škoda Auto increases deliveries by 11.7% in the first quarter of 2018

Škoda Auto increases deliveries by 11.7% in the first quarter of 2018

The Czech carmaker achieved the best month in its history in March, at the same time closing its most successful first quarter to date.

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The company recorded 120,200 deliveries last month, exceeding the previous year's strong result by 10.7% (March 2017: 108,500 vehicles). In the first quarter of 2018 – between January and March – ŠKODA AUTO delivered a total of 316,700 vehicles to customers worldwide, an increase of 11.7% over the previous year (January to March 2017: 283,500 vehicles).

Sales by region

In Western Europe, ŠKODA AUTO delivered 53,400 vehicles in March, remaining at the previous year's level (March 2017: 53,600 vehicles). In the first quarter of the year, the brand increased its deliveries by 6.3% to 130,300 vehicles (January to March 2017: 122,600). With 17,100 deliveries, Germany remained the second largest single market in March (March 2017: 17,100 vehicles).

In the first quarter, ŠKODA AUTO recorded growth of 9.4% in Germany, delivering 44,600 vehicles to customers (first quarter of 2017: 40,800 vehicles). The manufacturer posted double-digit growth rates between January and March in Italy (7,700 vehicles, +14.9%), France (7,500 vehicles, +20.5%), Austria (6,900 vehicles, +12.5%), the Netherlands (4,500 vehicles +27.5%), Sweden (4,500, +11.7%) and Greece (1,000 vehicles, +66.4%).

In Central Europe, ŠKODA AUTO's deliveries increased by 4.5% to 19,800 in March (March 2017: 18,900 vehicles). The car manufacturer's quarterly figures exceed the previous year's figure by 7.5%, increasing to 56,900 vehicles (first quarter of 2017: 52,900 vehicles). ŠKODA AUTO delivered 8,500 vehicles to customers in its home market of the Czech Republic in March (March 2017: 8,800 cars).

Overall, the carmaker achieved an increase of 3.2% on the Czech market in the first three months, increasing deliveries to 25,400 vehicles compared to the previous year (first quarter of 2017: 24,600 cars). Also in Poland (18,900 vehicles, +7.7%), Slovakia (5,500 vehicles, +9.5%), Hungary (3,600 vehicles, +21.2%), Slovenia (2,000 vehicles, +9.0%) and Croatia (1,500 vehicles, up 58.8%), deliveries to customers increased in the first quarter of this year.

In Eastern Europe excluding Russia, the Czech carmaker also grew significantly in March. Deliveries were up 19.5% to 3,900 vehicles (March 2017: 3,300 vehicles). With 9,800 deliveries, ŠKODA AUTO recorded an increase of 15.4% in the first quarter compared to the previous year (January to March 2017: 8,500 vehicles). The company grew by double-digit figures in Romania (2,700 vehicles, +25.8%), Baltic States (2,000 vehicles, +15.0%), Serbia (1,500 vehicles, +11.2%) and Bulgaria (900 vehicles, +33.4%).

The brand also recorded positive developments in Russia, with deliveries increasing by 33.6% to 6,500 vehicles (March 2017: 4,900 vehicles). During the first three months of the year, deliveries increased by 33.1% to 16,900 vehicles (first quarter of 2017: 12,700 vehicles).

In China, the world's most important market, ŠKODA AUTO's deliveries increased by 29.0% to 28,100 vehicles in March (March 2017: 21,800 vehicles). In the first quarter, deliveries in the region were up 18.6% on the previous year, increasing to 79,200 vehicles (January to March 2017: 66,800 vehicles). The Czech automobile manufacturer expects further growth impetus from the compact SUV ŠKODA KAROQ, which was launched in the Chinese market at the end of March.

In Turkey, the car manufacturer recorded a substantial increase of 118.0% in March compared to the same month last year, with deliveries increasing to 2900 vehicles (March 2017: 1,300 vehicles). In the first quarter, deliveries increased by 73.6% to a total of 6,600 vehicles (first quarter of 2017: 3,800 vehicles).

In Israel deliveries to ŠKODA AUTO customers rose by 1.8% to 1,900 vehicles in March, remaining on the level of the same month last year (March 2017: 1,900 vehicles). Deliveries in Israel fell by 10.4% to 6,700 vehicles in the first quarter (first quarter of 2017: 7,500 vehicles).

In India, the company delivered 1,500 vehicles in March (March 2017: 1,600, -4.6%). With a total of 4,200 deliveries, the company recorded an increase of 7.3% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year (first quarter of 2017: 3,900 vehicles).

ŠKODA AUTO deliveries in the first quarter of 2018 (in units, rounded off, listed by model; +/- in percent compared to the same period in 2017):

  • ŠKODA OCTAVIA (105,700; +2.6%)
  • ŠKODA FABIA (54,600; 0.0%)
  • ŠKODA RAPID (49,000; -5.3%)
  • ŠKODA KODIAQ (38,100; >+500%)
  • ŠKODA SUPERB (37,500; -1.9%)
  • ŠKODA KAROQ (17,100; -)
  • ŠKODA YETI (4,900; -77.2%)
  • ŠKODA CITIGO (only sold in Europe: 9,700; +1.0%).

ŠKODA AUTO deliveries in March 2018 (in units, rounded off, listed by model; +/- in percent compared to March 2017):

  • ŠKODA OCTAVIA (38,200; +3.3%)
  • ŠKODA FABIA (21,300; -3.6%)
  • ŠKODA RAPID (18,100; -4.8%)
  • ŠKODA KODIAQ (14,300; +380.5%)
  • ŠKODA SUPERB (13,900; +0.4%)
  • ŠKODA KAROQ (8,600; -)
  • ŠKODA YETI (1,600; -82.1%)
  • ŠKODA CITIGO (only sold in Europe: 4,200; -13.2%.
Volkswagen to form a strategic partnership with Japan's Hino Motors

Volkswagen to form a strategic partnership with Japan's Hino Motors

Hino Motors, Ltd. and Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH have signed an agreement aiming to build a mutually beneficial strategic long-term partnership on eye-level.

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Based on their common ideas, both companies will further explore each other's capabilities to cooperate in logistics and traffic solution research, existing and new technologies as well as in procurement.

The evaluation of technology cooperation will focus on conventional powertrains, hybrid and electric powertrains, as well as connectivity and autonomous driving systems. Both partners aim to enhance their respective market positions in the global transportation business and will jointly develop innovative technologies to offer customers the highest value.

A joint Alliance Board has been set up based on the SCFA to discuss the direction of the long-term and eye-level partnership. The Alliance Board pursues a pragmatic approach with a lean organisation and balanced rights for both companies that remain independent. It comprises the CEOs from both companies as well as additional senior management representatives.

Among other things, the Alliance Board will explore and evaluate cooperation in existing technologies, e.g. whether there is room for jointly utilising conventional powertrains, to offer better products for customers. Furthermore, it will also evaluate initiatives for future transportation technologies.

Yoshio Shimo, President & CEO of Hino Motors, Ltd., said: "This agreement was made possible because Hino Motors and Volkswagen Truck & Bus respect each other and share the same aspiration to offer customers the highest value. Hino Motors invented the company slogan 'Trucks and Buses that do more'.

To do justice to that, Hino Motors will pursue regional business cooperation and joint utilisation of technologies with Volkswagen Truck and Bus to offer customers better products and ultimately customised total support. It will also be a strong tie-up at times of new challenges in the field of transportation due to the rapid growth of e-commerce."

Andreas Renschler, member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus, said: "We are delighted to enter into the SCFA with Hino Motors as we are teaming up with one of the leading truck and bus companies, whose presence is especially strong in Asia. It is an excellent fit in terms of regional footprints and products, but also concerning common ideas on how to shape the future of transportation together. The cooperation with Hino Motors will also contribute to our strategy to become Global Champion in the transportation industry by providing the highest value to our customers."

By joining forces in a strategic partnership, Volkswagen Truck & Bus and Hino Motors will be able to expand their respective global footprints and get into a superior position to tackle the challenges of the industry. Hino is a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer that has a strong presence in Asia and the Japanese markets and provides products to over 80 countries and regions including the US.

Volkswagen Truck & Bus features leading market positions in Europe and Brazil through its strong brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus and RIO. The company has also established partnerships with Navistar in North America and Sinotruk in China.

PSA launches its multi-brand aftermarket strategy in Russia

PSA launches its multi-brand aftermarket strategy in Russia

PSA's multi-brand aftermarket offensive is a key component of its Push to Pass strategic plan announced in 2016.

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Its purpose is to expand the Group's customer base to include all after sales customers around the world, regardless of their budget or their vehicle's make or age.

In Russia, the first step in the offensive is the market launch of the Eurorepar multi-brand parts range. These parts are ideal for vehicles over three years old and are developed in accordance with strict, comprehensive procedures. They also come with a two-year warranty.

The Eurorepar range now covers more than 65% of vehicles on the road in Russia (excluding Russian brand vehicles), on main maintenance families: braking, timing, filters, plugs and batteries.

The second step is the first multi-brand Euro Repar Car Service garage in Moscow, inaugurated on April 5, 2018 to service and maintain vehicles of all makes and ages.

The Euro Repar Car Service network is set to comprise more than 500 garages in Russia within five years. The network now includes more than 3,000 garages worldwide, with an objective of more than 10,000 locations by 2021.

The first Euro Repar Car Service in Moscow was inaugurated at a ceremony attended by Christophe Musy, Executive Vice President of PSA Aftermarket, Delphine Lafon-Degrange, Vice President of the Independent Aftermarket business unit, and Evgeny Boldyrev, Vice President of Parts and Services for Eurasia.

"I'm delighted to be inaugurating the first Euro Repar Car Service garage in Russia, symbolising the launch of our multi-brand business in the country's aftermarket. Our network as well as our range of parts are particularly well-suited to customer needs. The Russian market, which represents more than 40 million vehicles, is a strategic one for us," said Christophe Musy.

"We plan to open more Euro Repar Car Service garages in Russia soon, for a total of 500. Our aim is to cover a significant share of the market and establish the widest network in terms of number of garages. We call on multi-brand mechanics committed to customer satisfaction and quality of service to join Euro Repar Car Service and benefit from the support of a major international brand while maintaining their independence," added Evgeny Boldyrev.

General Motors calls for 'positive trade relationship' between China and US

General Motors calls for 'positive trade relationship' between China and US

In a statement, General Motors has called on the US and China to pursue long-term, lasting trade policies in the face of threats by each country to impose a total of $50 billion in import tariffs on each other's goods.

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"We support a positive trade relationship between the US and China, and urge both countries to continue to engage in constructive dialogue and pursue sustainable trade policies," the Detroit-headquartered company said in a statement this week. "We continue to believe both countries value a vibrant auto industry and understand the interdependence between the world's two largest automotive markets."

China has said it would impose a 25% tariff on 106 US products, including automobiles, if the Trump administration goes ahead with plans to impose duties of 25% on more than 1,300 vehicle classes and automotive component areas, seats, suspension springs, hinges and precious metals including nickel and cadmium for electric vehicle batteries.

The US list of duty-liable products is subject to public consultation and possible amendment before any tariffs are imposed.

The US-China trade dispute was sparked off by president Donald Trump imposing a 25% tariff on imports of many steel products into the US and 10% on aluminium shipments from most countries starting in late March 2018.

GM sold more than 4 million vehicles in China last year, up 4.4% from 2016. This year in China, GM and its joint-venture partners plan to introduce 15 new and refreshed models with an emphasis on the SUV, MPV and luxury vehicle segments. The carmaker sells under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang and Wuling brands in China.

GM also exports vehicles to China from the US, including Cadillacs, and imports the Buick Envision SUV and Cadillac CT6 to the US from China.

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