PRAGUE - Skoda Auto, the Czech unit of Volkswagen AG, expects a 4 percent to 5 percent rise in unit sales this year after a 3.2 percent drop in 2002, its chief said on Wednesday.
"This year, we expect that we should do four to five percent more than last year," Chief Executive Vratislav Kulhanek told an auto industry conference.
Skoda's unit sales, hit by the strong crown currency which makes imports cheaper and squeezes export margins, dipped to 445,525 units last year.
Kulhanek said he expected sales of the company's top model, the Superb, to take off this year after last year's introduction. He declined to give Skoda's financial results for the last year.