MLADA BOLESLAV, Czech Republic -- China sales of Czech automaker Skoda declined 4.3 percent year on year to 30,000 vehicles in January, another sign of corporate parent Volkswagen's recent struggles in its largest market.
Volkswagen Group has not yet reported January sales for all its brands in China. However, Audi sales slumped 35 percent year on year last month to 35,181 vehicles. (See related story in this newsletter.)
Like other brands, Skoda sales were hurt by the shortened selling period in January because of the timing of China's Lunar New Year.
Skoda hopes to regain momentum with the launch of the new Kodiaq SUV and the revised Octavia sedan, which will have their global introductions in February.
The Kodiaq will supplement the Yeti, which until now has been Skoda's only SUV in that fast-growing segment.
Last year, Skoda deliveries rose nearly 13 percent to 317,100 vehicles in China, its biggest global market.