Skoda Auto registered impressive growth in worldwide sales during April. The company's total sales for the month reached 63,726 vehicles – a 23.3 per cent increase on the same period last year.

In the first four months of the year, Skoda sold 237,200 cars – up 17.7 per cent on January-April 2007. The fastest-growing markets were Russia (14,231 vehicles, up 75.3% compared to last year), India (6,396 vehicles, up 50.4%) and China (22,032 vehicles, start-up period).

The new Fabia Estate, which is now available in all equipment levels, sold very well. At 9,623 vehicles, worldwide sales of the new model are 24.5 per cent higher than those of its predecessor. April sales of the Fabia Hatch reached 13,267 vehicles, 25.8 per cent more than in the same period last year.

Skoda's best selling model is the Octavia, with 25,475 vehicles, up by 42.9 per cent on April last year. A total of 7,500 Octavia Estates were sold in the month, a rise of 16.3 per cent on last April.

"We are very happy about the positive sales trends, especially as we are now waiting for the launch of the new Superb, which will soon be available to customers in all major markets," said Fred Kappler, Skoda Auto's Head of sales and marketing. "We are mainly growing in the new markets – Russia, China and India. These countries accounted for 11 per cent of Skoda Auto's total sales in 2007. Considering the first four months of this year, the trend is likely to continue in 2008."