January 16, 2018 / 10:23 AM / a year ago

VW's Skoda delivers record 1.2 million cars in 2017 after SUV launch

The logo of Skoda is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech carmaker Skoda Auto, a Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) unit, boosted its global sales by 6.6 percent to a record 1.2 million vehicles in 2017 after the launch of new SUV models and growth in Europe, it said on Tuesday.

Skoda delivered over 1 million cars for the fourth year in a row as its sales continue to grow, helped last year by starting sales of its full-sized SUV Kodiaq and mid-sized SUV Karoq.

China remained Skoda’s biggest market and grew 2.5 percent, followed by Germany and the home Czech market, where a fast-growing economy has boosted sales.

(This version of the story corrects year in first paragraph to 2017, not 2018)

Reporting by Jason Hovet

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