Skoda Auto, the leading Czech car manufacturer, has revealed that Egypt is one of the countries that had offered to construct a local assembly plant. Nonetheless, at present, said a company spokesman, no strategic decision has been taken by the automobile manufacturer.
According to the company, Skoda sold 435,403 vehicles in 2000, increasing annual deliveries by 13 percent. In Western Europe, sales of Skoda vehicles grew by 19.2 percent, and Central and Eastern Europe—excluding the Czech Republic itself—sales rose by 1.6 percent to 102,633 automobiles, despite a general fall in the activity of those markets.
In the Czech Republic, Skoda strengthened its leading position, with sales rising by 6.5 percent, when compared to 1999, to stand at 80,882 vehicles. Skoda’s biggest market in the Middle East is Turkey, where sales rose by 128.4 percent in 2000, reaching 10,377 automobiles. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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