VIENNA — Skoda Auto a.s. secures a contract for the export of 1,000 cars to China.

The automaker plans to introduce the Fabia small car to the Chinese market. It already imports the Octavia sedan. The mix, officials say, will be 65% Octavia and 35% Fabia for the first 1,000 vehicles this year. Skoda exported some 1,300 Octavia models to China in 2000.

“China is a difficult market because of the import quotas,” says Vratislav Kulhanek, chairman of Skoda. “We hope to sell 2,000 cars this year. The Czech Republic's trade with China is rather unbalanced, with China on the benefiting end. It would therefore be desirable to sell cars there.”