William Malcolm

Czech Auto Production Slides 30% In 2020

Production of passenger cars in the Czech Republic fell by 29.7 percent year-on-year to 586,333 vehicles from January to July. Škoda Auto recorded a decrease of 23.7 percent to 390,933 vehicles. The decline caused by the coronavirus crisis thus continued in the summer. The Association of the Automotive Industry (SAP) announced it today.

Production in July alone fell by five percent and was affected by the summer holidays. For example, the TPCA factory was announced in July this year, while in 2019, it was not until August, and Škoda Auto then spread the holidays evenly between the two holiday months. The car association expects a drop in production of at least 20 percent for the entire year.

The gradual reduction in the decline in production caused by the coronavirus pandemic was due to an increase in Škoda Auto’s output in July compared to previous months, when the carmaker produced 53,353 vehicles, a quarter more than last year. Nošický Huyndai produced 114,740 cars by the end of July this year, which is a decrease of 39 percent, in TPCA production fell by 40 percent to 80,660 vehicles.

Bus production continues to catch up with the loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In seven months, it fell by eight percent to 2,728 vehicles. In July alone, 497 buses were produced, 11.7 percent more than last year. Vysokomýtské Iveco delivered 2,473 buses, which is a year-on-year decrease of 7.6 percent.

The only motorcycle manufacturer, Týnec Jawa, produced 278 motorcycles this year. Compared to the previous year, this represents a decrease of 69.9 percent.