William Malcolm

Czech Auto Sales Down 26% In First Half Of 2020

Czech auto sales fell by 26 percent to 95,029 units in the first half of 2020 due to the coronavirus epidemic. In June, however, it was only five percent lower year-on-year. The Association of Car Importers reports.

Škoda is the top-selling brand with a decline of 17 percent to 36,551 cars, followed by Hyundai with 7,999 vehicles sold, seven percent less year-on-year. Volkswagen is third, with sales dropping 29 percent to 7,665 vehicles. The fourth is Dacia (4722) and the fifth Toyota (4180).

The best-selling models are the Škoda Octavia (10,410), the Škoda Fabia (8265), the Škoda Scala (3906), the Škoda Karoq (3794) and the Škoda Kamiq (3776). In sixth place is the Hyundai i30.

The best-selling cars were SUVs with a share of 35 percent, followed by small cars with 17 percent and the lower middle class with 16.6 percent. In terms of fuel, vehicles with a petrol engine lead with 66.9 percent, followed by diesel cars with 28.2 percent, followed by electric cars, which sold 1,028, three times the first half of last year.

Registrations of new light commercial vehicles fell 27.6 percent to 7,402 cars. In June, they were 15 percent lower. The first is Volkswagen, with 931 vehicles sold, the second is Fiat (872) and the third Ford (848). The most popular models are Peugeot Boxer, Fiat Ducato, and Renault Master.

Truck sales fell 47.3 percent to 3,188 vehicles. The first is Mercedes-Benz, followed by MAN and DAF.

Bus registrations rose 5.4 percent to 686 cars. In June, however, they fell by 23 percent year on year. The best-selling was the domestic Iveco Bus (260), the second was also the domestic SOR and the third MAN.

Motorcycle sales also increased by 4.5 percent to 11,290 machines. In June, sales rose 44 percent. The first is Honda, with 2240 registered motorcycles, followed by Yamaha (1037) and CF Moto (920).