William Malcolm

Czech Auto Sales Drop 36% In March Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Sales of new passenger cars in the Czech Republic fell by 36.3 percent in March to 13,685. While sales for the quarter declined by 15.8 percent to 50,194, the Car Importers Association said Friday. 

The market was strongly influenced by the closure of dealerships in mid-March to combat the spread of coronavirus. Sales have moved online where only dozens of cars are sold daily.

Skoda Auto led the market with 39.9% share in the first quarter, followed by its parent Volkswagen with 8.9%, Hyundai with 8.8% and Toyota with 4.2%.