William Malcolm

Czech Auto Sales Plummet 53% In April

The coronavirus pandemic has decimated sales of new automobiles in the Czech Republic. The Association of Car Importers reports a 53 percent drop in April sales due to coronavirus restrictions and lower demand. Over the first four months of the year, sales slid 26.3 percent to 60,873 cars sold.
Electric and hybrid sales increased year-over-year, while all other segments declined.

Automaker performance January to April 2020

  • Škoda Auto sold 23,628 cars, a decline of 17 percent.
  • Hyundai sold 5,398 cars, increasing by 6 percent.
  • Volkswagen sold 5,267 cars a drop of 30 percent.

Best selling cars

The best-selling autos in the Czech Republic from January to April are the Škoda Octavia, Škoda Fabia, Škoda Scala, Škoda Karoq and the Hyundai i30.

Light commercial vehicles

Registrations of light commercial vehicles fell by 28 percent to 4,787 units.

Trucks and buses

Truck sales declined 32 percent to 2,278 units January to April. MAN brand led sales with 414 units, followed by Mercedes-Benz and DAF. New bus registrations dropped 15 percent to 260 units.


Sales of new motorcycles fell 18 percent to 4,942 units. Honda led the pack with 924 units sold, followed by CF Moto, Yamaha, KTM and BMW.

Fuel type

Gasoline accounted for 65.69% of sales and diesel 29.12%.
Electric vehicles accounted for 5.19% of sales. EV 868 units and plug-in hybrids 541 units.