Czech Auto Sales Slump Continues In August

Sales of passenger cars in the eight months of the year fell by 25 percent to 131,410 vehicles. In August, sales fell by a third year-on-year due to a higher comparable base last year, when more lenient emissions standards came to an end. According to the Association of Car Importers, interest in new cars has been dampened by a coronavirus epidemic this spring.

The domestic Škoda Auto sold the most, having a market share of 38 percent. Its sales fell 14 percent to 50,031 cars, followed by Hyundai with a 19 percent drop to 10,586 vehicles and Volkswagen with a 34 percent drop to 9,875. Toyota is fourth, and Peugeot is fifth.

The best-selling models are the Škoda Octavia with 13,615 cars sold, the Škoda Fabia 11,007, followed by the Škoda Scala 5,689, Karoq, and Kamiq. Behind them ended the Hyundai i30.

In terms of fuel, cars with a petrol engine lead with a share of 66.2 percent, the share of diesel increased by two percentage points to 29 percent this year. Companies bought a total of 72 percent of passenger cars.
Registrations of light commercial vehicles fell by 28 percent in the first eight months to 10,075 cars. In August, they lost by 35 percent year on year. The first is Peugeot 1,276, Volkswagen was second with 1,257, and Fiat third with 1,231.

Truck sales fell by almost 39 percent. In August, it was three percent lower. The first is the Mercedes-Benz brand with 810 registered trucks, followed by MAN and DAF.

Bus sales rose nine percent to 869 vehicles. The domestic brand Iveco Bus sold the most with 325 registered buses, followed by SOR and MAN.

Motorcycles saw sales grow by eight percent this year to 16,508 machines. In August, they increased by a third year-on-year. The best-selling was Honda with 3,255 registered motorcycles. Yamaha was second 1,527 and CF Moto third with 1,202.