William Malcolm

Czech Car Production Down 21%

By the end of November, the production of passenger cars in the Czech Republic fell by 21.2 percent year-on-year to 1.054 million vehicles. In November, production fell by almost 20 percent, while it was three percent higher year-on-year in October. According to the Association of the Automotive Industry, domestic car manufacturers have thus returned to the level of 2013 from the point of view of the total output.

Škoda Auto produced 690,380 cars in its plants, representing a decrease of 18.4 percent, Hyundai from Nošovice reduced production by 25.8 percent to 215,851 TPCA production fell by 26.4 percent to 147,865 cars. In November, last year’s production volume approached only Hyundai with a decrease of 5.5 percent, Skoda reduced output by 23 percent.

“Unfortunately, the autumn wave of the coronavirus pandemic again has a significant impact on the Czech automotive industry’s performance. Due to this, the Czech Republic and some other EU countries have repeatedly closed dealerships, and demand for new vehicles declined. Positive news can be brought about by a stronger start of vaccination or a possible spring improvement in the epidemiological situation, “said the executive director of the association Zdeněk Petzl.

Bus production in 11 months fell by 4.3 percent to 4,568 vehicles. Iveco produced 4,091 buses, a decrease of 3.3 percent, SOR Libchavy 453 vehicles (an 11 percent reduction), and KH Motor 24 cars. November production alone was 14 percent higher year on year.

The only motorcycle manufacturer, Týnec Jawa, produced 450 machines this year. Compared to the previous year, it recorded a decrease in 589 vehicles or 56.7 percent.