William Malcolm

Czech Car Sales Down 22%

Sales of new passenger cars fell by 21.7 percent to 165,154 vehicles in ten months. After a promising September, when sales rose by seven percent, the market fell by 15.6 percent in October. The Association of Car Importers announced this today.

The best-selling Škoda is again with a drop of less than 14 percent to 62,749 cars, followed by Hyundai with a decline of 16 percent to 13,176 cars and Volkswagen with a 29 percent drop to 12,430 cars sold. In fourth place is Dacia 8,105, and the fifth is Toyota 7,717. Companies bought a total of 73 percent of cars. In terms of fuel, gasoline leads with 65.5 percent, the share of diesel has risen by two percentage points to 29.5 percent this year.

Among the models is the Škoda Octavia, with 16,522 cars sold, the second is the Škoda Fabia with sales of 13,577 units, and the third is the Škoda Scala, which has been purchased by 7,438 customers so far this year. Other Škoda Karoq and Kamiq models are followed, followed by the Hyundai i30.

In October alone, at the end of which the government closed car showrooms, the Škoda and Hyundai brands fell by 24 percent, while Volkswagen grew by three percent and returned to second place. Toyota moved to fourth place with a growth of 14 percent, and the fifth Dacia increased sales by 38 percent.

Registrations of light commercial vehicles fell by 20.6 percent to 13,676 vehicles, rising by 6.4 percent year on year in October. The first is the Peugeot brand, with 2,338 cars sold, followed by Volkswagen and Fiat. Truck sales fell 32.7 percent to 5,696 vehicles. The first is Mercedes-Benz, the second MAN, and the third DAF.

Bus sales increased 2.8 percent to 1,049 vehicles in ten months. In October, however, it fell by almost 11 percent year on year. The first is the domestic Iveco Bus brand with 422 registered buses, followed by SOR 257and MAN 109.

The motorcycle category recorded an increase in registrations of 7.9 percent to 19,073 machines this year. In the tenth month, sales increased by 3.3 percent year on year. The first is the Honda brand with 3640 registered motorcycles, followed by Yamaha, CF Moto, KTM, and Piaggio.