William Malcolm

Czech New Car Sales Surge In April

Sales of new passenger cars in the Czech Republic in the four months of this year rose by 12.6 percent year on year to 68,510 cars. Compared to 2019, which was not affected by coronavirus, it is 17 percent less. In April, sales increased by almost 78 percent compared to the same month last year. The Association of Car Importers announced this today.

“The year-on-year increase is due to last year’s sharp decline, when this segment was most severely affected by measures against the pandemic. Compared to last year, the number of newly registered electric cars decreased significantly, while the number of hybrid cars doubled,” said Josef Pokorný.

The first is the Škoda brand with growth of four percent to 24,565 cars, the second Volkswagen increased sales by almost a quarter to 6,556 cars, thus outpacing the Hyundai brand, which sold 5,991 cars, ie 11 percent more year-on-year. This is followed by Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Toyota.

The best-selling models are the Škoda Octavia with 5188 units sold, followed by the Škoda Fabia (4998), the Škoda Karoq (3567), the Hyundai i30 (3390) and the Škoda Kamiq (3156).

Over 41 percent of registered passenger cars are SUVs. Gasoline leads with a share of 65 percent, the share of diesel fell to 28.6 percent. The share of company cars in total registrations rose to 80 percent, private individuals bought only a fifth of cars.

Sales of light commercial vehicles increased by 23.3 percent to 5,903 vehicles. It rose by two-fifths in April. The first is the Fiat brand, followed by Peugeot and Volkswagen. Other places are Ford and Renault. Diesel in this category accounted for over 90 percent. Truck sales grew at a similar rate of 22.8 percent to 2,797 vehicles. The first is Mercedes, followed by DAF and MAN.

Bus registrations rose 85 percent to 481 vehicles in the first four months. In April, they rose by 162 percent year on year. The domestic brand SOR with 191 buses sold the most, followed by the domestic Iveco Bus with 175 pieces and Setra.

The category of motorcycles recorded a year-on-year increase of a quarter to 6,194 machines. The first is the Honda brand with 986 registered motorcycles, the second is Yamaha and the third is CF Moto.