Czech Republic 2024. Auto Market Dominated By Skoda

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Czech Republic Autos Sales slightly increased in 2024. April totaled 19,386 new sales (+6.1%). Market leader Skoda, 35.2% market share, continues to extend the gap (+0.5%).

Market Trend and Outlook

Spillovers from Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine have derailed the Czech Republic’s post-pandemic recovery. Inflation is high and a tight macroeconomic policy stance is needed to restore price stability. The Czech labor market remains strong. The unemployment rate is low, and the employment rate and job security are high. However, severe labor and skills shortages are a major obstacle to growth.

The Czech economy remains highly energy intensive, still relies heavily on coal, and records high greenhouse gas emissions. Major investments are needed to alter the energy mix and to improve energy efficiency. More ambitious environmental policies and an improved investment climate could help make growth more sustainable.

Despite these obstacles, the Czech automotive market has been increasing. In April auto sales recorded 19,396 new sales (+6.1%). YTD sales up to 76,701 units (+3.3%).

Looking at cumulative data up to April 2024, brand-wise Skoda ranked in 1st position with 26,977 sales (+0.5%), posting a huge lead on the runner-up Hyundai, with only 7,224 registrations (+9.4%). Toyota in 3rd reported 6,700 sales (+14.9%) in front of Volkswagen -down 1 spot- with 4,911 sales (-17.0%) and Kia in 5th with 2,412 (-9.6%).

Dacia rose 1 spot into 6th with 3,031 sales (+0.3%), followed by Mercedes -down 1 spot- at 2,356 (-23.9%), BMW -up 1 spot- with 2,023 units sold (+6.5%), Peugeot -up 1 spot- at 1,764 sales (+10.6%) and Ford -down 2 spots- with 1,727 registrations (-18.0%).

Looking at specific models, Skoda held the top two best sellers: in 1st ranked the Skoda Octavia up 18.4% in year-on-year sales, followed by the Skoda Scala up 8.7% and 3 spots.

Medium-Term Market Trend

The Czech auto market from 2010 to 2017 presented an overall uptrend, reporting negative yearly variations only in 2012 (-3.5%) and 2013 (-9.0%). From 2014 to 2017 the market reached higher all time highs 4 years in a row, ending 2017 at a maximum of 266,753. In the following years the trend reversed, with 2018 resulting in a 2.4% loss and 2019 a -5.5% variation that would bring sales down to 246,033. 

The arrival of the pandemic in 2020 caused the Czech car market to fall further, dropping 19% to 199,025 sales.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, in 2021 the market recovered 4%, just enough to get back above the 200k mark. The good news did’t last long, with sales falling 6.9% to 190,663 in 2022. A combination of factors are behind the current industry struggle: the disruption in the global supply chain caused by a lack of raw materials, in particular for the production of microchips and Governments push towards Evs, an expensive alternative for low income consumers. Despite, in 2023 the Czech Auto Market maintained steady growth, with total sales reaching 220,027 (+15.4%).

Tables with sales figures

In the tables below we report sales for all Brands, top 10 Manufacturers Group and top 10 models.

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