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Czech new car sales are up a trend-bucking 7% year-on-year in October to 15,963 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 147,022 units, up 3% on 2011. After 26 consecutive months of Skoda Octavia domination and for the first time since July 2010, the Skoda Fabia reclaims the models ranking #1 spot thanks to 1,820 sales and 11.4%, its strongest share in at least 2 years, vs. 1,743 and 10.9% for the Octavia. The imminent arrival of the new generation and the wide release of the cheaper-but-not-much-smaller Skoda Rapid were fatal to the Octavia this month, but it retains the 2012 year-to-date crown by far at 19,491 units and 13.3% vs. 12,162 and 8.3% for the Fabia.
For the 4th time this year after March, April and June, the Hyundai i30 brilliantly climbs onto the Czech podium at #3 with 442 sales and 2.8%, followed by the Skoda Roomster (2.7%), the VW Golf (2.5%), the Skoda Superb and Yeti (both at 2.4%) and the Kia Cee’d (2.3%). The Skoda Citigo spends its 2nd month within the Czech Top 10 after last August (#6), up 3 spots on September to #9 and delivers its strongest monthly volume so far at 337 units and 2.1%.
The other big event this month is the 12th position of the Skoda Rapid, now widely available across the country, up 51 ranks and 585% on last month to 274 sales and 1.7%. The Rapid will in all likeliness break into the Czech monthly Top 10 as early as this November. But for now, we have the entire Skoda range (7 models) within the Top 12 best-sellers at home, a remarkable feat.
Other great performers this month include the Ford Kuga up a huge 64 spots to #18, the Citroen C3 up 24 to #19, the Ford B-Max up 28 to #33 at 114 units and 0.7% for just its 2nd month of sales in the country and the Subaru Forester up 43 to #77. After selling one unit in September, the Fiat 500L shoots up to #77 with 44 sales this month. Finally, we welcome 3 new models in the ranking in October: the Opel Mokka with 6 units, the Peugeot 301 with 4 and the Citroen C-Elysée with 2.
Previous month: Czech Republic September 2012: 4 Skodas in Top 4, Superb #3
One year ago: Czech Republic October 2011: 4 Skodas in the lead
Full October 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.