Czech Republic August 2017: Skoda Karoq lands in market down 0.3%

The Skoda Karoq has now landed in its home sales charts. 

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For only the second time this year after last April, the Czech new car market declines in August, albeit by a minuscule 0.3% to 21.192 registrations. The year-to-date tally remains at record level, up 7.2% on the previous record of 2016 to 185.192 units. Homegrown market leader Skoda ignores the surrounding sales flatness with a 9% year-on-year gain to 29.5% share, yet still over one percentage point below its YTD level of 30.7%. Hyundai (+1%) stuns Volkswagen (-28%) to snap the 2nd spot overall with 8.3% share vs. 7.5% for VW in a particularly weak position compared to the 10% it commands year-to-date. Dacia continues to impress with a 32% year-on-year surge leading to a 7.2% market share in 4th place vs. 5.7% so far this year. BMW (+7%), Renault (+11%) and Ford (+14%) also frankly beat the market in the Top 10 whereas Kia (-28%) is in great difficulty. Further down, notice Subaru up 31%, Suzuki up 43%, Mini up 74% and Alfa Romeo up 150% but Fiat down 42% and Audi down 50%.

The Sandero (+119%) helps Dacia up 32% in 4th place in the Czech brands ranking. 

In the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia (+1%) holds onto the top spot ahead of the Skoda Fabia (-11%) and Rapid (+3%), following the YTD order. The Hyundai i30 leaps above the Skoda Superb for 4th place overall while the Skoda Kodiaq is back up three spots on July to #6, just below the best-ever #5 it hit in April. It now ranks 8th year-to-date, having passed the VW Passat. The Dacia Sandero surges 119% to remain at #8 vs. #15 (+33%) year-to-date, the Ford Focus is up 71% to #12, the Dacia Logan up 60% to #15, the Ford Kuga up 6-fold on August 2016 to #25 and the Ford B-Max surprisingly up 7-fold to #28. But the big news this month in the Czech Republic is the landing of the all-new Skoda Karoq directly in 23rd place with 1% market share. These score will no doubt improve drastically over the next few months, and it’s to wonder whether the Karoq, smaller and more affordable than the Kodiaq, could break onto its home podium in the near future…

Previous month: Czech Republic July 2017: Toyota and Dacia shine, market up just 5%

One year ago: Czech Republic August 2016: Dacia, Kia, Mercedes lift market up 16%

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Czech Republic July 2017: Toyota and Dacia shine, market up just 5%

Toyota sales are up 77% year-on-year in July in the Czech Republic.

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At 19.649 sales in July, the Czech new car market is up a timid 5% year-on-year. A rare fact nowadays: this is not the largest volume for the month, which was reached in 2015 (21.415). The year-to-date total however, up 8.3% to 164.100 units, is a record after seven months. Both market leaders Skoda (-1%) and Volkswagen (-16%) retreat this month, resulting in market shares much lower than YTD: 27.3% vs. 30.8% for Skoda and 9% vs. 10.4% for Volkswagen. Hyundai follows the market at +6% while Dacia impresses once again with deliveries up a whopping 46% year-on-year. Inside the Top 10, Seat (+23%), Peugeot (+25%), Kia (+26%) and Toyota (+77%) all post spectacular gains whereas Renault (-20%) is in difficulty. Further down, Citroen (+22%), BMW (+24%), Subaru (+29%), Mazda (+46%), Nissan (+47%), Porsche (+185%) and Lada (enjoying a revival at +367%) make themselves noticed.

The Duster (+67%) helps Dacia up 46% in July. 

Model-wise, the Top 6 best-sellers are unchanged on June with the Skoda Octavia (+5%) comfortably in the lead with 9.4% share, the Fabia down 13% to #2, the Rapid down 2% to #3 and the Superb down 7% to #4. The Hyundai i30 (-16%) is catching up on the VW Golf (-8%) for the title of best-selling foreigner in 2017. In 7th place, the Dacia Duster jumps 67% year-on-year and 5 spots on June while the Dacia Sandero is up 30% and one rank to #8. The Skoda Kodiaq is back inside the Czech Top 10 at #9 and the Kia Cee’d leaps 21% year-on-tea and 7 spots on last month to break into the Top 10 at #10. The Ford B-Max (+388%), Dacia Logan (+103%) and BMW 5 Series (+213%) also shine.

Previous month: Czech Republic June 2017: Dacia up 54%, H1 market up 8.8% to all-time record

One year ago: Czech Republic July 2016: First year-on-year decline in almost 3 years

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Czech Republic June 2017: Dacia up 54%, H1 market up 8.8% to all-time record

Dacia sales are up 54% year-on-year in June in the Czech Republic. 

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Nothing can stop the Czech new car market this year, up another 3.6% year-on-year in June to 26.634 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 8.8% to an all-time record 144.451 units in six months. Homegrown market leader Skoda beats its home market with a 7% gain to 32.1% share vs. 31.3% so far this year. Hyundai stuns, up two spots on May to land in 2nd place thanks to deliveries up 6% to 9.2% share, overtaking Volkswagen (-9%) and Ford (-16%). in 4th place, Dacia manages no less than the largest year-on-year increase inside the Top 25 at +54% to 6.3% share vs. 5.2% in 2017. Mercedes (+21%), Peugeot (+20%), Toyota (+35%), Mazda (+19%), Volvo (+47%), Subaru (+26%), Alfa Romeo (+144%) and Lada (+114%) also shine. Toppled by its smaller stablemate the Skoda Fabia in May, the Skoda Octavia reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date in June despite deliveries down 8% vs. +16% for the Fabia (#2) and +20% for the Rapid (#3). The Skoda Superb tumbles down 21% year-on-year but stays in 4th place, distancing the Hyundai i30 (-13%) and VW Golf (+5%), the two best-selling foreigners in the Czech Republic this month. The Skoda Yeti (+19%), Hyundai Tucson (+39%) and Dacia Sandero (+126%) also impress in the Top 10, while the Skoda Kodiaq slips out of it at #11. The only other recent launch (<12 months) in the Top 100 is the Opel Crossland X (#93).

Previous month: Czech Republic May 2017: New monthly volume record, 6 Skoda in Top 6

One year ago: Czech Republic June 2016: Fourth consecutive all-time record month

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Czech Republic May 2017: New monthly volume record, 6 Skodas in Top 6

The Skoda Fabia is #1 at home for the first time since October 2015. 

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The new all-time monthly volume record set last March (26.786) has only lasted two meagre months: after a small decline in April, the Czech new car market surges another 11% year-on-year in May to lift the record to 27.009 units. Year-to-date sales are up a round 10% to a new best-ever 117.817 units after five months. Keep in mind a significant part of Czech sales (from 10 to 12% of the total market depending on the month) never see local roads and are immediately re-exported to other parts of the European Union. After a slow start of the year, homegrown market leader Skoda is revived: up 17% this month to a flamboyant 33.7% share vs. 31.1% year-to-date. Volkswagen on the other hand trails the market growth at +2% while Ford jumps 31% to overtake Hyundai (-11%) for third place overall. Dacia (+40%), BMW (+62%) and Toyota (+84%) post the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 10, with Mercedes (+18%), Nissan (+32%), Fiat (+21%) and Mini (+49%) also getting noticed further down.

The Skoda Kodiaq ranks 6th at home this month, making it 6 Skodas in the Top 6.

In April, the Top 5 best-sellers were 100% Skoda for the first time since March 2016. This month the Czech carmaker goes one further, monopolising the monthly Top 6 for the first time ever according to BSCB records. The Fabia stunningly takes the lead for the first time since October 2015 thanks to deliveries shooting up 44% to 2.764, overtaking the perennial leader the Skoda Octavia down 2% to 2.691. The Octavia remains however comfortably in the year-to-date pole position with 10% share vs. 8.4% for the Fabia. The Skoda Rapid (-1%) and Superb (-22%) disappoint but the Yeti is up two spots on last month to #5 thanks to sales up 16% now that the carmaker is clearing existing stock ahead of the launch of its replacement the Karoq later this year. The all-new Kodiaq drops one rank to #6. It’s an excellent month for the VW Passat up 19% year-on-year and 5 spots on April to become the best-selling non-Skoda nameplate in the country. In fact, the VW Group monopolises the Top 8 with the Golf at #8 (+2%). Other great performers include the Dacia Sandero up 102% to #11, the Nissan Qashqai up 55% to #14, the Hyundai i20 up 68% to #17, Dacia Dokker up 54% to #18 and the VW Tiguan up 101% to #22.

Previous month: Czech Republic April 2017: Skoda monopolises Top 5, Kodiaq at #5

One year ago: Czech Republic May 2016: Third historical monthly record in a row

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Czech Republic April 2017: Skoda monopolises Top Five, Kodiaq at #5

skoda-kodiaq-czech-republic-october-2016The Skoda Kodiaq hits a record-breaking 5th place at home this month.

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The Czech Republic is now back on BSCB with more complete figures. In March, the market broke the all-time record volume set last June (25.714) to push it to 26.786 units, but in April it marks a rare decline at -1.7% to 22.749 units. The year-to-date total remains in positive territory however at +9.8% to a record 90.808 units after four months. Market leader Skoda evolves like the market at -1% to 32.4% share but its year-to-date level remains low at 30.4% vs. 33.7% a year ago. Volkswagen (-6%) and Hyundai (-14%) both lose share this month but gain significant ground year-to-date at +32% and +7% respectively. Renault (+27%), Mercedes (+26%) and Ford (+22%) are by far the best performers inside the Top 10. Just outside, Toyota impresses with a 53% gain to #11 and +76% year-to-date, with Smart (+233%), Nissan (+57%), Lexus (+33%), Jaguar (+32%) and Jeep (+18%) among the biggest gainers further down.

In the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia remains in the lead despite sales down 14% to 9.8% share with the Fabia catching up at +4% to 9.1%. The Rapid (-15%) and Superb (-26%) lose significant ground and it’s worthwhile noting all Top 4 nameplates lose volume year-to-date: the Octavia is down 7%m the Fabia down 5%, the Rapid down 1% and the Superb down 18%. Thankfully for Skoda, a new arrival is now making sparks: the Kodiaq leaps up to 5th place overall this month – its best so far – to make the Top 5 100% Skoda for the first time since March 2016. If the Kodiaq manages to remain at that level for the rest of the year and rank 5th over the Full Year it would be the first time in history that Skoda monopolises the annual Top 5 at home, with its best 5 nameplate-performance so far being 5 Skodas in the Top 6 in 2012. Notice also the VW Tiguan up 290% thanks to the new model, the Hyundai i20 up 75% and the Renault Megane up 66%.

Previous post: Czech Republic January 2017: VW rallies up 83% in record market

One year ago: Czech Republic April 2017: Dacia shines in all-time record month

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Czech Republic January 2017: VW rallies up 83% in record market

Czech Volkswagen sales are up 83% on a low January 2016 base.

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After posting a third consecutive record year in 2016, the Czech new car market starts 2017 on an even more impressive note with sales up 18% to 20.818 for the biggest January score in history. Yet homegrown market leader Skoda drops 1% to 6.455 deliveries for a still very robust 31% share. Volkswagen recovers from a January 2016 hampered by its emissions scandal at +83% to 2.979 units and 14.3% share with Hyundai also beating the market at +27% to 1.491 and 7.2%. Ford (+11%) overtakes Dacia (+0.1%) while Mercedes stuns and gains one more spot on December to rank 6th with 707 sales. Toyota makes a come back into the Czech Top 10 at #7 with 3.3% share vs. #14 and 2.2% over the FY2016, Peugeot is up 22% to #8 while Kia is also up 22% but drops to #11. After ranking 4th in December, Renault tumbles down 10 spots to #14 this month.

The Dacia Dokker breaks into the Czech Top 10 for the very first time in January. 

The Skoda Octavia continues to dominate its national ranking in spite of sales down 11% to 2.183 for a 10.5% market share vs. 10.9% over FY2016. The Skoda Fabia (-2%), Rapid (+15%) and Superb (+3%) make the Top 4 100% Skoda as it was the case for the first time in an annual ranking last year. The VW Golf (+146%) and Passat (+64%) become the two best-selling foreigners in the Czech Republic this month with the traditional leader, the Hyundai i30, relegated to 8th place and 2.5% share even though it gains 30% on January 2016. The Hyundai ix30 (+30%) and Dacia Dokker (+74%) round up the Top 10 with solid gains. The VW Tiguan (+151%), Touran (+191%), Nissan Qashqai (+85%), Hyundai Tucson (+57%) and VW Caddy (+181%) also impress in the Top 20 whereas the newly launched Skoda Kodiaq implodes from #12 in December to a paltry #84 with just 49 sales in January – hopefully for the brand just a launch blip.

Previous post: Czech Republic Full Year 2016: 4 Skodas in Top 4 for the first time

One year ago: Czech Republic January-February 2016: Top 4 best-sellers 100% Skoda

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Czech Republic Full Year 2016: 4 Skodas in Top 4 for the first time

Skoda Superb Czech Republic 2016The Skoda Superb surges 85% to land in 4th place in 2016. 

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New car sales in the Czech Republic post a third straight record year in 2016, even reaching an all-time high volume after 11 months. The final 2016 tally stands at 259.893 units, up 12.5% on the previous record established in 2015. To stress how exceptional this year has been for the Czech new car market, let’s keep in mind the all-time monthly volume record was beaten four successive times, which also happen to occur four months in a row: the record was lifted to 22.799 in March23.131 in April24.335 in May and 25.714 in June. For comparison, in 2015 this record was beaten three times: in March (21.155), June (21.315) and July (21.415)… However keep in mind a significant part of Czech sales (from 10 to 12% of the total market depending on the month) never see local roads and are immediately re-exported to other parts of the European Union.

mercedes-c-class-czech republic-2016-picture-courtesy-autoexpress-co-ukMercedes is up 61% to land its first annual Czech Top 10 ranking. 

Homegrown carmaker Skoda maintains its stranglehold on the Czech market but gains slightly less ground than the market (+11%) resulting in a decreasing share at 31.5%. It distances Volkswagen at 10.2% (+12%), Hyundai at 8% (+8%) and Ford at 5.9% (+8%). Dacia (+18%) and Renault (+27%) both post stunning gains to rank 5th and 6th respectively. But the most impressive manufacturer atop the ranking is Mercedes surging 61% to break into the annual Top 10 for the very first time at #10. Notice also Audi up 25%, Toyota up 31%, Suzuki up 40%, Mini up 62%, Honda up 26%, Land Rover up 35%, Porsche up 74%, Jaguar up 525%, Lexus up 88% and Alfa Romeo up 95%.

skoda-kodiaq-czech-republic-2016The Skoda Kodiaq ranked #12 in December. 

In the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia signs an 8th consecutive year in pole position thanks to deliveries outpacing the market at +17% to 28.406 units, widening the gap with the Skoda Fabia (+6%) and Rapid (-3%). The Skoda Superb, boosted up 83% by its new generation, makes the Top 4 best-sellers 100% Skoda for the first time in history. This is the Superb’s best annual ranking at home since 2012, with its personal best being #3 in 2010 and 2011. With the arrival of the Kodiaq (#12 in December), Skoda may be able to monopolies the annual Top 5 in 2017. Its best 5 nameplate-performance so far is 5 Skodas in the Top 6 in 2012.

Hyundai i30 Czech Republic 2016The Hyundai i30 is the most popular foreign nameplate in the Czech Republic in 2016. 

Like in 2015, the locally-produced Hyundai i30 is the most popular foreign nameplate in the Czech Republic, up 13% when the VW Golf is down 4%. The VW Passat on the other hand is up 42% to #8, the Dacia Duster up 21% to #10, the Hyundai Tucson up 256% to #15 for its first full year of sales, the Kia Sportage up 37%, Mini up 88%, Renault Captur up 59%, VW Touran up 119% and Suzuki Vitara up 129%. The Skoda Kodiaq (#77), Fiat Tipo (#85) and Mercedes GLS (#136) top the all-new nameplates ranking.

Previous month: Czech Republic November 2016: Annual record beaten in 11 months

Previous year: Czech Republic Full Year 2015: Skoda Octavia resists Fabia, record market

Two years ago: Czech Republic Full Year 2014: Skoda Rapid #2 in record market

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Czech Republic November 2016: Annual record beaten in 11 months

skoda-kodiaq-czech-republic-november-2016The Skoda Kodiaq breaks into the Top 25 at home.

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It has become a bit of a routine over the past two years: November breaks another record for the month at 23.161 registrations, up 13% year-on-year and the 10th time out of 11 the monthly record is beaten this year – only July fell short. This is the third highest monthly result in the history of automobile in the Czech Republic below May this year (24.335) and June (25.714). The year-to-date tally, up 13% on 2015 to 237.780, is already a new all-time high even if by some weird magic absolutely no cars were sold in December. Last year’s all-time record was 230.857. Skoda easily dominates its home market once again, even outpacing the average growth rate at +17% to 7.468 sales and 32.2%. Volkswagen surges 36% to 2nd place and 11% but retreats below Hyundai when only “real” sales (aka minus re-exports) are taken into account with just 1.636 sales vs. 1.792 for the Korean company.

Renault (+30%) and Opel (+35%) shine but once again the title of most improved in the Top 10 goes to Mercedes, up 64% to 7th place overall. A similar performance in December could see the luxury brand break into the annual Top 10 for the first time. Year-to-date, Lexus (59%), Alfa Romeo (51%), Honda (32%) and Audi (27%) also post spectacular gains. Model-wise, Skoda places the Octavia (11.9%) share), Fabia (8.3%), Superb (4.1%) and Rapid (3.9%) in the Top four spots, followed by the VW Golf and Hyundai i30. The Renault Clio is up to #15 vs. #22 year-to-date, the Captur is up to #18 vs. #27 and the all-new Skoda Kodiaq gains 54 spots on its inaugural month in October to land at #24 with 1% market share.

Previous month: Czech Republic October 2016: Mercedes surges 82% in record market

One year ago: Czech Republic November 2015: Annual record broken at 211.089 units

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Czech Republic October 2016: Mercedes surges 82% in record market

mercedes-e-class-czech-republic-october-2016Mercedes sales are up 82% year-on-year in the Czech Republic in October. 

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Another stunning performance for new car sales in the Czech Republic: up 11% year-on-year to 21.905 sales in October, the first time October sales cross the 20.000 unit-barrier and the 9th time the monthly record is broken so far this year with July the only exception. The year-to-date cume now stands at 214.619 units, up 12.5% on the same period in 2015 which itself was an all-time record. After just 10 months, the 2016 tally is only beaten by the 2015 annual figure of 230.857. All other full year results before that fall short of 10 months’ worth of sales in 2016: a testimony to the strength of the Czech new car market over the past two years, partly thanks to re-exports which represent 15% of total sales in October.

skoda-kodiaq-czech-republic-october-2016First appearance of the Skoda Kodiaq in the sales charts. 

Homegrown Skoda lags behind the market at just +3% to 7.060 sales and 32.2% share, still above its YTD level of 31.8%. Volkswagen (+23%), Hyundai (+21%) and Renault (+23%) on the other hand frankly outpace overall sales and all rank within the Top 5. The best performer this month is without a doubt Mercedes, surging up 82% to 9th place with Toyota also very strong at +37% to #10. Year-to-date, fast gainers also include Mercedes (+58%), Honda (+43%), Suzuki (+43%), Alfa Romeo (+37%), Renault (+25%) and Dacia (+20%).

Hyundai Tucson Czech Republic October 2016Strong performances by Hyundai (+21%) and the Tucson (#11). 

The Skoda Octavia (2.578), Fabia (1.880), Rapid (1.025) and Superb (775) remain the most popular nameplates in the country ahead of the Hyundai i30 and VW Golf as per the YTD order. Notice also the Hyundai Tucson up 6 spots on September to #11, the VW Tiguan up to #16, Renault Megane up to #21 and Toyota Corolla up to #37. Four new nameplates make their first appearance in the Czech ranking this month: the Skoda Kodiaq at #78 – no doubt this will improve drastically over the next few months, the Maserati Levante at #176, Fiat 124 Spider at #204, Kia Niro at #213 and Audi Q2 at #231.

Previous month: Czech Republic September 2016: 2nd highest annual score reached in just 9 months

One year ago: Czech Republic October 2015: Volkswagen Group holds 51% of the market

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Czech Republic September 2016: 2nd highest annual score reached in just 9 months

Skoda Octavia Czech Republic September 2016The Skoda Octavia is master in command in the Czech Republic… 

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Up 10% year-on-year to 19.946, September 2016 is the highest-ever sales result for the month in the Czech Republic, the 8th time the monthly record is beaten so far this year – only July fell short. Year-to-date, sales add up to 192.714, up 13% on the same period in 2015. If the Czech market suddenly stopped and zero cars were sold until the end of 2016, this would still be the 2nd highest annual volume in history, just above the 192.314 units registered in 2014 and only trailing the 230.857 record from last year. Keep in mind roughly 16% of all new car sales in the Czech Republiuc are immediately re-exported towards other European nations – sales data bar re-exports are indicated in the “REAL” columns on both brands and models ranking below the jump.

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic September 2016. Picture carkeys.co.uk…ahead of the Skoda Fabia. 

Homegrown Skoda easily retains the pole position with 31.5% share above Volkswagen (11.1%) and Hyundai (8.2%), however when removing re-exports Hyundai takes the 2nd spot with 1.610 sales vs. 1.259 for VW. Ford is back to the 4th spot it holds year-to-date with a strong 7% share – but slips outside the Top 10 without re-exports – ahead of Dacia, Opel, Kia and Renault. Nissan makes a rare incursion inside the Top 10 at #9 and Mercedes holds strong at #10. The best performers year-to-date are Honda (+50%), Suzuki (+49%), Lexus (+47%), Audi (+ 32%), Toyota (+28%), Renault (+26%), Mazda (+23%), Dacia (+21%) and Kia (+21%). In the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia (10.1%), Fabia (8%), Rapid (5%) and Superb (4.6%) dominate ahead of the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i30 and VW Golf. The Skoda Yeti, VW Polo and Passat make it 8 Volkswagen Group models in the Top 10, while beyond the Opel Astra (#12), Nissan Qashqai (#13), VW Tiguan (#20) and Toyota Corolla (#44) shine.

Previous month: Czech Republic August 2016: Dacia, Kia, Mercedes lift market up 16%

One year ago: Czech Republic September 2015: Skoda Fabia #1, or is it?

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