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Czech Republic July 2015: Skoda Fabia ends Octavia domination

August 6th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic July 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Skoda Fabia is #1 at home for only the 2nd time in five years.

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Re-exports towards other European Union countries – accounting for 17 to 20% of monthly new car sales in the Czech Republic – are playing a large role in lifting the market to record heights in 2015. July marks the third time after March (21.155) and June (21.315) the all-time monthly volume record is beaten at 21.415 registrations, the 5th time the market is above 20.000 monthly units (along with April at 20.360) whereas before this year the highest-ever monthly score was 18.171 hit in June 2014. Summer had traditionally beeen the weakest time for new car sales in the Czech Republic, showing how much of an overdrive the market is experiencing at the moment. Both July and year-to-date sales (134.692) are up 21% year-on-year.

Homegrown Skoda outpaces the market with sales up 30% year-on-year to 7.142 units, accounting for exactly 1 in every 3 new cars sold in the country. Hyundai (9.3%) overtakes Volkswagen (9.1%) for 2nd place, Dacia is back up to #5 and both Peugeot (#8) and BMW (#9) stay inside the Top 10. But the biggest event of the month in the Czech Republic is the pole position of the Skoda Fabia, enjoying a logical return of form after the new generation went on sale in November last year. This is the first time the Fabia outsells the Octavia in its current generation, the first time the Fabia tops the sales charts at home since October 2012 and only the second time in five years. The last time the Fabia held the annual top spot at home was in 2008, with the Octavia enjoying 6 consecutive wins from 2009 to 2014.

Other great performers this month include the Hyundai i30 up 3 spots on June and 1 percentage point above its year-to-date share at 3.7% in 4th place, the Dacia Duster jumping to #9, the Hyundai ix35 up 11 ranks to #11, the BMW 5 Series up a further 5 spots to #25 vs. #47 year-to-date, the Suzuki Swift up 21 to #29 and the Opel Insignia up to #35 vs. #65 so far in 2015. Note the models ranking conveniently includes columns titled “REAL” published by Czech organisation Madea, indicating the July sales minus re-exports. We then learn that the Ford Fiesta (#5 overall), Seat Ibiza (#44), Audi Q3 (#45), Audi A1 (#48) and Fiat 500L (#49) had 100% of their Czech sales re-exported outside the country…

Previous month: Czech Republic June 2015: Skoda Fabia teases Octavia in record month

One year ago: Czech Republic July 2014: 6 Skodas in Top 8, Yeti shoots up

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Czech Republic June 2015: Skoda Fabia teases Octavia in record month

July 5th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic June 2015The Skoda Fabia is only 35 sales off the pole position at home this month.

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The Czech new car market is boosted by re-exports to levels never explored before this year: May marks another all-time record at 21.315 registrations, up 17% year-on-year and beating the previous best of 21.155 established last March. Halfway through 2015 sales add up to a record 113.377 units, up 21% on 2014. Skoda remains above 30% share thanks to 6.751 units sold and 31.7% above Volkswagen at 9.1%, Ford at 8.1% and Hyundai at 7%. Opel overtakes Dacia to rank 5th, Kia is up one spot to #7 and BMW brilliantly surges to #8 overall. But the big news this month is the Skoda Fabia stopping just 35 sales short off a historical pole position, selling 2.101 units for a 9.9% market share – over one percentage point above May – vs. 2.136 for the Octavia. If logic prevails, the Fabia should overtake its larger counterpart in the coming month. Finishing 2015 in the lead will be a harder task, one that the Fabia hasn’t achieved since 2008.

Previous month: Czech Republic May 2015: Skoda Fabia at highest in almost 3 years

One year ago: Czech Republic June 2014: Seat Leon confirms Top 10 spot

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Czech Republic May 2015: Skoda Fabia at highest in almost 3 years

June 9th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic May 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukSkoda Fabia

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The Czech new car market continues on its extraordinary run this year: up another 18% year-on-year in May to 18.167 registrations – the 5th largest monthly total ever – lifting the year-to-date total to a record 92.062 units, up a fantastic 21% on 2014. Homegrown Skoda outpaces the market, up a splendid 27% to 5.794 sales and 31.9% share, ahead of Volkswagen at 1.788 (+25%), Hyundai at 1.368 and Ford at 1.267. Dacia is up 39% to #5 and Opel up 26% to #7. The Skoda Octavia is the best-selling nameplate at home once again with 1.991 sales and 11% share but the Skoda Fabia, boosted by the new generation, is closing the gap at 1.597 deliveries and 8.8%, its strongest market share since October 2012 when it hit 11.4%. The last time the Fabia took the annual top spot in the Czech Republic is 2008. Other great performers this month include the Ford Fiesta at #6, Seat Leon at #9, Opel Astra at #11 and Nissan Qashqai at #18. Finally, notice the Peugeot 2008 at #32, outselling the 208 (#35), Clio (#36) and Captur (#45).

Previous month: Czech Republic April 2015: Second biggest month in history

One year ago: Czech Republic May 2014: Seat Leon inside Top 10 for the first time

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Czech Republic April 2015: Second biggest month in history

May 12th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Superb Poland October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Superb

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This year the Czech new car market is pushing boundaries of what we thought possible up until now. After breaking an all-time record last month at 21.155 registrations, April sales, up 18% year-on-year, mark only the 2nd month in history over 20.000 monthly deliveries at 20.360. Year-to-date, sales of light vehicles in the Czech Republic are up a solid 22% to 73,895 units. Skoda is up 28% to 7.092 sales and 34.4% share, monopolising the Top 4 with the Octavia (10.8%), Fabia (7.7%), Rapid (5.8%) and Superb (3.6%) in the lead and the entire lineup fitting within the Top 9 with the Citigo at #7, Yeti at #8 and Roomster at #9. Volkswagen is up a whopping 48% to 2.450 units and 11.9. In fact, this month the Volkswagen Group (including Seat and Porsche) holds 51% of the Czech market.

Previous month: Czech Republic March 2015: Skoda Fabia up again in all-time record month

One year ago: Czech Republic April 2014: Skoda Rapid here to stay at #2

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Czech Republic March 2015: Fabia up again in all-time record month

April 10th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic March 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Skoda Fabia holds 7.5% of its home market this month.

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The Czech new car market is up an astounding 28% year-on-year in March to 21,155 registrations, the biggest ever month in the history of automobile in the country and the first time more than 20,000 new cars found a buyer in a single month, smashing the previous record of 18,171 units established last June. The year-to-date total now stands at 53,265 deliveries, up 24% on 2014. Local manufacturer Skoda continues to dominate the sales charts head and shoulders with 6,650 sales and 31.4% share, ahead of Volkswagen with 2,510 units and 11.9% share (1,936 without re-exports), Hyundai at 1,715 and Ford at 1,299 (808 without re-exports). Dacia, #5 in the overall ranking with 1,028 sales, is #4 once again with re-exports removed.

Hyundai ix20 Czech Rep March 2015Hyundai ix20

In the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia slips down just under 10% share while the Fabia continues to progress thanks to the new model, gaining one percentage point on February to 7.5% thanks to 1,597 registrations. The Skoda Rapid and VW Golf follow and hold onto their positions, while the Hyundai ix20 is up 3 spots to a shiny 5th place. Notice also the Skoda Citigo up 5 to #8, the Seat Leon up 7 to #11, Nissan Qashqai up 8 to #16, Opel Astra up 16 to #21, the Nissan Pulsar up to #78 and the Fiat 500X breaking into the Czech Top 100 for the first time at #80.

Previous month: Czech Republic February 2015: Skoda Fabia at highest in 20 months

One year ago: Czech Republic March 2014: Skoda Octavia, Rapid and Fabia on top

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Czech Republic February 2015: Skoda Fabia at highest in 20 months

March 6th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic February 2015. Picture courtesy autozeitung.deSkoda Fabia

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The Czech new car market is up a huge 28% year-on-year in February to a record 16,383 registrations (previous best for the month: 13,544 in 2012), bringing the year-to-date total to 32,110 units, up 22% on 2014. However exclusive data from Medea Research show that 17% of new cars registered in the country this month were re-exported to other European Union nations, accounting for the majority of the year-on-year increase. Skoda remains sovereign at home with 5,180 sales and 31.6% share above Volkswagen with 2,234 units (1,583 without re-exports), Hyundai at 1,330 and Ford at 1,054 (514 without re-exports). Dacia, #5 in the overall ranking with 869 deliveries, is #4 once re-exports are removed. Notice also Renault up to #6 and Peugeot back in the Top 10 brands.

VW Golf Sportsvan Czech Republic February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf Sportsvan is up to #15 in the Czech Republic this month.

The Skoda Octavia dominates the models ranking as usual with an imposing 10.5% share and 1,664 sales, however this month its little sister the Fabia, finally reaping the benefits of a new generation, hits its highest market share at home in 20 months (since June 2013) at 6.4% and 1,052 units, and could come tease the Octavia for the pole position in the coming months. The Skoda Rapid is knocked down to #3 with 6.1% but remains #2 year-to-date for now. The Skoda Yeti is up two spots on January to #5, the Dacia Duster brilliantly maintains itself inside the Top 10 at #9, the VW Polo is up 6 ranks to #10 (64% are re-exports though), the VW Golf Sportsvan shoots up to #15, the Renault Captur is up to #28 and the Peugeot 2008 up to #36.

Previous month: Czech Republic January 2015: New figures reveal re-export culprits

One year ago: Czech Republic February 2014: Skoda Rapid consolidates 2nd spot

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Czech Republic January 2015: New figures unveil re-export culprits

February 6th, 2015 No comments

Ford Fiesta Czech Republic January 2015All (100%) Ford Fiesta sold in the Czech Republic in January were re-exported!

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New all-time record for January new car sales in the Czech Republic, smashing the previous best established last year by 15% to 15,727 units. However and for the first time on BSCB, thanks to Madea Research we can observe in detail the re-export phenomenon rife in the country. Lower prices than in the rest of the European Union means a significant part of new car sales in Eastern Europe never sees the roads of the country they were registered in and are re-exported as new to other markets. This is particularly true in Bulgaria and Latvia, but valid across the region as a whole. It is a taboo subject in the car sales world that has never been officially quantified until now. The Top 100 models and Top 10 brands detailed below the jump are ranked by their official sales, but now also include a 2nd column that deducts re-exports, defined as cars de-registered within 90 days of purchase.

Seat Leon Czech Republic January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.fr53% of Seat Leon sold in January were re-exported outside of the Czech Republic.

What started as 14,151 units sold for the Top 100 models in January, ends up at just 12,211 once re-exports are deducted, giving us a 14% re-export ratio, significant enough to potentially explain the record sales reached in the Czech Republic in 2014… The ranking by brand is eloquent: while Skoda (5% re-export ratio), Hyundai (2%), Kia (4%), BMW (5%) and Dacia (7%) are all clean, Volkswagen (26%), Seat (53%) and Ford (61% of cars re-exported) are the worst offenders in the Top 10. The VAG Group has re-exported at least 850 new cars from the Czech Republic in January alone…

Fiat Panda Czech Republic January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus,frAll Fiat Panda sold in the Czech Republic were re-exported.

In the models ranking, the 4 best-sellers remain the Skoda Octavia, Rapid, Fabia and Hyundai i30 in this order once re-exports are deducted. The VW Golf stays 5th but owes 27% of its sales to re-exports. Seat does worse: 53% of Leon and 59% of Ibiza are re-exported, Fiat worse again with 34% of 500, 54% of 500L, 66% of Freemont and 100% of Panda re-exported but Ford is the most spectacular re-exporter: not a single one of the Fiesta registered in January made it to Czech roads and only 43% of Focus, 52% of B-Max and 61% of Mondeo.

Dacia Dokker Czech Republic January 2015Dacia Dokker

Quite separately from this, great performers in January include the Dacia Duster up to #9, Dacia Dokker up to #26, Hyundai i40 up to #30, Volvo XC60 up to #40, the BMW X6 shooting up to #52 vs. #136 during the Full Year 2014, its little brother the BMW X4 up to #75, the Citroen C4 Cactus up to #79 and the Kia Sorento up to #95.

Previous post: Czech Republic Full Year 2014: Skoda Rapid #2 in record market

One year ago: Czech Republic January 2014: Dacia Logan/Sandero shine

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

January 13th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Rapid Czech Republic 2014. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukSkoda Rapid Spaceback

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The Czech new car market hits a new all-time high in 2014 with sales up a magnificent 17% year-on-year to 192,314 registrations, almost 20,000 units above the previous record of 174,009 established in 2012. 6 out of 12 months broke all time records this year, including the last 4 months of the year, so the market is on a great run indeed and 2015 could well be the very first year Czech car buyers purchase 200,000 new vehicles for the first time. For the first time a phenomenon rife in all of Eastern Europe due to lower prices than in other parts of the European Union, the re-export or cars purchased as new – has been quantified for the Czech Republic by Madea Research which announced that 23,471 vehicles, or 12% of the 2014 market, were registered for less than 3 months then left the country. The biggest culprit is the VAG Group with an estimated 20% of Volkswagen sales in the country actually being re-exported.

Dacia Duster Czech Republic 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deDacia is the #4 manufacturer in the Czech Republic if re-exports are deducted.

In this context, market leaders Skoda (30.2% share) and Hyundai (9.8%) evolve like the market and keep their market shares intact, Volkswagen overperforms at +22% in third place as does Ford at #4 (+33%) but the most improved awards go to Dacia up 64% to #5 and even #4 with re-exports deducted and Opel up 55% to #7. Seat breaks into the Top 10 for the first time thanks to sales up 41% to 6,163 units but falls to a much less impressive #18 without re-exports.

VW Golf Czech Republic 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is the best-selling foreigner in the Czech Republic for the first time.

The Skoda Octavia lodges a 6th consecutive year in the Czech pole position but sees its market share slide again slightly to 10.7% and 20,539 units. The Skoda Rapid is up one spot to pass the Fabia to 2nd place overall thanks to sales up 48% with the arrival of the Spaceback variant to 12,393 deliveries and 6.4%. The Skoda Fabia will need to forget 2014 fast: handicapped by the changeover to its new generation and cannibalised by the Rapid, it drops 11% to the nameplate’s lowest ever local annual share to 4.6%. Skoda however monopolises the podium for the 4th time in the last 5 years.

BMW X5 Czech Republic 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW X5

Thanks to sales up a formidable 35% on 2013, the VW Golf passes the Nošovice-produced Hyundai i30 to claim the title of best-selling foreigner in the Czech Republic for the first time ever at #4, with the Ford Fiesta (+66%) and Skoda Yeti (+64%) also performing stunningly in the Top 10. Further down, notice the Seat Leon up 92% to #13, the Dacia Duster up 77% to #14, Renault Clio up 50% to #27, Opel Corsa up 68% to #29 and the BMW X5 increasing its sales nearly fourfold on 2013 to break into the Top 50 at #45.

Previous month: Czech Republic November 2014: New gen brings Skoda Fabia back to #3

One year ago: Czech Republic Full Year 2013: Skoda Octavia #1, Rapid on podium

Two years ago: Czech Republic Full Year 2012: Hyundai i30 on podium for the first time

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Czech Republic November 2014: New gen brings Fabia back to #3

December 5th, 2014 No comments

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic November 2014. Picture courtesy of praguepost.comSkoda Fabia

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It’s official: never before had Czech consumers purchased as many cars as in 2014: thanks to a record month of November at 16,365 registrations, the year-to-date total after 11 months stands at 175,626 deliveries, more than the previous annual record of 174,009 reached in 2012. November is the 5th record month in the Czech Republic so far this year and the third consecutive one! Skoda delivers a particularly strong score in November at 31.3% share vs. 26.4% YTD, ahead of Volkswagen (9.9%), Hyundai (8.8%) and Ford (7.1%). In the models ranking, below the Skoda Octavia (11.8%) and Rapid (5.7%), the Fabia benefits from the launch of its third generation on November 11 to reclaim the third place it holds year-to-date, after leaving the podium for the first time in the nameplate’s history last month. Other great performers include the Ford Fiesta up to #4, the Skoda Yeti at #5 and 3.9% vs. 2.7% YTD, the Dacia Duster doubling its YTD market share at #7 and 3%, the Nissan Qashqai up 17 spots on October to #20, Peugeot 2008 up 11 to #38 and the Mercedes C-Class up splitting its October ranking in two at #41 thanks to the new model.

Previous month: Czech Republic October 2014: 4 Hyundais in Top 10

One year ago: Czech Republic November 2013: Skoda Rapid back up to 2nd place

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Czech Republic October 2014: 4 Hyundais in Top 10

November 6th, 2014 No comments

Hyundai ix35 Czech Republic October 2014The Hyundai ix35 is among the 10 most popular vehicles in Czech Republic this month.

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Only a models ranking available for Czech Republic, overall and brands data will be uploaded as it becomes available. The Skoda Octavia and Rapid dominate the models ranking with 2,287 and 1,318 sales respectively while the Skoda Fabia dips to #6 as it changes over to the new generation, allowing the VW Golf on the podium for the first time since May 2011. This month’s big event  comes from local manufacturer (yes) Hyundai: after outselling Skoda in private sales in September, it now places 4 models inside the Top 10: the i30 at #4, i20 at #7, ix20 at #9 and the ix35 up 11 spots on September to #10. That’s as many as Skoda… Private sales are generally an indicator of future overall sales, so expect Hyundai to keep gaining strength over the next couple of years in Czech Republic.

Previous month: Czech Republic September 2014: Hyundai above Skoda in private sales

One year ago: Czech Republic October 2013: VW Golf back to #1 foreigner

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