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.

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

dacia-duster-czech-republic-august-2016-picture-courtesy-autocar-co-ukDacia (+84%) ranks #4 for only the second time in Czech history. 

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And we’re back in the game: after declining July sales due to less opening days and Skoda shutting down its main factory for summer, the Czech new car market return to record-breaking shape in August: up 16% to 21.251 deliveries – the highest August score ever registered and the first time above 20.000 units for the month. This brings us to an all-time high year-to-date tally of 172.768 units, up 13% on the same period in 2015 which itself was already a record. To take stock of the fantastic health of the Czech market – partly due to re-exports it has to be said – let’s compare the 8 months of 2016 to the Full Year scores of 2013 (164.736), 2012 (174.009) or 2011 (173.282)…

Kia Sportage Czech Republic August 2016Kia sales are up 87%… 

Homegrown market leader Skoda grows slower than the market at +13% and as a result posts its weakest market share so far in 2016 at 26.9%. It is still way above #2 Volkswagen at 10.4%, ahead of Hyundai at 8.2%. French-Romanian low-cost brand Dacia surges up 84% to pass Ford and rank #4 brand in the Czech Republic for only the second time in history after last April. Seat (+30%), Kia (+87%) and Mercedes (+135%) also post very sizeable sales gains this month, whereas Opel (-21%) and Ford (-28%) fall flat. Note that when removing re-exports, Volkswagen falls down to just 1.085 sales at #3 well below Hyundai (1.679) and only a smidgen above Dacia (1.056).

Mercedes GLA Czech Republic August 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.fr…while Mercedes deliveries shoot up 135% year-on-year. 

Model-wise, both the Skoda Octavia (9.1%) and Fabia (7.6%) continue to dominate but fall short of their year-to-date levels of 11% and 8.4% respectively. Reversely the Skoda Rapid (4.7%) is above (4.4%) but the Hyundai i30 ranks 4th, passing the Skoda Superb (3.1% vs. 4.3% year-to-date) whose new generation’s honeymoon period with Czech customers now seems to have ended. Illustrating the brand’s performance this month, the Dacia Duster jumps up to #7 overall. Notice also the VW Polo at #8 and the Kia Sportage at #13. The Fiat Talento (#145) and Seat Ateca (#160) land inside the Top 200  for their first month in market.

Previous month: Czech Republic July 2016: First year-on-year decline in almost 3 years

One year ago: Czech Republic August 2015: Skoda Fabia confirms pole position

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

Renault Megane Czceh Republic July 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frRenault gains 24% in July in a Czech market shockingly down 12.5%. 

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It’s the shock that we did not expect: new car sales in the Czech Republic are actually down year-on-year for the first time since October 2013, putting an end to 32 consecutive month of year-on-year gains and not by just a fraction: by 12.5% to just 18.739. This brings the year-to-date total to 151.517 units, this time up 12.5% on the same period in 2015. So is it the end of the euphoric run the Czech market had got us used to? Not so fast: local analysts rather believe the culprit is the number of holidays in July this year (12) vs. last year (9), notably during the first week of the month when only Monday and Friday were working days. Market leader Skoda is hit full frontal with deliveries down 24% to 5.430 and 29% share vs. 32.4% so far this year. Reversely, Volkswagen is up 8% to 11.2% share above Hyundai (-21%) and Ford (-16%). The stars of the Top 10 are Mercedes (+43%), Renault (+24%) and Dacia (+14%). Year-to-date, the most dynamic brands are Honda (+60%), Mercedes (+50%), Suzuki (+48%), Jeep (+35%), Audi (+31%), Mazda (+31%) and Renault (+27%). Model-wise, despite its freefall Skoda resumes monopolising the Top 4 with the Octavia, Fabia, Rapid and Superb. The Dacia Sandero is up to #11, the Renault Clio up to #15, the Dacia Dokker up to #18 and the Fiat Tipo up to #46.

Previous month: Czech Republic June 2016: Fourth consecutive all-time record month

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

Skoda Superb Czech Republic June 2016The Skoda Superb is now established inside its home podium. 

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2015 was the year of all records in the Czech Republic, and 2016 is turning out to be just the same. The all-time monthly volume record has been beaten on each of the past four months, lifted from 22.799 in March to 23.131 in April, 24.335 in May and now 25.714 in June, the first time Czech new car sales cross the symbolic 25.000 monthly sales mark. This is up 21% on June 2015 which at the time was an all-time record also… The year-to-date tally is now up 17% halfway through the year to 132.778 units. Homegrown behemoth Skoda is marking a slight pause this month with sales up “just” 18% to 7.965 and 31% share vs. 32.8% so far in 2016. Volkswagen (+31%) and Hyundai (+55%) follow while Ford (-10%) struggles. Dacia (+20%) round up the Top 5 ahead of Renault (+54%) with Mercedes (+59%) and BMW (+2%) making a rare appearance in the Top 10. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia reigns supreme at 11.4% share, distancing the Fabia (7.9%) and Superb (4.9%) while the Hyundai i30 overtakes the Skoda Rapid to snap the 4th spot. The Kia Cee’d (#10), Nissan Qashqai (#11), Hyundai Tucson (#13) and Renault Megane (#19) shine.

Previous month: Czech Republic May 2016: Third historical monthly record in a row

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

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

Skoda Superb Czech Republic May 2016The luxurious Skoda Superb is the #3 best-selling car at home so far in 2016. 

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Incredible sales figures keep coming through from the Czech Republic, and the good news is the re-exports seem to be levelling off, indicating ‘real’ sales gains this year. After March (22.799) and April (23.131), May marks the third consecutive all-time absolute monthly record for new car sales in the country at 24.335, up a mammoth 34% on May 2015 and lifting the year-to-date total up 16% to 107.064. This also means each month in 2016 has been the highest ever score in history for that month. Local fare Skoda grows as fast as the record-breaking market with volumes up 34% to 7.768 and 31.9%, and this time both Volkswagen (+40%) and Hyundai (+42%) outpace it, as do Kia (+36%), Dacia (+41%), Seat (+49%) and Renault (+60%). Outside the Top 10, both Suzuki and Honda double their sales thanks to the Vitara and HR-V respectively. In this euphoric context, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Opel are the only marques to lose ground year-on-year. Model-wise, the Top 4 is 100% Skoda (Octavia-Fabia-Superb-Rapid) with the Yeti added at #6 for good measure. The locally-produced Hyundai i30 is the most popular ‘foreign’ model, followed by the VW Golf (#7) and Passat (#8) with the Hyundai ix20 reappearing inside the Top 10. The Ford Edge lands at #168.

Previous month: Czech Republic April Dacia shines in all-time record month

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

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Czech Republic April 2016: Dacia shines in all-time record month

Dacia Sandero Czech Republic April 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frDacia sales are up 50% in the Czech Republic in April. 

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The all-time monthly record set last month only lasted one month: at 23.131 units (+12%), April 2016 is the new largest sales month in the history of Czech Republic. The year-to-date total is now up 12% to a record 82.729 units after four months. For once home grown carmaker Skoda underperforms with sales up just 5% to 7.481 and 32.3% share, with Volkswagen at #2 (-4%) and Ford at #5 (-8%) the only manufacturers to lose ground year-on-year in the Top 10. Hyundai is up 30% to 1.921 sales and 8.3% share while Dacia, up a whopping 50% on April 2015, hits its largest monthly score ever in the Czech Republic at 1.251 deliveries. Mercedes is up 51% to break into the Czech Top 10 at #10, and outside, notice Jaguar (+450%), Honda (+90%), Suzuki (+49%). Year-to-date, the biggest improvers so far are Jaguar (+131%), Honda (+67%), Alfa Romeo (+66%), Mercedes (+52%), Audi (+51%), Suzuki (+ 50%) and Mazda (+46%). At the other end of the scale, Lexus (-22%), Volkswagen (-12%) and Fiat (-9%) disappoint. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia holds on tight to its pole position ahead of the Fabia, Rapid and Superb while the Hyundai i30 is the best-selling foreigner at #5 and 3.2% share.

Previous month: Czech Republic March 2016: Skoda monopolises Top Five in record month

One year ago: Czech Republic April 2015: Second biggest month in history

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