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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Czech Republic March 2016: Skoda monopolises Top Five

Skoda Octavia Czech Republic March 2016Local carmaker Skoda is up 21% at home so far in 2016.

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Third monthly record in a row for the Czech new car market: March volumes are up a further 8% year-on-year to 22.799 units, a new all-time monthly record volume for this market. Year-to-date, Czech sales are up 12% to a record 59.598 units over Q1. Local carmaker Skoda does the heavy lifting in its home market, improving by 15% in March to 7.637 sales and 33.5% share and by a very impressive 21% year-to-date to 20.446 and 34.3%. Volkswagen holds onto its 2nd place despite sales worryingly down 20% in March and 15% YTD. Hyundai (-6%), Ford (-3%) and Dacia (+5%) follow with Kia (+23%) catching up. However when only taking into account “real” registrations (i.e. removing re-exports), Hyundai ranks 2nd, Dacia 4th and Seat steps out of the Top 10.

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (11% share) and Fabia (9.5%) remain at insurmountable levels, and this moth the entire Top 5 is 100% Skoda with the Rapid (4.5%), Superb (4.4%) and Yeti (2.8%) in tow. The VW Golf is the best-selling foreigner above the Hyundai i30 and ix20. The Nissan Qashqai jumps 21 spots on February to #10, the Kia Sportage holds onto a solid #15 and the Hyundai Tucson stays inside the Top 20 at #19.

Previous post: Czech Republic January-February 2016: Top 4 best-sellers 100% Skoda

One year ago: Czech Republic March 2015: Skoda Fabia up again in all-time record month

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

Skoda Superb Czech Republic February 2016The Skoda Superb is up 109% to #3 overall at home in 2016… 

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Nothing can stop the Czech new car market: January (17.500 sales) and February (19.299) are new records for each month, lifting the year-to-date to an all-time high 36.799 units after two months, up a whopping 15% on the same period last year which was a record at the time. According to Medea Research, re-exports account for as much as 17% of total sales in the Czech Republic in February, the monthly total would be just 16.143 without them. Local behemoth Skoda reinforces its domination at home thanks to the new generations Fabia and Superb: it gains 25% to 12.809 sales in two months or 34.8% market share vs. 31.9% over FY2015.

Skoda Octavia Czech Republic February 2016…but the Skoda Octavia remains by far the market leader. 

Volkswagen tumbles down 12% but remains 2nd at 9.5% share above Hyundai (-8%), Ford (+18%) and Dacia (+6%). In February, Kia is up 40% to #6, Peugeot up 57% to #7 and Renault up 27% to #8. In the models ranking, the Top 4 best-sellers are all Skodas for the first time since November 2012, and this both in January and February. So far in 2015 the Octavia has a solid grip on the charts with 4.591 sales (+24%) ahead of the Fabia at 3.376 (+95%), the Superb at 1.796 (+109%) and the Rapid at 1.664 (-18%). The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling import at #5 but 70% of its local sales are in fact re-exported. The VW Passat is up to #9 year-to-date, the Kia Sportage is up to #15 in February while the Hyundai Tucson ranks 16th.

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

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic 2015. Picture carkeys.co.ukSkoda Fabia sales are up 133% at home – but not enough to reclaim the #1 spot.

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New car sales in the Czech Republic post a euphoric year in 2015: an all-time record for the 2nd year running and the third time in the past five years, up a flamboyant 20% to 230.857 units, the first time the 200.000 units are passed in a single year – this milestone was passed in mid-November. After hitting a highest-ever monthly score of 18.171 in June 2014, the Czech market broke through the 20.000 monthly units for the first time this year in March (21.155), beating this record again in June (21.315) and July (21.415) and also passing the same benchmark in April at 20.360 and November (20.461). However keep in mind a significant part (estimated at 12% of the market) of Czech sales never see local roads and are immediately re-exported to other parts of the European Union. The biggest culprits are the VAG Group with an estimated 20% of its overall sales in the country actually being re-exported – a share that climbed to 53% for the Seat brand in January – and Ford with a 60% re-export ratio in January.

Skoda Superb Czech Republic October 2015The Skoda Superb is up 36% to #6.

Local manufacturer Skoda tightens the grip it holds over its home market even further this year with sales up 27% to 73.560 for an improved 31.9% market share. Even though the Fabia is up a spectacular 133% on 2014 to 20.468 units thanks to its new generation, it is not sufficient to dislodge the Octavia from a 7th consecutive title at 24.346 sales. The Rapid (#3), Superb (#6) and Yeti (#7) make it five Skodas in the Top 7 vs. 5 in the Top 8 in 2014. Volkswagen reclaims the #2 spot off Hyundai thanks to volumes up 29% to 23.620 and 10.2% of the market vs. 19.315 and 8.4% (+2%) for the Korean carmaker, even though the Hyundai i30 overtakes the VW Golf as the best-selling foreigner in the country. Renault (+27%), BMW (+34%), Nissan (+67%), Audi (+25%), Mercedes (+27%) and Mitsubishi (+42%) also overperform.

Previous month: Czech Republic November 2015: Annual record broken at 211.089 units

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

Two years ago: Czech Republic Full Year 2013: Skoda Octavia #1, Rapid on podium

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Czech Republic November 2015: Annual record broken at 211.089 sales

Skoda Superb Czech Republic October 2015The new generation pushes the Skoda Superb up 79% in November.

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No surprise: November is a new all-time record in the Czech Republic with 20.421 registrations, up 25% on the previous record established just last year (16.365) and only the fifth time in Czech history that more than 20.000 new vehicles are registered in a single month after last March, April, June and July. This means that for the first time ever, the Czech new car market breaks the symbolic 200.000 annual sales at 211.089, up 20% on 2014 and with one month to spare before the end of the year. Keep in mind though that roughly 17% of all new car registrations in the Czech Republic are immediately re-exported towards other European Union nations. Brand-wise, local carmaker Skoda follows the market at +25% to 31.2% share, Volkswagen is weaker at +15% to 9.2% and Hyundai is catching up at +29% to 9.1% share. Dacia struggles (-2%) but parent brand Renault shines (+41%).

VW Passat Czech Republic November 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Passat is up 3-fold on November 2014.

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia ends four consecutive months of Skoda Fabia reign thanks to a very strong 12% share and 2.454 sales (+27%) vs. 1.679 and 8.2% (+126%). The Skoda Rapid is stable in third position, the Hyundai i30 is up 63% to #4, the Skoda Superb up 79% to #5 and the VW Passat up 212% to #8. Further down, the Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Top 20 at #19, the Suzuki Vitara gains a further two spots on October to #25 and the Renault Kadjar is up four to #42.

Previous month: Czech Republic October 2015: Volkswagen Group holds 51% of the market

One year ago: Czech Republic November 2014: New gen brings Skoda Fabia back to #3

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Czech Republic October 2015: Volkswagen Group holds 51% of market

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic September 2015The Skoda Fabia has been #1 in the Czech Republic for four months running.

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It has become the norm: new car sales in the Czech Republic break a new record in October, up 10.5% year-on-year to 19.658 registrations, the best October ever recorded. The year-to-date total is up a flamboyant 20% to 190.668 units, also a record and only a few days away from beating the all-time annual high hit last year (192.314). Keep in mind though that roughly 17% of all new car registrations in the Czech Republic are immediately re-exported towards other European Union nations. It would appear that the emissions scandal that is rocking Volkswagen’s boat worldwide has been the best advertising for all brands of the group in the Czech Republic, with the four flagship marques all frankly outpacing the market… Skoda is up 23% to 34.9% share, Volkswagen up 21% to 10.7%, Seat up 37% to 3% share and Audi up 45% to break into the Top 10 at 482 sales and 2.5%. All-in-all, these four brands account for 51.1% of the Czech new car market this month.

Skoda Superb Czech Republic October 2015Skoda Superb sales are up 106% in October.

Model-wise, the Skoda Fabia is up almost 5-fold on a year ago to holds the title of best-selling nameplate at home for the 4th consecutive month thanks to a strong 2.265 sales and 11.5% share. This time it also outsells the Octavia in real terms – meaning reported sales minus re-exports – at 2.060 vs. 2.024. Despite volumes down 32% the Skoda Rapid remains on the podium, while the Hyundai i30 is the most popular foreigner at #4 and the Skoda Superb more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+106%) to round up the Top 5 at 3.5% share thanks to the new model. Notice also the VW Passat up 149%, the Ford Focus up 107%, Seat Ibiza up 144%, the Suzuki Vitara up to #27 and the Renault Kadjar breaking into the Top 50 at #46.

Previous month: Czech Republic September 2015: Skoda Fabia #1, or is it?

One year ago: Czech Republic October 2014: 4 Hyundais in Top 10

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

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic September 2015Skoda Fabia

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Nothing seems to be able to stop record new car sales in the Czech Republic, up another 14% year-on-year in September to 18.156 registrations – the best September score ever recorded, lifting the year-to-date up 21% to an all-time high 171.010 deliveries after 9 months, already above the Full Year 2013 (164.036) with three months to spare! Keep in mind though that roughly 17% of all new car registrations in the Czech Republic are immediately re-exported towards other European Union nations. The Skoda Fabia posts a third consecutive month in pole position at home with a stunning 11.5% market share – its highest so far for this generation – vs. 10.8% for the Octavia. However the Octavia stays well ahead year-to-date at 10.4% vs. 8.7%, and the rankings are also reversed when only taking into account real sales – that is reported sales minus re-exports – with the Octavia at 1.868 vs. 1.773 for the Fabia. Notice also the Skoda Superb up to #5, the Ford Fiesta back up 9 spots on August to #6 (100% re-exported though), the Nissan Qashqai up 20 to #9, the Hyundai Tucson up 11 to #25 and the Fiat 500X breaking into the Top 40 at #38.

Previous month: Czech Republic August 2015: Skoda Fabia confirms pole position

One year ago: Czech Republic September 2014: Hyundai above Skoda in private sales

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Czech Republic August 2015: Skoda Fabia confirms pole position

Skoda Fabia Czech Republic August 2015. Picture courtesy rad-ab.comThe Skoda Fabia is the best-selling nameplate at home for the 2nd month running.

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No respite for the Czech new car market: August sales are up a whopping 31% year-on-year to 18.378 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 22% to 152.954 units, already more than the Full Year 2008 total of 143.661… Keep in mind though that roughly 17% of all new car registrations in the Czech Republic are immediately re-exported towards other European Union nations. In this context the Skoda Fabia confirms it has resumed its domestic domination, lodging a second consecutive month atop the Czech sales charts with 1.773 units, distancing the Skoda Octavia at 1.545 and the Rapid at 719. The Hyundai i30 is the best-selling foreigner once again at 584 sales above the VW Golf at 512 and the Hyundai ix35 pushed up by runout discounts to 365 units. The VW Passat is up 5 spots on July to #8, the Opel Insignia up 24 to #11, Ford Transit Custom up to $13, Seat Ibiza up 27 to #17 but 100% are re-exported and the Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Czech Top 50 at #36 for its 2nd month in market.

Previous month: Czech Republic July 2015: Skoda Fabia ends Octavia domination

One year ago: Czech Republic August 2014: Hyundai i20 up to 5th place

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Czech Republic July 2015: Skoda Fabia ends Octavia domination

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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