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Czech Republic December 2013: Hyundai i30 shoots up to #2!

January 9th, 2014 No comments

Hyundai i30 Czech Republic December 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Hyundai i30 is the first non-Skoda to rank #2 in at least 20 years!

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New car sales in the Czech Republic are up a cool 14% year-on-year in December to 14,697 registrations, bringing the final 2013 total to 164,736 units, down 5% on 2012. If the Skoda Octavia is the most popular model in the country this month as usual at 10.6% share, the big event comes in 2nd place: after reaching the third position 5 times back in 2012, the Hyundai i30 unexpectedly rises to a fantastic 2nd spot thanks to 847 sales and 5.8% share, the nameplate’s highest ever ranking in the country and 2nd best-ever market share below the 6.1% it reached in October 2010. Even though the i30 is produced locally in Nošovice, it is still a technically a ‘foreign’ model and the first non-Skoda to manage to climb into 2nd place, since… well ever actually. At least as long as I have data for the Czech Republic which is 1998. Talk about an achievement!

Dacia Logan Czech Republic 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Logan is back inside the Czech Top 20 this month.

It’s fair to say Skodas encircle the Hyundai i30 atop the ranking this month, with the Fabia at #3 with 699 sales and 4.8%, the Rapid at #4 with 696 units and 4.7% and the Superb at #5 with 439 units and 3%. Add the Yeti up 7 spots on November to #7 and the Roomster up 3 to #9 and you have a reasonably successful month for Skoda. Other great performers this month in the Czech Republic include the Ford Focus up 7 ranks to #10, the Dacia Sandero up 11 to a best-ever #12 also reached in July, the Dacia Logan back up 11 to #18, Honda CR-V up 9 to #23 and the Mazda3 jumping up to #42 vs. #98 over the full year.

Previous month: Czech Republic November 2013: Skoda Rapid back up to 2nd place

One year ago: Czech Republic December 2012: Skoda Citigo and Rapid shine

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

December 5th, 2013 6 comments

Skoda Rapid Czech Republic November 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Rapid

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New car sales in the Czech Republic are up an encouraging 3% year-on-year in November to 14,697 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 150,197 units, down 7% on 2012. Below the Skoda Octavia evolving in the upper-stratosphere at 2,003 sales and 13.6% this month vs. 11.1% year-to-date, the Skoda Rapid reclaims the 2nd spot it held last July and August thanks to 794 sales and 5.4%. Meanwhile, the Skoda Fabia drops to a new low of 737 units and 5%, the nameplate’s lowest ever monthly market share at home. The VW Golf is in great shape at #4 and #1 foreigner with 562 sales and 3.8%, while the Ford Fiesta is up a fantastic 8 spots on October to land at #5 with 421 units and 2.9%.

Audi A6 Czech Republic November 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frPosh tastes: the Audi A6 is up to #19 this month!

Further down, let’s salute the Peugeot 308 lodging a second consecutive month inside the Czech Top 10 at #9, the Audi A6 up an unbelievable 46 ranks on last month to #19 and 1% share, the Fiat 500L up 16 spots to #26, Dacia Logan up 10 to #29, Dacia Dokker up 17 to #36, BMW X5 up 73 to #48, the Renault Captur holding up inside the Top 50 – just – down 2 to #50 and the Peugeot 2008 up 32 to #70. Finally, let’s notice the Lada Granta commencing its westward expansion and selling its very first Czech unit this month…

Previous month: Czech Republic October 2013: VW Golf back to #1 foreigner

One year ago: Czech Republic November 2012: Ford B-Max and Peugeot 301 up

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

November 7th, 2013 5 comments

VW Golf Czech Republic October 2013VW Golf

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New car sales in Czech Republic are back into negative in October at -4% year-on-year to 15,346 registrations, which means the year-to-date total remains down 8% at 135,500 units. The podium is 100% Skoda once again with solid performances of all three models: the Octavia leads the way by far thanks to 2,012 sales and 13.1% share vs. 10.8% year-to-date, followed by the Fabia at 5.8% vs. 6.2% and the Rapid at 5.6% vs. 5.1%.

The VW Golf is back to the #1 foreign model position it holds year-to-date at #4 with 522 sales and 3.4%, its strongest monthly volume so far in 2013, ahead of the Hyundai i30 at 2.5% and the Skoda Superb at 2.3%. Other great performers this month in the Czech Republic include the Peugeot 308 up a huge 11 ranks on September to #9 and 1.8% share, the Dacia Duster up 4 to #12, Citroen C4 up 15 to #23, Ford Kuga up 56 to #37, Mitsubishi ASX up 14 to #38 and the Renault Captur breaking into the Czech Top 50 for the first time, up 52 spots to #48.

Previous month: Czech Republic September 2013: Skoda Octavia shoots up to 15% share

One year ago: Czech Republic October 2012: Skoda Fabia #1, Citigo #9, Rapid #12

Full October 2013 Top 150 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Czech Republic September 2013: Skoda Octavia shoots up to 15%

October 6th, 2013 2 comments

Skoda Octavia Czech Republic September 2013The Skoda Octavia delivers its strongest market share since February 2012.

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New car sales in the Czech Republic are up a reassuring 6% year-on-year in September to 13,208 registrations, reducing the year-to-date fall to 8% at 120,154 units. For the first time since last November, the Top 4 best-sellers are all Skodas this month, led by a flamboyant Octavia up to 1,940 sales and 14.7% share, its highest since February 2012. The Fabia reclaims the 2nd spot at 785 units and 5.9%, still a shy share but better than the last two months. After two months at #2 the Rapid’s market share is down almost two percentage points on August to 5.3% at 694 sales while the Superb is up 5 spots to #4 at 462 units and 3.5%.

Hyundai ix20 Czech Republic September 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Hyundai ix20 is the best-selling foreigner for the first time.

This month and for the first time ever, the Hyundai ix20 becomes the best-selling foreigner in Czech Republic, reaching an all-time high 5th place with 409 sales and 3.1% which are also volume and market share records for the model! The ix20 has been discreetly but steadily improving since its first appearance in the Czech ranking back in December 2010. Other great performers this month include the Skoda Yeti up 7 ranks to #8, the Seat Ibiza and Leon at #12 and #13 respectively, Ford B-Max up 6 spots to #17, Toyota Auris up 8 to #25, BMW 5 Series up to #27 vs. #43 year-to-date, Fiat 500L up 47 ranks to #30, BMW 1 Series up 99 spots to #44 and the Mercedes GL-Class up 71 to #56.

Previous month: Czech Republic August 2013: Skoda Rapid confirms #2 spot

One year ago: Czech Republic September 2012: 4 Skodas in Top 4, Superb #3

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Czech Republic August 2013: Skoda Rapid confirms #2 spot

September 6th, 2013 No comments

Skoda Rapid Czech Republic August 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Rapid

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The Czech new car market is down a harsh 12% year-on-year in August to 11,595 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 106,946 units, down 10% on 2012. Below the Skoda Octavia back above 10% share for the first time in 4 months at 10.2% (and a round 10% year-to-date), the Skoda Rapid confirms the #2 spot it hit for the first time at home last month thanks to 838 sales and 7.2% share, very close to the 7.3% it held in July. For its part the Skoda Fabia is stuck at 5.2%, the nameplate’s lowest ever share here. Compared to August 2012, Skoda goes from 27.1% to 29.6% share, which could infer the Rapid may not be a total cannibal after all. Let’s continue to monitor this over the next few months because this month’s results may have been biased by a particularly weak month for the Fabia one year ago.

Seat Leon Czech Republic August 2013Seat Leon

The VW Golf remains the most popular import at #4 with 347 sales and 3% while Hyundai places 3 models inside the Czech Top 7 in August like year-to-date and like Skoda! The i30 is #5 at 2.8% followed by the ix20 at 2.7% and the i20 at 2.5%. The Kia Cee’d is up 2 spots on July to #8, the Seat Ibiza up 3 to #10, the Leon up a further 7 to a fantastic #12 contrasting with the #142 spot it held over the Full Year 2012! Further down, notice the Renault Megane up 7 to #21, Ford B-Max up 12 to #23, Renault Clio up 16 to #27, Dacia Dokker up 55 to break into the Czech Top 50 for the first time at #41 and the Kia Carens up 30 to #51.

Previous month: Czech Republic July 2013: Skoda Rapid up to #2 for the first time

One year ago: Czech Republic August 2012: Skoda Citigo up to #6, Rapid #32

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Czech Republic July 2013: Skoda Rapid up to #2 for first time

August 8th, 2013 2 comments

Skoda Rapid Czech Republic July 2013Skoda Rapid

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New car sales in the Czech Republic get a summer boost: up an impressive 30% year-on-year in July to 14,533 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still frankly in negative at 95,351 units, down 10% on 2012. If the Skoda Octavia keeps its pole position with 1,279 sales and 8.8% (lower than the 10% share it holds year-to-date), the big event this month is the arrival in second place for the very first time of the Skoda Rapid, breaking its ranking, volume and market share records all at once and passing the 1,000 monthly-sales milestone also for the first time at 1,059 units and 7.3%. As a result the Skoda Fabia is down one spot to #3 with 753 sales and 5,2%, well below its year-to-date level of 6.5%. However as we have studied last month, this doesn’t result in Skoda improving its market share (29.3% in July vs. 29.4% year-to-date) which could mean the Rapid is a cannibal…

Seat Leon Czech Republic July 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frSeat Leon

The VW Golf is the best-selling foreign model this month, up 5 spots on June to land in 4th place at 422 units and 2.9% share, it is followed by the Skoda Roomster up 3 to #5, the Hyundai i30 and i20 both down 2 ranks to #6 and #7 respectively. The Dacia Sandero continues to progress: it is up 4 spots on last month to #12 with 292 sales and 2% whereas it finished last year at #40, the Seat Ibiza is up 14 to #13, the Ford Focus up 7 to #15 and the Seat Leon brilliantly maintains itself inside the Czech Top 20 at #19 while it ranked… #142 in 2012!

Chevrolet Trax Czech Republic July 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frChevrolet Trax

Further down, notice the Citroen C4 Picasso up 23 ranks to #26, the Fiat Panda up 45 to #30, Peugeot 3008 up 53 to #34 and the Audi Q3 up 37 to #45. As for newcomers, the Chevrolet Trax is up a fantastic 50 spots to #75 to now rank well above its twin the Opel Mokka (#119), the Peugeot 2008 is down 28 ranks to #93, the Dacia Dokker up 61 to #96 and the Renault Captur up 18 to #129.

Previous month: Czech Republic June 2013: First study suggests Rapid cannibalised Ocatvia & Fabia

One year ago: Czech Republic June 2012: Skoda Roomster at highest in 4 years

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Czech Republic June 2013: Hyundai i30 at highest foreign share in 2 years, first study suggests Rapid cannibalised Octavia and Fabia

July 5th, 2013 No comments

Hyundai i30 Czech Republic June 2013Hyundai i30

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Harsh landing for Czech new car sales, down 20% year-on-year in June to 14,482 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 80,818 units, down 14% on 2012. This month the leading Skoda trio reverts to market shares very close to their 2013 YTD levels: the Skoda Octavia is up from 8.3% in May to 9.7% vs. 10.2% year-to-date, the Skoda Fabia down from 7.9% to 6.6% vs. 6.7% while the Skoda Rapid improves from 4.8% to a best-ever 4.9% share thanks to 711 sales, to be compared with 4.2% year-to-date.

Skoda Rapid Czech Republic June 2013It would appear that the Skoda Rapid has cannibalised sales of Octavia and Fabia.

Exactly one year ago in June 2012, the Rapid launched at home in Czech Republic, so I thought it would be a good time to start looking at its impact on the rest of the Skoda range, in particular the Octavia and Fabia. In June 2012, the Octavia held 13.2% of the Czech market vs. 13.7% year-to-date, while the Fabia was at 7.7% and 8.6% respectively. Overall, Skoda holds 29.1% of the market in June 2013 vs. 30.6% in June 2012 and 29.5% so far in 2013 vs. 31% in 2012. So the first learning is that the Rapid has not helped Skoda gain market share, which can mean it has almost entirely cannibalised the rest of the range.

Skoda Octavia Rapid Czech Republic June 2013. Picture courtesy of autopruvodce.czLooks like a natural evolution: Skoda Octavia I, Octavia II and… Rapid.

The Octavia lost 3.5 percentage points YTD (from 13.7% to 10.2%) while the Fabia lost 1.9 percentage point (from 8.6% to 6.7%). Add these two losses and you arrive at a combined 5.4% market share loss year-on-year, which is more than the Rapid’s market share so far in 2013 (4.2%). This is a very initial and basic study and the changeover between two Octavia generations at the same time, as well as the Fabia now getting a little old, may have biased the results, so I will do this again in a few months. But at this stage we can roughly say that the Rapid looks like it has “stolen” two thirds of its sales from the Octavia and one third from the Fabia. Again, this is assuming that buyers don’t move in and out of the Skoda brand which is incorrect, but an interesting first look indeed.

Hyundai ix20 Czech Republic June 2013Hyundai ix20

In third position in June, the Hyundai i30 impresses at 643 sales and 4.4% share. This is the i30’s second best-ever share in the country below the 6.1% it reached in October 2010 and the best market share for a foreign model (even though the i30 is produced locally) since the Ford Focus hit 4.5% in June 2011. In fact, Hyundai manages to place no less than 3 models inside the Czech Top 7 this month: the i20 is #5 with 308 sales and 2.1% and the ix20 is #7 at 292 units and 2%.

Notice also the Peugeot 308 up 8 spots on May to #6 with 2% share (vs. 1.6% in France!), most probably due to run out prices before the new generation lands, the Dacia Sandero up a whopping 17 ranks to #16, the Seat Leon stable at an outstanding 18th place (vs. #142 over the Full Year 2012!), the Opel Astra up 9 to #19, BMW 5 Series up 26 to #36, Kia Carens up 38 to #53, Peugeot 2008 up to #65 and the Mercedes CLA up to #117.

Previous month: Czech Republic May 2013: Skoda fits entire range within Top 10 for the first time

One year ago: Czech Republic June 2012: Hyundai i30 shines, Skoda Rapid lands

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Czech Republic May 2013: Skoda fits entire range within Top 10 for the first time (7 models!)

June 9th, 2013 3 comments

Skoda Octavia Czech Republic May 2013Skoda Octavia

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The Czech new car market is down year-on-year once again but slightly less so than last month at -8% to 14,822 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 66,336 units, down 13% on 2012. Now this is a historical month in the Czech Republic for homegrown carmaker Skoda: for the first time in the 118-year history of the brand, its entire range fits within the monthly Top 10! The fact that the entire range fit within the Top 10 may have happened before but never had Skoda’s range been so extensive, currently composed of 7 models. Basically what it means in crude terms is that in Czech Republic, Skoda doesn’t have any dud models and all sell extremely well, a very rare feat for any manufacturer anywhere in the world.

Skoda Range Czech Republic May 2013Skoda Superb, Fabia, Octavia (old gen), Roomster and Yeti

So let’s recap all 7 models: the Octavia remains on top however it sees its market share melt from 12.8% last month to just 8.3%, just enough to stay above the Fabia at 7.9%. The Rapid stays in third place but hits its best market share so far at 4.7%, the Superb is up 3 spots at #5, the Citigo up 4 to #8, and finally both the Yeti and the Roomster are stable at #10. In other news, the Ford Fiesta is up a magnificent 12 spots to climb up to #4 and best-selling import, the Toyota Yaris is also up 12 to #16, the Seat Leon is up a further 9 to #18 vs. #142 over the Full Year 2012 (!), the Renault Fluence is up 22 to #23 and the Ford Mondeo up 40 to #30. A couple of newcomers in the ranking: the Kia Carens at #91 and the Renault Captur at #117.

Previous month: Czech Republic April 2013: Skoda Octavia back in the groove

One year ago: Czech Republic May 2012: Skoda Superb and VW Tiguan impress

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Czech Republic April 2013: Skoda Octavia back in the groove

May 8th, 2013 1 comment

Skoda Octavia Czech Republic April 2013Skoda Octavia

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The Czech new car market slows down its fall in April at -9% year-on-year to 15,061 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 51,514 units, down 14% on 2012. After a couple of weak transition months below 10% share, the Skoda Octavia is back in the groove thanks to the new generation with 1,775 sales and 12.8%, its strongest monthly volume since last June and best share since last January. The Skoda Fabia is also back up to 7% share at 970 units while the Skoda Rapid is down to 4.2% at 574 sales. There is still more room between the Octavia and the Fabia (5.8 percentage points) than between the Fabia and the Rapid (2.8 percentage points)…

Seat Leon Czech Republic April 2013Seat Leon

In 4th position the VW Golf continues to spark, up to 3.8% share thanks to 519 sales and now well and truly installed at #4 and best-selling import year-to-date. Hyundai manages the exceptional feat of placing 3 models within the Top 7 this month: the i30 at #5 (+3), ix20 at #6 (+1) and i20 at #7 (-1). Other great performers include the Ford B-Max up 9 spots on March to #20, the Dacia Sandero up 3 to #25, Seat Leon up 29 to #27 and Honda CR-V up 8 to #29. Finally, the Mercedes CLA makes its first appearance at #148.

Previous month: Czech Republic March 2013: Skoda Rapid gets serious

One year ago: Czech Republic April 2012: Five Skodas in the Top 6!

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Czech Republic March 2013: Skoda Rapid gets serious

April 11th, 2013 2 comments

Škoda Rapid Czech Republic March 2013. Picture courtesy of veciautomobilove.czSkoda Rapid

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2013 is definitely not shaping up to be the best of years for new car sales in the Czech Republic with March down another 21% year-on-year to 13,820 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 36,453 units, down 16% on 2012. Things are starting to get really interesting within the models ranking podium this month as all models are now in uncharted territory… The Skoda Octavia still leads but spends its 2nd consecutive month below 10% share which it had not done once for the previous 5 years at a weak 8.3% and 1,149 sales. The Skoda Fabia is under 7% share for the third time in a row – this had never happened to the nameplate before in this country – at 849 units and 6.1%, its lowest score since last August.

The reason? The Skoda Rapid, which has inserted itself in the Skoda range between the Fabia and the Octavia, now larger and more expensive with the new generation. It took a bit of time for the Rapid to reach the Czech podium but in March it takes off with 654 sales and 4.7% share. There is now more room between the Octavia and the Fabia (2.2 percentage points) than between the Fabia and Rapid (1.4 percentage points). As I had predicted a couple of months ago, the Rapid could well rock the boat and displace the Fabia from #2 soon or even rank #1 a couple of times this year… Fascinating times ahead for the Czech car market indeed.

Skoda Citigo Czech Republic March 2013Skoda Citigo

Another Skoda model making waves this month after a shaky start is the Citigo, up 10 spots on February to break into the Czech monthly Top 5 for the very first time at #5 with 373 sales and 2.7%, also volume and share records for the model here. With the Superb at #9, Yeti at #10 and Roomster at #11, this means the entire Skoda range (7 models) ranks within the Top 11 this month, better than last October and December when it fit within the Top 12. Can all local models rank within the Top 10 soon?

There are only two other brands represented in the Top 10 this month: Volkswagen with the Golf at a brilliant 4th place and Hyundai placing the i20 at #6, the ix20 at #7 and the i30 at #8… Other great performers include the Fiat 500L up 19 ranks to #24, Dacia Sandero up 21 to #28, Audi A3 up 30 to #30, BMW 3 Series up 22 to #34, Mitsubishi ASX up 64 to #39 and the Seat Toledo up 41 to #52.

Previous month: Czech Republic February 2013: Skoda Rapid #3, Peugeot 301 in Top 20

One year ago: Czech Republic March 2012: New gen Hyundai i30 takes off

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