Czech Republic August 2019: Skoda Scala on podium, Kamiq in Top 30 in market down -10.1%
The Skoda Scala scores its very first podium at home – and in the world.
New car sales in the Czech Republic logically drop -10.1% year-on-year to 25.026 as year-ago volumes were artificially boosted by the Europa-wide pre-WLTP rush, but are up a much more encouraging +18.1% on August 2017. The year-to-date tally is now down -9.3% to 175.340. Once again homegrown brand leader Skoda (+5.4%) easily outpaces the market to cements its #1 spot at 28.1% share, however well below its YTD level of 33.3%. Volkswagen (-29%) on the other hand pays for playing the WLTP game a year ago, while Hyundai (-6.5%) contains its loss at #3. Dacia (+17.1%) and even more strikingly Toyota (+54.3%) both post fantastic scores to round up the Top 5, but Suzuki (+215.5%) scores the largest gain in the Top 20 at #10. Seat (+6.5%) is the only other Top 10 carmaker in positive, with BMW (+15.8%), Mitsubishi (+12.9%) and Mazda (+8.5%) also achieving this feat in the Top 20.
The Skoda Kamiq is inside the Czech Top 30 for August.
Model-wise, the Skoda Fabia (-31.8%) and Octavia (-26.5%) both literally fall apart but remain atop their home charts, while the new Skoda Scala scores its first four-digit monthly volume and breaks into the podium for the very first time at #3, stepping in where its predecessor left off last May (1.089) and June (4%). The Hyundai ix20 (+217.9%) remains the most popular foreigner in the country while the Karoq (+88.2%) and Citigo (+206.8%) make it five Skodas in the Top 6. The Dacia Duster (+23.5%) overtakes the Skoda Kodiaq (+45.5%) and Hyundai i30 (-49.7%) in the YTD order to become the #1 foreigner at #5. Notice also the Suzuki Vitara (+230.1%), Toyota Corolla (+201.6%), Dacia Dokker (+72.4%) and Skoda Superb (+17.8%) all outstanding in the Top 20. 2nd best-selling new launch below the Scala, the Skoda Kamiq is up 60 spots to break into the Top 30 for its 2nd month in market at #29 and 1% share.
Previous month: Czech Republic July 2019: Skoda (+26.7%) tigers first market uptick in 11 months, places Scala at record #5
One year ago: Czech Republic August 2018: Pre-WLTP stock clearing triggers all-time record month
Full August 2019 Top 45 brands and Top 285 models below.