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Czech Republic April 2020: Skoda holds Top 5 again in market down -53.4%

The Skoda Kamiq repeats at a record 4th place in the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic entered a national quarantine on March 16 but started gradually easing restrictions as early as April 7 with most restrictions scheduled to be lifted by May 11. New car sales in the country drop -53.4% year-on-year in April to 10.679 units, well below the average of -78.6% over the 24 European countries that have shared April data so far. This is the lowest monthly volume since February 2009 (9.823) and the lowest April score in over 16 years, and the year-to-date volume is now down -26.2% to 60.873.

Brand leader Skoda (-54.1%) almost matches its home market but drops to 33.6% share vs. 38.8% so far in 2020. Hyundai (-12.2%) is up to #2 thanks to the best hold in the Top 20, while BMW (-39.9%), Mercedes (-42.6%) and Toyota (-42.9%) also outpacing the market in the remainder of the Top 10. If Volkswagen (-55.7%) and Kia (-56.8%) remain close to the market, Dacia (-64.7%), Peugeot (-63.1%) and Renault (-61%) are hit harder. Further down, Tesla (+545.5%), DS (+225%), Dodge (+175%), Ssangyong (+71.4%), Bentley (+40%) and Ferrari (+28.6%) post the only year-on-year gains in market.

Model-wise, Skoda monopolises the Top 5 like last month, one short of the brand’s all time record of 6 in the Top 6 reached in May 2017, January 2019 and September 2019. The Octavia (-52.3%), Fabia (-56.6%) and Karoq (-61.4%) ensure the podium is identical to March, with the Kamiq repeating at a record 4th place and the Scala (+47.7%) up two spots on last month to #5. The Hyundai Tucson (+28.1%) is the only additional Top 10 model in positive, with the Hyundai i30 (-16.6%) also solid but the Skoda Kodiaq (-61.5%) in dire straits.

Previous month: Czech Republic March 2020: Skoda Kamiq up to record #4 in market down -36.3% to lowest March in 11 years

One year ago: Czech Republic April 2019: Mercedes (+25.7%), Dacia (+22.2%) swim upstream in market down -5.5%

Full April 2020 Top 50 All-brands and Top 250 All-models below.

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