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Czech Republic April 2018: 6 Skodas in Top 7, Hyundai i30 up to #4

The Hyundai i30 Fastback is now available in the Czech Republic where it is produced.

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It would appear Czech new car sales are not done just yet with hitting record levels: April sales mark the third year-on-year gain in the past seven months at +6.6% to 24.259 registrations, meaning the YTD is back into record territory at +1.5% on the same period in 2017 at 92.132 units. Brand leader Skoda follows its home market at +6% to 32.2% share, albeit almost one percentage point below it YTD level of 33.1%. Volkswagen (+8%), Hyundai (+13%), Peugeot (+33%) and most strikingly Dacia (+51%!) follow, all outpacing the market. In the remainder of the Top 10, Toyota (+25%) and Kia (+16%) also shine but Ford (-25%), Seat (-18%) and Renault (-15%) are in great difficulty. Further down, Suzuki (+94%), Mini (+90%), Tesla (+50%), Subaru (+48%), Honda (+46%), Lexus (+46%), Nissan (+45%), Citroen (+30%) and Mazda (+30%) all impress with sizeable gains.

The Skoda Karoq is inside its home Top 5 for the third consecutive month.

Over in the models ranking, Skoda achieves a rare feat: placing 6 models in the Top 7, its best performance since having 6 in the Top 6 in May 2017. The Octavia (+10%) firmly holds onto the overall lead, distancing the Fabia (-22%) and Rapid (+58%). The Karoq is down one spot on its record #4 ranking last month, ahead of the Superb (-6%) and Kodiaq (-12%). Note Skoda monopolises the YTD Top 5 for the first time in history this month (Octavia/Fabia/Rapid/Superb/Karoq). The only “foreign” nameplate in the Top 7 is the locally produced Hyundai i30 leaping up 40% year-on-year and 6 spots on March to #4 overall, due to the arrival of the fastback variant alongside the hatch and station wagon. It however ranks at #8 YTD vs. #5 over the FY2017. The VW Golf (+13%), Nissan Qashqai (+100%) and Dacia Dokker (+91%) complete the April Top 10. Just below, notice also the Hyundai Tucson (+80%) and Dacia Duster (+79%) in great shape.

Previous month: Czech Republic March 2018: Skoda Karoq up to record #4

One year ago: Czech Republic April 2017: Skoda monopolises Top 5, Kodiaq at #5

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Czech Republic March 2018: Skoda Karoq up to record #4

The Skoda Karoq is up to a record 4th place at home this month.

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Further indicating a plateau or decline in 2018, the Czech new car market endures its 4th year-on-year drop in the past 5 months in March at -8.7% to 24.453 registrations, leading to a YTD volume dipping its toes into negative territory at -0.3% to 67.873 units. Homegrown leader Skoda resists better than the market with a 1% drop to 31.6% shares vs. 33.4% YTD (+12%) but Volkswagen freefalls 23% both in March and YTD, however remaining in 2nd place in both rankings. Hyundai (-21%) is up one spot on February to return to the third place it held over the FY2017, while Dacia is down one to #4 but up 7% year-on-year, edging past Ford (-16%) for just 3 sales. Kia (+16%) and most strikingly Toyota (+37%) post the largest and only double-digit gains in the Top 15 while Opel (-32%), Seat (-28%) and Renault (-23%) are hit the hardest. Further down, Suzuki (+56%), Alfa Romeo (+39%), Mazda (+21%), Tesla (+20%) and Ferrari (+17%) impress.

In the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia (-10%), Fabia (+14%) and Rapid (+12%) hold onto their traditional spots while the Skoda Karoq is up one rank to a record 4th place with 3.4% share. This is now higher than the carmaker’s other recent SUV launch, the Kodiaq, which peaked at #5 in April 2017. The Nissan Qashqai surges 56% year-on-year and 6 spots on February to become the best-selling foreigner in the country at #5, followed by the VW Golf (-20%), Ford Focus (+119%) and Dacia Duster (+10%). The Ford Kuga (+121%), BMW 5 Series (+96%), Toyota Corolla (+94%), Mercedes GLC (+74%), Suzuki S-Cross (+69%), Toyota Yaris (+63%), Dacia Dokker (+34%) and Sandero (+28%) lodge some of the largest improvements in the Top 50 while the Opel Crossland X at #33 (+17 on February) follows the Karoq in the recent launches ranking, ahead of the Kia Stonic at #35 (+19), Seat Arona at #48 (+21) and Citroen C3 Aircross at #62 (+65).

Previous month: Czech Republic February 2018: First podium for Dacia, Skoda Karoq in Top 5

Previous year: Czech Republic Full Year 2017: Octavia #1, 4 Skodas in Top 4, record market

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Czech Republic February 2018: First podium for Dacia, Skoda Karoq in Top 5

The Skoda Karoq breaks into its home Top 5 for the first time in February.

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February sales in the Czech Republic are down 1.2% year-on-year to 20.201, making it the fourth negative month in the past five. However the year-to-date tally remains solidly in positive territory at +5.2% to a record 43.420 units after two months. Home-grown leader Skoda goes against the grain with a 7% year-on-year uplift to 31.8% share vs. 34.4% YTD. Below, Volkswagen tumbles down 26% to 8.4% but Dacia surges 18% and land on the third step of the podium for the first time in Czech history according to BSCB records. The French-Romanian low-cost brand knocks Hyundai (-3%) down to #4 and Ford (+2%) down to #5. Toyota (+24%) and Kia (+17%) also impress inside the Top 10 while below, Mini (+361%), Jaguar (+75%), Land Rover (+74%), Suzuki (+62%), Nissan (+48%), Alfa Romeo (+45%), Porsche (+41%), Citroen (+27%) and Mazda (+27%) make themselves noticed.

The Dokker (+53%) helps Dacia to its very first Czech podium ranking this month. 

The Czech models ranking has five Skodas in the Top 5, the brand’s best performance since having 6 in the Top 6 last May. The Top 4 respect the same order as in FY2017 and YTD: the Octavia (+2%) leads above the Fabia (+3%), Rapid (+20%) and Superb (-8%). The novelty is the Karoq crossover breaking into the Top 5 for the very first time at #5, equalling the Kodiaq’s record ranking hit in April 2017. The VW Golf is the best-selling foreign nameplate in 6th place despite dropping 2%, but is followed this time by the Dacia Dokker up 53% to #7, wth the Ford Focus (+78%), Nissan Qashqai (+109%), Dacia Sandero (+57%), Toyota Corolla (+208%), Dacia Lodgy (+173%) and Toyota Yaris (+111%) also posting spectacular gains.

Previous month: Czech Republic January 2018: Skoda Karoq up to #7 in record market

One year ago: Czech Republic Full Year 2017: Octavia #1, 4 Skodas in Top 4, record market

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Czech Republic January 2018: Skoda Karoq up to #7 in record market

The Skoda Karoq continues to climb its home sales charts.

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After posting a fourth consecutive record year in 2017, the Czech new car market seems to be headed towards one more, with January sales up 11.5% to 23.219, a new record for the month. Homegrown brand leader Skoda tightens its grip on the market even further with a fantastic 32% year-on-year gain to 36.7% share vs. 31% over the Full Year 2017. In contrast, Volkswagen dives 21% to 10.2% share ahead of Hyundai (+1%), Ford (+7%) and Dacia (+13%). Peugeot (+35%), Kia (+25%) and Toyota (+23%) also frankly beat the market inside the Top 10 while below, Suzuki (+66%), Lexus (+55%), Land Rover (+51%), Citroen (+50%), Tesla (+40%), Mitsubishi (+39%), Subaru (+37%), Mini (+25%), Nissan (+25%) and Honda (+20%) also impress.

Skoda places four nameplates in the Top 4 as it did over the Full Year 2016 and 2017: the Octavia (+22%) leads above the Fabia (+26%), Rapid (+62%) and Superb (+2%) but this month it also has 6 models in the Top 7, its best result since monopolising the Top 6 last May. The Kodiaq rallies back up 11 spots on December to #6 while the Karoq is up two to hit a new ranking record at #7. The BMW 5 Series (+337%), Citroen C3 (+193%), Suzuki S-Cross (+152%), Dacia Sandero (+151%), Ford Focus (+81%), Peugeot 2008 (+54%) and Kia Cee’d (+49%) also make themselves noticed while among recent launches the Hyundai Kona is up 92 spots on December to #36 and the VW T-Roc up 80 to #80.

Previous post: Czech Republic Full Year 2017: Octavia #1, 4 Skodas in Top 4, record market

One year ago: Czech Republic January 2017: VW rallies up 83% in record market

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Czech Republic Full Year 2017: Octavia #1, 4 Skodas in Top 4, record market

The Skoda Octavia has now topped annual Czech sales for 9 straight years. 

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It’s a fourth consecutive all-time record year for new car sales in the Czech Republic, up 4.5% to 271.595 registrations, however its pace is drastically slowing down after gaining 12.5% in 2016 and 20% in 2015 and 17% in 2014. Still, after falling three times in 2015 and four times in 2016, the all-time monthly record was broken twice in 2017: in March (26.786) and May (27.009). But if 2016 had only one negative month (July), 2017 had five, including the last three months, which means the Czech market is in danger of retracting in 2018 for the first time since 2013.

The Skoda Kodiaq ends its first full year at #7, making it five Skodas in the Top 7.

Keep in mind a significant part of Czech sales (from 10 to 12% of the total market) never see local roads and are immediately re-exported to other parts of the European Union. Home hero Skoda continues to dominate the Czech market but trails the overall growth slightly at +4% resulting in a reduced 31% share. The Top 7 brands and unchanged on 2016 with Volkswagen (+2%), Hyundai (+3%) weak but on the podium followed by Ford (+10%), Dacia (+20%), Renault (+14%) and Kia (+3%). Lada (+58%), Tesla (+50%), Toyota (+49%), Alfa Romeo (+39%), Mini (+38%), Maserati (+27%), Nissan (+24%), Lexus (+22%), Mercedes (+18%), Porsche (+16%) and BMW (+15%) also shine further down the ranking.

The Skoda Karoq is the most popular 2017 launch, peaking at #8 in November. 

The Skoda Octavia celebrates nine consecutive years in the Czech models pole position but drops 5% this year to a round 10% share. For the first time since October 2015, it was toppled in the monthly charts by the Skoda Fabia in May. The Fabia itself skids 2% to 7.8% but remains a comfortable #2 ahead of the Rapid (+9%) and Superb (-21%), making the Top Four 100% Skoda for the second year in a row and ever. Skoda even managed to monopolise the Top 6 best-sellers for the first time in history in May. The Skoda Kodiaq post an outstanding first full year in its home market at #7 with just under 2% share, making it six Skodas in the annual Top 7, the brand’s second best-ever result below 2012 when it placed 5 nameplates in the annual Top 6. The Kodiaq peaked at #5 in April but was outsold by the brand’s other new SUV, the Karoq, over the last two months of the year. The Karoq peaked at #8 in November and ends 2017 at #36, by far the most popular all-new launch for 2017.

The Hyundai i30 tops foreign nameplates in the Czech Republic for the third year in a row.

The Hyundai i30 is the best-selling foreign nameplate in the Czech Republic for the third consecutive year despite sales down 6% to end the year just 39 units above the VW Golf (+15%), with the Dacia Duster (+11%), VW Passat (-11%) and Hyundai ix20 (+2%) in tow. The Ford Focus (+27%), Nissan Qashqai (+34%), Dacia Sandero (+31%), Renault Clio (+21%), VW Tiguan (+48%), Touran (+39%), Dacia Dokker (+25%), Peugeot 2008 (+21%), Ford Kuga (+287%) and BMW 5 Series (+99%) also shine in the Top 50. The Ford Ka+ (#78) and Opel Crossland X (#97) are the only two other 2017 launches to make it into the Czech Top 100 this year.

Previous month: Czech Republic November 2017: Skoda Karoq up to #8, best-selling SUV

Previous year: Czech Republic Full Year 2016: 4 Skodas in Top 4 for the first time, record market

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

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Czech Republic November 2017: Skoda Karoq up to #8, best-selling SUV

The Skoda Karoq is now the best-selling SUV at home. 

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For the third time this year after April and August, the Czech new car market actually drops year-on-year albeit ever so slightly at -1% to 22.925 registrations. 2016 had only one month of decline, so it would appear new car sales in the Czech Republic are slowing down their all-guns blazing growth in 2017. A fourth consecutive annual record is however now certain, with year-to-date sales up 5.8% to 251.628 units after eleven months. Home hero Skoda beats the market with a 1% gain to 33% share vs. 31.2% year-to-date, distancing Volkswagen (-15%), Hyundai (+5%), Ford (+8%) and Renault (-5%) with the Top 5 unchanged on October. Dacia drops 1% but is up four spots on October to #6 while Kia (+16%), Peugeot (+20%) and Toyota (+41%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Further down, Lexus (+183%), Land Rover (+59%), Mini (+52%), Subaru (+32%), Mazda (+24%) and Honda (+21%) impress.

Over in the models ranking, the podium is consistent with October and YTD with the Skoda Octavia in the lead despite a 13% year-on-year drop, ahead of the Skoda Fabia (-5%) and Rapid (+46%). The Hyundai i30 (+6%) reclaims the title of best-selling foreigner off the VW Golf (-10%) with the Skoda Superb (-39%) stuck at #6. Below the Ford Focus shooting up 68% at #7, the all-new Skoda Karoq nudges up two spots on last month to become the country’s best-selling SUV above its big brother the Skoda Kodiaq (+122%) remaining 9th. The Hyundai Tucson soars 65% to break into the Top 10 at #10, while the Dacia Duster is up 7 ranks on October to #11. The Ford Kuga continues to gallop ahead: now up 8-fold on a year ago to #18 whereas it ranked #98 over the Full Year 2016. Notice also the Peugeot 2008 (+52%), Toyota Corolla (+83%) and Peugeot 3008 (+45%) posting solid gains. Below the Karoq, the Opel Crossland X (#39) leads recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the VW Arteon (#69), Kia Stonic (#70), Citroen C3 Aircross (#100) and Hyundai Kona (#114).

Previous month: Czech Republic October 2017: First Top 10 for the Skoda Karoq

One year ago: Czech Republic November 2016: Annual record beaten in 11 months

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Czech Republic October 2017: First Top 10 for the Skoda Karoq

The Skoda Karoq breaks into the Czech Top 10 for the first time in October. 

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The Czech new car market scores another record in October with sales up 5.9% year-on-year to 23.192 units, smashing the previous October record of 21.905 established just last year. This is the 8th time the monthly record is beaten in the Czech Republic this year, leading to an all-time high 228.703 sales after ten moths, up 6.6% on the previous 2016 record of 214.619. Homegrown market leader Skoda trails the overall growth rate at +4% to 31.7% share, distancing Volkswagen at 10.4% (-7%), Hyundai at 8.7% (-1%) and Ford at 6.1% (+5%). Renault surges 45%, Kia is up 33%, Mercedes up 28%, Toyota up 33% and BMW up 35%, all within the Top 10. Beyond, Nissan soars 99%, Mini is up 28% and Alfa Romeo up 21%. Model-wise, the Top 6 best-sellers are unchanged on September: th Skoda Octavia (-7%) dominates, followed by the Fabia (-10%), Rapid (+20%), VW Golf (+38%), Hyundai i30 (+15%) and Skoda Superb (-8%). The Ford Focus (+59%) and Nissan Qashqai (+177%) both post spectacular gains but the performance of the month comes just below: along with the Skoda Kodiaq celebrating one year in market at #9, its smaller sibling the Skoda Karoq breaks into its home Top 10 for the first time at #10 thanks to 415 sales and 1.8% share.

Previous month: Czech Republic September 2017: Ford Kuga and Skoda Karoq up

One year ago: Czech Republic October 2016: Mercedes surges 82% in record market

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Czech Republic September 2017: Ford Kuga & Skoda Karoq up

The Ford Kuga is up 16-fold on September 2016 to #9.

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New car sales in the Czech Republic are back up 1.4% year-on-year in September to 20.219 units, the highest-ever score for the month, bringing the year-to-date tally up 6.6% to 205.511 units, the first time in Czech history that the 200.000 unit-barrier is passed after just nine months. Brand leader Skoda outpaces its home market once again with a solid 8% gain to 33.7% share, well above the 31% it commands year-to-date. Volkswagen continues to struggle at -10% but is back above Hyundai (+4%) for 2nd place overall. Toyota (+9%), Mazda (+17%), BMW (+18%) and Seat (+26%) are the most dynamic carmakers in the Top 20, while beyond, Porsche (+12%) and Mini (+52%) impress.

The Skoda Karoq is up to #12 at home in September. 

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia gains a robust 11% to 11.1% share vs. 10% year-to-date, distancing the Skoda Fabia (-3%) and Rapid (+14%). The VW Golf soars 29% year-on-year and 3 spots on August to #4 and #1 foreigner, knocking the Hyundai i30 (+23%) down to #5. The Skoda Superb is down 27% to #6 and the Kodiaq down one spot to #7, just as the all-new Karoq gains 11 ranks on August to land at a very satisfying 12th place with 1.4% share. The most impressive nameplate in the Top 20 is without a doubt the Ford Kuga, up 16-fold (!) on September 2016 and 16 spots on last month thanks to its facelift to break into the Czech Top 10 at #9.

Previous month: Czech Republic August 2017: Skoda Karoq lands in market down 0.3%

One year ago: Czech Republic September 2016: 2nd highest annual score reached in just 9 months

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Czech Republic August 2017: Skoda Karoq lands in market down 0.3%

The Skoda Karoq has now landed in its home sales charts. 

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For only the second time this year after last April, the Czech new car market declines in August, albeit by a minuscule 0.3% to 21.192 registrations. The year-to-date tally remains at record level, up 7.2% on the previous record of 2016 to 185.192 units. Homegrown market leader Skoda ignores the surrounding sales flatness with a 9% year-on-year gain to 29.5% share, yet still over one percentage point below its YTD level of 30.7%. Hyundai (+1%) stuns Volkswagen (-28%) to snap the 2nd spot overall with 8.3% share vs. 7.5% for VW in a particularly weak position compared to the 10% it commands year-to-date. Dacia continues to impress with a 32% year-on-year surge leading to a 7.2% market share in 4th place vs. 5.7% so far this year. BMW (+7%), Renault (+11%) and Ford (+14%) also frankly beat the market in the Top 10 whereas Kia (-28%) is in great difficulty. Further down, notice Subaru up 31%, Suzuki up 43%, Mini up 74% and Alfa Romeo up 150% but Fiat down 42% and Audi down 50%.

The Sandero (+119%) helps Dacia up 32% in 4th place in the Czech brands ranking. 

In the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia (+1%) holds onto the top spot ahead of the Skoda Fabia (-11%) and Rapid (+3%), following the YTD order. The Hyundai i30 leaps above the Skoda Superb for 4th place overall while the Skoda Kodiaq is back up three spots on July to #6, just below the best-ever #5 it hit in April. It now ranks 8th year-to-date, having passed the VW Passat. The Dacia Sandero surges 119% to remain at #8 vs. #15 (+33%) year-to-date, the Ford Focus is up 71% to #12, the Dacia Logan up 60% to #15, the Ford Kuga up 6-fold on August 2016 to #25 and the Ford B-Max surprisingly up 7-fold to #28. But the big news this month in the Czech Republic is the landing of the all-new Skoda Karoq directly in 23rd place with 1% market share. These score will no doubt improve drastically over the next few months, and it’s to wonder whether the Karoq, smaller and more affordable than the Kodiaq, could break onto its home podium in the near future…

Previous month: Czech Republic July 2017: Toyota and Dacia shine, market up just 5%

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

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Czech Republic July 2017: Toyota and Dacia shine, market up just 5%

Toyota sales are up 77% year-on-year in July in the Czech Republic.

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At 19.649 sales in July, the Czech new car market is up a timid 5% year-on-year. A rare fact nowadays: this is not the largest volume for the month, which was reached in 2015 (21.415). The year-to-date total however, up 8.3% to 164.100 units, is a record after seven months. Both market leaders Skoda (-1%) and Volkswagen (-16%) retreat this month, resulting in market shares much lower than YTD: 27.3% vs. 30.8% for Skoda and 9% vs. 10.4% for Volkswagen. Hyundai follows the market at +6% while Dacia impresses once again with deliveries up a whopping 46% year-on-year. Inside the Top 10, Seat (+23%), Peugeot (+25%), Kia (+26%) and Toyota (+77%) all post spectacular gains whereas Renault (-20%) is in difficulty. Further down, Citroen (+22%), BMW (+24%), Subaru (+29%), Mazda (+46%), Nissan (+47%), Porsche (+185%) and Lada (enjoying a revival at +367%) make themselves noticed.

The Duster (+67%) helps Dacia up 46% in July. 

Model-wise, the Top 6 best-sellers are unchanged on June with the Skoda Octavia (+5%) comfortably in the lead with 9.4% share, the Fabia down 13% to #2, the Rapid down 2% to #3 and the Superb down 7% to #4. The Hyundai i30 (-16%) is catching up on the VW Golf (-8%) for the title of best-selling foreigner in 2017. In 7th place, the Dacia Duster jumps 67% year-on-year and 5 spots on June while the Dacia Sandero is up 30% and one rank to #8. The Skoda Kodiaq is back inside the Czech Top 10 at #9 and the Kia Cee’d leaps 21% year-on-tea and 7 spots on last month to break into the Top 10 at #10. The Ford B-Max (+388%), Dacia Logan (+103%) and BMW 5 Series (+213%) also shine.

Previous month: Czech Republic June 2017: Dacia up 54%, H1 market up 8.8% to all-time record

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

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