Czech market in March 2021: Giant year-on-year jump, Hyundai second, Mercedes fourth

Registrations of new cars increased year on year for the first time this year. Several brands benefited, Hyundai took second place thanks to growth, Mercedes took a great fourth place.

The Czech market with new cars surprised in March 2021. There were 20,053 passenger cars registered with us, which is an incredible jump of 46.5% compared to last March. This follows from the statistics of the Association of Car Importers.

March was thus the most successful month of this year, in January and February registrations did not exceed 15,000. The year-on-year view already compares the two months affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The results were already hit last March by measures against the spread of insidious disease, such as closed car showrooms or limited working hours for authorities. The year-on-year increase in this view thus means a positive outlook for the coming months.

On the other hand, if we do not count the year 2020, it was still the worst March since 2014, when 16,576 cars were registered. In the years following, March statistics regularly reported over 21,000 registrations, often more.

The year-on-year jump in registrations was influenced by the success of several brands. Thanks to a year-on-year increase of 69.9%, Hyundai moved to second place, ahead of Volkswagen, which also grew decently, but its 54.5% was not enough for Korean competition this time. Mercedes-Benz rose to fourth place with an incredible year-on-year jump of 89.5%.

However, the highest increase is reported by Ford, which recorded more than three times higher registrations than a year ago, with 847 registered pieces it is again among the best, overall fifth. Compared to March last year, the ninth overall Seat also helped (by 126.7%).

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By contrast, the 10th Dacia reports a drop of 11.7%, proving that interest in cheap cars is typically declining during the crisis. In short, customers of an affordable brand often prefer to forgive such an investment. A slight decrease was also recorded by the parent Renault, by 1.8%. Škoda then grew more slowly than the overall market, with year-on-year growth of 36.4%.

After a long time, Nissan got into the top 20 again, with 196 registrations, it took nineteenth place. Only 99 cars were enough for Fiat to finish twentieth, which still proves that car sales are still not the same. However, the Italian brand improved by 28.6% year-on-year in March.

Czech market – registration of new cars in March 2021 by brands
Pore. Brand Registration 03/2021 [ks] Year-on-year difference [%] Market share [%]
1. Damage 7324 +36,4 36,52
2. Hyundai 1904 +69,9 9,49
3. Volkswagen 1743 +54,5 8,69
4. Mercedes-Benz 881 +89,5 4,39
5. Ford 847 +203,6 4,22
6. Toyota 824 +50,6 4,11
7. Peugeot 773 +31,2 3,85
8. That 700 +24,1 3,49
9. Seat 637 +126,7 3,18
10. Dacia 558 -11,7 2,78
11. BMW 467 +40,7 2,33
12. Renault 433 -1,8 2,16
13. Opel 406 +99,0 2,02
14. Citroën 377 +12,5 1,88
15. Audi 298 +86,3 1,49
16. Suzuki 243 +32,1 1,21
17. Mazda 235 +83,6 1,17
18. Volvo 204 +43,7 1,02
19. Nissan 196 +402,6 0,98
20. Fiat 99 +28,6 0,49
TOTAL 20.053 +46,5

A look at the statistics for the first quarter of the year then proves that they are not as bad as many might expect. According to the Association of Car Importers, 49,534 cars were registered in our country in the period from January to March 2021, which is only 1.3% less than in the same period last year. The first two months of 2020 were not yet affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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After three months of the year, the domestic Škoda steadfastly holds its highest place, followed by Volkswagen, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz. It jumped by 35.9% year-on-year. Ford is fifth, with a year-on-year increase of 92%. On the contrary, Kia (-26%) and Dacia (-34.3%) are falling significantly this year. After a strong period, Toyota also slightly deteriorated (-3.8%).

Czech market – registration of new cars in 2021 by brands
Pore. Brand Registration 01-03 / 2021 [ks] Year-on-year difference [%] Market share [%]
1. Damage 17.902 -10,7 36,14
2. Volkswagen 4873 +9,1 9,84
3. Hyundai 4503 +2,2 9,09
4. Mercedes-Benz 2300 +35,9 4,64
5. Ford 2252 +92,0 4,55
6. Peugeot 2173 +13,8 4,39
7. Toyota 2044 -3,8 4,13
8. Seat 1543 +36,3 3,12
9. That 1534 -26,0 3,1
10. Dacia 1286 -34,3 2,6
11. BMW 1135 -13,9 2,29
12. Opel 959 +33,6 1,94
13. Renault 939 -37,7 1,9
14. Citroën 880 -21,5 1,78
15. Audi 755 +30,2 1,52
16. Volvo 672 +45,5 1,36
17. Suzuki 504 -12,5 1,02
18. Mazda 479 +27,7 0,97
19. Nissan 286 +123,4 0,58
20. Honda 252 -14,6 0,51
TOTAL 49.534 -1,3

A look at the best-selling models in three months of the year then explains the success of individual brands. In any case, he reports great success
Hyundai i30, which is the third most popular car on the market thanks to a year – on – year increase of 31.5%. It thus surpassed the competing Škoda Scala, which is up to sixth, with a year-on-year decrease of 10.6%.

The Škoda Octavia remains the highest, but fell by 36.7% year-on-year. However, this may be related to last year’s sale of previous generation warehouses. The second Fabia is falling by 8.2% due to the imminent arrival of a new generation.

Then it goes up again
VW Golf, is already the ninth best – selling car on the market, with a year – on – year jump of 178%. In this view, however, last year’s intergenerational exchange plays a role. Behind Ford’s success, next to the thirteenth overall
Puma (+ 412% year-on-year, because it only started selling last year) also costs the nineteenth Tourneo Custom (+ 292.9%). At the same time, the family passenger car shares nineteenth place with the Opel Crossland and the Toyota Corolla.

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Czech market – registration of new cars in 2021 by models
Pore. Model Registration 03/2021 [ks] Year-on-year difference [%] Market share [%]
1. Škoda Octavia 3849 -36,7 7,77
2. Škoda Fabia 3700 -8,2 7,47
3. Hyundai i30 2585 +31,5 5,22
4. Škoda Karoq 2422 +19,1 4,89
5. Škoda Kamiq 2259 +23,8 4,56
6. Škoda Scala 1836 -10,6 3,71
7. Škoda Superb 1810 +12,4 3,65
8. Škoda Kodiaq 1702 +11,8 3,44
9. VW Golf 1312 +178 2,65
10. Hyundai Tucson 1216 +4,7 2,45
11. VW Tiguan 846 -14,8 1,71
12. Peugeot 2008 714 +91,4 1,44
13. Ford Puma 681 +412 1,37
14. Kia Ceed 612 -29,7 1,24
15. Dacia Duster 599 +2,6 1,21
16. Seat Arona 575 +62,0 1,16
17. Dacia Sandero 551 +32,8 1,11
18. VW Passat 530 -16,4 1,07
19.-21. Ford Tourneo Custom 444 +292,9 0,9
19.-21. Opel Crossland 444 +125,4 0,9
19.-21. Toyota Corolla 444 -27,9 0,9

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