According to the media representative of the VW brand importer Jan Klíma, the lack of chips began to significantly affect production approximately from the beginning of this summer.
“For the third quarter, we expect their deliveries to remain highly volatile and tight. We expect improvements before the end of the year. As soon as deliveries are resumed, we are ready to increase production, include additional shifts in production and deliver outstanding orders to clients as quickly as possible, ”he said.
According to him, waiting times range from two to 12 months. These are not so much specific models as rather some elements of optional equipment, he added.
According to Pavel Jína, the spokesperson for the Czech Republic, the number one in the Škoda Auto market, it is not able to complete the cars due to outages in the supply of parts, and delivery times are being extended due to this.
“They can vary according to the equipment and motorization, and the situation is changing very dynamically. Delivery times range from five weeks to units of months, ”he said. However, according to him, customers can also choose from 4,000 new warehouse trucks and 3,500 certified used cars.
According to Martin Peleška, CEO of the Czech dealership, the reason for the delay in deliveries of Toyota and Lexus is the significantly increased demand, due to which most cars are ordered directly for production.
“Our original production allocation for this year was at the level of 14,000 cars, and we are currently aiming for 18,000 new orders in 2021. For this reason, the current delivery time for cars when put into production is six to eight months,” he added.
The Kia brand now has a problem only with its flagship Sorento, which is imported from South Korea. Instead of the standard four to six months, the waiting period has been increased to six to eight, exceptionally up to 12 months. The reason is the high demand in Korea and some European countries and the lack of chips for cars with a panoramic roof.
On the other hand, for models from the Slovak Žilina Ceed and Sportage, which make up the majority of sales in the Czech Republic, according to spokeswoman Kateřina Vaňková Jouglíčková, the time from ordering to production to handover is between 1.5 and three months. Warehouses are delivered within two to three weeks.
Hyundai reports an extension of delivery times in the order of weeks. Our production plants are able to adjust the production plan relatively flexibly in response to the current situation. “It always also depends on the specific specifications of the car,” said spokesman David Pavlíček.
The longest awaited, mainly due to logistics, are models produced at the production plant in South Korea, ie Kona models with internal combustion engines, Ioniq, Santa Fe, Ioniq 5 or Nexo. Delivery times are six to nine months.
Domestic sales of new passenger cars in the first eight months of this year increased by 12.37 percent year-on-year to 147,659 vehicles. Compared to 2019, however, it is still a decrease of almost 16 percent. In August alone, sales fell by one percent year on year.