Car production continues to grow year-on-year and is heading towards pre-crisis production levels at the end of the year

15/12/2023 |Articles are machine translated

Production of the second-generation KONA Electric at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing in Nosovice. Photo: HMMC

From the beginning of the year to the end of November, a total of 1,300,612 passenger vehicles were completed on the lines of domestic vehicle manufacturers, i.e. 16.3% more than in the same period of the previous year. Almost 17% growth was also recorded in production in November itself, when a total of 138,297 passenger cars were produced. On the contrary, stagnation, or even a decrease in production, was recorded by the producers of the other two monitored segments – buses -4.4% (4,644 units) and motorcycles -53% (732 units). Production in the electric vehicle category currently accounts for 13.3% of total vehicle production. In the first eleven months of 2023, a total of 124,165 pure electric passenger vehicles and 48,590 plug-in hybrids were produced.


“Continued growth in passenger vehicle production since the beginning of the year, stabilising monthly production at around 130,000 vehicles and a 13.3% share of electric vehicles in total production are very good news not only for the Czech automotive industry but for the entire domestic economy. Despite persistent disruptions in supply chains during this year, the Czech car industry is keeping domestic industrial production afloat and contributing to a positive balance of foreign trade. Continued interest in Czech vehicles on export markets gives hope of approaching the pre-crisis production levels of 2019,” says Zdeněk Petzl, Executive Director of the Automotive Industry Association.


Passenger vehicles

In the first eleven months of this year, 1,300,612 passenger vehicles were produced in the Czech Republic, i.e. 16.3% more than in the same period of the previous year. Electric cars produced in the period were 172 755 units and their share in domestic production is 13.3%. A total of 124 165 battery BEVs and 48 590 plug-in hybrids were produced.

Škoda Auto, the largest domestic carmaker, produced 807,463 passenger cars (+26.9%) at its domestic plants in January-November. 104,665 electric cars (BEVs and PHEVs) were produced, i.e. 13% of the brand’s total production. Of these, 82,697 were battery vehicles and 21,968 were plug-in hybrids.

In the first eleven months, the Hyundai plant in Nosovice produced a total of 317,500 vehicles, 6.9% more than in the same period last year. Of the total number of vehicles, 41,468 were pure electric and 26,622 plug-in hybrids. Overall, electric vehicles produced in Nosovice account for 21.4% of the brand’s total domestic production.

In the period under review, 175,649 complete vehicles rolled off the Toyota Motor Manufacturing production line in Kolin, 10,036 fewer than in the same period last year. The negative cumulative results for the first eleven months are due to the February-March and August-September production shutdowns caused by a shortage of components for production. In November alone, on the other hand, the Cologne-based carmaker confirmed its return to full production capacity, producing 22,328 vehicles, 3% (i.e. 649 vehicles) more than in November last year.


Bus production recorded a slight year-on-year decline, mainly due to the order-driven nature of production. In the first eleven months, a total of 4,644 buses were produced in the Czech Republic, 215 fewer (-4.4%) than in the same period last year. The IVECO CR plant in Vysoké Mýto produced 4,303 buses (-1.5%). The SOR plant in Libchava also recorded year-on-year lower production results, with a total of 323 buses produced, 132 fewer than in the same period last year (-29%). KHMC also recorded a lower production trend, with 18 minibuses produced (-14.3%). In the electric drive segment, a total of 21 battery BEV buses were produced at the SOR Libchavy plant between January and November.


Traditional motorcycle manufacturer JAWA Moto also reported a year-on-year decline in production due to the order-driven nature of production and market saturation last year. In January-November, a total of 732 motorcycles (-53%) rolled off the domestic brand’s production line, down 825 motorcycles year-on-year in absolute terms.


Ing. Tomáš Jungwirth
Ing. Tomáš Jungwirth

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