Vehicles production is growing, battery vehicles from the Czech Republic are recording significant success on foreign markets as well

15/11/2023 |Articles are machine translated

The Skoda Enyaq became the best-selling electric vehicle in Germany in October. | Photo: Škoda Auto

A 16.2% year-on-year increase in production and a total of 1,162,315 cars produced are the results of domestic passenger car manufacturers for the first ten months of this year. The production of electric vehicles also increased. A total of 157,856 units were produced in the same period, including 114,024 fully electric and 43,811 plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles. 21 fully electric buses were also produced. The share of battery-powered vehicles produced is thus once again increasing and already accounts for 13.6% of production in the passenger car segment. Bus manufacturers recorded lower year-on-year production results of 4 155 (-3.3%) and 657 (-55.8%) motorcycles.


“The increase in the number of passenger vehicles produced since the beginning of the year or the data for October itself, when production jumped by 42.9% year-on-year, thus surpassing even the volumes from the pre-crisis year 2019, is a clear confirmation of the vitality of domestic passenger vehicle manufacturers and great news for the entire economy. Also positive news is the growing interest in battery cars made in the Czech Republic. This is confirmed not only by the increase in their already 13.6% share of total production, but also by their sales success on export markets. For example, the Škoda Enyaq, which became the best-selling electric vehicle in Germany in October,” says Zdeněk Petzl, Executive Director of the Association of the Automotive Industry.


Passenger vehicles

In the first ten months of this year, 1,162,315 passenger vehicles were produced in the Czech Republic, i.e. 16.2% more than in the same period of the previous year. Electric cars produced in the period were 157,835 units and their share in domestic production rose to 13.6%. A total of 114 024 battery BEVs and 43 811 plug-in hybrids were produced.

Škoda Auto, the largest domestic carmaker, produced 722,394 passenger cars (+27.5%) at its domestic plants in January-October. 96,686 electric cars (BEVs and PHEVs) were produced, i.e. 13.4% of the brand’s total production. Of these, 77,185 were battery vehicles and 19,501 were plug-in hybrids.

Hyundai’s Nosovice plant produced a total of 286,600 vehicles in the first ten months, 6.2% more than in the same period last year. Of the total, 36,839 vehicles were pure electric and 24,310 plug-in hybrids. Overall, electric vehicles produced in Nosovice account for 21.3% of the brand’s total domestic production.

153,321 complete cars rolled off the Toyota Motor Manufacturing production line in Cologne during the period, 10,685 fewer than in the same period last year. The negative cumulative results for the first ten months are due to the February-March and August-September production shutdowns caused by a shortage of components for production. In October alone, on the other hand, the Cologne carmaker confirmed its return to full production capacity, producing 23,683 vehicles, 12.5% (i.e. 2,639 vehicles) more than in October last year.


Bus production recorded a slight year-on-year decline, mainly due to the order-driven nature of production. In the first ten months, a total of 4,155 buses were produced in the Czech Republic, 141 fewer (-3.3%) than in the same period last year. IVECO CR in Vysoké Mýto fared well, with 3,885 buses produced (+1.6%). On the other hand, lower year-on-year production results were recorded by the SOR Libchavy plant, where a total of 256 buses were produced, i.e. 184 less than in the same period last year (-41.8%). KHMC also recorded a lower production trend, with 14 minibuses produced (-22.2%). In the electric drives segment, a total of 21 battery BEV buses were produced in January-October at the SOR Libchavy plant.


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-October, a total of 657 motorcycles (-55.8%) rolled off the domestic brand’s production line, down 831 motorcycles year-on-year in absolute terms.


Ing. Tomáš Jungwirth
Ing. Tomáš Jungwirth

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