Passenger car sales up 3% in first three quarters

Sales of passenger cars in the Czech Republic grew by almost 3% between January and September, the Car Importers Association has reported. However, demand has slumped in the last three months, dropping by 4% in September. The top-selling manufacturer was Skoda Auto, which maintained its market share of over 30% with 40,144 cars sold. Hyundai came second with 11,688 cars, followed closely by Volkswagen with 11,011. The following positions were occupied by Ford, Renault and Kia. Companies bought nearly 60% of new cars, with the rest was purchased by households. Customers preferred small cars, which accounted for almost one-quarter of the market, followed by medium-sized (19%) and lower-medium (16%).