Car maker Škoda Auto has received over 1,600 orders for its new crossover named Kamiq even before the start of sales at the beginning of September, according to company head Luboš Vlček. With its third SUV and first urban crossover, Škoda will be in competition with Dacia Duster, Peugeot 2008 or Renault Captur.
Owners of the TPCA car factory in Kolín, central Bohemia, may soon be
parting ways. PSA of France and Toyota of Japan have agreed to end
production of small cars at the Czech site by 2021, the French daily Les
The car companies Toyota, Peugeot and Citroën formed the TPCA joint venture in 2002. The Japanese carmaker is expected to take over PSA's stake, but no final decision has been announced.
The TPCA plant in Kolín has an annual production capacity of 330,000 vehicles, a mark last achieved in 2009, before the global financial crisis. For this year, the plant is due to roll out only 200,000 cars.
Czech-based regional used car dealer AAA Auto, which has been mentioned as
a possible IPO candidate in Prague, plans to expand in its Polish
operations next year and return to the Romanian market in 2020. The company
left both markets in 2009 due to the global financial crisis.
AAA Auto is among the largest dealers of used cars in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of the number of cars sold. It has more than 40 branches in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.
Just before the start of the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Czech automobile manufacturer Škoda revealed its new SUV model - Škoda Kodiaq RS. Speaking at the preview event in France, Škoda CEO, Bernhard Maier, further stated that the car maker has already produced over a million cars in 2018, setting a new production record.
Eleven Czech cities joined World Car Free Day on Saturday, an international
event celebrated on September 22 in which people are encouraged to leave
their cars at home for the day and use more environmentally-friendly means
Several hundred European cities joined in the event. In the Czech Republic it was Prague, Hradec Králové and Jihlava, among others.
Pope Francis will be driven in a Škoda car at the World Meeting of
Families 2018 in Ireland next week, the Czech News Agency reported. The
Czech-based automaker is an official partner of the major Roman Catholic
gathering and the pontiff is due to travel to the Irish president’s
residence in a Škoda Rapid next Saturday.
A number of Rapids have been specially fitted out for the World Meeting of Families, including with chrome poles to hold Vatican flags.
The average ago of vehicles on Czech roads has reached a record 15.4 years,
according to data released by the Union of Car Importers.
They say this is due to the growing number of used cars imported to the Czech Republic in recent years.
In the first quarter of this year, the number of new car sales reached 67, 000 while the number of imported used cars exceeded 42,000.
The average age of vehicles is seen to be rising in other EU countries as well, with the average age of cars on EU roads having crossed 10 years.
The number of cars on Czech roads exceeded 5.5 million last year, according
to data released by the Car Importers Association on Wednesday.
The number of passenger cars in the car registry reached 5.6 million at the end of December 2017, an increase by 224,000 on the previous year. The average age of cars in the Czech Republic has increased year-on-year from 14.48 years to 14.62 years.