In 2010, there were a total of 681,540 commercial vehicles registered in the Czech Republic, 492,438 of which were Light Commercial Vehicles, 189,102 were trucks, 12,096 were road tractors and 36,660 were special vehicles. The majority of commercial vehicles are imported, but the best opportunities in this segment exist in the supply of parts and special equipment.
In 2010, the Czech Republic, with a population of 10 million, produced 1,069,518 motor vehicles and was the fifth largest personal car manufacturer in Europe, the twelfth largest worldwide and the second largest per-capita worldwide. There are traditional local truck, bus and tractor manufacturers in the Czech Republic. However, the vast majority of commercial vehicles (except buses) are imported.
Sales and Production of Commercial Vehicles in the Czech Republic
• Light Commercial Vehicles (N1): In 2010, there were a total of 19,046 first vehicle registrations, 11,163 of which were new vehicles and 7,470 were used vehicles (i.e. imported used vehicles). Ford was a leader in this category with a share of 10.27%, followed by Renault with 7.58%, Fiat with 6.91% and Volkswagen with 6.76%. Ford Transit was the most registered van with 48,249 registrations in total.
In the first half of 2011, there were 5,981 first new vehicle registrations and 3,769 used vehicle registrations. In this period, Ford imported 918 vehicles (9.36% of registrations), followed by Citroen with 787 (8.07%).
• Trucks (N2, N3): In 2010, statistics recorded 8,303 first registrations of trucks in the Czech Republic, 5,445 of which were new registrations and 2,858 were used truck registrations. Mercedes Benz sold 1,120 new trucks, representing a 13.49% market share, followed by DAF with 11.60% and MAN with 11.01%.
In the first half of 2011, there were 3,824 new trucks registered, representing an increase of 60.60% from the same period in 2010. There were also 1,447 used truck registrations. Mercedes Benz and MAN both sold 685 trucks and reached 13% of the market share. Thanks to higher exports, local truck manufacturers AVIA and TATRA increased truck production by about 29%. However, their domestic sales decreased by about 50%, to 81 and 36 trucks, respectively.
• Buses: In 2010, there were 952 first bus registrations, 751 of which were new and 201 were used buses. SOR Libchavy, a Czech bus manufacturer, sold 275 new buses (36.62% of all sales), followed by Iveco Czech Republic with 241 (25.32%) and Mercedes Benz with 115 (12.08%). In 2010, Iveco Czech Republic exported 2,215 buses and SOR Libchavy exported 238.
In the first half of 2011, there were 338 new buses and 138 used buses registered. SOR Libchavy sold 163 new buses (34.24%), followed again by Iveco Czech Republic with 62 (18.34%) and Setra with 25 (5.25%).
• Agriculture tractors: The first new tractor registration reached 2,232 tractors. John Deer was a category leader with 447 sales (20.03%), followed by Czech tractor manufacturer Zetor with 315 (14.11%), New Holland with 254 (11.38%) and Case with 208 (9.32%). The total number of tractors registered reached 153,289 units in 2010 and the average age was 29.4 years.
In the first half of 2011, new tractor sales increased by 16% from the same period in 2010 and imports of used tractors jumped by 316 units. John Deer was a leader again with 260 tractors (21.5%), followed by Zetor with 176 unites (14.5%), New Holland with 122 (10.1%) and Case with 92 (7.6%).