New cars in the parking lot. Illustrative photo.
Prague – Production of passenger cars in the Czech Republic rose by 26.2 percent to 215,101 cars in two months of the year. At the same time, shaky supply chains and the lack of some components, which halted production at Toyota in Cologne for almost the entire month of February, are still reflected in the volume of production. It was announced today by the Association of the Automotive Industry.
Škoda Auto increased production by 28.6 percent to 141,688 cars, Hyundai production in Nošovice increased by 17.4 percent to 54,100 vehicles, and Cologne-based Toyota increased production by 36.9 percent to 19,313 cars despite the shutdown. However, the increase in production at Toyota is given a lower comparative base for the first two months of 2022, in which the carmaker prepared to start a new line for the production of the Aygo X model and also underwent a short production shutdown.
The electric vehicle was produced 22,280, their share in the total production thus remains at the level of ten percent for a long time. At Skoda, electric cars and plug-in hybrids made up eight percent of production, at Hyundai it was 21 percent.
“The chip crisis is not behind us, and both end-manufacturers and suppliers will have to face tight supplies well into 2023. In addition, the whole sector is in considerable uncertainty about further developments in terms of the blocked approval of CO2 targets. Therefore, we strongly appeal to the representatives of the states and European institutions, so that a technologically neutral final agreement is reached as soon as possible. At the same time, we strongly warn against the negative effects that any postponement or questioning of CO2 emission reduction targets could bring to the discussion of other industry standards, especially Euro 7/VII. Here, in its current form, we continue to consider it a critical threat to maintaining the operation of the industry, jobs and the offer of vehicle models that meet customer requirements,” said Zdeněk Petzl, executive director of the association.
In January and February, bus production fell by 14.6 percent to 633 vehicles.In Iveco CR, production fell by 14.1 percent to 584 vehicles, SOR managed to produce 45 buses in the first two months of the year, i.e. by one us less than last year.
The traditional motorcycle manufacturer Jawa Moto also saw a drop in production. A total of 109 motorcycles rolled off the production line of the domestic brand, which is 76 percent less year-on-year.