According to the president of the association, Martin Jahn, production last year was adversely affected by the Russian-Ukrainian and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, high energy prices, a long-term unsatisfactory situation on the labor market, or blackouts and volatility in the supply chains, which occurred especially in the spring and summer months. Foreign competition was also increasing, especially from Asia.

According to the association, the agreement on a more realistic version of the Euro 7 emission standard is also good news for customers, which will make it possible to maintain the range of available vehicle models for longer. “However many challenges we will continue to face, I am convinced that, just as in 2023, this year as well, the Czech car industry will once again occupy the position of the engine of the Czech economy and one of the most innovative industries,” said Jahn.

The largest domestic car manufacturer Škoda Auto increased production by 24.8 percent to 864,889 cars. It exported almost 90 percent of that. Škoda produced 86,732 electric cars and 22,103 plug-in hybrids last year, which represents a share of 12.6 percent of total production.

Production at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech plant in Nošovice last year rose by 5.6 percent to 340,500 vehicles. Of these, there were 43,839 purely electric cars and 28,213 plug-in hybrid cars. In total, electric cars produced in Nošovice accounted for 21.2 percent of the brand’s domestic production.

Due to suspended sub-supplies of production components in the spring and summer months, Cologne-based Toyota produced 192,427 cars last year, which is about 10,000 less than the previous year.

Tatra Trucks, which is the only truck manufacturer among the members of the association, produced 1,432 cars in 2023, i.e. 85 more than in 2022. This means an increase of 6.3 percent.

Bus production recorded a year-on-year decrease of 1.3 percent to 5,253 vehicles. Iveco Czech Republic in Vysokmyth produced 4,741 buses, Libchav SOR delivered 492 buses and KHMC produced 20 minibuses.

Traditional motorcycle manufacturer Jawa Moto also reported a year-on-year decline in production due to the order-to-order nature of production and market saturation in 2022. In January-December 2023, 755 motorcycles rolled off the production line of the domestic brand, which is 53.5 percent less year-on-year.