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Czechs Are Getting Older. So Are Their Cars

In Economy on August 28, 2007 by Petr Bokuvka

Average car age in the Czech Republic is almost 14 years, Novinky. cz news server wrote, quoting representatives of the Car Industry Association. Not so long ago old Czech Skoda 105 cars were to blame for this number. But over the last few years foreign-made cars took over. In other words, there are more and more old used cars from abroad.

Not a big surprise. The import of cars from abroad is a huge business in the Czech Republic. A car that a German citizen would sell as old  is a pretty good deal for a Czech. Similarly, used cars from the Czech Republic or Slovakia are sold in great numbers in the Ukraine. And something tells me that old Russian cars serve well their new owners in Mongolia.

The Car Industry Association has very interestings stats about the car manufacturers and their cars in the Czech Republic. Aside from really old Trabant and Wartburg cars from the former East Germany, the car with the highest average age is Fiat. Followed by Skoda, Mercedes and BMW.

On the other end of the list, the “youngest” cars in the country are Kia, Hyundai, Toyota and Suzuki. And Volvo. 

Explanation of the above? Volvo is extremely expensive here. The target group that could afford it became rich in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. As for Kia and Hyundai, their most favorite models [?] are huge recent SUV’s. Again, most favorite among young couples and young families whose father is in early or mid-thirties. They buy these cars primarily because they decide they have the money to buy them, not because it is an absolute necessity.

I have to admit. Those once-typical Skoda 105 are harder to see lately. A few years ago one could see them everywhere….

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