Business and Investment Development Agency




With its unique location, good infrastructure and skilled workforce, the Czech Republic plays a significant role in the automotive industry. In per-capita terms, it is a leading producer of buses and ranks second in the world in passenger-car production. While the country has the capacity and resources to accommodate three major carmakers – Škoda Auto (Volkswagen Group), TPCA (Toyota/Groupe PSA joint venture) and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech – and holds excellent business opportunities for suppliers, the Czech Republic is poised to consolidate its position as one of the leading European centers for automotive-related design and R&D activities. The country’s century-long engineering tradition, intensive collaboration with Czech universities on cutting-edge technologies and government support make the Czech Republic an ideal destination for future mobility.

The Czech automotive industry at a glance:

  • 122-year history of car production
  • the largest industry in the Czech Republic, accounting for more than 9% of GDP
  • approximately 800 companies involved the industry
  • more than 160,000 direct automotive-sector employees
  • 26% of manufacturing output and 24% of Czech exports
  • 80% of production is exported (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Slovakia)
  • 1.44 million cars produced in 2018
  • 55 of the global top 100 tier-one suppliers have at least one production facility in the Czech Republic
  • 5,000 R&D employees and 33% of all investments in R&D in the Czech Republic
  • world-class automotive R&D centers of OEMs and tier-one suppliers (e.g. EATON, Škoda Auto, ZF, Robert Bosch, Varroc Lighting)
  • nine technical universities with more than 20,000 graduates every year
  • top research institutes (CIIRC, CEITEC)
  • government supportive initiatives (e.g. AI Hub, testing ground for AVs)

Foreign Investors and Key Players in the Czech Republic

Foreign Investors and Key Players in the Czech Republic Source: CzechInvest, 2019
Lukas PrskavecInvestment Development Manager for Automotive & Future Mobility
Automotive OEMs Automotive OEMs
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Automotive R&D Automotive R&D
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E-mobility E-mobility
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Self-driving vehicles Self-driving vehicles
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Toyota to assume ownership of French-Japanese TPCA in Kolín in 2021

Toyota to assume ownership of French-Japanese TPCA in Kolín in 2021

The plant will continue to manufacture vehicles for both companies

Hyundai and KIA seek local suppliers

Hyundai and KIA seek local suppliers

The companies met with Czech and Polish firms at a suppliers’ day event in Ostrava