Passenger car sales in the Czech Republic rose 9.2% year-on-year to 86,396 in the first seven months of 2008, the country's car importers association (SDA) said.

VW-owned Skoda Auto topped the charts with 26,353 sales followed by Ford (6,1710 and Renault (5,648).

Light commercial vehicle sales rose 13% to 36,874 units with Skoda also leading that segment with 9,340 sales followed by VW (3,881) and Ford (3,690).

Truck sales were up 4% to 6,565.