New passenger car sales in the Czech Republic rose at an annual pace of 6.83% to 42,026 units in the first quarter, trade data showed.

Skoda, the was the top seller with 12,952 passenger cars sold, a drop of 6% against the first quarter of 2010, Reuters reported. Renault was second ahead of Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai..

"This is the first time since mid-2008 that all categories of road vehicles showed a growth," Pavel Tunkl, secretary of the association, told a news conference.