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Albania 2011 UPDATED: The land of luxury SUVs

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* Click on the title for Albanian street scenes! *

* Many thanks to Matthias from Germany who made this post's update possible! *

The Albanian car market is very particular, with as much as 1 in every 3 cars in circulation in Tirana and Durres second-hand Mercedes. The best selling new cars are also unique: a mix of luxury SUV's dominated by the Range Rover, BMW X5, Mercedes M-Class, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport and Mercedes GL-Class!

Only then normal passenger cars follow, among them the Chevrolet Aveo, Fiat Punto, VW Golf and Opel Corsa. A few models have Albania as their only European port of call like the VW Gol, Chery QQ and Toyota Avanza... So a very interesting market indeed.

This rough speculation is based on Matthias's observations in the streets of Tirana and Durres. Thanks again Matthias!

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  1. TJ
    November 30th, 2013 at 20:52 | #1

    When I visited Albania in 2008 the overall impression I got was that it was the stolen car capital of Europe-most imported cars still retaining their French, German or British plates and mostly decent BMW’s, Mercs, Range Rovers etc and mostly of seemingly dubious provenance. Communist Albania was the ‘North Korea’ of Europe and car ownership was effectively banned but the end of communism in the country in 1992 released pent-up demand for cars.

  2. TJ
    November 30th, 2013 at 20:46 | #2

    When I visited Albania in 2008 the overall impression I got was that it was the stolen car capital of Europe-most imported cars still retaining their French, German or British plates and mostly decent BMW’s, Mercs, Range Rovers etc and mostly of seemingly dubious provenance.

  3. April 14th, 2012 at 16:18 | #3

    Brazilian Volkswagen Gol had also been assembled in Russia from CKD kits for a while, and also manufactured in China.

  4. Gavin
    February 17th, 2012 at 20:00 | #4

    Hello,Matt, I like your website and it is very good.
    Do you have the statics of the top 10 selling cars or the top 10 most popular cars in Albania in 2011 or 2010?? I search the internet but I can’t found the information about it….hope you could help me find the information about this, thank you in advance!!

    • matgasnier
      February 18th, 2012 at 00:46 | #5

      Hi Gavin, thanks for your praise I really appreciate it!
      I publish all the info I have on the blog so the info on Albania is all I could find unfortunately!
      cheers
      Matt

  5. Matthias
    May 14th, 2011 at 09:00 | #6

    Hi Matt,

    i went through all my pictures of my holiday in Albania, but unfortunately there’s only one with a Range Rover visible in the background, so not really ideal for the purposes of illustrating the reality on Tirana’s streets! Thing is, 80% of all the cars are obviously used imports from the 90s, very few 80s and some newer ones. But the cars that definitely are new seem to be mostly those luxury SUVs. Oh, and i saw quite a few Mercedes S-classes (V12, of course!) and Porsche Panameras as well. I’d really love to get my hands on some official data for Albania…

  6. Matthias
    April 28th, 2011 at 00:33 | #7

    Bonjour and hello

    I’ve just been to Albania for a few days and i have to say the Captiva wasn’t particularly prevalent in Tirana and Durres at all. The most common cars among the obviously new ones seemed to be the Range Rover, BMW X5, Mercedes M-class, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport, Mercedes GL-class, and only then normal passenger cars followed, especially Chevrolet Aveo, Fiat Punto, VW Golf and Opel Corsa. But the mix of old and new and all sorts of brands is so wild it’s difficult to come to any realistic conclusion. Where else in Europe do you see a number of Brazilian VW Gols, Chery QQs, Toyota Avanzas and those weird Chinese heavy-duty three-wheel lorries? Hopefully someone can come up with official data one day…

    • April 28th, 2011 at 08:28 | #8

      Hi Matthias,
      Thank you so much this is great information! I will update my post accordingly shortly.
      Would you by any chance have any pictures that would illustrate what you are saying and that I could feature on here?
      Thanks again
      Matt

  7. marcopolo
    March 7th, 2011 at 13:54 | #9

    Hello there,
    I like your site very much.Do you have statistics beyond Europe top10,like maybe top 50?Thank you.

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