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Croatia September 2014: Nissan Qashqai #2, only 3 units off Golf!

October 9th, 2014 2 comments

Nissan Qashqai Croatia September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus,frNissan Qashqai

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Croatian new car sales are back to performing at distinctly higher levels than last year, up 10% in September to 1,994 registrations. The year-to-date total now stands at 27,760 units, up a heart-warming 26% on last year. Volkswagen is king of the brands ranking once again with 15% share, followed by Opel at 8.2%, Nissan surging 6 spots on August and 10 spots on its year-to-date ranking to third place with 7.1% share, Toyota, Renault and Hyundai.

Mazda3 Croatia September 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deMazda3

Model-wise, the VW Golf is on top for the third consecutive month thanks to a round 100 sales and 5% share, but still #2 year-to-date below the Skoda Octavia, while the biggest surprise of the month is the Nissan Qashqai jumping from out of nowhere (outside the Top 20) straight into 2nd place and only 3 units off the Golf. The VW Polo is down to #3, the Opel Astra is back up 13 ranks to #4, the Toyota Yaris up 3 to #7, the Mazda3 is up to a fantastic 8th spot and breaks into the year-to-date Top 20 at #19 and the Dacia Sandero delivers a similar performance, up to #9 this month and #20 year-to-date.

Previous month: Croatia August 2014: VW Golf #1, Renault Clio on podium

One year ago: Croatia September 2013: Hyundai i30 on podium

Full September 2014 Top 20 models and Top 32 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia August 2014: VW Golf leads, Renault Clio on podium

September 7th, 2014 No comments

Renault Clio Croatia August 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auRenault Clio

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After dropping by 5% in July, the Croatian new car market is back into positive territory in August, up a still shy 2% year-on-year to 1,573 registrations, by far the slowest month of the year due to the Summer holidays. Year-to-date, new car sales in Croatia are still up a robust 28% to 25,766 units. Brand-wise, Volkswagen leads the way again and after an extravagant 21.6% share in July the German manufacturer is down to a more reasonable 16.9% in August, very close to its year-to-date level (16.5%). Renault is up to #2 and 7.9% vs. #6 and 5.7% ytd, and Peugeot up 3 to #3 and Citroen down one to #4 make it 3 French carmakers in the Croatian Top 4. In the models ranking, the VW Golf and Polo dominate, the Renault Clio is up 3 spots on July to jump onto the podium at #3 and the Skoda Rapid is up 8 to #4 with 3% share, by far its best performance so far in the country. Notice also the Kia Cee’d up to #7 vs. #15 ytd, the Toyota Yaris up to #10 vs. #16 and the Ford Focus up to #11 vs. #18.

Previous month: Croatia July 2014: VW Golf, Up and Polo on podium

One year ago: Croatia August 2013: Skoda Octavia up to #2 in lowest market in 12 years

Full August 2014 Top 20 models and Top 33 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia July 2014: VW Golf, Up and Polo on podium!

August 19th, 2014 3 comments

VW Up! Croatia July 2014VW Up

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Ouch. After 10 consecutive months of year-on-year gains, the Croatian new car market stops its recovery this month: down 5% on July 2013 which coincidentally marked the first month of growth in 17 months. Not to worry: the year-to-date total is still up a very robust 30% on 2013 to 24,193 units. July means Summer holidays in Croatia, and as one of the most touristic regions in Europe it also means massive rental car registrations. Add to this the fact that Volkswagen Group’s distributor in Croatia, Auto Zubiak, also owns the biggest car rental business in the country – Oryx Rent and like July 2013 we have a mammoth month for Volkswagen at 21.6% market share vs. 16.6% year-to-date. The models podium is logically monopolised by the German brand (here too like in July 2013) with the Golf in pole position at a huge 7.8% share ahead of the Up at 5.4%, its highest ranking in Croatia since it surprised the world and took the lead back in June 2012, and the Polo at 4.8%. The Skoda Octavia is back up 3 spots on June to complete a Top 4 100% VAG and remains leader year-to-date, while the Renault Clio is up 9 ranks to #6 and the Citroen C4 back inside the Top 10 at #10.

Previous month: Croatia June 2014: Opel Astra and Corsa dominate

One year ago: Croatia July 2013: VW Golf, Polo and Up! on top

Full July 2014 Top 20 models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia June 2014: Opel Astra and Corsa dominate

July 8th, 2014 2 comments

Opel Astra Croatia June 2014Opel Astra

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The Croatian new car market continues its recovery: up a massive 34% year-on-year in June to 4,269 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 21,133 units, up 37% on 2013. Volkswagen dominates the brands ranking thanks to 752 sales and 17.6% share, while Opel has a particularly strong month at 15.7% vs. 13.5% year-to-date, placing the Astra (6.3%) and Corsa (6.2%) atop the models charts. Notice also Hyundai up to #3 and 7.2% vs. #8 and 5% year-to-date, with the i30 up to third position (5.5%) and Audi up to #9 and 4.5% share. Leader year-to-date, the Skoda Octavia is down to #7 below the VW Golf (#4), Up (#5) and Polo (#6). Finally the Audi A3 is up to a fantastic #9 spot, the Renault Captur up to #12, Seat Leon up to #14 and breaks into the year-to-date Top 20 and the Suzuki Swift points its bonnet at #19.

Previous month: Croatia May 2014: Skoda Octavia and Opel Corsa on top

One year ago: Croatia June 2013: Opel Corsa and Hyundai i30 dominate

Full June 2014 Top 20 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia May 2014: Skoda Octavia and Opel Corsa on top

June 7th, 2014 No comments

Opel Corsa Croatia May 2014Opel Corsa

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New car sales in Croatia enjoy an 8th consecutive month of double-digit year-on-year gain in May at a fantastic +46% to 4,870 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 16,864 units, up 38% on 2013. The Skoda Octavia is going from strength to strength here, reaching a huge 9.1% market share thanks to 444 sales and cementing its year-to-date leadership at 1,364 units and 8.1%, the only model to have managed to sell over 1,000 so far in the country this year.

The Opel Corsa also lodges an extremely strong month at 8.7% share thanks to 425 sales and is now only one unit below its big sister the Opel Astra in the year-to-date ranking at #4. In fact, Opel is the most popular carmaker in the country in May with 16.9% share vs. 14.6% for Skoda and 12.9% for Volkswagen, still leader year-to-date though at 15.3%. Ford is reborn this month in Croatia: both the Fiesta at #5 and the Focus at #9 make their reappearance in the Top 20, and do so in the year-to-date ranking as well at #10 and #18 respectively. Leader over the Full Year 2013, the VW Golf is down to #5 this month but remains #2 year-to-date for now.

Previous month: Croatia April 2014: VW Up up to #8 in market up 66%

One year ago: Croatia May 2013: VW Golf and Polo kick arse

Full May 2014 Top 20 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia April 2014: VW Up up to #8 in market up 66%

May 7th, 2014 3 comments

VW Up! Croatia April 2014VW Up

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Now we’re talking. New car sales in Croatia finally take off: up a huge 66% year-on-year to 4,665 registrations, by far the best month of the year so far. The year-to-date total is now up 35% to 11,994 units. Brand-wise, the Top 3 all deliver stronger market shares than their year-to-date levels: Volkswagen is a 18.4%, Skoda at 15.3% and Opel at 14.6%. Notice also BMW up 10 spots on March to #7 with 3.8% of the market, Ford up 7 to #9 and Suzuki up 15 to #20. The Skoda Octavia dominates the models sales charts once again thanks to 415 units and 8.9% share, ahead of the VW Golf at 7.1% and the Opel Astra at 6.4%, reproducing the year-to-date ranking also. The Skoda Rapid is up two ranks on last month to #6 both in April and year-to-date while the VW Up is back inside the Top 20 with a vengeance: up all the way to 8th place with 143 sales and 3.1% share.

Previous month: Croatia March 2014: Skoda Octavia shoots up to 10.5% share

One year ago: Croatia April 2013: VW Polo and Golf runaway leaders

Full April 2014 Top 20 models and Top 32 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia March 2014: Skoda Octavia shoots up to 10.5% share

April 9th, 2014 3 comments

Skoda Octavia Croatia March 2014Skoda Octavia

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7th consecutive month of year-on-year gain and 6th consecutive month of double-digit gain for the Croatian new car market in March, up a huge 26% to 3,064 registrations, bringing the First Quarter total to 7,329 units, up 21% on 2013. While the VW Golf and Polo had dominated the FY2013 and early 2014 sales charts, this month the Skoda Octavia shoots up to a record 10.5% share thanks to 321 sales, single-handedly earning it the 2014 year-to-date top spot at 505 units and 6.9%! The Opel Astra is also very strong: up 17 spots on last month to land in 2nd position with 209 sales and 6.8% and now #4 year-to-date. The Renault Clio is up 13 to #5, the Skoda Rapid up 4 to #8 and the Mazda3 remains solid at #14.

Previous month: Croatia February 2014: Citroen C4, C3 and Mazda3 impress

One year ago:  Croatia March 2013: VW Golf and Opel Insignia in great shape

Full March 2014 Top 20 models and Top 32 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia February 2014: Citroen C4, C3 and Mazda3 impress

March 8th, 2014 No comments

Mazda3 Croatia February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMazda3

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The Croatian new car market is up a very satisfying 22% year-on-year in February to a still very shy 2,185 registrations, bring the year-to-date total to 4,265 units, up 18% on 2013. Volkswagen continues to dominate the brands sales charts with no real competition at 15.8% market share vs. 9.3% for Peugeot (#2) and 7.9% for Citroen (#3). No surprises in the models ranking: the VW Golf is on top once again thanks to 125 sales and 5.7%. It is followed this time and like over the Full year 2013 by its lil sis the VW Polo at 107 units and 4.9%, kicking the Skoda Octavia down to third place with 87 sales and 4%.

Citroen C4 Croatia February 2014. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusCitroen C4

But the best performers this month in Croatia are to be found a little lower in the ranking: the Citroen C4 and C3 are both up from outside the Top 20 in January to #4 with 3.1% share and #5 at 2.8% respectively. The Mazda3 for its part is up a further 6 spots on January to reach an outstanding 6th position, by far the best European ranking of the new generation so far with 60 sales and 2.7%.

Previous month: Croatia January 2014: VW Golf and Skoda Octavia on top

One year ago: Croatia February 2013: Opel Astra back to #1 in depressed market

Full February 2014 Top 20 models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia January 2014: VW Golf and Skoda Octavia on top

February 7th, 2014 2 comments

Peugeot Partner Croatia January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot Partner

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Very encouraging start of the year for new car sales in Croatia, up 15% year-on-year to 2,080 registrations. Volkswagen keeps the lead of the brands ranking thanks to 288 sales and 13.8% share, ahead of Peugeot and Skoda both at 183 units and 8.8% while Opel (7.4%) and Hyundai (6.9%) round up the Top 5. No surprises atop the models sales charts: the VW Golf reigns supreme like over the FY2013 with 106 sales and 5.1% and is followed by the Skoda Octavia at 97 units and 4.7% and the VW Polo at 68 sales and 3.3%. Notice also the Kia Cee’d up to #4, Peugeot Partner up to #11, Mazda3 up to #12, Skoda Rapid up to #14, Fiat 500L up to #16 and Renault Captur up to #17.

Previous post: Croatia Full Year 2013: VW Golf new leader

One year ago: Croatia January 2013: Kia Sportage up to best-ever #5

 

Full January 2014 Top 20 models and Top 32 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia Full Year 2013: VW Golf new leader

January 8th, 2014 1 comment

VW Golf Croatia 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Golf

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Croatian December new car sales are up an encouraging 29% on December 2012 which was one of the worst month on record. The VW Polo takes the lead with just under 100 sales and 5.7% followed by the Skoda Octavia, VW Golf and Passat in a Top 4 100% composed of VAG Group models. Over the Full Year 2013, the Croatian new car market is down a harsh 11% on 2012 to 27,802 registrations, a 65% drop from the 88,265 units registered in 2008. The VW Golf is the most popular car in Croatia for the first time since my records for this country began in 2003 thanks to sales up a massive 73% to 1,682 units, doubling its 2012 market share to 6%. The Golf is only the second non-Opel model to top the annual Croatian sales charts in the last decade – the other being the Skoda Octavia in 2011.

VW Polo Croatia 2013VW Polo

Volkswagen delivers a 1-2 this year, with the VW Polo remaining #2, up 12% to 1,312 sales and 4.7% share, one percentage point better than last year. The Opel Astra – market leader from 2005 to 2010 and in 2012 – is down 20% and two spots to #3 at 990 units and 3.6%. Below, both the Opel Corsa (#4) and Hyundai i30 (#5) gain one rank on last year, while the Skoda Octavia is up 4 to #6, the Peugeot 208 up 11 to #7 and the Renault Clio also up 4 to #8. Other great performers this month in Croatia include the Kia Cee’d up 5 to #10, the Kia Sportage up 32% to #11, Opel Insignia up 70% to #13 and the Dacia Sandero back inside the Top 20 at #19. Brand-wise, Volkswagen gains 9% and 3 percentage points to 16.7% share, Opel (#2) and Peugeot (#3) exchange positions, Hyundai is up two spots to #4 and Skoda up 4 to #5.

Previous month: Croatia November 2013: Citroen C4 climbs onto podium

One year ago: Croatia Full Year 2012: Opel Astra reclaims throne

Two years ago: Croatia Full Year 2011: Skoda Octavia best-seller for the first time

December 2013 Top 10 and Full Year Top 20 models, All-brands below.

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