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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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Croatia November 2013: Citroen C4 climbs onto podium

December 9th, 2013 8 comments

Citroen C4 Croatia November 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusCitroen C4

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The Croatian new car market confirms it is back on track, up a splendid 18% year-on-year to a nevertheless still weak 1,922 registrations, reducing the year-to-date drop to 13% at 26,080 units. Two Volkswagens lead the sales charts once again: the Golf reinforces its year-to-date lead by selling 135 units for a shiny 7% market share while the Polo is at 64 sales and 3.3%. The best performer this month is the Citroen C4, which led the Full Year 2012 Croatian private sales ranking, up 17 spots on October to land on the third step of the podium thanks to 60 units sold for a 3.1% share vs. #14 and 1.9% year-to-date.

Toyota Yaris Croatia November 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusToyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris also shines, up 6 ranks to #4 with 57 sales and 3%, the Peugeot 208 is back up 11 ranks to #6, the Renault Captur lodges a second consecutive month inside the Croatian Top 10 at #10 with 48 units and 2.5%, the BMW 3 Series is up 4 ranks to a fantastic 11th place which could potentially be its best-ever monthly ranking in Croatia, the Hyundai i20 is up a further 3 to #13, the Skoda Rapid comes out of the Top 20 in October to #14 and the Toyota Auris is up 3 to #16.

Previous month: Croatia October 2013: Skoda Octavia up, Renault Captur in Top 10

One year ago: Croatia November 2012: VW Polo and Renault Clio impress

Full November 2013 Top 20 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia October 2013: Skoda Octavia up, Renault Captur in Top10

November 9th, 2013 7 comments

Skoda Octavia Croatia October 2013Skoda Octavia

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New car sales in Croatia are up a dynamic 10% year-on-year in October to 2,194 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 24,158 units, still down a sad 15% on 2012. The Top 2 most popular models in the country remain the VW Golf with 103 sales and 4.7% and Polo at 102 units and 4.6%, reprising their year-to-date rankings. This month the Skoda Octavia jumps onto the podium thanks to 67 sales and 3.1% while the Renault Clio is up 3 ranks on September to #4 with 63 sales and 2.9%.

Renault Captur Croatia October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Captur

Notice also the VW Passat up 14 spots to #5, Opel Astra back up 9 to #6, the Renault Captur brilliantly breaking into Croatian Top 20 and Top 10 for the very first time at #7 with 54 sales and 2.5% share, the Toyota Yaris and Citroen C3 up from outside the Top 20 in September to #10 and #11 respectively, the BMW 3 Series up to #15 and the Hyundai i20 up to #16.

Previous month: Croatia September 2013: Hyundai i30 on podium

One year ago: Croatia October 2012: Peugeot 208 and Kia Rio shine

Full October 2013 Top 25 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia September 2013: Hyundai i30 on podium

October 9th, 2013 2 comments

Hyundai i30 Croatia September 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frHyundai i30

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No real sign of improvement for new car sales in Croatia, up a shy 2% on a devastated September 2012 to 1,817 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 21,967 units, down 17% on 2012. The VW Golf (6.2% share) and Polo (4.5%) reclaim the top 2 spots they hold year-to-date while the Hyundai i30 jumps onto the podium thanks to 71 sales, one unit above the Skoda Octavia very strong once again at 3.9% share vs. 2.5% year-to-date. Notice also the Peugeot 308 up one further spot to #8 vs. #15 year-to-date.

Previous month: Croatia August 2013: Skoda Octavia up to #2 in lowest market in 12 years

One year ago: Croatia September 2012: Kia Rio #4 in market down 45%

Full September 2013 Top 20 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

September 13th, 2013 2 comments

Skoda Octavia Croatia August 2013Skoda Octavia

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After some really good news in July (+19%), Croatian new car sales are back to hell: down 11% year-on-year in August to just 1,539 registrations, the lowest monthly figure in at least 12 years. This bringing the year-to-date total to 20,147 units, down 18% on 2012. The VW Golf remains the best-selling model in the country thanks to 93 sales and 6%, it is followed this month by the Skoda Octavia, up 2 spots on July to #2 at 74 units and 4.8%, its best ranking in the country since February 2012. The Kia Cee’d is also doing extremely well: up to #3 and 4.4% share vs. #13 and 2% year-to-date, as is the Dacia Sandero up to #8 vs. #22 and the Kia Rio up to #11 vs. #18.

Previous month: Croatia July 2013: VW Golf, Polo and Up! on top

One year ago: Croatia August 2012: Skoda Fabia and Citroen C4 shine

Full August 2013 Top 15 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

August 21st, 2013 53 comments

VW Up Croatia July 2013The VW Up! is back inside the Croatian Top 20 at #3.

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Finally some good news for new car sales in Croatia: up 19% year-on-year in July to 3,224 registrations, the third consecutive month above 3,000 sales and the first year-on-year gain since February 2012! Volkswagen is ultra-dominant this month with over 24% market share and 11% for Skoda, it smells like a large order of rental cars just in time for summer… The VW Golf leads the way for the 4th time so far in 2013 thanks to 300 sales and a huge 9.3% share, followed by the VW Polo at 183 units and 5.7% and the VW Up! brilliantly back inside the Top 20 at #3 with 166 sales and 5.1%. Now remember VAG’s distributor in Croatia, Auto Zubiak, also owns the biggest car rental business in the country – Oryx Rent…

Skoda Rapid Croatia July 2013Skoda Rapid

The VAG Group in fact places 4 models in the Croatian Top 4 this month with the Skoda Octavia up 15 spots on June to #4, plus the Skoda Rapid makes its very first appearance in the Top 20, directly at #6 with 79 sales and 2.5%, the Skoda Citigo does so for the first time this year at #13 and the Seat Leon appears at #19… Kia is the other carmaker to excel in July: the Cee’d is back from the dead (meaning outside the Top 20) up to #5 and is now #16 year-to-date, the Sportage is up 6 ranks to #10 and the Rio is up to #22.

Previous month: Croatia June 2013: Opel Corsa and Hyundai i30 dominate

One year ago: Croatia July 2012: Opel Astra and Peugeot 208 on top

Full July 2013 Top 20 models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia June 2013: Opel Corsa and Hyundai i30 on top

July 10th, 2013 2 comments

Opel Corsa Croatia June 2013Opel Corsa

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The Croatian new car market looks like it is on the mend: after dropping by a horrendous 46% over the first quarter of the year, but by just 1% in May, it is down 5% year-on-year in June to 3,190 registrations, making it only the 2nd time in the last 12 months the market is above 3,000 monthly sales. The year-to-date tally now stands at 15,384 units, down 24% on 2012, which was already down 11% on 2011… For the first time since May 2011 and only the second time in the last 9 years, the Opel Corsa is the most popular vehicle in Croatia thanks to 208 sales and 6.5% share, it however remains #4 year-to-date at 588 units and 3.8%. The Hyundai i30 is up 3 spots on May to a brilliant 2nd place with 151 sales and 4.7%, its best ranking in the country since it took the lead of the sales charts in April 2012.

Hyundai ix35 Croatia June 2013Hyundai ix35

The VW Passat is up a massive 13 ranks on last month to land on the third step of the podium thanks to 139 units and 4.4%, it is followed by the Opel Astra (now #2 year-to-date), the VW Golf (still in the lead year-to-date) and the Peugeot 208. The Hyundai ix35 is up one further spot to #7 with 97 sales and 3%, this could well be its best-ever ranking in Croatia… It is now #9 year-to-date vs. #20 in 2012. Notice also the Ford Focus up to #10, Fiat Linea up to #13 thanks to the new model, Dacia Sandero up to #15 and the BMW3 Series up to #17.

Previous month: Croatia May 2013: VW Golf and Polo kick arse

One year ago: Croatia June 2012: VW Up! takes control!

Full June 2013 Top 20 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia May 2013: VW Golf and Polo kick arse

June 6th, 2013 No comments

VW Golf Croatia May 2013VW Golf

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After a write-off of a first quarter (-46% on 2012!), the Croatian new car market is feeling a little more rosy now: sales are down just 1% year-on-year in May at 3,344 units, making it the first 3,000+ sales month in Croatia since June 2012! The year-to-date total stands at 12,194 registrations, still down a paltry 28% on 2012. Volkswagen continues to conquer the market, now placing the VW Golf and Polo atop the sales charts both this month and year-to-date. In fact with 272 sales, the VW Golf delivers the best monthly volume for any vehicle since the VW Polo sold 318 units in June 2011

Chevrolet Spark Croatia May 2013Chevrolet Spark

All Top 6 models lodge much higher market shares than their 2013 year-to-date levels this month: the Golf is at 8.1% vs. 6.3%, the Polo at 7.4% vs. 5.3%, the Opel Astra at 6.2% vs. 5.1%, the Opel Corsa at 5.9% vs. 3.1%, the Hyundai i30 at 3.7% vs. 2.7% and the Chevrolet Spark coming up from outside the Top 20 in April directly to #6 at 3% share vs. 1.5% year-to-date. Notice also the Hyundai ix35 up 12 spots to #8 and the Peugeot 308 up 9 to #9.

Previous month: Croatia April 2013: VW Polo and Golf runaway leaders

One year ago: Croatia May 2012: VW Polo leads, Up! #9, Peugeot 208 #12

Full May 2013 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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