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Croatia April 2015: Opel Astra leads, Citroen C4 Cactus in Top 20

May 6th, 2015 No comments

Citroen C4 Cactus Croatia April 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frCitroen C4 Cactus

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Not quite on the recovery track yet: new car sales in Croatia plunge 20% year-on-year in April to 3,746 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total back down into negative territory at -2% and 11,850 units. Volkswagen (19%), Opel (14.9%) and Skoda (11.1%) top the brands ranking, while the Opel Astra is the best-selling nameplate in the country for only the 2nd time in the past 2 years (with last June), up 6 spots on March, ahead of the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia who lead the year-to-date ranking. The VW Passat is up a nice 7 ranks on last month to #4, the Dacia Duster (#7), Skoda Fabia (#8) and Seat Leon (#14) jump back inside the Top 20 while the VW Golf Sportsvan (#15) and Citroen C4 Cactus (#20) make their first appearance in the select club of the 20 most popular nameplates in Croatia.

Previous month: Croatia March 2015: Dacia Sandero sovereign

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

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Croatia March 2015: Dacia Sandero sovereign

April 13th, 2015 No comments

Dacia Sandero Croatia March 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukThe Dacia Sandero is the best-selling nameplate in Croatia for the 2nd straight month.

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After a one month hiatus, Croatia is back on BSCB with March sales up a very dynamic 13% year-on-year to 3,466 registrations, bringing the first quarter total to 8,104 units, up 11% on 2014. Volkswagen dominates the brands ranking as usual with 479 sales and 13.8% share, while Opel takes the second spot this month with 430 units and 12.4% share thanks partly to runout sales of the previous gen Corsa (#2 at 7.5%). Dacia splendidly rounds up the podium at an excellent 384 sales and 11.1% share, and places the Sandero in the models pole position like in February, this time with 291 units and 8.4%, its best-ever share in the country. The VW Golf remains at #3 but is still #1 year-to-date, the Renault Clio is up 4 spots on last month to #4, the Opel Astra up 9 to #7 and the Suzuki Swift up 8 to #10. Notice also the Dacia Dokker up to a best-ever #14, its first time in the Croatian Top 20, and the Audi A3 and Citroen C3 rounding up the Top 20.

Previous post: Croatia January 2015: VW Polo and Golf add up to 14% share

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

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Croatia January 2015: VW Polo and Golf add up to 14% share

February 6th, 2015 No comments

VW Polo Croatia January 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Polo is the best-selling model in Croatia this month.

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New car sales in Croatia are up a very energetic 17% year-on-year in January to 2,424 registrations, and Volkswagen starts 2015 all guns blazing with over 20% market share thanks to 494 sales, compared to 16.1% over the Full Year 2014. Fittingly, the German manufacturer places its two star models in the Top 2 spots this month, and way above the competition: the Polo holds 7.2% of the market and the Golf 7%. Leader in 2014, the Skoda Octavia is knocked down to #3 with 4.4%, just above the Dacia Duster – excelling at #4 and 4.2% share and lifting the Dacia brand up to equal 5th with Peugeot and below just Volkswagen, Skoda, Renault and Opel. Notice also the Kia Cee’d up to #7, the Mazda3 up to #10 and the Peugeot 2008 breaking into the Croatian Top 20 for the 2nd time ever after last November at a record 14th place.

Previous post: Croatia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia back in charge

One year ago: Croatia January 2014: VW Golf and Skoda Octavia on top

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Croatia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia back in charge

January 6th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Octavia Croatia 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Octavia

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On paper, the Croatian new car market is on fire in 2014: up 22% to 33,962 deliveries. The reality is less rosy: we are still very far away from the from the 88,265 units registered in 2008, and local publication autoportal.hr reveals that the increase in sales is primarily the result large purchases by ministries, state-owned companies and rental. Private sales accounted for just 15,000 units and given the economic crisis is getting worse, these purchases were ones that just could no longer wait.

Mitsubishi Space Star Croatia 2014. Picture courtesy of turbo.frMitsubishi sales are up fourfold vs. 2013 in Croatia.

In this context, Volkswagen remains the most popular brand in the country by far with 16.1% share, but at +17% it gains much less ground than Opel at #2 (+40%) and Skoda at #3 (+88%). Below Peugeot, Renault and Citroen are both up one spot to #5 and #6 respectively, while Ford is up two and 46% to #7. Notice also Mitsubishi up 308%, Fiat up 148%, Mini up 127%, Seat up 70%, Mazda up 58%, Mercedes and Toyota up 46% and Dacia up 39%.

Skoda Rapid Croatia 2014First annual Top 10 ranking for the Skoda Rapid in Croatia.

After topping the ranking in 2011, the Skoda Octavia is back in charge this year in Croatia thanks to sales up by an extravagant 175% to 2,028 units and 6% share – mainly thanks to fleet sales. This is only the third time in the past 11 years that there is no Opel in the Croatian pole position along with last year’s VW Golf win. The Octavia mechanically knocks all the models it overtakes by one spot compared to 2013: it is now followed by the VW Golf, Polo, Opel Astra, Corsa and Hyundai i30. We welcome the Skoda Rapid inside the annual Croatian Top 10 for the first time (#8), the Ford Focus is back up to #12 thanks fantastic December sales (12.5% share) and both the Mazda3 (#18) and Renault Captur (#20) break into the Top 20.

Previous post: Croatia November 2014: VW Polo leads, Seat Leon #5

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

Two years ago: Croatia Full Year 2012: Opel Astra reclaims throne

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Croatia November 2014: VW Polo leads, Seat Leon #5

December 8th, 2014 No comments

Seat Leon Croatia November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSeat Leon

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New car sales in Croatia are up a shy 3% year-on-year in November to 1,973 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 32,229 units, still up a massive 24% on 2013. Volkswagen dominates the brands ranking as usual with 15.4% share and posts an impressive 1-2 with the Polo in the lead (5.7% share) above the Golf (3.9%). Renault (8.6%), Opel (7%), Skoda (6.8%) and Peugeot (6.5%) follow. The Skoda Octavia is down to #3 but is now assured to snap the annual top spot this year, the Renault Clio is up two ranks on October to #4 and the Seat Leon is the hero of the month, up from outside the October and year-to-date Top 20 directly to #5 with 2.9% share. The Dacia Duster also shines, up 4 spots to #6, as do the Toyota Auris up 11 to #7, the Mazda3 at #10, Nissan Qashqai up to #13, the BMW 5 Series at #17 and the Peugeot 2008 breaking into the Croatian Top 20 for the first time at #19.

Previous month: Croatia October 2014: Renault Captur jumps up to 2nd place

One year ago: Croatia November 2013: Citroen C4 climbs onto podium

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Croatia October 2014: Renault Captur jumps up to 2nd place

November 6th, 2014 No comments

Renault Captur Croatia October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Captur

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A very satisfying month for new car sales in Croatia, up 13% year-on-year in October to 2,496 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 30,256 units, up a beautiful 25% on 2013. Brand-wise, Volkswagen keeps the lead albeit with just 13.7% share vs. 16.2% YTD. Renault gains 3 spots on September to #2 and 10.4% vs. #5 and 6.1% YTD, Skoda rounds up the podium at 7.6% ahead of Dacia up 9 ranks to #4 and 6.2% vs. #13 and 2.9% YTD. The Renault Group is in great shape this month in Croatia and places the Captur at a best-ever 2nd place thanks to 105 sales and 4.2% share whereas it didn’t ranking in the September Top 20, earning it a #19 spot YTD, while the Dacia Sandero is up a further 4 ranks on last month to #5 vs. #18 YTD. The Skoda Octavia is also up 4 spots to reclaim the pole position it holds year-to-date, the Toyota Yaris and Mazda3 are both stable at #7 and #8 respectively, a clear notch above their YTD rankings and the Fiat 500 makes an appearance inside the Croatian Top 20 at #13.

Previous month: Croatia September 2014: Nissan Qashqai #2 only 3 units off VW Golf

One year ago: Croatia October 2013: Skoda Octavia up, Renault Captur in Top 10

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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

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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

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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

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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

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