Croatia Full Year 2015: VW Golf reclaims #1 spot, Clio up 81%

VW Golf Croatia 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is the best-selling car in Croatia for the 2nd time in the past 3 years.

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Croatian new car sales are up 5% year-on-year in 2015 to 35.715 units, still a fair distance from the  88,265 units registered in 2008. Volkswagen remains the most popular carmaker by far, even slightly outpacing the market at +6% to 16.2% share while #2 Opel is down 2% to 1.3% and #3 Skoda down 8% to 8.6%. Reversely, Renault is up 30% to #4, Dacia up a smashing 82% to #7, Kia up 45% to #8 and Suzuki up 131% to #11, mainly thanks to the instant blockbuster status of the all-new Vitara, ranking within the monthly Croatian Top 10 from August onwards and rewarded with a #18 annual ranking from the get go.

Suzuki Vitara Croatia 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Suzuki Vitara is an instant blockbuster in Croatia.

After being overstepped by the Skoda Octavia in 2014, the VW Golf reclaims the title of #1 best-seller in Croatia it held back in 2013 thanks to sales up 4% to 1.939 units. It is followed this year by the Opel Astra (+10%) and Renault Clio (+81%) while the Octavia falls 3 spots and 31% to #4. The VW Passat (+69%), Ford Focus (+51%), Dacia Sandero (+89%) and Kia Cee’d (+51%) lodge spectacular year-on-year gains, all inside the 2015 Top 10. We also welcome the Seat Leon (#12), Skoda Fabia (#14) and Dacia Duster (#15) in the Top 20, while the Hyundai Tucson lodged a fantastic third place in December and should rank inside the 2016 Top 10.

Previous post: Croatia October 2015: Hyundai Tucson and Suzuki Vitara stay in Top 10

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

Two years ago: Croatia Full Year 2013: VW Golf new leader

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Croatia October 2015: Hyundai Tucson and Suzuki Vitara stay in Top 10

Suzuki Vitara Croatia October 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Suzuki Vitara ranks 10th in Croatia this month.

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New car sales in Croatia are back into negative territory in October at 2.482 registrations, down 0.6% year-on-year. The year-to-date total is however still above the same period in 2014 at +3% to 31.299 units. Flying in the face of the company’s current emissions-related turmoil, Volkswagen sales are up a flamboyant 34% on October 2014 to 458 units and 18.5% share, almost three times the amount of the #2, sister company Skoda at 6.8% (-12%). Opel (+4%) and Peugeot (+3%) follow while Ford (+28%) leaps 8 spots on September to 5th place. Seat is up 5-fold on a year ago to #9 with 113 units, single-handedly lifted by the Ibiza up to #7. The VW Golf keeps the models pole position it also holds year-to-date thanks to a strong 197 units and 7.9% share above the VW Polo (4.2%) and Ford Focus (3.7%). Recently launched, the Hyundai Tucson (#9) and Suzuki Vitara (#10) remain inside the Croatian Top 10.

Previous month: Croatia September 2015: Suzuki Vitara and Hyundai Tucson in Top 10

One year ago: Croatia October 2015: Renault Captur jumps up to 2nd place

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Croatia September 2015: Suzuki Vitara and Hyundai Tucson in Top 10

Hyundai Tucson Croatia September 2015. Picture courtesy itempo.noThe Hyundai Tucson already ranks 9th in Croatia this month.

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The Croatian new car market is up a solid 10% year-on-year in September to 2.189 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 28.817 units, up 4% on 2014. Volkswagen (+14%), Skoda (+43%) and Renault (+24%) lead the sales charts and all outpace the market, while Peugeot (+30%), Dacia (+60%), Kia (+22%) and Suzuki (+151%) also post impressive gains inside the Top 10. Model-wise, the VW Golf reclaims the throne it is sat on year-to-date thanks to 130 sales and 7.5% share, distancing the Skoda Octavia at 6% and VW Passat at 4.7%. Two recently launched SUV spark this month in Croatia: the Suzuki Vitara manages a second consecutive month in 4th place with 68 sales and 3.9% share while the Hyundai Tucson makes its very first appearance in the Croatian Top 10 at #9 with 3.4%.

Previous month: Croatia August 2015: Seat Leon leads, Suzuki Vitara soars to 4th place

One year ago: Croatia September 2014: Nissan Qashqai #2, only 3 units off VW Golf

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Croatia August 2015: Seat Leon leads, Suzuki Vitara soars to 4th place

Seat Leon Croatia August 2015The Seat Leon is #1 in Croatia for the very first time – or is it?

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Even though Croatian new car sales are up 10% year-on-year, August remains the weakest month of the year by far at just 1.729 registrations, with the year-to-date total now standing at 26.628 units, up 3% on 2014. Volkswagen leads the brands ranking but with a markedly lower market share than it has been used to so far in 2015 at 12.0% vs. 16.0%, Skoda jumps two spot on July to #2 and 9.7% above Opel (7.1%), Renault (7.0%) and Peugeot (6.7%). Suzuki and Mazda are both up 5 spots to #7 and #10 respectively, Mercedes soars to 4.0% market share vs. 2.3% so far this year and Dacia drops to #17 vs. #7 in 2015.

Suzuki Vitara Croatia August 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Suzuki Vitara breaks into the Croatian Top 5 in August.

The main event of the month in Croatia is the historical pole position of the Seat Leon with 108 sales and 6.2%. However this score, as momentous as it is – never before had a Seat topped the Croatian sales charts – has nothing to do with a sudden love of Croatian customers for the Spanish compact car, rather a combination of fleet sales and re-exports towards other European Union countries. The Skoda Octavia is up 6 spots to land in 2nd place, the VW Golf is up 3 to #3 and becomes the 2015 YTD Croatian best-seller, overtaking the Opel Astra plummeting down to #18 as the new generation is about to hit dealerships. In other news, the Suzuki Vitara surges to #4 with an outstanding 4.3% share, the Renault Mégane is up to #6, the Opel Insignia up to #8 and Mazda3 up to #12.

Previous month: Croatia July 2015: Renault Clio #1, Seat Leon shoots up to #2

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

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Croatia July 2015: Renault Clio #1, Seat Leon shoots up to #2

Seat Leon Croatia July 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frSeat Leon

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New car sales in Croatia are up 9% year-on-year in July to 3.324 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 24.899 units, up 3% on 2014. Volkswagen dominates the brands ranking with 14% share above Renault (8.5%), Opel (8.1%), Skoda and Ford (both at 7.9%). The Renault Clio remains the best-selling nameplate in the country for the 2nd month running thanks to 183 sales and 5.5% share and is followed this time by the Seat Leon shooting up 13 spots on June to 2nd place and 4.4% share, also earning a spot in the 2015 Top 20 at #17 and 1.7%. The Leon performance is to be taken with a grain of salt though as Croatia belongs to Eastern European countries where re-export practices are rife, the Volkswagen Group having illustrated itself as one of the largest culprits of this method. This way, the 2nd place of the Leon in Croatia this month does not particularly reflect a sudden attractiveness at home, rather more buyers in Western Europe. The third place of the VW Passat is to be filed in the same cabinet. The top sellers year-to-date are relegated further down the ranking: the Opel Astra ranks 5th and the VW Golf 6th.

Previous month: Croatia June 2015: Renault Clio leaps up to 10.5% share

One year ago: Croatia July 2015: VW Golf, Up and Polo on podium

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Croatia June 2015: Renault Clio leaps up to 10.5% share

Renault Clio Croatia June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Clio is the best-seller in Croatia in June.

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Encouraging month for the Croatian new car market: up 11% year-on-year in June to 4.725 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total back into positive territory at +2% to 21.575 units. Volkswagen (16.7% share) and Opel (12.5%) continue to dominate the brands ranking ahead of Renault particularly strong at 12.4% vs. 8% year-to-date. This is due to an explosive performance from the Clio, shooting up to the models pole position for the first time since the creation of BSCB in 2010 with an astounding 496 sales and 10.5% share. Ford is also very strong at 10.1% share vs. 5.6% so far in 2015, as is Kia at #5 and 8.7% vs. 5.3% and Suzuki at #10.

Opel Astra Croatia June 2015The Opel Astra is now #1 year-to-date in Croatia.

There is a second momentous shift in the Croatian models ranking this month: building on an exceptional result in May (8.3% share), the Opel Astra goes on to rank #2 with 6.1% of the market this month and this is enough to earn it the year-to-date top spot with 1.238 sales and 5.7% share, overtaking the VW Golf, #4 this month, at 1.202 and 5.6%. This comes just as the new generation Astra was unveiled to the press. The last time the Opel Astra was #1 in an annual Croatian ranking was in 2012. Notice also the Ford Focus up to #5, Ford Fiesta up to #6, Kia Rio up to #7, Toyota Yaris up to #13 and Seat Leon up to #15.

Previous month: Croatia May 2015: Opel Astra flattens competition, threatens VW Golf year-to-date

One year ago: Croatia June 2014: Opel Astra and Corsa dominate

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Croatia May 2015: Opel Astra flattens competition, threatens Golf YTD

Opel Astra Croatia May 2015Opel Astra

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New car sales in Croatia are back into positive territory in May at +2% year-on-year to a suspiciously round 5.000 registrations, lifting the year-to-date almost level with a year ago at 16.850 units vs. 16.864. In a battle of the Germans, Volkswagen manages to hold onto the brands pole position this month but Opel is getting dangerously close: 834 sales and 16.7% vs. 801 at 16%. Same story in the models ranking: just as the new generation (facelift, rather) Opel Astra was unveiled, it flattens all competition in Croatia with 8.3% share in May vs. 5% for the VW Golf at #2. Year-to-date, the Astra is now just 26 units below the Golf at 952 deliveries vs. 978. Notice also Ford up 5 spots on April to #5, Kia up 6 to #6 and Fiat up 7 to #11. Model-wise, the Opel Corsa at #3 (+3), VW Up at #4 (+13), Ford Focus at #8 (+10), Fiat Panda at #15 and Audi A3 at #16 shine.

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

One year ago: Croatia May 2014: Skoda Octavia and Opel Corsa on top

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

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

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

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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