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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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Croatia April 2013: VW Polo and Golf runaway leaders

May 14th, 2013 6 comments

VW Polo 2013VW Polo

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After falling horrendously at the start of the year (-48% in January!-49% in February!), the Croatian new car market is back in positive territory in April at +7% to 2,813 registrations. The year-to-date total now stands at 8,850 units, down 34% on 2012. Volkswagen manages a one-two this month, placing the Polo in pole position at an outstanding 210 sales and 7.5% and the Golf at #2 with 169 units and 6% (but still #1 year-to-date with 497 sales and 5.6%). The Opel Astra rounds up the podium at 146 units and 5.2% followed by the Opel Insignia very impressive again with 94 sales and 3.3%. Notice also the Opel Corsa back up to #5 and the Kia Sportage up to #7.

Previous month: Croatia March 2013: VW Golf and Opel Insignia impress

One year ago: Croatia April 2012: Hyundai i30 takes control in depressed market

Full April 2013 Top 20 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia March 2013: VW Golf and Opel Insignia impress

April 6th, 2013 3 comments

VW Golf Croatia March 2013VW Golf

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Still very weak figures for new car sales in Croatia in March but not as catastrophic as the last two months: the market is down 36% year-on-year to 2,436 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 6,037 units, down 46% on 2012. Boosted by the 7th generation and potentially a significant rental delivery, the VW Golf is sovereign in Croatia this month with 166 sales and 6.8%, which also enables it to lead the way in the year-to-date ranking at 328 units and 5.4%.

Opel Insignia Croatia March 2013Opel Insignia

The Opel Astra is kicked down to #2 in both ranking even though it improves its share to 5.3% this month thanks to 130 sales. Very impressive jump of the Opel Insignia: up 17 spots to land on the third step of the podium at 129 units and 5.3%, it is now #4 year-to-date. It is extremely rare to see the Insignia at such heights in any country so enjoy it while it lasts! Notice also the Hyundai ix35 up 8 ranks to #6, the Kia Sportage solid at #8 and the Dacia Sandero at #13.

Previous post: Croatia: 2003-2012 Historical Data now available

Previous month: Croatia February 2013: Opel Astra back to #1 in depressed market

One year ago: Croatia March 2012: Skoda Fabia surprise best-seller

Full March 2013 Top 15 models and Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia: 2003-2013 Historical Data now available

March 17th, 2013 No comments

Opel Astra Croatia 2007The Opel Astra was #1 in Croatia from 2005 to 2010 and in 2012.

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I can now share with you Historical Data for the last decade in Croatia, which in the scheme of things is still relatively limited so if you have access to more info please make sure you get in touch by commenting on this article or filling in your details on the ‘Contact’ page above. The Croatian new car market has morphed from being a carbon copy of the neighbouring Slovenian one in 2003 (with the Renault Clio in the lead) to one of the few (last?) to be dominated by an Opel: the Corsa in 2004 and the Astra from 2005 to 2010 (or was it the VW Polo?) and in 2012, only interrupted by the Skoda Octavia in 2011 and the VW Golf in 2013.

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

March 8th, 2013 2 comments

Opel Astra Croatia February 2013Opel Astra

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Very dark prospects for the Croatian new car market in 2013: after diving by 48% year-on-year in January, sales fall by an equally catastrophic 49% in February to just 1,817 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 3,601 units, down 49% on 2012… Leader over the Full Year 2012, the Opel Astra reclaims the monthly top spot for the first time since last September thanks to 83 sales and 4.6% share but is still #2 year-to-date behind the VW Golf at 140 units and 3.9% vs. 162 and 4.5%. The Renault Clio remains very solid and rounds up the podium with 60 sales and 3.3% vs. #12 in 2012. Other great performers include the Kia Sportage at #8 and Dacia Sandero at #12.

Previous month: Croatia January 2013: Kia Sportage up to best-ever #5

One year ago: Croatia February 2012: Opel Astra leads, Kia Rio in Top 10

Full February 2013 Top 20 models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

February 8th, 2013 5 comments

Kia Sportage Croatia January 2013Kia Sportage

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There are not too many people willing to buy a new car in Croatia these days: in January the market falls to the ground, down 48% year-on-year to 1,814 registrations. In this bleak context, Volkswagen retains the models pole position: after the Polo last month, it places the Golf at #1 for the first time since December 2011 with 88 sales and 4.9%. Boosted by the new generation, the Renault Clio is up 6 spots on December to a shiny 2nd place at 72 units and 4% while the Renault Megane is also in great shape, up 3 ranks to round up the podium at #3 with 69 sales and 3.8%.

But the best performance of the month is delivered by the Kia Sportage, up from outside the Top 20 last month and building on a record #11 spot in November to land at best-ever 5th position thanks to 56 units sold for a 3.1% market share. Other great performers this month in Croatia include the Hyundai ix35 up to #8 vs. #20 in FY2012, Opel Insignia up to #14, Chevrolet Cruze up to #17, Dacia Duster up to #19 and Dacia Sandero up to #20.

Previous post: Croatia Private Sales Full Year 2012: Citroen C4 most popular!

Full Year post: Croatia Full Year 2012: Opel Astra reclaims throne

Previous month: Croatia December 2012: Volkswagen monopolises podium

One year ago: Croatia January 2012: Opel Astra and VW Polo butt heads, Kia Rio up

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

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Croatia Private Sales Full Year 2012: Citroen C4 most popular!

February 7th, 2013 No comments

Citroen C4 Croatia 2012Citroen C4

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Thanks to Luka I can share with you for the first time on BestSellingCarsBlog a Private Sales ranking for Croatia, to see what people really buy. If the Opel Astra snapped up the top spot overall last year, it is nowhere to be seen in the Top 5 most popular models to private buyers… Instead, the Citroen C4 takes the lead with 558 sales and a 58% Private Sales ratio, followed closely by the Hyundai i30 at 550 units and 65% PS ratio. The Kia Rio also performs very well at #4 with 73% PS ratio vs. #13 overall.

Brand-wise, this time it’s the turn of Opel to take the lead with private buyers with 1,390 sales and 52% PS ratio vs. #3 overall, followed by Renault at 1,284 units and 55% and Peugeot at 1,267 sales and 46%. Good performers include Kia at 68% PS ratio, Hyundai at 63%, Chevrolet at 62% and Dacia at 71%. Reversely, Volkswagen performs the worst with only 27% of its total sales in the country going to private buyers. This is explained when we know that VW’s main importer in the country also owns the largest rental car company, an easy output for the cars it imports…

Previous post: Croatia Full Year 2012: Opel Astra reclaims throne

Previous month: Croatia December 2012: Volkswagen monopolises podium

Full Year 2012 Private Sales Top 5 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia Full Year 2012: Opel Astra reclaims throne

January 7th, 2013 2 comments

Opel Astra

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The Croatian new car market is down an alarming 25% in 2012 to 31,360 registrations, to be compared with 88,265 in 2008, with December down 48%Passed by the Skoda Octavia in 2011 for the first time partly thanks to police fleet orders, the Opel Astra is back in its traditional Croatian pole position in 2012 albeit with sales down a painful 28% to 1,237 units and 3.9% share. The Astra has now been #1 in Croatia 7 of the last 8 years. The VW Polo stays #2 at -35%, followed by the VW Golf up two spots but down 28%. Both Astra and Polo topped the monthly ranking 4 times.

Kia Rio

The Citroen C4 is the only model in the Top 10 to gain ground, up 2% and 7 ranks to #4 and 967 sales, while the Skoda Octavia is down a horrid 57% and 9 spots to #10. The Chevrolet Aveo is back within the Croatian Top 20 thanks to the new model, up 13% to #11, the Kia Rio excels at #13 with 651 sales and 2.1%, and two all-new models make their appearance in the Top 20 this year: the VW Up! at #17, even ranking #1 in June, and the Peugeot 208 at #18 and reaching #1 in October… The Skoda Fabia (in March) and Hyundai i30 (in April) also topped the ranking this year.

Previous post: Croatia December 2012: Volkswagen monopolises podium

Previous year: Croatia Full Year 2011: Skoda Octavia best-seller for the first time

Full Year 2012 Top 20 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia December 2012: Volkswagen monopolises podium!

January 7th, 2013 No comments

VW Polo 

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The new car sales outlook in Croatia is getting more sombre every month, with December down 48% year-on-year to just 1,331 registrations, one of the lowest ever monthly figures for the country. That Volkswagen monopolises the models podium in Germany, although relatively rare, is somehow understandable, but the German carmaker has made it a habit this year to reiterate this feat outside of its home country. After Norway, Austria and Switzerland, it’s the turn of Croatia this month (like one year ago), with the VW Polo leading the way for the 4th time this year at 52 sales and 3.9%, followed by the VW Passat at 46 sales and 3.5% and the VW Golf at 45 units and 3.4%…

The Peugeot 208 confirms it now a force to be reckoned with in the country at #4 with 37 sales and 2.8% and should aim at a podium ranking over the Full Year 2013. The Skoda Octavia is up 8 ranks on November to #5, the Renault Megane up 6 to #6 and the Peugeot 308 up 10 to #10.

Full Year post: Croatia Full Year 2012: Opel Astra reclaims throne

Previous month: Croatia November 2012: VW Polo and Renault Clio impress

One year ago: Croatia Full Year 2011: Skoda Octavia best-seller for the first time

Full December 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Croatia November 2012: VW Polo and Renault Clio impress

December 6th, 2012 1 comment

Renault Clio IV. Picture by L’Argus, all rights reserved.

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The Croatian new car market dives into deeper and deeper recession each month, with November sales down 46% year-on-year to just 1,631 registrations, the lowest monthly volume in the country in 11 years… The year-to-date total now stands at 30,029 units, down 23% on 2011. In this depressing context, the VW Polo takes the lead for the first time since last May and the third time in the last 12 months with 65 sales and 4% while the Renault Clio, boosted by the new generation, is up a huge 19 spots on October to land in 2nd place at 63 units and 3.9%.

The Opel Astra is down one rank to #3 but keeps the lead year-to-date with 1,202 sales and 4%, the Citroen C4 is up one to #4 and passes the VW Golf (down to #7 this month) to establish itself in third position in the year-to-date ranking at 941 units and 3.1%, the Peugeot 208, leader last month, is down to #5, the Kia Rio is down to #8 but at a still respectable 2.5% share and the Kia Sportage is up to #11.

Previous month: Croatia October 2012: Peugeot 208 and Kia Rio shine

One year ago: Croatia November 2011: VW Polo now #2 year-to-date

Full November 2012 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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