* See the Top 10 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Marius *
The Lithuanian new car market is up 2% year-on-year in 2013 to 13,987 registrations including light commercial vehicles. And for the second year in a row, Lithuania is the only country in the world to crown the Fiat 500, up a fantastic 15% on 2012 to 783 sales and 5.6%. Its big sister the Fiat 500L also shines, making its very first appearance inside the Lithuanian Top 10 for its first year in market at #10 with 263 units and 1.9%. However, my contact in Lithuania is letting me know that most Fiat 500 and 500L are re-exported in other countries of the European Union as these models are quite rare on Lithuanian roads. A fascinating insight on a situation not uncommon in Eastern European country which recently joined the EU, for example Bulgaria.
The new generation Skoda Octavia has clearly struck a chord with Lithuanian customers: the nameplate is up 45% and 3 spots on 2012 to land in second place with 518 sales and 3.7% share, passing the VW Golf (-1%) and Nissan Qashqai (-6%) both down one rank. The VW Caddy also impresses, gaining 5 spots and 38% to #5 at 361 units and 2.6%, with the remaining models in the Top 10 losing ground on last year.
Previous year: Lithuania Full Year 2012: Only country to crown the Fiat 500
Two years ago: Lithuania Full Year 2011: Nissan Qashqai in pole position
Full Year 2013 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.