The Renault Clio is back to #1 in Slovenia in March.
Since March 16, all public transport, non-essential services, restaurants, bars and educational institutions are closed in Slovenia to prevent further spread of COVID-19. As a result of these relatively early measures, the Slovenian new car market is battered in March at -62.4% year-on-year to 2.743 units, but it also means the interruption may be shorter. For now the year-to-date tally is down -28.4% to 14.508 units. The Top 2 best-selling brands remain the same and resist better than the market: Volkswagen (-48.5%) and Renault (-42.3%) as a result improve their share to 22.3% and 16.6% respectively vs. 19.2% and 14.3% year-to-date. Hyundai (-28.7%) manages the best hold in the Top 8 but Mercedes (+11.7%) is the only large carmaker to score a year-on-year gain, joined further down the charts by Land Rover (+950%) and Ssangyong (+600%).
Model-wise, the Renault Clio (+47.7%) reclaims the top spot it has held for the past 20 years with a mammoth year-on-year gain due to the new generation, distancing the VW Golf (-35.3%) already back up to #2 thanks to the new model and the Hyundai Tucson (+86%) also posting a stunning gain. None better in the Top 10 than the VW T-Cross (+225%) and Dacia Duster (+214.3%) though. The Fiat 500 (-8.7%) and Renault Scenic (-23.9%) also keep their loss well above the market rate in the remainder of the Top 10 but the Skoda Octavia (-83.8%) implode as it awaits the arrival of the new generation. The Skoda Kamiq (#13) tops recent launches above the Skoda Scala (#19) and Kia Xceed (#38).
Full March 2020 Top 30 All-brands and Top 180 All-models below.