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Croatia March 2021: Skoda teases Volkswagen in market up 52.9%

The Skoda Octavia remains the best-selling vehicle in Croatia. Picture

New car sales in Croatia are up 52.9% year-on-year in March to 4.165 units, however March 2020 was down -46% on the year prior and as a result this month’s sales remain down -17.4% on two years ago in March 2019. The year-to-date tally tilts into positive at +4.9% to 10.519 units. Volkswagen (+42.2%) trails the market slightly unlike Skoda (+62.5%) which reduces the gap with the leader to 1 percentage point of market share at 14% vs 15% for VW. Suzuki (+70.2%) leaps up five spots on February to land on the third step of the podium while Seat (+213.3%), Hyundai (+138.3%) and Kia (+123.1%) all post surreal year-on-year upticks in the remainder of the Top 10. Dacia (+56.5%) also beats the market at #6 but Peugeot (+22.5%), Opel (+27.9%) and Renault (+41.8%) aren’t that lucky.

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (+64.6%) outpaces the market to retain the top spot above the Dacia Duster (+134.1%) up two spots to #2 and a string of three well-performing Volkswagens: the T-Cross (+68.7%), Golf (+70.2%) and T-Roc (+110.8%). Despite a year-on-year surge, the Renault Clio (+125.4%) remains stuck in 6th place and #8 year-to-date vs. #3 over the Full Year 2020. All remaining Top 10 models post large increases: the Hyundai Tucson (+766.7%), Skoda Fabia (+327.3%), Kia Stonic (+162.2%) and Suzuki Vitara (+85.9%) all shine. Further down, the Suzuki Swift (#15), Kia Ceed (#16) and Seat Ibiza (#20) return into the Top 20 while the Mazda CX-30 breaks into it for the first time at #17. The Seat Leon is up 15-fold on March 2020 but misses the Top 20 for just one sale.

Previous month: Croatia February 2021: Fiat, Hyundai headline recovering market (-4.2%)

One year ago: Croatia March 2020: Fiat (+37.8%), Jeep (+100%) survive market down -46%

Full March 2021 Top 35 All-brands and Top 20 models below.

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