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Croatia June 2018: VW up 71%, Polo and Captur lead in market up 25%

First Croatian pole position for this generation of VW Polo.

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According to data released by our local partner Promocija Plus, the Croatian new car market surges 25% year-on-year in June to 8.586 units, lifting the year-to-date volume up 18.9% to 38.229. Although these figures are already formidable, the next few months will tell us whether Croatia will also benefit from the added “World Cup effect” that often comes along in nations with a surprisingly good performance at the World Cup. France, for example, saw its entire economy boosted by the added morale of its 1998 World Cup win, a year when French new car sales leaped by a crisp 14%. Croatia is qualified for the Final as we write these lines and our contacts inside the country have already confirmed the level of euphoria within the population has never been seen before there. Will this translate into even more dynamic 2018 car sales figures? We’ll know by the end of the next quarter.

The Renault Captur leaps up to #2 overall in Croatia in June.

For now, Volkswagen maintains its iron grip on the Croatian brands ranking, even scoring one of the largest year-on-year gains in market at +74% to hit 18.1% share, well above its YTD level of 14.2%. The next 4 carmakers all underperform: Renault (+0.2%) is stable, Opel (+17%) grows slower than the market but Skoda (-17%) freefalls. Fiat (+84%) and Peugeot (+83%) also stun, while further down Mitsubishi (+2550%), Smart (+860%), Porsche (+300%), Land Rover (+225%), Subaru (+200%), BMW (+170%), Mini (+115%) and Volvo (+89%) all impress. Model-wise, the VW Polo is propelled up 127% by the new generation, taking the lead for the first time since December 2016. The Renault Captur (+61%) brilliantly snaps the 2nd place, its highest ever ranking in Croatia also hit in October 2014. The Fiat 500 (+908%!), Opel Insignia (+404%), VW Tiguan (+377%), VW Golf (+44%) and Peugeot 208 (+43%) also shine while the VW T-Roc (#13) now ranks inside the 2018 Top 20 and the Ford C-Max snaps its first Top 20 finish since December 2014 at #11.

Previous month: Croatia May 2018: Renault Clio snaps YTD lead

Previous year: Croatia Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia #1 for third time, market up 15.1%

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Croatia May 2018: Renault Clio snaps YTD lead

The Renault Clio is now the best-seller in Croatia so far in 2018.

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According to data released by our local partner Promocija Plus, new car sales in Croatia gain 7.8% in May to reach the highest level for any month this decade at 8.758 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 17.3% to 29.643. Volkswagen (-12%) reclaims the #1 brands spot it holds year-to-date despite a steep year-on-year drop whereas Renault soars 57% but is knocked down to #2 at 13.5%. Opel (-31%) and Skoda (-24%) follow but are in great difficulty. The remainder of the Top 10 is in positive with Citroen (+193%), Fiat (+85%), Peugeot (+47%), Hyundai (+46%) and Dacia (+42%) faring the best. Notice also Mitsubishi (+400%), Jeep (+367%), Mini (+238%), Porsche (+140%), Alfa Romeo (+75%), BMW (+69%), Smart (+68%) and Honda (+63%) all posting spectacular gains.

Over in the models ranking, the Renault Clio soars 48% to 8.2% share, exactly four percentage points above the #2, the Skoda Octavia (-19%), and logically snap the YTD lead at 6.1% of the market. Note the last time the Renault Clio led the annual Croatian sales charts was in 15 years ago in 2003. Below the Opel Astra down a harsh 31%, Fiat 500 leaps directly to #4 thanks to deliveries up 8-fold on May 2017 – we suspect thanks to generous deals to rental car companies that fill up with new models in preparation for the Summer season. The Citroen C3 (+242%) also impresses, up 10 spots on April to #5, with the Renault Captur (+848%), VW Tiguan (+101%) and Dacia Sandero (+63%) also notable.

Previous month: Croatia April 2018: Renault (+48%) and Clio (+52%) leap to top spots

Previous year: Croatia Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia #1 for third time, market up 15.1%

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Croatia April 2018: Renault (+48%) and Clio (+52%) leap to top spots

The Renault Clio is by far the best-selling vehicle in Croatia in April.

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According to data released by our new partner Promocija Plus, in April the Croatian new car market posts a fourth double-digit year-on-year gain in a row this year at +12.2% to 7.046 registrations, leading to a YTD total up 21.7% to 20.885 units. Renault takes the lead of the brands ranking thanks to deliveries soaring 48% year-on0-year to 12.7% share, with Opel (-1%) and Volkswagen (-10%) in tow and separated by only 6 sales. Skoda (-2%) follows ahead of Peugeot (+170%), Toyota (+180%), Suzuki (+67%), Hyundai (+29%) and Dacia (+42%) all frankly outpacing the market. Further down, Mitsubishi (+571%), Jeep (+192%), Subaru (+175%), Mini (+153%), Seat (+95%), Kia (+74%) and Honda (+73%) all post spectacular gains. Model-wise, the Renault Clio (+52%) is the undisputed best-seller this month at 9.1% share vs. 4.9% for the Opel Corsa (-7%) at #2. The Skoda Octavia (+17%) is stuck at #3 but remains #1 YTD above the Clio. The Dacia Duster finally benefits from the new generation with sales up 3-fold year-on-year to #4 overall, ahead of the VW Polo (+3%) and Toyota Yaris (+244%). Notice also the Nissan Qashqai (+732%), Peugeot 208 (+454%), Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (+181%) and Citroen C3 (+74%) making themselves noticed in the Top 20, while the Opel Mokka signs its very first Top 20 finish in Croatia at #18.

Previous month: Croatia March 2018: Opel Astra best-seller, VW T-Roc in Top 15

Previous year: Croatia Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia #1 for third time, market up 15.1%

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Croatia March 2018: Opel Astra best-seller, VW T-Roc in Top 15

The Opel Astra is the best-selling nameplate in Croatia in March.

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New car sales in Croatia continue to evolve markedly higher than last year, with March sales up another 16.1% to 6.293 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 27.2% to 13.839. Opel is the hero of the month, surging 55% to take the lead of the Croatian brands ranking with a formidable 15.8% share. It’s however not enough the topple Volkswagen (-10% this month) from the YTD top spot. Peugeot (+164%), Citroen (+108%), Hyundai (+53%) and Toyota (+42%) all frankly beat the market inside the Top 10 whereas Ford (-30%) freefalls. Subaru (+700%), Smart (+144%), Honda (+123%), Mitsubishi (+120%), Jaguar (+75%), Land Rover (+71%), Mini (+58%), Seat (+41%) and Kia (+36%) also impress further down.

Model-wise, the Opel Astra (+41%) comes from outside the January and February Top 20 directly to the top spot in March, a position it already held in March 2016 and 2017, so it has become a periodical routine that could be triggered by bulk orders by rental company in the lead-up to the summer holiday season. The Astra (+31%) shoots up to #2 YTD below the Skoda Octavia (+150%). The Renault Clio is up 8 spots on February to #2, the Opel Insignia is up 367% to #5, the Opel Corsa up 33% to #7, Nissan Qashqai up 131% to #8, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross up 50% to #9 and the Citroen C3 up 213% to #11. The VW T-Roc breaks into the Croatian Top 20 for the very first time, landing directly at #14 with 1.7% share.

Previous month: Croatia February 2018: Market up 46.4% , Crossland X and Kona up

One year ago: Croatia March 2016: Opel Astra shoots to #1, Fiat Tipo up to #12

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Croatia February 2018: Market up 46.4%, Crossland X and Kona up

The Opel Crossland X ranks 14th in Croatia in February. 

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Thanks to our new partnership with local outlet Promocija Plus, we can share with you today Croatian data for February and the market continues to gallop ahead with sales up 46.4% to 3.840, lifting the year-to-date tally up 38.3% to 7.546 registrations. The Top 6 best-selling brands all beat the market: Volkswagen (+65%), Skoda (+62%), Suzuki (+88%), Ford (+52%), Opel (+53%) and Hyundai (+73%). In the Top 10, Dacia (+57%) and Audi (+53%) also over-perform but Renault (+2%) and Peugeot (+40%) trail the market growth. Other spectacular gains are delivered by Porsche (+200%), Alfa Romeo (+133%), Mitsubishi (+133%), Honda (+117%), Land Rover (+100%) and Smart (+100%). Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (+269%) and VW Golf (+263%) remain in the lead and both sport outstanding year-on-year gains, followed by the Suzuki Vitara (+31%), Ford Focus (+105%) and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (+229%). The Ford Kuga is up 2733% to #9, the Opel Insignia up 312% to #12, the Opel Crossland X lands at #14 and the Hyundai Kona at #19.

Previous month: Croatia February 2018: Skoda Octavia triples sales in market up 30.8%

Previous year: Croatia Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia #1 for the third time, market up 15.1%

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Croatia January 2018: Skoda Octavia triples sales in market up 30.8%

The Skoda Octavia confirms it is the favourite nameplate of Croatian buyers. 

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Thanks to our new partnership with local outlet Promocija Plus, we can share with you today Croatian data for January and the news are excellent: up a whopping 30.8% year-on-year to 3.706 units. Volkswagen trails the market slightly at +26% to 14.2% share and only owes its pole position this month to a meagre 5 units above stablemate Skoda surging 111% to 14.1%. Suzuki is up 80% to #3, Renault up 60% to #4, Opel up 47% to #5, Dacia up 100% to #7, Ford up 35% to #8 and Audi up 42% to #10. Mitsubishi (+220%), Smart (+175%), Mini (+120%) and Mazda (+36%) also shine. Leader in 2017, the Skoda Octavia almost triples its sales year-on-year (+188%) to hit a very impressive 8.1% share in January, followed by the VW Golf (+75%), Suzuki Vitara (+5%), VW Tiguan (-12%) and Dacia Duster (+335%). The Ford Kuga (+3450%!), Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (+379%), Renault Megane (+169%) and Skoda Rapid (+121%) also impress while the Peugeot 3008 breaks into the Top 20.

Previous post: Croatia Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia #1 for third time, market up 15.1%

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Croatia Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia #1 for 3rd time, market up 15.1%

The Skoda Octavia is the best-selling vehicle in Croatia for the first time since 2014.

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The Croatian new car market posts a fourth consecutive year of gains in 2017 at +15.1% to 50.769 registrations, however still very far off the record 88,265 units registered in 2008. Volkswagen remains by far the most popular carmaker in the country despite trailing the market at +10% to 14% share. Skoda on the other hand soars 32% and two spots on 2016 to 2nd place and 9.3% share, dislodging Opel (+13%) and Renault (+24%) while Ford (+27%), Suzuki (+32%) and Hyundai (+13%) camp on their position. Dacia (+15%) overtakes Peugeot (-1%) for 8th place overall with Toyota (+6%) remaining at #10. Below, Fiat (+58%), Jaguar (+76%) and, bizarrely, Lancia (+396%) are among the most dynamic in 2017.

Over in the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia races up 44% and two spots to snap the Croatian pole position for the third time ever after 2011 and 2014, ending two consecutive years of VW Golf reign, the latter down 1% and three ranks to #4 this year. The Renault Clio (+32%) remains in second place, while the Ford Focus (+48%) steps up two spots to #3. The Opel Astra (+11%) is down one rank to #5, the Suzuki Vitara (+9%) remains at #6, the Opel Corsa (+24%) is up two to #7 and the VW Polo (-13%) down one to #8. Exceptional performance of the Dacia Duster surging 74% and 9 spots to #9 for the last year of the outgoing generation, while below the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (+208%), VW Tiguan (+115%), Hyundai i20 (+86%) and VW Up (+45%) make themselves noticed.

Previous month: Croatia November 2017: Focus and Kuga push Ford up to 17.6% share

Previous year: Croatia Full Year 2016: VW Golf leads, Ford Focus and Suzuki Vitara up

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

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Croatia November 2017: Focus and Kuga push Ford up to 17.6% share

The Ford Kuga jumps onto the Croatian podium for November.

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Thanks to our new partnership with local outlet Promocija Plus, we can share with you today Croatian data for November. New car sales continue to gallop ahead, up 23.7% year-on-year this month to 3.496 units, meaning the year-to-date volume is now up 19.7% to 48.624 registrations. Ford brilliantly takes the brands leadership thanks to sales up 6-fold on November 2016 to a gargantuan 17.6% share, to be compared with the 6.9% it holds YTD. Traditional leader Volkswagen is knocked down to 2nd place with 10.1% of the market (-12%) vs. 14% so far this year. Hyundai (+11%), Renault (+4%) and Suzuki (+13%) follow but all trail the market, whereas Dacia (+25%), Citroen (+27%) and Kia (+43%) beat it in the Top 10. Skoda tumbles down 40% to #8 but remains #2 YTD (+37%). Other great performers include Mazda (+40%), BMW (+63%), Smart (+100%) and Fiat (+1160%).

In the models ranking, Ford’s domination is glaring: the Focus is up a whopping 685% to hit a best-ever 13.9% share while the Kuga leaps from outside the October Top 20 directly into third place with 2.9% share. The VW Golf for its part is up seven spots on last month and 64% year-on-year to #2, the Hyundai i20 is up 244% to #5 and the Dacia Duster up 186% to #6. Leader year-to-date, the Skoda Octavia crumbles 30% to #7 this month. Notice also the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross up 64%, the Opel Astra up 31% and the Peugeot 208 up 141% while the Toyota Yaris (#14), Fiat Panda (#16) and BMW X1 (#17) make a rare appearance inside the Croatian Top 20.

Previous month: Croatia October 2017: Ford Focus triumphs in market up 25.4%

Previous year: Croatia Full Year 2016: VW Golf leads, Ford Focus and Suzuki Vitara up

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Croatia October 2017: Ford Focus triumphs in market up 25.4%

The Ford Focus is up 5-fold year-on-year to become the best-seller in Croatia in October.

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After an almost one year-hiatus, Croatia is finally back on BSCB thanks to a new partnership with local outlet Promocija Plus. New car sales in the country are up a whopping 25.4% year-on-year in October to 3.623 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 19.4% to 45.128 registrations. Volkswagen remains the most popular carmaker in Croatia but advances slower than the market at +3% to 12.5% share, whereas #2 Renault soars 76% to 10.3%. Skoda on the other hand is down 2% to 9.3% in third place. Below, Ford up a spectacular 200% on October 2016, Suzuki (+43%), Dacia (+111%), Kia (+101%) and Peugeot (+42%) all beat the market inside the Top 10. Over in the models ranking, the Ford Focus brilliantly takes the lead for the second time in 2017 after April thanks to deliveries up 5-fold on October 2016, followed by the Skoda Octavia (+102%), Dacia Duster (+397%) and Renault Clio (+81%) all up spectacularly as well. Inside the Top 10, notice also the VW Tiguan (+131%), Renault Megane (+346%) and Seat Ibiza (#9). The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross leaps up to #11.

The Suzuki Vitara was #1 in Croatia in January, February and August 2017.

Monthly 2017 data (January-September) is now available for All-brands and the Top 20 models YTD. Volkswagen was the best-selling carmaker for the first 8 months of the year, if only by just one unit to Renault in June, before being toppled by Skoda in September. Model-wise, the Suzuki Vitara brilliantly took the lead both in January and February and again in August, the Opel Astra was the best-seller in March and again in May, followed by the Ford Focus in April, the Skoda Octavia in June and again in September and the VW Golf in July. It is its regularity at the highest level that owes the Skoda Octavia its year-to-date leadership as it has only topped the Croatian sales charts twice this year, vs. three times for the Vitara.

Previous post: Croatia Full Year 2016: VW Golf leads, Ford Focus and Suzuki Vitara up

One year ago: Croatia September 2016: Golf #1, Megane, Mazda3 and Tiguan shine

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Croatia Full Year 2016: VW Golf leads, Ford Focus and Suzuki Vitara up

The VW Golf is the best-seller in Croatia in 2016. 

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New car sales in Croatia are up a very impressive 23% year-on-year in 2016 to 43.015 registrations. Volkswagen and Opel both trail the market at +12% each and see their respective market share thaw to 14.7% and 9.5% but remain in control of the brands charts. Renault surges 33% to overtake Skoda (+16%) and snap the third spot overall. Ford remains 5th despite a 39% growth, while Suzuki gains 6 spots and 92% to #6 and Hyundai is up 8 ranks and a spectacular 129% to #7. Toyota (+42%), Mercedes (+44%), Volvo (+45%), Fiat (+59%), Smart (+108%), Alfa Romeo (+169%), Infiniti (+171%) and Jaguar (+383%) all take off in what will be remembered as a fantastic year in Croatia.

The Suzuki Vitara ends 2016 at a splendid 6th place. 

In the models ranking, the VW Golf manages to snap the pole position for the third time in the past four years in spite of sales up just 16% to 2.190, distancing the Renault Clio (+13%), Skoda Octavia (+21%) and Opel Astra (+1.5%) all losing market share vs. 2015. Reversely, the Ford Focus jumps 54% to #5 and the Suzuki Vitara leaps to #6 overall for its first full year in market, up 171% on 2015. The Renault Mégane (+30.5%), Ford Fiesta (+31%), Hyundai Tucson (+110%) and Hyundai i30 (+262%) also impress inside the Top 20. Further down, the Skoda Superb (+129%), Toyota Corolla (+177%), Mazda CX-3 (+197%), VW Tiguan (+247%), Hyundai i20 (+286%), BMW X1 (+288%) and Dacia Logan (+427%) are among the biggest gainers this year. The Fiat Tipo (#72) leads all-new nameplates.

Previous post: Croatia September 2016: Golf #1, Megane, Mazda3 and Tiguan shine

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

Two years ago: Croatia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia back in charge

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