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Croatia October 2018: VW (+73%) tightens grip on market up 10.6%

The VW Polo is up 6-fold year-on-year to snap the Croatian top spot in October.

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Thanks to our partnership with Promocija Plus we can share with you today October Croatian data, one of the only markets in the European Union not to suffer from post-WLTP hangover. Indeed, October sales are up 10.6% year-on-year to 4.007 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up a very impressive 19.8% at 54.080 registrations. There’s definitely no WLTP impact anymore for Volkswagen soaring 73% to 19.5% share vs. 15.1% so far in 2018, even posting the second largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 below Volvo (+200%). Citroen (+63%), Peugeot (+44%), Hyundai (+35%) and Toyota (+14%) also brilliantly outpace the market in the Top 10. In contrast, Seat (-50%), Ford (-48%), Dacia (-27%) and Suzuki (-18%) freefall. Among smaller brands, Jaguar (+500%), Jeep (+343%), Subaru (+300%), Mitsubishi (+230%) and Honda (+100%) all post extravagant gains.

Volkswagen has an iron-tight grip on the models ranking this month with the Polo (+463%) and Golf (+117%) best-sellers ahead of the Skoda Octavia (-32%) that still remains in the YTD lead. The Citroen C3 (+233%) and Renault Captur (+289%) round up the Top 5 while the VW T-Roc (#10), Hyundai Kona (#19) and Skoda Karoq (#20) make it three recent launches inside the Croatian Top 20 in October.

Previous month: Croatia September 2018: Renault (+72%), Opel (+55%) keep market up

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

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Croatia September 2018: Renault (+72%), Opel (+55%) keep market up

The Megane (+189%) shoots up to #2 in Croatia, helping Renault up 72%. 

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Thanks to our partnership with Promocija Plus we can share with you today September Croatian data. New car sales edge up 3.9% year-on-year to 2.906 units, the slowest month of 2018 so far but showing no hangover from pre-WLTP August, in the process lifting the year-to-date tally up 20.6% to 50.073. Volkswagen (-24%) is in difficulty but holds onto the brands pole position ahead of Renault (+72%), Skoda (-36%) and Opel (+55%) showing very different fortunes. Jeep (+525%), Mitsubishi (+300%), Volvo (+133%), Fiat (+72%), Kia (+51%), Citroen (+47%) and Ford (+37%) also impress. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (-58%) remains best-seller despite a vertiginous fall, the Renault Megane (+189%) is up seven spots on August to #2 while the Ford Focus (+113%) and Opel Insignia (+207%) both jump from outside the August Top 20 directly to #3 and #4 respectively, fleet sales without a doubt. Other great performers include the VW Polo (+272%), Renault Captur (+145%), Dacia Sandero (+77%), Citroen C3 (+59%), Citroen C-Elysee (#12) and Mazda3 (#15) while the Skoda Karoq makes its very first appearance inside the Croatian Top 20 directly at #11.

Previous month: Croatia August 2018: VW T-Roc breaks into Top 10 in market up 31.5%

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

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Croatia August 2018: VW T-Roc breaks into Top 10 in market up 31.5%

The VW T-Roc leaps up to 7th place overall in Croatia in August.

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Thanks to our local partner Promocija Plus we can share with you today August figures for the Croatian new car market. Registrations are up a whopping 31.5% year-on-year to 3.200 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 21.8% to 47.167. Volkswagen shoots up 120% year-on-year to 16.7% share vs. 15% so far in 2018 with sister brand Skoda (+84%) almost as impressive at 9.9% share. Renault (+43%) rallies back up five spots on July to #3, distancing Opel (+59%) whereas Suzuki (-33%) is the only Top 10 carmaker losing ground year-on-year. Jeep (+600%), Smart (+433%), Fiat (+366%), Mini (+180%), Volvo (+170%), Nissan (+169%), Kia (+93%) and Honda (+61%) all post extravagant gains. The Skoda Octavia (+102%) reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date, distancing the VW Tiguan (+138%), Fiat 500 (+1537%!) and Renault Captur (+186%). The VW Polo (+204%), Renault Megane (+136%) and Dacia Sandero (+71%) also impress, while the VW T-Roc breaks into the Croatian Top 10 for the first time at #7.

Previous month: Croatia July 2018: Volkswagen, Fiat, Dacia pull market up 39%

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

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Croatia July 2018: Volkswagen, Fiat, Dacia pull market up 39%

Fiat 500 sales are up 457% year-on-year in July.

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According to data released by our local partner Promocija Plus, new car sales in Croatia soar 39% year-on-year to 5.738 registrations in July, lifting the year-to-date tally up 21.2% to 43.967. This is the largest monthly gain since… the +46.4% of last January, so although it’s tempting to attribute July’s surge to the World Cup effect we mentioned last month, we won’t be sure until the end of Q3. The Top 4 best-selling carmakers all outpace the market: Volkswagen is up 81% to an out-of-this-world 19.6% share leading to a YTD volume up 22% to 14.9%, Skoda is up 49%, Suzuki up 44% and 6 spots on June and Fiat up 230% and three spots on last month. Dacia (+78%), Peugeot (+76%) and Citroen (+48%) also overperform whereas Renault (-3%) disappoints. Further down, Subaru (+300%), Mitsubishi (+129%), Kia (+108%), Volvo (+85%), Nissan (+53%) and Porsche (+50%) impress. VW justifies its performance by placing six nameplates in the Top 20: the Golf (-0.3%) at #1, Polo (+256%) at #2, Tiguan (+361%) at #3, T-Roc at #12, Touran at #17 and Passat at #19. The Skoda Octavia (+49%) overtakes the Renault Clio (-11%) to snap the YTD top spot, with other great performers including the Fiat 500 (+457%), Dacia Logan (#7), Fiat 500L (#11), Skoda Fabia (+111%), Citroen C3 (+89%) and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (+69%).

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

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

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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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