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Serbia September 2018: Hyundai i20 surprise leader

The Hyundai i20 is the best-selling vehicle in Serbia in September, a first.

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According to data shared with us by our partner CE Auto, the Serbian new car market shoots up 24.6% year-on-year in September to 2.393 registrations, leading to a YTD volume up 10.5% to 25.209. We have a surprise leader in the models ranking this month: the Hyundai i20 leaping up to #1 whereas its only appearance in the Top 10 in the past two years was at #10 last April. This sudden surge is mostly likely the result of an isolated fleet order by a large company or a government unit, however we couldn’t find any relevant information in the local press. If you live in Serbia and know about the reasons behind the i20’s 1st place in September, please make sure to comment on this article. The rest of the Top 5 is amazingly all posting triple-digit year-on-year gains, led by the Skoda Fabia (+193%), Opel Astra (+156%), Skoda Octavia (+125%) and VW Golf (+128%). In contrast, the locally-produced Fiat 500L (-55%) seems to have seriously gone out of fashion and as a result loses its 2nd place YTD to the Skoda Fabia. As a reminder the 500L had led annual Serbian sales for 4 of the past 5 years.

Previous month: Serbia August 2018: Skoda Octavia (+92%) and Fabia (+328%) triumph

One year ago: Serbia September 2017: Fiat 500L back to #1, Opel Corsa up to #2

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Serbia August 2018: Skoda Octavia (+92%) and Fabia (+328%) triumph

Skoda Octavia sales almost double year-on-year in August in Serbia.

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Based on data shared by our Central European market data partner CE Auto, the Serbian new car market is up 7.2% year-on-year in August to 2.524 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 9.2% to 22.816 units. The Skoda Octavia (+92%) reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date but by the slimmest of margins: just one sale more than the Skoda Fabia (+328%) now threatening the Fiat 500L for the #2 YTD spot. In fact both the Octavia (+47%) and Fabia (+45%) display gargantuan improvements so far in 2018 when the Fiat 500L freefalls 31%. The Renault Clio (+45%), Fiat Panda (#6), Dacia Sandero (+64%) and Opel Astra (+63%) also shine.

Previous month: Serbia July 2018: Fiat Tipo on podium, Dacia Duster highest in 4 years

One year ago: Serbia August 2017: Police order pushes Skoda Rapid to 21.6% share

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Serbia July 2018: Fiat Tipo on podium, Dacia Duster at highest in 4 years

The Fiat Tipo is the third best-selling nameplate in Serbia in July.

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According to data released by our Central European data partner CE Auto, new car sales in Serbia are up 19.2% year-on-year in July to 2.760 registrations, lifting the YTD volume up 9.2% to 20.223 units. The Skoda Fabia edges past the Octavia to become this month’s best-seller in Serbia for just one unit, while the Fiat Tipo is up three spots on June to break onto the Serbian podium for the first time in history. The Skoda Superb (+54%) also shines at #4 as does the Dacia Duster (#5) scoring its second Top 10 finish in four years (#10 in November 2016) and its highest ranking since August 2014 (#2). The VW Polo (#6) and Citroen C3 (#8) also make themselves noticed whereas the locally-produced Fiat 500L slips outside the Top 10 even though it remains #2 year-to-date.

Previous month: Serbia June 2018: Skoda places Octavia, Fabia and Rapid in Top 4

One year ago: Serbia July 2017: Berlingo and C3 push Citroen up 7-fold

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Serbia June 2018: Skoda places Octavia, Fabia and Rapid in Top 4

The Skoda Fabia rallies back up to #2 in Serbia in June.

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According to data released by our Central European data partner CE Auto, new car sales in Serbia are up 10.5% year-on-year in June to 3.435 registrations, lifting the YTD volume up 7.8% to 17.463 units. After the top spot was reclaimed by the locally-produced Fiat 500L in May, Skoda is back in complete domination of the Serbian sales charts this month with the Octavia at #1, Fabia at #2 and Rapid at #4. The Fiat 500L for its part recedes to #3 but remains #2 year-to-date ahead of the Sandero. Fiat nevertheless manages to place three nameplates in the Top 10 with the Tipo at #6 (and now inside the YTD Top 10) and the Punto at #10. Notice also the Citroen C3 back up to #8, its first Serbian Top 10 finish since last August.

Previous month: Serbia May 2018: Fiat 500L reclaims lead

One year ago: Serbia July 2017: Berlingo and C3 push Citroen up 7-fold

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Serbia May 2018: Fiat 500L reclaims lead

The Fiat 500L is the best-seller in Serbia for the first time since last September.

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Based on data published by our Central European data partner CE Auto, the Serbian new car market is up 14.6% year-on-year in May to 3.400 units, meaning the year-to-date tally is now up 7.1% to 14.028. The locally-produced Fiat 500L reclaims the top spot it has been holding every year since 2015 after a 7 month-drought: it hadn’t been the best-selling car in Serbia since last September. It however drops by a steep 18% year-on-year whereas the Skoda Octavia soars 57% and holds onto the YTD lead for now with sales up 29% to 643 vs. -29% and 618 for the 500L. The Rapid (#3) and Superb (#4) make it an incredible three Skoda’s in the Top 4. The Peugeot 208 makes its first appearance in the Top 10 since BSCB started following Serbia monthly in 2013, at #8.

Previous month: Serbia April 2018: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

One year ago: Serbia May 2017: Fiat 500L reigns, Opel Astra and Ford Fiesta shine

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Serbia April 2018: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

The Skoda Octavia reclaims the top spot it holds YTD in Serbia.

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According to our Central European data partner CE Auto, new car sales in Serbia gain 13% year-on-year in April to 3.645 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 4.9% to 10.628. The Skoda Octavia (+7%) reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date but the Dacia Sandero (-21%) is only three units below this month and edges past the Fiat 500L (-43% in April) to snap the #2 spot YTD. The VW Golf surges 44% to #4 while the Fiat Punto posts its first Top 5 finish since last November. Notice also the Fiat Tipo (#9) and Hyundai i20 (#10) making rare appearances in the Serbian Top 10 this month.

Previous month: Serbia March 2018: Dacia Sandero surprise leader

One year ago: Serbia April 2017: Fiat and 500L dominate

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Serbia March 2018: Dacia Sandero surprise leader

The Dacia Sandero is the best-selling vehicle in Serbia for the first time.

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According to our Central European data partner CE Auto, 3.141 new light vehicles found a new home in Serbia in March, lifting the Q1 volume up 1.2% to 6.983. We have a surprise in pole position: for the first time since BSCB started following Serbia monthly in December 2013, the Dacia Sandero is the best-selling nameplate in the country with a stunning 6.7%, whereas it didn’t even rank in the January Top 10. The Sandero’s previous best was #2, reached in June 2014, April 2016 and April 2017. The French-Romanian compact topples the Skoda Rapid (down to #10 this month) while the 2017 leader the locally-produced Fiat 500L is back up one spot to #2 and the 2018 YTD leader the Skoda Octavia is down one to #3.

Previous month: Serbia February 2018: Skoda leads, places 4 nameplates in YTD Top 5

Previous year: Serbia Full Year 2017: Fiat 500L maintains lead for third year in a row

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Serbia February 2018: Skoda leads, places 4 nameplates in YTD Top 5

The Skoda Rapid is the best-selling vehicle in Serbia in February. 

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According to our Central European data partner CE Auto, 2.145 new light vehicles were sold in Serbia in February, lifting the year-to-date total to 3.842. Local media outlet vrelegume.rs has these figures at 1.766, up 5.7% year-on-year, and 3.431, up 10.5% on the same period in 2017. Thanks to deliveries up 21%, Skoda remains the most popular carmaker in the country, outselling Fiat (+10%) and cementing its YTD lead at 16.6% vs. 13.8% for Fiat which was #1 over the Full Year 2018. Volkswagen (-10%), Renault (+5%) and Opel (+11%) follow, with Citroen (+106%), Mini (+100%), Subaru (+100%), BMW (+55%), Ford (+42%) and Mazda (+32%) posting some of the largest year-on-year gains in the remainder of the ranking. Model-wise, Skoda manages to place three nameplates in the Top 4: the Rapid at #1, the Octavia at #2 and the Fabia at #4. The Fiat 500L, #1 last year, is relegated to #3 both this month and YTD. Skoda does even better YTD with the Octavia at #1, the Rapid at #2, the Superb at #4 and the Fabia at #5.

Previous month: Serbia January 2018: Skoda Octavia posts 4th consecutive win

Previous year: Serbia Full Year 2017: Fiat 500L maintains lead for third year in a row

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Serbia January 2018: Skoda Octavia posts 4th consecutive win

The Skoda Octavia may be able to threaten the Fiat 500L supremacy in Serbia in 2018. 

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According to our Central European data partner CE Auto, 1.698 new light vehicles found a buyer in Serbia in January. Local media outlet vrelegume.rs has this figure at 1.665, up 16% year-on-year. Skoda surges 61% to hit a stunning 18.3% share vs. just 12.3% over the FY2017, well ahead of Fiat at 13.2% (+28%). Volkswagen disappoints at -14% but climbs back up 3 spots on last mont to #3, while Renault (+32%) and Dacia (+30%) both beat the market to round up the Top 5. Notice also Porsche (+1200%), Mitsubishi (+125%), Volvo (+78%), Nissan (+50%), Citroen (+45%), Toyota (+40%) and Kia (+29%) all posting spectacular gains. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia tops the Serbian charts for the 4th consecutive month with a strong 6.8% share vs. 4.1% over the Full Year 2017, alluding to a possible annual win in 2018. The Fiat 500L is relegated to #2 with 4.5% of the market (5.8% in FY17), with the Skoda Superb up 5 spots on December to round up the podium. The Ford Kuga makes its first Top 10 appearance at #6.

Previous post: Serbia Full Year 2017: Fiat 500L maintains lead for third year in a row

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Serbia Full Year 2017: Fiat 500L maintains lead for 3rd year in a row

The Fiat 500L has topped the Serbian charts for 4 of the past 5 years.

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According to our Central European data partner CE Auto, the Serbian new car market is up 8.5% to 29.516 registrations in 2017. Local publication Vrelegume.rs has this figure at 28.962 (+6.5%). Local producer Fiat remains the most popular brand in the country but drops 9% to see its share fall from 15.9% to 13.6%. Second-placed Skoda also loses share at 12.3% due to sales down 5%. Reversely, Volkswagen soars 22% to 9.2% but this is not enough to lift from #3. Renault (-1%) rounds up a Top 4 unchanged on 2016, while Ford is up two spots and 14% to #5, overtaking Opel (-7%) and Dacia (+4%). Land Rover (+254%), Mercedes (+98%), Volvo (+71%), Citroen (+65%), Jaguar (+65%), BMW (+39%), Nissan (+36%), Audi (+32%), Alfa Romeo (+30%), Mini (+26%), Peugeot (+19%) and Toyota (+17%) all impress.

Over in the models ranking, the Fiat 500L – assembled locally in the Kragujevac Fiat factory – is the best-seller for the third consecutive year and the 4th time in the past five years with very stable sales at -0.2% to 5.8% share. Its follower the Skoda Octavia also drops just 0.2% year-on-year for a 4.1% share. The Dacia Sandero is up 9% and two spots to land on the third step of the podium, distancing the Skoda Fabia (+3%) while the Rapid breaks into the annual Serbian Top 5, making it three Skodas in the Top 5 and, with the Superb at #7, four in the Top 7.

Previous month: Serbia November 2017: Skoda and Octavia hold on top, market up 2.9%

Previous year: Serbia Full Year 2016: Fiat 500L leads, Opel Astra on podium

Two years ago: Serbia Full Year 2015: Local hero Fiat 500L reclaims throne

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