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Croatia March 2011: Skoda Octavia #1 thanks to… police fleet!

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Skoda Octavia Policija. Picture by Rescuenav, all rights reserved.

Croatian car sales are up for the third month in a row, an encouraging +12% in March at 3,836 units. Once again the Skoda Octavia takes the lead with 255 sales and 6.5% share. Local website Slobodna Dalmacija explains part of this sales surge by the high volume of Police fleet deliveries of the model over the period!

In #2 comes the Opel Astra at 5.8%, followed by the Renault Megane (3.6%), Renault Clio (3.5%) and VW Polo (3.3%). Dacia places two models in the Top 10: the Sandero in 8th position (2.7%) and the Duster in 10th (2.5%), breaking into the Top 10 for the very first time in Croatia.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Croatia January-February 2011: Skoda Octavia new leader

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

The Croatian car market is on its way to recovery over the first 2 months of 2011, up 20% at 6,652 registrations. After 6 years of domination of the Opel Astra (albeit challenged by the VW Polo last year), 2011 looks like it will be the stage for a massive change atop the models ranking: the Skoda Octavia takes the lead with no less than 9% of the market!

That’s 3 times its 2010 market share (it was 6th then), and exactly double the sales of the Opel Astra, down to #2 at 4.5% share. The Renault Megane takes the 3rd spot at 276 sales and 4.1%. There are two newcomers in the Top 10: the Dacia Sandero in 8th place at 2.6% and the Renault Fluence in 10th at 2.4%.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Renault Fluence picture.

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Croatia Full Year 2010: VW Polo or Opel Astra #1?

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

In 2010, the Croatian car market is down 14% on an already slow 2009 with 38,587 registrations. The leadership of the Opel Astra, #1 for 6 consecutive years, is challenged this year: Croatian car websites have published an article saying the VW Polo is actually the best selling car in the country…because Astra figures include the 3 generations of the model (1998, 2004 and 2009) still on sale in Croatia.

However in the absence of available split numbers, I have stuck with the official data that still shows the Astra in pole position with 2,241 registrations and 5.8% and the VW Polo #2 with 1,821 units and 4.7%. The Opel Corsa rounds off the podium with 1,462 sales (3.8%), ahead of the VW Golf (3.4%) and Renault Megane (3.3%). Notice the Hyundai i20 climbing up the ladder at #18.

Full Year 2010 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Croatia November 2010: Astra still strong

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

In a market down 15% over 11 months at 35,382 registrations, the Opel Astra stays strong leader at 6% share, followed by the VW Polo at 4.8% and the Opel Corsa at 3.9%.

The Renault Megane is solid again in November in 3rd (4.7%) and gains one spot YTD in 4th. The Hyundai i20 now appears in the YTD ranking at #18.

Full Top 20 year-to-date and Top 10 November Ranking Tables below.

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Croatia October 2010: Megane #2

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment


Very weak sales in Croatia this month with only 2,917 registrations. The Opel Astra stays on top by far (5.3%) and the Renault Megane jumps to 2nd with 3.5%. The 7 best selling models year-to-date do not change, but the Peugeot 308 goes up to 8th and the Chevrolet Cruze enters the Top 10 in 9th.

Top 15 year-to-date and Top 5 October ranking tables below.

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Croatia 7 months 2010: Astra strong leader

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment

The Croatian market is taking a hit in 2010 at -25% over 2009, but the Opel Astra is undisturbed in the first spot at 6.2% of the market.

Only 13th in 2009, the VW Polo storms into the podium in 2nd at 5.3%, ahead of the Opel Corsa, 3rd at 4%. VW Golf and Renault Megane each drop two spots, whereas the Hyundai i30 breaks into the Top 10 in 8th.

Chevrolet gears up with newcomer Cruze in 11th and Aveo in 12th. The Dacia Sandero is stable in 14th at 2% of the market.

Full Top 20 ranking table below. Read more…

Croatia 2005-2009: Opel Astra maintains stranglehold

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Launched in March 2004, the Opel Astra new generation takes the lead of Croatian car sales in 2005 with 5,596 registration and nearly 8% of the market, far above the Renault Clio at 5.7% and the Opel Corsa at 5.3%. It is to be noted that Astra figures also include the Astra “Classic”, the 1998 generation still on sale in Croatia alongside the new generation.

The German compact car maintains its lead in Croatia for the next 5 years, improving its share to 9% in 2006 and 10.7% in 2007 (as at August), back down to 7.6% in 2008. 2009 figures were not available but the Astra was #1 then for the 5th consecutive year. During the whole period, the Renault Clio is #2, peaking at 6.3% in 2006.

The 3rd place changes hands each year: it is held by the Opel Corsa in 2005, the Fiat Punto in 2006, the Peugeot 207 in 2007 and the Skoda Octavia in 2008, topping a decade of progression in the country.

Full Top 10 2005, Top 20 2006, 8 months 2007 and 2008 Ranking Tables below.

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