* Many thanks to Matthias from Germany who made this post’s update possible! *
The Albanian car market is very particular, with as much as 1 in every 3 cars in circulation in Tirana and Durres second-hand Mercedes. The best selling new cars are also unique: a mix of luxury SUV’s dominated by the Range Rover, BMW X5, Mercedes M-Class, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport and Mercedes GL-Class!
Only then normal passenger cars follow, among them the Chevrolet Aveo, Fiat Punto, VW Golf and Opel Corsa. A few models have Albania as their only European port of call like the VW Gol, Chery QQ and Toyota Avanza… So a very interesting market indeed.
This rough speculation is based on Matthias’s observations in the streets of Tirana and Durres. Thanks again Matthias!
More pictures below.
Japan Historical Data up to 1969 is now available on this site! Over this 40 years period, only 3 models managed to hold the yearly Japanese pole position. The Toyota Corolla – 10 generations of the model – dominated for 37 years: from 1969 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2007. The Honda Fit was on top in 2002 and 2008, and the Toyota Prius shot to stardom in 2009 and 2010.
From 2001 onwards, detailed info is available, including yearly Top 30 Rankings, Kei cars rankings from 2006. Witness the explosive arrival of the Honda Fit, #1 for the first time in November 2001, the 7 months the Toyota Vitz dominated sales in 2005-2006, and discover the success of little known models like the Toyota Wish, #1 in April 2004, and the Toyota Ractis, #1 in October 2005.
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Chinese historical data up to 1986 is now available on Best Selling Cars. This 25 year period in China is definitely one of the most interesting in the history of automobile, sales in the country going from virtually nothing to 18 million cars nowadays!
1986 marks the local production launch of the VW Santana, the very car that would set the ground work for China’s motorisation, with over 3 million units produced in 25 years. Witness the Santana pass the relay to the VW Jetta in the mid-nineties, the Jetta leading for over a decade and surviving to this day with a second facelift in 2010 and 2 million units produced.
Discover the intense fight between the Jetta, Buick Excelle, Hyundai Elantra and Tianjin Xiali in the mid-noughties, leading to the crowning of the BYD F3 in 2009.
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I have now completed a review of the Brazilian market going back to 1954.
Witness the domination of the VW Beetle (called Fusca in Brazil) from 1954 through the sixties and seventies… Explore the 1980’s ‘malaise’ with the Fiat 147 and Chevrolet Monza best sellers… Go through the 23-year reign of the VW Gol, only interrupted by the Fiat Uno in 1994 but challenged by two other Fiats: the Tipo in 1995 and the Palio since 1996.
From 1962 onwards, detailed data is available: yearly Top 15, 20 or 50 and monthly passenger cars Top 50 from 2002. Many thanks to Marcelo de Vasconcellos for your guidance and expertise!
To check the direct links to these 24 new posts, click on ‘Read more’ below the VW Fusca pic.
Historical info has now been uploaded for India, going back as far as 1950! Witness the domination of the Hindustan Ambassador over 35 years, the 20-year long leadership of the Maruti 800, and the Maruti Alto breaking volume records over the last 5 years…
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Looking at the rare new posts over the last week it doesn’t seem like I have done much work lately, but believe me I have! You can now check out Historical Data as far as 1969 for Czechoslovakia, split between Czech Republic and Slovakia from 1993 onwards.
Witness different Skoda models take the lead of these markets along the years: the 100 (1969), 120 (1977), Favorit (1988), Felicia (1995), Fabia (2000) and finally Octavia (2009 in Czech Republic, 2010 in Slovakia), most of them reaching 30%+ market shares…
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Witness the launch of the Dacia Logan in September 2004, instantly grabbing 33% of the market and growing to 44% share in 2005-2006. Watch the success of the Dacia SupeRNova and Solenza in the early 00’s, and follow the three decade-long domination of the Dacia 1300/1310, a rebadged Renault 12…
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