* 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!
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No less than 99,461 cars were sold in December in Turkey, by far 2010’s best month, bringing the 2010 total to 509,784 units, up 38% on 2009. The Renault Symbol is the best selling passenger car in the country with 28,667 sales and 5.6% share, ahead of the Hyundai Accent Era at 27,386 sales (5.4%) and the Renault Fluence at 24,838 (4.9%). The Accent was only 5th in December whereas the Fluence was up to 2nd.
The Toyota Corolla and Ford Fiesta are also above 20,000 units over the year, whereas the Fiat Punto Evo (8th), Toyota Auris (13th) and Chevrolet Cruze (14th) are very solid in December. December and Full Year 2010 Top 30 below.
The Italian car market is off to a slow start this year with 165,302 registrations in January, down 21% on last year. The Fiat Punto stays strong at 13,173 sales and 8% share, but the Panda drops to 6.1%. The VW Golf has a good month in 4th place and 3.5%, ahead of the Fiat 500.
The performance of the month goes to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time at a formidable 6th place with 4,053 sales and 2.5% of the market. Other strong performances include the Dacia Duster at #21 (+37 spots on December!), the Nissan Juke at #22 (+9 spots) and the Hyundai ix35 at #32 (+22 spots).
Top 50 Ranking Table below.
Controlled by annual import quotas, the Tunisian market is nevertheless growing a whopping 76% over 2009 with around 35,300 registrations in the first 9 months of 2010. Like in neighbouring Algeria, the Renault Symbol is the best-selling car here, with 6,867 units sold and a massive 19.5% market share.
The new VW Polo arrives in 2nd at 2,635 sales (7.5%). Other successful models include the Fiat Grande Punto, the Kia Rio and Picanto, the VW Golf (2.8%) and Jetta (2.1%), Renault Clio Campus (2.2%), Fiat Palio (1.8%) and Peugeot 206 sedan. The Mitsubishi L200 should lead the commercial vehicles ranking.
The Maltese car market is influenced by neighbours Greece and Italy and, in all likeliness, should be led by the Toyota Yaris. The other models that could step onto the podium in Malta are the Hyundai Getz, Fiat Grande Punto and Peugeot 207.
The previous generations of VW Polo and Ford Fiesta also seem to have been pretty successful in the island so we can assume that the new gens should receive the same treatment. Let’s also note the dynamism of Nissan with the Qashqai, and the Juke, apparently very well received in Malta, and of Suzuki with the Alto likely to be well placed too.
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The Portuguese car market drops by 25% in 2009 and sees its model ranking completely shaken. The Renault Megane takes the lead at 5.9%, well ahead of the VW Golf, Ford Fiesta and Seat Ibiza. The Renault Clio, #1 in 2008, loses 38% and drops to 5th. Newcomers into the Top 10 in 2009 are the Fiat Grande Punto, 7th (+4) and the Nissan Qashqai in 9th (+6 spots).
Full Top 40 ranking table below. Read more…
Austrian car sales stay stable over the period at 308,594 registrations in 2006 (+0.2%) and 298,192 in 2007 (-3%). Volkswagen monopolises the podium with the VW Golf #1 both years at 3.7% share in 2006 and 4.5% in 2007. It was #1 8 months out of 12 in 2006 and every month in 2007.
The VW Passat, boosted by the new generation launched in late 2005, grabs the 2nd spot in 2006 at 3.1% share (it was #1 in January 06) to then drop back to 3rd in 2007 at 2.7%. The VW Polo is #3 in 2006 at 2.9%, holding the top spot in August and October, and #2 in 2007 at 3%.
Below, the Skoda Fabia is #4 both years, even managing to lead the market in July 06, followed by the Opel Astra in 2006 then the Skoda Octavia in 2007. Notice the 10th spot of the Fiat Punto in 2006, helped by the new Grande Punto, and the arrival of the Peugeot 207 at #7 in 2007. Mazda places 4 models in the Top 25 in 2007: the Mazda 5 (#19), 3 (#23), 6 (#24) and 2 (#25)…
Full Year 2006 and 2007 Top 25 Ranking Tables below.