* 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.
* Now with the Top 100 best selling models: see ‘Read more’ at end of post – thanks Ausrutherford for the tip! *
Over the first 3 months of the year, the Swiss car market is up 11% at 72,853 registrations. The podium is unchanged: the VW Golf stays on top with 2,560 sales, but sees its market share go down from 4.1% in Full Year 2010 to 3.5% now.
On the contrary, the Skoda Octavia, at 2,018 sales, improves its share this year at 2.8% compared to 2.6% last year. The VW Polo is stable in 3rd position with 1,558 units sold (2.1%). Excellent performance of the Renault Clio, up 9 spots in 4th place with 1,268 sales (1.7%).
The VW Touran (#6), VW Passat (#8), Honda Jazz (#11) and Ford Kuga (#13) also improve a lot. Notice the Audi A1 at #25, the Nissan Juke at #28 and the Porsche Cayenne up 23 spots at #100!
Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.
* Many thanks to Anton for the tip! Click on ‘Read more’ below for the Top 200 Ranking Table *
The Russian car market has doubled in size in two years to reach 2,344,785 units in 2007, and the Lada 2104-7 stays in pole position with 208,472 sales and 8.9% of the market. The Lada Samara is #2 with 187,643 sales and 8%, followed by the Lada 110 at 122,530 units and 5.2% (-29%).
All other models are under 4% share: the Ford Focus is the best selling foreign model at 90,396 sales (3.9%), whereas the Lada Kalina lands in 5th position with 78,550 units (3.3%). Excellent performance of the Renault Logan, 6th at 67,844 sales and 2.9%. The new Lada Priora comes in at #8 with 57,823 sales.
Chinese cars are starting to make their mark in Russia, led by the Chery Amulet (aka Cowin), based on the first generation Seat Toledo, ranking #32 with 17,719 sales (+106%). The Chery Tiggo is #46 at 11,067 units, the Chery Fora (aka A5) 62nd at 6,995 sales and the Geely Otaka (aka CK) is #100 (3,721 units).
When luxury is involved, bigger is better in Russia: the S Class is the best selling Mercedes at 3,840 sales (#98, +58%), the Infiniti FX is #105 (3,355 units, +478%) and the Cayenne is by far the most popular Porsche with 2,025 sales (+72%, #137).
More pictures and full 2007 Top 200: click on ‘Read more’ below.