* 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.
* 23 new posts have been uploaded – click on ‘Read more’ below for the direct links *
Historical info back to 1983 is now available for Europe! I have also added every Monthly Top 10 from 1996 to 1999 and from 2005 onwards, so you can see the complete evolution of the market over the years.
Out of the last 28 years, the VW Golf was the best selling car on the continent for no less than 24 years, with only four other cars holding the pole position at year-end: the Fiat Punto in 1997, Peugeot 206 in 2003, Opel Astra in 2006 and Peugeot 207 in 2007.
If you go into the detail of each month, then a few more cars managed to lead the European market for that amount of time: the Renault Megane, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Renault Clio and Opel Corsa all ranked #1 at some stage over the last 20 years.
Click on ‘Read more’ below for the direct links to these 23 new posts.
* Now updated with the Top 50 best selling models over Q1 2011. See ‘Read more’ below *
Italian car sales are down a worrying 28% year-on-year in March at 187,774 units. First Quarter figures are down 23% at 513,794 registrations.
Both the Fiat Punto at 7.5% (14.035 sales) and the Fiat Panda at 6.7% (12,640 sales) improve their market shares compared to last month and continue to dominate the Italian market. The Ford Fiesta jumps onto the podium for the 2nd time in 3 months at 8,082 units and 4.3%, followed by the VW Golf at 3.3% and the Lancia Ypsilon at 2.8%.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta confirms its outstanding popularity once again and places 8th, its third month in a row in the Top 10. It sells 4,166 units for a 2.2% market share this month. Notice also the Audi A1 in the Top 30 at #29.
Full March and Q1 2011 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.
21,763 new cars were sold in Poland in February, up 1% year-on-year. For the first time since 2009, the Skoda Fabia is the best selling car in the country, ahead of its big sister the Skoda Octavia with 908 sales (4.2%) vs. 856 (3.9%). The Octavia is still #1 year-to-date at 6.1% share, with the Fabia #2 at 5%, both well above their 2010 levels.
In 3rd position, the Opel Astra gains one spot on January at 789 sales (3.6%) and is also #3 year-to-date at 3.8% share. It is followed by the Fiat Punto and Ford Focus. Notice the excellent performance of the Chevrolet Aveo, outside the Top 20 in 2010 but #8 in 2011 year-to-date.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
* See the Top 100 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *
Car sales in the Netherlands are up again, at +27% in March with 56,762 registrations. The VW Polo is the best selling car in the country for the 4th time in the last 6 months at 2,147 sales and 3.8% share. Just below are the Renault Twingo at 2,123 units (3.7%) and the Fiat Punto at 2,066 (3.6%).
The Peugeot 107 (2.9%), Ford Fiesta (2.7%) and Seat Ibiza (2.6%) follow. The Hyundai i10 is up 8 spots on February at #10, and the Citroen C3 is up 25 places at #20. Two new models break into the Top 40 for the first time: the Peugeot 508 is #35 with 446 sales and the Citroen DS3 is #37 with 434 units.
Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.
Polish car sales are down 3% this month at 24,535 units. Skoda is in shape: the Octavia improves its share to a brilliant 6.8% at 1,661 sales and the Fabia climbs back to #2 at 1,162 sales and 4.7%. Both are way above their 2010 shares.
The Fiat Punto ranks 3rd at 3.4%, ahead of the Opel Astra (3.2%). The ranking takes a bit of shake up this month with no less than 9 new entries in the Top 20. Leading these, the Kia Venga breaks into the Top 10 for the first time in Poland as well as any country in the world (it is not sold in South Korea) at #8 with 522 sales and 2.1%.
More commentaries and full Top 20 Ranking Table below.
The Italian car market struggles in February at -21% with 161,147 registrations. Fiat monopolises the podium this month, with the Fiat Punto #1 at 6.7%, the Fiat Panda #2 at 5.8% and the Fiat 500 #3 at 3.8%. The Ford Fiesta and VW Golf follow.
Excellent hold of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which confirms last month’s 6th spot wasn’t a fluke: it is #8 in February with 3,701 sales and 2.3%, well above its sisters the Fiat Bravo (#12) and Lancia Delta (#25). Notice the Opel Astra back in the Top 10 (#9) and the Ford C-Max at #16 (1.6%).
Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.