* 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.
UK December 2010: Vauxhall Astra #1, Fiesta leader in Full Year Now with Top 50 best-selling models in 2010
The UK car market is down 18% in December at 123,817 registrations, bringing the 2010 total to 2,030,846 up +2%. This month the Vauxhall Astra is #1 for the second time in 2010 (after June) and only the third time in 3 years. The Mini delivers what is likely to be its best ever month in 4th place with 4,236 sales and 3.4%.
Over the full year 2010, the Ford Fiesta is the best seller for the 2nd year in a row with 103,013 sales (-12%), followed by the Astra (+19%), Ford Focus (-17%), Vauxhall Corsa (-8%), VW Golf (+2%) and Polo (+54% and 9 spots). The Nissan Qashqai is in all likeliness the first Japanese car to feature in a UK Yearly Top 10 at #10 with 39,048 sales (+28% and 3 spots).
Land Rover places the Freelander at #38 (15,562 sales), the Range Rover at #52 (12,580) and the Discovery at #69 (8,295). The Jaguar XF is at an impressive #51 with 12,687 units sold.
More photos, Full Year 2010 Top 50 & December Top 10 rankings: click on ‘Read more’ below.