* 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.
Traditionally the weakest month of the year in Romania, January sales are however up 24% at 2,648 registrations. The Dacia Logan is 11 percentage points below its 2010 market share at 15.1%, followed by the Skoda Octavia (5.7%) and a Dacia Duster (4.6%) consolidating its presence on the podium.
Below the VW Golf (3.2%), the Dacia Sandero is also doing well in 5th with 2.7% share, and the new VW Passat gains 8 spots over its 2010 ranking in 7th place with 2.4%. The Suzuki Alto is #14 and the BMW X5 is #19.
Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.