Croatian Car Market recovered 7% in April. Volkswagen Polo was the bestselling model.

In April, the cars sold in Croatia were 2.813, up 7.1% from last year. Following over one year of declines, this first “not losing” month gave to the Croatian automotive people the hope that the long depression, started over sixth years ago, could have found the arrival and a new market phase, stable on the bottom, could have been taken by the domestic market.

However, cumulated sales at April were only 8.850, with a loss of 34.2% from the previous year.

Looking at the best brands performances:

Volkswagen dominated the market with another brilliant performance, selling 553 units with a share of 19.7%, up 4.7 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date April sales were 1.388 with a share of 15.7%. Volkswagen held 3 models in the top 20, with the Polo as market leader.

Opel was 2nd, selling 377 vehicles with a share of 12.0%, down 1.1 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 959 with a share of 10.8%. Opel held 3 models in the top 20, with the Astra in 3rd position.

Citroen jumped to the 3rd position (5th year-to-date) selling 199 units with a share of 7.1%, up 0.8 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 601 with a share of 6.8%. The C4 flew to the 4th position.

Kia was 4th, selling 186 vehicles with a share of 6.6%, stable from the previous month. Year-to-date April sales were 638 with a share of 7.2%. The best-selling model was the Sportage in 7th position.

Peugeot fell to the 5th position (3rd year-to-date) selling 177 units with a share of 6-3%, down 2.4 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 641 with a share of 7.2%. The top model was the 208 in 15th position.

In the table below, the top 25 brands, ranked for year to date position:

Rank

Brand

Apr

Ytd Apr

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

Mar

Apr

Ytd Apr

1

Volkswagen

553

1.388

16,2%

12,2%

12,1%

13,8%

15,0%

19,7%

15,7%

2

Opel       

337

959

9,0%

8,9%

8,5%

10,3%

13,1%

12,0%

10,8%

3

Peugeot 

177

641

8,4%

9,3%

8,9%

7,7%

8,7%

6,3%

7,2%

4

Kia          

186

638

4,4%

6,7%

6,8%

7,5%

6,6%

6,6%

7,2%

5

Citroen  

199

601

7,1%

7,3%

8,0%

6,7%

6,3%

7,1%

6,8%

6

Renault  

125

596

7,1%

6,5%

7,8%

7,8%

6,0%

4,4%

6,7%

7

Hyundai 

137

549

6,4%

6,9%

4,7%

6,8%

6,7%

4,9%

6,2%

8

Škoda    

144

486

4,7%

7,0%

5,3%

5,7%

4,8%

5,1%

5,5%

9

Chevrolet

106

354

6,5%

5,8%

5,1%

4,1%

4,2%

3,8%

4,0%

10

Audi       

138

322

2,7%

4,2%

3,2%

3,0%

3,6%

4,9%

3,6%

11

Ford       

101

318

6,0%

3,4%

4,6%

3,6%

4,3%

3,6%

3,6%

12

Toyota   

100

291

2,6%

2,9%

4,4%

3,2%

3,1%

3,6%

3,3%

13

Dacia     

72

254

2,2%

2,9%

3,0%

3,0%

2,7%

2,6%

2,9%

14

BMW      

71

252

1,6%

2,2%

2,9%

3,0%

2,3%

2,5%

2,8%

15

Nissan   

47

233

1,8%

2,6%

4,1%

3,1%

3,4%

1,7%

2,6%

16

Mazda    

57

211

1,6%

2,0%

2,3%

2,6%

2,4%

2,0%

2,4%

17

Suzuki    

71

155

2,5%

1,9%

1,5%

1,4%

1,0%

2,5%

1,8%

18

Seat        

39

116

2,1%

1,3%

0,9%

1,3%

1,3%

1,4%

1,3%

19

Mercedes

31

109

0,5%

1,1%

1,1%

1,3%

0,9%

1,1%

1,2%

20

Honda   

30

106

0,5%

1,5%

1,5%

1,3%

1,0%

1,1%

1,2%

21

Volvo     

16

56

0,5%

0,6%

0,7%

0,7%

0,3%

0,6%

0,6%

22

Fiat         

17

53

3,5%

0,9%

1,0%

0,6%

0,9%

0,6%

0,6%

23

Land Rover

7

35

0,1%

0,1%

0,2%

0,5%

0,4%

0,2%

0,4%

24

Mitsubishi

12

21

1,0%

0,1%

0,2%

0,1%

0,2%

0,4%

0,2%

25

Porsche 

5

18

0,1%

0,2%

0,1%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

Looking at the best-selling models, the Volkswagen Polo was the market leader, up 3 spots from March, selling 210 units with a share of 7.5%, up 3.7 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 400 with a share of 4.5%.

The Golf was 2nd, selling 169 units with a share of 6.0%, down 0.8 points from the previous month, followed by the Astra in 3rd with 146 sales with a share of 5.2%, down 0.1 points from March.

The Insignia was 4th, selling 94 units with a share of 3.3%, down 2.0 points from the previous month, followed by the Corsa in 5th, up 13 spots from March, with 77 sales and a share of 2.7%, up 1.2 points from the previous month.

The Citroen C4 was 6th, up 10 spots from March, selling 75 units with a share of 2.7%, up 1.0 points from the previous month, followed by the Sportage in 7th with 67 sales and a share of 2.4%, up 0.1 points from March, and by the Passat in 8th, up 6 spots from March, with 64 sales and a share of 2.3%, up 0.5 points from the previous month.

In the table below, the Top 20 models, ranked for last month position:

Rank Apr

Rank Mar

Rank 2012

Model

Apr

Ytd Apr

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

Mar

Apr

Ytd Apr

1

4

2

Volkswagen Polo

210

400

4,9%

3,6%

3,5%

3,1%

3,8%

7,5%

4,5%

2

1

3

Volkswagen Golf

169

497

3,5%

2,7%

2,8%

5,4%

6,8%

6,0%

5,6%

3

2

1

Opel Astra

146

416

3,7%

4,1%

3,3%

4,5%

5,3%

5,2%

4,7%

4

3

31

Opel Insignia

94

286

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

3,2%

5,3%

3,3%

3,2%

5

18

5

Opel Corsa

77

183

3,9%

2,8%

2,4%

1,8%

1,5%

2,7%

2,1%

6

16

4

Citroen C4

75

208

3,6%

3,1%

2,8%

2,2%

1,7%

2,7%

2,4%

7

8

23

Kia Sportage

67

229

0,7%

1,1%

1,5%

2,7%

2,5%

2,4%

2,6%

8

14

9

Volkswagen Passat

64

184

2,0%

2,2%

2,4%

2,0%

1,8%

2,3%

2,1%

9

10

12

Ford Fiesta

61

159

3,4%

1,5%

1,9%

1,6%

2,2%

2,2%

1,8%

10

11

6

Hyundai i30

58

201

3,4%

2,8%

1,2%

2,4%

2,1%

2,1%

2,3%

11

20

10

Skoda Octavia

58

149

2,1%

2,2%

2,1%

1,5%

0,9%

2,1%

1,7%

12

15

15

Kia Cee’d

57

180

1,7%

3,0%

2,0%

2,0%

1,7%

2,0%

2,0%

13

12

14

Kia Rio

55

189

1,7%

2,0%

2,7%

2,2%

1,9%

2,0%

2,1%

14

7

13

Renault Clio

52

250

1,8%

1,4%

2,6%

3,3%

2,7%

1,8%

2,8%

15

5

18

Peugeot 208

51

221

1,5%

3,1%

3,3%

2,8%

3,2%

1,8%

2,5%

16

9

7

Peugeot 308

45

158

2,7%

2,4%

1,9%

1,9%

2,3%

1,6%

1,8%

17

6

20

Hyundai ix35

43

193

0,8%

2,2%

1,5%

2,5%

3,0%

1,5%

2,2%

18

19

16

Skoda Fabia

41

123

1,2%

2,5%

1,8%

1,4%

1,1%

1,5%

1,4%

19

13

27

Dacia Sandero

40

151

1,1%

1,1%

1,2%

1,8%

1,9%

1,4%

1,7%

20

17

8

Renault Megane

39

179

2,8%

2,2%

2,4%

2,3%

1,6%

1,4%

2,0%

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This report was written by Camilla.

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