In 2019, 62,938 new passenger vehicles were sold in Croatia, 4.8 percent more than in 2018, while 4,022 new cars were sold just in December, skyrocketing by 66.7 percent in comparison with December 2018, the Promocija Plus market research company has recently stated.
The best seller in 2019 was Volkswagen, with 8,481 new cars sold and a 13.5 percent market share.
The runner up was Skoda, with 5,873 vehicles sold and 9.3 percent market share, while Renault took up third place with 5,807 vehicles sold and 9.2 percent market share.
Last year, Opel sold 5,291 vehicles (a 8.4 percent market share), and Renault subsidiary Dacia sold 3,685 new vehicles (a 5.8 percent market share).
Suzuki takes sixth place with 3,670 new cars sold, followed by Peugeot (3,584), Hyundai (3,171), Fiat (2,678), and Toyota was tenth (2,605 sold vehicles).
As for Croatia's favorite German manufacturers, Audi sold 1,656 new cars, BMW 1,459 and Mercedes 1,252 cars.
Scoda Octavia, which was chosen by 3,320 buyers in 2019, was the year's best selling model. The runner up was Renault Clio, with 2,347 cars sold, and VW Golf came third (2,304). Suzuki Vitara was fourth (1,762), followed by Dacia Duster (1,586).
In 2019, 38,467 petrol vehicles were sold (61.1 percent of all sales), followed by 22,116 diesel cars (35.1 percent). However, many upscale manufacturers produce mostly diesel cars, which comprise 85.7 percent of Mercedes' sales, 80.9 percent of BMW's sales, and 58.6 percent of Audi's sales. Volkswagen sold an almost equal number of petrol and diesel cars, namely 48.6 percent of petrol cars, and 51.2 percent of diesel cars.
Only 193 electric cars were sold in 2019, with a 0.3 percent market share, which is significantly lower than in developed European countries. There were also 1,641 hybrid vehicles (2.6 percent) and 521 gas fueled vehicles (0.8 percent) sold.