In the month of January, Croatia saw a significant increase in the sale of new cars compared to the same month in the previous year. The data provided by Promocija Plus, based on registration records, indicated that a total of 4,461 new vehicles were sold. This figure represents a substantial growth of 33 percent when compared to the sales statistics of January last year, during which 3,346 new cars were sold.
The report further breaks down these sales by the brand of vehicles sold. The leading brand, in terms of the number of new vehicles sold, was Škoda, with a total of 616 units sold. This was closely followed by Opel, which sold 349 new cars and then Volkswagen, with 336 new vehicles sold. Other brands that also recorded significant sales of more than three hundred vehicles included Toyota, which sold 318 units, Suzuki, with 317 units, and Dacia, with 309 units.
When it comes to the best-selling model, the Opel Corsa took the lead with 312 units sold. This was followed by the Škoda Octavia, which saw sales of 258 new vehicles. The Suzuki SX4 model was sold in 159 copies, while the Dacia Duster and Suzuki Vitara were sold in 145 and 127 units respectively.
Insights into the types of engines that Croatian citizens prefer were also provided in the report. In January, a majority of Croatians showed a preference for gasoline cars and hybrids. Out of the total number of new cars sold, 2,057 cars, or 46.1 percent, were gasoline cars. Hybrids made up 1,354 or 30.4 percent of the sales. Diesel engines were chosen by 830 customers, representing 18.6 percent of the total sales, while 124 buyers, or 2.8 percent, opted for the gas engine.
Despite the growing global trend towards electric vehicles, the report indicated that the fully electric model was purchased by only 96 Croatian citizens, representing just 2.2 percent of the total sales.