The new car industry in Croatia is experiencing a boom year with total sales up over twenty percent so far this year. Boosted by a vibrant tourist industry that has seen the need for more cars for rent as well as more taxi drivers new car sales in the country have risen incredibly.
From the beginning of this year until the end of August a total of 47,167 new cars were sold which is an impressive 21.8 percent increase over the same period from 2017. August alone was a bumper month with over 30 percent more cars sold in that month than August 2017.
The most popular brand in Croatia is still the German giant Volkswagen, even after the recent negative publicity surrounding the company. Then comes the French car maker Renault and in third position Opel. The biggest selling model was the Skoda Octavia followed by the Renault Clio.
But Croatians are still suspicious of electric cars. Out of the 41,167 new cars sold only 41 were electric vehicles, whilst 19,579 were diesel.