Real estate, travel and trade have all been decimated by the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and the latest figures from the car industry show that sales have been halved. In March 2,724 new passenger vehicles were cold in Croatia, almost 50 percent less than the same month from 2019. Data released on Monday highlights that car sales across Croatia fell by 45.9 percent, with the best-selling model the Škoda Octavia.
In what will undoubtedly prove to be a challenging few coming years for the auto industry experts are already predicting some manufacturers will be forced out of business. Just last week The Guardian reported that new car sales across the UK had fallen by 44 percent, a bigger drop than in the middle of the financial crisis. “Sales in March were 203,000 down on the same month a year earlier, according to data released by the industry body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders,” stated the article.
In the first three months of this year new car sales fell by a whopping 17.4 percent, as 10,029 new vehicles were sold. During this period, the biggest sellers in Croatia were Volkswagen, followed by Skoda, Renault, Dacia and Hyundai.
The majority of new vehicles sold from January to the end of March were petrol engines, accounting for 58 percent of all sales, followed by diesel with 34 percent, hybrids with 5.5 percent and electric vehicles with 0.6 percent.