Slovenia 2018. Fiat booms in a market up for 6th year in a row

Slovenian Autos Market

Slovenian Autos Market grew 2.7% in 2018 keeping the positive trend of recent years, ending the sixth year of annual gain with 72.787 units sold. Volkswagen confirms itself as the market leader, while Fiat scored an astonishing +82.9%, jumping in 5th place. 

Economic Environment

Slovenian economy gained speed at the outset of the final quarter. In October, retail sales grew at almost three times the pace as in the previous month as consumers became more optimistic about their personal financial situation and the general economic conditions. Moreover, industrial production picked up in the month after losing considerable strength in September, and business sentiment remained robust.

The economy is set to lose ground next year, led by a deceleration in export growth amid a broad-based downturn across the Eurozone. Fixed investment will also likely grow at a more moderate pace due to less favorable financing conditions as the European Central Bank moves to tighten its monetary policy stance. That said, household spending should be bolstered by the minimum wage hike and continue to support a healthy pace of expansion

Market Trend

Slovenian vehicles market has fast recovered after the 2009 crisis and domestic sales are growing uninterruptedly since five years, with 2016 light vehicles sales at 73.633, including car passenger’s at 63.672. According to data released by the Association of Car Manufacturers in Slovenia, in the 2017 sales has taken a fast speed during all the year ending at 70.891 units (+11.4%).

In the 2018 the demand was robust and the market has taken the momentum up. Indeed, the market kept the positive trend of previous years, with an increase in sales by 2.7%, signing the 6th consecutive year of gain. This year registrations have closed at 72.787.

Competitive Arena

At brand-wise, the 2018 market leader was Volkswagen with 11.817 units sold (+11.7%), improving its market share at 16.2%.

In second place Renault with 10.511 units (+5.3%) followed by Skoda with 6.830 (+0.2%), Opel with 4.607 (-1.9%), Fiat, gaining 10 positions, with 3.857 (+82.9%) Peugeot with 3.690 (+12.1%), Hyundai with 3.430 (-13.2%) and Citroen with 3.117 (+5.5%).

At model-wise, the Renault Clio was on top of the 2018 ranking with 3.901 (+7.2%) ahead of the Volkswagen Polo with 2.905, booming at 89.5%,  and the Volkswagen Golf  with 2.814 sales (-17.5%).

Tables with sales figures

In the tables below we report sales for all Brands, top 10 Manufacturers Group and top 10 Models.

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