Slovenia Sells a Record Number of New Cars in 2018

In 2018, residents of Slovenia acquired a record number of new cars and minibus, namely 85,544 vehicles, which is 3% more than a year earlier. Sales of electric cars also increased.

According to the statistics published by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia on Friday, 4 January 2019, the number of registered cars in Slovenia for the first time increased by 2.7% up to 72,835 vehicles; while the number of registered minibuses increased by almost 5% up to 12,709 vehicles.

Volkswagen remains the most popular choice of Slovenian buyers. The German concern increased its market share by 1.3 points – up to 16.2%. It is followed by Renault, whose market share in Slovenia grew by 0.3 points – up to 14.4%. Škoda and Opel noted a decrease in market share – down to 9.4% and 6.3%, respectively. Fiat, ranked fifth, showed the biggest jump among all automakers, its market share almost doubled – up to 5.3%. At the same time, the Slovenes showed less interest in the Dacia budget label, whose market share declined by 1.8 points – down to 3.5%.

Renault Clio remains the most popular model among Slovenian customers and accounts for more than 5% of all car sales, followed by two Volkswagen models – Golf and Polo.

Sales of electric cars and hybrid cars grew at a faster rate. In 2018, 2,161 vehicles of this type were sold in Slovenia, as compared to 1,502 cars sold a year earlier. Their share in total sales increased from 1.8% in 2017 to 2.5% in 2018. This segment is dominated by Toyota, which owns almost three of each four electric vehicles or hybrid cars.