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A total of 2,365 new vehicles were sold in Croatia in August 2016, an increase of nearly 37% compared with August 2015, while car sales in the first eight months of 2016 rose by 21.5% compared with the same period of 2015, the Promocija Plus market research agency said on Monday.

In the period from January to August 2016, a total of 32,330 vehicles were sold, which was 5,702 vehicles more than in the first eight months of 2015. In August alone, 636 more vehicles were sold than in August last year.

The most sought-after car brand was Volkswagen (VW), with 338 vehicles sold in August, or 14.3% of all vehicles sold. It was followed by Skoda (178 vehicles sold; 7.5%), Dacia (171; 7.2%) and Opel (150; 6.3%).

In the so-called premium segment, 107 Audis, 69 BMWs, 57 Mercedeses, four Porsches and six Jaguars were sold. However, none of the luxury brands were sold, such as Maserati or Tesla.

Broken down by model, the best selling was the VW Golf with 135 units sold, followed by the Suzuki Vitara (116), the Seat Leon (93), the VW Passat (88) and the Dacia Logan (85).

In the first eight months of the year, VW sold 4,510 new cars in Croatia, capturing 13.9% of the market. Opel sold 3,385 units (10.5%), Renault 2,801 (8.7%), Skoda 2,541 (7.9%) and Ford 2,461 (7.6%).

The best selling model in that period was the VW Golf, with 1,658 units sold or 5.13% of all vehicles sold. It was followed by the Renault Clio (1,460; 4.5%) and the Ford Focus (1,367; 4.2%).

Of the 32,300 vehicles sold in the January-August period, 18,352 or 56.8 were diesel-powered, 13,436 or 41.6% were fuelled by petrol, while vehicles using alternative fuels accounted for less than 2%.

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