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Car sales in Slovakia up in 2006

POLICE STATISTICS show there were 78,568 new registrations of passenger cars and small commercial vehicles in Slovakia in 2006, the Automotive Industry Association told the SITA news wire. This was up 10.2 percent over last year.

The Czech Škoda remained the best-selling carmaker in Slovakia. Official exporters sold 21,386 vehicles in Slovakia during 2006, securing it a 27.22-percent market share. Volkswagen was second with 8.53 percent, and Peugeot was third with a market share of 6.89 percent. Citroen had a 5.8-percent market share, and Renault had 5.65 percent. Opel ended with a share of 4.57 percent, followed by Ford with 4.35 percent, Suzuki with 4.25 percent, and Fiat with 3.96 percent. Hyundai was at the bottom of the top 10 with 3.44 percent.

During January and February 2007, police statistics reported 11,194 new registrations of passenger cars and small commercial vehicles, 14 percent more than were registered during the same period last year.

In January and February, Škoda remained the market leader with a more than 26 percent market share. Volkswagen came in second with 7.63 percent, and Peugeot was third with a market share of just over seven percent. Citroen had a 6.62-percent market share, followed by Ford with 5.88 percent, Suzuki with 5.77 percent, Renault with 4.73 percent, Opel with 4.57 percent and Toyota-Lexus with 4.14 percent. Fiat came in last with a 3.5 percent market share.

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