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Car sales jump – the most popular categories

Car sales jump – the most popular categories

With an impressive increase, the car market (new or used foreign) closed in 2023, showing a significant increase compared to 2022 sales.

According to data from the Greek Statistical Authority, 15,581 cars (new or used foreign) were offered in December (2023) for the first time, compared to 11,976 that were offered in the corresponding month of 2022 (+ 30.1%).

The number of new cars launched in December 2023 reached 8,919 cars, compared to 7,343 cars launched in the corresponding month of 2022, an increase of 21.5%.

In total, 238,117 cars (new or used foreign) were offered for the first time in the period from January to December 2023, compared to 205,130 that were offered in the corresponding period of 2022, an increase of 16.1%.

An increase in trucks and buses as well

The broader commercial vehicle industry, which includes trucks and buses, also rose in 2023 for trucks (light and heavy), showing growth of 5.1%.

Motorcycle sales

The circulation of new motorcycles with a displacement of more than 50 cc (new and used foreign) during the month of December 2023 amounted to 2543 compared to 2547 during the corresponding month of 2022, i.e. a decrease of 0.2%.

In total, the circulation of new motorcycles above 50 cc (new foreign and used) during the period January-December 2023 amounted to 69,425 compared to 59,896 issued in the corresponding period of 2022, an increase of 15.9%.

Supermini and B-SUV winners

The impressive rise in the new car buyer pool for 2023 was marked by the supermini and B-SUV segments occupying a market share of 44.8%.

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Small and medium hatchbacks and SUVs followed in terms of sales volume but shrank by 3.6% compared to 2022 sales.

Customers leaving this segment moved to the smaller B-segment and B-SUV, which saw a 2.4% increase.

Regarding engines, hybrids registered an increase of 3.3% and plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and pure electric vehicles increased by 3.4%. The interest decreased by 2.9% for gasoline engines and 3.1% for diesel engines.