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What are the common automobiles in Serbia?

27 Feb

I have sold cars in the USA for many years and love to look at cars and trucks. That is one of the biggest differences between the USA and Serbia. They have very different brands. It is also rare to find a v-6 or a v-8 engine. It is also very rare to find an automatic transmission. I remember at my old dealership. We had an inventory of around 300 cars and would only have 2 manual transmission cars. We couldn’t sell them !!! Here its the opposite.  You will run into some Ford and Chevrolet automobiles . They do have different model names for the European market. Fords other makes…. Lincoln and Mercury are rare in this part of Vojvodina. As are GM trucks, Cadillac, Saturn, Pontiac and Chrysler corp automobiles…Here is a picture of the US car market logos…

I have taken the emblem and a stock photo of the common cars that are here in Zrenjanin and the surrounding area. Most have engine size under 2.0L and its common for them to add a $500 dollar conversion kit to the petrol powered ones . It allows them to use propane to power the car at a huge savings. Most of the ones listed below are available in a used model for under 5000E. I researched it using http://www.ooyyo.com and selected Serbia market.

Serbia is probably most known for their automobile.. The Yugo… It was produced by Zastava Corp. It is one of the most commonly driven vehicles in this part of the country. The company shut down production in 2008. They have been ridiculed in many Western comedies and there is a famous scene in one of the Die Hard movies where Bruce Willis is driving one and makes a wise crack.  Everyone I know that has one has nothing but good things to say. They are easy to work on, get great fuel economy and are very cheap to purchase.

YUGO KORAL

Fiat is an Italian automobile manufacturer. The company was founded in 1899 and produce many different types of vehicles. They offer many different models like the Panda, Punto, Bravo, Linea, 500. They also purchased a 20% share of Chrysler Corporation after their bankruptcy in 2009.

Fiat Punto

Dacia is another brand that is very common here. It is a Romanian automobile manufacturer that has been owned by the French company, Renault, since  1999. They offer a few models including Logan, Sandero and the Duster.

Dacia Logan

Skoda is a very common automobile in Serbia. It is a car that is produced in the Czech Republic. It has been  owned by V.W corporation of Germany since 2000. Their new lineup is the Fabia, Roomster, Octavia, Tour and Yeti. They offer a 1.2 petrol engine with 75HP, 1.2 diesel and a 1.6 petrol. A nice, used Skoda can easily be found for under 5000E.

Skoda Fabia

Opel is another very common automobile. It is a German company that produces over 11 brands. Two common models are the Astra and the Corsa. I had the opportunity to drive one of these to Pirot last year. We had a little issue on the way but it was nothing that a little bailing wire couldn’t fix and we were back on our way. My friend is well over 6ft tall and still has lots of leg room for a small little car!

Opal Astra

Peugeot is a French car manufacturer that over many, many different models of auto. They are popular all over the world but very few in the USA. They were a common site in the States back in the 80s but now they are less common. They have a large lion as their emblem and get great fuel economy.

Peugeot 107

Citroen is another French made automobile that is owned by Peugeot Corp. They are easily spotted by their large, double triangle looking emblem. They are roomy for a small car and get very good fuel economy! They come in a few different models including the C-3, C-4, DS-3 and Metropolis.

Citroen C-4

Lada is a Russian owned company. The parent company is AVTOVAZ. Lada means BOAT in Russian. Hence the sailboat on the emblem. I think they are one of the ugliest vehicles on the road. The old ones look very similar to the new ones. They didn’t spend a lot of money on the design team! hhaaha.. I have heard that the 4X4 Lada is one of the best on the planet for rough terrain. They come in many shapes and sizes. The common models are the Granta, Kalina in the small class……in the economy class you have the Priora, and Samara…. in the medium class you have the Riva and in the 4X4 SUV line you have the Niva…

LADA NIVA 4X4

There are a some others but they are not as common. It is also very common for some families not to have a vehicle ! It is not uncommon to see old ladies and women with small children riding their bicycle! We could learn a lot from the Serbs.

You can see that the majority of automobiles are  small, fuel efficient cars. Serbians pay so much for fuel, registration and are one of the few countries that charge a luxury tax on larger engine, newer cars and trucks. It is funny to see big Serbian guys jammed into a little car. I never thought I would ever turn my head and look twice when I saw a 4 door pickup truck but I do in Zrenjanin!!! 🙂

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26 responses to “What are the common automobiles in Serbia?

  1. Marko

    February 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    There is some truth in this blog.
    But… Now is a national auto Fiat Punto. Second one in your post.
    Zastava start to produce this car three years ago. They bought the license.
    And one more thing. Believe or not, The most common car here in Serbia in last two years is Audi.
    And I mean the new models : A3, A4. A6… Really do not know where that money comes from, they are very expensive cars even for the most citizen of USA, but it is.

    See Ya

     
    • cather76

      February 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      hey buddy… please explain some more about the Zastava producing the Punto!!! I didnt know and didnt see that!!! Thanks for the info!!!

      p.s… i didnt mention Audi, BMW, Mercedes, jap cars or VW because they are all very common in the USA too.. I mentioned the ones we dont see lot of… thanks for your help!

       
      • Marko

        February 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        http://zastavanacionale.com/ Site looks like from ’99. But you can find some info.

        Cheers

         
      • MarkoM

        March 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm

        Punto was just one more wrong investment of our stupid government. Many of those unfortunate Puntos (Zastava 10) are unsold, just sitting there in Kragujevac under the tons of dust…no one buys that car. there are much better deals than wasting money for some Punto. Now they are trying to promote another future economic failure Fiat 500L for our imaginary success…God save us…

         
  2. CrazyAjvar

    February 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    When I talk to some of my internet friends from the states, almost all say they had first car at 16 or something. I had to scrap money for 5 years to buy used Skoda Felicia at age of 22 and I am very proud of it. All tho I had to delay my studies at university for it I think it was worth it 😛 I have a dream of owning a 50s style VW Beetle. That car was legendary.

     
    • cather76

      February 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      WOW!!! Yeah.. cool car!!! I wish you well in your mission.. I had an old Audi as my first car when I was 16… Hated it!!! hahahahahah

       
      • MarkoM

        March 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm

        I dont agree, Audis are kings among cars…you dont have to describe Audi, you just name it…Audi 🙂

         
  3. Dario

    February 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Nice Topic Charles as always 🙂

    BUT WHERE ARE AUDI AND BMW ???????????????????

    It is like god of cars for us Serbs 🙂 🙂

    And how come no VW, in Bosnia i think 80% of the cars are vw golf II

     
    • cather76

      February 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      thanks for reading… i didnt list the Audi, BMW, Mercedes, VW because we have them all over in the States.. I was highlighting the different models we dont see…

       
      • Dario

        February 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        Ok, but how about older models of VW like golf II ( i think its called rabbit ) is that any popular in us, i know there is a big VW tuners scene, newer GTI’s etc etc. But how about the older ones.

         
      • cather76

        February 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        oh yeah… we had lots of Rabbits…. My friend had a convertible one.. it rocked!!!! they were popular in the 80s

         
  4. dragan

    February 28, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Hey Charles u didnt know that opel in europe is same like saturn in US they have a same models , like opel astra exactly the same saturn astra have
    I think opel vectra is mached with saturn aura
    They belong to GM

     
    • cather76

      February 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      wow… no.. i didnt know that.. i like the Aura!!! They are sharp!!!! Does GM have a stake in Opel???? thanks

       
      • dragan

        March 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

        yeah opel is fully GM all the parts and everything i dont know how that bussines work but its like that.
        you should try opel vectra the late model same same same aura i try one aura here it is sharp.
        other thing what i dont understand why US dont have those france cars like reno megane,clio,citroen C3 C4 etc..
        with those small diesel engines 1.5 HDI you can do 80miles per galon

         
  5. Dario

    February 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    GM have a huge hand in Opel.
    And did you know Opel in England is called Vauxhall 🙂

    Acura isnt that the Luxury brand within Honda?

    Either way they are really rare here in Europe, I have never seen an Acura in real life.

    Best american car for me i think is Cadillac 🙂

     
    • dragan

      March 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Acura nothing special for me its no diference betwen honda and acura only a price.
      acura for honda is like lexus for toyota
      Cadilac ? dario are you a black male? if you are i can understand you :)))

       
      • Dario

        March 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

        Haha im not black, but cadillac is king of cars, it is for me the only american car that can compete with german luxury cars in quality feel.

        I mean compare lets say VW GOLF vs Mustang, mustang is certanly nicer drive, faster, more fun, but when it comes to the interior, muastang has no fitment at all, hard plastic everywhere, ratling sound. When in a Golf you can really feel the quality to the material that is used.

        Cadillac is more BMW/AUDI/MERC area in the luxury feel.

         
    • Kiki

      March 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Yep. Acura is the luxury brand of Honda. Just as Lexus is the luxury brand of Toyota. Mazda is Ford owned now, like Jaguar. Saturn does carry a few of the Opel models in the US, but not all. I used to work at a Saturn dealership in the US. I worked in two different apartments – body shop and accounting. Love Opels but hate all over Saturns and GM cars. I prefer what is/was considered foreign in the US. European and Japanese made. American cars are sh*t in my opinion. Love most of the cars that are readily available here in Srbija. 🙂

       
      • Dario

        March 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

        I wouldnt say american cars are shit..
        You can get alot of more hp per dollar with an american car, try buing a 350-400bhp european car.:)

        Nothing really beats American pickups, they are far better than the japanese, european counterparts.

         
      • cather76

        March 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        agreed, brother… i loveeeeeeeeee American cars… I have worked for all the major dealerships and I feel they are heads above the others in the truck and SUV market.. My fav is Lincoln..My favorite car I ever owned was a Lincoln Navigator..

         
      • dragan

        March 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm

        my car is chevrolete caprice 1991 wagon 305hp
        i got it from my grand ma for free ,so as long is something free i accepted 🙂
        u realy enjoy riding this MF…

         
  6. Dario

    February 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Got to see this 😀

     
  7. MarkoM

    March 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Audi is also the car you may see at every corner. How? I can’t say that since we are very poor country in general… one word about prices of gasoline and other fuel at the gas stations, you know our government consists of bunch of conceited ignorant people who only know to fill the budget by rising prices and taxes, not by improving economy of the country. They steal money from loans we get from foreign banks and they invest none of it into industries, only into infrastructure and other things that cannot pay off by itself. So, until our economy is being devastated by our own government, they, for example, use loan money to build the bridge over Ada which costs us over 450mil euros (some say much more)…one must be an idiot to spend money on bridge while factories are shut down one by one. That’s why we are poor country, wrong people at the right places.

     
  8. MarkoM

    March 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    by the way, I am Serbian but I also love american cars (Mustang GT is the most beautiful car in the world – the beauty of simplicity)…only, here in Serbia you would have to sell the house in order to have enough money for the registration licence for some V6 or 8 engine. 4,5l , 5,7l we can only dream about it…

     
  9. Dario

    March 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Little funny, you be the judge, i love them both

     
  10. Dario

    March 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    My first encounter with an american car was when my grandfather returned home from Germany after working as an construction engineer, he bought an american imported 1970 chevelle SS.

    He actually bought it from an American colonel in Germany. (during the end of the cold war).
    He got to know alot of Americans during that time. One of them even visited him during war in Bosnia where he worked as an UN something something.

    Today it is in the scrapyard 😦

     

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