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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!! 🙂