Portugal September 2016: Renault Clio and Mégane on podium

Renault Megane Portugal September 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Mégane ranks third in Portugal in September. 

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New car sales in Portugal gain another impressive 11% in September to 13.960 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 15% to 158.926. Renault cements its market domination by frankly beating the market at +27% to 1.555 sales and 11.1% share, distancing Peugeot at 9.5% (+33%) and Mercedes remaining extremely strong at 9.2% (+4%). Volkswagen (+1%) loses share and is getting caught up by BMW (+10%). Seat (+40%), Fiat (+21%), Mazda (+36%), Hyundai (+80%), Mini (+23%), Land Rover (+166%), Alfa Romeo (+96%) and Jaguar (+112%) all post spectacular year-on-year gains for their Portuguese sales in September.

peugeot-2008-portugal-september-2016Peugeot 2008 sales are up 65% in Portugal thanks to its facelift. 

The Renault Clio remains the most popular nameplate in the country, even improving its market share to 4.6% thanks to sales up 24%, keeping the VW Golf at bay (-10%). Boosted by the new generation, the Renault Mégane (+24%) is up 9 spots on August to land in third place above the Mercedes A-Class (+24%), Peugeot 308 (+39%) and Peugeot 2008 (+65%). The Opel Astra (+39%), Seat Leon (+40%) and Fiat 500 (+43%) also shine. This month we welcome the Fiat 124 Spider at #167 with its very first 7 sales.

Previous month: Portugal August 2016: Mercedes teases Renault for #1 brand

One year ago: Portugal September 2015: Mercedes holds onto pole position

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China LCV September 2016: Wuling Mini Truck now in YTD lead

3. Wuling Rongguang Pickup MoheWuling Mini Truck in Mohe, northeastern China.

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Thanks to our partnership with Chinese consultancy outlet Cedars we can now share with you September sales data for Light Commercial Vehicles in China with complete Minivan, Pickup and Mini Truck model figures as well as selected Light Truck data provided by LMC Automotive. Despite strong performances by mini trucks (aka micro pickups) and pickups – both up 12% year-on-year – the overall LCV market in China is down another 6% in September to 256.078 deliveries, bringing the year-to-date tally down 11% to 2.407.455.

Dongfeng Rich China September 2016. Picture courtest xgo.com.cnThe Dongfeng Rich is the 2nd best-selling pickup in China in September. 

The Top 4 best-selling light commercials in China in September all gain ground year-on-year, led for the third month in a row by the Wuling Mini Truck up 4% to 22.341 sales and snapping the year-to-date pole position off the Foton Light Truck, #2 this month at +24%, at 183.007 (+5%) vs. 182.874 (-2%). The JAC Light Truck (+13%) and Wuling Hongguang V (+43%) complete the Top 4 ahead of the Lifan and JMC Light Trucks, while the Wuling Sunshine (-61%) and Rongguang (-57%) continue their freefall. Leading the pickup revival is the Great Wall Wingle 5 once again at #12 overall (+5%), followed by the Dongfeng Rich (+51%), JMC Baodian (4%), ZX Auto Grand Tiger (-20%) and JMC Yuhu (+91%).

Previous month: China LCV August 2016: Pickups (+33%) outsell minivans for the first time

One year ago: China LCV September 2015: Now with complete minivan, pickup and mini truck data

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Uruguay September 2016: Suzuki reclaims top spot

Suzuki Alto K10 Uruguay June 2015. Picture courtesy topspeed.inSuzuki is the best-selling brand in Uruguay for the first time since January.

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New car sales in Uruguay are down 6.5% year-on-year in September to 3.474 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 15% to 30.887. For the first time since last January, 2015 market leader Suzuki is back in the brands leadership position despite sales down 25% year-on-year to 401 and 11.5% share. The Japanese manufacturer distances Volkswagen (-17%) whereas Renault (+53%) and Ford (+139%) go completely agains the grain to post spectacular year-on-year gain. Hyundai (+14%), Peugeot (+39%), Toyota (+67%), BYD (+31%), Geely (+35%) and Tata (+211%) also shine.

Previous month: Uruguay August 2016: Fiat back to #1, Renault and Ford shine

One year ago: Uruguay September 2015: Suzuki, Volkswagen and Fiat on top

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China September 2016: Market up 29% anticipating expiring incentives

haval-h6-coupe-china-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autohome-com-cnFirst month above 50.000 units for the Haval H6. 

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After gaining 26% in both July and August, the Chinese new light vehicle market gets another stunning boost in September at +29% to 2.27 million units just as buyers rush to dealership to benefit from the 50% tax cut to 5% on small engine-vehicles, an incentive that is set to expire at the end of the year. This score is very close to the highest monthly volume ever recorded in China (2.44 million in December 2015). Year-to-date, sales in China are up 15% to 16.75 million units. After over a year of sales boosted by the tax cut, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers anticipates a significant slow down in 2017 if the tax cut ends as planned. It is therefore lobbying the Chinese government to extend the tax cut, but the government hasn’t responded yet. It is in fact in its best interest to keep uncertainty going as the effect on sales this year has been spectacular.

baojun-730-china-september-2016-picture-courtesy-58che-comThe Baojun 730 is back up 88% year-on-year in September to #4 overall. 

The SUV segment is once again the engine of growth in China with a whopping 52% year-on-year gain in September to 879.000 units, but MPVs – up 37% to 221.500 – and sedans – up 17% to 1.12 million – also show very healthy figures. Only microvans (-33% to 48.600) have gone out of fashion. The Volkswagen Group outsells General Motors this month as the largest carmaker in China with sales up 20% year-on-year to 382.300, adding up to 2.85 million year-to-date (+11%). Its namesake brand remains the most popular in the country by far, replicating the market’s growth at +29% to 280.708 units, 2.4 times higher than any other brand. Over the first 9 months of the year, Volkswagen is up 11% to 2.16 million, Audi up 6% to 440.200, Skoda up 17% to 234.500 and Porsche up 11% to 49.200.

gac-trumpchi-gs4-china-september-2016The GAC Trumpchi GS4 breaks its monthly volume record at 34.202…

General Motors on the other hand is up 16% this month to 343.773, boosted by Buick up 13% to 110.395, Wuling up 6% to 108.225 including LCVs, Baojun up 46% to 70.081 and Cadillac up 63% to 12.539 including imports. CAAM data indicates Chevrolet is down 10% to 51.078 but the manufacturer reports sales up 3% to 51.932. In any case the arrival of the Cavalier – with almost 10.000 sales this month – will give the struggling brand a welcome boost in the coming months and will be covered shortly in our special “All-new models” article. Year-to-date, GM sales are up 9% to a record-high 2.72 million units. In the China-made brands ranking, below Volkswagen Honda snaps the 2nd spot thanks to sales up 31%, distancing Changan (+73%), Buick (+13%), Hyundai (+16%), Nissan (+34%), Ford (+49%) and Toyota (+6%).

hyundai-tucson-china-september-2016…as does the Hyundai Tucson at 20.175… 

Among Chinese manufacturers, both Haval (87.627) and Geely (76.796) surge 68% year-on-year in September to complete the podium below Changan. Below, Beijing Auto (+52%), Dongfeng (+70%), Chery (+51%), GAC Trumpchi (+69%), Zotye (+108%), Roewe (+204%), Soueast (+625%), Leopaard (+58%) and Changhe (+141%) all spectacularly outpace their home market. Newcomers Cowin (#43), Brilliance-Shineray SWM (#44) and Borgward (#48) all fit within the Top 50 brands. In the luxury race (figures include imports), Audi continues to see its once unsurmountable advantage over its two German rivals shrink. Its sales are up a meagre 2.6% in September to 54.499 vs. 49.204 for BMW and 46.443 for Mercedes-Benz, both up 20%. Year-to-date, Audi is up 6.2% to 440.233, followed by Mercedes at 344.791 (+30%) and BMW at 330.000 (+10%).

roewe-rx7-china-september-2016 …the Roewe RX5 at 13.751…

In the models ranking, the Wuling Hongguang (+4%) manages to hold the pole position for the 5th time this year and remains in the year-to-date lead despite deliveries down 1% on the same period in 2015. The Haval H6 (+74%) is aggressively catching up though, posting its first-ever month above 50.000 monthly units at 53.268. The VW Lavida (+18%) rounds up the podium and crosses the 400.000 sales mark year-to-date (+22%), above the Baojun 730 enjoying a definite revival at +88% in 4th place. The VW Jetta (+86%), GAC Trumpchi GS4 (+81% to a record 34.202), VW Sagitar (+41%), Ford Escort (+60%), Hyundai Elantra Langdong (+43%) and Buick Envision (+80%) also frankly outpace the market inside the Top 15.

dongfeng-fengguang-580-china-september-2016…and the Dongfeng Fengguang 580 at 13.022. 

A seemingly endless list of nameplates break their monthly volume record this month – a large majority being SUVs. Among them, the Haval H2 (20.242), Hyundai Tucson (20.175), Buick Verano (17.992), Nissan Qashqai (15.412), Mazda3 Axela (14.910), Chery Arrizo 5 (14.770), Geely Boyue (14.053), Roewe RX5 (13.751), Dongfeng Fengguang 580 (13.022), BAIC Senova X35 (10.189), Geely Vision SUV (10.056), Jeep Cherokee (9.500), Geely Emgrand GS (8.524), Lifan Myway (6.237), Cadillac XT5 (5.234), Haval H7 (5.192) and Borgward BX7 (5.133). Finally, we welcome no less than 9 all-new nameplates in this month’s charts, including the Chevrolet Cavalier, Baojun 310, Chery Tiggo 7 and Citroen C6. These will be covered in detail in a separate update as per the BSCB tradition.

Previous month: China August 2016: Second consecutive month up 26% – SUVs up 44%

One year ago: China September 2015: Market back up, Baojun 560 outsells 730

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Media post: How to Store Your New Vehicle for the Winter Season


When it comes to car storage, you want to make sure that you are completely prepared and you know what you are doing. If you simply place your car into a storage unit without even taking some important factors into consideration, you will come back to a vehicle that needs repair. The following tips will help you properly prepare your new vehicle for a car storage unit through the upcoming winter season.

  1. Know the Location

When you purchase a new vehicle, it is a big investment and it is your responsibility to take care of your vehicle. You should never simply park your vehicle in any storage unit or on any storage facility property without first understanding and knowing about the location and what the facility offers you.

Ideally, you want to choose a storage facility that allows you to park your vehicle inside of a unit that has concrete floors. The good thing about storing your vehicle is that if you do it correctly, you do not have to worry about the unit being climate controlled.

  1. Wash Your Vehicle

A dirty vehicle will only cause problems, especially when it is time to get your vehicle out of storage. In fact, if mud or dirt is left on the vehicle, you will find that the paint may chip on the vehicle when you attempt to remove it.

Also, any contaminants or chemicals left on the vehicle can cause corrosion or can lead to the paint peeling off of the vehicle too.

  1. Check the Tire Pressure

While you may not even think about your tires, it is important that you do. In fact, if you do not have your tires properly inflated when you store your vehicle, you may wind up with flat spots. If you are worried about the tires, it is advised that you remove them from the vehicle, but do still make sure that are properly filled and not placed on any hard objects such as bricks.

  1. Top Off Your Fluids

Before you say goodbye until summer, it is time to top off the fluids in your vehicle. If you do not, condensation can form within the reservoirs or ice may form when the temperatures drop. This can lead to cracks, corrosion, and holes from rust.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you should fill up one of your fluids, check the recommended level line and fill the fluid up to that line. The most important fluids to fill include your antifreeze and oil.

If you can, it is recommended that you add a stabilizer to your fuel and allow your vehicle to run for about five to ten minutes before storing it.

If you are getting ready to store your new vehicle car for the winter, take some time to make sure that all of the fluids are topped off and that your vehicle is clean. While it may take you time to go through all these steps, it does pay off and will prevent problems with your vehicle come summer time.

Mexico September 2016: Chevrolet Aveo edges past Nissan Versa to #1

chevrolet-aveo-mexico-september-2016The Chevrolet Aveo is the best-selling vehicle in Mexico this month. 

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There’s no stopping the Mexican new light vehicle market this year. Up 18% year-on-year to a September record 131.454 sales, this is the 29th consecutive month of year-on-year gains in Mexico, the 21st consecutive monthly record and 14th consecutive month above 100.000 units. The year-to-date tally is also up 18% to 1.119.178 units, equivalent to the annual result reached just two years ago in 2014 (1.135.409), and on track to flirt with a 1.6 million unit Full Year score. Atop the brands ranking, both Nissan and Chevrolet gain 19%, followed by Volkswagen (+13%), Ford (+33%), Toyota (+16%) and Honda (+5%). Kia (+245%) posts a 9th consecutive record month, up 3.5% on August to 5.903 units and now threatening Honda for 6th place overall. Dodge (+39%), Hyundai (+31%), Mercedes (+46%), GMC (+43%) and Volvo (+50%) all frankly beat the market.

nissan-kicks-mexico-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autocosmos-comFor its 2nd month in market, the Nissan Kicks already ranks just outside the Top 50.

The Chevrolet Aveo reclaims the models pole position for just 60 units this month thanks to sales up 48% to 7.088 vs. 7.028 (+41%) for the Nissan Versa, still #1 year-to-date at 61.762 sales (+42%) vs. 51.638 (+64%) for the Chevrolet Spark at #2 and 49.263 (-4%) for the Aveo at #3. The VW Vento surges 36% to third place in September, with other great performers atop the ranking including the Chevrolet Sonic (+30%), Trax (+24%), VW Polo (+74%), Toyota Yaris (+61%), Kia Sportage (+120%), Nissan Frontier (+197%) and Honda City (+38%). The Kia Forte (+204%) continues to progress at #26 with 1.377 sales including 1.356 produced locally. The Ford Figo (#11) leads recent launches (<12 months) by very far, distancing the Kia Rio (#28) and Mazda CX-3 (#43). Launched last month, the Nissan Kicks is up 148 spots to #52.

Previous month: Mexico August 2016: Newest local Kia fires ahead, market up 20%

One year ago: Mexico September 2015: Nissan Versa confirms top spot

One year ago (full data): Mexico September 2015: Now with Top 225 models (BSCB exclusive)

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Kazakhstan September 2016: Toyota Camry takes YTD lead

Toyota Camry Kazakhstan September 2016The Toyota Camry is now #1 year-to-date in Kazakhstan. 

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Thanks to autoconsulting.kz, we can share with you August data for Kazakhstan, a market that continues to freefall with deliveries down to just 3.357 units in September, a 60% drop over September 2015 which was itself down 42% on September 2014. The year-to-date tally amounts to a meagre 32.582 units, down 58% on the same period in 2015. Toyota cements its newfound leadership of the market with a stunning 857 sales and 25.5% share, up a whopping 161% year-on-year. It now threatens Lada year-to-date at 5.902 units (+3%) vs. 6.087 (-71%) for the Russian manufacturer, also down an abysmal 71% in September to just 393 sales and 11.7% share. Hyundai (-55%), Kia (-65%), Renault (-76%) and GAZ (-78%) follow in the same order as August. Lexus defies the laws of gravity in Kazakhstan with a 11-fold year-on-year increase to 137 sales and 4.1% share in 8th place over.., Ford gains 132%, BMW is up 35% and Mercedes is up 11-fold also. New brand Ravon, replacing UZ-Daewoo, shoots up 13 spots on last month to #14 with 1.4% share thanks to the arrival of the R3 (aka Nexia) directly at #27 in the models ranking.

ravon-nexia-r3-kazakhstan-september-2016Ravon Nexia R3

A models ranking witnessing a historical shift this month: thanks to a third consecutive stint in pole position with a gargantuan 10.7% market share, the Toyota Camry takes the year-to-date lead at 2.258 units (+42%) vs 2.237 (-55%) for the Lada Priora down to a paltry 35th place this month. The Lada Granta has become the brand’s best-seller in Kazakhstan in recent months, ranking #2 in September while the Vesta (1 sale) hasn’t taken off (yet?). Other great performers include the GAZ Gazelle at #3, Toyota Land Cruiser 200 at #4, Lexus RX at #16, Ford Transit at #18 and Nissan Terrano at #22.


Previous month: Kazakhstan August 2016: Toyota above Lada, Camry leads

One year ago: Kazakhstan September 2015: GAZ Gazelle triumphs

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Austria September 2016: Top 5 is 100% Volkswagen Group

vw-tiguan-austria-september-2016The VW Tiguan is up 52% to 2nd place overall in Austria.

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The Austrian new car market gains a splendid 15% year-on-year in September to 29.836 sales, lifting the year-to-date tally up 6% to 252.178. Market leader Volkswagen beats the market with a 20% surge to 5.271 sales and 17.7% share, distancing 4 manufacturers all fitting within just 150 sales: Hyundai (+5%) back up from a paltry 10th place in August, Opel (+2%), Ford (+28%) and Skoda (-13%). Below, BMW (+25%), Renault (+28%), Mercedes (+31%), Fiat (+30%), Suzuki (+48%), Mini (+47%), Mitsubishi (+56%), Alfa Romeo (+91%), Land Rover (+52%), Tesla (+130%) and Jaguar (+89%) all post spectacular year-on-year gains. The Volkswagen Group monopolises the Top 5 best-selling models with the VW Golf in the lead as usual despite sales down 7% ahead of the VW Tiguan (+52%), VW Polo (+59%), Skoda Fabia (-25%) and Octavia (-5%). The Hyundai Tucson is up 151% year-on-year and 9 spots on August to #6 and the Opel Astra (+49%), VW Bus (+106%), Audi A4 (+131%), Hyundai ix20 (+139%), Ford Galaxy (+108%) and Renault Megane (+110%) all take off.

Previous month: Austria August 2016: VW Tiguan (+45%) catches up on Golf (-39%)

One year ago: Austria September 2015: Skoda Fabia leaps 166% to 2nd place

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France September 2016: Artificial 2.5% gain, VW Tiguan hits record

VW Tiguan France September 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Tiguan smashes its ranking record in France this month to #15.

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The September French new car market gives us another false sense of security: on paper, sales are up 2.5% year-on-year to 168.827 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 6% to 1.502.457, but this in fact hides a much more depressed picture. Private sales are down 5% to 79.731 units and 47.2% share vs. 50.7% a year ago, now nudging up just 0.8% year-to-date to 712.000 and 47.4% share. According to Renault France Commercial Director Philippe Buros interviewed by local publication autoactu.com, this trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future: “the period preceding French presidential elections is traditionally weak for new car sales”. Company sales are also slowing down this month at just +3% to 40.058 units vs. +11% and 339.727 year-to-date. In fact, and as it has been the case for most of 2015 and this year, the sole channels responsible for the overall market’s growth are artificial: demo sales gain 20.5% to 33.543, hitting 20% share vs. just 17% a year ago. Similarly, long term rentals are up 12% and account for 6% of the overall market in September.

Renault Megane France September 2016. Picture courtesy largus.fThe Renault Mégane IV is getting closer to the Peugeot 308 in September.

Brand-wise, market leader Renault outpaces the market with deliveries up 7% to 36.777 for a strong 21.8% share vs. 20.2% so far this year, largely due to demo sales up 83% to 7.925 with the arrival of the new generation Scénic. Archenemy Peugeot on the other hand drops 2% to 27.840 sales and 16.5% share, slightly below the 17% it commands year-to-date. Citroen continues to suffer greatly at -13.5% to a historically low 8.6% share vs. 9.9% in 2016, but the brand’s drop is a lot worse with private buyers at -34.5% due in large part to the generation changeover of the brand’s best-seller the C3 (private sales at -31%) which has been handicapped by an absence of end-of-life rebates. After a difficult summer (-22% in July and -19% in August), Volkswagen is on the mend with sales up a robust 10% and the Top 3 best-selling foreigners: the Polo at #10, the Golf at #13 and the Tiguan up a spectacular 86% thanks to the new generation to hit a record-breaking #15 (previous best: #19 in July, November and December 2012).

peugeot-2008-france-september-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frThe Peugeot 2008 is up 17% thanks to its facelift.

Dacia once again deliveries the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +13% to 5.1% share, with private sales (+13%) accounting for 85% of its total just as Renault and Peugeot both drop 8% with this clientele. The Sandero, up another 33% in September, is overtaken by the Peugeot 208 in the private sales model ranking at 4.316 sales vs. 4.652 after 5 consecutive months of reign. Nissan is back up 6 spots on August to #6 overall but loses 7% of its September 2015 score, followed closely by Toyota (+9%), Ford (-10%) and Opel (+10%). Mercedes takes the lead of the luxury race this month thanks to deliveries up a solid 9% to 5.613, edging past BMW at 5.296 (-1%) and YTD leader Audi at 5.259 (+14%), Kia (+14%), Hyundai (+17%) and Suzuki (+19%) are the other double-digit gainers in the Top 20. Further down, impressive performers include Maserati (+33%), Jeep (+37%), Alfa Romeo (+40%), Infiniti (+45%), Land Rover (+48%), Jaguar (+79%) and Tesla (+112%).

renault-scenic-france-september-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frNot yet launched to the public, the Renault Scenic IV ranks #32 based solely on demo sales.

The Renault Clio reclaims the top of the models ranking, following the market at +3% to 9.024 vs. 8.728 (-4%) for the Peugeot 208. The Renault Captur (-2%) edges past the Peugeot 308 (-4%) while the Peugeot 2008 surges 17% to #5 thanks to its facelift. The Renault Mégane IV steps up to #6 only 717 sales below the 308 but the Renault Talisman (#22) has taken a frank advantage over the Peugeot 508 (#29) now that the station wagon has well and truly hit dealerships. A handful of French new gen blockbusters are flexing their muscles with demo sales this month: the Renault Scénic lands at #32, the Peugeot 3008 ranks at #58, the Citroen C3 at #159 and the Peugeot 5008 at #265. Among recent launches (<12 months), let’s notice the Mercedes GLC at #66, the Fiat Tipo at #69, the Seat Ateca up 59 spots on August to #117, the Citroen C-Elysee up 9 to #119, the Alfa Romeo Giulia up 68 to #124 and the Jaguar F-Pace up 26 to #131. We also welcome the Volvo V90 at #202 and the Hyundai Ioniq at #255.

Previous month: France August 2016: Dacia, Mercedes, tactical sales lift market up 7%

One year ago: France September 2015: Peugeot 208 #1, Renault Kadjar leads segment

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Russia September 2016: Creta (#4) and Kaptur (#13) stun

hyundai-creta-russia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Hyundai Creta climbs up to 4th place overall for its 2nd month on sale in Russia. 

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Russian new car sales post a 21st consecutive month of year-on-year decline in September at -10.9% to 125.568 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 14.4% to 1.020.932. Despite the doom-and-gloom overall market results, 10 of the Top 15 brands actually post year-on-year gains, with lower-volume brands suffering the most. Market leader Lada is up 5% to 22.837 sales and 18.2%, followed by Hyundai (-6%) and Kia (-17%). Renault (+1%), Toyota (+18%) and Volkswagen (+3%) are in positive as are GAZ (+2%), Skoda (+5%) and UAZ (+2%) in the Top 10. Below, Mercedes (+1%), BMW (+6%) but most impressively Lifan (+12%) and Lexus (+51%) shine. Subaru (+37%) and Jaguar (+107%) also impress further down the ranking. At the other end of the stick Ford (-27%), Audi (-39%), Datsun (-41%), Peugeot (-41%), Mitsubishi (-52%), Citroen (-54%), Chevrolet (-56%), Suzuki (-63%), Honda (-74%) and Geely (-85%) all implode.

renault-kaptur-russia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Renault Kaptur hits a record #13 spot in September.

In the models ranking, the Kia Rio posts a second consecutive month in pole position (and the third ever after November 2014) despite sales tumbling down 26% to 8.014 vs. -9% for the Granta in 2nd place at 7.815 units. The Hyundai Solaris, still #1 year-to-date, dives down 41%, partly because of the discontinuation of the hatchback variant – which accounted for roughly 20% of the nameplate’s sales in Russia – to give way in the Hyundai St Petersburg plant to the hero of the past two months: the Creta. Landing directly at #6 and #1 SUV last month, the Creta gains a further 45% and two spots to step up to #4 with 5.058 sales and 4% share. Based on BSCB calculations, this is the highest market share ever reached by a single SUV in Russia (previous best: 3.9% by the Renault Duster in May 2016) and the highest monthly volume so far this year (previous best: 5.298 by the Renault Duster in December 2015).

Nissan X-Trail Russia September 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Nissan X-Trail soars 223% year-on-year in September. 

It’s a double-edged sword for Hyundai as this tremendous success could prevent the Solaris from finishing 2016 in the top spot. For now it leads with 66.602 sales (-22%) vs. 63.622 (-30%) for the Lada Granta and 62.278 (-13%) for the Kia Rio. While the VW Polo goes from strength to strength at +21% in 5th place, the Lada Vesta may already have reached its full potential: it drops two spots to #6 and 3.5% share, its lowest since last May after hitting 4.8% in July. Below, the Renault Duster (-2%) and Lada 4×4 (-8%) are unaffected by the Creta and gain market share by sliding down slower than the market.

infiniti-q30-russia-september-2016The Infiniti Q30 lands at #199 in Russia this month. 

The Toyota Camry (+36%) and RAV4 (+221%) round up the Top 10 with spectacular results and the second hero of the month is the Renault Kaptur back up 13 spots on August to a record-breaking 13th position with 2.218 sales. The Nissan X-Trail (+223%) and Qashqai (+73%) also impress. Further down, the Lifan X60 (#38) leads Chinese models ahead of the Lifan X50 (#48), Lifan Solano (#82) and Chery Tiggo (#90). Among recent launches (<12 months), the Hyundai Tucson (#47), Mercedes GLC (#58), Mercedes GLS (#59) and Jaguar F-Pace (#100) all fit within the Top 100 while we welcome the Infiniti Q30 into the Russian sales charts this month at #199.

Previous month: Russia August 2016: Kia Rio leads, Hyundai Creta instant #1 SUV

One year ago (1): Russia September 2015: Momentous shift to Korean models taking root

One year ago (2): Russia September 2015: Now with Top 318 All-models (BSCB exclusive)

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