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Russia 6 months 2012: Lada loses grip on models ranking

Hyundai Solaris

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After BrazilFrance, India and Japan, Russia is the 5th Top 10 market we go through in more detail halfway through the year, and it's a very dynamic time for new car sales: up 14% year-on-year to 1,413,769 registrations, a record. The Russian models ranking probably hasn't seen that much change on top in a decade... While last year 5 of the Top 8 best-selling models were Ladas, now there are only 3 in the Top 10 and the Russian brand has seen its market share fall from 23.6% to 17.7% over the period. While the Kalina keeps the pole position, it sees its sales fall by 7% year-on-year while the Priora is #2 but down 13%. The Samara is down 40% to #9, the 4x4 is down 4% to #14 and the 2105-2107 is down 71% and 15 spots to #17, whereas the Granta has not reached its full potential yet at #5 and 45,131 sales.

Nissan Juke

The Hyundai Solaris has established itself as the favourite foreign model although it is produced locally, even hitting the 2nd place overall in JanuaryFebruary and May 2012, something no foreign brand had achieved in living memory in Russia. The Ford Focus progresses just a little bit faster than the market at +18% to #4, the Kia Rio is taking full advantage of the arrival of the new model, up 72% to #6, the Renault Logan suffers at -11% and #7 whereas the VW Polo is laughing at +77% to #8. Note that for the first time in a very long while the entire Top 10 best-selling models are produced locally.

Kia Sportage

Outside the Top 10, notice the Chevrolet Cruze up 85% to #11, the Renault Sandero up 40% to #12, the Skoda Octavia up 33% to #16 and the Toyota Camry up 55% to #21. Apart from the Lada Granta there are 3 newcomers in the year-to-date Top 25: the Nissan Juke is up 455% to #23, the VW Tiguan up 127% to #24 and the Kia Sportage up 57% to #25.

Previous post: Russia June 2012: Chevrolet Cruze up, Lada Granta down

One year ago: Russia June 2011: Lada Priora and Hyundai Solaris shine

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  1. regs
    July 20th, 2012 at 01:45 | #1

    There is even a popular nickname for Duster – Zhduster, as zhdat’ means wait in Russian.

  2. regs
    July 20th, 2012 at 01:43 | #2

    Speaking of Renault. There are queues on most Renault buget cars. Duster has a 2 year queue. Minimum you can record a queue for Duster right now is middle 2014. So it’s not really decrease. Renault granted itself stable positions for a pretty long period.

    For comparison – Lada Granta’s queues are 4-6 months atm. But they promise increase production capacity of Granta to 20000 cars per month till the end of the year.

    There is also Moscow International Car Show in first week of September. Many people also waiting for premiers.

  3. regs
    July 17th, 2012 at 01:46 | #3

    kalina and priora goes down, because there is a new granta. production of granta isn’t on full capacity yet and people are waiting for granta with automatic transmission, which goes into serial production in august with availability from october.

    production of 2107 has been finally ceased

    • matgasnier
      July 17th, 2012 at 10:53 | #4

      Thanks very much for the insight regs!

  4. oli
    July 15th, 2012 at 02:40 | #5

    Ouch for Lada..Seems like the Russians want to move away from cheap cars, times have moved on and Renault needs to get a grip with that fact

  5. Rick
    July 14th, 2012 at 17:44 | #6


    PDF with sales per brand. Interesting to see VW in a role of runner-up.
    Will not take too long before they will have a shot at the #1 position.

  6. Rick
    July 14th, 2012 at 17:27 | #7

    Coincidence: Just as Renault wants to reap the benefits of its Lada acquisition, both Lada AND the Renault Logan are facing a decrease. Luckily the Renault brand was in positive territory in June. Also Nissan is doing very well in the Russian market.

  7. NismoBoy
    July 14th, 2012 at 07:05 | #8

    The Top 200 should be great to see.

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