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A very round 22,000 new vehicles found a buyer in Ukraine in July, bringing the year-to-date total to 111,379 units. Now. This is big. Last month I brought your attention to the fine performance of Great Wall in Bulgaria where the Chinese company has started production, a first for a Chinese manufacturer in Europe. However this month it is Geely that is writing history:
For the first time ever, a Chinese model is the best-seller in any country outside China.
The Geely CK sells 723 units in Ukraine in July for a 3.3% market share, up a huge 19 spots on June, outstripping the Skoda Octavia at 2.8% and the Hyundai Accent, #1 in June, at 2.7%. The only precedent for a Chinese model overseas was the #1 spot of the Great Wall Wingle last November in New Caledonia which is actually a French territory. Time will tell whether this is just a one-off or the start of a long term prominence of Geely models in Ukraine…
Geely is on fire this month with most models in sharp increase compared to June: the Geely Emgrand EC7 is up 34 spots to #15 with 319 sales and 1.5%, the Geely MK is back up to #20 with 260 units and 1.2%, the Geely MK-2 is down 11 spots to a still brilliant #36 vs. #68 year-to-date and the Geely SL is up 37 to #81 with 73 sales.
Other great performers in Ukraine this month include the Hyundai Elantra up a massive 19 spots on June to #7, the ZAZ Forza holding itself within the Top 10 at #9, the Nissan Qashqai up to #12 vs. #20 year-to-date, the Honda CR-V up 20 spots to #22, the ZAZ Vida at #26, the Opel Astra up 23 to #31, the Peugeot 207 in run out mode and up 110 spots to #44 and the Mercedes ML-Class up 27 to #46.
Previous month: Ukraine June 2012: Hyundai Accent takes the lead
Full July 2012 Top 250 Ranking Table below.