Russia September 2013: Lada 4×4 and Largus continue to progress
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The Russian new car market is down for the 7th month in a row in September, but the fall is reduced to 5% this time at 246,895 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 2,046,700 units, down 7% on 2012. Now. This is my first sales report "post-Russia visit" so hopefully I'll be able to give a more precise analysis from now on, with the benefit of having actually seen the market with my own eyes. The Lada Granta seems to have stabilised around 6% market share, now up only 5% year-on-year but still up 59% year-to-date. Granta sales are mainly fuelled by its success outside of Russia's main two cities, Moscow and St Petersburg.
If you have read my Trans-Siberian photo reports, you will know that the Hyundai Solaris has been the most consistently successful model in the 10 Russian cities I visited in September, way more consistent than the Lada Granta for example. This translates into an impressive 17% year-on-year growth in September to 10,676 sales and 4.3% share, which is interestingly the Solaris' 2nd highest ever monthly volume in Russia below the 10,979 units it sold back in April 2012.
The second model to shine in Russia this month is, astoundingly, the 36 year-old Lada 4x4 (aka Niva), up one further spot on August to a fantastic 4th place with 6,895 sales and 2.8%, up 36% year-on-year and staying 80 units above the Renault Duster back up 2 ranks to #5... I have asked my contacts in the Russian car industry to tell me more about this evolution which leaves me speechless I have to admit... The Lada Largus also continues its progression, up to a best-ever 7th spot at 5,319 units and 2.2%, and it should go even higher in the coming months given the 6 month-waiting list that has built up for the model.
Now starting to see the effects of the arrival of the new generation, the Lada Kalina is up 12 ranks on August to #8 but still down 43% year-on-year to 5,305 sales and 2.1% share. Other great performers this month in Russia include the Renault Logan up 33% year-on-year to #12 (runout time), the Nissan Qashqai up 30% to #14, Renault Sandero up 28% to #16 and the Hyundai ix35 up 34% to #17.
Previous month: Russia August 2013: Lada 4x4 and Chevrolet Cruze outstanding
One year ago: Russia September 2012: Lada Granta takes the lead
Full September 2013 Top 30 models and Top 54 All-brands Ranking Tables below.