The Kia Rio is headed towards its very first annual win in Russia.
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After gaining 18.6% in July and 16.7% in August, the Russian market signs its 7th consecutive month of year-on-year gains and its 5th consecutive double-digit gain in September at +17.9% to 148.371 registrations. This leads to a year-to-date total up 10.6% to 1.129.374. Homegrown brand leader Lada outpace the market with a solid 24% gain to 19% share, but Kia does even better in 2nd place at +40% to 12.7%, distancing Hyundai (+12%), Renault (+22%) and Volkswagen (+15%). Toyota (-10%) is the only Top 10 carmaker to be in negative while Skoda (+20%) and Ford (+33%) grow faster than the market. Below, notice Chery (+35%), Peugeot (+35%), Chevrolet (+37%), Cadillac (+60%), Fiat (+60%), Honda (+64%), Mitsubishi (+65%), Datsun (+69%), Suzuki (+69%), Changan (+73%), Zotye (+122%), Smart (+211%) and Foton (+3050%) among the most dynamic in the remainder of the ranking while we welcome Chinese brand HTM (for Hawtai Motor) into the Russian sales, instantly declaring 78 sales of its unique model, the Boliger, since January but just one in September.
HTM (for Hawtai) makes its appearance in the Russian sales charts.The Datsun on-DO is back up 66% in September.The UAZ Patriot is up 40% year-on-year in September.
In the models ranking, the Kia Rio reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date off the Lada Granta, #1 last month, thanks to a 30% year-on-year surge to 7% share. The Rio is headed towards its very first annual win in Russia, in what would be the second consecutive year a foreign nameplate is crowned in Russia, one year after the Hyundai Solaris put an end to 45 consecutive years of domination in 2016. The Lada Vesta, although up 57% on September 2016, has not managed to rank higher than #3, a position it holds this month and for the 4th time this year. At #5, the Hyundai Creta signs a 14th consecutive month as Russia’s best-selling SUV (out of 14 months in market), distancing the Renault Duster, up 29% despite the unveiling of the new generation, and the Lada XRAY up 87% and now also #8 year-to-date. Notice also the Lada Largus up 60% to #11, the antediluvian Chevrolet Niva up 36% to #14, the VW Tiguan up 106% to #16, the Datsun on-DO up 66% to #18 and the UAZ Patriot up 40% to #22.
Previous month: Russia August 2017: Lada Granta snaps top spot in market up 16.7%
One year ago: Russia September 2016: Hyundai Creta (#4) and Renault Kaptur (#13) stun
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