Germany First Half 2017: Mercedes up, VW down but trusts Top 4

The new E-Class (+32%) helps Mercedes up 7% to #2 brand at home so far this year. 

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The German new car market slows down its growth in 2017: after gaining 7% in the First Half 2016, it now improves by just 3.1% to 1.787.026. The market was down 3 out of 6 months: in February, April and June. No surprise atop the brands ranking: Volkswagen remains master in command however has seen its market share thaw drastically – more than 3 percentage points – over the past two years (i.e. since the start of the emissions scandal): from 21.7% in H1 2015 to 20% in H1 2016 to 18.6% halfway through 2017. This due to a 4% sales decline, which is four times the decline it posted a year ago (-1%). Paradoxically, the models ranking has never been so utterly dominated by VW as we’ll see further down. Mercedes has taken the advantage over Audi in the premium race thanks to a 7% improvement vs. -3% for the VW Group brand. BMW (-3%) remains in 4th place but is now threatened by Ford (+4%) which has just overtaken Opel (-1%). Skoda (+2%) remains at #7.

The Tiguan makes it four VWs in the Top 4. Picture 

It’s further down that we witness larger year-on-year gains. Renault soars 16% to 4% share and Seat is up 11% to 3%, both holding onto their rankings at #8 and #10 respectively. Just outside the Top 10, Fiat (+25%) and Toyota (+27%) excel, with Dacia (+27%) equalling Toyota for the biggest jump in the Top 25. Dacia’s performance is all the more remarkable that its range has only seen a few minor facelifts in the past year. Mitsubishi (+19%), Suzuki (+24%) and Jaguar (+24%) also make themselves noticed in the Top 30, but none can match Alfa Romeo (+66%) propped up by the Giulia and Stelvio. Below, Tesla (+144%), Lexus (+64%), Lada (+63%), Maserati (+52%), Bentley (+67%), Chevrolet (+67%) and Cadillac (+80%) are among the most dynamic.

Dacia German sales are up 27% year-on-year halfway through 2017. Picture 

Model-wise, the VW Golf loses one full percentage point of market share to just 6.4% due to sales down 12% to its lowest H1 volume this decade. Yet this is still almost three times the sales of the #2, the VW Polo up one spot on a year ago thanks to deliveries up 6%. The VW Tiguan is boosted up 37% by the new generation to snap the third spot overall, only one unit above the VW Passat down 15% and two ranks to #4. This means Volkswagen monopolises the Top 4 halfway through 2017 and were it to hold this order until the end of the year, it would be the first time in history it happens. The Mercedes C-Class (+8%), Opel Astra (-2%), Audi A4 (-2%) and Skoda Octavia (-3%) hold on their positions from a year ago, while the Mercedes E-Class shoots up 32% and 14 spots to break into the Top 10 at #9. The biggest decline near the top is the works of the Audi A3, down 22% and 8 ranks to #12.

The Audi Q2 is the most popular new nameplate in Germany over the period. 

Further down, notice the BMW X1 up 27% and 7 spots to #28, the Mercedes GLC up 23% and 8 ranks to #30 and the Dacia Sandero up 32% and 16 spots to #42. The Audi Q2 is the most popular recent launch (<12 months), directly inviting itself inside the German Top 50 at #45, and is followed by the Toyota C-HR at #84, the Skoda Kodiaq at #100 and the Suzuki Ignis at #119. Only ranked at #173 for now, the Opel Crossland X only has two months of sales under its sleeve and already shot up to #70 in June. To also be singled out among facelifts or slightly less recent launches are the Renault Megane up 51% to #46, the Seat Ateca up to #59, the Citroen C3 up 94% to #69 and the Fiat Tipo up 462% to #74.

The Mitsubishi Space Star misses out on a Private Sales Top 10 by just 118 units. It ranks #51 overall. Picture

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Exclusive to BSCB, we can also share with you the best-selling cars with private buyers over H1 2017. This ranking is always very different to the overall one, as private sales (PS) only represent 34.6% of overall German sales over the period, or a meagre 618.311 units. Medium and large sedans such as the VW Passat (only 6.3% PS ratio) tend to primarily sell to businesses, notably as long-term leases. Some brands such as Opel have almost gone completely out of favour with private buyers: the Opel Astra, #6 overall, only ranks 33rd with private buyers halfway through 2017, down an abysmal 41%. If the VW Golf, Polo and Tiguan are the favourites with private buyers as they are overall, the Golf is down an even harsher 19%, with only 26% of its sales going to private buyers. Below, the ranking differs completely. The Mercedes C-Class is up 6 spots on last year to #4, the Dacia Sandero is up 10 to #8, the Ford Kuga up 11 to #9, the Mitsubishi Space Star up 8 to #11 and the Opel Mokka, going against the brand’s trend, is up 16 to #12. The Audi Q2 and Seat Ateca land directly inside the Top 30.

Previous post: Germany June 2017: Renault and Seat shine in market down 3.5%

One year ago: Germany First Half 2016: Volkswagen down 1% in market up 7%

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Germany June 2017: Renault and Seat shine in market down 3.5%

The 5 Series is up 46% to become BMW’s best-seller at home this month. 

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Whereas all other large European market record a year-on-year gain, German new car sales are down 3.5% in June to 327.693 registrations. The year-to-date tally remains however in positive halfway through the year at +3.1% to 1.787.026 units.  Strikingly, the Top 7 best-selling manufacturers all lodge a negative result this month. Leader Volkswagen falls faster than the market at -5% to 18.5% share, as is the case for Audi (-9%), Opel (-9%), BMW (-18%) and Ford (-9%). Mercedes (-1%) and Skoda (-3%) manage meagre share gains thanks to restrained declines. Renault (+22%) and Seat (+19%) are the heroes of the Top 10 while beyond, Toyota (+23%), Peugeot (+14%) and Mitsubishi (+32%) are the only other Top 20 carmakers able to post a double-digit gains this month. Improvements are more frequent among smaller brands, with Tesla (+46%), Lada (+82%), Lexus (+31%), Maserati (+45%), Chevrolet (+184%), Bentley (+54%), Aston Martin (+46%) and Lotus (+58%) all excelling, none selling more than 400 units however.

The Opel Crossland X is up to #70 in June. 

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf holds dearly onto the top spot but drops another 10% to 6.1% share. The VW Polo climbs up one spot on May and 17% on a year ago on the back of discounts on the outgoing generation and lands in 2nd place above the VW Passat (-7%) and Mercedes C-Class (-3%). One year after launch, the new generation still boosts VW Tiguan sales up 23% at #5. The Skoda Fabia is up three ranks on last month to #6, distancing the Opel Astra, down a surprisingly harsh 19% and the Skoda Octavia down 11% despite its recent facelift. The Seat Leon is down 1% year-on-year but climbs to #12. Just renewed, the Mercedes E-Class (+24%) and BMW 5 Series (+46%), now the brand’s best-seller, gain significant ground, just as the Mercedes GLC (+30%), Seat Ibiza (+83%) and Mitsubishi Space Star (+77%) also do. The Audi Q2 (#55) is the most popular recent launch ahead of the Opel Crossland X up 93 spots on May to #70, the Skoda Kodiaq (#81) and Toyota C-HR (#89).

Previous month: Germany May 2017: YTD Top 4 now 100% Volkswagen

One year ago: Germany June 2016: Opel Astra snaps first podium in over 4 years

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Russia First Half 2017: First positive result in five years

The Hyundai Solaris is out, so it’s the Kia Rio – not the Lada Granta – now at #1. 

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Finally, it’s the end of the tunnel for Russian new car sales with a first positive First Half in five years (since 2012) at +6.9% to 718.529 registrations, however still hardly half the result of five years ago (1.413.769)… Homegrown behemoth Lada almost doubles the market growth at +13% to a solid 19.5% market share, one full percentage point above the same period a year ago. In second place like last year, Kia posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 15 at +22% to 11.9% share, 1.4pp above last year. Hyundai (+10%) and Renault (+17%) also beat the market to round up the Top 4 as does Volkswagen (+18%) in 6th place whereas Toyota (-1%) and Nissan (-3%) lose ground.

The Lada Vesta is up 51% to #3 but remains far from the pole position volume-wise. 

Mazda (+21%), Datsun (+32%), Volkswagen Vans (+20%), Volvo (+27%) and Jaguar (+67%) are the most dynamic among manufacturers selling over 1.000 units over the period. 2017 hasn’t been kind with luxury brands in Russia so far: Mercedes (-7%), BMW (+3%), Lexus (-5%) and Audi (-24%) all lose either volume or market share. Daewoo (#19 last year) has been replaced by Ravon (#21) which is far from reaching the same level at 4.946 vs. 8.574 for the defunct brand last year. Haval (#36) and Genesis (#41) also make their appearance in the Russian sales charts. Lifan, #20 with 1% share remains by far the most popular Chinese fare in Russia this year and despite a 5% drop. It distances Chery at 0.4% (+2%) and Geely at 0.2% (-65%).

The Hyundai Creta is one of the most successful nameplate launches in Russian history. 

One year ago, the Hyundai Solaris spectacularly took charge of the models ranking. The situation has changed drastically since, but not to Lada’s advantage despite two new successful launches. It’s the Kia Rio that snaps the pole position halfway through 2017 thanks to deliveries flying off 17% to 6.4% share whereas it ranked 3rd a year ago. The Lada Granta manages to slow down its fall and even rank #1 in June for the first time of the year. It remains 2nd. Continuing to gear up, the Lada Vesta is up 51% on the same period a year ago to land in third place. It hit a record 5.2% share in May but never ranked above #3. In 4th place we have the ex-leader the Hyundai Solaris, freefalling down 29%. Far from a disaffection from Russian customers, this is the result of the discontinuation of the hatchback variant to make room in the factory for Hyundai’s new SUV…

The Lada XRAY is now inside Russia’s Top 10.

…The Creta, which has been the #1 SUV in Russia ever since it launched last August. All-in-all, Hyundai is winning as the two nameplates add up to almost 57.000 units this year vs. just under 46.000 for the Solaris alone last year. The VW Polo (+2%) overtakes the Renault Duster down three spots and 15% to #7. Taking a little longer to blossom than the Vesta, the Lada XRAY breaks into the YTD Top 10 at #9 vs. #23 a year ago with deliveries up 92%. At #11, the Renault Kaptur directly lands as the brand’s 2nd best-seller in Russia above the Sandero and Logan. Further down the ranking, the Kia Sportage (+48%), VW Tiguan (+192%), Datsun on-DO (+42%) and Mazda CX-5 (+27%) all post very solid gains.

Previous post: Russia June 2017: Fourth consecutive YoY gain at +15%

One year ago: Russia First Half 2016: Hyundai Solaris takes charge in market down 14%

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Russia June 2017: Fourth consecutive YoY gain at +15%

The Lada Granta is #1 at home for the firs time this year. Picture

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Russia keeps aligning very encouraging results over the past few months and June is the fourth consecutive month of year-on-year gain and the largest so far at +15% to 141.084 registrations, the largest year-on-year gain since August 2012, propelling the year-to-date tally up 6.9% to 718.529 units. The brands ranking is extremely stable with the Top 12 unchanged on last month. The market growth is concentrated onto the most popular brand, with the Top 8 best-selling manufacturers all either outpacing or equalling the market. Leader Lada is strong with a 23% gain ahead of Kia (+31%), Hyundai (+22%), Renault (+21%) and Toyota (+28%). Ford (+24%) also shines at #10. Beyond the Top 10, notice Mazda (+29%), Datsun (+23%), Mitsubishi (+22%) and Chery (+56%) all posting solid gains. Among smaller brands, Zotye (+414%), Smart (+144%), Changan (+267%) and Isuzu (+118%) impress albeit from very low bases.

Kia Sportage sales are up 72% year-on-year in June. Picture

Model-wise, the Lada Granta reclaims the top spot for the first time since last December and only the third time in the past 12 months thanks to deliveries up a robust 18% to 6.1% share. In contrast, the Kia Rio is down 7% and the Hyundai Solaris down 14%: this is not what we got used to in the past year or so. The Lada Vesta is knocked down to #4 but gains 29% year-on-year while the Hyundai Creta continues to top the SUV charts albeit with its smallest share this year at 2.8% and only 89 units above the Renault Duster (+1%). The Toyota RAV4 shoots up 77% to #8, the Kia Sportage is up 72% to #11, the Lada XRAY up 54% but down 5 spots on May to #14, the VW Tiguan up 202% to #17, the Nissan Terrano up 55% to #22 and the Mazda CX-5 up 37% to #25. Yet SUVs don’t have the monopoly of spectacular gains: the Lada Kalina is up 49% and the Datsun on-DO up 77%.

Previous month: Russia May 2017: Recovery sets in with sales up 14.7%

One year ago:  Russia June 2016: Hyundai Solaris back on top, Lada Vesta resumes growth

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India First Half 2017: Top Five is 100% Maruti in record market up 8%

The Baleno makes it five Marutis in the Top Five so far in 2017. 

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Despite a GST-related hiccup in June (-11%), the India new light vehicle market gallops ahead over the First Half of 2017 with a solid 8% year-on-year improvement to a record 1.524.631 units. Maruti Suzuki almost double the market growth with a 14% gain to an all-time high 49.2% market share, having crossed the symbolic 50% share barrier three times over the period: in January (50.5%), April and May (both at 52%). That Maruti is able to improve on an already ultra-dominant market share is testimony to its excellence at filling every niche of the market, including the successful launch of the new premium Nexa channel distributing the very successful Baleno. Below, Hyundai (+4%) and Mahindra (-7%) fail to match the market growth while Honda (+10%) and Tata (+22%) beat it. Toyota is up 1% to 6th place whereas Renault drops two spots to fall to #7 due to sales down 8% as the Kwid’s honeymoon period is over. Ford (+9%), Volkswagen (+14%), Datsun (+47%) and Skoda (+15%) all improve their market shares compared to a year ago.

The Maruti Vitara Brezza is now India’s best-selling SUV.

The new generation Maruti DZire sedan is available in India well before the Swift hatch.

The Maruti Alto continues to reign supreme over the Indian models ranking even though it trails the market growth at +5% to just over 122.000 units. The rest of the Top 10 is drastically reshuffled, with Maruti trusting the Top 5 for the first time in history. The Swift leaps up 14% from #4 to #2 even though the new generation of the model isn’t available yet in India, the Wagon R stays at #3, the DZire is down 18% to #4 just as the new generation launches and the more premium Baleno is up 60% to break into the YTD Top 5 in 5th place. As a result, the Hyundai Grand i10 and Elite i20 are relegated to #6 and #7 respectively, despite improve by 20% and 12%. It has taken just over a year for the Maruti Vitara Brezza to impose itself as the favourite SUV in India, up 11 spots to #8 and breaking its volume record three times this year. It distances the Hyundai Creta (+12%) by almost 10.000 units. Note the Top 10 models are only composed of Marutis and Hyundais.

The Maruti Ignis is the most popular newcomer in India, just above the Honda WR-V. 

The Renault Kwid (-2%) slips out of the Top 10 in 11th place, whereas the Mahindra Bolero (+22%) and Maruti Ertiga (+21%) post solid gains. Just over one year-old, the Tata Tiago settles in the Indian Top 20m becoming and by far the brand’s best-seller at home. The most popular newcomer in the ranking is the Maruti Ignis. landing at #21 with a little over 27.000 sales, peaking at #19 in March. That’s one spot down on the Honda WR-V’s best ranking of #18 reached in June. For now, the WR-V places 26th so far in 2017 but has cannibalised the Jazz it now outsells (-19%). The Tata Tigor (#35), VW Ameo (#39), Tata Hexa (#42), Hyundai Tucson (#73), Ford Mustang (#82) and VW Tiguan (#83) are the other newcomers in the Indian sales charts halfway through 2017.

Previous post: India June 2017: GST price drop anticipation sinks market down 11%

One year ago: India First Half 2016: Renault Kwid instant blockbuster, hurts Maruti Alto

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India June 2017: GST price drop anticipation sinks market down 11%

The Hyundai Grand i10 ranks #2 in India for the first time. 

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India is currently going through its most significant tax reform this century with a reorganisation of the GST. This has had a devastating impact on wholesales of cars this month, as both customers and manufacturers are holding off buying and ordering new stock in anticipation of a steep price decrease following the new GST implementation. As a result, the Indian market is down a very unusual 11% year-on-year to 197.204 units, yet the year-to-date tally is still up a solid 8% on the same period in 2016 to 1.524.621 units. The Indian market should however bounce right back in July and for the remainder of the year as reduced prices will draw customers into dealerships en masse.

The Honda WR-V breaks into the Indian Top 20 in June. Picture 

Never failing to impress, market leader Maruti Suzuki ignores the surrounding gloom and posts a 1% sales increase to 47.2% share, however two percentage points below its YTD level. In 2nd place, Hyundai is down 6% but posts a stunning 19% market share, to be compared to 16.6% YTD. Mahindra (-4%) holds onto the third place while Honda signs a brilliant 12% gain to 6.5% share thanks to the success of the new Civic and WR-V. Tata evolves like the market at -11%, Renault crumbles down at -42% as it is now completely dependent on the score of the Renault Kwid – also down 42% in June. Ford also struggles at -35% but not as much as Toyota, down a devastating 85% to just 1.973 sales as the manufacturer holds off on despatching new stock of models that will feature some of the largest price drops in July, including notably the Fortuner.

Hyundai Elite i20. Picture 

The Maruti Alto remains the most popular nameplate in the country, dropping slower than the market at -6% to 14.856 wholesale deliveries. The surprise this month comes from the Hyundai Grand i10, up three spots on May to a record-breaking 2nd place. The only other time the Grand i10 ranked on the Indian podium was exactly a year ago (#3 in June 2016). The Maruti DZire is back up 5 ranks on last month to #3 but freefalls 23% year-on-year ahead of the Maruti Wagon R down 11%. The Hyundai Elite i20 soars 18% to reclaim the best-selling premium hatch title at #5 vs. #7 for the Maruti Baleno (+30%). The Maruti Vitara Brezza continues to impress at +24% in 8th place, distancing the Hyundai Creta (-16%) in the SUV race.

The Renault Kwid is down 42% in June, pulling Renault down with it. Picture

Further down, the Mahindra Bolero leaps up 70% to #11, the Tata Tiago is up 29% year-on-year and five spots on May to rank #13, equaling its best posting also held last November, the Honda City is up 45% and the Maruti Ertiga up 80%. Among recent launches, the Honda WR-V impresses, breaking into the Top 20 at #1 with 4.243 sales, its best monthly volume so far. The Tata Tigor is stable at #26 and the VW Ameo is up 9 spots to #33.

Previous month: India May 2017: Maruti Vitara Brezza breaks record in market up 8%

One year ago: India June 2016: Hyundai Grand i10 on podium, Renault Kwid up to #5

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Serbia May 2017: Fiat 500L reigns, Opel Astra and Ford Fiesta shine

The Fiat 500L is once again the best-seller in Serbia. 

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Based on data published by our Central European data partner CE Auto, the Serbian new car market is up 25% year-on-year in May to 2.967 units, leading to a year-to-date total up 17% to 13.094 sales. Vrele Gume has these figures at 3.022 and 12.251 respectively. Fiat continues to lead the brands ranking with a strong 14.7% share this month, that’s two percentage points above its YTD level. It is followed like YTD by Skoda (10.1%) and Volkswagen (8.7%) while Dacia climbs up to 4th place with 7.2% ahead of Renault, Ford and Opel. Note Citroen up four spots on last month and its YTD ranking to #9. In the models ranking, the locally-produced Fiat 500L continues to reign supreme, boosted up 61% to 7.7% share by its facelift. The Opel Astra jumps up 6 spots to #2 overall, knocking the Dacia Sandero down to #3. The Ford Fiesta more than doubles its sales at +104% to 4th place and climbs up to #5 year-to-date (+46%). Notice also the Renault Clio up 127% and the Kia Cee’d and VW Passat making a rare appearance inside the Top 10.

Previous month: Serbia April 2017: Fiat and 500L dominate

One year ago: Serbia May 2016: Fiat Tipo breaks into Top 10

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Bosnia & Herzegovina May 2017: Opel Astra edges past Skoda Octavia

The Opel Astra is the best-seller in Bosnia this month, just one unit above the Skoda Octavia. 

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Thanks to our partnership with Central European market data partner CE Auto, we can share with you today May sales for Bosnia & Herzegovina, a market up 27% year-on-year to 1.010 units which leads to a year-to-date total up 20% to 4.292 sales. This month the Opel Astra (+34%) edges past the Skoda Octavia (+32%) for just one unit and accesses the #2 YTD spot just as the Octavia holds onto its lead thanks to sales up 21% so far in 2017. The VW Passat surges 84% to #3, the VW Caddy is up 52% to #4 and the Toyota RAV4 posts another strong month at #5, allowing the nameplate to enter the Top 10 YTD. The VW Golf (-51%), Skoda Fabia (-10%) and Renault Clio (-7%) struggle this month.

Previous month: Bosnia & Herzegovina April 2017: Octavia leads, RAV4 up to #2

One year ago: Bosnia & Herzegovina May 2016: VW Golf edges past Skoda Octavia for #1 YTD

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Rep. of Macedonia May 2017: Peugeot 301 soars to pole position

The Peugeot 301 is the best-selling nameplate in the Republic of Macedonia in May. 

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New car sales in the Republic of Macedonia are down 7% year-on-year in May to 403 registrations, bringing the year-to-date tally down 1% to 2.184 units, this according to Eastern European data specialist CE Auto. There is a surprise atop the models ranking: the Peugeot 301 soars to pole position thanks to a splendid 6.9% market share, distancing the Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa and Toyota Corolla. This performance enables the 301 to break into the year-to-date Top 10 at #10. The Kia Sportage rounds up the Top 5, while the Fiat Ducato (#7) and Doblo (#9) both make an appearance in the Top 10. Outside the 10 best-sellers in May, the Dacia Duster, #1 in 2016, however remains in the year-to-date lead despite sales down 34%.

Previous post: Rep. of Macedonia Full Year 2016: Dacia Duster snaps top spot

One year ago: Rep of Macedonia May 2016: Citroen C-Elysée surges to top spot

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Moldova May 2017: Dacia Logan leads, Dokker up to #2

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Based on data published by our Central European market data partner CE Auto, the Moldovan new car market shoots up 35% year-on-year to 422 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 28% to 1.883 units. The Dacia Logan remains the most popular nameplate in the country, even surging 85% year-on-year this month. The #2 vehicle is unusual: the Dacia Dokker makes a rare appearance inside the Moldovan Top 10 in May, equalling the Hyundai Tucson. The Suzuki Vitara (+138%) and Toyota RAV4 (+100%) make it three SUVs in the Top 5, with the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (#7) and Dacia Duster (#9) also pointing their bonnet in the Top 10 this month.

Previous month: Moldova April 2017: Dacia Logan and Hyundai Tucson lead

One year ago: Moldova May 2016: Hyundai Tucson confirms leadership

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