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Algeria 1st Half 2015: Dacia Logan and Renault Symbol take off

July 23rd, 2015 3 comments

Dacia Logan Algeria June 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.esDacia Logan sales are up 33% so far this year in Algeria in a market down 15%…

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Government measures restricting imports of new car in the country have hurt the Algerian market: after losing 20% over the Full Year 2014, new car registrations are down another 15% halfway through 2015 to just 160.000 units overall, 148.208 (-15% also) for AC2A-registered manufacturers – the missing deliveries are mainly Chinese manufacturers who have never disclosed Algerian sales openly. The 2nd half of the year is bound to be even more catastrophic as the pipeline of imports will progressively dry up in the absence of any end to the new government restrictions. Renault (+1%), Dacia (+21%) and Peugeot (+2%) spectacularly buck the trend to account for a combined market share of over 45%. All other manufacturers in the Top 15 lose ground, with Volkswagen (-38%), Seat (-58%), Ford (-60%) and Chevrolet (-66%) the hardest hit.

Renault Symbol Algeria June 2015. Picture courtesy dzairauto.com…while its twin the Renault Symbol, now produced locally, is up 28%.

Over on the models ranking, the Dacia Logan keeps the pole position it held in both 2013 and 2014 thanks to sales up a spectacular 33% to 13.758, distancing the Hyundai Accent (-22%) at 9.352 while the Renault Symbol, now produced locally, is up 28% to land on the third step of the podium, even leading the market outright in May. Other great performers inside the Top 15 include the Peugeot 208 (+25%), Renault Clio IV (+12%), Toyota Yaris (+178%) and Peugeot Partner (+16%).

Previous month: Algeria May 2015: Locally-produced Renault Symbol takes the lead

One year ago: Algeria June 2014: Dacia Logan edges past VW Polo

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Algeria May 2015: Locally-produced Renault Symbol takes the lead

June 27th, 2015 No comments

Renault Symbol Algeria May 2015Renault Symbol “made in Algeria”

Six months after the start of its local production in the Renault factory located in Oued Tlélat, Algerian newspaper Le Soir d’Algérie reports the Renault Symbol is the best-selling vehicle in the country in May with sales up 102% year-on-year to 1.817 deliveries in a market down 34%. This means the Symbol ‘‘Dernaha djazaïria’’ (made in Algeria) dislodged its lower-end twin the Dacia Logan, #1 overall in Algeria in 2013 and 2014. Three versions are now available in the country: Essentielle (launched this month), Extrême and Exception. The Extrême version, equipped with GPS navigation, accounts for almost half of Symbol sales.

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Algeria February 2015: Dacia Logan cements lead

March 11th, 2015 No comments

Dacia Logan MCV Algeria February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frDacia Logan MCV

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Lots of movement in the Algerian sales charts this month, but one thing stays the same: the Dacia Logan is the best-seller once again thanks to 2,515 sales, a massive 67% above any other nameplate in the market. It is followed this month by the Hyundai Accent and Renault Kangoo, both returning into the Top 5. Brand-wise, 2014 leader Renault is back on top with 4,303 deliveries but still lags in third place year-to-date below Dacia and Peugeot.

Previous month: Algeria January 2015: Dacia Logan and Toyota Hilux on top

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Algeria January 2015: Dacia Logan and Toyota Hilux on top

February 13th, 2015 No comments

Dacia Logan Algeria January 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frDacia Logan

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2015 starts the way 2014 ended in Algeria: with the Dacia Logan in the pole position thanks to 2.213 sales, and this month it is followed closely by the Toyota Hilux at 2,136 units. The Hyundai i10 is up from #11 over the FY2014 to #3 in January, kicking the Kia Picanto out of the podium at #4 while the Peugeot 208 rounds up the Top 5. Brand-wise, Dacia brilliantly dominates (#3 in FY2014) above Peugeot, Toyota, Hyundai and Renault.

Previous post: Algeria Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan stays #1 in market down 20%

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Algeria Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan stays #1 in market down 20%

January 14th, 2015 No comments

Dacia Logan Algeria 2014Dacia Logan

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It’s back to reality for new car sales in Algeria, down a harsh 20% in 2014 to 340,000 deliveries if we look at sales by the manufactures affiliated to the local dealership association (AC2A). Chinese manufacturers should lift that total to 390,000. Renault reclaims the brands leadership despite sales down an abysmal 30% year-on-year to 52,059, it’s nevertheless better than Peugeot’s 44% drop to just 41,802 units. Dacia rounds up the podium like in 2013 with sals up 7% to 39,741, holding off Hyundai up 19% to 39,333. Volkswagen and Kia gain ground in the ranking while Toyota and Seat slide down. Nissan (+12%) cracks the Top 10, Skoda is up 21% to #11 and Chinese carmaker Great Wall is inside the Top 15.

Kia Picanto Algeria 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frKia Picanto

The Dacia Logan is the most popular nameplate in Algeria for the second year running, improving its market share with sales down ‘just’ 8% to 24,469 and edging out the Hyundai Accent up 80% and 7 spots to #2. The Kia Picanto also shines at +12% to #3 while the Renault Symbol, now assembled locally, is up one rank to #4 despite a harsh 33% drop. The Renault Kangoo gains 15% to #9, the Hyundai i10 is up 118% to #11 thanks to the new model, the Peugeot 301 crashes down 61% and 10 spots to #12 and the Dacia Duster breaks into the Top 15 at +12%.

Previous month: Algeria November 2014: Dacia Logan ultra-dominant

One year ago: Algeria Full Year 2013: Dacia Logan #1 for first time, Peugeot 301 at world-best #2

Two years ago: Algeria Full Year 2012: Peugeot 207 tops record market

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Algeria November 2014: Dacia Logan ultra-dominant

December 11th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Logan Algeria November 2014. Picture courtesy of autoevolution.comDacia Logan

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Dacia is the most popular manufacturer in Algeria for the second straight month with 4,909 sales and is now threatening Peugeot for the #2 spot year-to-date at 36,340 units vs. 36,824 while Renault, down to #3 in November, remains comfortably on top YTD at 47,709 sales. An astounding 76% of Dacia sales come from the Logan, #1 in November with 3,716 units or exactly 3 times the next best-seller (the Hyundai Accent)! One more figure to understand how ultra-dominant the Dacia Logan is in Algeria this month: it sells more than any brand in market bar Dacia. One explanation: the gearing up of the all-new Oran assembly plant which will produce the Renault Symbol has triggered a temporary report of Renault Symbol sales onto its lower-spec twin the Dacia Logan. Notice also the Peugeot 208 up to #3 and the VW Caddy making a very rare appearance inside the Algerian Top 10 at #8

Previous month: Algeria October 2014: Dacia holds 17%, places 3 models in Top 10

One year ago: Algeria October 2013: Dacia Logan back in charge

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Algeria October 2014: Dacia holds 17%, places 3 models in Top10

November 19th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Sandero Stepway Algeria October 2014. Picture courtesy of dzairauto.com9 out of 10 Dacia Sandero sold in Algeria are the Stepway variant.

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New car sales in Algeria slow down their free fall in October, down 9% year-on-year to 24,500 deliveries. This brings the year-to-date total to 298,000 units, still down a harsh 22% on 2013. Algeria was among worldwide automotive headlines last week when Renault opened a new factory in Oran on the northwestern Mediterranean coast of the country. Renault, which has two factories in Morocco, aims to boost sales in the North African markets of Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, where new-car sales are expected to increase to 880,000 units in 2015 from 759,000 units in 2012, according to IHS Automotive. It is the French manufacturer’s first factory in the country since it exited the market after Algeria gained independence from France in 1962.

Renault Symbol Algeria October 2014. Picture courtesy of autonews.comRenault’s new Algerian plant is building the Symbol sedan.

The factory is building the Symbol from completely knocked down production (CKD) for the local market. Renault said the Symbol will offer a high level of equipment and will be the first vehicle in the country to feature a GPS navigation system. This event explains the disappearance of Symbol, best-seller in September due to runout prices on the imported model, from the October Top 10. Once production kicks in it should reappear among Algeria’s best-sellers with great fanfare and will threaten the Dacia Logan for top spot overall in 2015.

Dacia Logan MCV Algeria October 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Dacia Logan is the best-selling model in Algeria this month and year-to-date.

Back to October figures, and the winner by far this month is Renault-owned low-cost manufacturer Dacia. For the first time since BSCB started following Algeria 5 years ago, Dacia places 3 models inside the Top 10: the Logan is back in charge of the models sales charts thanks to 2,344 sales and just under 10% market share, lifting it back to the 2014 YTD pole position with 18,900 units and 6.3% ahead of the Hyundai Accent at 18,412 and 6.2%. The Sandero, boosted by the new generation Stepway, is up 6 spots on September to land on the podium for the first time at #3 and 4.7% share, while the Duster breaks into the Top 10 at #10 and 2.5% share. Notice also the Renault Kangoo shooting up to #2 and 5.9% share, the Peugeot 301 back up to #5 and the Hyundai i10 holding its rank inside the Top 10 at #9.

Previous month: Algeria September 2014: Renault Symbol leads the way

One year ago: Algeria October 2013: Dacia Logan back in charge

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Algeria September 2014: Renault Symbol leads the way

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

1. Renault Symbol Djerba July 2014Renault Symbol (Tunisian model pictured)

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The brands ranking seems to be stabilising somewhat in Algeria this month, with the Top 3 most popular manufacturers identical to their year-to-date order: Renault is king with 4,706 sales followed by Peugeot at 3,506 and Hyundai at 3,253. Notice also Kia up to 4th, Skoda stable at #9 and Suzuki back inside the Top 10. Model-wise, after its twin the Dacia Logan topped the sales charts last month, the Renault Symbol takes the lead for the first time so far in 2014 thanks to 1,773 units sold. The Hyundai Accent remains 2nd at 1,588 units and reclaims the year-to-date lead off the Logan with 17,267 sales vs. 16,556. The Kia Picanto is up two spots on August to #3, the Toyota Hilux back up 5 to #5, and we welcome the Hyundai i10 (#7) and Dacia Sandero (#9) for the first time inside the monthly Algerian Top 10.

Previous month: Algeria August 2014: Dacia Logan now #1 year-to-date

One year ago: Algeria October 2013: Dacia Logan back in charge

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Algeria August 2014: Dacia Logan now #1 year-to-date

October 8th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Logan Algeria August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Logan

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Thanks to a splendid August score (2,754 sales), the Dacia Logan overtakes the Hyundai Accent (also #2 this month) to claim the year-to-date pole position at 15,751 units vs. 15,679, aiming at a second consecutive year at #1 after 2013. Its twin the Renault Symbol climbs back up to third place with 1,628 sales ahead of the VW Polo and Kia Picanto. Brand-wise, Renault and Dacia dominate above Hyundai, Peugeot, Volkswagen and Kia. Notice also Skoda and Citroen above Suzuki and Chevrolet to find their way inside the Top 10.

Previous month: Algeria July 2014: VW Polo and Skoda Fabia shine

One year ago: Algeria July 2013: Toyota Hilux leads, Dacia Logan back up to #4

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Algeria July 2014: VW Polo and Skoda Fabia shine

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

VW Polo Algeria July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Polo

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Another very volatile month for new car sales in Algeria, in freefall this year. Renault reclaims the brands pole position off Volkswagen thanks to 3,945 sales, Peugeot remains #2 at 3,387 and VW falls to #3 at 3,363. Toyota is up two spots on June to #5, Suzuki up 4 to #6 and Skoda #8 again, Citroen breaks into the Top 10 at #10 while Dacia (#4 in June) and Kia (#6) spectacularly fall out of it.

Skoda Fabia Algeria July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Fabia appears in the Algerian Top 10 potentially for the first time.

Model-wise, the VW Polo takes the lead for the second time in 4 months thanks to a very solid 2,105 sales, but remains #3 year-to-date below the Hyundai Accent and Dacia Logan, outside the Top 10 this month. The Renault Symbol is back up 5 spots to #3, the Renault Clio IV reappears at #5 while the Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Swift hatchback both point their bonnet in the Top 10 (#8 and #9 respectively) for the first time since BSCB started following monthly sales in Algeria.

Previous month: Algeria June 2014: Dacia Logan edges past VW Polo

One year ago: Algeria July 2013: Toyota Hilux leads, Dacia Logan back up to #4

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