Belarus Q3 2017: VW Polo holds lead, Hyundai up 151%

The VW Polo remains the best-selling nameplate in Belarus. 

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New car sales are up a whopping 32% year-on-year over the third quarter of 2017 to 8.835 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 20% to 22.426 registrations. The Top 5 brands are in the same order as YTD, with Renault by far in the lead but trailing market growth at +24%, ahead of Volkswagen (+36%), Lada (+94%), Skoda (+14%) and Nissan (+43%). Hyundai surges 151% to #6, GAZ is up 59% but down to #8, while Mitsubishi (+50%), Mazda (+54%), Ford (+55%), BMW (+148%) and Chery (+165%) outpace the market inside the Top 20. Geely falls back to #20 but at #14 YTD remains the most popular Chinese brand in the country. Dongfeng, Changan and Haval all have sold less than 10 units this year so far.

The Renault Sandero holds 10% of the Belarusian market this year. Picture autogrodno.by

In the models ranking, the VW Polo stays in the lead, improving its market share to an imposing 12.2%, while the Renault Sandero is up to 10.9% over the period (91% Stepway) and a round 10% YTD. Once again, Renault places no less than four nameplates in the Top 5 but in a different order this time: the Logan jumps up to #3 with 8.3% share vs. 6.6% YTD, ahead of the Kaptur already plateauing at 4.9% vs. 5.9% so far this year and the Duster freefalling to 4.8% vs. 8% YTD. The GAZ Next overtakes its sibling the Gazelle to #10, the Nissan Almera is up to #11 vs. #18 YTD, the Lada Granta is up to #14 and the Skoda Octavia up to #19.

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Belarus First Half 2017: VW Polo leads, Kaptur #4, four Renaults in Top 5

The Renault Kaptur leaps to 4th place overall so far in 2017.

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New car sales in Belarus are up a very solid 13% year-on-year over the First Half of 2017 to 13.591 registrations. Market leader Renault tightens its grip on the sales charts thanks to sales up 26% to hit 33.1% share vs. 29.6% a year ago. Volkswagen (+4%) is letting itself distanced and now only accounts for less than half the sales of Renault at 15.8% share. Lada is enjoying a revival with deliveries up 23% to 9.9% share, ahead of Skoda (-20%) and Nissan (-18%) both in great difficulty. In contrast, Mazda (+56%), Kia (+79%), Hyundai (+91%) and most impressively BMW (+278%) surge ahead. Chinese manufacturer Geely is having a second try at the Belorussian market and so far it’s working: it lands directly at #12 with 1.4% share.

Geely is back in Belarus with the Emgrand X7, GT (above) and Atlas (below). Pictures auto-onliner.by

Although the VW Polo holds onto the models pole position like dear life despite a 4% drop but could see its ranking threatened by the Renault Duster by the time the year comes to an end, the Top 5 is the property of Renault, with the French manufacturer managing to place four nameplates in there: below the Duster (+15%) we find the Sandero (-9% and 87% Stepway), the new Kaptur leaping to a fantastic 4th place and the Logan (-10%). The Kia Sportage jumps 238% from #19 to #7, the Nissan Qashqai is up 36%, the GAZ Next up 42%, the VW Tiguan up 57%, Nissan X-Trail up 54% and the Renault Master up 68%. The Geely Emgrand X7 makes a noticed appearance at #25.

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Belarus Full Year 2016: VW Polo #1 for 4th year, Renault Kaptur in Top 10

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The Belorussian new car market edges up 1.2% year-on-year in 2016 to 26.511 registrations. Renault cements its ultra-dominant position in the country with deliveries up 4% resulting in an improved 31.8% market share, distancing Volkswagen up 17% to 16.8%. Lada is down 8% but gains one spot to land on the third step of the podium at 8.2% ahead of Skoda up 2% to 7%, both carmakers overstepping Nissan freefalling 42% to just 6.6% share vs. 11.5% in 2015. Kia surges 36% to #8, Audi is up 45% to #10, Ford Up 76% to #11, Mercedes up 46% to #14, Mazda up 117% to #14, BMW up 23% to #16, Citroen up 38% to #19 and Volvo up 185% to #20. Porsche (+69%) and Jaguar (+76%) also take off.

Launched in H2, the Renault Kaptur lands directly inside the Belorussian Top 10 in 2016.

Model-wise, the VW Polo confirms is the favourite choice in Belarus, leading the sales charts for the 4th consecutive year with sales up 19% to 13% share, distancing three Renaults like in 2015: the Renault Sandero up 16%, the Duster up 30% to #4 and the Logan down 235 and one spot to #4. The Skoda Rapid (+13%) remains in 5th place, the GAZ Gazelle (+5%) gains three spots to #7, the Toyota RAV4 (+22%) is up 7 to #8 and the Renault Kaptur already storms into the annual Belorussian Top 10 despite launching in the 2nd half of the year. The Kia Sportage is up 4-fold on its 2015 score to #11, the VW Jetta up 37% to #16, the Lada Granta up 22% to #18 and the GAZ Next up 18% to #19. The Lada Vesta (#21) and Hyundai Creta (+26) are the other all-new nameplate making their first appearance near the top of Belorussian sales charts.

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Belarus First Half 2016: VW Polo back in charge in positive market

VW Polo Belarus June 2016. Picture courtesy abw.byThe VW Polo is back to #1 car in Belarus so far in 2016. 

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The Belorussian new light vehicle market is back into positive territory over the First Half of 2016, gaining 6% year-on-year to hit 12.069 units. Renault maintains its stranglehold on the market with just under 30% share (+11%) while Volkswagen gallops up 25% to 17.1%, Lada is up 16% to 9.1% and Skoda up 42% to 8%. Reversely, Nissan crumbles down 44% to 7.6% share in 5th place. GAZ (+44%), Kia (+47%), Ford (+38%), Mercedes (+74%), Mitsubishi (+407%), Volvo (+283%) and Citroen (+190%) also shine. At the other end of the scale, Peugeot (-34%), Hyundai (-35%), Chevrolet (-44%), Subaru (-61%), Great Wall (-87%) and Opel (-94%) implode.

Audi Q7 Belarus June 2016. Picture courtesy abw.byThe Audi Q7 breaks into the Belorussian Top 25. 

Model-wise, the VW Polo reclaims the pole position that was its own from 2013 to 2015 after the Renault Sandero roared ahead over Q1. The Polo sells 1.620 units vs. 1.400 for the Sandero, 75.3% being the Stepway variant. The Renault Duster is solid in third place and 10% share ahead of the Renault Logan, Skoda Rapid and Lada Largus. The GAZ Gazelle climbs back up to #7, the Hyundai Accent is up to #8, the Lada Vesta plateaus already at #15 and we welcome the Audi Q7 (#25) and Chery Tiggo (#27) among the Belorussian best-sellers.

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Belarus Q1 2016: Renault Sandero takes charge

Renault Sandero Belarus March 2016. Picture courtesy autokatalog.byThe Renault Sandero outsells the VW Polo for the first time in Belarus. 

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New light vehicle sales in Belarus are down 7% year-on-year over the first Quarter of 2016 to 5.295 registrations. French carmaker Renault however goes against the grain with volumes up 10% to reach an outstanding 31.2% market share, more than double any other manufacturer present in the country. In 2nd place, Volkswagen drops 13% to 14.6% share while Lada is up 74% to step up to #3, knocking Nissan (-57%) down to #4. Other impressive brands include Skoda (+157%), GAZ (+72%), Mitsubishi (+564%), Volvo (+300%) and Citroen (+211%).

Nissan Tiida Belarus March 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.byThe new model pushes the Nissan Tiida into the Belorussian Top 20.

Model-wise, after three consecutive years of VW Polo domination the Renault Sandero takes charges so far in 2016 thanks to a whopping 698 sales and 13.2% market share – the Stepway variant accounting for 70.2% of the nameplate’s sales – vs. 584 and 11% for the Polo. The Renault Duster also cracks the 10% market share barrier at 564 units (10.7%) while the Logan is in freefall at #4 and 5.6% vs. 8.7% over the Full Year 2015. The Toyota RAV4 and Lada Granta both gain 9 spots vs. FY15 to land in 6th and 8th places respectively, the GAZ Next is up 7 to #12 and the Nissan Tiida up 41 to #17. Finally, we welcome the Lada Vesta at #14 with 103 sales, up to #9 in March.

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Belarus Full Year 2015: VW Polo resists Renault assault

VW Polo Belarus 2015. Picture courtesy abw.byThe VW Polo is the best-selling car in Belarus for the third straight year. Picture abw.by

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New car sales in Belarus are up 6% year-on-year in 2015 to 26.190 registrations, however these figures do no include manufacturers that do not subscribe to the Belarus Automobile Association (BAA) such as Geely, Honda, Suzuki, UAZ, UZ-Daewoo and Zotye. In 2014 these manufacturers accounted for 13% of the total Belorussian market. In this context, Renault has a surreal year with sales up 79% to 8.070 to hold a mammoth 30.8% share, more than double any other manufacturer in the country. The French manufacturer can put a big green tick next to Belarus, one of the countries used to clear the overflowing stock resulting from the Russian crisis, Ukraine being another successful one. Volkswagen (+5%) remains 2nd but Nissan (+61%), Lada (+27%) and Skoda (+20%) all progress in the ranking whereas Toyota (-15%) and GAZ (-43%) fall.

Renault Logan Belarus June 2015. Picture courtesy ruh.byRenault is by far the most popular carmaker in Belarus. The Logan is up 3-fold in 2015.

In fact we are witnessing a strong concentration of the Belorussian market towards the Top 5 manufacturers this year: up by 42% on 2015, they account for an imposing 73% of the total market, with all manufacturers outside the Top 5 bar Jaguar (+31%) seeing their sales drop sharply: Kia is down 69%, Opel and Citroen down 68%, Volvo down 66%, Chevrolet down 65% and Mazda down 63%. In the models ranking, the VW Polo (+29%) is in the top rank for the third consecutive year, resisting a very aggressive Renault assault: the Sandero is up 55% in 2nd place, the Logan up 176% at #3 and the Duster up 91% at #4. Below, the Nissan Almera (+57%), Skoda Rapid (+87%) and Lada Largus (+73%) also impress, while the 39 year-old Lada Niva maintains itself inside the Top 10.

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Belarus 1st Half 2015: Renault places 3 models in Top 4

Renault Logan Belarus June 2015. Picture courtesy ruh.byThe Renault Logan could outpace the VW Polo for the #1 Belorussian spot in 2015.

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New car sales in Belarus are up 3% year-on-year to 11.391 registrations, however note this batch of data doesn’t include manufacturers that do not subscribe to the Belarus Automobile Association such as Geely, UAZ, UZ-Daewoo, Citroen, Suzuki, BMW, Mercedes, Zotye and Honda. In 2014 these manufacturers accounted for 17% of the total Belorussian market. In this context, Renault strengthens its stranglehold on the market, selling double the amount of any other carmaker with sales up an impressive 60% year-on-year to 3.230 units for a 28.4% share. Nissan is up a whopping 255% to edge past Volkswagen in 2nd place with 1.632 sales vs. 1.631 (-5%) for the German manufacturer.

VW Polo Belarus June 2015. Picture courtesy tyt.byThe VW Polo remains the most popular vehicle in Belarus for now.

Lada frankly outpaces the market at +27% in 4th place, followed by Skoda (+6%) and Toyota (-7%) while Hyundai (+11%) is up 4 spots on its FY2014 ranking to #7. Directly below, GAZ (-27%), Peugeot (-28%), Kia (-80%), Audi (-16%), Ford (-52%), Chevrolet (-44%) and Mazda (-37%) all implode. Subaru (+16%), Chery (+30%) and Great Wall (+81%) impress.

Renault Sandero Belarus June 2015. Picture courtesy auto.onliner.byThe Stepway accounts for 44% of Renault Sandero sales in Belarus.

Fittingly, Renault places 3 models in the Top 4, however the VW Polo remains the best-seller in Belarus for now at 1.244 deliveries, even if the Renault Logan – #2 at 1.070 – is the runaway best-seller in June with 268 sales (#2: Lada Largus at 208, #3: Renault Sandero at 166 and #4: VW Polo at 159). The Renault Sandero rounds up the podium with 44% of its sales coming from the Stepway variant, and the Renault Duster is the best-selling SUV in Belarus at #4 overall.

Renault Duster Belarus June 2015. Picture courtesy ruh.byThe Duster is the third Renault in the Belorussian Top 4 over H1 2015.

Finally, notice the Nissan Almera at #5, Lada Largus at #6, Nissan Qashqai at #9, Toyota RAV4 at #10, GAZ Gazelle at #13, Nissan Sentra at #14 (vs. #120 in 2014), Nissan Terrano at #16 (vs. #42), Peugeot 301 at #19 (vs. #127) and Renault Lodgy at #20 (vs. #44).

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Renault Sandero Stepway Belarus 2014. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Stepway variant accounts for 80% of Renault Sandero sales in Belarus.

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New light vehicle sales in Belarus are up 3% year-on-year in 2014 to reach an all-time record 29,552 registrations – including LCV. Thanks to the success of the Sandero (+15% to #2), Duster (#5) and Logan (#7), Renault flamboyantly takes the lead of the brands ranking with sales up by a majestic 25% to 4,500 units and 15.2%. The French manufacturer bypasses Volkswagen, down 7% to 3,632 sales and 12.3%, while Kia (+1%) and GAZ (+24%) both overtake Lada, down 31% to #5. Nissan more than doubles its sales to land in 6th place with 6.3% share.

Geely SC7 Belarus 2014. Picture courtesy auto.onliner.byThe locally-assembled Geely SC7 is up to #4 in Belarus in 2014.

But the big story in the Belorussian brand ranking this year is the arrival of Geely in 7th place with 1,841 sales and 6.2% share, up 352% on 2013 with a 3-model range now that the Chinese manufacturer has geared up its local assembly through a joint-venture with the Belorussian government. This is a very encouraging result for Geely, placing it above blockbuster brands such as Skoda (#8), Toyota (#9), Hyundai (#11) and Peugeot (#12). The SC7 sedan jumps up to a brilliant 4th place overall in the models ranking with 1,238 sales and 4.2% while the Emgrand X7 SUV lands at #15 and 1.5% and the LC-Cross ranks #36.

Zotye Z300 Belarus January 2015. Picture courtesy auto.onliner.byZotye Z300

The VW Polo remains the best-selling nameplate in the country with an improved 7.6% share thanks to sales up 11% – interestingly the Polo is only available as a sedan in Belarus. The Renault Sandero holds onto its 2nd place (80% of customers opt for the Stepway variant), while the Kia Rio is up one spot to round up the podium. The Nissan Almera shoots up to #6, the Lada Largus is up 33% to #11, the Nissan Qashqai up to #14 and the Citroen C4 is up to #21. Finally let’s notice a couple of additional Chinese models pointing their bonnet in the Belorussian ranking this year: the Great Wall M4 at #58, Zotye Z300 at #69 and the MG 3 Xross at #123.

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Belarus: 1970-2016 Historical info now available!

The Lada 2106 may have topped the Belorussian sales charts in the eighties.

Historical info going back to five decades ago is now available for Belarus on BSCB! For the 19701991 period, the data is for USSR which Belarus belonged to then, and Lada models reigned supreme. It’s only been since 2010 that we have specific sales data for Belarus, and over the period, the market went from 12,900 registrations to a record 28.810 sales. There has also been a different leader in the models charts each year: the GAZ Gazelle in 2010, Renault Logan in 2011, Lada Priora in 2012 and finally the VW Polo in 2013.

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USSR 1970-1979: Lada 2101-3 conquers the Soviet roads

USSR 1980-1986: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 likely leaders

USSR 1987: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 fight it off

USSR 1988: Lada 2106 leads, Samara on podium

USSR 1989-1991: VAZ (Lada) and Izh most popular brands

Belarus 2010: GAZ Gazelle and Daewoo Matiz dominate

Belarus 2011: Renault Logan takes the lead

Belarus 2012: Lada Priora now in pole position

Belarus 2013: VW Polo takes lead, 2 Renaults on podium

Belarus 2014: VW Polo and Renault Sandero on top

Belarus 2015: VW Polo resists Renault assault

Belarus 2016: VW Polo leads for 4th year, Renault Kaptur in Top 10

Belarus Full Year 2013: VW Polo takes lead, 2 Renaults on podium

VW Polo Belarus 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruVW Polo takes the lead of Belorussian sales charts in 2014.

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The Belorussian new car market is up a fantastic 40% year-on-year in 2013 to reach a new all-time record 28,810 registrations including Light Commercial Vehicles, beating its previous best of 25,300 in 2008 and after a low of 12,900 in 2010. Volkswagen is back to #1 brand in the country thanks to sales up 129% to 3,913 units and 13.6% share, ahead of Renault at 12.4% (+90%) and Lada, leader in 2012, down 8% to #3 and 9.4% share. Notice also UAZ up 118%, Hyundai up 157% and Peugeot up 463% to #10. The main long-term trend in the Belorussian new car market is the growing share of vehicles made in Russia: from 8.4% in 2011 to 21.2% in 2012 and 30% in 2013!

Renault Duster Belarus 2013. Picture courtesy of Illva Davidovich idphoto.kzRenault Duster sales are up 5-fold on 2012 in Belarus.

In the models ranking, we have a new leader in 2013: the VW Polo, up a magnificent 137% on 2012 to 2,029 sales and a very strong 7% market share. Renault manages to place two models inside the Belorussian podium in 2013: the Sandero is up 3 spots and 121% year-on-year to #2 at 1,434 units and 5% whereas the new generation hasn’t hit Belarus yet, and most impressively the Duster multiply its 2012 sales by five (!), up 10 ranks to land at a superb third place with 1,375 sales and 4.8% share. The Kia Rio (+135%), GAZ Gazelle and Hyundai Accent (+217%) follow while the Niva (#7) is the best-selling Lada in the country this month, passing the Priora down 63% from #1 in 2012 to #13 this year.

Geely SC7 Belarus 2013Geely SC7

We have no less than 4 all-new models inside the Belorussian Top 21 this year: the Skoda Rapid leads the way at #9 and 650 sales, followed by the Lada Largus at #14 and 457 units while the Peugeot 408 lands at #21 with 342 sales but the most interesting arrival is without a doubt the Geely SC7, now assembled locally, at #19 with 350 units sold for a 1.2% market share, pushing Chinese manufacturer Geely inside the Top 20 most popular carmakers in the country at #18 with 407 sales and 1.5%, below Mitsubishi and Mazda but above Mercedes and Citroen…

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