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Belarus Full Year 2014: VW Polo and Renault Sandero on top

March 2nd, 2015 No comments

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.

One year ago: Belarus Full Year 2013: VW Polo takes lead, two Renaults on podium

Two years ago: Belarus Full Year 2012: Lada Priora now in pole position

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Belarus: 1970-2014 Historical info now available!

February 25th, 2014 No comments

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 1970-1991 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.

Belarus Historical Data:

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

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

February 15th, 2014 No comments

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…

Previous year: Belarus Full Year 2012: Lada Priora now in pole position

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Belarus Full Year 2012: Lada Priora now in pole position

February 22nd, 2013 No comments

Lada Priora Belarus 2012Lada Priora

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In spite of a difficult economic situation, the new car market is up 19% year-on-year in Belarus in 2012 to 15,986 registrations (Passenger Cars only) and up 27% to 20,648 including Light Commercial Vehicles. The major event in Belarus this year is the exceptional form of Lada, back in pole position with sales more than doubling vs. 2011 to 2,951 units and 18.5% share vs. 10.3% in 2011. Renault is up 54% to #2 and Volkswagen is dethroned, up just 1% and down to #3. Notice also Kia up 62% to #4, Skoda up 37% to #5, UAZ up 198% to #7 and Volvo up 84% to #10.

Lada 4x4 2012Lada Niva

Model-wise, the Lada Priora grabs the top spot thanks to sales up nearly 3-fold on 2011 to 1,231 units and 7.7% share while the 35 year-old Lada Niva is up an incredible 128% year-on-year to land in 2nd place with 871 sales and 5.4%. The VW Polo sedan is up 138% to round up the podium at 856 units and 5.4%.

Kia Rio 2012Kia Rio

Leader in 2011, the Renault Logan is up 20% but down 4 spots to #5 with 759 sales and 4.7%, followed by the Renault Sandero up 59%. Non-existant in 2011 (17 sales), the Kia Rio jumps up up to #6 at 562 units and 3.5%. Notice also the Skoda Octavia up 96% to #7, Kia Sportage up 60% to #8, Lada Samara up 69% to #10, UAZ 3151 up to #11, the Renault Duster landing directly at #13 for its first year in market, the Volvo XC60 up 1533% (!) to #14 and the Lada Granta at #16.

Geely SC7 Belarus 2013Geely SC7

A very significant development could reshuffle the Belarus rankings in 2013: Chinese manufacturer Geely has just started local production of the SC7, sold under the Shanghai Englon brand in China, and will later on be expanding its locally-produced range with the plan to become a key player both in Belarus and Russia which is predicted to be the #1 export destination of its local production…

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Full Year 2012 Top 100 models and Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Belarus Full Year 2011: Renault Logan takes the lead

February 11th, 2012 8 comments

Renault Logan

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The Belarus car market bucks all trends this year and grows by 26% on 2010 to reach 16,275 registrations including Light Commercial Vehicles. A significant event in 2011: the best-selling model in the country is not coming from Russia but from France: the Renault Logan is up 6 spots and a massive 98% on 2010 to land in pole position with 630 sales and 3.9% share. Belarus is third country in the world with Romania and Moldova where the Logan is #1 in 2011.

Renault Sandero

In second position we find 2010’s best-seller, the GAZ Gazelle down 62% to 475 units and 2.9%, followed by the Lada Priora up 20% to 426 sales and 2.6%. Renault lodges another fantastic performance in 4th place: the Sandero is up 38 ranks and 405% year-on-year to reach 409 units sold and 2.5%. A second Lada climbs in the Top 5: the 34 year-old 4×4 (aka Niva) with 382 sales, up 22% on 2010, an impressive feat given its age.

VW Touareg

Other great performers in the Top 10 include the VW Polo sedan landing directly at #6, the Ford Focus up 311% to #9 and the Mitsubishi Outlander up 78% to #10. Below, the Hyundai Accent ranks directly #11, the VW Touareg has a brilliant year, up no less than 50 spots and 468% on 2010 to #13 with 284 sales, the VW Passat is up 157% to #16, the Kia Sportage up 213% to #17, the VW Golf up 177% to #18 and the Audi A4 up 194% to #19.

There are a few more newcomers in the Top 50, including the Nissan Pathfinder at #23, VW Tiguan at #24, Mitsubishi Pajero at #25, Volvo XC90 at #30, Nissan Qashqai at #40, Kia Venga at #43 and Kia Sorento at #45. As far as Chinese models are concerned, it’s a weak showing this year with the Great Wall Hover still leading the pack but down 16% to #102 with 32 sales, followed by the Chery Tiggo at #136 and 17 units. The Chery QQ sells 11 units and the Great Wall Florid 6.

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Belarus 2010: GAZ Gazelle and Daewoo Matiz dominate

August 26th, 2011 1 comment

GAZ Gazelle

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For the very first time on BestSellingCarsBlog I can give you official figures for Belarus! 12,889 new passenger and commercial vehicles were sold in the country in 2010, 31% less than in 2009…

Daewoo Matiz

Passenger cars were down 40% at 9,177 units whereas commercial vehicles rose by 16% to 3,722. Sales of Russian cars increases by 81% at 3,813 units while imports fell by 45% at 9,086 sales.

Iran Khodro Samand

The models ranking sees the GAZ Gazelle triumph overall with a very impressive 1,246 sales and 9.7% share. The Daewoo Matiz imported from Uzbekistan is the best-selling passenger car at 706 units and 5.5% while the UAZ Farmer rounds up the podium with 511 sales and 4%. The Lada/VAZ 2107 ranks 4th at 3.8%, followed by the Iranian Samand LX (2.9%), the Renault Logan (2.5%) and VAZ 2121/Niva (2.4%).

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VAZ/Lada 2107

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Belarus 2010

November 28th, 2010 No comments

No car sales data available for Belarus, but the observation of Belarusian streets through recent YouTube videos show a structure very distinct from Russia and more alike neighbours Latvia and Lithuania: Lada has completely lost its grip on the Belarusian car market which appears to be very fragmented with a few models standing out slightly.

In this context, the Toyota Corolla, Kia Cee’d, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry seem to be among the most successful cars in Belarus, with the Ford Focus, VW Golf and Passat, and Opel Insignia also worth mentioning.

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

January 30th, 1992 No comments

Lada 2105

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The last years of existence of the Soviet Union see new car sales stagnate in the region: down 6% to 710,525 registrations in 1989 and up 0.1% in 1990 to 711,454. Sales to state organisations, intelligence services and the army are more on a rollercoaster: down 15% to 141,700 in 1989 and back up a massive 59% in 1990 to 225,446.

Izh 2125 Kombi

As expected VAZ (Lada) is the most popular brand in the country with 381,594 sales and 53.7% share in 1989, then 373,579 and 52.5% in 1990. It is followed by Izh at 133,750 then 127,503 and ZAZ at 92,768 then 86,732. The Moskvich 2141 Aleko is counted as a model given it now forms the entirety of the Moskvich range and sales are up 318% to 62,675 and 8.8% in 1989 for its first full year in market, then down 18% to 51,429 in 1990.

Note that in 1989, Soviet citizens were allowed to purchase the UAZ 3151 Patriot again, it was previously only delivered to the army and police. Car imports kick started in the USSR on March 16, 1988 but no data is available until 1990 when a significant 37,400 units were sold, this figure going up 51% in 1991 to 56,300…

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USSR 1988: Lada 2106 leads, Samara on podium

January 29th, 1989 No comments

Lada Samara

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In 1988, the private new car market is down 8% year-on-year to 754,600 registrations, with the sales to state organisations, intelligence services and the army down 14% to 165,950 units. The VAZ 2106 keeps the pole position with sales up 1% to 216,890 and 28.7% share, while its archenemy the Moskvich 2140, at the end of its life, loses 28% on 1987 but stays #2 at 150,804 units. The Lada Samara climbs onto the podium at #3 with 95,028 sales (+7%).

Lada Niva 4×4

The IZH 2125 Kombi incredibly gains 3% to 47,500 units at #5 and the Lada Niva 4×4 is up a fantastic 32% at #6 with 40,243 sales, followed by the Lada 2107 and 2105.

GAZ 21-40 “Volga”

Moskvich 2141 “Aleko”

ZAZ 1102 “Tavria”

The GAZ 21-40 “Volga” is up one spot to #9 at 21,164 units. There are two new entrants in the 1987 models ranking: the Moskvich 2141 “Aleko” lands directly at #10 with 15,000 sales and the ZAZ 1102 “Tavria” ranks #13 with 2.100 units. Note imports started being allowed into the USSR on March 16, 1988.

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USSR 1987: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 fight it off

December 29th, 1988 2 comments

VAZ 2106 (aka Lada 1600)

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Thanks to Alex we are going back in time 25 years today because I can finally share with you for the first time on BSCB official models data for the USSR in the eighties! This is extremely rare data, detailing the private sales of all models in the country for 1987 and 1988 which you can check out in another post. I hope you enjoy it! In 1987, 819,960 new vehicles were sold to private buyers, to which you have to add 197,250 to state organizations, intelligence services and the army. However detailed models data for the latter is unknown.

Moskvich 2140

And the first surprise in the 1987 models ranking is to see that the VAZ 2106 (aka Lada 1600) is actually threatened by the Moskvich 2140 with 215,800 sales and 26.3% vs. 208,200 and 25.4%. Given this was the Moskvich’s last full year of sales it is reasonable to assume that it has led the USSR models ranking for at least a few years during the eighties and possibly seventies…

ZAZ 968M

Another forgotten model manages to hold itself within the USSR podium in 1987: the ZAZ 968M, also called Zaporozhets, with an impressive 116,500 units sold for a 14.2% market share. The Lada Samara is the fourth and last model to hold at least 10% of the Soviet market at #4 with 88,800 sales and 10.8%.

IZH 2125 Kombi

In 5th place, notice the IZH 2125 Kombi, and please raise your hand if you don’t live in Russia right now and knew about this model… I didn’t. Originally launched in 1973, the 2125 enjoyed a slight facelift in 1982 and would continue its career in Russia all the way through to 1997…


Further down, notice all the iterations of the Lada “Zhigouli” ranking from #7 (2107) to #12 (2104) and the memerising LUAZ 969M 4×4 in 11th place with 11,200 sales.

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Full Year 1987 Top 14 all-models Ranking Table below.

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