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Bulgaria January 2018: Dacia reclaims lead, Nissan up to #4

Nissan holds 8.5% of the Bulgarian new car market in January vs. 5.6% in 2017. 

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After gaining 15.3% in 2017, the Bulgarian new car market starts 2017 in a similar vein at +18% to 3.232 registrations. And after being overtaken by Kia in October and its stablemate Renault in December, Dacia reclaims the brands leadership with 10.6% share despite sales plunging 17% and only 5 units above Renault (+5%). Skoda soars 44% to #3, followed by Nissan (+1%) and Toyota (+37%), while BMW (+77%), Ford (+64%) and Kia (+62%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Further down, Citroen (+223%), Great Wall (+133%), Honda (+129%), Lexus (+114%), Mazda (+107%) and Suzuki (+81%) all post spectacular improvements on their January 2017 scores.

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Bulgaria Full Year 2017: Dacia and Renault lead, Kia up 123% to #4

Kia is up 123% in Bulgaria in 2017 and misses out on the podium for just 15 sales.

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The Bulgarian new car market continues to grow at +15.3% in 2017 to 37.702 registrations. A caveat to this is that Bulgarian sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 30% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. In this context the Renault Group maintain its stranglehold on the market with Dacia leading once again thanks to sales up 10% to 11.4% share ahead of Renault up 5% to 10.6%. Toyota gains 11% and climbs one spot to #3 but the best performance in the Top 10 is without a doubt delivered by Kia more than doubling its sales vs. 2016 at +123% to 7.9% share, only 15 units short of a podium ranking for the year. The Korean manufacturer ranked #10 last year. Inside the Top 10, only Peugeot (+28%) outpace the market, with Opel (-2%), Skoda (-3%) and Volkswagen (-6%) even posting a decline. Further down, BMW (+21%), Infiniti (+26%), Audi (+34%), Subaru (+44%), Mercedes (+50%), Honda (+66%), Suzuki (+69%), Alfa Romeo (+138%) and Volvo (+196%) all post spectacular gains. At #24, Lifan manages the feat of outselling local producer Great Wall (-45% at #25) in the Chinese ladder.

Previous month: Bulgaria November 2017: Dacia reclaims top spot in market up 32.8%

Previous year: Bulgaria Full Year 2016: Dacia Dokker and Nissan Qashqai dominate again

Two years ago: Bulgaria Full Year 2015: Dacia Dokker distances Nissan Qashqai & Renault Captur

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Bulgaria November 2016: Dacia reclaims top spot in market up 32.8%

Dacia is the most popular carmaker in Bulgaria in November. 

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The Bulgarian new car market is up a whopping 32.8% year-on-year in November to 3.676 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 19.9% to 34.653 units, already above the 32.691 deliveries hit over the Full Year 2016.  After Kia took the market by surprise and led in October, Dacia returns to the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to sales more than doubling at +111% to 10.3% share. In fact, the entire podium posts three-digit sales improvement in November: Kia is up 140% to 9.2% and Nissan up 152% to 8.9%. Renault, leader a year ago, is down 13% to 8.9%. Notice also Mercedes up 163%, Volvo up 172% and Suzuki up 59%.

Previous month: Bulgaria October 2017: Kia surprise leader in market up 18.6%

One year ago: Bulgaria November 2016: Renault overtakes Dacia for #1 brand YTD

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Bulgaria October 2017: Kia surprise leader in market up 18.6%

Kia is the best-selling carmaker in Bulgaria in October.

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Bulgaria is back on BSCB for the first time in 2017 with October sales amounting to 3.706 units and leading to a year-to-date tally up a very robust 18.6% to 30.977 registrations. We have a surprise leader in the brands ranking: Kia, who only ranked #10 over the Full Year 2016 but dominates the October charts with a whopping 11.2% share. It ranks third year-to-date with 8% of the market (+132%) beyond Dacia (11.4%) and Renault (9.4%). If this month Renault remains in second place, Skoda is up to #3 and Dacia down to #4. Toyota is up 13% year-to-date, Peugeot up 40%, Ford up 12% and Citroen up 16% but Volkswagen is down 3%. Outside the Top 10, BMW (+37%), Audi (+41%), Mercedes (+45%), Suzuki (+65%), Honda (+71%) and Volvo (+212%) make themselves noticed. Lifan (#24) becomes the most popular Chinese manufacturer in the country above local producer Great Wall (#26), but both carmakers struggle in October.

Previous post: Bulgaria Full Year 2016: Dacia Dokker and Nissan Qashqai dominate again

One year ago: Bulgaria August-October 2016: Nissan Qashqai impresses

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Bulgaria Full Year 2016: Dacia Dokker & Nissan Qashqai dominate again

The Dacia Dokker has been the best-seller in Bulgaria since 2013.

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Excellent year for the Bulgarian new car market, up 10% to 32.691 registrations. Note Bulgarian sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 30% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. In this context, French-Romanian brand Dacia remains the most popular brand in the country – after dropping to #2 YTD in November – with sales up 6% to 3.914, just above parent brand Renault up 19% to 3.778. Skoda (+105), Toyota (+12%) and Volkswagen (-2%) round up the Top 5 while Nissan (+14%), Ford (+15%) and Peugeot (+23%) post very dynamic gains inside the Top 10. Further down, notice Lexus (+35%), Land Rover (+36%), Suzuki (+39%), Seat (+49%), Lada (+62%), Alfa Romeo (+163%) and Jaguar (+275%) all taking off.

The Nissan NP300 is the best-selling all-new nameplate in Bulgaria for 2016.

The Bulgarian models ranking sees the fourth consecutive year of reign for the Dacia Dokker, up 8% to 1.716 sales, followed like last year by the Nissan Qashqai (+34%) while the Skoda Octavia and Renault Clio, both up 28%, gain one spot each to land at #3 and #4 respectively. The victim: the Renault Captur down 15% and two ranks to #5,  The Renault Group makes it five nameplates inside the Top 7 with the Dacia Sandero at #6 and the Duster at #7. Excellent year for the Skoda Fabia (+25%) and Toyota Corolla (+33%) while outside the Top 10 let’s single out the Opel Astra (+58%), Peugeot 308 (+45%), Renault Kadjar up 263% to break into the Top 20 for its first full year in market, the Lada Niva up 49% despite its old age (38 years!), the Mazda CX-3 up 115% to #49 and Suzuki Vitara up 136% to #52. The most popular all-new nameplates are the Nissan NP300 (#116), Suzuki Baleno (#117), Toyota C-HR (#127) and Jaguar F-Pace (#132).

Previous post: Bulgaria November 2016: Renault overtakes Dacia for #1 brand YTD

Previous year: Bulgaria Full Year 2015: Dacia Dokker distances Qashqai and Captur

Two years ago: Bulgaria Full Year 2014: Dacia Dokker tops again, Skoda Octavia #2

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Bulgaria November 2016: Renault overtakes Dacia for #1 brand YTD

Renault Clio Bulgaria November 2016The Renault Clio is the best-selling model in Bulgaria this month.

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An estimated 2.779 new light vehicles found a buyer in Bulgaria in November, bringing the year-to-date tally to 28.893 units, already close to the 29.675 sold over the Full Year 2015. The big event this month is Renault overtaking its low-cost stablemate Dacia to take the brands year-to-date lead at 3.401 vs. 3.385 sales thanks to 375 units sold in November vs. just 179 for Dacia (#7). Skoda (10%), Toyota (8.9%) and Volkswagen (7.6%) all evolve above their respective YTD levels while Ford (6.7%) is below. Opel (5.9%), Kia (5.1%) Citroen (3.7%) and BMW (3.4%) also overperform but Nissan (4.7%) disappoints in 10th place. Justifying Renault’s domination this month is the Clio taking the lead of the models ranking with 5.3% share, distancing the Skoda Octavia, Nissan Qashqai and Renault Captur. The Opel Astra shoots up 23 spots on October to #5 vs. #17 year-to-date, the Kia Sportage is up 9 spots to #7 and the Citroen Berlingo up 23 to #8. The year-to-date leader, the Dacia Dokker, falters to #15 this month with just 46 deliveries.

Previous post: Bulgaria August-October 2016: Nissan Qashqai impresses

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Bulgaria August-October 2016: Nissan Qashqai impresses

Nissan Qashqai Bulgaria October 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai is #1 in Bulgaria in August, September and October. 

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After a couple of months hiatus, Bulgaria is back with a vengeance on BSCB. In August, an estimated 2.507 new cars found a buyer, a 26% year-on-year uplift, bringing the year-to-date total after 8 months to 20.752, up 8% on 2015. Dacia remains the most popular carmaker at 11% share but drops 11% whereas next-in-line Renault gains 157%, Toyota is up 79% and Skoda up 20%. Notice also Nissan up 51%, Ford up 29%, Peugeot up 70% and Land Rover up 120%. Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai takes the lead in August with 6.5% share above the Skoda Octavia (4.3%) and Dacia Dokker (3.8%) with the Renault Captur (+14 spots on July), Toyota Corolla (+10) and Renault Clio IV (+5) in tow.

Only September/October combined data is available and over the two months the Bulgarian market is up 11% to 5.362 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 9% to 26.114. Renault takes the lead of the brands ranking thanks to deliveries up 49% to 12.2% share, distancing Dacia (-10%), Skoda (+4%) and Volkswagen (+18%). Ford (+21%), Kia (+36%), Lada (+255%), Land Rover (+88%), Suzuki (+59%) and Honda (+41%) also shine. The Nissan Qashqai is one again in the lead with a mammoth 11.6% share, ahead of the Dacia Dokker, Renault Captur and Skoda Octavia. This is however not enough to snap the YTD leadership away from the Dokker at 1.391 units vs. 1.191 for the Qashqai. Other great performers include the Renault Mégane up 30 spots on August to #9 and the Kia Rio up 18 to #12.

A caveat to these results is the fact that Bulgaria sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 30% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon.

Previous month: Bulgaria July 2016: Dacia outpaces market up 6%

One year ago (1): Bulgaria August 2015: Dacia Dokker and Sandero on top

One year ago (2): Bulgaria September 2015: Dacia Dokker leads, Toyota Corolla up to #4

One year ago (3): Bulgaria October 2015: Nissan Qashqai distances Dacia Dokker & Sandero

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Bulgaria July 2016: Dacia outpaces market up 6%

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria July 2016. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comThe Dacia Dokker remains the best-selling vehicle in Bulgaria.

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With one month delay we can now update you on the Bulgarian new car market in July when sales are up 6% year-on-year to an estimated 2.721 units, matching the year-to-date progression so far to 18.245 registrations. Market leader Dacia frankly outpaces the market with deliveries up 38% to 383 and 14.1% share, distancing Skoda (+3%), Toyota (+31%) and Volkswagen (-3%). Ford (+57%), Seat (+90%), Fiat (+69%) and Land Rover (+100%) also impress. The Dacia Dokker is faithful to its leadership position with 6.7% share vs. 6.1% year-to-date, followed by the Skoda Octavia at 4.1%, Dacia Sandero at 3.4% and Nissan Qashqai at 3.2%. The Kia Cee’d (#8), Toyota Auris (#10), Peugeot 208 (#13), Skoda Rapid (#14) and Lada Niva (#16) also make themselves noticed.

A caveat to these results is the fact that Bulgaria sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 20% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon.

Previous month: Bulgaria June 2016: Dacia Dokker back in charge in market down 5%

One year ago: Bulgaria July 2015: Dacia Dokker and Skoda Octavia on top

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Bulgaria June 2016: Dacia Dokker back in charge in market down 5%

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria June 2016. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comThe Dacia Dokker is the best-selling vehicle in Bulgaria in June and YTD. 

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Bulgaria sales see a 5% year-on-year drop in June to an estimated 3.061 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still in positive halfway through 2016 at +6% to 15.524 units. Thanks to deliveries up 35% on June 2015, Dacia remains the most popular manufacturer in the country, followed by Renault (-9%), Skoda (+3%) and Volkswagen (-24%) while Ford (+14%) rounds up the Top 5. Nissan (+36%), Land Rover (+57%), Fiat (+31%) and Volvo (+38%) shine but Kia (-51%), Mazda (-25%), Audi (-16%), Great Wall (-84%) and Seat (-67%) struggle. In the models aisle, the Dacia Dokker is back to the pole position it holds year-to-date, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Octavia. The Opel Astra leaps 27 spots on May to #8 and the Renault Master is up 17 to #10.

A caveat to these results is the fact that Bulgaria sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 20% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon.

Previous month: Bulgaria May 2016: Dacia reclaims brands top spot off Renault

One year ago: Bulgaria June 2015: Renault Captur confirms leadership

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Bulgaria May 2016: Dacia reclaims brands top spot off Renault

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria May 2016. Picture courtesy inautonews.comThe Dacia Dokker is the #1 model in Bulgaria so far in 2016. 

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The Bulgarian new car market is up 15% year-on-year in May to an estimated 2.826 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 9% to 12.463. Keep in mind sales data for Bulgaria is always to be taken with a pinch of salt as an estimated 25 to 30% of volumes get re-exported to other European countries and never sees domestic roads. In this context, Dacia reclaims the top of the brands ranking off sister brand Renault both in May with 12.3% share vs. 11.8% and year-to-date at 1.574 vs. 1.566 sales, both manufacturers holding a 12.6% market share. Skoda (+20%) and Toyota (+68%) overtake Ford (-5%) while Volkswagen tumbles down 25% to #$6. Nissan (+37%), Seat (+420%) and Land Rover (+60%) shine. The Renault Clio and Dacia Dokker remain the most popular nameplates in the country, followed this time by the Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Octavia and Dacia Duster. Strong showing by the Renault Kadjar at #19.

Previous month: Bulgaria April 2016: Renault now #1 manufacturer year-to-date

One year ago: Bulgaria May 2015: First market to crown Renault Captur

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