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Bulgaria June 2014: Dacia Dokker back in charge

July 10th, 2014 1 comment

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Dokker

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The Bulgarian new car market is up 8% year-on-year in May to an estimated 2,624 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 13,130 units, up 12.5% on 2013. Bulgarian sales data is always to be taken with a pinch of salt as a large portion of new car sales in the country never make it to local roads but are re-exported elsewhere in the European Union, given Bulgaria is home to some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. Brand-wise, Dacia continues to reign supreme at 15.3% share, way above Toyota (9.1%), Volkswagen (8.8%), Renault (7.7%), Ford (7.6%) and Skoda (7.5%).

Great Wall Steed Bulgaria June 2014.-Picture-courtesy-of-Top-GearThe Great Wall Steed is back inside the Bulgarian Top 10.

In the models ranking, the Dacia Dokker reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to 183 sales and 7%, more than double any other vehicle in the country. The Skoda Octavia is knocked down to 2nd place but is up to #3 year-to-date below the Nissan Qashqai. Other great performers include the Toyota Yaris up 13 spots on May to #7, the Great Wall Steed up a huge 73 ranks to make its reappearance inside the Bulgarian Top 10 at #8, the VW Golf up 65 to #15 and the Toyota Aygo up 65 to #19.

Previous month: Bulgaria May 2014: Skoda Octavia takes the lead

One year ago: Bulgaria June 2013: Nissan Qashqai and Dacia Sandero dominate

Full June 2014 Top 179 models and Top 33 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Bulgaria May 2014: Skoda Octavia takes the lead

June 14th, 2014 1 comment

Skoda Octavia Bulgaria May 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruSkoda Octavia

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New car sales in Bulgaria are up 6% year-on-year in May to an estimated 2,163 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 10,506 units, up 14% on 2013. Bulgarian sales data is always to be taken with a pinch of salt as a large portion of new car sales in the country never make it to local roads but are re-exported elsewhere in the European Union, given Bulgaria is home to some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. In this context, Dacia keeps the brands lead by far with 267 sales and 12.3% ahead of Volkswagen (9.2%), Skoda (8.8%), Renault (8.7%) and Ford (8%).

Nissan Note Bulgaria May 2014 Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Note breaks into the Bulgarian Top 10 this month.

For the first time since BSCB started to follow monthly Bulgarian sales (August 2012), the Skoda Octavia is the best-seller in the country with 101 sales and 4.7%, passing the year-to-date leader the Dacia Dokker at 96 units and 4.4% and the Ford Fiesta at 84 and 3.9%. The Dacia Sandero and Renault Captur round up the Top 5, with other great performers this month including the Nissan Qashqai up 19 spots on April to #6, the Peugeot 208 up to #8 vs. #20 year-to-date, the Nissan Note up 148 ranks to #10, Dacia Lodgy up to #12 vs. #28 and the Ford Focus up 44 to #15.

Previous month: Bulgaria April 2014: Dacia Dokker reaffirms leadership

One year ago: Bulgaria May 2013: Dacia Dokker and Sandero on podium

Full May 2014 Top 33 brands and Top 170 models Ranking Tables below.

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Bulgaria: 1980-2013 Historical info now available!

June 10th, 2014 No comments

Lada 2101 Bulgaria 1980Lada 2101

Historical Data covering the past 9 years is now available for Bulgaria on BestSellingCarsBlog. If you have any official data before 2005 for this country and for 2006 and 2009 please make sure you get in touch!

In addition to this, thanks to Alek I can also share with you information on the most popular models in the country in the eighties. The predominant cars there in the early eighties were clearly Ladas, with the 2101 most popular followed by the 2102, -03, -04, -05 and -06. At the time Ladas were considered a luxury while locally produced Moskvitches were lower end. A notch below were the Skoda 105 and 120 L and only just a few West European cars like the BMW 2000, Opel Rekord, Fiat 131 and a Ford Taunus. After 1989 everything changed as the market was deregulated and allowed many more imports.

You can find the links to all the Bulgarian annual articles below.

Bulgaria 2005: Skoda Fabia edges out Clio & 307

Bulgaria 2007: Dacia Logan ahead

Bulgaria 2008: Dacia Logan strong leader

Bulgaria 2010/2011: Ford Fiesta best-seller

Bulgaria 2012: Last year at #1 for the Dacia Logan MCV?

Bulgaria 2013: Dacia Dokker surprise leader

Bulgaria 2013: Now onto real sales data… (EXCLUSIVE)

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Bulgaria April 2014: Dacia Dokker reaffirms leadership

May 14th, 2014 3 comments

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Dokker

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New car sales in Bulgaria are up an estimated 18% year-on-year in April to 2,381 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 8,380 units, up 15% or over 1,000 sales on 2013. As a reminder Bulgarian data is always to be taken with a pinch of salt as a large portion of new car sales in the country never make it to local roads but are re-exported elsewhere in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. In this context the Dacia Dokker is impressively back in pole position both this month and year-to-date, a ranking it held over the Full Year 2013, thanks to a huge month of April at 153 sales and 6.4% share, almost double any other model. The Ford Fiesta is back up to #2 and #4 year-to-date, the Renault Captur climbs on the Bulgarian podium for the very first time at #3 and the VW Golf is up 35 spots on March to #9.

Previous month: Bulgaria March 2014: Renault Clio and Nissan Qashqai on top

One year ago: Bulgaria April 2013: Great Wall Voleex C10 and Dacia Dokker shine

Full April 2014 Top 175 models and Top 32 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Bulgaria March 2014: Renault Clio & Nissan Qashqai on top

April 10th, 2014 3 comments

Renault Clio IV Bulgaria March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Clio is the best-selling car in Bulgaria this month.

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New car sales in Bulgaria are up a splendid 25% year-on-year to an estimated 2,354 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 5,999 units, up 15% on 2013. As a reminder Bulgarian data is always to be taken with a pinch of salt as a large portion of new car sales in the country never make it to local roads but are re-exported elsewhere in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. Keeping that in mind, the Renault Group dominates the Bulgarian sales charts this month with Renault up to #1 brand at 14.2% share ahead of Dacia at 10.1% and Volkswagen at 8.5%. Dacia remains #1 year-to-date at 10.6%.

Great-Wall-Steed-Bulgaria-March 2014Great Wall Steed

The Renault Clio climbs into pole position thanks to 113 sales and 4.8% followed by the Nissan Qashqai at 4.2% (and #1 so far in 2014 at 4.6%) and the Dacia Dokker at 4%. Let’s also salute the Renault Captur at #8, the Great Wall Steed up 27 spots on February to #8, the Renault Mégane up 15 to #10, the Renault Fluence up a gargantuan 93 ranks to #11, Dacia Logan MCV up 16 to #16 and the Ford Fiesta, leader last month but down to… #56 in March. Ouch.

Previous month: Bulgaria February 2014: Ford Fiesta #1, Great Wall Haval H6 almost in Top 10

One year ago: Bulgaria March 2013: Kia Sportage now in command

Full March 2014 Top 160 All-models and Top 28 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Bulgaria February 2014: Fiesta #1, Great Wall H6 almost in Top10

March 10th, 2014 No comments

Great Wall Hover H6 Bulgaria September 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.bgThe Great Wall Hover H6 misses the Bulgarian Top 10 for 8 sales this month.

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New car sales in Bulgaria are up 9% year-on-year to an estimated 1,925 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 3,645 units, up 10% on 2013. As a reminder Bulgarian data is always to be taken with a pinch of salt as a large portion of new car sales in the country never make it to local roads but are re-exported elsewhere in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. In this context, brand-wise Dacia reclaims the top spot it held over the Full Year 2013 thanks to 225 sales and 11.7% share but this is not enough to dislodge Volkswagen from #1 year-to-date at 364 units vs. 375. Ford, Toyota, Skoda and Renault follow. #2 in January, the Ford Fiesta becomes the best-seller in Bulgaria this month with 99 sales and 5.1% share.

Ford Fiesta Bulgaria February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Ford Fiesta is the best-seller in Bulgaria this month.

The Nissan Qashqai is kicked down to #2 equal with the Dacia Sandero at 90 units and 4.7% while the Kia Sportage is down 2 spots to #4. Excellent showing of the Dacia Duster up 14 ranks to #5, the Renault Clio IV is back up 35 spots to reclaim a spot in the Top 10 at #8 but the big event in the Bulgarian models ranking this month is the progression of the Great Wall Hover H6, assembled locally, up a mammoth 86 ranks to stop 8 units short off a spot in the Top 10 at #11 with 2% share, instantly becoming the brand’s best-seller here.

Previous month: Bulgaria January 2014: Nissan Qashqai and Ford Fiesta impress

One year ago: Bulgaria February 2013: Toyota Auris triumphs

Full February 2014 Top 162 All-models and Top 29 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Bulgaria January 2014: Nissan Qashqai and Ford Fiesta impress

February 22nd, 2014 2 comments

Nissan Qashqai Bulgaria January 2014. Picturce courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai

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New car sales in Bulgaria are up 10% year-on-year in January to an estimated 1,720 registrations. Brand-wise, Toyota (11.3% share), Volkswagen (9.9%) and Ford (8.4%) steal the show ahead of Dacia (8.1%) and Kia, up 5 spots on its FY2013 ranking to #5 and 7% share. #2 in 2013, the Nissan Qashqai tops the models ranking this month thanks to 83 sales and 4.8% share, ahead of the Kia Sportage at 70 and 4.1%. The Ford Fiesta is up from #12 in 2013 to #3 in January at 3.1% share, ex-aequo with the Renault Captur also very impressive. Other great performers this month include the VW Golf up to #9 vs. #20 in 2013, the Toyota Corolla at #11 vs. #54, Toyota RAV4 at #13 vs. #27, Ford Focus at #17 vs. #34, Skoda Rapid at #20 vs. #38 and the Citroen C-Elysée at #24 vs. #91.

Previous post: Bulgaria Full Year 2014: Now onto real sales data… (EXCLUSIVE)

Full Year 2013: Bulgaria Full Year 2013: Dacia Dokker surprise leader

One year ago: Bulgaria January 2013: Volkswagen and Peugeot dominate weak month

Full January 2014 Top 30 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Bulgaria Full Year 2013: Now onto real sales data… (EXCLUSIVE)

February 14th, 2014 2 comments

Nissan Qashqai Bulgaria 2013Over 60% of all Nissans ‘sold’ in Bulgaria this year are re-exported outside the of the country.

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If you are a regular BSCB reader, you will know that I have been advising to take Bulgarian monthly and annual sales data with a pinch of salt, as a lot of new registrations actually never step on Bulgarian roads but are re-exported to other European countries, this because Bulgaria is the country in the European Union where cars are the cheapest and there are no customs between European Union countries anymore. Thanks to the hard work of Kaloyan, external automotive sector observer for Bulgarian weekly ‘Tema’ and who has been supplying BSCB with official Bulgarian data for over a year now, I can share with you exclusively the real sales figures for all carmakers in Bulgaria over the Full Year 2013.

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia remains the most popular carmaker in Bulgaria…

In the table below you will find a few columns. The original data is the data I published in my last Bulgarian update and in every monthly article for this country. Compared to that, we now have both ‘official registrations’ and ‘real’ registrations. Real registrations are obtained by comparing official registrations and the number of vehicles that were still unregistered at the end of the year, based on Bulgarian traffic police registration information. In other words, the unregistered vehicles are the ones re-exported. Bit of a complicated way, but this brings us real sales figures for Bulgaria, with a market now standing at 20,698 registrations. The good news is the Top 6 best-sellers remain unchanged, albeit with varying variations. Dacia is still #1 ahead of Volkswagen, both with real sales 16% inferior to official ones. They are followed by Toyota (-9%), Peugeot (-5%), Skoda (-18%) and Renault (-26%).

BMW 3 Series Bulgaria 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deOne in every 3 BMW registered in Bulgaria in 2013 will never see Bulgarian roads…

The biggest ‘re-export’ culprits are found below: 31% of BMW registered in Bulgaria are re-exported, a rate that climbs to an incredible 62% for Nissan. Hyundai and Mercedes figures were estimated in my last updates, it turns out they were both bloated by 25% for Hyundai and 44% for Mercedes… Other interesting movements include Great Wall up 10% vs. original figures to land at #10, Fiat down 22%, Infiniti up 111% on estimates, Lada up 49% and Subaru up… 780%!

Previous post: Bulgaria Full Year 2013: Dacia Dokker surprise leader

Full Year 2013 Top 33 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Bulgaria Full Year 2013: Dacia Dokker surprise leader

January 11th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria 2013. Picture courtesy of autonews.frThe Dacia Dokker is the most popular vehicle in Bulgaria this year.

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The Bulgarian new car market is remarkably stable this year, going from 24,778 registrations in 2012 to 24,771 in 2013. Firstly a bit of warning on Bulgaria data: an estimated 30% of overall sales get re-exported to various countries in the European Union, therefore the rankings displayed here are not exactly a reflection of the Bulgarian customer’s taste. In the brands ranking, Dacia flamboyantly takes the lead in-extremis (it wasn’t #1 until December!), up 27% on 2012 to 2,503 sales and 10.1% share, passing Volkswagen (9.6%) and Toyota (8.6%) with Peugeot (+25%) and Skoda (-2%) rounding up the Top 25. For its second year as a local producer, Great Wall is struggling: down 54% and 9 spots to #15 with 672 sales and 2.7% share.

Nissan Qashqai Bulgaria 2013Can the 2014 model push the Nissan Qashqai to pole position next year?

If in 2012 the Dacia Logan MCV topped the models ranking, this year another Dacia gets this honour: the Dokker is the most popular vehicle in the country in 2013 with 938 sales and 3.8% vs. just one unit sold last year…  The Nissan Qashqai also has a fantastic year, multiplying its sales by 4 year-on-year and up 28 spots to land in 2nd position with 890 units and 3.6%. The Kia Sportage, up 18% on last year, is up one rank to round up the podium with 709 sales and 2.9% while the Dacia Sandero is up a splendid 64% and 13 spots to #4 at 598 units and 2.4%. The Renault Clio IV is the best-selling all-new entrant, landing directly in 6th place with 511 sales and 2.1%, followed by the Renault Captur at #22 but peaking at #4 in December, the Skoda Rapid at #38 and the Fiat 500L at #82. Notice also the Toyota Auris up 52% to #7, the Great Wall Voleex C10 down 18% to #10, Kia Rio up 140% to #18 and the Peugeot 301 up 848% to #26.

Previous month: Bulgaria November 2013: Nissan Qashqai and Great Wall Voleex C10 shine

One year ago: Bulgaria Full Year 2012: Last year at #1 for the Dacia Logan MCV?

December and Full Year 2013 Top 250 All-models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Bulgaria November 2013: Qashqai & Great Wall Voleex C10 shine

December 23rd, 2013 1 comment

Great Wall Voleex C10 Bulgaria November 2013Great Wall Voleex C10

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The Bulgarian new car market is stable in November, down just 1% to an estimated 2,178 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 22,079 units, also down 1% on 2012. The Nissan Qashqai is the most popular model in the country for the second month running thanks to 125 sales and 5.7%, and is catching up on the Dacia Dokker, #2 this month at 84 units and 3.4%, in the year-to-date ranking with 748 sales vs. 763. Both the Skoda Octavia and Great Wall Voleex C10 climb onto the podium at 62 units and 2.8% each.

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria November 2013Will the Dacia Dokker keep the Bulgarian pole position until year-end?

Dacia is the best-selling brand in the country for the 2nd month in a row with 224 sales and 10.3% vs. 213 and 9.8% for Volkswagen, and places two additional models inside the Top 7: the Sandero ranks #6 at 48 units and 2.2% and the Duster is up 5 spots on October to #7 with 47 sales. Other great performers this month include the Citroen Berlingo up 14 to #8, the Skoda Fabia up 26 to #10, Peugeot 308 up 14 to #12, Skoda Superb up 44 to #18 and the Renault Captur back up 51 ranks to #19 with 27 sales and 1.2% share.

Previous month: Bulgaria October 2013: Nissan Qashqai #1, Dacia Dokker leads year-to-date

One year ago:  Bulgaria November 2012: Last hurrah for the Dacia Logan MCV?

Full November 2013 Top 167 All-models and Top 29 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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