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Bulgaria October 2013: Nissan Qashqai #1, Dokker leads YTD

November 18th, 2013 1 comment

Nissan Qashqai Bulgaria October 2013Nissan Qashqai

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Bulgarian new car sales are up 2% to an estimated 2,119 registrations in October, bringing the year-to-date total to 19,901 sales, one unit below the total one year ago! Remember Bulgarian new car sales do not reflect the ‘real’ situation in the country as a large portion (rumoured to be as much as 30%) is re-exported to other European countries because Bulgaria is the place in the European Union where new car prices are the lowest. Dacia dominates the brands ranking this month thanks to 242 sales and 11.4%, ahead of Volkswagen at 223 and 10.5% and Toyota at 193 and 9.1%, with Volkswagen leading the year-to-date charts at 9.8% vs. 9.3% for Toyota and 9.2% for Dacia. Model-wise, we have another very volatile ranking with the Nissan Qashqai taking the lead this month with 120 sales and 5.7%, enabling it to pass the Kia Sportage year-to-date to also rank #2 at 3.1% share.

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Dokker is still #1 so far in Bulgaria in 2013.

The Dacia Dokker is back up 5 spots on September to #2 at 99 units and 4.7% and remains #1 so far in 2013 with 679 sales and 3.4%. The Dacia Sandero also shines, up 23 ranks on last month to #3 at 70 units and 3.3%, followed by the Skoda Octavia up 4 to 66 sales and 3.1%. Other great performers this month in Bulgaria include the Toyota Aygo up 23 spots to #10, Skoda Citigo up 40 to #14 and Dacia Logan sedan up 40 to #20. As for local manufacturer Great Wall, it places the Voleex C10 at #18 (+9), the Steed at #38 (+52) and the Hover H5 at 101 (+19).

Previous month: Bulgaria September 2013: Renault Clio IV and Captur on podium

One year ago: Bulgaria October 2012: Great Wall up to #2, places Voleex C10 & Steed on podium!

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Bulgaria September 2013: Renault Clio IV and Captur on podium

October 10th, 2013 8 comments

Renault Captur Bulgaria September 2013. Picture courtesy of La Revue AutomobileThe Renault Captur jumps onto the Bulgarian podium this month.

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An estimated 1,999 new light vehicles found a buyer in Bulgaria in September, that’s a nice 7% year-on-year increase. The year-to-date total now stands at 17,782 units, down a minuscule 0.2% on 2012. Remember Bulgarian new car sales do not reflect the ‘real’ situation in the country as a large portion (rumoured to be as much as 30%) is re-exported to other European countries. As always very volatile, the models ranking is dominated this month and for the first time ever by the Renault Clio IV thanks to 116 sales and 5.8%, lifting it up to #5 year-to-date, while its SUV brother the Captur is up a massive 35 spots on August to reach an outstanding 3rd place ex-aequo with the Kia Sportage at 58 units and 2.9%, its highest ranking so far in the world equal with France. As a result Renault is by far the #1 brand in the country this month with just under 15% share.

Great Wall Hover H6 Bulgaria September 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.bgThe Great Wall Hover H6 makes its first European appearance in Bulgaria

Solely thanks to a huge month of August (15% share!) and even though it is down to #7 this month, the Dacia Dokker remains the most popular vehicle in the country so far in 2013 with 580 sales and 3.3% ahead of the Kia Sportage at 540 units and 3% and the Nissan Qashqai, #2 again this month, with 503 sales and 2.8%. Notice also the Toyota Corolla up 50 spots to #15 thanks to the new generation making its way into dealerships, the Chevrolet Trax up 55 to #59, Peugeot 2008 up 62 to #70 and the arrival in the ranking of a 6th Great Wall model: the Hover H6 at #88 with 5 units sold this month.

Previous month: Bulgaria August 2013: Dacia Dokker shoots up to 15% share!

One year ago: Bulgaria September 2012: Dacia leads, Great Wall up to #6

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Bulgaria August 2013: Dacia Dokker shoots up to 15% share!

September 14th, 2013 No comments

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria August 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Dokker

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The Bulgarian new car market is estimated to be up a shiny 9% year-on-year in August to 2,096 registrations, reducing the year-to-date decline to -1% at 15,783 units. After the Dacia Logan topped the sales charts over the Full Year 2012 but has since disappeared from the ranking while we wait for the new generation of the model to hit Bulgaria, the models ranking was left in a bit of limbo, with the Kia Sportage, Toyota Auris, Yaris and Nissan Qashqai successively snatching the pole position. This period may be over. In August the Dacia Dokker shoots up to an unbelievable 14.6% market share thanks to 306 sales in the country, leading it directly to #1 year-to-date at 532 units and 3.4%… This is by very far the Dokker’s best performance anywhere in the world since the model launched last year.

Great Wall Voleex C10 Bulgaria August 2013Great Wall Voleex C10

One-off or the start of a long-term reign? The next few months will tell, but two things need to be noted: firstly the Dokker won’t be able to maintain itself at these stratospheric levels, so a return to around 5% share as early as next month should be in the cards. Second, the Dokker, relatively close to the Logan MCV in terms of potential usage, could also just be a ‘stand in’ while Bulgarian consumers wait for the new gen Logan MCV to arrive. In the rest of the ranking, the Nissan Qashqai is up to #2 with 101 sales and 4.8% and now ranks #3 year-to-date vs. #30 in 2012, the Great Wall Voleex C10 is back to its shiny self at #3 with 95 units and 4.5%, the Toyota RAV4 is up 16 ranks to #8, Skoda Rapid up 19 to #12 and the Peugeot 301 up one to #13.

Previous month: Bulgaria July 2013: Toyota Auris and Kia Sportage on top

One year ago:  Bulgaria 8 months 2012: Discover the Top 224 All-models ranking!

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Bulgaria July 2013: Toyota Auris and Kia Sportage on top

August 10th, 2013 5 comments

Toyota Auris Bulgaria July 2013Toyota Auris

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An estimated 2,016 new vehicles found a buyer in Bulgaria in July, a 3% decline on July 2013 that brings the year-to-date total to 13,687 units, also down 3% on 2012. This month and for the second time so far in 2013 after February, the Toyota Auris is the most popular model in the country thanks to 60 sales and 3% share, however it is only 2 units above the 2013 year-to-date leader, the Kia Sportage at 58 sales and 2.9%, adding up to 419 units and 3.1% so far this year. The Dacia Sandero is down one spot on June to #3 while the Nissan Qashqai, leader last month, is down to a still very satisfying 4th position.

Seat Ibiza Bulgaria July 2013. Picture courtesy of Auto Motor und SportThe Seat Ibiza ranks 5th in Bulgaria in July.

Other great performers in Bulgaria this month include the Seat Ibiza up a huge 68 ranks on last month to #5, the Kia Cee’d is up 6 to #6, the Dacia Dokker down 2 to #8 but now inside the year-to-date Top 10 at #10, the Dacia Duster up 18 to #9 (that’s 3 Dacias in the Top 10 like Kia), the Ford Focus up 26 to #12, Peugeot 301 up 32 to #14, Honda CR-V up 45 to #17, Chevrolet Trax up 102 to #57 and the Peugeot 2008 up 48 to #82. Local manufacturer Great Wall is struggling a little, ranking #17 brand at 2.1% share vs. #6 over the Full Year 2012. Its best performer is the Voleex C10 at #13 and 1.5% share and a 5th model is added to the range this month: the Voleex C20R ranking #175 with one unit sold.

Previous month: Bulgaria June 2013: Nissan Qashqai and Dacia Sandero dominate

One year ago: Bulgaria July 2012: Ford leads, Great Wall soon in Top 5?

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Bulgaria June 2013: Nissan Qashqai and Dacia Sandero dominate

July 10th, 2013 3 comments

Nissan Qashqai Bulgaria June 2013Nissan Qashqai

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June new car sales in Bulgaria are estimated at 2,424 units, bringing the year-to0-date total to 11,671 units, down just 3% on 2012 with is a fine performance in the depressed European context of date. Note however than an estimated 25% of sales get re-exported in the region. We are now used to a very volatile Bulgarian monthly models ranking and as such, June gives us its lot of surprises. The Nissan Qashqai is up 7 spots on May to become the most popular vehicle this month thanks to 108 sales and 4.5% share, ahead of the Dacia Sandero up one rank to #2 at 81 units and 3.3% while the Kia Sportage is back up 4 spots to round up the podium with 72 sales and 3%. The Sportage brilliantly remains in pole position year-to-date at 361 units and 3.1%.

Great Wall Voleex C30 Bulgaria June 2013The Voleex C30 is the 4th Great Wall model to go on sale in Bulgaria.

The VW Polo is up 38 ranks to #4, the Dacia Dokker down 4 to a still very impressive #6, the Kia Rio up one to #11 vs. #21 year-to-date, the Kia Cee’d up 5 to #12, the Renault Megane up 67 to #13, Mazda6 up 52 to #15 and the Peugeot 107 is up 133 to #18. Notice also the Renault Captur up 64 ranks to break into the Bulgarian Top 30 for the first time at #29. After starting with a bang last year when they inaugurated locally the first Chinese assembly plant in Europe, Great Wall’s sales bubble seems to have burst already: it is #16 in the brands ranking with its best-seller the Voleex C10 at a paltry #18 year-to-date. A 4th model was launched this month though: the Voleex C30, landing at #159.

Previous month: Bulgaria June 2013: Dacia Dokker and Sandero on podium

One year ago: Bulgaria 6 months 2012: Great Wall up to #10

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Bulgaria May 2013: Dacia Dokker and Sandero on podium

June 19th, 2013 1 comment

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria May 2013Dacia Dokker

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The Bulgarian new car market totals 2,032 registrations in May, adding up to 9,247 units so far in 2013. This month Toyota is the most popular brand in the country thanks to 223 sales and 11% but remains #2 year-to-date at 9.5% below Volkswagen, #3 this month at 8%, totalling 974 units year-to-date for a 10.5% market share. Dacia is the winner of the month, up 3 spots to 2nd place with 209 sales and 10.3% and this is reflected in the models ranking, as usual very volatile in Bulgaria. The Toyota Yaris has the honours of snapping up the sales charts’ pole position thanks to 69 sales and 3.4%, while Dacia places two models inside the Bulgarian podium…

Dacia Sandero 2013Dacia Sandero

The Dacia Dokker improves on an already world-best month of April to land in 2nd place at 61 units and 3% share, followed by the Dacia Sandero with 57 sales and 2.8%. Note the Dokker ranked 5th with 2.7% share this month at home in Romania, once again making Bulgaria its best country in the world. Dacia also sees the Logan sedan jump up 31 spots on April to #11 and the Lodgy up 57 ranks to #27 while the Logan MCV, #1 in 2012, is back up 50 ranks to a still very shy #41 as we wait for the new generation of the model to hit local dealerships.

Peugeot 301 2013Peugeot 301

Another outstanding performer in Bulgaria this month is the Peugeot 301, up 9 spots to #4 with 51 sales and 2.5%, making Bulgaria the model’s 2nd best performing country in the world below Algeria where it ranked #2 this month. Other great performers include the Chevrolet Aveo up 9 ranks to #6, the Toyota Avensis up 10 to #10 and BMW 5 Series at #14. Update on the locally-produced Great Wall models: the Voleex C10 is down 19 ranks on last month to #21, the Steed is down 10 to #47 and the Hover is up 51 to #93. Overall, Great Wall is #17 brand this month vs. #14 year-to-date and #6 in 2012…

Previous month: Bulgaria April 2013: Great Wall Voleex C10 and Dacia Dokker shine

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

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Bulgaria April 2013: Great Wall Voleex C10 & Dacia Dokker shine

May 16th, 2013 2 comments

Great Wall Voleex C10 BulgariaGreat Wall Voleex C10

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An estimated 2,024 new vehicles changed hands in April in Bulgaria, adding up to 7,315 after 4 months. The Kia Sportage is in pole position for the second month running thanks to 74 sales and 3.7% share, but the rest of the podium is a real surprise. The Great Wall Voleex C10 is up 22 spots on March to land in 2nd place at 53 units and 2.6%, beating its previous best ranking of #3 established last October. The Dacia Dokker does better than at home in Romania and any other country on the planet by gaining 37 ranks on last month to reach a world-best #3 with 52 sales and 2.6%.

Dacia Dokker 2013Dacia Dokker

Other great performers include the Renault Clio 4 very robust again at #4, the Nissan Qashqai up 21 spots to #7, the BMW 5 Series managing a Top 10 finish for the 2nd consecutive month at #10, the Skoda Superb up 34 ranks to #11, the Peugeot 301 up 2 to #13, Peugeot 508 up 40 to #23 and the Citroen C4 up 64 to #25. Reversely, the Dacia Logan MCV, leader over the Full Year 2012, is down to #90 with the new generation not yet in dealerships while the Renault Captur makes its very first appearance in the Bulgarian ranking at #124.

Previous month: Bulgaria March 2013: Kia Sportage now in command

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

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Bulgaria March 2013: Kia Sportage now in command

April 21st, 2013 17 comments

Kia Sportage 2013Kia Sportage

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An estimated 1,887 new light vehicles changed hands in Bulgaria in March, adding up to 5,202 after 3 months. As in February when the Toyota Auris triumphed, a shaky handover between the 2 generations of Dacia Logan LCV (down to #43 in March) leaves a wide open field for other models to shine. And in March it’s the turn of the Kia Sportage to take command thanks to 69 sales and 3.7% share, also taking the lead in the year-to-date ranking at 169 units and 3.2%. The Peugeot Bipper is up one further spot to #2 with 43 sales and 2.3%, equal with the Skoda Octavia up 5 and the Renault Clio IV is up a fantastic 15 ranks.

Other great performers this month in Bulgaria include the Mazda6 up 36 spots to #8 vs. #47 in 2012, the BMW 5 Series up 3 to #9 vs. #41 in 2012, the Peugeot 301 up 20 to #15 with 29 sales and 1.5%, Renault Master up 34 to #16 and the Peugeot 208 up 12 to #18. After a fantastic first full year in 2012, locally-produced Chinese Great Wall models are taking a breather in this start of 2013: the Great Wall Voleex C10 is up 17 spots to a still shy #17 this month, while the Steed is down 26 to #30 and the Hover down 31 to #38.

Previous month: Bulgaria February 2013: Toyota Auris triumphs

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

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Bulgaria February 2013: Toyota Auris triumphs

March 15th, 2013 No comments

Toyota Auris Bulgaria February 2013Toyota Auris

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An estimated 1,758 new light vehicles found a buyer in Bulgaria in February, bringing the year-to-date total to 3,315 units after 2 months. Traditionally relatively volatile, the Bulgarian models ranking is going nuts this month… As predicted, the Dacia Logan MCV is suffering from a turbulent passing of relay with the new generation, finally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show after indecisions from Renault about its potential deletion from the Dacia range. It is down to #16 this month and leaves a wide open field for other models to shine. The Toyota Auris benefits from the new model and unexpectedly takes the lead both in February with 78 sales and 4.4% share and year-to-date at 107 units and 3.2%. It is followed closely by the Kia Sportage with 53 sales and 3%, adding up to 100 units year-to-date like the Dacia Logan MCV…

Peugeot Bipper Bulgaria February 2013Peugeot Bipper

The Peugeot Bipper is up 6 spots on January to a fantastic third position with 51 sales and 2.9% and is now #6 year-to-date vs. #139 in 2012! Both absent from the ranking in January, the Great Wall Steed is back up to #4 while the Great Wall Hover ranks 7th. Other great performers include the VW Passat up to #5 vs. #15 in 2012, Dacia Sandero up to #6 vs. #17, VW Golf at #10, BMW 5 Series up to #12 vs. #41, Renault Clio IV up 60 ranks to #19 and the Peugeot 301 stable at #35.

Previous month: Bulgaria January 2013: Volkswagen and Peugeot dominate weak month

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

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Bulgaria January 2013: VW and Peugeot dominate weak month

February 27th, 2013 1 comment

Peugeot 301 Bulgaria January 2013Peugeot 301 and Partner

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It’s a shy start of the year for new car sales in Bulgaria with only 1,557 new vehicles estimated to have found a home in January. Volkswagen with 243 sales and 15.6% and Peugeot at 156 units and 10% are the winners this month while Great Wall, #2 in December, falls to #20 with only 16 sales as the Great Wall Steed, #1 last month, does not sell a single unit this month. This could be due to a break in the local factory production. If you have access to any explanation for this please do comment on this article so we can all know what’s happened!

The Dacia Logan MCV stays on top thanks to 76 units sold and 4.9%, and this month the Peugeot Partner brilliantly jumps into second place (vs. #28 in December) with 67 sales and 4.3% with the VW Caddy rounding up the podium once again at 52 units and 3.3%. The Kia Sportage is back up to its traditional 4th spot, the Opel Astra is up 14 ranks to #5 and the the VW Passat up 39 to #7. Further down, notice the Peugeot Bipper up 145 to #10, Ford Transit up 39 to #11, Peugeot 301 up 24 to #36 and Citroen C-Elysee up 111 to #47.

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

Previous month: Bulgaria December 2012: Great Wall Steed takes the lead!

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