Greece March 2016: Nissan triumphs with the Micra

Nissan Micra Greece March 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Micra

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The first quarter of 2016 isn’t one to remember for Greek new car sales: March volumes down 3% to 6.316 units pull the 2016 total sales down 11% so far at 15.326 registrations. Nissan becomes the most popular carmaker in the country year-to-date thanks to an exceptionally strong March score at 1.245 sales and 19.7% share, up 74% on March 2015 partly due to the Micra shooting up to pole position with sales more than doubling year-on-year at 737 and 11.7% share. The Micra now ranks #2 year-to-date with 887 units (+41%) vs. 964 (-22%) for the perennial leader, the Toyota Yaris. Volkswagen (-11%), Toyota (-15%), Opel (+7%) and Peugeot (+3%) follow in the brands ranking while Fiat (+60%), BMW (+43%) and Mercedes (+37%) shine. Model-wise, other great performers include the Nissan Qashqai up 39% to #4, the Suzuki Celerio up 252% to #7, the Fiat 500 up 132% to #9 and the BMW X1 up 198% to #13.

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Greece January-February 2016: BMW X1 in Top 10, market down 16%

BMW X1 Greece February 2016The new generation BMW X1 has convinced the Greek. 

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Very unstable start of 2016 for new car sales in Greece: down 2.5% in January to 5.700 registrations then crumbling down 32% in February to just 3.310 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 16% to 9.010 sales. Toyota (-18%) and Opel (-16%) lead the brands ranking so far and roughly follow the market whereas Peugeot frankly outpaces it at +3% in third place and Volkswagen underperforms at -27% to 7.7% share.  BMW (+53%), Fiat (+26%), Volvo (+8%), Mini (+13%) and Smart (+414%) are the only other manufacturers gaining ground in the Top 20. The Toyota Yaris remains the most popular nameplate in Greece but it falls faster than the market at -25%, followed by the Opel Corsa (-13%) and Peugeot 208 (-37%). The Fiat Panda (+27%) goes against the grain at #7 and #4 in February as does the BMW X1 up 229% to #21 and breaking into the February Top 10. The Suzuki Vitara posts a brilliant 5th place in January but falls to #54 in February.

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Greece Full Year 2015: Yaris, Corsa & Polo lead unstable market

Toyota Yaris Greece 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Toyota Yaris is the best-selling nameplate in Greece in 2015.

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On paper the Greek new car market shows an honest 6% year-on-year improvement to 75.805 registrations, the second consecutive year of growth after an excruciating 6 straight years of decline took it from 279,554 registrations in 2007 to just 58,694 in 2013. The reality is not as smooth sailing however. This year new car sales in Greece alternated months of extravagant growth with deep declines, reflecting the “Grexit” uncertainty that hung around for a significant part of the year. If April was up 43% and May up 22%, July was down 29% and October down 18%…

Peugeot 208 Greece 2015The Peugeot 208 helps the French manufacturer surge up 147% in Greece this year. 

Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country thanks to sales up 11% to 8.866 for a 11.7% share, distancing Volkswagen (-2%) at 8.9% and Nissan up one spot and 10% to 8.6% share. Opel tumbles down 7% to 8% but Peugeot is up a spectacular 147% and 11 ranks to return to the success it had a few years back in 5th place. Notice also Suzuki up 21% and 3 ranks to #6, Mercedes up 28% to #9 (and #1 in September!), BMW up 19% to #12, Mini up 24%, Smart up 200% and Jeep up 1234%.

Mercedes A Class Greece 2015Mercedes was the best-selling car brand in Greece in September.

Model-wise, the Toyota Yaris wins the annual race for the 3rd consecutive year and the fourth time in the past 6 years with sales up a very impressive 20% to 5.017, vastly increasing the gap with the #2, the Opel Corsa, leader in 2011 and 2012 but down 13% to 3,492 this year despite a new generation. Like in 2014, the VW Polo (6%) rounds up the podium and is followed this time by the Peugeot 208 (+124%) and Nissan Qashqai (+22%).

SH Auto CEO Greece 2015. Picture courtesy autotriti.grSH Auto CEO

The Toyota Aygo takes advantage of the new generation to gain 38% at #14, the Mercedes A-Class is up 35% to #18, the Ford Focus up 63% to #20 and the Hyundai i10 up 137% to #22. Launched in December 2014, the Suzuki Celerio leaps to #23, while the Suzuki Vitara is the best-selling all-new model for 2015 at #31. After the HX Auto Noble in 2013 and the ChangAn Benni in 2014, the resident Chinese model in the annual Greek rankings with one lonely unit sold in 2015 is the SH Auto CEO.

Previous month: Greece November 2015: Toyota Yaris shoots up to 9.5% share

Previous year: Greece Full Year 2014: Toyota Yaris resists Opel Corsa assault

Two years ago: Greece Full Year 2013: Toyota Yaris reclaims lead from Opel Corsa

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Greece November 2015: Toyota Yaris shoots up to 9.5% share

Toyota Yaris Greece November 2015. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.frToyota Yaris

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The Greek new car market continues on its rollercoaster ride: after dropping 18% in October, it is back up 18% in November to 5.859 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 6% to 68.989 units. Toyota posts a mammoth month at 16.8% share thanks to 982 sales, distancing Opel (+35%), Volkswagen (-22%) and Nissan (+39%). Suzuki is up 106%, BMW up 127%, Mini up 81% and Jeep up 763%. Model-wise, the Toyota Yaris shoots up to 9.5% share, cementing its year-to-date lead at 6.2% (+13%) vs. 4.6% (-13%) for the Opel Corsa. The Toyota Auris is up 60% to #4, the VW Polo down 38% to #5, the Opel Astra up 60% to #8 and the Peugeot 308 up 64% to #9. Finally the Suzuki Vitara is up four spots on October to #16.

Previous month: Greece October 2015: Volkswagen crashes down 60%

One year ago: Greece November 2014: Yaris reclaims #1 YTD spot in market down 9%

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Greece October 2015: Volkswagen crashes down 60%

VW Golf Greece October 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auVolkswagen sales are down 60% year-on-year in Greece in October. Picture caradvice.com.au

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It’s a very unstable year for the Greek new car market: back to harsh decline in October at -16% to just 4.946 registrations, yet the year-to-date total remains in positive at +5.5% to 63.130 units. Despite sales down 20% year-on-year, Toyota reclaims the brands pole position it holds year-to-date at 10.7% share above Opel (-18%) and Mercedes once again posting a fantastic result with volumes up 94% on October 2014 to 7.3% share. Nissan (-4%) and Fiat (-11%) round up the Top 5 but the big news in Greece this month is the freefalling of Volkswagen, down 60% to just 325 sales and 6.6% share.

A combination of a high comparison volume in October 2014, the after-effects of overselling in the past couple of months and, it’s impossible to ignore it, the emissions cheating scandal it is currently embroiled in. Whether it wouldn’t be reasonable to attribute the entire decline to dieselgate, this 60% drop is the largest Volkswagen has experienced post-scandal anywhere in the world. Model-wise, the Toyota Yaris (-30%) and Opel Corsa (-31%) are back in command despite significant year-on-year drops, the Nissan Qashqai is up 18% to #3, the VW Golf falls 44% in 5th place, the Mercedes GLA is up 7-fold to #10 and the Ford Focus up 5-fold to #11.

Previous month: Greece September 2015: Mercedes best-selling carmaker

One year ago: Greece October 2014: Toyota Yaris reclaims monthly leadership

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Greece September 2015: Mercedes best-selling carmaker

Mercedes A Class Greece September 2015Surprise: the Mercedes A-Class is the best-selling vehicle in Greece in September. 

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The Grexit crisis is all just a bad memory by now: Greek new car sales are in positive again in September at +1% to 5.125 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 8% to 58.184 units. Surprise atop the brands ranking: Mercedes flamboyantly takes the lead thanks to sales up almost 3-fold on September 2014 to 544 units for a gigantic 10.6% market share. Volkswagen is back up 3 spots to #2 (9.8%), followed by Toyota (-19%), Opel (-22%) and Nissan (+22%). Notice also Peugeot (+74%), BMW (+23%), Suzuki (+38%) and Audi (+20%) lodging impressive year-on-year gains. The models ranking reflects this surprising development, with the Mercedes A-Class outselling all other nameplates in Greece this month with a gargantuan 279 sales and 5.4% share, up 5-fold on a year ago and distancing traditional leaders the Opel Corsa (-27%) and Toyota Yaris (+27%).

Previous month: Greece August 2015: BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A Class shoot up

One year ago: Greece September 2014: Opel Corsa now #1 year-to-date

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Greece August 2015: BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class shoot up

BMW 1 Series Greece August 2015The BMW 1 Series is the 4th best-selling model in Greece in August…

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After dipping by 29% in July, new car sales in Greece are back up 21% year-on-year in August to 4.470 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 53.059 units, up 9% on 2014. Brand-wise, Toyota outpaces the market with sales up 38% to 13.2% share above Renault (+230%), Opel (-1%), Mercedes (+80%) and Volkswagen (-17%), BMW (+136%), Peugeot (+164%) and Volvo (+40%) take off. Model-wise, the German mass sellers (Opel Corsa and VW Polo) continue to suffer, leaving a highway for the Toyota Yaris to finish the year at #1 again, with August sales up 80% to 9% share.

Mercedes A Class Greece August 2015. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.au…while the Mercedes A-Class is up to #6.

The bailout crisis, after penalising the market last month, seems to have triggered a mini-rush towards German premium models in August, potentially in fear of future inflation: the BMW 1 Series is up 5-fold on August 2014 to a fantastic 4th place with 3.6% share, the Mercedes A-Class is up 353% to #6 and 3.3% share, the Mercedes GLA up 195% to #23,the BMW 2 Series up 21 ranks on July to #38 and, although not premium but compact which is a larger than usual format in Greece, the Ford Focus is up 243% to #8. Notice also the Renault Clio up 226% to #2, the Peugeot 208 up 180% to #10, the Renault Captur up 265% to #21 and the Jeep Renegade up 7 spots on July to #30.

Previous month: Greece July 2015: Bailout crisis triggers return to recession at -29%

One year ago: Greece August 2014: Toyota Yaris reclaims lead

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Greece July 2015: Bailout crisis triggers return to recession at -29%

Toyota Yaris Greece July 2015The Toyota Yaris is back in command of the Greek market.

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Amidst the bailout crisis and banknote panic, the Greek new car market plunges back into recession in July at -29% year-on-year to 5.447 registrations, pulling the year-to-date gains down to just +7% at 48.589 sales. Toyota (-8%) and Peugeot (+183%) both leap 3 spots on their June brands ranking to finish July at #1 and #2 respectively, while June leader Nissan tumbles down 31% to third place, just above Suzuki up 33% to #4. Following a nationalistic buying pattern, sales of mass market German manufacturers (and those perceived as such) implode: Volkswagen (-51%), Opel (-54%), Ford (-61%), Skoda (-47%) and Seat (-57%) are hit full frontal. But it doesn’t stop there: Kia (-56%), Fiat (-62%) and Hyundai (-71%) also suffer. On the opposite, the German premium brands are for the most part unscathed, with Mercedes (+1%) and Audi (+4%) even lodging year-on-year gains while BMW is down less than the market at -22%, resulting in an improved market share year-on-year.

Suzuki Vitara Greece July 2015The Suzuki Vitara is up to #13 overall in Greece in July.

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Yaris reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date off the VW Polo despite sales down 7% year-on-year to 369. It is followed by the Peugeot 208 (+123%) and Suzuki SX4 (+347%) while the Nissan Qashqai (-47%) and Renault Clio (-11%) gain spots on June but lose ground year-on-year. Atop the ranking, the Nissan Note (+48%), Peugeot 308 (+314%) and Toyota Aygo (+170%) also go against the grain while the all-new Suzuki Vitara is up 17 ranks to a fantastic 13th place. Affordable German nameplates are the victims of the month: the Opel Corsa (-57%), VW Polo (-54%), VW Golf (-48%), Opel Astra (-47%) and Ford Fiesta (-76%) fall flat.

Previous month: Greece June 2015: Suzuki Celerio breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Greece July 2014: Hyundai i20 holds onto pole position

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Greece June 2015: Suzuki Celerio breaks into Top 10

Suzuki Celerio Greece June 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukSuzuki Celerio

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In the face of bailout uncertainty, the Greek new car market slows its growth in June but stays largely in positive at 8.999 registrations and +13% on June 2014 which was itself up 41% on June 2013. The year-to-date total halfway through 2015 stands at 43.142 deliveries, up 15% on the same period in 2014. Nissan triumphs once again in the brands ranking with 978 sales and 10.9% share and now ranks #2 year-to-date below just Toyota at 9.7% vs. 10.6%. Volkswagen is up 49% to 2nd place, Opel down 3% to #3, Toyota down 19% to #4 and Peugeot up 124% to #5. Suzuki leaps up 47% to 6th overall, placing the Celerio inside the Greek monthly Top 10 for the first time at #6 and the Vitara at #30, Seat is up 32% year-on-year and 10 spots on May to #9, positioning the Ibiza at #9 (#25 year-to-date), the Leon at #26 (#48) and the Mii at #31 (#56).

VW Polo Greece June 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Polo is the best-selling model in Greece in June.

Citroen and BMW are both up 68%, Mini is up 55%, Smart up 650% and Jeep up 22-fold! Model-wise, ironically the VW Polo jumps 3 spots on last month to become the best-seller in the country in June with 439 sales and 4.9% share just above the Nissan Micra at 425 units and 4.7% while the Opel Corsa rounds up the podium ahead of the year-to-date leader the Toyota Yaris. In fact, with the Fiat Panda at #5 and the Hyundai i10 at #8, the entire Greek Top 10 in June is composed of minis or superminis. The Nissan Qashqai is the best of the rest at #11. Notice also the Nissan Note up 40 ranks on May to #14 and the Mercedes A-Class up 8 to #16.

Previous month: Greece May 2015: Nissan Qashqai leaps onto podium

One year ago: Greece June 2014: Hyundai i20 takes the lead in market up 41%

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Greece May 2015: Nissan Qashqai leaps onto podium

Nissan Qashqai Greece May 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai

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Greek new car sales are up a robust 22% year-on-year in May to 9.070 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 34.142 units, up 16% on 2014. Like in March, May and June last year, Nissan brilliantly takes the lead of the brands ranking thanks to 968 deliveries and 10.7% share (+12%), above Toyota (+27%) still #1 year-to-date, Peugeot (+148%) and Volkswagen (+9%). Notice also Fiat and Mercedes both up 70%, Citroen up 75%, Kia up 95%, Volvo up 128%, Smart up 11-fold thanks to the Forfour and Jeep up 30-fold thanks to the Renegade. In the models ranking, the Toyota Yaris is back to the pole position it holds year-to-date, followed by the Opel Corsa, Nissan Qashqai and VW Polo, leader last month. The Peugeot 108 is up 13 spots on last month to #8, the Volvo V40 up 7 to #10, the Suzuki Celerio up a further 3 to a best-ever #13 and the Hyundai i10 up 25 to #14.

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