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Greece April 2015: VW Polo and Opel Corsa in the lead

May 20th, 2015 No comments

VW Polo Europe Greece April 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Polo

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The Greek new car market is up a fantastic 43% year-on-year in April to 7.801 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 25.072 units, up 14% on 2014. Volkswagen holds the right end of the stick in the brands ranking with sales outsmarting the market at +56% to 12.2% share above Toyota up just 6% to 10.5% but still #1 year-to-date, Opel up 35% to 9.3%, Nissan up 111% to 8.7% share and Peugeot up 269% to 6.3%. Notice also Renault up 74%, Hyundai up 90%, Citroen up 97%, Audi up 113%, Kia up 125% and Jeep up… 20-fold.

Suzuki Celerio Greece April 2015. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Suzuki Celerio breaks into the Greek Top 20 in April.

This month both the VW Polo (445 units) and Opel Corsa (430) outsell the year-to-date market leader the Toyota Yaris (392) with the Peugeot 208 and Nissan Qashqai rounding up the Top 5. The Opel Astra is up 13 spots on March to #11, the Toyota Aygo up 8 to #12, Suzuki Celerio up 11 to #16, VW Passat up 34 to #22, Smart Forfour up 56 to #28, Jeep Renegade up 49 to #35 and the Suzuki Vitara holding its place inside the Top 50 at #46 for its 2nd month of sales in Greece.

Previous month: Greece March 2015: Nissan Micra threatens Toyota Yaris for #1

One year ago: Greece April 2014: Toyota Aygo up to 5th place

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Greece March 2015: Nissan Micra threatens Toyota Yaris for #1

April 23rd, 2015 No comments

Suzuki Vitara Greece March 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Suzuki Vitara lands directly inside the Greek Top 50.

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New car sales in Greece confirm once again they are on the mend: up 11% year-on-year to 6,529 registrations, bringing the 1st Quarter result to 17,271 units, up 4% on 2014. Volkswagen takes the lead of the brands ranking this month thanks to 717 sales, edging past Nissan (716) while perennial leader Toyota (629) is third but keeps the pole position year-to-date. Like the phoenix, Peugeot is reborn from its ashes with sales up 6-fold on a year ago to 5th place and 6% market share. Notice also Hyundai up 149%, Citroen up 38%, Audi up 84% and Renault up 53%. The Toyota Yaris remains the most popular nameplate thanks to 361 sales this month, however the Nissan Micra is fast approaching at 340 units, with the VW Polo rounding up the podium at 317. In fact, the entire Top 6 is composed of superminis in March: the Opel Corsa is #4, the Hyundai i20 #5 and the Peugeot 208 #6. Notice also the Audi A3 up 16 spots on February to #12, the VW Up up 32 to #17 and the Suzuki Celerio up 109 to a best-ever #26. Finally, the Suzuki Vitara lands directly at #42 with 42 deliveries for its first month in the Greek market.

Previous month: Greece February 2015: Toyota Yaris leads, Nissan Micra shines

One year ago: Greece March 2014: Nissan holds 17% share in market up 31%

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Greece February 2015: Toyota Yaris leads, Nissan Micra shines

March 18th, 2015 No comments

Nissan Micra Greece February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Micra

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After an 8% slump in January, new car sales in Greece are back into frankly positive territory in February at +12% year-on-year to 4,894 registrations, making the year-to-date total edge back in the black at +0.1% and 10,742 units. Toyota keeps the lead with 13.3% share while Nissan jumps 5 spots on January to cross the 10% share milestone at 10.9% thanks to 531 sales, Volkswagen remains third, Opel drops two ranks to #4 and Peugeot and Ford are immobile at #5 and #6 respectively. Model-wise, the Toyota Yaris cements its leadership thanks to another strong month at 7.8% share, followed by the Opel Corsa and VW Polo like in January, year-to-date and over the FY2014. The Nissan Micra shoots back up 16 spots on last month to #4, the Peugeot 208 holds itself at markedly higher levels than a year ago at #5 (+652% year-to-date!), the Mercedes GLA is up 25 ranks to #19 and the Fiat 500X already breaks into the Greek Top 50 at #50 for only its 2nd appearance in the ranking.

Previous month: Greece January 2015: Has the market plateau’ed already?

One year ago: Greece February 2014: Suzuki Swift knocks on Top 5’s door

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Greece January 2015: Has the market plateau’ed already?

February 27th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Yaris Greece 2014Toyota holds just under 15% of the Greek market in January.

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New car sales in the country were back in positive for the first time in 7 year in 2014 at a very robust +21% to 71,218 units, still very low compared to the 279,554 registrations clocked in 2007. However, after dropping by 9% in November, the Greek market is down once again in January: -8% to 5,848 sales, making it 2 months in negative in the past 3. Is this already the beginning of the end for Greece? Let’s hope not. The brands ranking shows an ultra-dominant Toyota at just under 15% share above Opel (9.5%), Volkswagen (9%) and Citroen (7.4%) while Peugeot shoots up 12 spots on November to a beautiful 5th place with 434 sales.

Skoda Rapid Greece January 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukSkoda is among the Top 10 most popular brands in Greece in January.

Logically, the Toyota Yaris is the best-selling nameplate in the country this month, and by far, with 494 sales and 8.4% share, ahead of the Opel Corsa (4.5%), VW Polo (4.4%), Peugeot 208 (4%), Ford Fiesta (3.9%) and Citroen C3 (3.6%), making the Top 6 entirely composed of superminis. Strong performers this month include the Suzuki Swift at #10, Ford Focus at #14, Skoda Rapid at #17, Kia Rio at #19, Peugeot 108 at #29 and Nissan Pulsar at #33.

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

One year ago: Greece January 2014: Citroen C4 up to #4 in market up 15%

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Greece Full Year 2014: Toyota Yaris resists Opel Corsa assault

January 17th, 2015 No comments

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After an excruciating 6 consecutive years of decline taking it from 279,554 registrations in 2007 to just 58,694 in 2013, the Greek new car market finally is on the rebound in 2014: up 21% to 71,218 units. The brands podium is unchanged on last year, with Toyota improving its market share slightly to 11.3% followed by Volkswagen (9.7%) and Opel (9.1%). Nissan is up an impressive 72% year-on-year to leapfrog Fiat and Hyundai and land in 4th place, Ford is up 30% to #7, Suzuki and Mercedes both up 51% to #9 and #11 respectively, BMW up 43% to #12, Renault up a gigantic 105% to #13, Audi up 31% to #14, Peugeot up 41% to #16 and Mini up 49% to #19.

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Nissan Qashqai Greece 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.fr2014 Nissan Qashqai sales are double that of 2013 in Greece.

The Toyota Yaris remains the best-selling vehicle in Greece for the 2nd year running and the third time in the past 5 years with sales up 8% to 4,164 units. It resists an aggressive push by the Opel Corsa (leader in 2011 and 2012) up 23% to 4,028 sales and #1 year-to-date up until October. The VW Polo and Hyundai i10, both up 27% year-on-year, complete a Top 4 identical to 2013. The Ford Fiesta is up an impressive 44% to #5, the Nissan Qashqai doubles its sales year-on-year thanks to the new model to gain 7 spots to #6 and the Renault Clio does to same to edge into the Top 10.

ChangAn Benni Greece 2014. Picture courtesy of autotriti.grThe ChangAn Benni is the only Chinese model popping up in the 2014 Greek charts.

Notice also the Volvo V40 up 57% to #14, the Skoda Octavia up 79% to #16, the Nissan Note taking off 69 ranks to #22, the Toyota Corolla up 10-fold to #28 and the Audi Q3 up 19 spots to #34. The Mercedes CLA breaks into the annual Top 50 at #48 and the Mercedes GLA is the best-selling all-new nameplate at #62, followed by the Seat Toledo at #66 (much higher than at home in Spain), the Peugeot 2008 at #87, the Peugeot 108 at #96 and the Citroen C4 Cactus at #100. After the HX Auto Noble in 2013, the ChangAn Benni is the resident Chinese model in the annual Greek rankings with one lonely unit sold in 2014.

Previous month: Greece November 2014: Yaris reclaims #1 YTD spot in market down 9%

One year ago: Greece Full Year 2013: Toyota Yaris reclaims lead from Opel Corsa

Two years ago: Greece Full Year 2012: Citroen C3 takes off in worst market since 1988

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

December 18th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Yaris Greece November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frToyota Yaris 

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Thunderstorm in the Greek new car market in November: for the first time in over a year (since October 2013), deliveries are in negative YOY and not by a tiny amount: down a harsh 9% to 4,983 registrations. Is it the beginning of the end of the Greek recovery? Answer in a few months. The year-to-date total meanwhile is still up by a wide margin at +19% and 64,830 registrations. In the brands ranking, Toyota (15.5%) and Volkswagen (12.2%) continue to lead but with particularly strong scores this month while Peugeot is up 9 spots on October to #4 and 6.7%, Citroen up 4 to #5 and 6.2% and Volvo up 8 to #8 and 4.5%.

Volvo V40 Greece November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Volvo V40 is up to #5 this month in Greece.

Model-wise, thanks to the new model and a very strong 9.5% share in November, the Toyota Yaris is back to the pole position in 2014 YTD, a spot it held in 2013. The VW Polo remains very solid in 2nd place at 6.6%, the Opel Corsa is so-so at #3 but the Citroen C3 (#4), Volvo V40 (#5) and Peugeot 208 (#7) impress, and very much so. Notice also the Toyota Aygo up 21 ranks on October to #13, the Peugeot 308 up 34 to #15, the Hyundai i10 up to #19, the Peugeot 108 (#29) and Mercedes GLA (#36) both smashing their monthly Greek ranking records and breaking into the Greek Top 50 for the first and the Smart Forfour making its re-entry in the ranking directly at #47.

Previous month: Greece October 2014: Toyota Yaris reclaims monthly leadership

One year ago: Greece November 2013: Yaris, Corsa and Golf above 7%

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Greece October 2014: Toyota Yaris reclaims pole position

November 14th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Yaris Greece October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frToyota Yaris

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New car sales in Greece are up a robust 21% year-on-year to 6,003 deliveries, bringing the year-to-date total to 59,847 units, up 22% on 2013. Brand-wise, Volkswagen posts an outstanding month at 13.6% share vs. 9.6% YTD, enabling the brand to jump from #4 to #2 YTD – a position it held over the Full Year 2013. VW places the Polo at #2 and 5.9% share vs. 4% YTD and the Golf at #4 and 4.9% vs. 2.7% YTD. Toyota follows at a very consistent 11%, ahead of Opel, Nissan and Fiat in the same order as the year-to-date ranking. Passed by the Opel Corsa last month, the Toyota Yaris reclaims the models charts leadership thanks to 383 sales and 6.4%, however this is not enough to dislodge the Corsa from its year-to-date pedestal. Notice also the Audi A3 up to #13 vs. #20 YTD, the Peugeot 208 up to #15 vs. #21, the Mini at #22 vs. #40, Opel Mokka at #24 vs. #34 and the Hyundai i10 at #27 vs. #45.

Previous month: Greece September 2014: Opel Corsa now #1 year-to-date

One year ago: Greece October 2013: Toyota Yaris and Volvo V40 up

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

October 14th, 2014 No comments

Opel Corsa Greece September 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deOpel Corsa

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New car sales in Greece are up a very reassuring 33% year-on-year to 5,055 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 53,844 units, up 22% on 2013. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country with 11.1% market share ahead of Opel (10.2%), Volkswagen (9.2%) and Nissan (6.4%), bringing the last 3 brands extremely close year-to-date (4.932 sales – 4.916 and 4.937 respectively). Big event in the models ranking: boosted by rebates on the outgoing generation, the Opel Corsa takes the lead both in September (358 sales and 7.1% share) and year-to-date (3.051 and 5.7%), overtaking the Toyota Yaris, down to #3 this month. The Nissan Qashqai also shines in 2nd place with 201 units and 4% share, as do the Renault Clio at #6, the VW Golf at #7, Toyota Corolla at #12, Mini at #15 and the Seat Ibiza at #18.

Previous month: Greece August 2014: Toyota Yaris reclaims lead

One year ago: Greece September 2013: Opel Corsa #1, Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class shine

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Greece August 2014: Toyota Yaris reclaims lead

September 19th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Yaris Greece August 2014Toyota Yaris

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New car sales in Greece continue their recovery: up 9.5% year-on-year in August to 3,693 registrations, still by far the weakest month of the year. The Greek market is up 21% on 2013 so far this year to 48,789 units. After two months dominated by the Hyundai i20, the Toyota Yaris reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to 223 sales and 6% share. Surprisingly for a slow month, the models ranking is very stable and faithful to the year-to-date order with the Opel Corsa at #2, the Hyundai i20 at #3, VW Polo at #4, Ford Fiesta at #5 and Nissan Qashqai at #6. Other great performers this month in Greece include the Citroen C3 up to #7, the Suzuki Swift up to #9, Volvo V40 (#13), Hyundai i30 (#14), Toyota Aygo (#15), Kia Rio (#19), Hyundai i10 (#22), Mini (#25) and VW Passat (#30).

Previous month: Greece July 2014: Hyundai i20 holds onto pole position

One year ago: Greece August 2013: Toyota Yaris back #1 in market down anew

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Greece July 2014: Hyundai i20 holds onto pole position

August 14th, 2014 5 comments

Hyundai i20 Greece July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frHyundai i20

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Greek new car sales keep on recovering in July, up a brilliant 18% year-on-year to 7,627 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 45,096 units, up an equally impressive 22% on 2013. In the brands ranking, Volkswagen makes up for a weak month of June (#6) by taking the lead in July with 768 sales, earning it just above 10% of the market and overtaking Nissan (9.6%), Toyota (9.1%), Opel (8.9%), Hyundai (8.7%) and Fiat (6.5%).

Volvo V40 Greece July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo V40

Model-wise, the Hyundai i20 manages to hold onto the pole position for the 2nd month running, something this nameplate had never achieved before in Greece. It is now #3 year-to-date below traditional leaders the Toyota Yaris (down to #3 in July) and Opel Corsa. The VW Polo completes a Top Four 100% supermini at 4.8% share while the Nissan Qashqai resists in 5th place thanks to the new model. Notice also the Suzuki Swift back up 11 spots on June to #10, the VW Up up 15 to #11, Volvo V40 up 7 to an excellent 13th place vs. #19 year-to-date, the Seat Toledo lodging an exceptional month at #21 with 121 sales or 78% of its 2014 sales so far, the Mini up 24 ranks to #26 and the Hyundai i10 up 27 to #31.

Previous month: Greece June 2014: Hyundai i20 takes the lead in market up 41%

One year ago: Greece July 2013: Opel Corsa and Hyundai i20 on top

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