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

July 8th, 2014 1 comment

Hyundai i20 Greece June 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deHyundai i20

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Another very satisfying month for new car sales in Greece, up 41% year-on-year in June to 7,964 units, the highest monthly result since January 2012! The year-to-date total halfway through 2014 now stands at 37,469 units, up 23% on 2013. Brand-wise, Nissan lodges a second consecutive month atop the ranking thanks to 834 sales and 10.5% share just above Toyota (10.2%) with Opel rounding out the podium at 9.3%. Hyundai is up 8 spots on May to #4 and 8% share and places the i20 in pole position of the models ranking at 533 units and 6.7%. The Toyota Yaris is back up one spot to #2 and remains leader year-to-date with 2,135 sales and 5.7% vs. 2,072 and 5.5% for the Opel Corsa down two ranks to #3 this month. Notice also the Nissan Qashqai at #5 vs. #11 year-to-date, the Opel Astra up 19 ranks on May to #7, the Seat Mii at #14 vs. #27 YTD, Skoda Citigo at #16 vs. #30 and the Chevrolet Matiz up 16 to #33 vs. #63.

Previous month: Greece May 2014: Nissan Qashqai misses #1 spot for 14 units

One year ago: Greece June 2013: Seat places Ibiza and Leon inside Top 10

Full June 2014 Top 100 models and Top 33 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Greece May 2014: Nissan Qashqai misses #1 spot for 14 units

June 14th, 2014 1 comment

Nissan Qashqai Greece May 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frNissan Qashqai

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How good does it feel to finally deliver good news about the Greek new car market month after month? Very good indeed. New registrations are up a spectacular 42% year-on-year in May to 7,459 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 29,505 sales, up 19% on 2014. This month the Opel Corsa reclaims the top spot in the models sales charts thanks to 361 sales and 4.8% share but remains #2 year-to-date (just) below the Toyota Yaris at 1,676 units vs. 1,685. The heat is on! And we have a third contender to the pole position in May: boosted by the new generation, the Nissan Qashqai is up a stellar 26 spots on April to land in 2nd place only 14 units off the #1 spot at 347 sales and 4.7%. Add to this the Nissan Micra very robust at #4 and 4.4% share and Nissan takes the lead of the brands ranking this month with 11.5% share ahead of Toyota at 10% and Volkswagen at 8.8%. Notice also the Suzuki Alto up 11 ranks to #5, the Audi A3 up 20 to #7 and the Seat Mii up 35 to #11.

Previous month: Greece April 2014: Toyota Aygo up to 5th place

One year ago: Greece May 2013: Lancia Ypsilon and Audi A3 impress

Full May 2014 Top 100 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Greece April 2014 – Toyota Aygo up to 5th place

May 10th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Aygo Greece April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe new generation Toyota Aygo will be on sale in June.

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New car sales in Greece enjoy a 6th month in a row of year-on-year growth at +2% in April to 5,444 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 22,046 units, up a splendid 13% on 2013. Brand-wise, the April sales charts get back to a big more ‘normality’ after Nissan hijacked it last month with 17% share: Toyota is back in pole position with a very strong 14.1% share ahead of Volkswagen at 11.2%, passing Opel year-to-date to also rank #2. Notice Suzuki up 3 spots to #4 and 6.5% and BMW solid at #10 and 3.8%. Model-wise, the Opel Corsa reclaims the top spot thanks to 367 sales and 6.7%, now threatening the Toyota Yaris year-to-date at 1,315 units vs. 1,339…

VW Up! Greece April 2014The VW Up is among the 10 most popular vehicles in Greece this month.

Thanks to another robust month (5.4% share), the VW Polo is now #3 year-to-date like it was in 2013. The performer of the month is the runout-boosted Toyota Aygo up 27 spots on March to land at a fantastic 5th place whereas the new model is not coming to dealerships before June. Notice also the VW Up up a massive 20 ranks to #8, the BMW 1 Series up a further 4 spots to #9 vs. #21 year-to-date, the Peugeot 208 up 14 to #20, the Lancia Ypsilon solid at #25 and the Mercedes CLA shining at #40.

Previous month: Greece March 2014: Nissan holds 17% share in market up 31%

One year ago: Greece April 2013: Hyundai i20 #2 in market up 21%!

Full April 2014 Top 80 models and Top 32 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

April 8th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Micra Greece March 2014Nissan holds 17% of the Greek market in March vs. 10% year-to-date and 5.9% in 2013.

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Heart-warming figures coming out of Greece this month: the new car market is up year-on-year for the 5th consecutive time at a very pleasing +31% to 5,866 registrations, bringing the First Quarter total to 16,607 units, up 17% on 2013. It’s huge month for Nissan in Greece: the Japanese carmaker holds a mammoth 17% market share in March vs. 10% year-to-date and just 5.9% in 2013, and places the Micra in pole position of the models ranking by far at 581 sales and 9.9%. In fact, the Micra alone sold more than all manufacturers bar one: Volskswagen, and as much as Toyota as a whole (582 units)…

Nissan Note Greece March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan places the Note at #5 this month.

Nissan also manages to push the Note up to 5th place thanks to 269 units and 4.6% share, up from #15 last month and #91 in 2013… The VW Polo also shine in 2nd place with 6% share (4.2% year-to-date), kicking traditional leaders  the Toyota Yaris and Opel Corsa to #3 and #4 respectively. Finally, notice the Fiat 500 up 12 spots on last month to #8, the Suzuki Alto up 30 to #9, BMW 1 Series up 13 to #13, Volvo V40 up 3 to #15, Suzuki SX4 up 14 to #24 and the Audi Q3 up 10 to #30.

Previous month: Greece February 2014: Suzuki Swift knocks on Top 5′s door

One year ago: Greece March 2013: Fiat Panda takes the lead

Full March 2014 Top 80 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Greece February 2014: Suzuki Swift knocks on Top 5′s door

March 9th, 2014 No comments

Suzuki Swift Greece February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSuzuki Swift

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For the 4th time in a row, new car sales in Greece reassuringly gain ground year-on-year, up 6% in February to 4,356 registrations which means the year-to-date total stands at 10,742 units, up 11% on 2013. Toyota (12.4% share) leads Volkswagen, Opel and Hyundai in the brands ranking while the Toyota Yaris tops the models sales charts above the Opel Corsa and Hyundai i20. In fact, this month Greek consumers confirm their addiction to superminis as the Top 6 best-sellers all belong to this segment. The Suzuki Swift is up 8 spots on January to land at an excellent 6th place thanks to 121 sales and 2.8% share, the Skoda Octavia remains solid at #8 vs. #30 over the Full Year 2013, the VW Up is up 21 spots to #16 and the Volvo V40 up 5 to #18.

Previous month: Greece January 2014: Citroen C4 up to #4 in market up 15%

One year ago: Greece February 2013: Nissan Micra at best in almost 2 years

Full February 2014 Top 75 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

February 13th, 2014 8 comments

Citroen C4 Greece January 2014. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusCitroen C4

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The Greek new car market delivers its third consecutive month of frank year-on-year gain in January, up 15% to 6,385 registrations. The Top 2 best-sellers are unchanged vs. FY2013: the Toyota Yaris leads the way thanks to 431 sales and 6.8% ahead of the Opel Corsa at 378 units and 5.9%, while the Hyundai i20 climbs onto the podium thanks to 314 sales and 4.9% share. The best performance of the month is delivered by the Citroen C4, up 23 spots on December to shoot up to 4th place at 308 units and 4.8%, potentially because of the diesel model starting at €13,900 instead of €18,350 this month.

Toyota Yaris Greece January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Toyota Yaris remains the best-selling model in Greece this month.

The Skoda Octavia doesn’t do too badly either, up 37 ranks to #7 and 3.1% share vs. #30 and 1% over FY 2013… Notice also the Ford Focus up to #16 vs. #31, Nissan Note up to #18 vs. #91, Audi Q3 up to #20 vs. #53, Suzuki SX4 at #24 vs. #66 and the Opel Mokka at #26 vs. #69. Toyota dominates the brands ranking as it did over FY2013 thanks to 737 sales and 11.5%, followed by Opel at 672 units and 10.5% vs. #3 and 9.5% in 2013. Citroen is up a great 7 spots on December to land in third position thanks to 573 sales and 9.1% vs. 5.7% in 2013, while Hyundai remains 4th at 7.4% and Volkswagen is down to 5th and 7% vs. #2 and 10.8% in 2013. Notice also Audi up to #10, Renault up to #12 and Chevrolet up to #18.

Previous post: Greece Full Year 2013: Toyota Yaris reclaims lead from Opel Corsa

Previous month: Greece December 2013: Mercedes A-Class up to #2

One year ago: Greece January 2013: Toyota Yaris and Hyundai i30 shine

Full January 2014 Top 100 models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

January 15th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Yaris Greece 2013Toyota Yaris

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After after dropping by 17% in 2009, 36% in 2010, 31% in 2011 and 40% in 2012, the Greek new car market stabilised in 2013. And stabilised is the right word, given the market was in negative year-to-date during the entire year, edging back into positive in the last days of 2013 to finish at 58,694 registrations, up 218 units or 0.4% on 2012. Let’s not take out the champagne out the fridge yet: this is still the 2nd worst annual figure since 1988 and the 4th time in the last 30 years the market drops below 60,000 units… We’ll see if 2014 gets Greek new car sales back into a frank upwards trend. Lots of movement in the Greek brands ranking this year: replicating the models ranking where the Toyota Yaris reclaimed the lead over the Opel Corsa, Toyota replaces Opel as the most popular brand in the country thanks to sales up 14% to 6,529 and 11.1% share, ahead of Volkswagen (+5%), Opel (-21%), Hyundai up a splendid 51% and 5 spots to #4 and 6.8% share, Fiat (+9%) and Nissan (+9%).

Hyundai i20 Greece 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frHyundai i20 sales are up 85% in Greece in 2013.

For only the second time ever after 2010, the Toyota Yaris is the best-seller in Greece thanks to sales up 13% to 3,823 units and 6.5%, passing the Opel Corsa, leader in 2011 and 2012 but down 17% this year to just 3,271 sales and 5.6% share. The VW Polo is stable but gains one spot to #3, the Hyundai i20 improves by a huge 85% year-on-year to land in 4th place with 2,182 units and 3.7% while the VW Golf is up an even more impressive 115% to #5 and 2,166 sales. Other great performers this far in Greece include the Nissan Micra up 21% at #8, the Toyota Auris up 32% to #11, Hyundai i30 up 188% to #16, Renault Clio up 69% to #18, Audi A3 up 90% to #20, Mercedes A-Class up 102% to #22 (and up to #2 in December!) and the Volvo V40 up 277% to #23, one of its best rankings in the world.

Previous post: Greece December 2013: Mercedes A-Class up to #2

Previous year: Greece Full Year 2012: Citroen C3 takes off in worst market since 1988

Two years ago: Greece Full Year 2011: Opel Corsa #1 in weakest market in 22 years

Full Year 2013 Top 100 models and Top 42 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Greece December 2013: Mercedes A-Class up to #2

January 14th, 2014 No comments

Mercedes A Class Greece December 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Mercedes A-Class is up to an incredible 2nd place this month in Greece.

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New car sales in Greece are up a great 16% year-on-year in December to 4,248 registrations, which brings the final 2013 total into positive literally in the last days of the year at 58,694 units vs. 58,482 in 2012! Two German premium carmakers finish the year on a (very) high note: Mercedes is up to #3 brand below just Volkswagen and Toyota with 353 sales and 8.3% share vs. 3.2% overall in 2013, and flamboyantly placing the A-Class in 2nd place this month thanks to 237 units and 5.6% vs. #22 over the full year.

Mazda6 Greece December 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mazda6 makes its entrance at #8 this month in Greece.

BMW for its part is up to #5 brand with 286 sales and 6.7% share vs. 3% over the full year, and places the 1 Series at #6 with 154 units and  3.6% vs. #26 in 2013. Other great performers this month include the Mazda6 selling its first 146 units at #8, the Volvo V40 up to #10, Mini Countryman up 23 spots on November to #14, Smart Fortwo up 32 to #18, BMW X1 up 20 to #20 and Mercedes CLA up 25 to #30.

Previous month: Greece November 2013: Yaris, Corsa and Golf above 7% 

Previous year: Greece December 2012: Peugeot 208 on podium, Volvo V40 #7

Full December 2013 Top 80 models and Top 32 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Greece: 1932-2013 More detailed Historical Data now available!

December 26th, 2013 4 comments

Thanks to its pick-up sales, Datsun topped the overall Greek brands ranking as early as 1971

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While the Greek market is down to its worst level since 1981, I can now share with you Historical information for the last 50 years in Greece – up to 1962, with detailed brands ranking for most years during the sixties and the seventies… plus as a Christmas present a Top 6 manufacturers for 1932. There is now an annual Top 50 models from 1993 onwards. From January 1998 onwards the #1 car for every single month has been downloaded on BSCB, and the all-models rankings from 1998 to 2011!

Starting at 7,572 registrations in 1962, Greek sales passed the 50,000 sales milestone for the first time in 1975, 100,000 in 1978 and 200,000 in 1998. 2000 remains Greece’s strongest year ever at 290,030 registrations.

Toyota was #1 in Greece overall for the first time in 1974 thanks to the Hilux

Dominated by Ford, VW and Opel in the sixties, Greek roads take a distinct Japanese turn in the early seventies with Datsun the best-selling brand in the country in 1971 when sales of pick-ups are included. Toyota ranks #1 in the overall brands ranking in 1974, 75 and 79, here again thanks to very solid pick-up sales by the Hilux. In the Passenger Cars ranking, Fiat is sovereign throughout the seventies thanks to the 127 and 128, its supremacy only interrupted by Lada in 1974.

Fiat dominated the Passenger Cars ranking in the seventies thanks to the 127 and 128

Very little models information is available until 1992 when he Nissan Sunny is in pole position. The Toyota Corolla follows in 1993 and from 2003 to 2005, the Seat Ibiza is crowned in 1994, the Fiat Punto leads the way in 1995, 1996 and 2002, the Hyundai Accent reigns in 19971998 and 2000, the Opel Astra in 1999, 2001 and 2008, the Ford Focus in 2006, the Opel Corsa in 20072011 and 2012, the Ford Fiesta in 2009 and the Toyota Yaris in 2010 and 2013

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Direct links to 26 Greek Historical Data articles below (1932-2013).

Greece Historical Data:

Greece 1932: Ford and Chevrolet most popular, 4 US brands in Top 6

Greece (Athens) 1963: Ford leads thanks to Cortina

Greece (Athens) 1964: UK brands grab 40% of the market!

Greece 1962-1979: Ford and Opel pass the relay to Fiat and Japs

Greece 1987: Nissan Sunny, Cherry and Lada Nova on podium

Greece 1980-1990: Ford Escort and Nissan Sunny popular

Greece 1991-1992: Nissan and Fiat dominate

Greece 1993: Toyota Corolla ahead

Greece 1994: Seat Ibiza in pole position

Greece 1995: Fiat Punto and Cinquecento shine

Greece 1996: Fiat Punto in the lead

Greece 1997: Hyundai Accent new favourite

Greece 1998: Hyundai Accent dominates

Greece 1999: New gen Opel Astra an instant favourite

Greece 2000: Hyundai Accent reclaims top spot in record market

Greece 2001: Opel Astra takes the lead ahead of Accent and Punto

Greece 2002: Fiat Punto, Peugeot 206 and 307 on podium

Greece 2003-2005: Toyota Corolla reigns

Greece 2006: Ford Focus new leader

Greece 2007: New gen Opel Corsa in command, Opel Astra #2

Greece 2008: Opel Astra, Toyota Auris and Yaris most popular

Greece 2009: Ford Fiesta and Nissan Qashqai new best sellers

Greece 2010: Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta and Opel Corsa on podium

Greece 2011: Opel Corsa #1 in weakest market in 22 years

Greece 2012: Opel Corsa #1, Citroen C3 takes off in worst year since 1988

Greece 2013: Toyota Yaris reclaims the lead

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

December 9th, 2013 3 comments

VW Golf Greece November 2013VW Golf potentially reaches its highest market share ever this month in Greece.

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Would Greece finally have turned the corner? New car sales in the country register the biggest year-on-year gain since recession hit a couple of years ago: up 31% in November to 5,447 sales, bringing the year-to-date total to 54,447 units, now down only 0.7% on 2012… This month not one but 3 cars manage to hold over 7% market share: the Toyota Yaris continues to lead the way with 379 sales and 7.6%, reinforcing its year-to-date lead at 3,552 units and 6.5%, the Opel Corsa is up to 7.5% thanks to 374 sales and the VW Golf potentially hits its strongest market share ever in Greece at 7.2% with 358 units sold…

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Greece November 2013The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is among the 30 most popular cars in Greece this month.

In 4th position, the Ford Fiesta also excels: it grabs 5.1% of the Greek market thanks to 253 sales vs. 2.9% year-to-date. The Renault Clio is up 9 spots on October to #10, the Volvo V40 continues to shine: up a further two ranks on October to #11 vs. #26 year-to-date, the Fiat 500 is up to #13 vs. #27, the BMW 1 Series up 12 to #17, VW Passat up 7 to #21 vs. #42 year-to-date, the Suzuki SX4 shoots up to #25 vs. #68 thanks to the S-Cross model, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is up 13 to #26, Audi Q3 up to #31 vs. #55 and Mini up to #32 vs. #52. Finally, notice the Renault Captur making its first appearance in the Greek ranking at #68.

Previous month: Greece October 2013: Toyota Yaris and Volvo V40 up

One year ago: Greece November 2012: Toyota Yaris leads, VW Up! #6

Full November 2013 Top 80 models and Top 34 brands Ranking Tables below.

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