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Greece June 2015: Suzuki Celerio breaks into Top 10

July 22nd, 2015 No comments

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

June 16th, 2015 No comments

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.

Previous post: Greece: 1932-2014 More detailed Historical Data now available

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

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

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Greece: 1932-2014 More detailed Historical Data now available

May 25th, 2015 4 comments

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

The direct links to 28 Historical data posts are below. Thanks to Bill, Kostas & Stac *

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 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 2014.

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 20102013 and 2014

Direct links to 28 Greek Historical Data articles below (1932-2014).

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 1985: Opel, Nissan and Zastava in the lead

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

Greece 2014: Toyota Yaris resists Opel Corsa assault

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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

Toyota Yaris Greece 2014Toyota Yaris

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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.

For the first time on BSCB I give you the complete Top 260 All-models ranking for 2014.

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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