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Greece mid-September 2013: Opel leads, Hyundai above Toyota

September 26th, 2013 24 comments

Opel Mokka Greece September 2013Opel is the most popular brand in Greece so far in September.

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Over the first half of September, new car sales in Greece are down just 0.3% on the same period in 2012 to 1,229 registrations, a very weak figure nevertheless. The year-to-date total now stands at 41,428 units, down 4% on 2012. Finally some good news for Opel in Europe: it leads the Greek market over the period thanks to 166 sales and 13.5% share vs. 9.6% year-to-date, and is followed by Volkswagen at 11.3%. Hyundai is extremely solid again, above 10% share over the period and passing Toyota down from #1 in August to #4 at 9.8%. Notice also Volvo up to #8 vs. #16 year-to-date and Mercedes up to #10 vs. #14 so far in 2013.

Full mid-September 2013 Top 15 brands Ranking Table below. 

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

September 7th, 2013 13 comments

Toyota Yaris Greece August 2013Toyota Yaris

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Back to square one. After gaining ground year-on-year for 3 of the last 4 months, the Greek new car market falls flat once again in August: down to a minuscule 3,373 registrations, that’s 13% below August 2012 which was already down 47% on the previous year… Year-to-date, the market stands at 40,199 units, down 4.5% on 2012 and on track to deliver the weakest annual sales figure in 26 years (since the 50,501 registrations of 1987) and the 2nd weakest in 32 years (46,860 in 1981). Down to #3 in July, the Toyota Yaris reclaims the Greek pole position for the 4th time so far in 2013 and the 7th time in the last 12 months thanks to 257 sales and 7.6% share, above its 2013 level of 6.5%.

VW Golf Greece August 2013The VW Golf is the largest model in the Greek Top 10 this month.

The Opel Corsa is down to #2 at 217 units and 6.4% ahead of the Hyundai i20 lodging another impressive score at #3 with 159 sales and 4.7%. The economic crisis has had a striking downsizing effect on the Greek new car market: this month the VW Golf is the largest model and only compact car inside the Top 10 at #4! Other good performers include the Citroen C3 up 4 ranks to #5, Suzuki Swift up 17 to #8, Renault Clio up 15 to #9, Skoda Octavia up 18 to #13, Audi A3 up 12 to #14, Ford Focus up 13 to #15, BMW 1 Series up 20 to #17, the Skoda Rapid up 9 to break into the Greek Top 20 for the first time at #18, Fiat 500 up 10 to #19 and the Dacia Duster up 20 to #20.

Previous month: Greece July 2013: Opel Corsa and Hyundai i20 on top

One year ago: Greece August 2012: Toyota Yaris, Auris and Aygo up in KO market

Full August 2013 Top 75 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Greece July 2013: Opel Corsa and Hyundai i20 on top

August 9th, 2013 1 comment

Hyundai i20 Greece July 2013The Hyundai i20 misses the top spot for 3 units this month in Greece!

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Now we’re talking. The Greek new car market gains ground year-to-date for the 2nd month in a row and the third time in the last 4 months in July at +12% to 6,462 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total closer to equilibrium year-to-date at 36,826 units, down 4% on 2012. The Opel Corsa is up 3 ranks on June to reclaims the top spot for the third time in the last 8 months with 330 sales and 5.1%. It is nevertheless still #2 year-to-date at 1,899 units and 5.1% vs. 2,346 and 6.4% for the Toyota Yaris, down to #3 this month.

Nissan Pixo Greece July 2013Nissan Pixo

The best performer in the Top 10 is the Hyundai i20, up 9 ranks on last month to land in 2nd place, falling short of the pole position for only 3 units and 327 sales and 5.1%. Other great performers include the Ford Fiesta up 3 spots to #6, the Toyota Auris up 11 to #8, Toyota Aygo up 18 to #11, Seat Leon still extremely solid at #14, Seat Mii up a whopping 40 ranks to #17 and the Nissan Pixo up 17 to #34.

Previous month: Greece June 2013: Seat places Ibiza and Leon inside Top 10

One year ago: Greece July 2012: Citroen C3 leader for third consecutive time

Full July 2013 Top 60 models and Top 32 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

July 9th, 2013 3 comments

SEAT LEON SC FRThe Seat Leon ranks 10th in Greece in June.

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The Greek new car market continues to show timid signs of recovery: up 2% year-on-year in June to 5,648 registrations, however let’s not forget that June 2012 was down 43% on June 2011 which was itself down 33% on June 2010… The year-to-date total now stands at 30,364 units, down 6% on 2012. Model-wise, the Top 5 best-sellers are now all superminis: the Toyota Yaris resists in pole position for the third month in a row and the 7th time in the last 12 months thanks to 287 sales and 5.1%, the VW Polo follows at 245 units and 4.3% ahead of the Nissan Micra with 232 sales and 4.1%, the Opel Corsa at 224 and 4% and the Fiat Panda at 176 and 3.1%.

Nissan Micra Greece June 2013Its restyling could help push the Nissan Micra further up in the coming months.

Year-to-date, the Toyota Yaris is in the lead with 2,046 sales and 6.7%, ahead of the Opel Corsa (5.2%) and VW Polo (4.4%). A lot of movement at the back end of the Top 10: the Hyundai i10 is up 15 spots on May to #7, the Seat Ibiza is up 12 to #8 and is one of two Seats inside the Top 10 this month: the Leon is up 15 ranks to #10! Notice also the Suzuki Alto up 5 to #13, Skoda Rapid up 20 to #17, BMW 1 Series up 11 to #18, Citroen C1 up 12 to #20 and the Opel Adam up to #53.

Previous month: Greece May 2013: Lancia Ypsilon and Audi A3 impress

One year ago: Greece June 2012: Citroen C3 impresses further, up to 8.4%

Full June 2013 Top 60 models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Greece May 2013: Lancia Ypsilon and Audi A3 impress

June 11th, 2013 3 comments

Lancia Ypsilon Greece 2013Lancia Ypsilon

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I told you not to get too excited: after gaining an astounding 21% year-on-year last month, new car sales in Greece are back down to hell but this time the Greek gods are clement and make it fall by just 1% to 5,242 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to 24,717 units, down 8% on 2012. For the 6th time in the last 12 months, the Toyota Yaris is the most popular model in the country thanks to 389 sales and 7.4%, and this time the VW Polo follows at an excellent 344 units and 6.6% with the Opel Corsa rounding up the podium with 247 sales and 4.4%.

Audi A3 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusAudi A3

The Nissan Micra makes it 4 small cars in the Top 4 like last month, up 17 spots on April while the VW Golf remains #5. Notice also the Ford Fiesta up 5 ranks to #6, the Lancia Ypsilon confirming Greece is its best overseas country, up 7 spots to #13, the Audi A3 up 8 to #15, the Suzuki Alto up 17 to #18, Chevrolet Spark up 29 to #21 and the Seat Leon up from outside the Top 50 to #25… Finally the Mercedes CLA makes its first appearance in the Greek ranking at a shiny 54th position.

Previous post: Greece mid-May 2013: Toyota and VW lead market down 35%

Previous month: Greece April 2013: Hyundai i20 #2 in market up 21%!

One year ago: Greece May 2012: A Citroen leads for the first time since July 1999

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Greece mid-May 2013: Toyota and VW lead market down 35%

May 22nd, 2013 10 comments

Toyota Auris Greece May 2013Toyota Auris

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Can the Greek market dive further down? It seems it can: after hiving us a flicker of hope last month with a 21% year-on-year gain, over the first half of May, new car sales are down 35% year-on-year to just 1,082 registrations, however 48% or 519 of these are fleet sales so Greek consumers have actually only bought 563 new cars over the period! Toyota leads the way with 12% share ahead of Volkswagen at 11.6% and Opel at 8.3%. Notice Fiat up to #6 and Suzuki up to #9.

Previous post: Greece April 2013: Hyundai i20 #2 in market up 21%!

One year ago: Greece May 2012: A Citroen leads for the first time since July 1999

Full mid-May 2013 Top 10 brands Ranking Table below.

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

May 9th, 2013 1 comment

Hyundai i20 Greece April 2013Hyundai i20

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It seems too good to be true: after years of hell, the Greek new car market is up 21% year-on-year in April to 5,328 registrations, its second time in positive in the last 3 months with last February (+7%). Now let’s not get ahead of ourselves as April 2012 was down 57% on 2011, 65% on 2010, 68% on 2009 and 84% on 2008… so this doesn’t mean the end of the tunnel is here but it is an encouraging enough sign. Year-to-date, total sales now stand at 19,448 units, still down 10% on 2012.

The Toyota Yaris is the most popular model in the country for the 5th time in the last 12 months with 410 sales and 7.7% and is followed this time by the Hyundai i20, up 4 spots on March to #2 at 312 units and 5.9% while the VW Polo is up 7 to round up the podium with 261 sales and 4.9%. Other great performers include the VW Golf very strong at #5 and 3.9%, the Nissan Qashqai up 14 ranks to #6, Peugeot 208 up 7 to #7, Hyundai i30 up 17 to #8, BMW 1 Series up 9 to #18 and the Skoda Rapid solid at #24.

Previous month: Greece March 2013: Fiat Panda takes the lead

One year ago: Greece April 2012: Citroen C3 and Lancia Ypsilon stay afloat

Full April 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Greece March 2013: Fiat Panda takes the lead

April 8th, 2013 10 comments

Fiat Panda Greece March 2013Fiat Panda

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After showing a flicker of hope last month (+7%) and at mid-March (+3%), the Greek market is back to hell: at just 4,480 registrations it is down 9% on March 2012 which was itself down 49% year-on-year… The year-to-date total is down 18% on 2012 to 14,120 units. Big news in pole position: the Fiat Panda jumps 12 spots on February to land at #1 with 326 sales and 7.3%, 90% of it being the new generation which would have been #1 by itself anyway. To my knowledge this is the first time the Panda holds the pole position for this generation or the previous one. The Toyota Yaris remains #2 at 272 units and 6.1% and leads year-to-date with 960 sales and 6.8% while the Opel Corsa is down 2 ranks to #3 at 226 units and 5%.

Other great performers this month in Greece include the Nissan Micra still extremely strong at #4 with 196 sales and 4.4%, the VW Golf up 9 spots to #5 at 159 units and 3.9% and the Toyota Auris up 11 to #8. Note the Golf and Auris are two of only 3 compact cars (with the Opel Astra at #7) in the Greek Top 15 this month, all other models are city or small cars… The Skoda Rapid is up 29 ranks to an excellent 18th place and the Mercedes A-Class is up 13 to #21.

Previous post: Greece mid-March 2013: Market up, or is it?

Previous month: Greece February 2013: Nissan Micra at best in almost two years

One year ago: Greece March 2012: Citroen C3 and Audi Q3 shine in weak market

Full March 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Greece mid-March 2013: Market up, or is it?

March 23rd, 2013 No comments

Toyota Auris Greece March 2013Toyota Auris

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Over the first half of March, new car sales are up an encouraging 3% year-on-year in Greece to 1,610 registrations. Or are they? Off this total, 650 were fleet sales, which means that for the first time in decades, private sales have plunged below 1,000 units halfway through the month which is extremely worrying… Brand-wise, Toyota takes the lead with 202 sales and 12.5% followed by Volkswagen at 169 units and 10.5% and Skoda with 141 sales and 8.8%.

Previous month: Greece February 2013: Nissan Micra at best in almost 2 years

One month ago: Greece mid-February 2013: Opel and Citroen on top

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

March 9th, 2013 No comments

Nissan Micra Greece February 2013Nissan Micra

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A flicker of hope this month in Greece: thanks to the return of scrappage scheme, the new car market is up a timid 7% on a particularly horrendous month of February 2012 that was at -45%. But year-to-date, sales are still down a depressing 21% on 2012 to 9,640 units. The Opel Corsa jumps back into the #1 spot for the second time in the last 3 months thanks to 238 sales and 5.8%, just above the Toyota Yaris at 220 units and 5.4%, leading year-to-date with 688 sales and 7.1% vs. 636 and 6.6% for the Corsa. The best performer this month is the Nissan Micra, up 23 spots on January to land in third position, its highest ranking in Greece since July 2011…

Kia Rio Greece February 2013Kia Rio

In fact, the entire Top 7 most popular models in Greece this month all belong to the supermini category! This is the first time it ever happens. We have the Citroen C3 at #4 followed by the VW Polo, Hyundai i20 and Ford Fiesta, with the Skoda Fabia also at #9. In this context the Opel Astra is the best-selling non-supermini at #8 with 3% share. Notice also the Kia Rio up a huge 41 ranks to #11, the Seat Ibiza up 17 to #12, Skoda Rapid breaking into the Greek Top 50 at #47 and the Peugeot 301 up to #65.

Previous post: Greece mid-February 2013: Opel and Citroen on top

Previous month: Greece January 2013: Toyota Yaris and Hyundai i30 shine

One year ago: Greece February 2012: Toyota Yaris back to #1 in devastated market

Full February 2013 Top 70 Ranking Table below.

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