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.

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: 1932-2015 Historical Data now available

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

Greece 2015: Toyota Yaris, Opel Corsa and VW Polo lead unstable market

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

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

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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