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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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Greece October 2013: Toyota Yaris and Volvo V40 up

November 9th, 2013 1 comment

Volvo V40 Greece October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo V40

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The Greek new car market has alternated positive and negative months almost at every turn so far in 2013, so it won’t come as a surprise to see October down 3% year-on-year to 4,971 registrations after being up 10% in September… This fall is actually less dramatic than the mid-month figures would have suggested. For the 6th time this year, the Toyota Yaris is the most popular model in the country, delivering its best market share since last January at 8.2% thanks to 409 sales and reinforcing its year-to-date lead at 3,173 units and 6.5%. The Opel Corsa drops one spot on September to #2 while the Hyundai i20 is up 5 to #3 and the VW Polo down one to #4. Further down, notice the Seat Ibiza up 28 ranks to #10, the Audi A3 very solid once again at #11 vs. #20 year-to-date and the Volvo V40 up 7 spots to #13 vs. #26 year-to-date.

Previous post: Greece mid-October 2013: Toyota and Hyundai ahead in market down 11%

Previous month: Greece September 2013: Opel Corsa #1, Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class shine

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

Full October 2013 Top 80 models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Greece mid-October 2013: Toyota and Hyundai ahead in market down 11%

October 25th, 2013 No comments

Toyota Corolla Greece October 2013The new generation Toyota Corolla is now on sale in Greece.

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Over the first half of October, the Greek new car market is back into troubled waters, down 11% year-on-year to 1,676 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 45,689 units, down 4% on 2012. Leader last month, Opel falls back to earth at #4 and 8.9% share, very close to its year-to-date level (#3 and 9.7%). Instead, Toyota reclaims the pole position it holds in 2013 with 242 sales and 14.4%, well ahead its year-to-date level of 10.9%. It is followed by Hyundai at 12.9% (vs. 7.3% year-to-date) and Volkswagen at 12.4% (vs. 10.5%).

Previous month: Greece September 2013: Opel Corsa #1, Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class shine

Full mid-October 2013 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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

October 8th, 2013 7 comments

Mercedes A Class Audi A3 VW Golf Greece September 2013. Picture courtesy of Auto BildThe VW Golf, Mercedes A-Class and Audi A3 all rank inside the Greek Top 15 this month.

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The Greek new car market is in positive territory for the 4th time in the last 5 months at +10% year-on-year in September to 3,814 registrations. Don’t be fooled by this shiny result though, as almost half of these sales (44%) are short-term rentals. The market is still down 3% on 2012 anyway at 44,013 units. Excellent month of the Opel Corsa at 8% share and 306 sales, single-handedly pushing Opel up to #1 brand in September at 12% share. The Corsa manages to sell almost twice as many units as the Toyota Yaris, down to #2 this month at 4.2% but still leader year-to-date at 2,764 units and 6.3% vs. 2,422 and 5.5% for the Corsa. The VW Polo is back up 3 spots on August to land on the third step of the podium, a position it also holds year-to-date.

The other great performers in Greece this month are all German: the Ford Fiesta is up a further two spots on August to #5 vs. #10 year-to-date, the Audi A3 is up 6 to #8 vs. #24 year-to-date, the Ford Focus up 3 to #12 vs. #34, Mercedes A-Class up 19 to #14 vs. #31 and the Smart Fortwo is up a massive 37 ranks to #15 vs. #42 year-to-date. Notice also the Kia Rio up 26 to #17, Volvo V40 up 5 to #20, Mini Countryman up 44 to #29, Alfa Romeo MiTo up 11 to #36 and the Mercedes CLA stable at #42 vs. #69 year-to-date.

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

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

One year ago: Greece September 2012: Opel Corsa leads, VW Up! in Top 10

Full September 2013 Top 50 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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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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