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Hungary March 2014: Dacia Duster up to #2

April 3rd, 2014 No comments

Dacia Duster Hungary March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Duster

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New car sales in Hungary are up a splendid 22% year-on-year in March to 6,208 registrations, bringing the 1st Quarter total to 15,633 units, up 24% on 2013. The Skoda Octavia continues to reign supreme with 423 sales and 6.8% share, adding up to 1,134 and 7.3% after 3 months, and in March the hero is the Dacia Duster up 5 spots on last month to #2 with 239 units and 3.8%, potentially boosted by its facelift. The Suzuki SX4 also shines in third position at 230 sales and 3.7% while the Opel Corsa is back up 4 ranks to #6 and 2.9%.

Previous month: Hungary February 2014: Suzuki Swift jumps up to 2nd place

One year ago: Hungary 3 months 2013: Skoda Octavia #1, Dacia Duster on podium

Full March 2014 Top 8 and YTD Top 10 models Ranking Tables below.

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Hungary February 2014: Suzuki Swift jumps up to 2nd place

March 11th, 2014 No comments

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

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New car sales in Hungary are up a magnificent 30% year-on-year in February to 5,017 registrations, which prompts questions around the amount of re-exports inside the European Union at stake here… Brand-wise, Hungary is one of the only countries in the world to still crown Opel at 679 sales and 13.5% share just above Ford (13.4%) and Volkswagen (13.2%). In the models sales charts, the Skoda Octavia sells almost double any other competitor at 368 units and 7.3% while in 2nd position the Suzuki Swift is up 6 spots on January and virtually comes back from the dead. Once ultra-dominant and the best-seller in the country from 2005 to 2008, the Swift had fallen by the wayside in the past 5 years. Could 2014 be the year of its renaissance? Answer in a few months…

Previous month: Hungary January 2014: VW Polo and Ford Mondeo up

One year ago: Hungary 2 months 2013: Opel Astra and Skoda Yeti shine

Full February 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Hungary January 2014: VW Polo and Ford Mondeo up

February 4th, 2014 No comments

VW Polo Hungary January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Polo is up to #5 this month in Hungary.

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* You can check an updated, more detailed Hungary Full Year 2013 Report here! *

Excellent start of the year for new car sales in Hungary: up +20% in January vs. a year ago to 4,408 registrations, plus 878 LCVs (+37%). Ranking #3 and #4 over the Full Year 2013, Ford (12.2% share) and Volkswagen (11%) take the lead this month, passing Opel (10.8%) and Skoda (10.3%), the dominant brands last year. Dacia (#7) is still above Renault (#9) and any other French brands for that matter. Model-wise, it’s a strong month for the Skoda Octavia at 7.8% share thanks to 343 sales, almost double the score of the #2: the Ford Focus at 181 units and 4.1%.

Ford Mondeo Hungary January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFord Mondeo

The Opel Astra jumps back onto the podium at #3 and 3.5% while the VW Golf is up to #4. Outside the Full Year 2013 Top 20, the VW Polo is up to a brilliant 5th place this month thanks to 133 sales and 3% share, the Ford Mondeo is up to #7 (vs. #16 in 2013) and the Skoda Rapid up to #9 (vs. #20). A very interesting particularity of Hungarian new car sales is that the large majority (73%) is actually non-private sales to businesses, fleet and rental companies. Particularly strong in non-private sales this month are Skoda (91%), Citroen (89%), Ford (86%), Peugeot (86%) and Volkswagen (80%) while Suzuki (45%) and Dacia (46%) are at the other end of the scale…

Previous post: Hungary Full Year 2013: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

One year ago: Hungary January-February 2013: Opel Astra and Skoda Yeti shine

Full January 2014 Top 10 brands and models Ranking Tables below.

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Hungary Full Year 2013: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

January 3rd, 2014 4 comments

Skoda Octavia Hungary 2013Skoda Octavia

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The Hungarian new car market is up by an honest 6% year-on-year in 2013 to 56,427 registrations, and for the second time in the last 3 years the Skoda Octavia is the most successful car in the country thanks to sales up 11% to 3,168 units and 5.6% share. The Ford Focus is up one spot and 3% to #2 with 2.142 units and 3.8% while the Opel Astra, leader in 2012, suffers from the discontinuation of the “Classic” 1998 model and drops 60% to 1,780 sales and 3.2% at #4.

Dacia Duster Hungary 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Duster is up to #3 this year in Hungary.

The Dacia Duster delivers one of its best performances in the world ranking-wise in Hungary: up two further spots and 29% on 2012 to climb onto the podium with 1,876 units and 3.3%. The VW Golf is boosted by the new generation, up 41% and 6 ranks to #6, the Suzuki SX4 is up 15% and 3 spots to #7 thanks to the arrival of the new ‘S-Cross’ model, and filling the gap left in the Opel range by the departure of the Astra Classic, the Corsa is up an impressive 49% and 10 spots to #9 with 2% share. Notice also the Skoda Rapid landing at #19. Brand-wise, the Top 4 best-sellers are unchanged: Opel stays on top with 10.8% share (-15%) but Skoda is catching up: +12% at 10.3% of the market, followed by Ford at 9.8% and Volkswagen at 9.1%. Big event in 7th place: Dacia (+39%) passes its ‘mother’ Renault (-18%)…

Previous year: Hungary Full Year 2012: Previous gen Opel Astra new #1

Two years ago: Hungary Full Year 2011: Skoda Octavia spreads its wings

December 2013 Top 5 and Full Year 2013 Top 20 models/brands Ranking Tables below.

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Hungary: 1998-2013 Historical Data now available!

January 3rd, 2014 No comments

Suzuki Swift Hungary 1999The Suzuki Swift held 23.5% of the Hungarian market in 1999

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I can now share with you detailed Historical Data for Hungary spanning the last 15 years! A fascinating market that has completely changed its structure over the period. Up until the 2009 recession that saw the market crumble down by 60%, local producer Suzuki completely obliterated the market: the only year when a Suzuki wasn’t the best-seller in Hungary is 2003 (Skoda Fabia)

The Suzuki Ignis was best-seller in 2004

The Suzuki Swift held an immense 23.5% market share in 1999, the Wagon R+ led in 2002, Ignis in 2004 and back to Swift from 2005 to 2008. In 2007, Suzuki even monopolised the Hungarian podium, placing the Swift at #1, SX4 at #2 and Ignis at #3! 2009 changed everything: the Ford Focus took the lead and kept it in 2010 before being passed by the Skoda Octavia in 2011. The previous generation Opel Astra, renamed Astra Classic, was the best-seller in 2012 but its discontinuation the following year left an open field for the Skoda Octavia to reclaim its throne in 2013.

Hungary Historical Data:

Hungary 1998-1999: Suzuki Swift and Opel Astra kings of the road

Hungary 2002: Suzuki Wagon R+ best-seller

Hungary 2003: Skoda Fabia takes the lead

Hungary 2004: Suzuki Ignis in pole position

Hungary 2005: New generation Suzuki Swift starts with a bang

Hungary 2006: Suzuki Swift and Skoda Fabia over 10,000 sales

Hungary 2007: Suzuki places 3 models on podium!

Hungary 2008: Suzuki Swift and SX4 on top, Splash arrives

Hungary 2009: Ford Focus takes the lead in dire market

Hungary 2010: Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia and Opel Astra on podium

Hungary 2011: Skoda Octavia spreads its wings

Hungary 2012: Previous gen Opel Astra new #1

Hungary 2013: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

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Hungary November 2013: Ford Focus #1, Opel Antara in Top 10

December 3rd, 2013 1 comment

Opel Antara Hungary November 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deOpel Antara

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The Hungarian new car market is up a healthy 7% year-on-year in November to 4,971 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 51,380 units, up 6% on 2012. For potentially the first time so far in 2013, the Ford Focus takes the lead of the models ranking thanks to 329 sales and 6.6%, reinforcing its third position year-to-date while the Skoda Octavia is down to #2 with a solid 304 units and 6.1%, adding up to 2,900 sales and 5.6% year-to-date, comfortable #1 above the Opel Astra at 2,007 units and 3.9%. The Suzuki SX4 brilliantly maintains itself inside the podium at #3 with 161 sales and 3.2% while both the Kia Cee’d at #5 and 2.3% share and the Opel Antara at #10 and 1.6% make a rare appearance within the Hungarian Top 10 most popular models this month…

Previous month: Hungary October 2013: Suzuki SX4 confirms #2 spot

Previous year: Hungary Full Year 2012: Previous gen Opel Astra new #1

Full November 2013 Top 12 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Hungary October 2013: Suzuki SX4 confirms #2 spot

November 5th, 2013 No comments

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Hungary October 2013Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

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New car sales in Hungary are up a fantastic 26% year-on-year in October to 5,149 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 46,409 units, up 6% on 2012. Below the Skoda Octavia sovereign with 277 sales and 5.4%, the Suzuki SX4 confirms the second place it grabbed last month by selling 243 units for a 4.7% market share, without a doubt thanks to the new S-Cross model. The VW Golf and Dacia Duster also shine, both up 3 spots to #3 and #4 respectively, while the Toyota Auris holds itself within the Top 10 at #10 and the Skoda Fabia is back into it at #9.

Previous month: Hungary September 2013: Suzuki SX4 up to second place

Full October 2013 Top 12 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Hungary September 2013: Suzuki SX4 up to second place

October 2nd, 2013 No comments

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Hungary September 2013Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

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Excellent showing for the Hungarian new car market: September sales are up 32% year-on-year to 4,680 units, bringing the year-to-date total back into positive at +4% and 41,260 registrations. The Skoda Octavia remains the country’s most popular model with 259 sales and 5.5% in September and 2,319 and 5.6% year-to-date, but this month the #2 is the Suzuki SX4 at a shiny 234 units and 5%, way up from the #6 spot and 2.6% share it commands so far in 2012. It is unclear whether this is the result of the previous gen being in runout mode or the new SX-4 S-Cross landing in dealerships, or both. Notice also the Toyota Auris up to a fantastic third position with 193 sales and 4.1%.

Previous post: Hungary July 2013: Fiat 500 up to third place

Full September 2013 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Hungary July 2013: Fiat 500 up to third place

August 3rd, 2013 1 comment

Fiat 500 Hungary July 2013Fiat 500

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The Skoda Octavia continues to dominate the Hungarian sales charts: it sells 330 units in July for a 6.5% market share and thus reinforces its 2013 year-to-date leadership with 1,839 sales and 5.7%. The Opel Astra follows in both rankings at 222 units and 4.4% in July and 1,452 sales and 4.5% year-to-date. Excellent performance of the Fiat 500, up from outside the Top 10 in June to #3 this month at 187 units and 3.7%, earning it a #10 spot year-to-date in the process. Notice also the Opel Corsa up to #7 and the Skoda Fabia back inside the Top 10 at #9.

Previous month: Hungary June 2013: Skoda Octavia takes off, Dacia Sandero #7

Previous year: Hungary Full Year 2012: Previous gen Opel Astra new #1

Full July 2013 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Hungary June 2013: Skoda Octavia takes off, Dacia Sandero #7

July 3rd, 2013 No comments

Skoda Octavia Hungary June 2013Skoda Octavia

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Outstanding month for the Skoda Octavia in Hungary, up to 6.9% share thanks to 348 sales in June and therefore reinforcing its 2013 year-to-date lead at 1,509 units and 5.5% vs. 1,230 and 4.5% for the Opel Astra, leader in 2012 but #2 so far in 2013 and in June. The Ford Focus is up 6 spots on May to land on the third step of the podium with 203 sales and 4.1% share, while the Suzuki Swift reappears inside the Top 10 at a shiny 4th place, the Dacia Duster is down 3 to #5 and the Dacia Sandero up to an excellent 7th position at 119 units and 2.4%. Finally, notice the Skoda Rapid pointing its bonnet in 9th place with 111 sales and 2.2% share, which means both the new generation Octavia and the Rapid have nailed their launch in Hungary and are not cannibalising each other.

Previous month: Hungary May 2013: Dacia Duster threatens Skoda Octavia for #1

One year ago: Hungary 6 months 2012: Opel Astra #1, Suzuki Swift on podium

Full June and YTD 2013 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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