Hungary July 2016: Suzuki Vitara leads, Ford Kuga leaps to #6

Ford Kuga Hungary July 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukFord Kuga 

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The Hungarian new car market continues on its positive trend in July with sales up 15% year-on-year to 8.064, lifting the year-to-date total up 23% to 54.033. Suzuki reclaims the brands top spot thanks to 959 units and 11.9% share, distancing Opel (10.9%), Ford (10.6%) and Skoda (10.3%), a score that enables Ford to bypass Skoda to #3 year-to-date. Kia gains three spots on June to land at #6 with 4.9% share, overtaking Dacia (4.8%), Toyota (4.8%) and Renault (4.6%) while Fiat (3.3%) makes an incursion in the Top 10. The Suzuki Vitara celebrates one year since its first accession to the models pole position in July 2015. It has since topped the monthly ranking 10 times and remains the uncontested year-to-date leader in 2016 with 3.927 sales so far vs. 2.944 for its nearest competitor the Skoda Octavia. The Opel Astra K (new generation) gains two ranks on last month to land on the podium and is now inside the YTD Top 10 at #8, the Ford Kuga leaps to a very impressive 6th place overall, the Renault Clio ranks 8th and the Fiat 500 10th.

Previous month: Hungary June 2016: Suzuki Vitara and Dacia Duster hold strong

One year ago: Hungary July 2015: Suzuki Vitara new best-seller

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Hungary June 2016: Suzuki Vitara and Dacia Duster hold strong

Dacia Duster Hungary June 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Duster is the third best-selling nameplate in Hungary in June. 

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For the second  consecutive month, the Hungarian new car market posts the largest monthly total since the 2008 crisis with June up 32% to 9.685 registrations, lifting the half year result up 24% to 45.959 units. Opel slips up to first position thanks to 1.078 sales but the race is close with Suzuki, still leader year-to-date, #2 in June at 1.049 and Ford #3 at 1.024. Skoda slumps to 4th place above Volkswagen and Dacia. The Suzuki Vitara remains the most popular model in Hungary with 635 deliveries above the Skoda Octavia with the Dacia Duster brilliantly rounding up the podium with 315 sales. The new generation Opel Astra shoots up to #5 and the Kia Ceed’s gains 4 spots on May to #6.

Previous month: Hungary May 2016: Biggest monthly result since 2008 crisis

One year ago: Hungary June 2015: Suzuki Vitara on podium

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Hungary May 2016: Biggest monthly result since 2008 crisis

Hyundai i20 Hungary May 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frHyundai places both the Tucson and i20 inside the Hungarian Top 10 in May. 

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Excellent news for the Hungarian new car market in May: sales are up a stunning 45% year-on-year to 8.506 passenger cars, the highest monthly tally since the 2008 crisis hit Hungary hard. Year-to-date volumes are now up 22% to 36.267 units. Local producer Suzuki remains the uncontested leader with 11.4% share vs. 9.6% for both Skoda (#2) and Opel (#3). Volkswagen (8.3%) overtakes Ford (8.1%) to take 4th place while Hyundai shoots up to #6 with 5.9% (#16 in 2015) thanks to an outstanding score by the Tucson SUV, breaking into the Top 5 this month with 225 sales, and the i20 up to #8. The Suzuki Vitara is once again the most popular nameplate in the country with 530 sales and 6.2% share, distancing the Skoda Octavia and Ford Focus.

Previous month: Hungary April 2016: Suzuki places Vitara and SX4 S-Cross in Top 5

One year ago: Hungary May 2015: Suzuki Vitara and Ford Mondeo shine

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Hungary April 2016: Suzuki places Vitara and SX4 S-Cross in Top 5

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Hungary April 2016The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is back up to 5th place in its 2nd home: Hungary. 

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New car sales in Hungary gain 20% year-on-year in April to 8.061 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 17% to 27.760 deliveries. After years of sales dominated at 75-80% by fleet/company sales, this ratio fell to just 60.9% of the total sales this month, a good sign that private sales are starting to get a kick also. Suzuki reinforces its leadership even further with 973 sales and 12.1% share, almost two percentage points above the #2 Skoda, up two spots on March. Opel remains third, Ford drops two ranks to #4, Volkswagen stays 5th, Toyota gains one spot to #6 and Renault two to #7. Model-wise, the Suzuki Vitara is untouchable at 6.7% share above the Skoda Octavia (5.5%) while the VW Passat posts another excellent score in third position overall with 3.2% share. The Suzuki SX4 S-Croos (2.9%) makes it two Suzukis in the Top 5 and the Opel Astra K makes its very first appearance inside the Hungarian Top 10.

Previous month: Hungary March 2016: Suzuki and Vitara cement leadership

One year ago: Hungary April 2015: Suzuki Vitara up to 4th place

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Hungary March 2016: Suzuki and Vitara cement leadership

Suzuki Vitara Hungary March 2016. Picture courtesy autonavigator.huSuzuki is headed towards its first annual win in 8 years in Hungary.

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The Hungarian new car market continues to display splendid health with sales up 19% year-on-year in March to 7.494 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 15% to 19.688. Thanks to the outstanding success of the Vitara, local producer Suzuki cements its market leadership with 11.8% share in March, leading to 11.4% over the first quarter (2.247 sales), comfortably ahead of Opel (2.023), Skoda (1.888) and Ford (1.847). Suzuki used to be ultra-dominant in Hungary before the Global Financial Crisis hit in 2009: the Suzuki Swift even held 23.5% of the Hungarian market in 1999 and the best-selling vehicle in the country was a Suzuki for 9 out of 10 years between 1999 and 2008 when the Swift was #1.

2015 looks like it will be the year of the renaissance for Suzuki, with the Japanese carmaker headed to a first annual win in 8 years even though it only has one nameplate in the year-to-date Top 10. Model-wise, exactly one year after its very first appearance in the Hungarian Top 10, the Suzuki Vitara is more dominant than ever: at 8.4% share thanks to 627 sales, it is getting close to selling double the amount of any other nameplate in the country. The Skoda Octavia, leader from 2013 to 2015 comes in at a distant 2nd place with 373 sales and 5% share. The Ford Focus overtakes the Opel Astra to jump on the podium, the VW Passat holds itself at a brilliant 5th position and the Ford Kuga makes a rare appearance inside the Top 10 at #9.

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Hungary January-February 2016: Suzuki Vitara sovereign

Suzuki Vitara Hungary February 2016. Picture courtesy autonavigator.huThe Suzuki Vitara has a tight grip on Hungary where it is produced. Picture autonavigator.hu

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Today we update Hungary for both January and February the first of a series of markets catch-ups for the start of 2016.

In January, the Hungarian new car market is up 10% year-on-year to 6.875 units including LCVs. The Suzuki Vitara starts with a bang, easily topping the sales charts with 476 registrations and 6.9% share vs. 343 and 5% for the Skoda Octavia, leader over he Full Year 2015. The Opel Astra is faithful to its third position while the VW Passat is up 5 spots on its 2015 ranking to #4 and the Ford Mondeo up 8 to #5. Notice also the Kia Sportage breaking into the Top 10 and the Dacia Logan at #17. The Vitara score enables Suzuki to take the lead of the brands ranking (Passenger cars only) with 12.2% share above Opel (10.5%), Skoda (10.4%) and Ford (9.9%). When adding LCVs, Ford swaps to #1 (13.2%) above Suzuki (9.8%) and Opel (9.3%).

Kia Sportage Hungary February 2016Discounts on the outgoing gen and the arrival of the new gen push the Sportage into the Top 10.

In February, 6.625 passenger cars were sold (+12%) or 8.134 (+12% also) including LCVs, adding up to 12.193 (+13%) or 15.009 units (+11%) including LCVs. Opel is back above Suzuki in the PC brands ranking with 11.6% share vs. 10.3% but the Japanese carmaker remains #1 year-to-date. The Suzuki Vitara remains the most popular nameplate in the country at a stable 6.8% market share, increasing the gap with the Skoda Octavia (4.2%) and becoming the only car to sell in the 4-digits after just two months (1.033 units and 6.9% share). The VW Passat retreats to #5, knocked down by the Ford Focus, the Fiat 500 jumps to #6 and the Kia Sportage improves further to #9.

Previous post: Hungary Full Year 2015: Suzuki Vitara lands at #2 in market up 14%

One year ago: Hungary January 2015: Skoda Octavia starts with a bang

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Hungary Full Year 2015: Suzuki Vitara lands at #2 in market up 14%

Suzuki Vitara Hungary 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Suzuki Vitara is the big surprise of 2015 in Hungary. Picture whatcar.co.uk

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Little by little, the Hungarian new car market is creeping back up with sales up 14% in 2015 to 77.172 passenger cars (LCV excluded), but there is still a very long way to go before the record of 234.000 units established back in 2004 is within striking distance. Opel remains the most popular carmaker despite sales down 1%, while Skoda (+15%) overtakes Ford (+1%) for second place and Suzuki (+58%) jumps aged of Volkswagen (+19%) at #4. Renault (+29%), Fiat (+34%), Mercedes (+36%), Mitsubishi (+64%) and Jeep (+115%) also shine.

Skoda Octavia Hungary 2015. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Skoda Octavia is #1 in Hungary for the 3rd year in a row. Picture zr.ru

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia is #1 for the third year in a row and the 4th time in the past 5 years, improving its market share to 6.2% thanks to sales up 20% on 2014. But the main event in the ranking is the blockbuster landing of the locally-produced Suzuki Vitara at a stunning 2nd place overall thanks to 3.733 units sold. The Vitara even led the Hungarian market in July, September and October and becomes the highest-ranking Suzuki since 2009 when the SX4 was #2. Considered a local, Suzuki used to be ultra-dominant in Hungary before the Global Financial Crisis hit in 2009: the Suzuki Swift even held 23.5% of the Hungarian market in 1999 and the best-selling vehicle in the country was a Suzuki for 9 out of 10 years between 1999 and 2008.

Fiat 500 Hungary 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Fiat 500 is up 40% year-on-year in Hungary in 2015. Picture largus.fr

Below, the Opel Astra is up 18% to #3, the Suzuki Swift is up 12% to #5, the Fiat 500 up 40% to #8, VW Passat up 122% to #9, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is up 21% but down one spot to #11, the Nissan Qashqai is up 31% to #12, the Ford Kuga up 34% to #17 and the Skoda Fabia up 46% to #20.

Previous post: Hungary November 2015: Skoda Octavia back to #1, VW Passat up to #4

Previous year: Hungary Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia #1, Opel Mokka at world best

Two years ago: Hungary Full Year 2013: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

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Hungary November 2015: Skoda Octavia back to #1, VW Passat up to #4

VW Passat Hungary November 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe new generation VW Passat is a runaway hit in Hungary. 

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The Hungarian new passenger car market is up 12% year-on-year in November to 6.604 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 14% to 70.255 units. Skoda overtakes Opel to become the most popular carmaker with 11.2% share vs. 10.3% for Opel, only three units above Suzuki this month (also at 10.3%) but retaining its year-to-date lead at 11.4% vs. 10.2% for Skoda at #2. Dacia is strong in 6th place and 5,3% share. In the models ranking, after two consecutive months of Suzuki Vitara domination, the Skoda Octavia reclaims the top spot it also holds year-to-date thanks to strong sales at 7.3% share, knocking the Vitara down to #2 with the renewed Opel Astra rounding up the podium as it does year-to-date. The VW Passat shoots up five spots on last month to a stunning 4th place, now ranking #8 year-to-date. Notice also the Fiat 500 up 7 to #6, the Nissan Qashqai up 6 to #10 and the Skoda Fabia scoring a rare Hungarian Top 10 ranking at #9.

Previous month: Hungary October 2015: Government program lifts van sales up

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Hungary October 2015: Government program lifts van sales up

Opel Vivaro Hungary October 2015. Picture courtesy autopro.huThe Opel Vivaro surges to third place overall in Hungary in October.

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This month new Hungarian car sales are heavily skewed by a government program providing vans to villages – the village caretaker program (“falugondnoki program”) and helping lift the overall market up 30% year-on-year to 9.776 registrations – including 8.192 passenger cars and 1.584 LCVs. The year-to-date total now stands at 76.844 units, up 13% on the same period in 2014. Brand-wise, Volkswagen takes the lead with 12.2% share, mainly thanks to a government-pushed outstanding score by the Transporter (#2) and good holds from the Golf (#8) and Passat (#9). Opel (11.4%), Ford (11.1%) and Suzuki (10.6%) follow. The locally assembled Suzuki Vitara is the best-selling vehicle in the country for the third time in the past four months with 722 sales while the Opel Vivaro – at #3 and 4% share – and Renault Trafic – at #4 and 3.8% – surge to never-seen-before heights thanks to the Hungarian government.

Previous month: Hungary September 2015: Vitara triumphs, lifts Suzuki to #1 brand

One year ago: Hungary October 2014: Fiat 500 and Opel Mokka up

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Hungary September 2015: Vitara triumphs, lifts Suzuki to #1 brand

Suzuki Vitara Hungary September 2015The Suzuki Vitara single-handedly lifts the brand to #1 in Hungary.

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The Hungarian new car market is up 12% year-on-year in September to 7.582 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 67.068 units, up 11% on 2014. The big event this month in Hungary is the pole position in the brands ranking of local manufacturer Suzuki. The Japanese carmaker was the most popular in its ‘European home’ each and every single year from 1997 to 2009 before falling apart in 2010 at the time of the global financial crisis. For the first time since then, Suzuki manages to rank #1 in Hungary in September with 928 sales and 12.2% market share vs. #5 and 7.5% so far in 2015. This performance is due to one model, fast becoming the default choice for Hungarian car buyers: the Vitara. Launched at the start of the year, the Vitara is the #1 car in the country for the second time in the past three months, accounting for 64% of the brand’s sales here in September. It also overtakes the Opel Astra to rank #2 year-to-date below just the Skoda Octavia, #2 this month. Notice also the Fiat Ducato up to #4, the VW Passat solid at #9 and the Ford Ranger up to #10.

Previous month: Hungary August 2015: Skoda Octavia edges past Suzuki Vitara

One year ago: Hungary September 2014: Suzuki Swift and Ford Kuga shine

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