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Kazakhstan June 2014: Nissan Almera Classic lands at #12

July 30th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Almera Classic Kazakhstan June 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruNissan Almera Classic

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After shockingly falling into negative last month, new car sales in Kazakhstan are back up year-on-year in June, just: up 2% to 14,655 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 76,515 units, up 11% on 2013. The Top 4 best-selling models are back to their year-to-date selves: the Lada Priora dominates once again ahead of the Lada Granta, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio. The Lada Largus is down two spots on May to #5 but still up 194% year-on-year, the UZ-Daewoo Gentra continues to progress: up to 6th place with 668 sales and a best-ever 4.6% share, the Skoda Rapid is back up to #11, the Toyota Corolla up to #22 and the Nissan X-Trail up 208% to #25 thanks to the new model. Finally we welcome the Nissan Almera in the Top 30 directly at #12 with 293 sales and 2% share.

Previous month: Kazakhstan May 2014: Lada Priora, Granta and Largus on podium

One year ago: Kazakhstan June 2013: Lada Priora #1, Daewoo Nexia on podium

Full June 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan May 2014: Lada Priora, Granta and Largus on podium

June 20th, 2014 No comments

Lada Largus Kazakhstan May 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruFirst podium ranking for the Lada Largus in Kazakhstan and the world.

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Shock, horror: until recently the world’s fastest growing car market, Kazakhstan new car sales are down year-on-year for the first time in years in May at -2% to 12,968 units! For now though, the year-to-date total still evolves at record levels at 61,860 registrations, up 14% on 2013. The striking element in the Kazakh sales charts is the domination of Lada, doing better here than in Russia! Whereas at home in Russia there is only 3 Ladas in the Top 10, for the first time since last November the Kazakh models podium is 100% Lada in May: the Priora keeps the lead at 1,302 units and a round 10% share in spite of sales down 13% year-on-year, ahead of the Granta at 1,076 sales and 8.3%, up 20% on May 2013.

Renault Duster Kazakhstan May 2014. Picture courtesy of Ilva Davidovich idphoto.kz copyThe Renault Duster ranks at a best-ever #6 this month in Kazakhstan.

The big event this month in Kazakhstan is the third place of the Lada Largus: after breaking into the Top 5 for the first time in any country in the world last month at #5, it now breaks onto the podium at #3 with 697 units and 5.4%, making Kazakhstan the first country to welcome the Largus among its Top 3 best-sellers… This coincides with its record-breaking performance this month in Russia where it ranks #4 with 3.7% share. Other great performers this month include the Kia Rio up 47% to #5, Renault Duster up 110% to a best-ever #6, UZ-Daewoo Gentra strong again at #7, VW Polo up 299% to #13 and the Kia Sorento up 76% to #23.

Previous month: Kazakhstan April 2014: UZ-Daewoo Gentra lands in 6th place

One year ago: Kazakhstan May 2013: Lada Priora, Samara and Granta on top

Full May 2014 Top 25 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan April 2014: UZ-Daewoo Gentra lands in 6th place

May 21st, 2014 No comments

Daewoo Gentra Kazakhstan April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruUZ-Daewoo Gentra

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The Kazakh new car market is used to year-on-year gains a lot more aggressive than the 4% delivered in April at 13,961 registrations. Is this the end of explosive growth for this market? Too early to tell, especially given the year-to-date total is still up a brilliant 19% on 2013 at 48,833 units. The Lada Priora continues to reign supreme thanks to 1,340 sales and 9.6% share, followed like in the year-to-date ranking by the Lada Granta at 7.3% and the Hyundai Accent at 6.1%. The Kia Rio is up 119% to remain in 4th place and should soon pass the GAZ Gazelle (-12% this month) to also claim the #4 spot in 2014, and the Lada Largus breaks into the Kazakh Top 5 for the very first time thanks to sales up 227% on April 2013.

Lada Largus Kazakhstan April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruFirst Top 5 ranking for the Lada Largus in Kazakhstan and worldwide.

But the big event this month is the thunderous arrival of the UZ-Daewoo Gentra at a formidable 6th place with 520 sales and 3.7% share. The Uzbekistan subsidiary of General Motors had been placing the Nexia on the Kazakh podium for years up until 2013 but it only ranks #17 so far in 2014, so it seems the Gentra is destined to replace the Nexia atop the Kazakh sales charts. The UZ-Daewoo Gentra is in fact a 2007 Chevrolet Optra Advance, itself a slightly disguised 2003 Optra. As such, UZ-Daewoo can offer it for a very competitive price, so much so that the Gentra is one of the cheapest new cars on sale in neighbouring Russia: cheaper than a Citroen C1 or Kia Picanto and competing with Chinese entries FAW V5, V2 and Lifan Solano…

Previous month: Kazakhstan March 2014: Kia Rio and Nissan Qashqai in Top 5

Previous year: Kazakhstan Full Year 2013: Lada Priora tops world’s fastest growing market

Full April 2014 Top 25 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan March 2014: Kia Rio and Nissan Qashqai in Top 5

April 28th, 2014 3 comments

Kia Rio Kazakhstan March 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruKia Rio

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The Kazakh new car market is back to explosive growth in March at +34% year-on-year to 12,647 registrations, bringing the First Quarter total to a record 34,474 units, up 25% on 2013. The models ranking is back to a little bit of normalcy with the Lada Priora reclaiming the top spot it also holds year-to-date thanks to 1,215 sales and 9.6% share adding up to 3,305 units so far in 2014. However the Hyundai Accent is catching up at a mammoth +149% to rank #2 at 985 units and 7.8% vs. 6.4% year-to-date… Korean carmakers are in great shape this month: the Kia Rio up to a fantastic #4 spot with sales up 277% and the Kia Sportage up a huge 577% to stop just short off a Top 10 spot at #11. In runout mode before the arrival of the new generation, the Nissan Qashqai is up 202% to #5 whereas the Lada Largus gains one further spot to a best-ever #6.

Geely SC7 Kazakhstan March 2014The Geely (Shanghai Englon) SC7 in neighbouring Urumqi – China

Finally from this month onwards Kazakh stats include Chinese carmaker Geely, met with a lot of interest here: the SC7 is the first Chinese model to break into the local Top 25 at #21 this month with 144 sales and 1.1% share. This is actually rather logical given the success of the SC7 in Xinjiang, the Chinese province bordering Kazakhstan, and particularly in Urumqi where I was a couple of days ago.

Previous month: Kazakhstan February 2014: Complete change of guard atop the ranking!

Previous year: Kazakhstan Full Year 2013: Lada Priora tops world’s fastest growing market

Full March 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan February 2014: Complete change of guard atop the ranking!

March 25th, 2014 No comments

GAZ Gazelle Next Kazakhstan February 2014The GAZ Gazelle tops the Kazakh models ranking this month.

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Building on a record year in 2013, the Kazakh new car market is up a further 22% in February to 10,863 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 21,436 units, up 17% on 2013. Traditionally relatively stables, the Kazakh models ranking sees a complete change of guard this month, with the entire podium occupied by models that all ranked outside of it in 2013. The GAZ Gazelle brilliantly takes the lead of the sales charts thanks sales up a huge 161% year-on-year to 1,037 for a 9.5% market share vs. #7 and 3.6% over the Full Year 2013! The Lada Granta is up 48% to #2 with 903 units and 8.3% and the Hyundai Accent rounds up the podium at 892 sales and 8.2%, up 118% year-on-year.

Lada Granta Kazakhstan February 2014The Granta is Lada’s best-seller in Kazakhstan this month.

Leader in 2013, the Lada Priora is down 47% to #4 and 6.8% this month but remains on top year-to-date thanks to a strong month of January. Likewise, the Lada Samara is down 4% to #5 while the Renault Duster is up a mammoth 174% to a shiny 6th position with 331 sales and 3% share. Other great performers in Kazakhstan this month include the Lada Largus up to #7, the Nissan Qashqai up 57% to #9, the Toyota Corolla up a gargantuan 533% to #10 thanks to the new generation, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado up 71% to #14, Chevrolet Aveo up 169% to #15, Lada Kalina up 670% to #18, Mitsubishi Outlander up 112% to #16, Renault Sandero up 167% to #17, the Chevrolet Tracker landing at #18, Renault Logan up 325% to #19 and the Toyota RAV4 up 1275% to #28.

Previous post: Kazakhstan Full Year 2013: Lada Priora tops world’s fastest growing market

Full February 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan Full Year 2013: Lada Priora tops world’s fastest growing market

January 29th, 2014 No comments

Lada Priora Kazakhstan 2013Lada Priora

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In 2013, Kazakhstan is officially the fastest-growing new car market in the world, gaining 74% on 2012 to an all-time record 165,710 registrations. The Top 3 best-sellers are unchanged vs. 2012: the Lada Priora holds onto its throne thanks to sales up 70% to 20,358 and 12.3% share, the Lada Samara is less lucky: up ‘just’ 20% to 13,830 units and 8.3% while the Uz-Daewoo Nexia performs better than the market in spite of its old age, up 79% to 10,665 sales and 6.5%. The Lada Granta follows just below, up 89% to 9,880 units while the Lada 4×4 is down one spot to #5 in spite of sales up 67%, making it 4 Ladas in the Kazakh Top 5!

Lada Largus Kazakhstan 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Lada Largus lands directly at #9 in Kazakhstan for its first year in market.

The Hyundai Accent almost doubles its 2012 score to 8,108 sales (+92%), the Kia Rio is up a splendid 10 spots and 224% to #8, the Lada Largus lands directly inside the Kazakh Top 10 for its very first year in market thanks to 3,489 units sold for a 2.1% market share, the Chevrolet Cruze is up 86% to also break into the Top 10 for the first time at #10, the Renault Duster is up 9-fold from one year to another, going from 307 sales and #47 to 2,754 and #13, the Nissan Qashqai is up 150% to #14, VW Polo up 265% to #19, the new generation Kia Cerato lands at #21, the Kia Sportage is up 231% to #24 and the Skoda Rapid makes its very first appearance in the annual Kazakh ranking at #26, even breaking into the monthly Top 10 in November.

Previous post: Kazakhstan December 2013: Hyundai Accent and Toyota Prado shine

Previous year:Kazakhstan Full Year 2012: Lada Priora and Samara on top

Full Year 2013 Top 25 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan December 2013: Hyundai Accent & Toyota Prado shine

January 29th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Land Criuser Prado Kazakhstan December 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is up to #8 this month in Kazakhstan.

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New car sales in Kazakhstan are up a whopping 73% year-on-year in December to 15,649 registrations, and the Top 3 best-selling models in the country this month are 100% Ladas like in November: the Priora leads the way with 1,845 sales and 11.8% share, ahead of the Samara at 6.9% and the Granta at 5.9%. Outstanding month for the Hyundai Accent, up no less than 177% year-on-year to #4 with 895 units and 5.7%, kicking the Uz-Daewoo Nexia down to #5. Other great performers this month in Kazakhstan include the Toyota Prado up 193% to #8, Renault Duster up 834% to #10, the Skoda Rapid at #11, Lada Kalina up a huge 1074% to #12 thanks to the new model and the Toyota Highlander up 800% to #20.

Previous month: Kazakhstan November 2013: Skoda Rapid in Top 10

Previous year: Kazakhstan Full Year 2012: Lada Priora and Samara on top

Full December 2013 Top 25 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan November 2013: Skoda Rapid in Top 10

December 23rd, 2013 No comments

Skoda Rapid Kazakhstan November 2013First time inside the Kazakh Top 10 for the Skoda Rapid

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New car sales in Kazakhstan have clearly not exhausted their growth potential yet, up another 58% year-on-year in November to 16,898 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to a record 150,064 units, up 74% from the 86,153 achieved at the same time last year which was already an all-time record! Bumper times in Kazakhstan indeed. This month Lada manages what it cannot do anymore at home in Russia: monopolising the podium. It places the Priora in the lead with 2,099 sales and 12.4% share, ahead of the Samara at 1,420 and 8.4% and the Granta at 1,016 and 6%. The Uz-Daewoo Nexia is down one spot to #4 while the Hyundai Accent remains #5 and the Lada Largus is up one rank to #7.

Toyota Highlander Kazakhstan November 2013The Toyota Highlander is among the Top 30 best-sellers this month.

But the biggest event in the Kazakh models ranking this month is potentially the landing of the Skoda Rapid inside the Top 10 most popular cars for the first time at #10 with 413 sales and 2.4% just below the Renault Duster which achieves a second month in a row in the Top 10 at #9. Other great performers in November include the Chevrolet Niva up 7 ranks to #13, the Kia Sportage up 8 to #16, the Lada Kalina back into the Top 30 at #22 thanks to the new generation of the model, the Iveco Daily V at #26, Chevrolet Aveo at #27 and Toyota Highlander at #28.

Previous month: Kazakhstan October 2013: Renault Duster in Top 10

Previous year: Kazakhstan Full Year 2012: Lada Priora and Samara on top

Full November 2013 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan October 2013: Renault Duster in Top 10

November 22nd, 2013 5 comments

Renault Duster Kazakhstan October 2013. Picture courtesy of Ilva Davidovich idphoto.kz copyRenault Duster sales are up 793% year-on-year in Kazakhstan in October…

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Thanks to Irina from www.akab.kz, I can share with you October sales data for Kazakhstan, one of the (if not the) most dynamic car markets in the world this year. This month the Kazakh new car market is up a mammoth 73% year-on-year to 17,056 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 133,150 units, up an equally out-of-this-world 76% on 2012. To put things in perspective, let’s remind ourselves that the previous 2 best-ever Full Years for new car sales in Kazakhstan were 2012 at 95,313 registrations and 2007 at 60,513!

SsangYong Kyron Kazakhstan October 2013The SsangYong Kyron is the #15 best-seller in Kazakhstan this month.

The top of the models ranking is stable with the Lada Priora (+26%), Samara (+45%), UZ-Daewoo Nexia (+67%) and Lada Granta (+72%) leading the way like in the year-to-date ranking, while the Hyundai Accent is up one spot on September to #5, passing the Lada 4×4 down 2 to #6, and the GAZ Gazelle and Lada Largus exchange positions to #7 and #8 respectively. The best performance this month is delivered by the Renault Duster breaking into the Kazakh Top 10 for the first time since BSCB has been following Kazakh sales monthly last May, up a huge 793% year-on-year to #9 with 395 sales and 2.3% share.

Mitsubishi ASX Kazakhstan October 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Mitsubishi ASX makes its first appearance in the Kazakh Top 30 this month.

Notice also the VW Polo up one further rank on September to #11 vs. #22 year-to-date, the SsangYong Kyron up 200% year-on-year to #15, Toyota Corolla up 209% to #16, Skoda Rapid up 4 spots to #18, Kia Sportage up 190% to #24, Hyundai Tucson up 783% to #27 and the Mitsubishi ASX making its first appearance inside the Kazakh Top 30 at #28 with 158 sales and 0.9% share.

Previous month: Kazakhstan September 2013: Lada Largus and UAZ Bukhanka strong

Previous year: Kazakhstan Full Year 2012: Lada Priora and Samara on top

Full October 2013 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan September 2013: Lada Largus & UAZ Bukhanka strong

October 29th, 2013 No comments

UAZ Bukhanka Kazakhstan September 2013Virtually unchanged since 1966 and #9 this month: the UAZ Bukhanka

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In September the Kazakh new car market doesn’t disappoint: it is up another huge 90% year-on-year to 16,196 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 116,094 units, up 77% on 2012. The Lada Priora keeps the lead but is up ‘only’ 27% to 1,757 sales and 10.8%, followed like in the year-to-date ranking by the Lada Samara at 1,313 units and 8.1% (+41%) and the Daewoo Nexia with 1,059 sales and 6.5% (+126%). The Lada 4×4 surprisingly remains above the much more recent Lada Granta at 1,039 units vs. 953 and now even threatens it for the 4th spot year-to-date…

Lada Largus Kazakhstan September 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Lada Largus is up to a record #7 in Kazakhstan this month.

After breaking into the Kazakh Top 10 for the first time last month, the Lada Largus gain one further spot to land at #7 with 570 sales and 3.5%, bringing the GAZ Gazelle down to #8. The valiant UAZ Bukhanka that took me through the Gobi desert in Mongolia earlier this month is back up to #9 in Kazakhstan thanks to 341 units sold for a solid 2.1% market share. Notice also the VW Polo up to #12 vs. #24 year-to-date, the Renault Duster up 397% year-on-year to #13, the Toyota Corolla up to #16 vs. #25 year-to-date and the Skoda Rapid up 5 ranks to #22.

Previous month: Kazakhstan August 2013: Lada Largus breaks into Top 10

Full September 2013 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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