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Kazakhstan July 2015: Hyundai Accent at 10% share in market at -46%

August 18th, 2015 No comments

Hyundai Accent Kazakhstan July 2015. Picture courtesy kolesa.kzThe Hyundai Accent is the best-selling car in Kazakhstan for the 2nd month in a row.

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Extremely fragile situation for the Kazakh new car market, seriously affected by the Russian crisis and the grey-import of new cars from Russia. Sales tumble down a very harsh 46% year-on-year to 8.667 registrations in July, pulling the year-to-date total down 33% to 62.302 units. Lada is the main victim of the current situation, freefalling to just 21% market share vs. 29.9% so far in 2015. Hyundai is now right behind at 16% share vs. 12.9% year-to-date with Kia in third place at 12.4% vs. 11.1%. Toyota (8%), Renault (7.7%) and GAZ (4.7%) follow like YTD, while Nissan is back up a spectacular 12 spots on June to #7 and 4% share, Geely is up one further rank to #11 and Skoda is down 6 to #14.

GAZ Gazelle Next Kazakhstan July 2015Ranking 5th this month in Kazakhstan is the GAZ Gazelle.

The models ranking is also tweaked by Russian grey imports of new cars. For the second month in a row, the Hyundai Accent is the best-selling model in Kazakhstan thanks to 846 sales for a record market share of just under 10%. This means that for the third consecutive time, it’s not a Lada at #1 in Kazakhstan as the Kia Rio was #1 in May. However, unlike in Russia where a similar models evolution towards Hyundai and Kia is the result of a consumer shift and years of consolidation from the Korean manufacturers, here in Kazakhstan the figures are tweaked by the fact a large part of new cars imported on the grey market from Russia are Ladas, they therefore don’t appear in these official figures, penalising the Granta, usually #1 here. The GAZ Gazelle (#5), Nissan X-Trail (#16), Nissan Qashqai (#23) and Geely Emgrand EC7 (#34) also shine this month.

Previous month: Kazakhstan June 2015: Hyundai Accent best-seller above Lada Granta

One year ago: Kazakhstan July 2014: Kia Rio and Daewoo Gentra break records

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Kazakhstan June 2015: Hyundai Accent best-seller above Lada Granta

July 23rd, 2015 2 comments

Hyundai Accent Kazakhstan June 2015. Picture courtesy kolesa.kzThe Hyundai Accent is the #1 car in Kazakhstan in June.

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The Kazakh new car market continues to suffer from the afflux of grey-market new imports from Russia, freefalling 39% year-on-year in June to 8.891 registrations which brings the half year total to 53.635 units, down 30% on 2014. In the brands ranking, Lada is in great difficulty at just 21.9% share vs. 31.4% year-to-date – note however that this share is still higher than at home in Russia where Lada held 18.8% in June. Hyundai lodges another very strong month at 15.8% vs. 12.4% so far in 2015, overtaking Kia at 12.5% in June and 10.9% YTD. Toyota (8.3%) is back above Renault (8%) like in the YTD ranking, GAZ is back to #6, UZ-Daewoo is up 4 spots on last month to #7, Chinese manufacturer Geely is up to #12 both in June (2.5% share) and year-to-date (1.8%), Kamaz is up to #14, Honda up to #20 and Mazda up to #21.

Lada Granta Kazakhstan June 2015. Picture courtesy pogazam.ruThe Lada Granta is outsold for the 2nd month running.

Model-wise, after the Kia Rio was the first non-Lada nameplate to take the lead in years last month, the Hyundai Accent, #2 in May, takes the relay in June making it two consecutive months of Korean leadership. The Accent only needed to match its year-to-date market share (7.9%) at 699 sales to rank #1 as the Lada Granta is well below its 2015 level at 7.6% vs. 10.1% so far. In this aspect, Kazakhstan follows the Russian market where the Accent and the Rio have been battling the Granta for the top spot in the past 6 months. The Hyundai Elantra also shines in 5th place with 4.9% share vs. #9 and 2.7% year-to-date, with the Toyota Camry up 4 spots on May to #9, the UZ-Daewoo Nexia up 10 to #14 and the Hyundai i30 up 21 to #28.

Previous month: Kazakhstan May 2015: Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent outsell all Ladas

One year ago: Kazakhstan June 2014: Nissan Almera Classic lands at #12

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Kazakhstan May 2015: Kia Rio & Hyundai Accent outsell all Ladas

June 20th, 2015 2 comments

Kia Rio Kazakhstan May 2015. Picture courtesy of zr.ruSurprise: the Kia Rio is the best-selling vehicle in Kazakhstan in May.

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The Kazakh new car market continues to crumble down at -25% in May to 9.781 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 44.744 units, down a harsh 28% on 2014. Russian manufacturer Lada remains the most popular in Kazakhstan however with 24.6% share it is way below its year-to-date level (33.2%) yet still above its share at home in Russia (18.2%). Korean carmakers Kia (15.7%) and Hyundai (13.5%) have a bumper month and place the Rio in pole position overall and the Accent at #2. This is the first time since BSCB started following Kazakhstan monthly (two years ago) that a Lada is not #1, in this aspect following the same trend as Russia where the Rio and Solaris (aka Accent) have started beating Ladas on their home turf.

Renault is down one spot on April to #4 but is evolving almost two percentage points share above its year-to-date level at 8.7%, Skoda shoots up 6 ranks to #6, Nissan is up 9 spots to #9, Geely down one to #12 and Infiniti back up 10 to #20. Over on the models ranking, 3 Ladas follow the two leaders: the Granta, Largus and Priora – reflecting their order year-to-date, the Hyundai Elantra is up 6 ranks to #7, the Lada 4×4 up two to #8, Skoda Rapid up 13 to #9, Kia Cerato up 18 to #17 and the Kia Sorento up 11 to #18.

Previous post: Kazakhstan April 2015: Renault Duster back up to 6th place

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

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Kazakhstan April 2015: Renault Duster back up to 6th place

May 21st, 2015 No comments

Renault Duster Kazakhstan April 2015. Picture courtesy of Ilva Davidovich idphoto.kz copyRenault Duster

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No sign of recovery for the Kazakh market which has now been in decline for a full year: down a harsh 31% year-on-year in April to just 9.573 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total down 28% to 34.963 units. Russian manufacturer Lada maintains itself at around one third of the market at 32.7% share, a world above Kia snapping back into 2nd place at 10.6%, Renault up one spot to 8.3% and Hyundai down two to 8.2%. Below Toyota, UAZ is strong again in 6th place and 5.5% share as are GAZ (4.9%) and Volkswagen (4.5%). Chinese carmaker Geely stops 29 units off a Top 10 ranking at #11 with 198 sales and 2.1% share.

Lada Kalina Russia Kazakhstan April 2015. Picture courtesy of avtovolgograda.ruThe Kalina makes it 4 Ladas in the April Top 5 in Kazakhstan.

In the models ranking, Lada manages to place 4 models inside the Top 5 this month, with the Granta still in pole position thanks to 1.027 sales and 10.7% share, the Largus at #3, Priora at #4 and Kalina at #5. Note that due to a particularly weak month of the Hyundai Accent (#7), the Largus and Priora now respectively rank #2 and #3 so far in 2015, making the Kazakh year-to-date podium 100% Lada with the Granta in the lead. The Kia Rio has a bumper month in 2nd place overall with 8.2% of the market. Notice also the UAZ Hunter up 7 spots on March to #20, the Skoda Rapid up 12 to #22, Toyota Hilux up 27 to #25 and the VW Jetta up 77 to #33.

Previous month: Kazakhstan March 2015: Lada Largus now #3 year-to-date

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

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Kazakhstan March 2015: Lada Largus now #3 year-to-date

April 24th, 2015 No comments

UAZ Patriot Kazakhstan March 2015bUAZ now holds 5.1% of the Kazakh market vs. 2.8% in FY2014.

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A year ago one of the fastest-growing new vehicle markets in the world, Kazkahstan is stuck in negative territory this year with March sales down a worrying 34% on a year ago to 8,369 deliveries and 1st quarter registrations down 26% to 25,390. Bizarrely, Lada holds double the market share here than it does at home in Russia at 36.8% thanks to 3,080 sales in March above Hyundai (12%), Kia (8%) and Renault (7%) while Toyota drops to 5th place at 5.7%. Thanks to solid performances of the Bukhanka (#13), Patriot (#16), Patriot Pickup (#21) and Hunter (#27), Russian manufacturer UAZ is up to #6 overall with 5.1% share (#11 and 2.8% in FY14). The Chinese presence in Kazakhstan is restricted to the Geely brand ranking at a very satisfying 12th place with 127 sales and 1.5% share in March vs. #14 over FY2014.

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

The models ranking is exceptionally stable this month in Kazakhstan: the entire Top 7 best-sellers are identical to February and to the year-to-date charts as well now that the Lada Largus has overtaken the FY2014 winner the Lada Priora for #3 at 2,255 sales and 8.9% so far in 2015 vs. 2,199 and 8.7%. The Lada Granta is gearing towards snapping the overall annual pole position in a 2nd country in the world after Russia, holding 10.4% of the market in March and 11.8% year-to-date. Notice also the Lada 4×4 up 6 spots to #8 making it 5 Ladas in the Top 8, the Renault Sandero up 8 to #12, Geely Emgrand X7 at #23 and the Nissan Teana and Geely Emgrand EC7 both up 19 ranks on February to #33 and #46 respectively.

Previous month: Kazakhstan February 2015: Lada Granta and Hyundai Accent on top

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

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Kazakhstan February 2015: Lada Granta & Hyundai Accent on top

March 30th, 2015 1 comment

Lada Granta Kazakhstan February 2015The Lada Granta cements its newly acquired leadership of the Kazakh market.

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New car sales in Kazakhstan are down 15% year-on-year to 9,226 registrations, a clear improvement on the -29% of January which brings the year-to-date total to 17,021 units, down 21% on 2014. Lada astoundingly manages to deliver a market share more than double that it holds at home in Russia with 39.1% in February (vs. 18.4%) and 36.7% year-to-date (vs. 16.9%). Hyundai (15.6%) and Kia (9.1%) are strong but Toyota (5.2%) is down two spots on January to #4. Geely is up to #11, Kamaz up to #13 and Infiniti remains at #19. Model-wise, Lada places 3 nameplates inside the Top 4 this month: the Granta holds a spectacular 13.1% share in pole position, with the Largus (9.9% and #3) and Priora (9.5% and #4) also impressive. The Hyundai Accent flies up to 12% share thanks to 1,103 sales, the Hyundai Elantra is up to #10, the UAZ Bukhanka up to #11 and the UAZ Patriot up to #13 vs. #49 in 2014.

Previous month: Kazakhstan January 2015: Podium 100% Lada

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

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Kazakhstan January 2015: Podium 100% Lada

March 10th, 2015 No comments

Lada Granta Kazakhstan January 2015The Lada Granta holds 11.7% of the Kazakh market in January.

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It’s a very rough start of 2015 in Kazakhstan with sales down 29% on a year ago in January to just 7,753 registrations, and there are two clear winners this month: Lada with 34.1% share (7 percentage points above its FY2014 level) and Toyota at 15.2%, both manufacturers together representing no less than just under half of the total market for the month…

Toyota Land Cruiser Kazakhstan January 2015. Picture courtesy auto.lafa.kzThe Toyota Land Cruiser is up to #9 this month in Kazakhstan.

It shows in the models ranking: Lada monopolises the podium with the Granta at a record 11.7% share followed by the Priora at 8.7% and the Largus at 7.8%, all well above their respective FY 2014 levels. Below the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Lada Kalina, Toyota places 3 models in the Top 9: the Camry at #7 and 4%, the Land Cruiser Prado at #8 and 3% and the Land Cruiser 200 at #9 and 2.6%. Notice also the Toyota Corolla at #17, the Toyota Fortuner at #19, Nissan X-Trail at #22, Lexus LX at #24 and the Infiniti QX making its appearance at #38, the brand landing in the Kazakh ranking for the first time.

Previous post: Kazakhstan Full Year 2014: Lada Granta catches up on Priora

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Kazakhstan: 1970-2014 Historical Data available

March 10th, 2015 No comments

17 Lada PrioraThe Lada Priora topped the Kazakh sales charts during the past 4 years.

Historical info spanning the past five decades is now available for Kazakhstan on BSCB. For the 19701991 period, the data is for USSR which Kazakhstan belonged to then, and Lada models reigned supreme. Between 1992 and 2009 I do not have any models information at all about the Kazakh new car market so if you do, please ensure you get in touch.

ex-USSR Historical Data:

USSR 1970-1979: Lada 2101-3 conquers the Soviet roads

USSR 1980-1986: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 likely leaders

USSR 1987: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 fight it off

USSR 1988: Lada 2106 leads, Samara on podium

USSR 1989-1991: VAZ (Lada) and Izh most popular brands

Kazakhstan Historical Data:

Kazakhstan 2010: UZ-Daewoo Nexia passes Lada 2107

Kazakhstan 2012: Lada Priora and Samara on top (with 2011 data)

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

Kazakhstan 2014: Lada Granta catches up on Priora

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Kazakhstan Full Year 2014: Lada Granta catches up on Priora

March 9th, 2015 1 comment

Lada Granta Kazakhstan 2014Lada Granta sales are up 22% to #2 overall in 2014 in Kazakhstan.

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The Kazakh new car market has gone from being the fastest growing in the world to full-on recession in the space of one year: 2014. After gaining 26% during the first quarter and 1% during Q2, new car sales in the country dropped 4% in Q3 and a worrying 16% in Q4, resulting in 2014 being down 1% year-on-year at 163,561 registrations. The culprit? Russia. The depreciation of the Russian ruble and an open borders policy in place since July have made grey Russian imports very profitable, resulting in a total of roughly 220,000 new cars imported from Russia into Kazakhstan so far this year. Add to this 50,000 imports from other countries and a local production of 32,000 and you obtain 302,000 deliveries, almost double the official figures. meaning almost half of the Kazakh new car market is now ‘grey’.

Peugeot 301 Kazakhstan 2014. Picture courtesy kolesa.kzA large Police order of 301 helped Peugeot grow its sales 5-fold in Kazakhstan in 2014.

Brand-wise, despite sales down 21% Lada keeps the lead with 27.7% share, above Kia (+49%), Hyundai (+14%) and Toyota (+3%). Imported from neighbouring Uzbekistan, UZ-Daewoo drops 17% and 4 spots to #6, Renault is up a gargantuan 66% to #7, Volkswagen up 57% to #12, Peugeot up 372% to #16 and Geely lands directly at #14 with 2,182 sales.

UZ Daewoo Gentra Kazakhstan 2014. Picture courtesy uzdaewoo.kzThe UZ-Daewoo Gentra is the most successful all-new model in 2014.

The Lada Priora is the best-selling nameplate in the country for the 4th year running but drops 24% while the Lada Granta is catching up at +22% and will overtake the Priora in 2015 if both models evolve at the same rate. Benefiting from the fall of grace of the Lada Samara (-84%), UZ-Daewoo Nexia (-57%) and Lada 4×4 (-56%), the Hyundai Accent (+25%), Kia Rio (+120%) and Lada Largus (+97%) all improve their rankings markedly while the UZ-Daewoo Gentra lands directly at #7 for its first year in market.

Previous month: Kazakhstan November 2014: Kia Rio and Uz-Daewoo Nexia shine

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

Two years ago: Kazakhstan Full Year 2012: Lada Priora and Samara on top

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Kazakhstan November 2014: Kia Rio and Uz-Daewoo Nexia shine

January 6th, 2015 No comments

Uz-Daewoo Nexia Kazakhstan November 2014Uz-Daewoo Nexia

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With a little delay we now have access to November Kazakhstan data courtesy of www.akab.kz, and things are getting a turn for the worse here with sales down a harsh 19% year-on-year to 13,673 units, impacted by grey Russian imports as I described in last month’s article. The year-to-date total is now up just 0.3% at 150,561 deliveries and should fall into negative by the time Full Year 2014 results are through, whereas it was up a gigantic 71% a year ago. The Lada Priora keeps the lead despite a 38% drop followed by the Lada Granta (+5%) while the Kia Rio replicates its fantastic Russian performance in Kazakhstan by more than doubling its sales year-on-year to 790 units in third place. The Uz-Daewoo Nexia imported from neighbouring Uzbekistan is back in business and lodges a second consecutive month inside the Top 5 vs. #10 year-to-date, the VW Polo is up 99%, the Lada Kalina up 93% and the Chevrolet Cobalt smoothes out somewhat but still shines at #15.

Previous month: Kazakhstan October 2014: Grey Russian imports trigger 13% loss

One year ago: Kazakhstan November 2013: Skoda Rapid in Top 10

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