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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!

Full February 2015 Top 40 All-brands and Top 189 All-models below.

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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

Full January 2015 Top 37 All-brands and Top 163 All-models below.

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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 1970-1991 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

Full Year 2014 Top 253 All-models and Top 41 All-brands vs. Full Year 2013 figures below.

Full December 2014 Top 25 models below.

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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

Full November 2014 Top 25 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan October 2014: Grey Russian imports trigger 13% loss

December 1st, 2014 No comments

Chevrolet Cobalt Kazakhstan October 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruChevrolet Cobalt

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It is now official: the Kazakh new car market has gone from being one of the fastest-growing in the world in 2013 to full-on crisis now at -13% year-on-year in October to 14,825 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 133,888 deliveries, up just 0.5% on 2013. The reason? Russia. The depreciation of the Russian Ruble and an open borders policy in place since July this year have made grey Russian imports very profitable, resulting in a total of 190,000 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 30,000 and you obtain 270,000 deliveries, double the official figures. Therefore local organisation AKAB estimates half of the Kazakh new car market is now ‘grey’, saying “Authorised dealers have lost the battle with the grey market”.

8 Daewoo NexiaRussian Daewoo Nexia

Brand-wise, Lada remains on top by far with 27.9% of the official market in October, above Kia (10.2%), Toyota (9%), Hyundai (8.9%) and UZ-Daewoo (8.7%) while Chevrolet loses ground at 6.2% vs. 7.4% YTD. Notice Chinese manufacturers FAW (#16), Geely (#17) and MG (#30) making a discreet appearance in the ranking. The Lada Priora is the most popular nameplate in the country once again with a particularly strong 12.3% market share this month, followed by the Lada Granta, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio. The Daewoo Nexia is down 41% YOY but back inside the Kazakh Top 5 for the first time since November 2013. The Toyota Camry is up 53% to #8, the Skoda Rapid up 57% to #11, the Chevrolet Cobalt is up a further two spots on September to a best-ever #12 and the Nissan Almera Classic ranks #14.

Previous month: Kazakhstan September 2014: Chevrolet Cobalt in progress

One year ago: Kazakhstan October 2013: Renault Duster in Top 10

Full October 2014 Top 25 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Kazakhstan September 2014: Chevrolet Cobalt in progress

October 27th, 2014 1 comment

Chevrolet Cobalt Kazakhstan September 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruChevrolet Cobalt (Russian model pictured)

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After a one month-hiatus, Kazakh data is back on BSCB. New car sales in Kazakhstan take a hit in September: down 9% to 14,580 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 122,063 units, now up a shy 5% on 2013. The market is definitely pausing after gaining 74% over the Full Year 2014: sales are down 4% over the third quarter of 2014 to 45,462 units, potentially impacted by the Russian economic difficulties linked to the Ukrainian crisis. Model sales data is available for Q3 2014 but only a ranking for September. Over Q3, the Lada Priora is still the best-seller but in free fall at -28%. It is followed by the Hyundai Accent (+43%), Lada Granta (+17%), Kia Rio (+226%) and Lada Largus (+65%).

UZ Daewoo Gentra Kazakhstan September 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruUZ-Daewoo Gentra

The UZ-Daewoo Gentra lands directly in 6th place thanks to 2.036 sales and 4.5% share, while the UZ-Daewoo Nexia is down 56% year-on-year but back up to #7 and 3.4% share during Q3 vs. #11 and 2.1% year-to-date. The Lada Kalina confirms its new generation has transformed the nameplate from a non-seller to a Top 10 blockbuster in Kazakhstan (#8), the Skoda Rapid breaks into the Kazakh Top 10 at #9 vs. #12 year-to-date, the Toyota Camry is up to #12 vs. #17 YTD and the Nissan Almera Classic is up to #15 vs. #25. Finally we have a new strong seller breaking onto the Kazakh scene over the period: the Chevrolet Cobalt ranks #25 over Q3 with 467 sales and 1% share but is already #14 in September.

Previous post: Kazakhstan July 2014: Kia Rio and Daewoo Gentra break records

One year ago: Kazakhstan September 2013: Lada Largus and UAZ Bukhanka strong

Full Q3 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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Kazakhstan July 2014: Kia Rio and Daewoo Gentra break records

September 8th, 2014 No comments

Kia Rio Kazakhstan July 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Kia Rio ranks 2nd overall in Kazakhstan for the first time this month.

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With a little bit of delay I can share with you today July data for Kazakhstan which is no longer the world’s fastest growing automotive market: down 1% year-on-year to 15,916 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 92,517 units, still up 9% on 2013 and a new all-time record for the country. The Lada Priora keeps the lead of the models ranking in spite of sales down 32% on July 2013 1,352 units for a 8.5% share. It is followed this month by the Kia Rio up 2 spots on June to hit a record-breaking 2nd place thanks to sales up 144% to 1,206 units and 7.6%. It overtakes the Lada Granta (+46%) and Hyundai Accent (-2%) while the Daewoo Gentra continues its unstoppable march, breaking volume, share and ranking records in July to #5 with 842 sales and 5.3%. Other great year-on-year gainers include the Lada Largus up 151% to #6, the Skoda Rapid up 227% to an all-time high #8 spot, the Kia Sportage up 135% to #12, Nissan Juke up 77% to #17, Kia Sorento up 88% to #22, Renault Logan up 475% to #24 and Skoda Octavia up 358% to #26.

Previous month: Kazakhstan June 2014: Nissan Almera Classic lands at #12

One year ago: Kazakhstan July 2013: Daewoo Nexia and Lada Largus shine

Full July 2014 Top 25 models Ranking Table below.

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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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