Latvia First Half 2016: Qashqai #1, Opel Mokka shoots up to #2

Opel Mokka Latvia June 2016. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Opel Mokka is the 2nd best-selling vehicle in Latvia so far in 2016. 

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New car sales in Latvia gain a very robust 20% year-on-year over the first half of 2016 to 9.718 registrations. Volkswagen remains the most popular brand despite sales down 1% to 1.314 and a market share down to 13.5% from 16.5% a year ago. Toyota (+16%) and Nissan (+12%) round out the podium like last year, Opel is up 133% and 6 spots to #4, Renault up 65% to #5 and Ford up 28% to #6. Peugeot (+84%), Kia (+64%), Citroen (+60%) and Mazda (+120%) also shine. Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai holds onto the pole position it held over the Full Year 2015 despite sales down 5% to 423 but in 2nd place the Opel Mokka is up 4-fold on a year ago to 301 units and 3.1% share, edging past the VW Golf (+28%), Fiat 500 (+64%) and VW Passat (-17%). Notice also the Renault Trafic at #12 (+113%) and the Peugeot 308 at #15 (+971%).

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Latvia Full Year 2015: Nissan Qashqai and VW Passat outpace Skoda Yeti

Nissan Qashqai Latvia August 2015The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling vehicle in Latvia in 2015.

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Very dynamic new car sales in Latvia: up 7% year-on-year to 16.114 registrations, with Volkswagen (16%) and Toyota (11.4%) still in command but with slightly lower market shares than a year ago. Nissan surges 58% to land in third position, overcoming Skoda (-7%) and Peugeot (-41%) while Ford (+78%) and Fiat (+84%) deliver even more impressive results at #5 and #7 respectively. Lada is reborn from its ashes, going from just 11 sales in 2014 to 334 (#15) this year, 331 of which are the Lada 4×4 aka Niva (#10). The Russian market, in deep crisis, is now looking for any outlet to sell its cars and Lada in Latvia is the perfect example of this trend. As it is also the case in neighbouring Estonia, the Nissan Qashqai surges 62% to snap the pole position off the Skoda Yeti (-22%) while the VW Passat is up 57% to #2. Notice also the Fiat 500 up 89% to #7, the Ford Focus up 60% to #8 and the VW Tiguan up 59% to #14. The Nissan Pulsar spends its first full year in the Latvian market inside the Top 20.

Previous post: Latvia August 2015: Nissan Qashqai in the lead

Previous year: Latvia Full Year 2014: Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai take the lead

Two years ago: Latvia Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

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Latvia August 2015: Nissan Qashqai in the lead

Nissan Qashqai Latvia August 2015The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling vehicle in Latvia in August.

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Second consecutive month of year-on-year decline for Latvian new car sales at -2% in August to 1.173 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still frankly in positive territory at +7% and 10.641 units. Volkswagen keeps the brands pole position in spite of sales down a steep 34% to 14.9% share, distancing Toyota (+93%) and Nissan (+81%) both in outstanding shape. Peugeot (-4%) follows above Kia delivering the strongest year-on-year gains in the Top 20 at +144%. Notice also Opel (+41%), Fiat (+64%) and Hyundai (+95%). Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai takes advantage of a particularly weak month by the market leader the Skoda Yeti (#39) to snap up the top spot at 5% share above the VW Passat (4%), Toyota Auris (3.7%) and Kia Sportage (3.2%). The Toyota Avensis (#7), VW Tiguan (#8), Hyundai i30 (#21) and Ford S-Max (#14) also lodge solid performances in August.

Previous month: Latvia July 2015: Skoda Yeti snaps up top spot

One year ago: Latvia August 2014: VW Caddy and Ford Focus in the lead

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Latvia July 2015: Skoda Yeti snaps up top spot

Skoda Yeti Latvia July 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Yeti

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The Latvian new car market marks a pause in July with sales down 3% year-on-year to 1.400 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still frankly in positive at +9% to 9.468 sales after 7 months. If Volkswagen (15.5%) is a notch lower than its year-to-date market share, Toyota (14.9%), Nissan (10.4%) and Skoda (10.2%) are all well above. Citroen jumps 7 spots on June to 6th place with 4% of the market, Hyundai, Audi and Subaru are all up 5 ranks to #11, #13 and #15 respectively and Honda is up 7 to #17. In the models ranking, the Skoda Yeti is the best-selling nameplate in the country for the first time this year and the third time in the past 13 months along with July and December 2014, with 81 sales and 5.8% share, passing the Nissan Qashqai at 70 units and 5% – the latter however keeping its year-to-date pole position. The VW Passat is up 5 spots on last month to a fantastic third place, the Toyota RAV4 is up 3 to #4 and the Toyota Auris up 10 to #5.

Previous month: Latvia June 2015: Nissan Qashqai reclaims lead, Fiat 500 #3

One year ago: Latvia July 2014: Skoda Yeti reclaims top spot, Dacia Duster #2

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Latvia June 2015: Nissan Qashqai reclaims lead, Fiat 500 #3

Fiat 500 Latvia June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Fiat 500 is up to #3 in Latvia in June.

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The Latvian new car market is up a splendid 12% year-on-year in June to 1.465 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 8.068 units, up 11% on 2014. Volkswagen is master in command once again with 15.3% share while Toyota reclaims the #2 spot it held in 2014 and holds in 2015 so far off Ford, down to its 2015 level at #5, below Nissan and Skoda. Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai is back to the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to 88 sales and 6% share, knocking May’s leader the Ford Focus down to a still very impressive 2nd place with 60 units and 4.1%. The Fiat 500 is up 13 spots to #3, the Skoda Octavia up 6 to #4, the antediluvian Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) impresses by lodging another Top 10 ranking at #10, the Dacia Duster is back up 48 ranks to #13, the Peugeot 3008 is up to #21 and the Citroen C4 Picasso up to #31.

Previous month: Latvia May 2015: Ford Focus shoots up to pole position

One year ago: Latvia June 2014: Peugeot 3008 leads, BMW X6 up to #3!

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Latvia May 2015: Ford Focus shoots up to pole position

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The Latvian new car market is up 9% year-on-year in May to 1.404 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 6.603 units, up 11% on 2014. Below Volkswagen sovereign at 17.5% share, Ford jumps to second place in the brands ranking thanks to 146 sales and 10.5%, this surge mainly the work of the Ford Focus, best-seller in the country this month with 5.1% share. Toyota is knocked down to #3 with 10.3%, ahead of Skoda (8%), Nissan (7.1%), Renault (6.3%) and Fiat (5.3%). The VW Caddy and Passat complete the podium  above the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Fiesta and Lada 4×4.

Previous month: Latvia April 2015: VW Passat takes the lead

One year ago: Latvia May 2014: VW Golf and Skoda Yeti on top

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Latvia April 2015: VW Passat takes the lead

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Latvian new car sales continue on their very vigorous trend so far this year with April up 16% year-on-year to 1.452 registrations and the year-to-date total now up 11% on 2014 at 5.198 units after 4 months. Volkswagen is still in control of the brands ranking with 271 sales and 18.7% share while Toyota reclaims the 2nd spot it holds year-to-date off Nissan thanks to 179 units and 12.3% vs. 119 and 8.2%. Skoda is solid in 4th place and 7.2% share above Fiat, Ford and Lada up 11 spots to #7 and 4.1%. Model-wise, this month the VW Passat takes the lead thanks to the new generation selling 77 units for a 5.3% market share, with the Nissan Qashqai retreating to 2nd place at 4.8% but retaining its year-to-date pole position by far at 304 sales and 5.8% vs. 196 and 3.8% for the VW Passat at #2. The Lada Niva surges to an outstanding third place (much better than at home in Russia) thanks to 59 sales and 4.1%, the Fiat 500 is back up to #5 and the Toyota Avensis is up 18 ranks to #6.

Previous month: Latvia March 2015: Nissan Qashqai sovereign

One year ago: Latvia April 2014: VW Golf and Passat shoot up to top 2 spots

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Latvia March 2015: Nissan Qashqai sovereign

Nissan Qashqai Latvia March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai sells more than double any other nameplate in Latvia in March.

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The Latvian market remains in positive territory so far this year with March sales up 16% year-on-year to 1.432 units and 1st Quarter deliveries up 9% to 3,746. After a start of 2015 skewed by special orders by BMW for the Latvian European Presidency, Volkswagen reclaims the brands pole position with 15.7% share in March and 15.8% over the 1st Quarter, while Nissan overtakes Toyota for the 2nd spot year-to-date thanks to a bumper month of March at 14.7% share vs. 11.3% due to the Qashqai selling more than double any other nameplate at 9.1% of the market. Notice also Fiat up to #5 thanks to the Punto.

Previous post: Latvia January 2015: BMW #1 at 14.7% share, places 3 models inside Top 5

One year ago: Latvia March 2014: Peugeot 3008 and Nissan Qashqai on top

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Latvia January 2015: BMW #1 at 14.9% share, places 3 models in Top5

BMW X6 Latvia January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe BMW X6 is the 2nd best-selling model in Latvia in January…

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The Latvian new car market is up a very satisfying 15% year-on-year in January to 1,335 registrations, however once again sales data for this country is tainted by artificial events. Traditionally very prone to re-exports, this month the Latvian market bias comes from a different source. BMW registered 170 models specifically for the temporary European Union presidency of Latvia which runs from this January up until June. That’s enough to propel the German premium brand to pole position this month with 199 sales and 14.9% share, and completely own the models ranking: below the Nissan Qashqai at #1 with 4.9% share, we find the BMW 5 Series and X6 at equal #2 with 4.1% and the BMW 4 Series at #5 with 3.4% share. Outer-wordly. Notice also the Ford Transit/Tourneo Custom at #4 with 4% of the market.

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Latvia Full Year 2014: Skoda Yeti & Nissan Qashqai take the lead

Skoda Yeti Latvia 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Yeti

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The Latvian new car market is in excellent shape in 2014, up 17% year-on-year to 14,991 registrations. A big caveat before we dig into detailed sales figures for Latvia: a large part of new car sales in this country are directly re-exported to other European Union countries and therefore the rankings do not really reflect the situation on the ground. Brand-wise, Volkswagen stays on top with 16.9% above Toyota at 12.2%, while Skoda is up a magnificent 54% to third place and 8.6% share, dislodging Peugeot from the podium. Nissan (+42%), Renault (+44%), Dacia (+40%) and Suzuki – going from just 16 units sold in 2013 to 181 this year – all impress.

Nissan Qashqai Latvia 2014. Picture courtesy of largus,frNissan Qashqai

The Skoda Yeti spectacularly take the lead of the Latvian models ranking this year thanks to sales up 80% to 619 and 4.1% share while the Nissan Qashqai simply doubles its 2013 to climb onto the 2nd spot at 534 units. The VW Golf loses the crown it held in 2014, down to #3 above the Toyota RAV4 (+49%) and VW Passat (+15%). Notice also the Dacia Duster up 69% to #7, the VW Jetta up 85% to #12, the Toyota Prado up 148% and the Corolla up 123%.

Previous month: Latvia November 2014: Nissan Qashqai and VW Up on top

One year ago: Latvia Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

Two years ago: Latvia Full Year 2012: VW Golf and Skoda Yeti in the lead

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