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Latvia: 1970-2013 Historical info now available!

February 26th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Avensis Latvia 2009The Toyota Avensis was #1 in Latvia in 2009.

Historical info going back to five decades ago is now available for Latvia on BSCB! For the 1970-1991 period, the data is for USSR which Latvia belonged to then, and Lada models reigned supreme. We have specific data for Latvia since 2006 and it is clear that Russian models are not in fashion anymore, with the Skoda Octavia holding the pole position for 3 consecutive years up until 2008, before passing the relay to the Toyota Avensis in 2009 and the VW Golf since 2010. It’s a roller coaster of emotions for the Latvian new car market, dropping by as much as 90% between 2007 (32,500 sales) and 2009 when only 3,745 new vehicles were registered, before slowly getting back up to 12,811 units in 2013.

Latvia 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

Latvia 2006-2008: Skoda Octavia reigns

Latvia 2009: Toyota Avensis leads, 4 Toyotas in Top 4 of devastated market

Latvia 2010: VW Golf and Peugeot Partner on top

Latvia 2011: Volkswagen monopolises podium, Nissan Juke #4

Latvia 2012: VW Golf and Skoda Yeti in the lead

Latvia 2013: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

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Latvia January 2014: Fiat 500 and Toyota RAV4 on top

February 19th, 2014 No comments

Fiat 500 Latvia January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFiat 500

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Bumper start of the year for new car sales in Latvia, up 27% on January 2013 to 1,160 registrations. This month Toyota ‘steals’ the brands pole position from Volkswagen thanks to 165 sales and 14.2% share vs. 147 and 12.7%. Thanks to the success of the 500, this month’s best-seller with 76 sales and 6.6%, Fiat shoots up to #3 brand in January whereas it didn’t even rank inside the Top 10 over the Full Year 2013. Model-wise, the Toyota RAV4 shines at #2 with 49 units and 4.2% while the Skoda Octavia rounds up the podium at 4.1% and the Yeti at #4 makes it two Skodas in the Top 4. Notice also the Dacia Duster at #5 and the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado at #10.

Previous post: Latvia Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

One year ago: Latvia January 2013: Peugeot 3008 in great shape

Full January 2014 Top 50 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

February 6th, 2014 No comments

Ford Focus Latvia 2013Ford Focus

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New car sales in Latvia are stable year-on-year according to JATO (10,636 registrations), however the data I can share with you here thanks to Auto Asociacija includes LCVs and amount to 12,811 sales for the Full Year. Volkswagen remains the favourite brand in the country with 2,054 sales and 16% ahead of Toyota (11.7%) and Skoda (7%) while Hyundai is up 25% and 4 spots on 2012 to #4 and 5.3% share, Kia is up 87% to #8 and Honda up from outside the Top 20 in 2012 to #10 this year. The VW Golf is the best-seller in Latvia in 2013 like in 2012 thanks to sales up 3% to 450 units for a 3.5% market share. The Ford Focus is the best performer in the Top 10, up 9 spots and 34% year-on-year to land in 2nd position with 357 sales and 2.8%. Notice also the Peugeot 3008 up 2 spots to #3, the Toyota RAV4 up 54% to #5 and the Toyota Auris up 97% to #7.

Previous post: Latvia August 2013: VW Caddy and Dacia Duster impress

Previous year: Latvia Full Year 2012: VW Golf and Skoda Yeti in the lead

Full Year 2013 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Latvia August 2013: VW Caddy and Dacia Duster impress

September 12th, 2013 No comments

VW Caddy Latvia August 2013VW Caddy

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The Latvian new car market is down a harsh 15% year-on-year in August to 911 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 8,109 units, down 7% on 2012. Sales charts in Latvia are traditionally very volatile given the size of the market, and August is no exception: the entire Top 5 is renewed this month! The VW Caddy performs the best, up 22 ranks on July to land in pole position thanks to 32 sales and 3.5% share. It is followed by the Nissan Juke up 7 to #2 and 3.3% and the Dacia Duster up 23 to #3 and 3.2%. The Peugeot Bipper is up to #4 at 2.6% share, above the Hyundai i30 up 16 to #5 and the Toyota RAV4 down one to #6. Notice also the Skoda Octavia up 13 to #7 and the Nissan Primastar appearing at #13.

Previous month: Latvia July 2013: VW Golf reclaims pole position year-to-date

One year ago: Latvia August 2012: Nissan Juke and VW Golf fight it off

Full August 2013 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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Latvia July 2013: VW Golf reclaims pole postion year-to-date

August 10th, 2013 No comments

VW Golf Latvia July 2013VW Golf

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Stable new car market in Latvia in July at 1,121 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 7,198 units, down 6% on 2012. Leader in 2012 but lagging behind the Peugeot 3008 up until now, the VW Golf manages to take the lead of the Latvian models ranking both in July thanks to 38 sales and 3.4% share and year-to-date at 280 units and 3.9% vs. 272 for the Peugeot 3008, outside the Top 30 this month with just 9 sales. The Peugeot 5008 jumps from outside the Top 30 last month to #2, the VW Tiguan is up 25 spots to #4, the Toyota RAV4 up 15 to #5, Fiat 500 up to #6, Kia Cee’d up to #10 and Fiat 500L up to #14.

Previous month: Latvia June 2013: Ford S-Max snaps up top spot

One year ago (almost): Latvia August 2012: Nissan Juke and VW Golf fight it off

Full July 2013 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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Latvia June 2013: Ford S-Max snaps up top spot

July 11th, 2013 2 comments

Ford S-Max Latvia June 2013Ford S-Max

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New car sales in Latvia are down 10% year-on-year in June to 1,155 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 6,077 units, down 7% on 2012. Given the size of the Latvian market, the models ranking is bound to be relatively volatile, and we have an example of this in June with the Ford S-Max surging 20 spots on last month to land in pole position with 47 sales and 4.1%, which is 72% of its sales total for 2013! The rest of the Top 5 is surprisingly consistent though: the VW Golf is stable at #2, the Peugeot 3008 is down 2 ranks to #3 but remains leader year-to-date at 263 units and 4.3%, the Citroen Berlingo is back up to #4 which is also its YTD ranking and the Toyota Avensis and Auris are up to #5 and #6 vs. #6 and #7 respectively YTD. Notice also the Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) stable at a very strong #7 and the Toyota Verso up 32 spots to #8.

Previous month: Latvia May 2013: Peugeot 3008 back in control

Previous year: Latvia Full Year 2012: VW Golf and Skoda Yeti in the lead

Full June 2013 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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Latvia May 2013: Peugeot 3008 back in control

June 10th, 2013 1 comment

Peugeot 3008 Latvia May 2013Peugeot 3008. Picture by josemiguelmartinez, all rights reserved.

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New car sales in Latvia are down 7% year-on-year both in May at 1,144 registrations and year-to-date at 4,922 sales. Down to #5 last month, the Peugeot 3008 reclaims in May the pole position it held both in February and March with 63 sales and 5.5% and increases its advantage over the VW Golf year-to-date at 222 units and 4.5% vs. 198 and 4%. The Toyota RAV4 stays on the podium at #3 with 42 sales and 3.7%, followed by the VW Passat, Fiat 500 and Toyota Avensis. Notice also the Great performance of the Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) up to #7 at 2.4% share.

Previous month: Latvia April 2013: Peugeot Bipper lands top spot

Full May 2013 Top 40 Ranking Table below.

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Latvia April 2013: Peugeot Bipper lands top spot

May 11th, 2013 1 comment

Peugeot Bipper Latvia April 2013Peugeot Bipper

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New car sales in Latvia are down 9% year-on-year to just under 1,000 registrations (993 to be precise), which brings the year-to-date total to 3,778 units, down 7% on 2012. Big surprise atop the Latvian models ranking this month: the Peugeot Bipper is up 6 spots on March to snap the pole position thanks to 55 sales and 5.5% share, it is now #8 year-to-date at 2.3%. Even though it is down to #5 this month, the Peugeot 3008 however keeps the lead year-to-date at 159 units and 4.2% share.

Two additional models also excel within the Top 10 this month: the Toyota RAV4 boosted by the new generation is also up 6 ranks to #2 at 42 units and the Dacia Duster is up 47 spots to land at a best-ever #4 with 35 sales. Further down, notice the Hyundai i40 remaining extremely solid at #8 with 26 units, the Kia Cee’d up 21 ranks to #11, the Lexus RX up 10 to a world-best #14, the Honda Civic up 18 to #19, Subaru Forester up 25 to #28 and the Dacia Dokker landing directly at #30.

Previous month: Latvia March 2013: Peugeot 3008 confirms supremacy

Full April 2013 Top 50 models and Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Latvia March 2013: Peugeot 3008 confirms supremacy

April 12th, 2013 1 comment

Peugeot 3008 Latvia March 2013Peugeot 3008

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New car sales in Latvia are down 9% year-on-year in March to 981 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 2,785 units, down 6% on 2012. The Peugeot 3008 confirms it is the favourite car in the country by ranking #1 for the third consecutive month thanks to 39 sales and 4% share, adding up to 127 units and 4.6% so far in 2013. This month the Nissan Qashqai is up 6 spots on February to land in 2nd position at 37 units and 3.8% while the VW Golf remains stable at #3 with 35 sales.

The Citroen Berlingo is up 10 ranks to #4, the Toyota Hilux up 5 to #5, Nissan Juke up 6 to #6, the Peugeot Bipper is up from outside the Top 50 last month to #7 as is the Toyota RAV4 to #8, the Hyundai i40 is down 4 to a still very impressive 9th place vs. #41 over the Full Year 2012. Finally, notice the Toyota Land Cruiser V8 up to a fantastic 19th spot and the Citroen C-Elysee landing directly at #38 for its first month in market.

Previous month: Latvia February 2013: Peugeot places 3008 and 5008 equal #1

Previous year: Latvia Full Year 2012: VW Golf and Skoda Yeti in the lead

Full March 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Latvia February 2013: Peugeot places 3008 & 5008 equal-#1

March 9th, 2013 3 comments

Peugeot 3008 Latvia February 2013The 2013 model could cement the 3008’s newly acquired pole position in Latvia…

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Thanks to Armands from the Automotive Association of Latvia I can share with you the most popular models and brands in Latvia in February 2013. The market is back in positive territory this month: up 4% year-on-year to 893 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,804 units, down 5% on 2012. Like in January, the Peugeot 3008 holds the pole position, but this month it is joined by its big brother the Peugeot 5008, with both models selling 48 units for an excellent 5.4% market share. Leader in 2012, the VW Golf rounds up the podium at 42 units and 4.7%.

Hyundai i40 Latvia February 2013Hyundai i40

Other great performers include the Opel Astra up 5 spots on January to #4, the Hyundai i40 up a massive 30 ranks to #5 vs. #41 in the Full Year 2012, the Honda CR-V up 6 to #7 vs. #47, Lada Niva (aka 4×4) stable at a very high #11 (it didn’t even rank within the Top 50 in 2012!) and the Lexus RX up to a very satisfying #25 vs. #43 in 2012.

Previous month: Latvia January 2013: Peugeot 3008 in great shape

Previous year: Latvia Full Year 2012: VW Golf and Skoda Yeti in the lead

Full February 2013 Top 50 models and Top 20 Ranking Tables below.

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