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Lithuania March 2014: BMW up to 4th place

April 3rd, 2014 No comments

BMW 2 Series Lithuania March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 2 Series

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1,087 new light vehicles found a buyer in Lithuania in March, and Fiat remains the most popular carmaker in the country this month thanks to 152 sales and 14% share, ahead of Toyota at 13.4% and Volkswagen at 11.9%, but the hero of the month is without a doubt BMW, up from outside the Top 10 in February directly to 4th place with 98 units sold and 9% share.

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Full March 2014 Top 10 brands Ranking Table below.

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Lithuania February 2014: Fiat above Volkswagen and Toyota

March 18th, 2014 No comments

Fiat 500L Lithuania February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFiat is the most popular manufacturer in Lithuania so far in 2014.

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Over the first two months of 2014, 2,144 new vehicles found a buyer in Lithuania (including LCV), and building on the pole position of the Fiat 500 over the Full Year 2013, Fiat is the most popular carmaker in the country over the period thanks to 326 sales and 15.2% market share. The Italian manufacturer is followed by Volkswagen at 12.9% and Toyota at 10%. Notice also Audi #8 and Dacia #11.

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Full 2 months 2014 Top 10 brands Ranking Table below.

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Lithuania: 1970-2013 Historical info now available!

February 25th, 2014 No comments

Peugeot 3008 LithuaniaLithuania was the only country in the world to crown the Peugeot 3008 in 2010.

Historical info spanning the past five decades is now available for Lithuania on BSCB! For the 1970-1991 period, the data is for USSR which Lithuania belonged to then, and Lada models reigned supreme. From 2006 onwards we have specific data for Lithuania, and as it is the case with neighbouring Estonia and Latvia, the Lithuanian models ranking has been very volatile over the period, with only the Skoda Octavia (2007-2008) and Fiat 500 (2012-2013) managing to hold onto their crown for more than one year. The other top sellers over the period are the Opel Astra (2006), Renault Megane (2009), Peugeot 3008 (2010) and Nissan Qashqai (2011).

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

Lithuania 2006: Opel Astra and VW Passat on top

Lithuania 2007-2008: Skoda Octavia reigns

Lithuania 2009: Renault Megane snaps up top spot

Lithuania 2010: Peugeot 3008 in the lead

Lithuania 2011: Nissan Qashqai in pole position

Lithuania 2012: Only country to crown the Fiat 500

Lithuania 2013: Fiat 500 remains best-seller, or is it?

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Lithuania Full Year 2013: Fiat 500 remains best-seller, or is it?

January 6th, 2014 6 comments

Fiat 500 Abarth

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The Lithuanian new car market is up 2% year-on-year in 2013 to 13,987 registrations including light commercial vehicles. And for the second year in a row, Lithuania is the only country in the world to crown the Fiat 500, up a fantastic 15% on 2012 to 783 sales and 5.6%. Its big sister the Fiat 500L also shines, making its very first appearance inside the Lithuanian Top 10 for its first year in market at #10 with 263 units and 1.9%. However, my contact in Lithuania is letting me know that most Fiat 500 and 500L are re-exported in other countries of the European Union as these models are quite rare on Lithuanian roads. A fascinating insight on a situation not uncommon in Eastern European country which recently joined the EU, for example Bulgaria.

Skoda Octavia Lithuania 2013Skoda Octavia

The new generation Skoda Octavia has clearly struck a chord with Lithuanian customers: the nameplate is up 45% and 3 spots on 2012 to land in second place with 518 sales and 3.7% share, passing the VW Golf (-1%) and Nissan Qashqai (-6%) both down one rank. The VW Caddy also impresses, gaining 5 spots and 38% to #5 at 361 units and 2.6%, with the remaining models in the Top 10 losing ground on last year.

Previous year: Lithuania Full Year 2012: Only country to crown the Fiat 500

Two years ago: Lithuania Full Year 2011: Nissan Qashqai in pole position

Full Year 2013 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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Lithuania Full Year 2012: Only country to crown Fiat 500

July 19th, 2013 3 comments

Fiat 500 Abarth Lithuania 2012Fiat 500 Abarth

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Better late than never! Today thanks to Mangis I can share with you Full Year 2012 rankings for Lithuania. The Lithuanian new car market is down 9% year-on-year in 2012 to 13,763 registrations including Light Commercial Vehicles. #2 in 2011, the Fiat 500 becomes the most popular vehicle in the country in 2012 thanks to 683 sales and 5% share, making Lithuania the only country in the world to crown the Fiat 500 in a 2012 year-end ranking!

The VW Golf is up to #2 at 469 units and 3.4% whereas the Nissan Qashqai loses its title and drops to #3 with 435 sales and 3.2%, down a painful 52% on 2011. Volkswagen is the best-selling brand at 2,380 units and 17.3% ahead of Toyota (9%) and Skoda (8.8%). The German manufacturer also places the Jetta at #6, Passat at #7 and Caddy at #10, while Skoda has the Yeti at #4 and Octavia at #5.

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Full Year 2012 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Lithuania August 2012: Fiat 500 and Peugeot 208 on top

September 21st, 2012 1 comment

Fiat 500 Abarth

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Very rare appearance of Lithuania on BSCB! Over the first 8 months of 2012, 9,210 new cars found a buyer in the country, down 7% on 2011. August is down a more worrying 15% year-on-year to 1,072 registrations. Model-wise, in August the Fiat 500 is the most popular model in Lithuania with 55 sales and 5.1% share…

Peugeot 208

… followed by the Peugeot 208 at its highest in the world outside of France with 48 units and 4.5% and the Opel Astra at 40 sales and 3.7%. Brand-wise, Volkswagen dominates with close to 15% market share, ahead of Toyota at 10.4% and Fiat & Skoda both at 7.6%.

Previous post: Lithuania Full Year 2011: Nissan Qashqai in pole position

Full August 2012 Top 3 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Lithuania Full Year 2011: Nissan Qashqai in pole position

January 8th, 2012 5 comments

Nissan Qashqai

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Very first information given by Lithianian website Auto Tyrimai gives a 69% rise for car sales in the country, at 15,058 registrations including Commercial Vehicles. The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling model in Lithuania in 2011 with 900 units sold, up a massive 107%. Lithuania should be the only country in the world this year where the Qashqai is #1.

Fiat 500

It is followed by the Fiat 500, a newcomer in the Top 10 and up at least 300% this year… a pretty impressive feat by the posh Fiat, and its highest ranking anywhere in the world, better than its 4th place in Italy albeit with very different volumes. Leader in 2010, the Peugeot 3008 is down to #3 this year with 572 sales, still up 25% however.

Previous year: Lithuania Full Year 2010: Peugeot 3008 in the lead

Full Year 2011 Top 3 Ranking Tale below.

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Lithuania Full Year 2010: Peugeot 3008 in the lead UPDATED

September 12th, 2011 No comments

Peugeot 3008

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The Lithuanian car market is up 6% in 2010 to 7,970 units but most models in the Top 10 see their sales improve by much more. Lithuania is the first and only country in the world to reward the Peugeot 3008 with the best-selling car title with 456 units sold and 5.7% market share for its first full year of sales.

Even though it is up 61% on 2009, the Nissan Qashqai stays #2 at 434 units, followed by the Renault Megane which loses its pole position and 32% to 358 sales. Notice the Subaru Outback up 198% at #6 and the VW Tiguan up 187% at #10.

Full Year 2010 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Lithuania June 2010: Yeti roars

November 7th, 2010 No comments

The Lithuanian car market has been severely hit by the economic crisis: after dropping by 66% in 2009, it contracts by another 26% over the 1st Semester 2010 at 3,553 sales, and by 22% in June at 723 sales.

Given the small size of the market, the models ranking is very volatile and in June the Skoda Yeti takes the lead with 49 units sold and a 6.8% market share. #2 is the Nissan Qashqai at 5.5% and #3 is the Skoda Octavia at 5.3% of the market.

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Lithuania 2009: Renault Megane snaps up top spot

January 30th, 2010 No comments

Renault Megane

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The Lithuanian car market is really affected by the economic crisis: down 66% on 2008 at 7,515 registrations. But like in Estonia, one model makes a joke of this drop by gaining 411% year-on-year and multiplying its market share by 14: the Renault Megane, best-seller in Lithuania in 2009 with 526 sales and 7% share.

The Nissan Qashqai stays 2nd and improves its share to 3.6% thanks to ‘only’ 60% less sales than last year at 269 units. #1 for the last two years, the Skoda Octavia falls to #3 with 254 sales, down 79%. It is followed by the Toyota Avensis (-62%), Toyota Auris (-54%) and Peugeot 308 (-63%). Notice the Renault Scenic up 123% to #7.

Full Year 2009 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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