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Romania February 2014: Range Rover Evoque in Top 10!

March 12th, 2014 3 comments

Range Rover Evoque Romania February 2014. Picture courtesy of FlickrRange Rover Evoque. Picture by Beast 1

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The Romanian new car market gains ground year-on-year for the third month in a row in February at +5% to a still very shy 3,650 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 8,768 units, up 11% on 2013. Yes the Dacia Logan is a little weak this month at 14.2% share, yes the Dacia Duster is boosted by its facelift at a best-ever 10% share, yes Ford places two models inside the Top 5 for the 2nd consecutive month with the Fiesta at #3 and a splendid 6.1% share and the Focus at #5 with 3.7%, but the big question mark this month is in spot #10 where we find the Range Rover Evoque with 51 sales and 1.4% share.

Range Rover Sport Romania February 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Range Rover Sport is among the 30 most popular cars in Romania. Or is it?

This is potentially the Evoque’s best-ever monthly ranking anywhere in the world and it does raise once again the question of re-exports, which are a headline topic in neighbouring countries like Bulgaria and Hungary, or Latvia more to the North. The Romanian market is very small in the European context and new car prices are among the cheapest in the European Union, so it does make sense to assume that a potentially significant part of higher-end new vehicles sold here actually never see Romanian roads. If you live in Romania and have some insight on this phenomenon please share it with us by commenting on here. In the same vein, notice the BMW X5 up to #17 vs. #47 in 2013, the BMW 3 Series up to #22 vs. #46, BMW 5 Series up to #23 vs. #54 and the Range Rover Sport up to #27 vs. #79.

Previous month: Romania January 2014: Ford Focus and Fiesta inside Top 5

One year ago: Romania February 2013: Skoda Octavia threatens Dacia Logan

Full February 2014 Top 50 models and Top 36 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania January 2014: Ford Focus and Fiesta inside Top 5

February 13th, 2014 1 comment

Ford Focus Romania January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFord Focus

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Romanian new car sales lodge their second consecutive month in positive in January, up 15% year-on-year to 5,118 registrations. No surprises on top: the Dacia Logan is in pole position for the 113rd straight month thanks to 801 sales and 15.7% share followed by the Dacia Duster at 392 units and 7.7% and the Skoda Octavia at 253 sales and 4.9%. Ford impresses this month, placing both the Focus (#4 and 3.9% share) and Fiesta (#5 at 2.7%) inside the Top 5. Other great performers in Romania in January include the Opel Corsa up to #8, the Peugeot 301 up 26 spots on December to break its Romanian ranking record at #16, the Hyundai ix35 up to #17, Opel Insignia up 19 ranks to #20 and the Range Rover Sport up a further two spots to a beautiful #33.

BMW X1 Romania January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW X1

BMW has a stellar month: it places 3 of its 4 SUVs around the Top 30 in January! The X1 leads the way at #23 with 45 sales and 0.9% vs. #58 and 0.4% over the Full Year 2013, the X5 ranks 25th with 0.8% share vs. #47 and 0.5% in 2013 and the X3 is #31 with 0.7% of the market vs. #56 and 0.4% in 2013… Brand-wise, below Dacia sovereign at 28.5% share, Skoda is up 46% to pass Volkswagen and rank #2, and illustrating the trends we described above Ford is up 99% on January 2013 to #4 and 8.4% share, Opel is up 133% to #5, BMW up to #6 and 4.4% share vs. #10 and 2.9% in 2013, Toyota is up 50%, Peugeot up 65%, Suzuki up 58% and Mazda up 89%.

Previous post: Romania Full Year 2013: Dacia Logan and Duster dominate

Previous month: Romania December 2013: Podium 100% Dacia, Dokker up to #3

One year ago: Romania January 2013: 4 Dacias in Top 5, Lodgy at world-best #4

Full January 2014 Top 100 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania Full Year 2013: Dacia Logan and Duster dominate

January 15th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Duster Romania 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Duster

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The Romanian new car market is in negative for the 5th year in a row, going from an all-time high of 343,080 registrations in 2008, down 55% in 2009-19% in 2010-14% in 2011-19% in 2012 and down a further 13% in 2013 to just 57,710 sales, the weakest annual total in the country in over 20 years. In pole position, Dacia improves its market share from 24.7% in 2012 to 30.4% this year thanks to sales up 7% to 17,554 units and an extended range. The Top 5 most popular carmakers are unchanged year-on-year, with Volkswagen at #2 (-22%) followed by Skoda (-18%), Ford (-28%) and Renault (-33%). Opel is up 5% to #6, Mercedes up 18% and 3 spots to #9 and Fiat up 30% to #12.

Dacia Logan MCV Lodgy Romania 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Logan is #1 for the 9th consecutive year, the Lodgy is up 79%.

Model-wise, the Dacia Logan is the best-seller at home for the 9th year running with sales down 5% to a lowest-ever 10,707 units but seeing its share improve to 18.6% thanks to the new generation coming through. The Logan has topped the monthly Romanian ranking without interruption since its launch back in September 2004. The Dacia Duster is down 15% to 3,045 sales and 5.3% but up one spot to snatch the #2 position for the first time, passing the Skoda Octavia down 32% to #3. The Dacia Sandero delivers its best annual ranking since 2009 thanks to the new model, up a whopping 77% and 8 ranks to #4 with 1,859 units and 3.2% share. Add to this the Dacia Dokker up 968% to #8 and the Lodgy up 79% to #19 and you’ll understand why Dacia is doing great at home this year. Notice also the Skoda Rapid landing inside the Top 10 for its first full year of sales at #10 and 1,095 units, the Renault Clio up 49% to #12, Opel Corsa up 27% to #13 and the Fiat 500L arriving at #29.

Previous post: Romania December 2013: Podium 100% Dacia, Dokker up to #3

One year ago: Romania Full Year 2012: Dacia Logan #1 for 8th year in a row

Two years ago: Romania Full Year 2011: Dacia Logan at its lowest, Duster #3

Full Year 2013 Top 100 models and Top 44 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania December 2013: Podium 100% Dacia, Dokker up to #3

January 15th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Dokker Romania December 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Dokker

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New car sales in Romania finish the year on a high note, up 15% year-on-year in December to 5,569 registrations, which brings the final 2013 total to 57,710 units, down 13% on 2012. Dacia does even better than usual at home this month, monopolising the podium for the third time in the last 8 months after last May and September, and potentially ever too. The Logan is logically in the lead with 1,041 sales and 18.7%, followed by the Duster at 484 units and 8.7% and the Dokker with 303 sales and 5.4% which is by far the nameplate’s best-ever scores at home. Other great performers this month in Romania include the VW Passat up 10 spots on November to #8, the Suzuki SX4 up a further 3 to #9 vs. #20 in 2013 and Renault Captur up 12 to #13.

Previous month: Romania November 2013: Dacia Logan at 2nd best share in 2 years

One year ago: Romania December 2012: Dacia Lodgy and Dokker at world best

Full December 2013 Top 100 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania November 2013: Dacia Logan at 2nd best share in 2 years

December 12th, 2013 4 comments

Dacia Logan MCVDacia Logan MCV

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Romanian new car sales slow down their decline in November at -4% to a still very shy 5,474 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 52,141 units, down a stiff 15% on 2012. Atop the models charts, the Dacia Logan shines with 1,290 sales and 23.6%, its 2nd best market share at home since October 2011 below only the 29.2% it hit last August. Year-to-date, the Logan now commends 18.5% of the Romanian new car market vs. 16.9% over the Full Year 2012. The Logan performance pushes Dacia up to almost 32% share nationally vs. 30% year-to-date. The Skoda Octavia (6.5%) and VW Golf (4.1%) complete the podium, both lodging very solid performances, however it is the Dacia Duster (#4 at 3.9% this month) that still holds the 2nd spot year-to-date.

Range Rover Sport Romania November 2013The Range Rover Sport breaks into the Romanian Top 50 this month.

Further down, the Ford Fiesta is up 7 ranks on October to land in 6th place with 2.8% share vs. #9 and 1.9% year-to-date, the Opel Corsa is up a further two to #9 and 2.2% vs. #14 and 1.4%, the Suzuki SX4 is boosted by the new S-Cross model, up 11 spots to #12 and 1.5%, the Peugeot 107 is up from outside the Top 100 in October directly to #14 with 1.2% share vs. #85 and 0.2% year-to-date, the Fiat 500L is among the Top 20 best-sellers in the country for only the 2nd time ever at #19 and 53 sales, the Mazda CX-5 breaks into the Romanian Top 25 for the first time at #23 vs. #50 year-to-date, the Toyota Corolla is up to #29 vs. #83 and the Range Rover Sport breaking into the Romanian Top 50 at #45 vs. #82 year-to-date.

Previous month: Romania October 2013: Skoda Rapid in Top 5

One year ago: Romania November 2012: New generation Dacia Logan hits the streets

Full November 2013 Top 100 models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania October 2013: Skoda Rapid in Top 5

November 14th, 2013 7 comments

Skoda Rapid Romania October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Rapid

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Not so great news coming from Romania in October: the new car market is down a harsh 18% year-on-year to 5,594 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 46,667 units, down 17% on 2012. Below the Dacia Logan solid at 17.9% share, the Dacia Sandero lodges another very impressive score at #2 with 344 sales and 6.1%, its 2nd month above 6% share whereas it had not reached that level in 4 years beforehand… The Skoda Octavia and Dacia Duster exchange spots vs. September but the Duster remains above the Octavia year-to-date at #2. The culmination (?) of almost one year of steady growth, the Skoda Rapid breaks into the Romanian Top 5 for the very first time at #5 with 195 units and 3.5%. Notice also the Dacia Dokker up 6 spots on last month to #6, the Renault Captur shooting up to a best-ever #15 and the Lancia Ypsilon up from virtually nowhere to #26.

Previous month: Romania September 2013: Dacia Sandero at highest in 4 years

One year ago: Romania October 2012: Ford Fiesta up to #2, Dacia Dokker lands

Full October 2013 Top 90 models and Top 38 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania September 2013: Dacia Sandero at highest in 4 years

October 21st, 2013 No comments

Dacia Sandero Romania September 2013Dacia Sandero

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New car sales in Romania are back into negative in September, down 5% year-on-year to 4,491 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 41,073 units, down 16% on 2012. If the Dacia Logan comes back to earth at 19.5% share vs. 29.2% last month, the Dacia Sandero reaches heights the nameplate had not seen at home in 4 years, up 2 spots on August to #2 with 291 sales and 6.5% share. With the Duster at #3 and 4.3%, Dacia monopolises the Romanian podium in September for the 2nd time in 4 months and potentially ever!

BMW 7 Series Romania September 2013The BMW 7 Series is among the 60 best-selling cars in Romania this month.

Further down, notice the Renault Clio up 8 ranks to #5, the Skoda Rapid up 6 to a best-ever 6th place, the Dacia Lodgy back up a huge 62 spots to #10, the Fiat 500 up 34 to #16, Ford Kuga up 15 to #17, Ford Mondeo up 36 to #24, the Peugeot 2008 cracking the Romanian Top 50 at #43 (+20 on August), the BMW 7 Series up to an impressive 59th spot and the Chevrolet Trax breaking into the Top 60 for the first time at #60.

Previous month: Romania August 2013: Dacia Logan just under 30% share!

One year ago: Romania September 2012: VW Up! and Dacia Lodgy in Top 20

Full September 2013 Top 80 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania August 2013: Dacia Logan just under 30% share!

September 19th, 2013 2 comments

Dacia Logan Romania August 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frNearly one in 3 new cars sold in Romania this month is a Dacia Logan…

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Some good news coming from Romania: in August the new car market is up 25% year-on-year to 6,319 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 36,582 units, down 18% on 2012. Boosted by the new generation now well installed, the Dacia Logan shoots up to a mammoth 29.2% market share thanks to 1,846 sales. This is the model’s strongest market share in the country in almost 3 years, since November 2010 when it reached 29.5%! This is the type of market share level the Logan was hitting on a full year basis back in 2007 (30.1%) with its best-ever market share year being 2005 at 41%. As a reminder the Logan hit 33% share for its very first month in market in Romania in September 2004 and reached a best-ever 44% share in May 2006

Ford Focus Romania August 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frFord Focus

In other news, the Dacia Duster is back to #2 with 5.6% share, slightly higher than its year-to-date level of 5.3%, the Ford Focus is up 6 spots on July to land on the podium at #3 for the first time in years thanks to 224 sales and 3.5%, the Dacia Sandero is up 2 to #4, the Fiat Panda is up a huge 65 ranks to #6 with 2.5% share, the Opel Insignia is up 10 to #19, Toyota RAV4 up 34 to #22 and the Peugeot 2008 breaks into the Romanian Top 100 for the first time at #63.

Previous month: Romania July 2013: Dacia Logan hits 20% share, highest in a year

One year ago: Romania August 2012: Skoda Octavia and VW Jetta shine

Full August 2013 Top 75 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania July 2013: Dacia Logan hits 20% share, highest in a year

August 21st, 2013 2 comments

Dacia Logan Romania July 2013. Picture courtesy of autoevolution.comDacia Logan

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New car sales in Romania significantly slow down their fall this month, going from -46% year-on-year in June to just -5% in July to 5,714 registrations. The year-to-date total stands at 30,263 units, down 23% on 2012. The Dacia Logan seems to finally enjoy the benefits of the new generation of the model, reaching 19.9% market share in July thanks to 1,135 sales, its highest share in the country since June 2012… The Skoda Octavia stays at a strong 2nd place with 260 units and 4.6% and is now followed by a VW Golf in great shape, up one spot to #3 with 254 sales and 4.4%, leaving the Dacia Duster at #4 but still #2 year-to-date with 1,576 units and 5.2%.

Peugeot 301 Romania 2013. Picture courtesy of Beirutnightlife.comPeugeot 301

Other great performers this month in Romania include the VW Jetta up 2 spots to #7, the Skoda Rapid up 2 to feature inside the Romanian Top 10 for the third time in the last 4 months, the Fiat 500 up a mammoth 52 ranks on June to #15, the Ford Kuga up 27 to #16 and the Peugeot 301 breaking into the Romanian Top 20 for the very first time, up 26 spots to #19 with 62 sales and 1.1%.

Previous month: Romania June 2013: Skoda Octavia back up to 2nd place

One year ago: Romania July 2012: The usual suspects on top

Full July 2013 Top 70 models and Top 38 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania June 2013: Skoda Octavia back up to 2nd place

July 10th, 2013 1 comment

Skoda Octavia Romania June 2013Skoda Octavia

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Things are starting to go alarmingly wrong for new car sales in Romania, with June down 46% year-on-year to just 3,967 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 24,549 units, down 26% on 2012. If the Dacia Logan comfortably lodges its 106th consecutive mont atop the Romanian models ranking with 490 sales and 12.4%, the #2 spot changes hands this month to land with the Skoda Octavia, back up 8 ranks on May thanks to the new generation now kicking in at 207 units and 5.2%. The Dacia Duster is down to third place at 201 sales and 5.1% but remains #2 year-to-date at 1,362 units and 5.5% vs. 1,108 and 4.5% for the Octavia.

Mercedes CLA Romania June 2013Mercedes CLA

Excellent performance of the VW Golf, stable at #4 but up to 4.5% share thanks to 179 sales, followed by the VW Passat up 12 ranks on last month to #5, while the Toyota Auris is up a massive 39 spots to #7 and the Dacia Sandero is down 5 to #8. Other great performers this month in Romania include the Hyundai Elantra up from outside the Top 100 in May to #13, the Renault Captur landing directly in 19th position for its first full month of sales in the country at 1.2% share, and the Mercedes CLA breaking into the Top 50 for the first time at #46, making Romania the second country in the world where it has done so so far with Turkey (and not Germany!).

Previous month: Romania May 2013: Podium 100% Dacia, Sandero highest since 2009

One year ago: Romania June 2012: Dacia Lodgy makes its first appearance

Full June 2013 Top 50 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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