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Romania September 2014: Skoda Rapid jumps up to 2nd place

October 14th, 2014 2 comments

Skoda Rapid Romania September 2014Skoda Rapid

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The evolution of the Romanian new car market in September is consistent with the rest of 2014 so far: up 24% year-on-year to 5.561 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 51,564 units, up 26% on 2013. No surprises, local manufacturer Dacia continues to dominate the brands ranking in spite of sales down 4% to 1.445 units for a 26% market share, however if year-to-date it is the only brand above 10, 20 and 30% share, in September Volkswagen (+111% to 14.7% share) and Skoda (+36% to 10.1%) also break the symbolic 10% market share milestone. Notice also Ford up 71%, Renault up 53%, Opel up 63%, Mazda up 97%, Seat up 76% and Volvo up 125%. Model-wise, below the Dacia Logan #1 for the 121st straight month (just over one decade!), the Skoda Rapid jumps 4 spots to smash its ranking record in Romania in 2nd place with 4.2% share, the VW Golf is up 5 to #3, the VW Jetta up 8 to #5, Passat up 4 to #8, Fiat 500 up 9 to #10, Dacia Dokker up 10 to #11 and the VW Touareg above its lil bro the Tiguan at #23 vs. #35 year-to-date.

Previous month: Romania August 2014: Opel Antara jumps inside Top 20

One year ago: Romania September 2013: Dacia Sandero at highest in 4 years

Full September 2014 Top 75 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania August 2014: Opel Antara jumps inside Top 20

September 20th, 2014 2 comments

Opel Antara August 2014Opel Antara

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New car sales in Romania slow down their growth at +1% year-on-year in August to 6,410 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 46,003 units, up 26% on 2013. I give you the models ranking for now, more data and complete analysis will follow shortly. Like in July, local manufacturer Dacia monopolises the podium with the Logan (20.6% share), Duster (6.9%) and Sandero (4.1%) all slightly above their year-to-date levels. The Skoda Octavia overtakes the Ford Fiesta at #4, the Skoda Rapid holds onto an excellent 6th place and the Renault Clio is up 5 ranks to #7. Further down, notice the Opel Antara up 31 spots to #16, the Fiat 500L up 12 to #18, Peugeot 308 up 40 to #23 and Nissan Juke up 27 to #32. Finally, the BMW X4 breaks into the Romanian Top 100 for the first time at #99.

Previous month: Romania July 2014: Podium 100% Dacia

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

Full August 2014 Top 100 models and Top 32 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania July 2014: Podium 100% Dacia

August 13th, 2014 4 comments

Dacia Sandero Romania July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Sandero is up to #3 at home this month.

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The Romanian new car market continues on its fantastic run this year: up 46% year-on-year in July to 8,368 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 39,593 units, up 31% on 2013. Dacia excels at home with sales up a gigantic 75% in July to 34.2% market share, above its year-to-date level of 31.8% at 12,804 sales (+59%). In fact this month Dacia monopolises the podium with the Logan at 21.5% share, the Duster at 5.7% and the Sandero at 5%. Other spectacular gains in the brands ranking include Ford up 95%, Renault up 105%, Fiat up 101%, Mazda up 87% and Jeep up 164%. Model-wise, notice also the Fiat 500 up 17 spots on June to #7, the Renault Mégane up 15 to #8 and the Dacia Lodgy up 17 to #20.

Previous month: Romania June 2014: Dacia Logan up to 27% share in market up 75%

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

Full July 2014 Top 100 models and Top 38 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania June 2014: Logan up to 27% share in market up 75%

July 9th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Logan MCV Romania June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Logan MCV

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Euphoric times for new car sales in Romania, now up 75% year-on-year in June to 6,947 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 31,225 units, up 27% on 2013. The Dacia Logan shoots up to its strongest market share since last August at 27% thanks to 1,876 sales, while the Ford Fiesta is up 3 spots on May to a splendid 2nd place at 369 units and 5.3%, kicking the Dacia Duster (#3), Sandero (#4) and Skoda Octavia (#5) all down one rank compared to last month. The Skoda Rapid for its part maintains itself in 6th position with 2.8% share while the VW Passat reappears inside the Top 10 at #10, up 6 spots on May. Notice also the Nissan Qashqai up 7 to #11, the Peugeot 308 up 33 to #28, Peugeot 2008 up 23 to #35 and Jeep Grand Cherokee up 46 to #41.

Previous month: Romania May 2014: Podium 100% Dacia in market up 46%

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

Full June 2014 Top 100 models and Top 37 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania May 2014: Podium 100% Dacia in market up 46%

June 11th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Logan Romania May 2014. Picture courtesy of autoevolution.comThe Dacia Logan holds 18% of the Romanian new car market in May.

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The Romanian new car market is up a spectacular 46% year-on-year in May to 6,001 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 24,278 units, up 18% on 2013. For the first time since last December, Dacia monopolises the podium at home with the Logan at 17.9% share, the Duster at 5.4% and the Sandero at 5.2%. The Skoda Octavia is kicked down to #4 with 4.4% but remains third year-to-date, the Ford Fiesta is back up 7 spots on last month to reclaim the #5 ranking it holds year-to-date and the Skoda Rapid is up 3 to #6, its 2nd best ranking in Romania below the #5 it reached last October. Further down, the Hyundai i20 is up 14 ranks to #14, the Renault Captur is up 38 to #15, the Nissan Qashqai up 24 to #18 and the Fiat 500L up a further 4 to #19.

Previous month: Romania April 2014: Dacia Logan and Duster keep stranglehold

One year ago: Romania May 2013: Podium 100% Dacia, Sandero highest since 2009

Full May 2014 Top 100 models and Top 36 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania April 2014: Dacia Logan and Duster keep stranglehold

May 9th, 2014 2 comments

Dacia Logan MCV Romania April 2014The Dacia Logan holds 19% of the Romanian market in April.

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After 4 consecutive months of year-on-year growth including 3 double-digit gains, Romanian new car sales are sadly and worryingly back into negative in April at -6% to 4,932 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total after 4 months to 18,277 units, still up 11% on 2013. This month the Top 4 most popular models in Romania are identical to the 2014 ranking: the Dacia Logan unsurprisingly holds onto the pole position by far with 927 sales and 18.8% share, ahead of the Dacia Duster at 5.7%, Skoda Octavia at 4.9% and Dacia Sandero at 4.4%. The VW Golf is up two spots on March to #5, the Opel Corsa up 11 to #6, the Peugeot 301 is up to #21, Fiat 500L up 41 ranks to #23 and the Mazda CX-5 is up 27 to #31.

Previous month: Romania March 2014: Dacia Dokker back up to 4th place

One year ago: Romania April 2013: Dacia Logan up, Dokker in Top 5

Full April 2014 Top 80 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania March 2014: Dacia Dokker back up to 4th place

April 9th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Dokker Romania March 2014. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusDacia Dokker

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Now we’re talking. Romanian new car sales are up a mammoth 38% year-on-year in March to 4,577 registrations, that’s the 4th consecutive month of year-on-year gain and the third double-digit gain in the last 4 months. Year-to-date total is up 19% to 13,345 units. As is the rest of Europe, would Romania now be on the mend? Local champion Dacia is up an even more impressive 64% on March 2013 to grab 33.6% of the market vs. 29.6% year-to-date. The models charts podium is identical to FY2013 and YTD2014 with the Dacia Logan in the lead (16.8% share) followed by the Dacia Duster (7.5%) and Skoda Octavia (6.6%). Up from outside the Top 80 in February to #4 with 225 units and 4.9%, the Dacia Dokker delivers its 2nd best month ever after last December when it reached #3 with 303 sales and 5.4% share, and the Dacia Sandero is up 9 spots on last month to #5 and a very solid 4.1% market share, making it 4 Dacias in the Top 5.

Previous month: Romania February 2014: Range Rover Evoque in Top 10!

One year ago: Romania March 2013: Dacia Logan on the rebound?

Full March 2014 Top 80 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Romania February 2014: Range Rover Evoque in Top 10!

March 12th, 2014 5 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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