Romania October 2016: Renault (+41%) and Opel (+70%) shine

Opel Astra Romania October 2016 The Opel Astra is up 247% in October in Romania.

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After surging 62% in September, new car sales in Romania are up a more modest 5% year-on-year in October to 7.951 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 18% to 75.943. Market leader Dacia lags behind its home market at -1% but still commands one in every three new sales at 32% share vs. 29.3% so far in 2013. Skoda follows the market at +5% to 10.6% share, distancing Volkswagen (+7%) while Renault (+41%) and Opel (+70%) both post spectacular gains. Notice also Mercedes (+23%), Hyundai (+19%), Audi (+38%), Suzuki (+79%), Mazda (+28%), Land Rover (+37%) and Citroen (+79%) all signing very healthy improvements inside the Top 20. Among smaller brands, Jaguar (+183%) and Lexus (+114%) impress. At the other end of the stick, Nissan (-12%), Ford (-13%), Toyota (-13%), Mitsubishi (-43%), Seat (-51%) and Fiat (-77%) struggle.

Model-wise, the Dacia Logan (+8%) evolves above its YTD level at 20.2% share vs. 17.8% and ranks ahead of the Dacia Duster (-14%), Skoda Octavia (+14%) and Dacia Sandero (-17%), replicating the YTD order. The Opel Astra shoots up 247% to 5th place thanks to the new model, with other great performers including the VW Jetta (+122%), Renault Captur (+173%), Renault Kadjar (+135%), Dacia Lodgy (+171%), Ford Kuga (+105%), Audi Q5 (+195%) and Toyota Aygo (+129%). Recent launches are discreet, lead by the Renault Talisman (#67), Fiat Tipo (#73) and Jaguar F-Pace (#94).

Previous month: Romania September 2016: Skoda Rapid on podium in market up 62%

One year ago: Romania October 2015: Mercedes GLE among Top 20 best-sellers

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Romania September 2016: Skoda Rapid on podium in market up 62%

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Another stunning month for the Romanian new car market: after gaining 69% in August, sales are up 62% year-on-year in September to 9.361 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 20% to 67.992. Market leader Dacia fails to match the galloping pace of the market with sales up ‘just’ 40% to 2.257, resulting in a weak 24.1% market share vs. 29% so far this year. Skoda on the other hand surges 113% to 2nd place with 10.4%, overtaking Volkswagen at 10.2% (+47%) with Ford (+105%), Opel (+73%), Renault (+81%), Mercedes (+107%), Hyundai (+78%), Peugeot (+234%) and BMW (+90%) in tow and all beating the market to hit higher shares. Notice also Audi (+167%), Suzuki (+126%), Honda (+165%), Jaguar (+450%), Lexus (+113%) and Maserati (+100%) all posting spectacular gains.

Mercedes GLC Romania September 2016Mercedes sales are up 107% year-on-year in Romania to #7 overall.

Model-wise, the Dacia Logan (+36%) and Duster (+75%) are joined on the podium by the Skoda Rapid (+108%) while the Opel Astra shoots up 218% year-on-year to #4 thanks to re new generation. The VW Jetta (+212%), Ford Focus (+120%) and Skoda Fabia (+228%) also impress inside the Top 10 while further down the Opel Corsa (+204%), Renault Captur (+246%), Peugeot 308 (+410%), Ford Mondeo (+169%), Renault Kadjar (+272%) and VW Tiguan (+257%) take off. The Fiat Tipo (#57) leads newcomers (<12 months) ahead of the Mercedes GLC (#62), Renault Talisman (#72), Ford Ecosport (#79), Jaguar F-Pace (#90) and Ford Edge (#98). We welcome the Infiniti QX30, Maserati Levante, Tesla Model X and Volvo S90 in the Romanian charts this month, each with one single sale.

Previous month: Romania August 2016: Opel Astra shines in market up 69%

One year ago: Romania September 2015: VW Polo and Dacia Dokker shine

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Romania August 2016: Opel Astra shines in market up 69%

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August sales in Romania are up 69% year-on-year to 12.411 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 15% to 58.631 units in 8 months. Dacia evolves like its home market at +70% to 4.175 sales, resulting in a mammoth 33.6% share vs. 29.7% so far in 2016. Volkswagen (+37%) and Skoda (+53%) are back above Renault which ranked #2 last month but gains another 110% in August. Inside the Top 10, Ford (+76%), Opel (+93%) and Hyundai (+141%) stand out, outside, Peugeot (+150%), Honda (+198%) and Lexus (+220%) impress. Model-wise, Dacia monopolises the podium again with the Logan (+64%), Sandero (+114%) and Duster (+74%) in the lead but the Opel Astra at #4 and best-selling foreigner (+254%) and the Ford Fiesta at #9 (+249%) deliver the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 10. Notice also the Renault Clio (+110%), Skoda Rapid (+129%), Suzuki Vitara (+153%), Renault Captur (+221%) and Hyundai i20 (+308%) posting spectacular gains.

Previous month: Romania July 2016: Dacia recovers to 35.8% share, Logan to 24.5%

One year ago: Romania August 2015: Dacia monopolises podium again

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Romania July 2016: Dacia recovers to 35.8% share, Logan to 24.5%

Dacia Logan Romania May 2016. Picture courtesy automarket.roThe Dacia Logan is back to stratospheric market shares at home.

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After an uncharacteristic 37% drop in June, the Romanian new car market is back to solid growth at +17% in July to 10.768 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 6% to 46.220. Dacia returns to more familiar market shares at 35.8% thanks to sales up 12% to 3.850 with Renault surging 73% to 2nd place overall at 993 units. Skoda (797), Volkswagen (696) and Ford (577) follow but all lose market share. Toyota (+61%), Opel (+69%), Honda (+93%), Suzuki (+102%) and Peugeot (+146%) post the most spectacular gains inside the Top 20.

After plunging to a lowest ever 9.1% share last month, the Dacia Logan catches up on lost time at 24.5% in July vs. 17.1% year-to-date. The Dacia Sandero is back up 12 spots on June to #2 overall with 5.1% ahead of the Dacia Duster up 2 to #3 despite sales down 23% to 478. The Renault Clio is up 64% to #4, the Opel Astra up 184% to #6, the Suzuki Vitara up 255% to #8, Toyota Corolla up 118% to #9 and Peugeot 208 up… 7-fold to #10. Notice also the Renault Kadjar up 6 spots on June to #14, the Honda Civic up 30 to #26 and the Citroen C-Elysée up 107% on July 2015 to #40.

Previous month: Romania June 2016: Sales drop 37%, Dacia Logan at lowest ever share

One year ago: Romania July 2015: Dacia Logan and Skoda Fabia strong

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Romania June 2016: Sales drop 37%, Dacia Logan at lowest ever share

Dacia Logan Romania June 2016. Picture courtesy automarket.roThe Prestige premium variant isn’t helping: the Dacia Logan is down to 9.1% share at home. 

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Whereas the Romanian market improved by 16% over the first 5 months of the year, it comes to a abrupt halt in June with deliveries crashing down 37% year-on-year to 5.462 units. According to local media, a possible explanation for this sudden fall is the three months delay of the RABLA governmental programme for national car fleet renewal. Local manufacturer Dacia is the hardest hit and the main culprit for this sharp drop with volumes down 69% to 998 sales, whereas parent company Renault is up 14% to 679, Skoda down 9% to 555, Ford down 6% to 456 and Volkswagen down 44% to 442. Mercedes (+34%), BMW (+20%), Audi (+26%), Suzuki (+21%) and Volvo (+52%) go against the grain and post hefty gains.

Despite Dacia’s weakness, the Logan is not toppled from its perennial top spot, signing an incredible 142nd consecutive month in pole position – the 12 year mark will in all likeliness be reached this August. However its 9.1% market share is its lowest ever recorded since the nameplate’s original launch in September 2004 and its very first in the single digits (previous lowest was 11.8% in February 2013). Its 498 June volume is not its lowest ever though (170 in January 2010). The Renault Clio leaps 4 spots on May to #2 overall with 6.2% share ahead of the Skoda Octavia at 4.9% and Ford Focus at 4.8% whereas the Dacia Duster, #2 year-to-date, drops to #5 followed by the Dacia Dokker. The Renault Captur is up 23 spots to #7 and the Kia Sportage up 22 to #12.

Previous month: Romania May 2016: Dacia down 18% in market up 7%

One year ago: Romania June 2015: Sandero makes podium 100% Dacia

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Romania May 2016: Dacia down 18% in market up 7%

Dacia Logan Romania May 2016. Picture courtesy automarket.roThe Dacia Logan holds 12.3% of its home market in May. 

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The Romanian new car market is up 7% year-on-year in May to 6.345 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 16% to 29.990. Homegrown market leader surprisingly freefalls though at -18% but remains leader by far at 1.502 units and 23.7% share. Skoda (11.3%) and Volkswagen (9.1%) follow like in the year-to-date ranking, with Ford leaping to #4 thanks to sales up a whopping 45% to 525. Opel (+41%), Mercedes (+31%), BMW (+52%), Peugeot (+74%), Audi (+102%), Kia (+34%), Suzuki (+105%) and Volvo (+171%) all post spectacular gains whereas Fiat (-64%) and Honda (-45%) crumble. No trace of Dacia’s weakness in the models ranking, with the Logan (12.3%) and Duster (6.3%) dominating as usual, ahead of the Skoda Octavia and Rapid. Notice also the strong performances of the Opel Astra (#9), Mercedes GLE (#15) and Suzuki Vitara (#17).

Previous month: Romania April 2016: Mercedes GLE solid again in market up 13%

One year ago: Romania May 2015: Fiat 500L climbs further up

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Romania April 2016: Mercedes GLE solid again in market up 13%

Mercedes GLE Romania April 2016The Mercedes GLE ranks at a stunning 15th place in Romania this month. 

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Another month of double-digit gains for Romania in April, up 13% to 6.174 registrations leading to a 19% increase so far this year to 23.645 registrations. This month homegrown Dacia is falling behind market growth at +1% to 1.685 units, resulting in a lower 27.3% share vs. 29.2% so far in 2016. Skoda is very dynamic in 2nd place at +30% but Volkswagen drops 7% to #3, ahead of Renault (+85%), Ford (-18%) and Mercedes (+44%). Opel (+87%) and BMW (+88%) excel. Model-wise, the Dacia Logan (15.8%) and Duster (6.4%) continue to dominate above the Skoda Octavia (4.4%) while the Skoda Rapid and Ford Focus knock the Dacia Sandero down to #6. Volkswagen stacks the Passat, Golf and Polo all inside the Top 10 and the Mercedes GLE impresses once again at #15.

Previous month: Romania March 2016: Homegrown Dacia outpaces market up 23%

One year ago: Romania April 2015: Ford and Fiat pull market up 11%

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Romania March 2016: Homegrown Dacia outpaces market up 23%

Dacia Sandero Romania March 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frDacia sales are up 29% year-on-year at home in March.

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Romanian new car sales continue on their breakneck speed in March at +23% year-on-year to 6.572 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 21% to 17.471 registrations. Homegrown manufacturer Dacia beats the market with sales up a flamboyant 29% to 1.940 for a 29.5% market share, distancing Skoda (-4%), Ford (-26%) and Volkswagen (+9%) all underperforming. Renault (+44%), Opel (+94%), Peugeot (+83%), Toyota (+68%), BMW (+36%), Kia (+34%), Mazda (+176%) and Suzuki (+219%) all post spectacular year-on-year gains. Model-wise, the Dacia Logan remains firmly in command with 18.9% share above the Duster (5.6%) and Skoda Octavia (3.9%) with the Dacia Sandero (3.3%) and Skoda Rapid (2.7%) rounding up the Top 5. The Ford Fiesta is up 6 spots on last month to #6, the Opel Corsa up 14 to #8, the Fiat 500L up 5 to #10, the Opel Astra up 23 o #12 and the Peugeot 308 up 43 to #17.

Previous post: Romania January-February 2016: Dacia places four models in Top 5

One year ago: Romania March 2015: Ford Fiesta on podium, Fiat 500L in Top 10

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Romania January-February 2016: Dacia places four models in Top Five

Dacia Dokker Romania January 2016. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comThe new Stepway variant boosts the Dacia Dokker up to #2 in January. Picture autoevolution.com

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The Romanian new car market gains a solid 17% year-on-year in January to 5.800 registrations and 24% in February to 5.099 sales, lifting the year-to-date total to 10.899 units after two months, up 20% on the same period in 2015. Market leader and home brand Dacia slightly underperforms the market at +15% to 3.281 sales over the period, resulting in a reduced 39.1% market share. Volkswagen (+22%) overtakes Skoda (+6%) for second place overall with Ford (+51%) and Renault (+32%) in tow and both posting aggressive increases. BMW (+26%), Fiat (+44%), Peugeot (+76%), Kia (+64%), Mazda (+54%) and Suzuki (+267%) also impress.

January models highlights include the Dacia Dokker shooting up to a best-ever 2nd place overall with 370 sales and 6.4% share and in February Dacia manages to place four models inside the Top 5 for the first time in its history at home: the Logan (#1), Duster (#2), Sandero (#4) and Dokker (#5). After two months, the Dacia Logan is still the runaway leader, even beating the market at +22% to a round 20% share. It is followed by a Dacia Duster in difficulty (-23%), a Skoda Octavia losing share (+8%) and a Dacia Dokker up 3-fold on the same period last year. The Suzuki Vitara (#13), Hyundai Tucson (#16), Mercedes GLE (#18) and GLC (#29) lead newcomers (February rankings).

Previous post: Romania Full Year 2015: Dacia Logan celebrates 11 years on top

One year ago (Jan): Romania January 2015: Dacia Duster threatens Logan sedan for #1

One year ago (Feb): Romania February 2015: Dacia and Skoda monopolise Top 4

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Romania Full Year 2015: Dacia Logan celebrates 11 years on top

Dacia Logan Romania 2015. Picture courtesy of www.autoevolutionDacia Logan. Picture courtesy autoevolution.com

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After imploding from an all-time high of 343,080 registrations in 2008 to just 57,710 in 2013, the Romanian new car market posts a second consecutive year of growth in 2015 at +16% to 81.162 registrations. 2014 was up 22%. Once again local carmaker Dacia outpaces its home market with sales up 20% to 26.840 for a 33.1% market share: exactly one in every three new cars sold in Romania in 2015 is a Dacia. Skoda (+9%), Volkswagen (+10%) and Ford (+0.5%) hold onto their ranking but all lose market share as opposed to Renault up 20% to 6% in 5th place. Toyota (+25%), Suzuki (+31%), Mazda (+31%), Seat (+38%), Jeep (+50%), Honda (+51%), Citroen (+75%) and Kia (+162%) also impress.

Suzuki Vitara Romania 2015Best newcomer: the Suzuki Vitara at #25. 

In the models ranking, the Dacia Logan celebrates 11 consecutive years in pole position with sales up 21% to 16.253 and a round 20% of the market, its highest share at home since 2011 when it hit 21.3%. The Logan’s personal best is locked at an incredible 41% share back in 2005. The Duster (+23%) and Sandero (+18%) also improve their penetration to 7% and 3.6% respectively while at #3 the Skoda Octavia is up just 7% to 3.370 sales. Thanks to volumes up 13% year-on-year, the Skoda Rapid breaks into the annual Romanian Top 5 for the first time, the Ford Focus is up 30% to #6, the Fiat 500L up 116% to #13 and the Kia Sportage up 142% to #15. The most popular newcomer is the Suzuki Vitara landing directly at #25.

Previous month: Romania November 2015: Dacia Logan hits highest share in 17 months

Previous year: Romania Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan celebrates one decade at #1

Two years ago: Romania Full Year 2013: Dacia Logan and Duster dominate

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