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

Dacia Logan Romania November 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Logan

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The Romanian new car market shows exceptional strength this month at +42% year-on-year to 8.022 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 12% to 72.423 units. Local manufacturer Dacia manages to outpace its home market with sales up 57% to 35.3% share vs. 33.1% year-to-date, distancing Skoda at 8.3% (+3%), Volkswagen at 8.1% (+24%) and Renault at 7.2% (+81%). Notice also Toyota up 80%, Kia up 364%, Suzuki up 319% and Mazda up 82%. Model-wise, the Dacia Logan hits its best market share at home since June 2014 at a round 24% thanks to 1.924 sales, almost four times any other nameplate in the country. The Dacia Duster, Skoda Octavia and Dacia Sandero follow as per the year-to-date ranking, with the Renault Clio lodging an excellent 5th place at 3.7% share vs. #8 and 2.3% year-to-date.

Previous month: Romania October 2015: Mercedes GLE among Top 20 best-sellers

One year ago: Romania November 2014: Dacia Duster hits highest ever market share

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

Mercedes GLE Romania October 2015The Mercedes GLE (pictured) and GLC are instant hits with the Romania well-to-dos.

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New car sales in Romania are up 3% year-on-year in October to 7.562 registrations, keeping the year-to-date total frankly in positive territory at +9% and 64.401 units after 10 months. Homegrown Dacia outpaces the market with sales up 8% to 2.565 and 33.8% share, followed by Skoda (+15%) reclaiming the #2 year-to-date spot off Volkswagen (-9%), while Ford (-37%) and Renault (-13%) post worrying drops. On the contrary, Toyota (+28%), BMW (+42%), Peugeot (+84%), Kia (+94%) and Seat (+118%) shine brightly. The Top 5 best-selling models are identical to the year-to-date total, with the Dacia Logan leading at 19.6% share above the Dacia Duster, Skoda Octavia, Dacia Sandero and Skoda Rapid. The Fiat 500L is back up 9 spots on last month to #8, the Skoda Fabia up 12 to #13 and the Toyota Corolla up 6 to #14. A few recent launches have hit the mark in Romania: the Mercedes GLE jumps 15 ranks to a fantastic 18th place with 1% share, already becoming the brand’s best-seller in the country, the Suzuki Vitara is up one further rank to #22, the Renault Kadjar is up 4 to #39, the Mercedes GLC up 48 to #40 and the Hyundai Tucson remains inside the Top 50 at #44.

Previous month: Romania September 2015: VW Polo and Dacia Dokker shine

One year ago: Romania October 2014: Dacia Duster and Logan over perform

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Romania September 2015: VW Polo and Dacia Dokker shine

VW Polo Romania September 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Polo ranks third in Romania in September.

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The Romanian new car market remains in positive in September, just: at +3% to 5.752 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 56.839 units, up 10% on 2014. Local manufacturer Dacia is still master in command by far with 28% share (+11%), while Volkswagen outpaces Skoda year-to-date despite sales down 10%. Ford is down 25% in 4th place, distancing Opel (+40%), Renault (-11%) and Fiat (+24%). Notice also BMW (+20%), Nissan (+52%) and Kia (+83%) lodging spectacular year-on-year gains. In the models aisle, the Dacia Logan signs a 133rd consecutive month in pole position with 18.6% share above the Duster at 4%, while the VW Polo is 9 spots on August to round up the podium. The Dacia Dokker (#6), Fiat 500 (#10), Suzuki Vitara (#23) and Mercedes GLE (#33) also shine.

Previous month: Romania August 2015: Dacia monopolises podium again

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

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Romania August 2015: Dacia monopolises podium again

Dacia Sandero Romania August 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukDacia Sandero

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Nothing is getting in the way of the Romanian new car market’s slow but steady recovery: sales are up 15% year-on-year in August to 7.362, lifting the year-to-date total to 51.087 units, up 11% on 2014. Exactly one in every 3 new light vehicle sales in Romania this month are branded Dacia, with the domestic manufacturer once again outperforming its home market at +16% to 2.450 sales and 33.3% share. It is followed by Volkswagen surging 29% and overtaking Skoda to rank #2. Ford, Opel (both at -7%) and Renault (+5%) follow with weak score whereas Mercedes (+25%), Toyota (+43%), BMW, (+41%), Audi (+53%), Kia (+183%), Suzuki (+64%) and Nissan (+53%) take off, all ranking within the Top 15 best-selling brands.

Suzuki Vitara Romania August 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Suzuki Vitara ranks #15 in Romania this month.

Dacia monopolises the models podium for the third consecutive month with the Logan at 21.2% share followed by the Duster (5.2% vs. 7.3% year-to-date) and the Sandero (5% vs. 3.7%). The Skoda Octavia is the most popular foreigner in the country as usual at #4 above the VW Golf up 8 spots to #5. The VW Jetta is up 3 ranks to #8, the Opel Antara up 22 to #17 and among recent launches the Suzuki Vitara is up 17 spots on July to #15, the Renault Kadjar up 14 to #34 and both the Mercedes GLE (+74 to #42) and the Hyundai Tucson (+109 to #48) break into the Czech Top 50 for their 2nd appearance.

Previous month: Romania July 2015: Dacia Logan and Skoda Fabia strong

One year ago: Romania August 2014: Opel Antara jumps inside Top 20

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Romania July 2015: Dacia Logan and Skoda Fabia strong

Dacia Logan Romania July 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Logan is up to 23.5% share at home

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The Romanian new car market is up another healthy 11% year-on-year in July to 9.253 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 43.725 units, up 10% on 2014. Homegrown manufacturer Dacia once again outpaces its domestic market with sales up a stunning 20% to 3.434 for a strong 37.1% market share vs. 33.1% so far this year. Skoda (+2%) overtakes Volkswagen (-5%) to return to the #2 spot it holds year-to-date, as does Ford with Renault. In order of sales, Kia (+163%), Nissan (+67%), Audi (+41%), Suzuki (+57%), Seat (+104%), Honda (+38%) and Citroen (+248%) all take off.

Skoda Fabia Romania July 2015The Skoda Fabia is approaching the Romanian Top 10 best-sellers.

Model-wise, the Dacia Logan, perennial leader at home, delivers its strongest market share in over a year (since June 2014) at 23.5% thanks to 2.177 sales, with the podium 100% Dacia for the 2nd month running: the Duster is #2 at 6.7% and the Sandero #3 at 4.5%. The Fiat 500L is back inside the Top 10 at #9, the Skoda Fabia is up 15 spots on June to #12, the Nissan Qashqai up 8 to #20, the Seat Toledo up 15 to #28, Hyundai Elantra up 7 to #30 and the Suzuki Vitara holds strong at #32 vs. #57 year-to-date. The Renault Kadjar breaks into the Romanian Top 50 for its first full month of sales in the country at #48 while the Mazda CX-3 shoots up to #68. We welcome the Mercedes GLE at #116, the Hyundai Tucson at #157 and the Ssangyong Tivoli at #179.

Previous month: Romania June 2015: Sandero makes podium 100% Dacia

One year ago: Romania July 2014: Podium 100% Dacia

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Romania June 2015: Sandero makes podium 100% Dacia

Dacia Sandero Stepway Romania June 2015Dacia Sandero

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The Romanian new car market takes off in June: up 24% year-on-year to 8.630 registrations, lifting the year-to-date up 10% to 34.472 deliveries halfway through 2015. Homegrown manufacturer Dacia outpaces the market with sales up 26% to 3.185 for a splendid 36.9% share vs. 32.1% year-to-date. Volkswagen (+32%) overtakes Skoda (+5%) while Renault (+51%) remains above Ford (-21%), Hyundai (+43%) is up 4 spots on May to #6 and both Toyota (+107%) and Fiat (+96%) double their sales year-on-year. Further down, Suzuki (+44%), BMW (+48%), Mazda (+81%), Seat (+130%), Kia (+173%) and Honda (+205%) all impress. Model-wise, the podium is 100% Dacia with the Logan (22.8%), Duster (6.6%) and Sandero (4.7%) in the lead, knocking the Skoda Octavia (3.1%) and Rapid (2.3%) to #4 and #5 respectively. The VW Polo at #8, Renault Captur at #9, Toyota Corolla at #21 and Honda Civic at #25 also make themselves noticed, while the Suzuki Vitara is up 36 spots on May to land at #29.

Previous month: Romania May 2015: Fiat 500L climbs further up

One year ago: Romania June 2014: Dacia Logan up to 27% share in market up 75%

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