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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

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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

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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

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Romania May 2013: Podium 100% Dacia, Sandero highest since 09

June 12th, 2013 3 comments

Dacia Sandero Romania May 2013The Dacia Sandero had not ranked inside the Romanian podium since 2009…

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After giving us a little hope last month when it gained 21% year-on-year, Romanian new car sales are back to hell in May, down a horrendous 47% on May 2012 to 4,107 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 20,582 units, down 21% on 2012.  The Top 2 models stay unchanged vs. April and YTD: the Dacia Logan reigns supreme with 591 sales and 14.4% followed by the Dacia Duster at 268 units and 6.5%. The Dacia Sandero is up 8 spots on April to land in third position with an excellent 118 sales and 2.9%. This is actually the Sandero’s best ranking since I have had access to monthly rankings for Romania in January 2010. Given the Sandero finished 2009 in 2nd position overall it is safe to assume this is the nameplate’s highest position in 4 years…

Fiat 500L Romania May 2013Fiat 500L

Yes you have guessed it: for what could be the first time in the history of the brand at home, Dacia monopolises the monthly models ranking podium! But wait there’s more: the Dacia Dokker stays at a record 5th place at 111 units and 2.7%, making it 4 Dacias in the Top 5 for only the second time ever after last January… The VW Golf is the best-selling foreign model for the 2nd month in a row at #4 while the VW Jetta is up 5 spots to #8 and the Skoda Rapid up one further rank to a best-ever 9th place. The most spectacular progression however is delivered by the Fiat 500L: up 20 spots on April to a fantastic 11th position with 76 sales and 1.9%, making Romania the 500L’s best overseas country so far… Finally, notice the Toyota Aygo up 53 ranks to #19, the Mercedes A-Class up 30 to #32 and the Mercedes CLA up 43 to #57.

Previous month: Romania April 2013: Dacia Logan up, Dokker in Top 5

One year ago: Romania May 2012: Dacia Logan back in shape at 19% share

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

May 11th, 2013 5 comments

Dacia Logan Romania April 2013. Picture courtesy of automarket.ruDacia Logan

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For the first time in over a year (since March 2012), the Romanian new car market is up by a flamboyant 21% year-on-year in April to 5,242 registrations, reducing the year-to-date fall to 10% at 16,475 units. The Dacia Logan continues to feel the boost of the new generation, reaching 17% market share this month thanks to 893 sales: its best share since last October. The Dacia Duster holds at #2 and 4.7% and takes advantage of a weak month by the Skoda Octavia (#7) to jump to #2 year-to-date also. The VW Golf brilliantly rounds up the podium thanks to 185 sales and 3.5%, followed by the Opel Astra up 3 spots to #4.

Dacia Dokker Romania April 2013. Picture courtesy of automarket.ruDacia Dokker

But the spotlight in Romania this month is on the Dacia Dokker: after breaking into the Top 10 for the first time last month at #9, it is up 4 ranks to break into the Top 5 for the first time anywhere in the world at #5 with 159 sales and 3% share. Another outstanding performer this month is the Skoda Rapid, up 10 spots to break into the Top 10 at #10 with 111 units and 2.1%. Notice also the Fiat 500L up a huge 67 ranks to #31 and the Peugeot 301 slicing its March ranking in two to land at a best-ever #38.

Previous month: Romania March 2013: Dacia Logan on the rebound?

One year ago: Romania April 2012: Suzuki SX4 and VW Jetta hit record heights

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Romania March 2013: Dacia Logan on the rebound?

April 17th, 2013 No comments

Dacia Logan Romania March 2013. Picture courtesy of www.autoevolution.comDacia Logan. Picture courtesy of www.autoevolution.com

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Things are not getting better for new car sales in Romania, and far from it: March is down a horrid 32% year-on-year to 3,324 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total after 3 months to just 11,233 units, down 20% on 2012. Threatened by the Skoda Octavia last month, the Dacia Logan is back to uncontested domination of the models ranking in March, up to 15.2% share thanks to 506 sales, its best market share so far in 2013. The Dacia Duster is back up to #2 for the third time in the last 4 months at 241 units and 7.3% while the Skoda Octavia rounds up the podium with 195 sales and 5.9% but is still #2 year-to-date.

Dacia Dokker Romania March 2013. Picture courtesy of autoevolution.comDacia Dokker

The VW Golf is up 2 spots on last months to #4 at 3.1% share ahead of the Dacia Sandero very solid at 3% and the Hyundai i20 and Opel Astra both at a very strong 2.9% share. The Dacia Dokker breaks into the Romanian (and any country in the world’s) Top 10 for the first time, up 16 ranks on February to #9 at 65 units and 2%, the Renault Fluence is up 7 to #10, the Skoda Rapid solid at #20, VW Touareg up 21 to #22 and the Ford B-Max up 17 to #24.

Previous month: Romania February 2013: Skoda Octavia threatens Dacia Logan

One year ago: Romania March 2012: Dacia Duster hits 10% market share!

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Romania February 2013: Skoda Octavia threatens Dacia Logan

March 9th, 2013 1 comment

Skoda Octavia Romania February 2013Skoda Octavia

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The new car market in Romania is down a painful 16% year-on-year in February to 3,473 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 7,909 units, down 13% on 2012. If last month Dacia placed 4 models in the Top 5, in February the situation is a little more perilous: the Dacia Logan falls to 11.8% share at 410 sales and for the first time since its original launch in September 2004 (that’s 102 months ago), its domination is actually threatened… The Skoda Octavia indeed clocks up a fantastic month at 324 units and 9.3% share, potentially its highest ever share in the country which means that without the LCV version the Logan would in fact rank #2…

Dacia Sandero Romania February 2013. Picture courtesy of auto-mag.comDacia Sandero

On the other hand the Dacia Sandero surfs at unheard-of heights since the introduction of the new generation: it is up one further spot on January to #4 with 126 sales and 3.6%, the first time it ranks that high at home since October 2010… Other great performers this month include the Opel Astra up 8 ranks to #5, Hyundai i20 up 9 to #7, Suzuki SX4 up 16 to #12, Toyota Auris and Skoda Rapid both up 23 to #14 and #16 respectively while the Peugeot 301 breaks into the Romanian Top 50 for the first time, up 54 spots to #45.

Previous month: Romania January 2013: 4 Dacias in Top 5, Lodgy at world-best #4

One year ago: Romania February 2012: Dacia Duster and Skoda Fabia in shape

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

February 10th, 2013 10 comments

Dacia Lodgy Romania January 2013. Picture courtesy of Auto BildDacia Lodgy

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Romanian new car sales slow down their fall in January at “just” -10% to 4,436 registrations. This month national carmaker Dacia does at home (and in any country in the world for that matter) what it had never managed before in its 47 years existence, simply because its range had never been that extended. In January there are 4 Dacias in the models ranking Top 5! The Logan logically stays on top but is starting to align with other countries’ rampant fragmentation at ‘only’ 14.5% share and 642 sales in spite of the new generation now well and truly established. The Duster remains #2 for the 2nd consecutive month and only the 4th time in the last 12 months after February and March 2012 with an excellent 268 units and 6%.

Dacia Dokker January 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusDacia Dokker

The big novelty atop the ranking is the world-best 4th place of the Dacia Lodgy, beating the #7 it reached last month in Romania, with 152 sales and 3.4%. And there is the new generation Dacia Sandero up 8 spots on December to #5 at 123 units and 2.8%, its highest ranking in the country since November 2011 and only its third time in the monthly Top 5 in the last 2 years. So you will have guessed it, the Skoda Octavia at #3 with a shy 162 sales and 3.7% vs. 6% in 2011 is the only non-national in the Romanian Top 5 this month…

Renault Clio January 2013Renault Clio

But wait there’s more: the Dacia Dokker doubles its previous record share reached last month and is up 16 ranks to hit a world-best #11 at 79 units and 1.8%… We may have 5 Dacias in the Top 10 for the first time ever as early as next month… Other great performers in January include the Renault Clio up 8 spots to #7, the BMW X5 at #21, VW Up! up 10 to #24, Mercedes ML-Class up 15 to #25, Range Rover Evoque up 18 to #27, Mercedes GLK up 15 to #32 and Skoda Rapid up 14 to #39. Notice also the Opel Mokka at #65, Mercedes Citan at #97, Peugeot 301 at #99 and Seat Toledo at #100.

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

Previous month: Romania December 2012: Dacia Lodgy and Dokker at world best

One year ago: Romania January 2012: A good month for luxury models

Full January 2013 Top 100 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

January 12th, 2013 4 comments

The 2nd generation Dacia Logan should help it increase its market share in 2013…

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The fall continues for the Romanian new car market: after hitting an all-time high of 343,080 registrations in 2008, it has been down ever since: -55% in 2009, -19% in 2010, -14% in 2011 and -19% in 2012 to 66,436 registrations, the weakest annual total in the country in potentially 20 years… No surprise in pole position: the Dacia Logan lodges its 8th year in a row in the lead and celebrated its 100th consecutive month atop the Romanian models ranking in December, meaning no interruption since its launch in September 2004. However with sales down 35% on 2011 to just 11,255 and 16.9% share, it delivers by far its weakest annual volume and market share, with its best scores remaining 96,037 units in 2006 and 41% share in 2005

Dacia Duster. Picture by plushev, all rights reserved.

8 of the Top 10 best-selling models in Romania this year lose ground compared to 2011: the Skoda Octavia is #2 at -25%, followed by the Dacia Duster at -20% (but hitting its highest ever market share in the country in March at 10%), VW Golf at -24% and Ford Focus at -12%. The Ford Fiesta excels at #6, up 9 spots and 32% year-on-year, with the VW Jetta up 8 ranks and 5% to #8. Other great performers include the Suzuki SX4 up 61% to #14, VW Tiguan up 42% to #15, Hyundai Elantra up to #27, Kia Sportage up 53% to #29, Mercedes ML-Class up 45% to #31 and the Range Rover Evoque up to #41. Two all-new models appear in the Top 50: the Dacia Lodgy at #37 and VW Up! at #39.

Previous post: Romania December 2012: Dacia Lodgy and Dokker at world best

Previous year: Romania Full Year 2011: Dacia Logan at its lowest, Duster #3

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