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Russia June 2014: Skoda Rapid lands in deteriorating market

July 10th, 2014 No comments

Skoda Rapid Russia June 2014The Skoda Rapid makes its first appearance inside the Russian Top 20 this month.

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The new car market situation is fast deteriorating in Russia with June sales down a horrid 17% year-on-year to 199,398 units which brings the year-to-date total to 1,229,839, down 8% on 2013. AEB doesn’t see the market rebounding any soon with H2 sales predicted to be down another 16% with the Full Year 2014 projection now standing at 2.45 million units, down 12% on 2013. In the models ranking, the Lada Granta leads again but is down a surprising 24% on June 2013 while the Hyundai Solaris, launched almost one year prior, is stable year-on-year in 2nd place and therefore gains significant market share vs. June 2013.

Nissan Qashqai Russia June 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe new model pushes the Nissan Qashqai up 73% in Russia this month.

The Kia Rio rounds up the podium with a strong 4.4% share (+8%), the Lada Largus confirms the all-time high 4th spot it reached last month, the Renault Logan continues to improve thanks to the new generation up 18% to #7 as does the Nissan Qashqai up 73% to #8. Other great performers include the Toyota Camry up 6 spots on May to #11, the Kia Cee’d back inside the Top 25 at #16, the Mazda CX-5 up to #23 vs. #37 over the Full Year 2013 and the VW Jetta up to #24 vs. #35. Finally, we welcome the Skoda Rapid inside the Russian Top 20 at #20 with 2,341 sales and 1.2% share for its 2nd month in market.

JAC S5 Russia June 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruJAC S5

Brand-wise, Lada performs a little worse than the market at -19% to 15.1% share, however the 4 next manufacturers outperform the market: Kia at #2 (-3%) followed by Hyundai (-1%), Renault (-13%) and Toyota (-11%). Nissan is up a spectacular 33% in 6th place, Mitsubishi is up 5% to #11, Mercedes up 11% to #12, Lexus up 24% to #25 and Jeep up 57% to #34. Reversely, Chevrolet (-47%), Ford (-53%) and SsangYong (-50%) crash and burn. Among recent newcomers, ChangAn remains at #46, JAC is up 5 spots on May to #48 and Luxgen up 3 to #54.

Previous month: Russia May 2014: Lada Largus smashes record, new Renault Logan and Nissan Qashqai in Top 10

One year ago: Russia June 2013: Lada Granta beats volume and share records

Full June 2014 Top 25 models and Top 60 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Russia May 2014: Lada Largus smashes records, new Renault Logan and Nissan Qashqai in Top10

June 10th, 2014 1 comment

Renault Logan Russia May 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruRenault Logan

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New car sales in Russia accentuate their fall in May at -12% year-on-year to 201,487 registrations, now bringing the year-to-date total to 1,030,533 units, down 6% on 2013. The Lada Granta stays atop the models ranking and behaves like the market at -11% to 12,947 sales and 6.4% share. Only issue is the entire Top 10 bar one car (the VW Polo at -12%) does better… The Hyundai Solaris continues to lodge very robust scores month after month at 9,791 units and 4.9% (-7%) while the Kia Rio keeps on improving in third position with 8,513 sales and 4.2% (+7%). Quantum leap for the Lada Largus up to a best-ever 4th place with a record 7,448 sales and 3.7%, up 41% on May 2013 and smashing its previous bests of #6 (October 2013), 5,889 units and 2.6% share (both in April 2014).

Lada Largus Russia May 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruLada Largus

The Renault Duster rounds up the Top 5 once again, passing the Lada Kalina (-1%), and remains #4 year-to-date. Boosted by the new generation finally spreading in Renault dealerships across the country, the Logan is up 4 spots on April to #8 with 5,130 sales, its best ranking in Russia since January 2013, the Nissan Almera lodges another very impressive month at #9 and 4,456 units and the Nissan Qashqai reappears inside the Russian Top 10 for only the third time ever after November and December 2013, potentially due to the previous generation in runout mode and the new gen landing.

Nissan Qashqai Russia May 2014Nissan Qashqai

Brand-wise, for once Lada loses less ground than the market at -10%, improving its market share to 16.9% vs. 15.8% year-to-date. Kia remains in second place with 8.4% of the Russian market (-2%) ahead of Renault (-12%), Hyundai (-3%) and Toyota (-4%). Nissan is up 22% to #6, Mercedes up 16% to #13, Mazda up 20% to #15, Lexus up 33% to #23, Volvo up 10% to #25 and Jeep up 67% to #34. Reversely, Ford is at -56%, Geely at -42%, Honda at -41%, Citroen at -40%, Peugeot at -37%, Suzuki at -36%, Ssangyong at -33%, Chevrolet at -31%, Lifan at -30% and Opel at -29%.

Previous post: Russia: Market could drop by 20% in 2014

Previous month: Russia April 2014: Nissan Almera breaks records again

One year ago:  Russia May 2013: Lada Largus into Top 10 in market down 12%

Full May 2014 Top 25 models and Top 60 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Russia: Market could drop by 20% in 2014

May 26th, 2014 No comments

1 Lada GrantaLada Granta in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia – September 2013

After reaching record levels in 2012, the Russian car market dropped by 5% in 2013. It seemed to have stopped its fall over the first Quarter of 2014 but April sales showed an 8% decline, potentially handicapped by the economic sanctions imposed on the country as a result of the Crimean crisis. However things could get much worse for Russian new car sales this year, with a 20% drop over the Full Year 2014 now mentioned by two separate entities. This would actually mean a 27% drop over the rest of the year…

First to cite the -20% figure, LMC Automotive is now joined by AvtoVAZ (aka Lada) CEO Bo Andersson. According to Automotive News, Andersson said in an interview at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum that the next two years will be “tough” for the Russian market. Interestingly, Andersson said he expects AvtoVAZ’s sales to fall less than the industry, by 10 to 15%, allowing the carmaker, which is controlled by Renault-Nissan, to increase market share to 20% in 2016 from 17% now. For now though, AvtoVAZ is down 15% in a market down 4% year-to-date…

But most interestingly of all, Andersson gives ‘slower economic growth’ as the reason for the 20% decline, saying the sanctions imposed on companies, officials and businessmen close to President Vladimir Putin by the United States and the European Union after Russia’s annexation of Crimea haven’t contributed to the downturn so far…

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Russia April 2014: Nissan Almera breaks records again

May 14th, 2014 1 comment

Nissan Almera Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruNissan Almera

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After seeming to plateau in March at just -0.4%, Russian new car sales are back in hell in April, potentially handicapped by the economic sanctions imposed on the country: down 8% year-on-year to 226,526 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 829,046 units, down 4% on 2013. The Top 7 best-selling models are unchanged on last month, led by the Lada Granta (-13%), Hyundai Solaris (-7%) and Kia Rio (+7%), but the best performer in April is the recently-launched Nissan Almera: up to #8 with 5,798 sales and 2.6% share which are its best-ever ranking (also reached last February), monthly volume and market share. Notice also the Toyota RAV4 up 7 spots on March to #11 and the Nissan Juke up 71% year-on-year to #19, earning it a spot in the 2014 Top 25 at #23.

Acura MDX Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruAcura MDX

In the brands ranking, at #1 Lada is down 16% but with 16.3% share it is almost one percentage point above its year-to-date level (15.5%) and in any case still sells more than double any other brand on the market. Kia is down 3% to #2, Renault down 9% at #3, Hyundai stable at #4, Toyota down 1% to #5, Chevrolet down a harsh 17% to #6 and Nissan up 43% to #7. Notice also Mazda up 91%, Lexus up 22%, Infiniti up 82% and Jeep up 84%.

Brilliance V5 Chery Tiggo Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruBrilliance launches in Russia this month with the V5 SUV…

JAC S5 Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ru…while JAC arrives with the J5 sedan and S5 SUV (above).

A very rare feat, after ChangAn and Alfa Romeo in March, there are 3 additional new carmakers in the Russian ranking this month: Acura lands at #45 with 112 sales, Brilliance ranks #47 at 75 units and JAC is #49 with 58 sales, the latter two bringing to 11 the number of Chinese brands on sale in Russia. They are led this month by Lifan (#20), Chery (#28), Geely (#30), Great Wall (#31) and FAW (#39). Interestingly, all new Chinese entrants are rightfully launching a new small SUV in Russia: the ChangAn CS35, Brilliance V5 and JAC S5.

Previous month: Russia March 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Russia April 2013: Toyota RAV4 in Top 10

Full April 2014 Top 25 models and Top 58 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Russia March 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander breaks into Top 10

April 9th, 2014 1 comment

Mitsubishi Outlander Russia March 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Mitsubishi Outlander is now among Russia’s Top 10 most popular vehicles.

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Has the Russian new car market finally reached a plateau? In March, after losing ground for 11 of the last 12 months, new car sales are down just 0.4% year-on-year to 243,335 registrations. This brings the First Quarter total to 602,523 units, down 2% on 2013. In the models ranking, the Lada Granta remains the most popular by far but continues to evolve a notch lower than last year at -10% and 12,958 sales. The Hyundai Solaris is up 2% but for the first time threatened by the Kia Rio which smashes its volume and market share records this month at 9,728 sales and 4% share (previous bests: 8,632 and 3.5% last September).

Kia Rio Russia March 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Kia Rio breaks its volume and share records in Russia this month.

The Lada Kalina continues to creep back up now that the new generation is established, up 21% this month at #4 and passing the Renault Duster. But the hero of the month is without a doubt the Mitsubishi Outlander: it breaks into the Russian Top 10 for the first time in the nameplate’s history, shooting up to 9th place thanks to 4,584 sales and 1.9%, up 78% year-on-year and now #20 year-to-date (+42%). Not far below is the new generation Skoda Octavia, up 8 spots on February to a best-ever 11th place at a record 3,951 units. Finally, notice the Nissan Almera down 6 ranks to #14 and the Toyota Corolla up 44% on March 2013.

ChangAn CS35 Russia March 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruChangAn has now made its entrance in the Russian market with the CS35.

In the brands ranking, Lada slows down its fall at -8% to 15.2% share, while Kia (+7%) is up 3 ranks on February to grab the 2nd spot, passing Nissan (+26%), Renault (-8%) and Hyundai (+3%). Reversely, Ford loses 33%, penalised by the Focus (-61%). For once, Chinese carmakers have mixed fortunes this month: if Chery (+21%) and Geely (+4%) continue to progress, Lifan (-4%) and Great Wall (-17%) don’t. Rare event, we welcome two new entrants in the ranking this month: ChangAn lands at #43 with 145 sales (the CS35 SUV) and… Alfa Romeo reappears at #56 with 3 units sold.

Previous month: Russia February 2014: Renault Duster and Nissan Almera impress

One year ago: Russia March 2013: Market down for the first time in 3 years

Full March 2014 Top 25 models and Top 57 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Russia February 2014: Renault Duster & Nissan Almera impress

March 14th, 2014 9 comments

Nissan Almera Russia February 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Nissan Almera is up to a best-ever 8th place in February.

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New car sales in Russia slow down their fall once again in February to -2% at 206,476 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 359,138 units, down 4% on 2013. If the Lada Granta keeps the lead of the models ranking, it is down year-on-year again (-8%) to 11,280 sales whereas the Hyundai Solaris manages to gain 3% on February 2013 to 8,660 units. The Renault Duster lodges an all-time high 3.7% market share thanks to 7,541 sales and remains at an astounding third position, its highest ranking so far and reached for the third time after last November and January. The Lada Kalina is up one spot on last month but still down 13% year-on-year at #4.

Kia Sportage Russia February 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Kia Sportage is up 53% year-on-year in Russia this month.

After making its first appearance among the 10 most popular cars in Russia last month, the Nissan Almera gains a further two ranks to reach a record 8th place with 4,481 units and 2.2%. Other great performers this month include the Kia Sportage up 53% on February 2013 to #15, the Nissan X-Trail up 45% to #16, Toyota Corolla up 62% to #24 and the Toyota RAV4 up a huge 146% to #25. Notice also the Skoda new Octavia at #19 and the Daewoo Gentra at #25.

FAW V5 Russia February 2014. Picture courtesy of Za RulemFAW V5. Chinese FAW is up 95% so far in 2014 in Russia.

Brand-wise, the Japanese are the most impressive this month: Nissan is up 31%, Toyota up 43% and Honda up 54%. The Chinese, normally masters at this game, are a little shy if still in progression: Chery and Geely at +12%, Lifan at +6% and FAW at +13% but +95% year-to-date Reversely Great Wall is at -10%/ Finally let’s salute the performance of the new Avtovaz-Renault-Nissan Group, monopolising the brands podium this month: Lada #1 at 20.2% share followed by Nissan at 11.2% and Renault at 11%.

Previous month: Russia January 2014: Duster on podium, Nissan Almera #10

One year ago: Russia February 2013: Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio impress

Full February 2014 Top 25 models and Top 55 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Russia January 2014: Duster on podium, Nissan Almera #10

February 11th, 2014 1 comment

Nissan Almera Russia January 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Nissan Almera breaks into the Russian Top 10 for the first time this month.

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Third (and last!) Russian update today, with January figures now available. And it’s an average start of 2014 for new car sales in Russia, down 6% year-on-year to 152,662 registrations. The Lada Granta keeps the lead but is down a dangerous 22% on January 2013 to 8,255 sales and 5.4% share, to be compared with -6% and 4.6% for the Hyundai Solaris once again extremely solid. The Renault Duster manages to climb onto the monthly Russian podium for only the 2nd time ever after last November thanks to 5,590 sales, ahead of the Kia Rio (+12%) and the Lada Kalina, down 29% year-on-year and still struggling to impose the new generation onto Russian consumers.

Nissan X-Trail Russia January 2014Nissan X-Trail

Further down, the Lada Largus is back up 4 spots on December to #7 and 2.5% share, its best ranking since last October and its strongest market share so far in Russia, the Renault Logan is also back up the sales charts at #9 but down 18% year-on-year. The big event this month is the 10th position of the Nissan Almera. We just discovered today that it ranked #25 in December and #43 over the FY2013, so this is a massive achievement for the ‘low-cost’ previous gen Almera. Nissan has a killer month, with the X-Trail also hitting its best-ever ranking in Russia, up 9 spots on December and 36% year-on-year to #13 with 2,687 sales and 1.8% vs. 1% in 2013.

Daewoo Gentra Russia January 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruDaewoo Gentra

But wait there’s more: the new generation Skoda Octavia progresses one further rank on last month to break into the Top 15 at #15 thanks to 2,439 units and 1.6%, while the Hyundai ix35 is back up 17 spots to #16 and the Daewoo Gentra lodges its very first Top 20 ranking at #20 with 2,199 sales and 1.4% vs. #72 in 2013. An eventful month in the models sales charts indeed! Brand-wise, Lada continues its decline at -21% year-on-year to 15.5% share, followed by Renault (8.4%), Kia (7.3%), Nissan and Hyundai both at 7.2%. Mitsubishi is up 25% to #9, Mazda up 38% to #15, Mercedes up 42% to #16, BMW up 17% to #17 and Honda up 60% to #19.

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One year ago: Russia January 2013: Renault Duster up to 4th place!

Full January 2014 Top 25 models and Top 55 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Russia Full Year 2013: Discover the Top 390 All-models ranking!

February 11th, 2014 No comments

Chery Tiggo FL Russia 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Chery Tiggo FL is the best-selling all-new Chinese model in Russia this year.

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After December 2013 figures, I can now share with you for the first time on BSCB an All-models ranking including LCVs for the Full Year 2013 in Russia. Let’s go straight beyond the Top 25 (All-brands and Top 25 are analysed here) to discover the Mitsubishi Outlander up 24% to #29 and the ASX up 23% to #30, making it two Mitsubishis inside the Russian Top 30 this year vs. none in 2012. The SsangYong Actyon is up 26% to #36, the Mazda CX-5 up 51% to #37 and the Honda CR-V up 46% to #40.

Mitsubishi Outlander Russia 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Mitsubishi Outlander breaks into the Russian Top 30 in 2013.

Thanks to sales up 37% to 18,022, the Great Wall Hover becomes the best-selling Chinese model in Russia in 2013, passing the Lifan Solano down 38% to #67. However the Lifan X60 (Chinese leader in December) is catching up fast: up a huge 1013% on 2012 to land at #42 with 15,808 units for its first full year in market. Notice also the Geely Emgrand up 232% to #46 and 14,500 sales, making it 3 Chinese models in the Russian Top 50 this year vs. only one in 2012. Further down we find the Geely MK/MK Cross (#54), Chery Tiggo (#93), Chery Tiggo FL landing directly at #128, the Chery Indis (#141) and FAW V5 (#162).

Nissan Almera Russia 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe previous generation Nissan Almera is all-new for Russia in 2013…

A testament to the very healthy dynamism of the Russian new car market, no less than 40 all-new models make their first appearance in the sales charts in 2013, led by the Chevrolet Cobalt at #39 with 18,519 sales, the Nissan Almera at #43 and 15,704 units and the new generation Skoda Octavia at #48 and 13,663 sales. We also have the Daewoo Gentra at #72, new generation Kia Cerato at #73, Citroen C4 Sedan at #77 and Toyota Venza at #122.

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One year ago: Russia Full Year 2012: Lada Priora #1, Granta 4,800 sales below

Full Year 2013 Top 390 All-models Ranking Table here.

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Russia December 2013: Discover the Top 350 All-models ranking!

February 11th, 2014 1 comment

Chevrolet Cobalt Russia December 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Chevrolet Cobalt ranks #26 in Russia in December.

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Very exciting times today! For the very first time on BSCB I can share with you a monthly all-models ranking for Russia. This is particularly fascinating given we only currently have access to the Top 25 models year-to-date for this country, which means the more we get into the year, the more the ranking is inaccurate as new models launch and perform better than their year-to-date ranking. You will notice a lot of models I have picked up during my 2013 Trans-Siberian Railway Series… My first note on this ranking is the presence of LCVs which are not included in AEB’s model updates, and logically the GAZ Gazelle ranks 6th with 6,941 sales, way above the Ford Transit at #49 and the UAZ 3909 ‘Bukhanka’ at #60.

Skoda Octavia Russia December 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe new generation Skoda Octavia is already #16 this month.

The first ‘newcomer’ in the ranking (as in which didn’t appear in my year-to-date-led updates) is the new generation Skoda Octavia, up to a fantastic 16th place for its 7th month in market thanks to 4,033 sales and 1.5% share, effectively replacing the previous generation in the sales charts. The Mitsubishi ASX delivers its best monthly volume of the year at #20 with 3,451 units, as do the Nissan X-Trail at #22 and 3,240 sales and the all-new Nissan Almera at #24 with 3,028 units. Confirming my very frequent local sightings (especially in Kazan, Tatarstan), the Chevrolet Cobalt, launched in January, is up to #26 with 2,997 sales in December, its 4th consecutive month above 2,000 monthly units and the nameplate’s best-ever month so far.

Lifan X60 Russia December 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Lifan X60 delivers its best monthly volume so far in Russia in December.

Just below we find the Mitsubishi Outlander (particularly successful in Yekaterinburg) with 2,950 sales and 1.1%, while the Daewoo Gentra, launched last September so post my visit in the country but none other than a facelifted Lacetti, shoots up to #29 with a best-ever 2,717 units in December. The Skoda Fabia is up to #30, the UAZ Patriot to #31 and the Lifan X60 spectacularly takes the lead of all Chinese models sold in Russia, ranking 35th this month with a record 2,405 sales. Notice also the Mazda CX-5 (popular in Irkutsk) at #38, the Toyota Prado (preferred in Krasnoyarsk) at #41, the Geely Emgrand at #42 and the Ford Kuga at #43.

Kia Cerato Russia December 2013. Picture courtesy of drivenn.ruThe Kia Cerato is particularly appreciated in Moscow.

Further down, the all-new Citroen C4 Sedan is up to #55 (helped by its success in St Petersburg), the Peugeot 408 ranks #58, the Chery Tiggo FL is up to #62 with an all-time high 1,103 sales for its 6th month in market, the new generation Kia Cerato is #68 (thanks to strong sales in Moscow) Jeep Grand Cherokee is up to #82 vs. #133 over the FY2013, the Toyota Venza is up to #90 vs. #122, the FAW V5 (sighted in Irkutsk and on Lake Baikal) ranks #118 with 425 sales, and the Citroen C-Elysee (#140) and Peugeot 301 (#145) are a little shy for now.

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One year ago: Russia December 2012: Renault Duster breaks into Top 5

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Russia Full Year 2013: Lada Granta celebrates first year at #1

January 16th, 2014 No comments

Lada Granta FAW V5 Russia 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Lada Granta is #1, but the Chinese are coming… (here the FAW V5)

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After 3 consecutive years of growth, Russian car sales are down 5% year-on-year in 2013 to 2,777,447 registrations, still the 2nd-best ever annual result in history below the record 2,935,111 units of 2012. For the first time in a full year, the Lada Granta logically dominates the models ranking thanks to sales up 38% to 166,947 units and 6% share. With the Largus up 296% to #9 for its first full year in market, that’s pretty much the only piece of good news for local manufacturer Lada, down 15% overall this year to just 16.4% share vs. 18.4% in 2012. In fact, while the 2012 models podium was 100% Lada (Priora-Granta-Kalina), this year the Granta is the only Lada in the Top 6!

Renault Duster Russia 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruRenault Duster

French manufacturer Renault, Lada’s new owner, is faring much better: up 11% to become the #2 carmaker in the country and pass the 200,000 annual sales milestone for the first time in Russia at 210,099 and 7.6% share. This is in large part due to the smashing success of the Duster, up 77% and 13 spots year-on-year to land at a splendid 4th place with 83,702 sales and 3% share, peaking at #3 in November, while the Logan and Sandero are down 13 and 10% respectively – still waiting for the new generation to arrive. Kia and Hyundai both step up one notch while Chevrolet is down 3 to #5.

Lifan X60 Russia 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruLifan X60

Other great performers in the brands ranking include Mercedes (+19%), BMW (+12%), Audi (+8%), SsangYong (+9%), Honda (+20%) and Subaru (+18%) but the biggest gains are delivered by 3 Chinese carmakers: Geely (+55%), Great Wall (+39%) and Lifan (+34%). Back to the models ranking where the Hyundai Solaris, up a further 3% on 2012 to stay at #2 and deliver the highest ever annual total for a ‘foreign’ model (even though it is produced locally) at 113,911 units and 4.1% share. This shouldn’t be surprising if you followed my Trans-Siberian Photo Report last year where the Solaris was very consistently successful in all cities I visited.

Toyota RAV4 Russia April 2013Toyota RAV4 sales are up 47% in 2013 in Russia.

Other great achievers in the Russian models ranking in 2013 include the VW Polo inside the annual Top 6 for the very first time at #6 with 72,565 sales, the Nissan Qashqai up 11% to #17 and peaking at #8 in December, Toyota RAV4 up 9 spots and 47% to #19 and 39,885 sales, Kia Cee’d up 50% and 11 ranks to #20 and 34,981 units and the Hyundai ix35 up 13% to #24 and 31,706 sales.

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One year ago: Russia Full Year 2012: Lada Priora #1, Granta 4,800 sales below

Two years ago: Russia Full Year 2011: Lada Kalina leads for the first time

Full Year 2013 Top 390 All-models and Top 57 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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