Russia First Half 2017: Now available with All-models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

The Kuga (+36%), Explorer (+46%) and Focus (+21%) help Ford regain foot in Russia this year. 

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We now have access to All-models data for Russia over the First Half of 2017. As usual the best-selling light commercials slot into the ranking, with the GAZ Gazelle (+1%) remaining at #6 and the UAZ Bukhanka (+11%) down two spots to #24. Outside the well-known Top 25, a few nameplates impress with significant gains: the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 36% to #30, the Ford Focus up 21% to #33, the Ford Kuga up 36% to #34, the Kia Optima up 103% to #37, Mercedes E-Class up 35% to #47 and Kia Cerato up 46% to #48. Further down, the Toyota Corolla (+123%), Nissan Murano (+117%) and Ford Explorer (+46%) also make themselves noticed.

The Lifan X60 remains the most popular Chinese model in China in 2017.The Lifan Solano is up 196% over the period thanks to the new model. Picture pogazam.ru

Russia is one market Chinese manufacturers are working hard at trying to crack, with numerous launches and facelifts happening over the period. The Lifan X60 (+6%), which has just benefited from a facelift, remains the most popular and the only Chinese fare to crack the Russian Top 50 at #45. Its smaller stablemate the X50 is in difficulty at -26% to #70 whereas the Lifan Solano is enjoying the benefits of its relaunch as the Solano II with sales up 3-fold to #78. Lifan is the only Chinese carmaker placing nameplates in the Russian Top 100 this year. The Changan CS35 (+163%) is very dynamic at #110, ahead of the Chery Tiggo 5 (+54%), Geely Emgrand X7 (-6%) and the newly launched Haval H6. Also new for 2017 are the Chery Tggo 2 (#151), FAW Besturn X80 (#193), Haval H2 (#195), Haval H9 (#208), Foton Sauvana (#221), Haval H8 (#236), Geely Emgrand GT (#240) and FAW Junpai D60 (#283).

The Chery Tiggo 5 is up 54% so far in 2017. Picture zr.ruThe Haval H6 lands at #122 in Russia over the First Half of 2017. Picture zr.ruDiscreet appearance of the Geely Emgrand GT in the Russian sales charts at #240. 

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Russia July 2017: Largest year-on-year gain since Feb 2012 at +18.6%

Datsun sales are up 50% year-on-year in July in Russia.

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The recovery is accelerating in Russia: after five years of decline, the market has definitely turned around in 2017. July is the fifth consecutive month of year-on-year gains, third consecutive double-digit gain and the most dynamic so far at +18.6% to 129.685 units. This is the largest year-on-year improvement since February 2012 when the Russian market surged 25%. Year-to-date, Russian sales are now up 8.5% to 848.214 units.

The VW Tiguan is up 312% over the previous generation this month. 

The two top-selling brands advance even faster than the market: homegrown leader Lada is up 22% to 20.4% share vs. 19.7% so far in 2017 while Kia is up 37% to 12.5% vs 12% YTD. Hyundai (+11%), Renault (+20%) and Toyota (+12%) round up the Top 5 in a brands ranking immobile vs. June up to the 12th spot. Volkswagen and Ford (+24%) as well as Nissan (+20%) improve their market share year-on-year whereas UAZ (-15%), Chevrolet (-4%) and Audi (-23%) are the rare  manufacturers to lose volume close to the top. Notice also Suzuki up 37%, Datsun up 50%, Citroen up 57% and Peugeot up 65%. Lifan (-6%) leads Chinese brands at #20 above Chery at #25 (+11%), Geely at #33 (-7%) and Haval at #37.

The Sportage (+55%) helps Kia up 37% this month in Russia.  

The Kia Rio (+11%) is back to the pole position is holds year-to-date, and although the Lada Granta is catching up (+28%), the Rio has now ranked #1 for six out of seven months so far in 2017. The Hyundai Solaris (-12%) holds onto the third spot while the Lada Vesta continues to slowly gear up at +25%. The VW Polo is up two spots on June to #5 and almost a year after its launch, the Hyundai Creta posts its weakest market share so far at 2.5%, however remaining the best-selling SUV in the country for the 12th consecutive month, this time 31 sales above the Renault Duster (+2%). The Lada Largus (+20%), Toyota RAV4 (+23%), Renault Sandero (+24%), Lada XRAY (+41%), Renault Kaptur (+68%), Kia Sportage (+55%), VW Tiguan (+312%), Nissan Almera (+56%) and Datsun On-DO (+74%) all improve their market share vs. July 2016.

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Russia First Half 2017: First positive result in five years

The Hyundai Solaris is out, so it’s the Kia Rio – not the Lada Granta – now at #1. 

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Finally, it’s the end of the tunnel for Russian new car sales with a first positive First Half in five years (since 2012) at +6.9% to 718.529 registrations, however still hardly half the result of five years ago (1.413.769)… Homegrown behemoth Lada almost doubles the market growth at +13% to a solid 19.5% market share, one full percentage point above the same period a year ago. In second place like last year, Kia posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 15 at +22% to 11.9% share, 1.4pp above last year. Hyundai (+10%) and Renault (+17%) also beat the market to round up the Top 4 as does Volkswagen (+18%) in 6th place whereas Toyota (-1%) and Nissan (-3%) lose ground.

The Lada Vesta is up 51% to #3 but remains far from the pole position volume-wise. 

Mazda (+21%), Datsun (+32%), Volkswagen Vans (+20%), Volvo (+27%) and Jaguar (+67%) are the most dynamic among manufacturers selling over 1.000 units over the period. 2017 hasn’t been kind with luxury brands in Russia so far: Mercedes (-7%), BMW (+3%), Lexus (-5%) and Audi (-24%) all lose either volume or market share. Daewoo (#19 last year) has been replaced by Ravon (#21) which is far from reaching the same level at 4.946 vs. 8.574 for the defunct brand last year. Haval (#36) and Genesis (#41) also make their appearance in the Russian sales charts. Lifan, #20 with 1% share remains by far the most popular Chinese fare in Russia this year and despite a 5% drop. It distances Chery at 0.4% (+2%) and Geely at 0.2% (-65%).

The Hyundai Creta is one of the most successful nameplate launches in Russian history. 

One year ago, the Hyundai Solaris spectacularly took charge of the models ranking. The situation has changed drastically since, but not to Lada’s advantage despite two new successful launches. It’s the Kia Rio that snaps the pole position halfway through 2017 thanks to deliveries flying off 17% to 6.4% share whereas it ranked 3rd a year ago. The Lada Granta manages to slow down its fall and even rank #1 in June for the first time of the year. It remains 2nd. Continuing to gear up, the Lada Vesta is up 51% on the same period a year ago to land in third place. It hit a record 5.2% share in May but never ranked above #3. In 4th place we have the ex-leader the Hyundai Solaris, freefalling down 29%. Far from a disaffection from Russian customers, this is the result of the discontinuation of the hatchback variant to make room in the factory for Hyundai’s new SUV…

The Lada XRAY is now inside Russia’s Top 10.

…The Creta, which has been the #1 SUV in Russia ever since it launched last August. All-in-all, Hyundai is winning as the two nameplates add up to almost 57.000 units this year vs. just under 46.000 for the Solaris alone last year. The VW Polo (+2%) overtakes the Renault Duster down three spots and 15% to #7. Taking a little longer to blossom than the Vesta, the Lada XRAY breaks into the YTD Top 10 at #9 vs. #23 a year ago with deliveries up 92%. At #11, the Renault Kaptur directly lands as the brand’s 2nd best-seller in Russia above the Sandero and Logan. Further down the ranking, the Kia Sportage (+48%), VW Tiguan (+192%), Datsun on-DO (+42%) and Mazda CX-5 (+27%) all post very solid gains.

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Russia June 2017: Fourth consecutive YoY gain at +15%

The Lada Granta is #1 at home for the firs time this year. Picture zr.ru

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Russia keeps aligning very encouraging results over the past few months and June is the fourth consecutive month of year-on-year gain and the largest so far at +15% to 141.084 registrations, the largest year-on-year gain since August 2012, propelling the year-to-date tally up 6.9% to 718.529 units. The brands ranking is extremely stable with the Top 12 unchanged on last month. The market growth is concentrated onto the most popular brand, with the Top 8 best-selling manufacturers all either outpacing or equalling the market. Leader Lada is strong with a 23% gain ahead of Kia (+31%), Hyundai (+22%), Renault (+21%) and Toyota (+28%). Ford (+24%) also shines at #10. Beyond the Top 10, notice Mazda (+29%), Datsun (+23%), Mitsubishi (+22%) and Chery (+56%) all posting solid gains. Among smaller brands, Zotye (+414%), Smart (+144%), Changan (+267%) and Isuzu (+118%) impress albeit from very low bases.

Kia Sportage sales are up 72% year-on-year in June. Picture zr.ru

Model-wise, the Lada Granta reclaims the top spot for the first time since last December and only the third time in the past 12 months thanks to deliveries up a robust 18% to 6.1% share. In contrast, the Kia Rio is down 7% and the Hyundai Solaris down 14%: this is not what we got used to in the past year or so. The Lada Vesta is knocked down to #4 but gains 29% year-on-year while the Hyundai Creta continues to top the SUV charts albeit with its smallest share this year at 2.8% and only 89 units above the Renault Duster (+1%). The Toyota RAV4 shoots up 77% to #8, the Kia Sportage is up 72% to #11, the Lada XRAY up 54% but down 5 spots on May to #14, the VW Tiguan up 202% to #17, the Nissan Terrano up 55% to #22 and the Mazda CX-5 up 37% to #25. Yet SUVs don’t have the monopoly of spectacular gains: the Lada Kalina is up 49% and the Datsun on-DO up 77%.

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Russia May 2017: Recovery sets in with sales up 14.7%

Lada sales are up 22% at home with the Vesta up 75% to third place. Picture zr.ru 

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This is it: the Russian new car market looks to be back on track. With a 14.7% increase in May to 124.990 units, it posts the largest year-on-year gain since August 2012. The year-to-date tally is now up 5.1% to 577.449 units. The good news is the fact that this growth is spread across most best-selling brands and is not reliant on a handful of high performing ones. Leaders Lada (+22%) and Kia (+26%) both frankly outpace the market to post stronger-than-YTD market shares, and are followed by Hyundai (+13%), Renault (+22%), Toyota (+15%) and Volkswagen (+28%). In fact, inside the Top 10 Nissan (+7%) and Skoda (+6%) are the only manufacturers not posting double-digit gains. The gains are slimmer further down the ranking but Mazda (+36%), Mitsubishi (+34%) and Volvo (+114%) shine. This month we welcome Haval in the Russian brands ranking as the company discloses sales since January in one go. The Chinese manufacturer lands at #35 with 173 sales and totals 687 units year-to-date.

The Kia Rio now has a firm grip on the Russian models ranking, once again ranking #1 but trailing market growth at +7%. The Lada Granta struggles at -8%, followed closely by the Lada Vesta (+75%) lodging its highest ever market share at 5.2%, also hit last January. The Hyundai Solaris (-24%) continues to skid, but the manufacturer makes up for it with the unwavering success of the Creta at #5 and holding onto the title of best-selling SUV in Russia, a position it has ranked ever since it launched in August 2016. The next best-selling SUVs are the Renault Duster (-17%) and Toyota RAV4 (+23%) with the Lada XRAY (+80%) now settling into the Top 10 at #9. Notice also the Toyota Camry up 20%, Kia Sportage up 60%, VW Tiguan up 241%, Nissan Almera up 78%, Lada Kalina up 60% and Ford Focus up 53%.

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Russia April 2017: Market confirms rebound at +6.9%

The Kia Rio is up a whopping 30% year-on-year in April.

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After delivering the largest year-on-year gain in four and a half years last month, the Russian new car market confirms it is now on the mend with another year-on-year improvement in April at +6.9% to 129.476 units. The year-to-date tally is now up 2.6% to 451.945 units. Joerg Schreiber, Chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, still call this a fragile recovery though. Market leader Lada follows the market at +7% to 20.3% share, only the second time in the past 12 month the Russian manufacturer manages to cross the 20% share milestone. Below, the next four carmakers all brilliantly and frankly outpace the market: Kia is up 32%, Hyundai up 12%, Renault up 19% and Volkswagen up 21%. In the Top 10, only Nissan also manages a double-digit gain, with Toyota down 12% and Skoda up 9%. BMW (+17%) and Mazda (+15%) also shine among major manufacturers.

The Lada XRAY ranks at a best-ever 8th place in April. 

In the models ranking, in the space of a few months the Kia Rio has established an implacable domination with sales surging once again at +30% to 8.942. The Rio has ranked first each and every month of 2017 so far, 7 times in the past 9 months and the 8 times in total after November 2014, August, September and October 2016. With the production of the Hyundai Solaris hatchback stopped to make room for the Creta, it is possible that the Rio benefits from a sales transfer from the Solaris. In any case, Lada sees its chances to reclaim the annual lead after losing to the Solaris in 2016 slim down: the Granta is down another 15% this month at #2 and the Vesta (+29%) is stuck in 4th place.

The new generation boosts VW Tiguan sales up 235% this month.

The Lada XRAY continues to progress: up 41% year-on-year and two spots on March to a record 8th place. Great gainers inside the Top 25 include the Lada 4×4 aka Niva (+33%), Nissan Qashqai (+34%), Kia Cee’d (+37%), Nissan X-Trail (+50%), Kia Sportage (+52%) and VW Tiguan (+235%). Finally, the Ford Focus returns inside the Top 25 for the first time in a year.

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Russia March 2017: Largest year-on-year gain in 4.5 years at +9%

First Top 10 ranking at home for the Lada XRAY. Picture courtesy zr.ru 

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The signs the Russian new car market may have now bottomed out are clearer this month. At +9.4% on a depressed March 2016 figure to 137.894 registrations, car sales in Russia register their largest year-on-year gain since September 2012 (+10%) which, incidentally, was the first time the Lada Granta ranked #1 at home. Another milestone to be noted: this is only the fourth time in the past four years that the Russian market shows growth after November 2016 (+0.6%), December 2014 (+2%) and December 2013 (+4%). Thanks to minimal sales drops over the first two months of 2016, the year-to-date tally also steps into positive territory at +1% to 322.464 units. Joerg Schreiber, Chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, says:“This is great news for our market which had not seen a positive quarter in more than 4 years. But as the saying goes, one swallow does not make a summer. More solid month results will be needed before we can call this a robust trend”.

Brand-wise, the Top 5 best-sellers beat the market, marking a clear concentration towards the tried-and-tested values in market and hesitations towards less popular marques. Lada (+13%) logically leads the way but its market share (18.2%) is lower than its YTD level (19.1%). If Kia (+18%) remains in 2nd place above sister brand Hyundai (+29%), it also post a market share retreating back to 10.6% vs. 11.6% so far this year while Hyundai is at 10.3% vs. 9.4%. Renault (+19%) and Toyota (+18%) round up the Top 5, with Volkswagen (+16%) also showing a double-digits gain inside the Top 10. Beyond, notice Datsun bouncing back up 103% to #12, Mazda up 22%, Peugeot up 36%, Volvo up 40%, Mercedes Vans up 50%, Jaguar up 166% and Smart up 178%.

In the models ranking, the Kia Rio remains a comfortable #1 with sales surging 44% to 8.375 and 6.% share ahead of the Lada Granta up an equally impressive 51%. The Rio has now led the Russian sales charts for a third consecutive month and the 6th time over the past 8 months after last August, September and October as well as January and February this year. The Hyundai Solaris climbs back up 4 spots on last month to third place overall but drops 13% year-on-year. The Lada Vesta is kicked out of the podium and, worryingly, sees its market share slide from 5.2% in January to 4.8% in February to 4.4% now. The Hyundai Creta is down one spot on February to round up the Top 5. The Lada XRAY breaks into its home monthly Top 10 for the very first time just over a year after its launch at #10 and 2.2% share, now ranking #9 year-to-date. Other impressive gainers inside the Top 25 models include the Toyota RAV4 (+31%), Nissan X-Trail (+33%), Toyota Camry (+39%), Datsin on-DO (+82%), VW Tiguan (+181%) and Kia Sportage (+187%).

Previous month: Russia February 2017: Kia Rio confirms top spot in market down 4.1%

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Russia February 2017: Kia Rio confirms top spot in market down 4.1%

The Kia Rio holds 6.6% of the Russian car market in February. 

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Even though the local manufacturers association AEB predicts a recovery in 2017, February sales are once again in negative territory at -4.1% to 106.658 registrations. Year-to-date, the market is now down 4.5% to 184.574 units. The Top 3 best-selling manufacturers buck the trend and all lodge positive results: Lada is up 5% to 18.8%  share, Kia is up 8% to 11.6% and Renault is up 9% to 9% share. Hyundai is in difficulty at -11% to 8.8% share in 4th place as are Toyota (-20%) and Nissan (-28%). Volkswagen posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +18% to hit #5, followed by UAZ up 13% to #9. Further down, notice Datsun up 20%, Lexus up 24%, Peugeot up 30%, Infiniti up 51% and Jaguar up 210%.

The Lada Vesta is on the Russian podium for the 2nd month running.

In the models aisle, the Kia Rio cements its newfound leadership with sales up 0.2% to 7.033 and 6,6% share, winning the month for the 2nd time in a row, the 5th time in the past 7 months and the 6th time ever after November 2014, August, September and October 2016 and January 2017. The Lada Granta (-17%) follows almost two percentage points of market share below at 4.9% and sees its hopes of reclaiming the annual lead it lost last year progressively fade away. Just below is the Lada Vesta, continuing its regular progression towards the top of the Russian sales charts. February marks its 2nd podium ranking in a row at a best-ever #3 with sales up 73% year-on-year. Although its progression is encouraging, the Vesta still lies 1.8 points of market share away from the pole position and Lada will have a tough time reclaiming the annual models lead in 2017.

Kia Sportage Russian sales are up 94% over the previous generation. 

2016 leader the Hyundai Solaris seems to have given up: down 62% to a paltry 7th place overall, for the first time outsold by its factory stablemate the Hyundai Creta which delivers its best market share since last September at 3.8% and continues to comfortably lead the SUV charts. The VW Polo is up 11% to #5, the Renault Sandero (+1%) and Logan (+2%) both reappear in the Russian Top 25 at #8 and #9 respectively, making it three Renaults in the Top 10 vs. only two Ladas. The other recent Lada launch, the XRAY equals the market share record it hit last month at 2% in 12th place but ranks 10th year-to-date, a spot it has not yet reached monthly. Other gainers inside the Top 25 include the Nissan X-Trail (+8%), Skoda Rapid (+20%), Kia Sportage (+94%) and VW Tiguan (+120%).

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Russia January 2017: Lada hits highest market share in over 5 years

The Kia Rio is the best-selling vehicle in Russia in January.

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Just as local manufacturers association AEB had predicted a recovery in 2017, January sales in Russia are down a further 5% year-on-year on an already very low base to just 77.916 registrations. This is the weakest month in seven years and only the fourth time in the past decade Russian registrations fall to five-digit figures with January 2010 (74.086 units), January 2016 (81.849) and February 2010 (91.922). Homegrown market leader Lada goes against the grain and posts a 5% year-on-year gain to hit 21% share, to be compared with 18.7% over the FY2016. After a slump to a lowest-ever 13% in December 2014, this is Lada’s highest market share at home since September 2011 (21.6%) and only its third time above 20% in over five years (20.3% in April 2016 and 20.2% in February 2014).

First podium ranking at home for the Lada Vesta. 

In second place, Kia soars 14% to 13.2% share while sister brand Hyundai drops 16% to 8.6%, distancing Renault (+4%), Volkswagen (+4%), Nissan (-6%) and Toyota (-37%). Skoda is up two spots on December to #8, Mercedes up five to #9 and GAZ up 25% year-on-year to #10. Further down, Ford (+0.5%), Audi (+3%), Mazda (+7%), Datsun (+11%), Peugeot (+16%), Citroen (+20%), Jeep (+21%), Infiniti (+27%), Cadillac (+63%), Chevrolet (+44%), Changan (+174%) and Jaguar (+294%) brave the adverse conditions and are some of the brands posting year-on-year gains in Russia in January.

The Skoda Rapid hits a record 7th place this month in Russia.

Model-wise, the Kia Rio surges 60% to take the lead for the 5th time ever (after November 2014, August, September and October 2016), dislodging the Lada Granta (-37%) while the 2016 leader, the Hyundai Solaris, freefalls 49% to #4. This means the Lada Vesta (+149%) leaps onto the monthly podium at home for the very first time. The Hyundai Creta is back up one spot to #5, holding onto the title of #1 SUV in Russia that has been its property ever since its launch last August. The Skoda Rapid lurches up 10 spots on last month to hit a record 7th place (previous best: #9 in May 2016), the Chevrolet Niva is up 41% to #9, the Lada 4×4 up 1% to #10 and the Lada XRAY up two spots on December to a best-ever #11. Notice also the Kia Sportage up 14 ranks to #12, the VW Tiguan up 12 to #16, Nissan X-Trail up 11 to #18, Lada Priora up 11 to #20 and Mitsubishi Outlander up 10 to #25.

The Lada XRAY ends January just 49 sales off a first Top 10 ranking at home.

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Russia Full Year 2016: Hyundai Solaris ends 45 years of Lada domination

Hyundai Solaris Russia 2016. Picture courtesy trendymen.ru The Hyundai Solaris is responsible for a once-in-a-generation market shift in Russia.

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After a catastrophic year in 2015 (-36%), the Russian new light vehicle market lodges a fourth consecutive year of decline but seems to have bottomed up in 2016 with a more digestible 11% drop – and even one month in positive (November). However at just 1.425.791 sales, Russian sales are still greatly handicapped by the economic crisis triggered by low oil prices and sanctions over the Ukrainian war, and have cancelled over a decade of growth and reach their lowest level in 12 years (since 2004). Local data provider the Association of European Businesses (AEB) believes the Russian market will end its skidding in 2017 and predicts a moderate 4% gain to 1.48 million units.

Lada Vesta Russia March 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Vesta and X-RAY boost Lada’s market share up two percentage points to 18.7% in 2016. 

After years of seemingly unstoppable decline, homegrown market leader Lada posts the best performance of all seven best-selling manufacturers in Russia in 2016 thanks to the gearing up of the Vesta and X-RAY: down just 1% to see its market share up by almost two percentage points to 18.7%. A paradoxical situation given the historic event in the models ranking (see further down). Kia (-9%) and Hyundai (-10%) evolve slightly better than the market, resulting it similar market share, both above 10%. Renault (-3%), Toyota (-4%) and Volkswagen (-5%) fare much better and gain significant share. Nissan on the other hand crumbles down 23% to #7 overall.

Lexus RX Russia 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruLexus soars 19% year-on-year in a Russian market down 11%. Picture zr.ru 

A dozen manufacturers do manage a year-on-year volume gain in 2015: for BMW (+0.1%), Skoda (+1%) and UAZ (+1%) the improvements are only marginal. LCV specialist GAZ jumps 9% despite an ailing lineup, Ford (+10%) is already bearing the fruits of its perseverance in Russia when fellow US carmaker Chevrolet freefalls 39%, Lifan is now the uncontested Chinese leader in Russia with deliveries up 15% to 17.460 vs. 4.758 for Chery, its immediate  follower and Lexus leaps 5 spots and 19% to tease BMW at 24.117 sales vs. 27.507. Jaguar has the XR and F-Pace to thank for its 113% surge in 2016.

kia-rio-russia-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Kia Rio topped the monthly Russian sales charts three times in 2016. 

A once-in-a-generation event has unfolded throughout the year in the Russian models ranking: for the first time since the creation of the Lada brand in 1970, a foreign nameplate is the annual best-seller in the country. As we predicted at the start of the year, the Hyundai Solaris brilliantly takes command of the Russian sales charts despite sales down 22% to 90.380 due in part to the discontinuation of its hatchback variant in the St Petersburg plant. Paradoxically, after topping the monthly charts for 7 months in 2015, the Solaris only needed to do so 4 times this year while the Lada Granta ranked first 5 times and the Kia Rio led the way for 3 months. All three models fit within less than 3.000 sales or 0.2% market share at year-end, with the Granta reclaiming the 2nd spot by the skin of its teeth thanks to two months spent at #1 at the end of the year.

hyundai-creta-russia-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruInstant blockbuster: the Hyundai Creta has been the #1 SUV in Russia ever since its August launch.

The main culprit for the Granta’s demise is to be found in 4th place: the all-new Lada Vesta, launched in November 2015, geared up all through the year to finish at a record 7.014 sales and 4.8% share in December. Over the Full Year, the Vesta adds up to 55.174 units and will be a serious candidate to the title of best-selling car in Russia in 2017. Below, the GAZ Gazelle (+11%), VW Polo (+5%), Renault Duster (+0.2%), Toyota RAV4 (+13%) and Chevrolet Niva (-5%) all improve their market shares, but the big movers are further down the annual ranking. Launched in August, the Hyundai Creta has been the #1 SUV in Russia since, as incredible as it sounds. It landed directly at #6, peaked at #4 and 5.058 sales in September and remained the booming segment’s leader all the way through to the end of the year, with its annual #16 ranking far from reflecting the extent of its performance.

renault-kaptur-russia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Renault Kaptur broke into the monthly Top 10 in December.

The Lada X-RAY is the second instant blockbuster SUV for 2016, launching in February, peaking at #13 in April and December and ending 2016 at #20 with just under 20.000 sales. Finally, the Renault Kaptur (larger than the Captur and based on a Duster platform) showed its bonnet in June to break into the Top 10 in December at #8 with 3.710 sales, only 292 less than the Creta and 186 below the Duster. The Creta, Kaptur and X-RAY could well all fit within the 2017 Top 10. Verdict in a year’s time. Other notable 2016 performers include the Hyundai Tucson up 931% to #36 for its first full year of sales, the Lexus RX up 149% to #39, the Mercedes GLE up 156% to #44, Lexus LX up 119% to #49, Kia Optima up 103% to #51, Lifan X50 up 105% to #43 and Mercedes GLC up 195% to #58. The Mercedes GLS (#67), Jaguar F-Pace (#128), Ravon R2 (#144), Ravon Nexia R3 (#162), FAW Oley (#184) and Zotye T600 (#191) are the other all-new nameplates to break into the Top 200.

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