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Tajikistan 2013: Toyota Camry and Daewoo Nexia possible leaders

July 24th, 2013 No comments

Gissar Tajikistan. Picture courtesy of FlickrTajik musicians, Lada Zhiguli and Daewoo Nexia. Picture by marusia, all rights reserved.

After ArmeniaGeorgiaKyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, it’s time to dust off another Central Asian car market: Tajikistan, the country in the region with the lowest car ownership rate at 35 per 1,000 inhabitants. The vehicle landscape in capital city Dushanbe has radically changed since Chinese microvans were abruptly banned over safety concerns in April 2010. It would seem that these vans have retired to secondary cities in Tajikistan based on the few pictures of these areas I could get my hands on.

Hyundai H1 Dushanbe Tajikistan 2012Hyundai H1 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Picture by Le*Gluon, all rights reserved.

Chinese minivans have been replaced by one minivan: the first generation 1997 Hyundai H1. Dozens of them in the streets and literally hundreds of them in the Dushanbe car bozor… These can only be second-hand imported from Korea (?) or Europe as production of the first generation H1 stopped in 2004.

Murghab Tajikistan street sceneStreet scene in Murghab, Tajikistan. Picture by @mbiant, all rights reserved.

So it’s back to square one to try and guess the best-selling new cars in Tajikistan. Based on 2012 YouTube videos of the streets of the capital Dushanbe, I have picked a fair amount of Daewoo Nexia, however none was the latest generation, which seems weird. It could nevertheless find its way towards the podium in 2013.

Toyota Camry Tajikistan 2013Toyota Camry at the Asian Express Terminal, Dushanbe Tajikistan March 2013

Given how small the Tajik new car market must be, a big order from a Dushanbe company could be just enough to top the models ranking. And looking at a video of the inauguration of the new Asian Express Airport Terminal in Dushanbe, you can notice dozens of new generation Toyota Camry. Add to this the very strong heritage of all generations of the models in the streets of the capital and we may very well have found our Tajik new car market leader…

Lada Zhiguli TajikistanLada Zhiguli in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Picture by patoche21, all rights reserved.

The other rare new models that be noticed include the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Yaris sedan and Lexus RX. I also noticed a reasonable amount of Lada Zhiguli still in circulation, a few Lada Samara and a sea of 1991 and 1998 Opel Astra sedans and station wagons as well as a surprisingly high number of 2nd gen 1995 Opel Vectra.

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Tajikistan: Changhe Freedom and Toyota Camry most popular

March 30th, 2012 4 comments

Changhe Freedom in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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Tajikistan is at a crossroads of various civilisations and its car market reflects this, with Chinese, Russian, Iranian, Kazak and Uzbek influences.

Up to mid-2010, almost half of the cars in circulation in the capital city Dushanbe were Chinese minivans, especially the Changhe Freedom (which just launched last month in Egypt) but also some Hafei and Chana vans. They were introduced in 2006 when authorities prohibited larger microbuses from the city centre. However, these minivans were abruptly banned over safety concerns in April 2010 and as a result must have all but dropped from the best-selling list.

Changhe Freedom in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

The Toyota Camry could therefore be the best-selling vehicle in Tajikistan since then. Other very successful cars in the country are the Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Optra, with the Honda CR-V and Russian-built Chevrolet Niva a notch lower.

Contrary to Azerbaijan and Armenia, the Lada 2105 has not managed to stay on top of the sales ranking for too long after Tajikistan’s independence from the Soviet Union. A few Iran Khodro Samand and Peugeot 405/Pars from Iran can also be seen, as well as a lot of old gen UzDaewoo Nexia from Uzbekistan.

This speculation is based on the observation of the streets of Dushanbe through recent YouTube videos. Please get in touch by commenting on here if you have more information about the Tajik car market.

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USSR 1989-1991: VAZ (Lada) and Izh most popular brands

January 30th, 1992 No comments

Lada 2105

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The last years of existence of the Soviet Union see new car sales stagnate in the region: down 6% to 710,525 registrations in 1989 and up 0.1% in 1990 to 711,454. Sales to state organisations, intelligence services and the army are more on a rollercoaster: down 15% to 141,700 in 1989 and back up a massive 59% in 1990 to 225,446.

Izh 2125 Kombi

As expected VAZ (Lada) is the most popular brand in the country with 381,594 sales and 53.7% share in 1989, then 373,579 and 52.5% in 1990. It is followed by Izh at 133,750 then 127,503 and ZAZ at 92,768 then 86,732. The Moskvich 2141 Aleko is counted as a model given it now forms the entirety of the Moskvich range and sales are up 318% to 62,675 and 8.8% in 1989 for its first full year in market, then down 18% to 51,429 in 1990.

Note that in 1989, Soviet citizens were allowed to purchase the UAZ 3151 Patriot again, it was previously only delivered to the army and police. Car imports kick started in the USSR on March 16, 1988 but no data is available until 1990 when a significant 37,400 units were sold, this figure going up 51% in 1991 to 56,300…

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USSR 1988: Lada 2106 leads, Samara on podium

January 29th, 1989 No comments

Lada Samara

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In 1988, the private new car market is down 8% year-on-year to 754,600 registrations, with the sales to state organisations, intelligence services and the army down 14% to 165,950 units. The VAZ 2106 keeps the pole position with sales up 1% to 216,890 and 28.7% share, while its archenemy the Moskvich 2140, at the end of its life, loses 28% on 1987 but stays #2 at 150,804 units. The Lada Samara climbs onto the podium at #3 with 95,028 sales (+7%).

Lada Niva 4×4

The IZH 2125 Kombi incredibly gains 3% to 47,500 units at #5 and the Lada Niva 4×4 is up a fantastic 32% at #6 with 40,243 sales, followed by the Lada 2107 and 2105.

GAZ 21-40 “Volga”

Moskvich 2141 “Aleko”

ZAZ 1102 “Tavria”

The GAZ 21-40 “Volga” is up one spot to #9 at 21,164 units. There are two new entrants in the 1987 models ranking: the Moskvich 2141 “Aleko” lands directly at #10 with 15,000 sales and the ZAZ 1102 “Tavria” ranks #13 with 2.100 units. Note imports started being allowed into the USSR on March 16, 1988.

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Full Year 1988 Top 15 all-models Ranking Table below.

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USSR 1987: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 fight it off

December 29th, 1988 2 comments

VAZ 2106 (aka Lada 1600)

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Thanks to Alex we are going back in time 25 years today because I can finally share with you for the first time on BSCB official models data for the USSR in the eighties! This is extremely rare data, detailing the private sales of all models in the country for 1987 and 1988 which you can check out in another post. I hope you enjoy it! In 1987, 819,960 new vehicles were sold to private buyers, to which you have to add 197,250 to state organizations, intelligence services and the army. However detailed models data for the latter is unknown.

Moskvich 2140

And the first surprise in the 1987 models ranking is to see that the VAZ 2106 (aka Lada 1600) is actually threatened by the Moskvich 2140 with 215,800 sales and 26.3% vs. 208,200 and 25.4%. Given this was the Moskvich’s last full year of sales it is reasonable to assume that it has led the USSR models ranking for at least a few years during the eighties and possibly seventies…

ZAZ 968M

Another forgotten model manages to hold itself within the USSR podium in 1987: the ZAZ 968M, also called Zaporozhets, with an impressive 116,500 units sold for a 14.2% market share. The Lada Samara is the fourth and last model to hold at least 10% of the Soviet market at #4 with 88,800 sales and 10.8%.

IZH 2125 Kombi

In 5th place, notice the IZH 2125 Kombi, and please raise your hand if you don’t live in Russia right now and knew about this model… I didn’t. Originally launched in 1973, the 2125 enjoyed a slight facelift in 1982 and would continue its career in Russia all the way through to 1997…

LUAZ 969M

Further down, notice all the iterations of the Lada “Zhigouli” ranking from #7 (2107) to #12 (2104) and the memerising LUAZ 969M 4×4 in 11th place with 11,200 sales.

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Full Year 1987 Top 14 all-models Ranking Table below.

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USSR 1980-1986: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 likely leaders

January 9th, 1987 1 comment

Lada 2106

Lada launches the 2105 in 1979, basically a restyled 2101. The traditional Deluxe version, named 2107, is added in 1982 and the Station Wagon, 2104, appears in 1984. More info on the Lada 2105 series here. However the 2106, launched in 1975, should still be the brand’s best-seller in the country over the period…

Moskvich 2140

…potentially overtaken in the overall ranking by the Moskvich 2140, facelifted in 1981, during some years. If you have access to official models data for the period please make sure you get in touch by commenting on here or filling up the ‘Contact’ form.

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USSR 1970-1979: Lada 2101-3 conquers the Soviet roads

January 9th, 1980 No comments

Lada 2101

The brand VAZ (Volzhsky Avtomobilny Zavod), better known worldwide as Lada, was established in the late 1960′s in collaboration with Fiat and started producing the 2101, a localised version of the Fiat 124, in 1979.

Even though there are no official figures available, the Lada 2101 in all likeliness dominated car sales in the USSR throughout the seventies. In 1972 the 2102, a Station Wagon, and the 2103, a Deluxe version, are added, reinforcing the domination of the model on the Soviet roads.  More info on the Lada 2101 series here.

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Lada 2102

Lada 2103

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