Turkey August 2016: Renault Symbol and VW Passat on top

Renault Symbol Turkey August 2016The Renault Symbol is the most popular vehicle in Turkey in August. 

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August sales are still reeling from the political unrest of July, down 13% to 71.556 units. The year-to-date tally is now down 5% to 568.906. Volkswagen remains the best-selling manufacturer in the country despite deliveries falling sharply at -18% to 11.167, Fiat is up 2 spots on July to 2nd place with 7.720 sales and 10.8% share, overtaking Ford (-27%) and Renault (-23%). Toyota (+18%), Skoda (+38%), Seat (+23%), Land Rover (+172%) and Suzuki (+2746%) post significant year-on-year gains. Model-wise, the Renault Symbol surges 74% to 2.892 sales and 4% share just as the larger and more expensive Fluence is being replace by the Megane Sedan. It distances the VW Passat up 6%, the Opel Astra up 30% and the Fiat Egea at 2.488 sales, still not managing to replicate the success of its predecessor the Linea.

Previous month: Turkey July 2016: Opel Astra, Fiat Egea and Renault Symbol in photo finish

One year ago: Turkey August 2015: VW Jetta and Renault Fluence on top

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Turkey July 2016: Opel Astra, Fiat Egea & Renault Symbol in photo-finish

Opel Astra Turkey July 2016Fiat Egea Turkey July 2016. Picture courtesy ototest.tvRenault Symbol Turkey July 2016Only 15 sales separate the Opel Astra (2.241), Fiat Egea (2.232) and Renault Symbol (2.226) in July. 

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The country’s very unstable political situation in July leads to new car sales imploding down 30% to 58.533 units,  sinking the year-to-date tally into negative territory at -4% to 497.350 – both these figures include light commercial vehicles. The Top 3 brands are hit even harder than the market: Volkswagen (9.084) and Ford (6.370) are both down 36% while Renault (6.274) is down 40% and Fiat (5.929) follows the market at -29%. Opel stuns with a 3% gain in 5th place, while Hyundai reduces its fall to -6% but Mercedes tumbles down 52% at #10. Seat (+11%), Kia (+24%), Suzuki (+3800%!), Land Rover (+56%) and Jaguar (+13%) are the only other manufacturer managing a Turkish year-on-year gain in July.

The race to the models pole position is at its tightest in Turkey this month, with just 15 sales separating the #1 the Opel Astra at 2.241 (1.701 sedans, 539 hatches and 1 station wagon) from the #3 the Renault Symbol at 2.226 (all sedan) with the all-new Fiat Egea sliding into 2nd place at 2.232 units (1.925 sedans and 307 hatches). Note this is the Egea’s best monthly ranking so far “at home” in Turkey where it is manufactured. Now that its replacement the Renault Megane sedan has been unveiled, the Renault Fluence is falling into oblivion, down 67% to just 1.029 sales at #16. The VW Passat is up 5 spots on June but down 26% year-on-year to #4, the Toyota Corolla up 6 but down 35% to #5, the VW Polo up 15% to #6 and the Hyundai i20 Troy up 13% to #8. Notice also the VW Jetta down 64% to #19, the Renault Clio down 71% to #20 and the Kia Cerato up a further 27 spots on last month to a record #33.

Previous month: Turkey June 2016: Renault Fluence and Opel Astra advance

One year ago (1): Turkey July 2015: Renault Clio climbs up to 2nd spot

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Turkey June 2016: Renault Fluence and Opel Astra advance

Renault Fluence Turkey June 2016The Renault Fluence is the best-selling nameplate in Turkey so far in 2016. 

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The Turkish new car market is up 6% year-on-year in June to 91.540 registrations including light commercials, leading to a H1 2016 total up 1.5% to 438.617 units. In the brands charts, Volkswagen (+13%) reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date with 12.406 sales ahead of Renault (+8%) at 12.004 and Ford (+17%) at 11.307. Fiat (+6%) remains in 4th place while Opel (+30%), Mercedes (+7%), Dacia (-4%), Hyundai (-8%) and Peugeot (+11%) all take advantage of a particularly weak month by Toyota (-32%). Further down, Skoda (+37%), Audi (+22%), Mitsubishi (+29%), Land Rover (+36%), Porsche (+100%), Jaguar (+500%) and Infiniti (+229%) impress.

Kia Cerato Turkey June 2016The new Kia Cerato is hitting the mark in Turkey. 

Model-wise, the Renault Fluence resumes its domination at 4.350 sales, cementing its YTD lead at 19.436 units vs. 16.725 for the Fiat Egea, stuck at #3 in June with 3.797 deliveries including 514 hatchbacks. The Opel Astra leaps two spots on May to land at #2 with 3.871 sales (65% previous gen sedan, 35% new hatchback and 0.3% new station wagon). The Ford Focus shoots up to #5, the Mercedes C-Class is up 16 ranks to #14, the VW Tiguan up to #21 vs. #41 YTD and both the Hyundai Tucson (#31) and Renault Kadjar (#35) remain relatively discreet compared to elsewhere in Europe. A late newcomer in Turkey, the Kia Cerato takes off in June, up 91 spots on its inaugural month to land at #60. Finally, we welcome the Honda HR-V (#134), Fiat Fullback (#149) and SsangYong XLV (#228) in the Turkish sales charts in June.

Previous month: Turkey May 2016: Toyota Corolla and Renault Clio step ahead

One year ago (1): Turkey June 2015: Toyota Corolla leaps up to #1 spot

One year ago (2): Turkey 1st Half 2015: Fiat Linea reclaims pole position

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Turkey May 2016: Toyota Corolla and Renault Clio step ahead

Toyota Corolla Turkey May 2016The Toyota Corolla, a local, is the best-selling vehicle in Turkey in May.

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The Turkish new light vehicle market is back on the mend in May with sales up a fantastic 15% year-on-year to 93.904 units, single-handedly pulling the year-to-date total into positive territory at +0.3% and 347.277 deliveries. Renault swooshes up 81% year-on-year to a stunning 12.741 sales and 13.6% share, snapping the lead of the brands ranking off Volkswagen, down 3% to 12.436 and 13.2% share. Ford (10.7%) and Fiat (10.3%) follow while Toyota is up 51% to rank 5th ahead of Opel (+21%) and Hyundai (-3%). Dacia (+36%), Mercedes (+37%), Skoda (+29%) and Audi (+35%) all post very dynamic gains whereas Peugeot (-30%) and Volvo (-40%) crumble. Among smaller brands, Suzuki (+2271% thanks to the new Vitara), Land Rover (+52%), Ssangyong (+88%), Jaguar (+450%) and Smart (+380%) make themselves noticed.

VW Tiguan Turkey May 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe new generation boosts the VW Tiguan up to #24 in May. 

In the models ranking, the Toyota Corolla (4.426) and Renault Clio (3.872) both gain two spots on April to step ahead to #1 and #2 respectively, just as their locally-manufactured facelifts enter the market. They distance the Fiat Egea at 3.527 units including 166 hatchbacks. Still leader year-to-date, the Renault Fluence falls to #5 and 3.413 units, just below the Opel Astra up 3 ranks on last month to #4. The Dacia Sandero (#13), Audi A3 (#21) and VW Tiguan (#24) also impress this month in Turkey, while further down the Suzuki Vitara breaks into the Top 100 at #86, the Renault Talisman ranks 99th and we welcome the Nissan Pulsar (#149), Kia Cerato (#151), Mercedes SLC (#182), Infiniti Q30 (#204) and Mercedes GLS (#249) into the Turkish sales charts.

Previous month: Turkey April 2016: Fiat Egea teases Renault Fluence for pole position

One year ago: Turkey May 2015: Doblo pokes Linea for #1 in strike-disrupted market

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Turkey April 2016: Fiat Egea teases Renault Fluence for pole position

Fiat Egea Turkey April 2016The Fiat Egea ranks #2 overall in Turkey in April. 

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If the Turkish new light vehicle market drops 7% year-on-year in April, it nevertheless remains at historically high levels at 84.887 units and 253.373 (-4%) year-to-date. After tying for pole position last month, Renault takes the advantage over Volkswagen thanks to sales up a brilliant 13% on April 2015 to 12.075 and 14.2% share while the German manufacturer is down a harsh 20% to 10.486 and 12.4% for the month. Year-to-date, Renault is now only trailing VW by a mere 411 sales at 34.049 (+13%) vs. 34.460 (-17%). Fiat for its part is down 10% both in April (9.521) and year-to-date (27.266) but remains above Ford (-16%). Opel’s stable sales are rewarded with a 5th place overall vs. #6 year-to-date and #7 in 2015. Notice Dacia up 16%, Nissan up 22%, Skoda up 13% and Seat up 15% inside the Top 20 while further down Land Rover (+98%), Mazda (+80%), Suzuki (+439%) and Jaguar (+343%) impress.

Renault Fluence Turkey April 2016The Renault Fluence is the best-selling model in Turkey so far in 2016. 

Model-wise, the Renault Fluence manages to hold onto the top spot with a fantastic 4.180 sales, adding up to 11.673 year-to-date, light-years above its direct follower the Ford Courier at 9.403. Launched late last year and manufactured locally, the Fiat Egea’s mission is to replicate the outstanding success of the Fiat Linea in Turkey. So far, so good: in April the Egea climbs to 2nd place overall – its best ranking yet – beating its volume and market share records at 3.464 and 4.1%, including 21 hatchbacks. The Egea is now only two units the #2 YTD spot, a ranking it should hit next month. Boosted by the new model, the Opel Astra is up to #8 while further down the Dacia Sandero is up 10 spots on March to #17.

Previous month: Turkey March 2016: Renault Fluence and Symbol on podium

One year ago: Turkey April 2015: Local fares Fiat Linea and Renault Clio dominate

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Turkey March 2016: Renault Fluence and Symbol on podium

Renault Symbol Turkey March 2016The Renault Symbol ranks third in Turkey in March.

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The Turkish new light vehicle market is down a tiny 0.4% year-on-year to 82.948 registrations, a very solid performance in itself given March 2015 was up 75%. The year-to-date total is down 3% to 173.248 units. A very unusual situation, Renault and Volkswagen tie for the brands pole position with 11.293 sales each and 13.6% share each. For Renault this is a 15% improvement but for Volkswagen it’s a 12% drop. VW leads the way year-to-date at 23.975 (-15%) vs. 21.974 (+13%) for Renault. Ford (11.8%) and Fiat (10.1%) follow with Hyundai (5.5%) rounding up the Top 5. Note the outstanding performances of Nissan (+70%), Skoda (+25%) and Honda (+96%). Model-wise, the Renault Fluence resists in the top spot with 3.800 sales, distancing the Ford Courier and Renault Symbol – up 8 spots on February. The Fiat Egea drops out of the podium but still ranks at a very solid 4h place with a round 3.000 sales and 3.6% share, slightly higher than its year-to-date level (3.5%).

Previous post: Turkey January-February 2016: Renault Fluence #1, Fiat Egea on podium

One year ago: Turkey March 2015: Toyota Corolla tops market up 75%

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Turkey January-February 2016: Renault Fluence #1, Fiat Egea on podium

Fiat Egea Turkey February 2016The Fiat Egea ranks #3 in Turkey in February. 

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After surging to a record 156.173 registrations in December, traditionally and by far the biggest month of the year in Turkey, the market falls back to a much more modest 32.713 units in January (-4%) and 52.825 in February (-8%), bringing the year-to-date total to 85.538 deliveries, down 5% on the same period a year ago. Over the period, Volkswagen (-17%) and Ford (-10%) lead but fall faster than the market whereas Renault gains ground at +10% in third place, followed by Fiat (-11%). Hyundai is stable at #5, Opel (+19%) and Mercedes (+41%) impress as well as, outside the Top 10, Audi (+23%), Honda (+35%), Land Rover (+50%), Subaru (+76%) and Mini (+157%).

Renault Fluence Turkey February 2016The Renault Fluence is the best-selling nameplate in Turkey so far in 2016.

Over in the models ranking, in January the Renault Fluence starts the year with a bang at 1.568 sales and 4.8% share ahead of the Ford Courier (4%), Toyota Corolla (3.9%) and Renault Clio (3.6%) while the Fiat Egea gains a further three spots on December to land in 6th position with 1.071 sales and 3.3% share. The Hyundai i20 is up to #9, the VW Transporter up to #11, Mercedes C-Class up to #17 and the Hyundai Tucson lifts up 27 ranks on the previous month to land at #21. In February, the Fluence and Courier keep the lead at 4% and 3.6% share respectively, while the Fiat Egea posts its first ever podium at #3 with 1.866 units sold, missing out on the 2nd place by a mere 25 sales. Other great performers include the VW Polo at #4, the Peugeot 301 at #20, Honda CR-V at #23 and Hyundai Tucson at #24.

Previous post: Turkey Full Year 2015: Toyota Corolla snaps last minute trophy

One year ago: Turkey February 2015: Fiat Linea and Ford Courier on top

One year ago: Turkey January 2015: VW Passat surprise leader

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Turkey Full Year 2015: Toyota Corolla snaps last minute trophy

Toyota Corolla 2015. Picture courtesy of otomobil.com.trToyota Corolla. Picture otomobil.com.tr

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Euphoric year for Turkish new light vehicle sales despite the devaluation of the lira that induced some inflationary pressures towards the end of he year. The market is up a by a stunning 26% year-on-year to a record 968.017 registrations including LCVs. Volkswagen outpaces the market at +28% to remain the favourite brand in the country with 139.043 sales and 14.4% share, with Ford (+37%) sidestepping both Renault (+19%) and Fiat (+23%) for 2nd place. Hyundai (+11%) drops market share while Toyota (+41%) overtakes Opel (+20%) and Dacia lodges a sweet 30% improvement at #8. Notice also Kia up 38%, Peugeot up 43%, Porsche up 46%, Skoda up 52%, Jeep up 79%, Mini up 62% and Jaguar up 546%.

Fiat Egea Turkey 2015The Fiat Egea is replacing the Linea and broke into the Turkish Top 10 in December.

Over in the models ranking, we have a repeat of last year when the Renault Fluence snapped the pole position in extremis from the Fiat Linea. December is traditionally the biggest month of the year in Turkey – almost twice the sales as any other month of the year and this year was no exception with 156.173 registrations. The Toyota Corolla jumps from #4 in 2014 and as at end-November directly into pole position thanks to a mammoth December score (7.387 sales), finishing the year up 50% to 35.237 units. That’s 197 more than the Fiat Linea once again losing its crown in the last hours of the year… The Linea is being replaced with the Fiat Egea, already #9 in December and by far the best-selling all-new model for 2015 at #45 with 5,674 in just two months.

Ford Courier Turkey 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukThe Ford Courier is the best-selling LCV in Turkey in 2015.

The Ford Courier is up a spectacular 71% and 8 spots on 2014 to land in third position with 34.655 sales, the Renault Fluence is up 5% but down 3 spots to #4 and the Fiat Doblo is up 37% to #5. Further down, notice the VW Passat up 60% to a splendid 7th place thanks to the new generation, the Ford Transit up 36% to #8 and the Ford Focus up 34% to #9. Other great performers in the Top 50 include the Nissan Qashqai up 58% to #17, the VW Transporter up 66% to #21, Mercedes C-Class up 82% to #28 and Renault Kangoo up 160% o #37. Along with the Fiat Egea, the Renault Kadjar (#64), Hyundai Tucson (#74), Fiat 500X (#111) and Mazda CX-3 (#136) also make their first appearance in the annual Turkish sales charts.

Previous month: Turkey November 2015: Fiat Fiorino and Opel Astra on top, Egea in Top 20

Previous year: Turkey Full Year 2014: Renault Fluence edges Fiat Linea out

Two years ago: Turkey Full Year 2013: Fiat Linea #1 again, Renault Symbol up 70% to #2

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Turkey November 2015: Fiat Fiorino & Opel Astra on top, Egea in Top 20

Fiat Egea Turkey November 2015The Fiat Egea is fast headed towards a Linea-sized success at home in Turkey.

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After two months suffering a decline linked to the devaluation of the local currency, the Turkish new light vehicles market is back in positive territory in November: up 5% year-on-year to 84.601 registrations, meaning the year-to-date total is still up by a flamboyant 31% on the same period in 2014 at a record 811.844 units. Renault snaps the pole position away from Volkswagen falling sharply to just 12.2% share in third place vs. 15.1% and #1 so far this year: that’s Turkish for dieselgate. Stop sales on certain diesel models have shaken the German manufacturer: not a single VW Caddy sold this month and the Jetta is down to #47 vs. #11 year-to-date. Fiat is up two spots on both its October and year-to-date ranking at a beautiful 12.5% share vs. 10.9% so far in 2015, while Ford drops to 4th place and 1.3%. Far below are Opel, Hyundai and Toyota.

Fiat Fiorino Turkey November 2015The Fiat Fiorino is the best-selling vehicle in Turkey in November.

Model-wise, the passing of guard between the Fiat Linea – 2015 market leader but down to #13 – and its successor the Egea already breaking into the Top 20 at #17 with 1.486 sales has created a vacuum atop the ranking filled this month by… the Fiat Fiorino in pole position with 3.298 sales and 3.9% share despite its five years of age. The Opel Astra gets a kick with the arrival of the new generation hatchback, yet the previous model still generates the large majority of the nameplate’s sales with the sedan variant accounting for 55% of all Astras sold in Turkey in November. The VW Passat lands at an outstanding third position just above the Renault Fluence and Ford Courier.

Previous month: Turkey October 2015: Renault Symbol leads, Fiat Egea arrives

Previous year: Turkey Full Year 2014: Now with exclusive Top 263 All-models

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Turkey October 2015: Renault Symbol leads, Fiat Egea arrives

Fiat Egea Turkey October 2015The Fiat Egea – a blockbuster is born?

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With the general “re-elections” on November 1 bringing a bit of respite to the Turkish Lira devaluation, October new light vehicle sales in Turkey slow down their fall at -3% to 64.255 units. The year-to-date total is still on record pace though at +35% on 2014 to an all-time high 727.243 deliveries after 10 months. Below Volkswagen at 14.8% share, Renault posts a particularly strong month at 13.8%, helped by very high levels of fleet sales of the Symbol (#1 model overall) and Fluence (#4). Ford for its part is up 15% in third position and manages to place two light commercials on the podium: the Transit/Tourneo et Courier. Toyota is also up 15%, Kia up 20%, Mazda and Nissan up 23% and Honda up 37%, . At the other end of the scale, BMW is down 16%, Hyundai down 18%, Opel at -20%, Seat at -28%, Mitsubishi at -42%, Jeep at -55% and Citroen at -64%. Great performers in the models ranking include the Mercedes C-Class at #19 and up 52% so far in 2015 and the Toyota Hilux up a whopping 148 spots on September to #25 now that the new generation has hit dealerships all around the country.

Ford Courier Turkey February 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukFord Courier

But the big event this month in Turkey is the landing of the successor to the local hero the Fiat Linea originally launched in 2006, #1 in Turkey in 2012 and 2013edged out by the Renault Fluence for just 13 units in 2014 but well on track to finish 2015 in pole position. After unveiling the Aegis concept last May, Fiat finally decided on Egea for the name of what it expects to be its new blockbuster, not only ‘at home’ in Turkey but in the whole of Central Europe where it is aiming at the Dacia Logan in what is a low-cost first for the Italian manufacturer. For now, he Egea lands at #70 with 217 sales, and is already having an impact on the Linea down to #6 from #2 in September.

Previous month: Turkey September 2015: Now with the Top 225 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

One year ago: Turkey October 2014: Renault Clio and Fluence on top

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