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We have been announcing it for a couple of months: the severe devaluation of the Turkish Lira against both the Euro and US$ has finally caught up with the local car market, pushing prices up and stifling sales growth. After booming at +37% in August, September is at -4% year-on-year to 64.025 registrations. Thanks to explosive gains all through the first 8 months of the year, the year-to-date total still stands a considerable 40% above the same period last year at 662.988 deliveries. Paradoxically given recent news, Volkswagen seems totally unaffected and gains 19% year-on-year to 15.3% share, one of only four manufacturers in the Top 15 to post double-digit gains along with Mercedes at #6 (+19%), Audi at #14 (+23%) and Honda at #15 (+24%).
Model-wise, the Renault Fluence is the most popular “at home” this month (it is manufactured locally) and for the first time in 2015 thanks to 2.990 sales and 4.7% share. This is however a mere 51-unit advantage over the year-to-date leader, the Fiat Linea, soon-to-be replaced by the new low-cost Aegis sedan. Also produced locally, the Aegis should be on sale in Turkey before the end of the year and will revive the Tipo nameplate along with a hatchback variant in Western Europe. Other great performers this month in Turkey include the VW Golf at #6, Fiat Florino at #9, Mercedes C-Class at #14, Hyundai Tucson at #24 (including ix35 leftovers) and the Renault Kadjar up 15 spots on August to #34.
Previous month: Turkey August 2015: VW Jetta and Renault Fluence on top
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