World First Half 2017: Renault-Nissan becomes world’s largest carmaker

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It’s official: mainly thanks to the addition of the Mitsubishi brand to an already crowded stable, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has become over the First Half of 2017 the largest carmaker in the world. The Renault Group has posted record sales over the period, up 10.4% to 1.879.000 units, Nissan Motor is up 5.6% to 2.894.488 and Mitsubishi up 2.4% to 494.303. At this stage, the Renault-Nissan Alliance includes the following brands: Renault, Dacia, Samsung and Lada for the Renault Group, Nissan, Infiniti, Venucia, Datsun and Mitsubishi For Nissan Motor.

Nissan Titan Warrior Concept 

Overall, the Renault-Nissan Alliance sold 5.268.079 cars over the first six months of 2017, up 7% year-on-year. This is more than any other automotive group in the world. The Volkswagen Group sold 5.155.600 units (+0.8%) while Toyota Motor sold 5.129.000 cars (+2.7%) and General Motors 4.7m cars. It’s the first time that the Renault-Nissan Alliance holds the worldwide top spot, having never ranked on the podium in any year prior (it was #4 in 2016). This historical result comes as Renault announced it had generated record operating profits €1.8bn over the period on revenues that are up 17% year-on-year to €29.5bn. The Financial Times quotes Carlos Ghosn, Renault chief executive, as saying: “These results are due to our product range renewal plan, our geographic expansion and the commitment of all our employees.”  The company’s operation in Russia, which had been heavily lossmaking, posted a profit of €3m for the six months.

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Kazakhstan June 2017: Lada 4×4 back on top in market up 16%

The valiant Lada 4×4 is the best-selling nameplate in Kazakhstan in June. 

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Thanks to our partnership with, we can share with you June 2017 data for Kazakhstan. The Kazakh new vehicle market confirms it is on the mend with a 16% year-on-year rise in June to 4.588 registrations. Halfway through 2017 though, the YTD tally remains in negative for now at -9% to 19.951 units. Market leader Toyota (18.8%) is threatened this month by Lada, lurking just four units below at 18.7% share. UAZ is up four spots on May to land on the third step of the podium, knocking Ravon down one rank to #4, Renault is up 3 spots to $5, GAZ down one to #6 and Hyundai down 3 to #4 while Iveco surges up 22 ranks on May, going fro #30 to #8. Chevrolet is up two to #10, Ssangyong up 6 to #17 but Peugeot is down 17 to #30. Model-wise, the Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) reclaims the top spot for the first time since last February with 8.5% of the market, distancing the Toyota Camry, GAZ Gazelle, Lada Granta and Lada Largus.

Previous month: Kazakhstan May 2017: Lada 4×4 teases Toyota Camry for #1, market back up

One year ago: Kazakhstan First Half 2016: Toyota and Renault catch up on Lada

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Czech Republic June 2017: Dacia up 54%, H1 market up 8.8% to all-time record

Dacia sales are up 54% year-on-year in June in the Czech Republic. 

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Nothing can stop the Czech new car market this year, up another 3.6% year-on-year in June to 26.634 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 8.8% to an all-time record 144.451 units in six months. Homegrown market leader Skoda beats its home market with a 7% gain to 32.1% share vs. 31.3% so far this year. Hyundai stuns, up two spots on May to land in 2nd place thanks to deliveries up 6% to 9.2% share, overtaking Volkswagen (-9%) and Ford (-16%). in 4th place, Dacia manages no less than the largest year-on-year increase inside the Top 25 at +54% to 6.3% share vs. 5.2% in 2017. Mercedes (+21%), Peugeot (+20%), Toyota (+35%), Mazda (+19%), Volvo (+47%), Subaru (+26%), Alfa Romeo (+144%) and Lada (+114%) also shine. Toppled by its smaller stablemate the Skoda Fabia in May, the Skoda Octavia reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date in June despite deliveries down 8% vs. +16% for the Fabia (#2) and +20% for the Rapid (#3). The Skoda Superb tumbles down 21% year-on-year but stays in 4th place, distancing the Hyundai i30 (-13%) and VW Golf (+5%), the two best-selling foreigners in the Czech Republic this month. The Skoda Yeti (+19%), Hyundai Tucson (+39%) and Dacia Sandero (+126%) also impress in the Top 10, while the Skoda Kodiaq slips out of it at #11. The only other recent launch (<12 months) in the Top 100 is the Opel Crossland X (#93).

Previous month: Czech Republic May 2017: New monthly volume record, 6 Skoda in Top 6

One year ago: Czech Republic June 2016: Fourth consecutive all-time record month

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Belarus First Half 2017: VW Polo leads, Kaptur #4, four Renaults in Top 5

The Renault Kaptur leaps to 4th place overall so far in 2017.

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New car sales in Belarus are up a very solid 13% year-on-year over the First Half of 2017 to 13.591 registrations. Market leader Renault tightens its grip on the sales charts thanks to sales up 26% to hit 33.1% share vs. 29.6% a year ago. Volkswagen (+4%) is letting itself distanced and now only accounts for less than half the sales of Renault at 15.8% share. Lada is enjoying a revival with deliveries up 23% to 9.9% share, ahead of Skoda (-20%) and Nissan (-18%) both in great difficulty. In contrast, Mazda (+56%), Kia (+79%), Hyundai (+91%) and most impressively BMW (+278%) surge ahead. Chinese manufacturer Geely is having a second try at the Belorussian market and so far it’s working: it lands directly at #12 with 1.4% share.

Geely is back in Belarus with the Emgrand X7, GT (above) and Atlas (below). Pictures

Although the VW Polo holds onto the models pole position like dear life despite a 4% drop but could see its ranking threatened by the Renault Duster by the time the year comes to an end, the Top 5 is the property of Renault, with the French manufacturer managing to place four nameplates in there: below the Duster (+15%) we find the Sandero (-9% and 87% Stepway), the new Kaptur leaping to a fantastic 4th place and the Logan (-10%). The Kia Sportage jumps 238% from #19 to #7, the Nissan Qashqai is up 36%, the GAZ Next up 42%, the VW Tiguan up 57%, Nissan X-Trail up 54% and the Renault Master up 68%. The Geely Emgrand X7 makes a noticed appearance at #25.

Previous post: Belarus Full Year 2016: VW Polo #1 for 4th year, Renault Kaptur in Top 10

One year ago: Belarus First Half 2016: VW Polo back in charge in positive market

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Austria June 2017: Discounted VW Polo surges 82% to #2

The new generation Polo is scheduled to go on sale this October. 

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The Austrian new car market is up 5% year-on-year in June to 35.441 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up a very robust 8.6% to 186.561 units. Market leader Volkswagen evolves like the market with a 5% gain leading to a 17.2% market share, identical to its YTD level. Skoda surges 19% in 2nd place to 6.5% ahead of Hyundai (+0.1%), Opel (-5%) and Ford (+0.3%) all under-performing. Seat (+22%), Mercedes (+22%), Fiat (+19%), Kia (+15%), Toyota (+33%) and Suzuki (+18%) post the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 20. Further down, Porsche (+44%), Lexus (+43%), Subaru (+48%) and Lada (+75%) also shine.

The Hyundai i20 is the best-selling non VW Group nameplate in Austria this month. 

The VW Golf remains the best-selling vehicle in the country despite a 4% drop to 4.5% share but the most impressive year-on-year gain inside the Top 10 is the works of the VW Polo, boosted by deep discounts on the outgoing generation and seeing its sales surge 82% year-on-year to 3.8% share. The Polo knocks down the Tiguan (-16%) to now rank #2 year-to-date. The Skoda Octavia is up 32% to #3, the Seat Ibiza up 15% year-on-year and 7 spots on May to #5 and the Hyundai i20 is up 25% to become the best-selling non-VW Group nameplate in Austria. Notice also the Seat Leon up 25%, the Fiat 500 up 33% and the Ford Kuga up 189%. The Fiat Tipo (+156%) continues to climb the ranking, breaking into the Top 20 to hit #18 this month. Among recent launches, the Skoda Kodiaq is up 14 spots to #41 the Toyota C-HR up 23 to #61 and we welcome the Opel Crossland (#113), new Jeep Compass (#129) and Range Rover Velar (#209).

Previous month: Austria May 2017: VW Group monopolises Top 6 in market up 13.9%

One year ago: Austria June 2016: VW Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson impress

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Germany First Half 2017: Mercedes up, VW down but trusts Top 4

The new E-Class (+32%) helps Mercedes up 7% to #2 brand at home so far this year. 

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The German new car market slows down its growth in 2017: after gaining 7% in the First Half 2016, it now improves by just 3.1% to 1.787.026. The market was down 3 out of 6 months: in February, April and June. No surprise atop the brands ranking: Volkswagen remains master in command however has seen its market share thaw drastically – more than 3 percentage points – over the past two years (i.e. since the start of the emissions scandal): from 21.7% in H1 2015 to 20% in H1 2016 to 18.6% halfway through 2017. This due to a 4% sales decline, which is four times the decline it posted a year ago (-1%). Paradoxically, the models ranking has never been so utterly dominated by VW as we’ll see further down. Mercedes has taken the advantage over Audi in the premium race thanks to a 7% improvement vs. -3% for the VW Group brand. BMW (-3%) remains in 4th place but is now threatened by Ford (+4%) which has just overtaken Opel (-1%). Skoda (+2%) remains at #7.

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It’s further down that we witness larger year-on-year gains. Renault soars 16% to 4% share and Seat is up 11% to 3%, both holding onto their rankings at #8 and #10 respectively. Just outside the Top 10, Fiat (+25%) and Toyota (+27%) excel, with Dacia (+27%) equalling Toyota for the biggest jump in the Top 25. Dacia’s performance is all the more remarkable that its range has only seen a few minor facelifts in the past year. Mitsubishi (+19%), Suzuki (+24%) and Jaguar (+24%) also make themselves noticed in the Top 30, but none can match Alfa Romeo (+66%) propped up by the Giulia and Stelvio. Below, Tesla (+144%), Lexus (+64%), Lada (+63%), Maserati (+52%), Bentley (+67%), Chevrolet (+67%) and Cadillac (+80%) are among the most dynamic.

Dacia German sales are up 27% year-on-year halfway through 2017. Picture 

Model-wise, the VW Golf loses one full percentage point of market share to just 6.4% due to sales down 12% to its lowest H1 volume this decade. Yet this is still almost three times the sales of the #2, the VW Polo up one spot on a year ago thanks to deliveries up 6%. The VW Tiguan is boosted up 37% by the new generation to snap the third spot overall, only one unit above the VW Passat down 15% and two ranks to #4. This means Volkswagen monopolises the Top 4 halfway through 2017 and were it to hold this order until the end of the year, it would be the first time in history it happens. The Mercedes C-Class (+8%), Opel Astra (-2%), Audi A4 (-2%) and Skoda Octavia (-3%) hold on their positions from a year ago, while the Mercedes E-Class shoots up 32% and 14 spots to break into the Top 10 at #9. The biggest decline near the top is the works of the Audi A3, down 22% and 8 ranks to #12.

The Audi Q2 is the most popular new nameplate in Germany over the period. 

Further down, notice the BMW X1 up 27% and 7 spots to #28, the Mercedes GLC up 23% and 8 ranks to #30 and the Dacia Sandero up 32% and 16 spots to #42. The Audi Q2 is the most popular recent launch (<12 months), directly inviting itself inside the German Top 50 at #45, and is followed by the Toyota C-HR at #84, the Skoda Kodiaq at #100 and the Suzuki Ignis at #119. Only ranked at #173 for now, the Opel Crossland X only has two months of sales under its sleeve and already shot up to #70 in June. To also be singled out among facelifts or slightly less recent launches are the Renault Megane up 51% to #46, the Seat Ateca up to #59, the Citroen C3 up 94% to #69 and the Fiat Tipo up 462% to #74.

The Mitsubishi Space Star misses out on a Private Sales Top 10 by just 118 units. It ranks #51 overall. Picture

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Exclusive to BSCB, we can also share with you the best-selling cars with private buyers over H1 2017. This ranking is always very different to the overall one, as private sales (PS) only represent 34.6% of overall German sales over the period, or a meagre 618.311 units. Medium and large sedans such as the VW Passat (only 6.3% PS ratio) tend to primarily sell to businesses, notably as long-term leases. Some brands such as Opel have almost gone completely out of favour with private buyers: the Opel Astra, #6 overall, only ranks 33rd with private buyers halfway through 2017, down an abysmal 41%. If the VW Golf, Polo and Tiguan are the favourites with private buyers as they are overall, the Golf is down an even harsher 19%, with only 26% of its sales going to private buyers. Below, the ranking differs completely. The Mercedes C-Class is up 6 spots on last year to #4, the Dacia Sandero is up 10 to #8, the Ford Kuga up 11 to #9, the Mitsubishi Space Star up 8 to #11 and the Opel Mokka, going against the brand’s trend, is up 16 to #12. The Audi Q2 and Seat Ateca land directly inside the Top 30.

Previous post: Germany June 2017: Renault and Seat shine in market down 3.5%

One year ago: Germany First Half 2016: Volkswagen down 1% in market up 7%

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Germany June 2017: Renault and Seat shine in market down 3.5%

The 5 Series is up 46% to become BMW’s best-seller at home this month. 

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Whereas all other large European markets record a year-on-year gain, German new car sales are down 3.5% in June to 327.693 registrations. The year-to-date tally remains however in positive halfway through the year at +3.1% to 1.787.026 units.  Strikingly, the Top 7 best-selling manufacturers all lodge a negative result this month. Leader Volkswagen falls faster than the market at -5% to 18.5% share, as is the case for Audi (-9%), Opel (-9%), BMW (-18%) and Ford (-9%). Mercedes (-1%) and Skoda (-3%) manage meagre share gains thanks to restrained declines. Renault (+22%) and Seat (+19%) are the heroes of the Top 10 while beyond, Toyota (+23%), Peugeot (+14%) and Mitsubishi (+32%) are the only other Top 20 carmakers able to post a double-digit gains this month. Improvements are more frequent among smaller brands, with Tesla (+46%), Lada (+82%), Lexus (+31%), Maserati (+45%), Chevrolet (+184%), Bentley (+54%), Aston Martin (+46%) and Lotus (+58%) all excelling, none selling more than 400 units however.

The Opel Crossland X is up to #70 in June. 

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf holds dearly onto the top spot but drops another 10% to 6.1% share. The VW Polo climbs up one spot on May and 17% on a year ago on the back of discounts on the outgoing generation and lands in 2nd place above the VW Passat (-7%) and Mercedes C-Class (-3%). One year after launch, the new generation still boosts VW Tiguan sales up 23% at #5. The Skoda Fabia is up three ranks on last month to #6, distancing the Opel Astra, down a surprisingly harsh 19% and the Skoda Octavia down 11% despite its recent facelift. The Seat Leon is down 1% year-on-year but climbs to #12. Just renewed, the Mercedes E-Class (+24%) and BMW 5 Series (+46%), now the brand’s best-seller, gain significant ground, just as the Mercedes GLC (+30%), Seat Ibiza (+83%) and Mitsubishi Space Star (+77%) also do. The Audi Q2 (#55) is the most popular recent launch ahead of the Opel Crossland X up 93 spots on May to #70, the Skoda Kodiaq (#81) and Toyota C-HR (#89).

Previous month: Germany May 2017: YTD Top 4 now 100% Volkswagen

One year ago: Germany June 2016: Opel Astra snaps first podium in over 4 years

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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.

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

One year ago: Russia First Half 2016: Hyundai Solaris takes charge in market down 14%

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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

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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

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%.

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

One year ago:  Russia June 2016: Hyundai Solaris back on top, Lada Vesta resumes growth

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Kazakhstan May 2017: Lada 4×4 teases Camry for #1, market back up

The Lada 4×4 is only 8 units off the Kazakh pole position this month. 

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Thanks to our partnership with, we can share with you May 2017 data for Kazakhstan, a market back up 10% year-on-year to 3.821 new vehicles but still down 13% year-to-date at 15.588. Toyota remains the most popular carmaker in the country with a strong 21.2% this month vs. 20% year-to-date, distancing Lada at 16.6% vs. 17.6% so far this year. Ravon, the new brand replacing UZ-Daewoo, is back up to third place with 6.7% of the market above Hyundai, GAZ and Kia. Peugeot is up 21 spots on April to #13 vs. #20 YTD. The Toyota Camry continues to dominate the models ranking but this time only 8 units separate it from the #2, the valiant Lada 4×4 aka Niva. The GAZ Gazelle rounds up the podium like it does YTD and the Toyota RAV4 is up two spots on April to #4, also earning the #4 spot YTD. The Ravon R4 (a rebadged Chevrolet Cobalt) is now the brand’s best-seller at #8 (+5 on April) while the Nexia R3 is down 7 ranks to #12. The new generation boosts the Peugeot 301 up 101 spots on last month (!) to #13.

Previous month: Kazakhstan April 2017: Toyota Camry best-seller, Ravon R4 up

One year ago (June): Kazakhstan First Half 2016: Toyota and Renault catch up on Lada

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