Germany August 2016: Mercedes > Audi but A4 beats Passat and C-Class

Mercedes C Class Audi A4 Germany August 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deMercedes passes Audi to snap the YTD luxury crown in Germany. 

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New car sales in Germany are up by a robust 8% year-on-year in August to 245.076 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 5.7% to 2.257.781. For once market leader Volkswagen advances at double the pace of the market with deliveries gaining 16% to reach 48.851 and 19.9% share, just below the round 20% it holds year-to-date. Mercedes also shines with sales up 13% to 24.817 and crossing the symbolic 10% share mark at 10.1%. This score enables Mercedes to reclaim the #1 spot in the 2016 luxury race thanks to 207.128 units so far (+8%) vs. 205.125 (+11%) for Audi and 172.286 (+7%) for BMW. Ford (+8%) is back down to #5, followed by Opel (-3%) and Skoda (-7%), having now graduated into a mass market brand as we detail below. Just outside the brands Top 10, Fiat (+33%), Toyota (+27%) and Dacia (+29%) take off, while among smaller brands Land Rover (+27%), Jeep (+28%), Tesla (+32%), Alfa Romeo (+60%), Lexus (+60%), Ssangyong (+67%), Lada (+93%) and Maserati (+178%) step up on the gas.

Auto Bild Skoda OpelAuto Bild 19/08/2016. Top to bottom: Opel Monza, Skoda Kodiaq Coupé, Skoda Polar. 

Whereas only a decade ago the mass market race clearly opposed Volkswagen, Opel and Ford with the Golf always pitted against the Astra and Focus, the situation is a lot different now. Opel, a favourite of business fleets, has lost a lot of its shine with private customers. Meanwhile, Czech brand Skoda, once a mocked low-cost lilliputian, has spectacularly stepped up its game in recent years. To the point when #1 car mag Auto Bild regularly pits it against Opel, now its true enemy, as it was the case in the August 19 issue (see above). In the article, titled Fight for mass market, Auto Bild details the 10 models the two brands are launching by 2020, setting the next gen Skoda Octavia vs. the next Opel Insignia, the next Citigo vs. the next Adam, the Polar (Fabia-based crossover) vs. the Adam X crossover, the Kodiaq Coupé vs. the Monza and the Meriva-replecement Corsa X vs. the next Yeti… Check out the Auto Bild online video article here.

VW Tiguan Germany August 2016. Picture courtesy auto.ndtv.comThe new generation pushes VW Tiguan sales up 117% in August. 

Over in the models aisle the VW Golf continues to reign supreme at 18.665 sales, three times the level of its closest opponent which this month is a very impressive VW Tiguan boosted up 117% year-on-year to 6.135 units by its new generation and now back in positive year-to-date (+4%). The next three nameplates are all mid-size sedans fitting in all competing for bragging rights in the segment. The Audi A4 (+24%) manages to outsell the traditional segment leader, the VW Passat (-17%), for the first time since August 2013 but by just 10 units, with the Mercedes C-Class (-2%) only 17 units below that. The new generation is working well for the A4 which ranked #24 last December when the Passat was #2.

Bentley Bentayga Germany August 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deBentley Bentayga 

Below the Skoda Octavia at #6 (+5 on July), the Opel Astra disappoints at -14% despite the new model, while the VW Touran is up 5-fold to #8 overall. The Opel Corsa (+23%), Ford Kuga (+87%), Fiat 500 family (+24%), VW Transporter (+99%), Hyundai i20 (+78%), Audi Q5 (+61%), BMW X1 (+392%), Mercedes GLC (+235% on the GLK) and Dacia Sandero (+40%) are among the best performers inside the Top 50. Beyond, notice the Mercedes GLE up 88% on the M-Class, the Toyota RAV4 up 118%, Ford Ecosport up 183% and BMW i3 up 273% thanks to new legislation in favour of green cars.

Toyota Proace Germany August 2016. Picture courtesy welt.deToyota Proace

Among recent launches (<12 months), the Hyundai Tucson is far ahead at #41 with 1.681 sales, distancing the Fiat Tipo at #94 with 722 , the Renault Talisman at #159 with 267 and the Jaguar F-Pace at #162 and 262 units. Both the Kia Niro (#170) and Seat Ateca (#172) break into the German Top 200 for the very first time, while the Fiat 124 Spider (#224) and Maserati Levante (#225) slowly creep up the charts. We welcome two new nameplates in Germany in August: the Bentley Bentayga at #253 with 30 deliveries and the Toyota Proace at #260 with 27.

Volkswagen Beetle DuneThe VW Beetle remains a favourite of German private buyers (#8).

German Private Sales

Only 35.3% of all new cars sold in Germany so far in 2016 were purchased by a private person, one of the lowest ratios in Europe. Although it went up to 38.1% in August, that’s still just 93.374 private sales and 796.997 year-to-date. The thing is, ‘real’ people tend to buy vastly different cars than businesses. If the VW Golf remains in the lead with 6.514 private sales followed by the Tiguan (3.227) and Polo (2.197), the Skoda Fabia manages a flamboyant 4th place and the Dacia Sandero an even more impressive 6th position. The Hyundai i20 and VW Beetle are also among the 10 vehicles favoured by German private buyers in August.

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Kazakhstan July 2016: Toyota Camry outpaces Ladas to snap #1 spot

Toyota Camry Kazakhstan July 2016The Toyota Camry is the best-selling vehicle in Kazakhstan in July. 

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Thanks to, we can now share with you July data for Kazakhstan, a market engulfed in recession with sales down 61% year-on-year this month to just 3.393 units. Keeping in mind July 2015 was already down 46% on the prior year, the 2016 year-to-date tally now stands at 25.399, down 59% on the same period last year. Russian carmaker Lada exactly follows the market at -61% to 20.7% share, whereas Toyota doubles its market share compared to a year ago to 16.1% thanks to deliveries down “just” 21%. Below, Hyundai (-72%), Kia (-71%) and Renault (-70%) implode. Heavy truck manufacturer Kamaz (+15%) is the only brand gaining ground in the Top 10. In the models ranking, the Toyota Camry frankly outpaces all Ladas to take the lead of the charts thanks to 361 sales and 10.6% share, ahead of the Lada Granta (206) and the valiant Lada 4×4 (200). The GAZ Gazelle, Lada Priora, Hyundai Elantra and Accent follow.

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Russia July 2016: Renault Kaptur instant blockbuster, Ravon brand lands

Renault Kaptur Russia July 2016. Picture courtesy motor.ruThe Renault Kaptur is already among the 20 best-selling nameplates in Russia. 

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The Russian market freefall has seemingly entered a bottomless pit, with sales down another 16% year-on-year in July to just 109.410 units, leading to a year-to-date tally down 14% to 781.605. Local manufacturer Lada resists very well thanks to a frank renewal of its lineup with deliveries up 4% to 19.9% share vs. 16% a year ago. Kia (-11%) and Hyundai (-12%) follow and drop slightly slower than the market while Renault is down just 8% to cement its fourth place overall with 8.3% market share. Volkswagen (-2%), Nissan (-8%), Skoda (+12%), GAZ (-1%) and Ford (-7%) also improve their market share inside the Top 10 whereas Toyota (-26%) disappoint. Below, Lexus (+0.2%), Lifan (+0.3%), Mercedes (+1%), Cadillac (+30%), Volkswagen Vans (+50%), Infiniti (+100%), Jaguar (+100%) and Smart (+123%) are among a handful of marques actually posting a sales increase.

Ravon Nexia Russia July 2016Ravon Nexia

This month the Uzbekistan-based Daewoo brand disappears from the Russian ranking because it has now been discontinued, having sold a relatively solid 8.574 units in 6 months (-29%). It has now been replaced in Russia by an entirely new brand: Ravon, which appears in the sales charts for the first time in July at #33 with a timid 237 sales and 0.2% share, inserting itself in-between Geely (242) and Jaguar (220). Although this is a new brand, the Uzebek-assembled lineup is the same as that of Daewoo (Matiz, Spark, Nexia, Cobalt and Gentra) and could enable Chevrolet to re-enter the Russian market if it decides to do so at a later stage.

Nissan Qashqai Russia July 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruNissan Qashqai

In the models ranking, the Hyundai Solaris snaps the top spot for the 10th time in the past 15 months despite sales down 23% to 7.904, taking a serious option at the FY2016 pole position and distancing the Kia Rio (-17%) and Lada Granta (-30%), also falling faster than the market. The Lada Vesta continues to creep up the ranking,  posting new volume (5.198) and market share (4.8%) personal bests in 4th position overall, now also its year-to-date ranking. The VW Polo (+12%), Renault Duster (+2%), Skoda Rapid (+17%) and Octavia (+8%), Kia Sportage (+22%), Nissan Qashqai (+74%) and Almera (+19%) all deliver very satisfying volume gains, but the most impressive nameplate inside the Russian Top 25 in July is without a doubt the all-new Renault Kaptur – in fact a Duster with a facelifted and stretched Captur “wrapping paper”, breaking into the Top 20 as early as for its 2nd month in market, soaring to #18 and 1.419 sales.

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Europe First Half 2016: Discover the Top 375 models and Top 56 brands

Jaguar F-Pace Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy Jaguar F-Pace lands inside the European Top 200 so far in 2016. 

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It’s now time to go through the detail of brands and models ranking for Europe over the First Half of 2016. You can find the complete analysis for the Top 10 brands and Top 20 models here. Outside these familiar rankings, Hyundai (+10%), Kia (+14%), Volvo (+11%), Mazda (+28%) and Suzuki (+14%) also post double-digit gains inside the Top 20. Beyond, let’s single out Land Rover (+20%), Jeep (+24%), Honda (+36%), Lexus (+64%), Ssangyong (+68%), Lada (+88%), Jaguar (+101%), Infiniti (+138%) all displaying insolent health. On the other hand, Nissan (-1%), DS (-1%), Seat (-2%), Tesla (-4%), Mini (-5%), Mitsubishi (-9%) and Chevrolet (-35%) are among the rare brands losing volume year-on-year.

Infiniti Q30 Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Infiniti Q30 ranks #211 over H1 2016. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf holds onto its lead by almost 100.000 sales, distancing the Renault Clii (+1), VW Polo (+1) and Ford Fiesta (-2) while the Peugeot 208 (+14%), Fiat Panda (+21%) and Opel Astra (+27%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 20. Below, the Hyundai Tucson is the most popular new launch, landing directly at #26 and followed by the Mercedes GLC (#80), Fiat Tipo (#113), Honda HR-V (#129), Renault Talisman (#152), Jaguar F-Pace (#199), Suzuki Baleno (#201) and Infiniti Q30 (#211). Notice also the Audi A4 up 30% to #23, the Kia Sportage up 26% to #25, Renault Kadjar up to #32, VW Touran up 38% to #40, Fiat 500X up 100% to #41, BMW 2 Series Tourer up 58% to #42, Skoda Superb up 99% to #53 and BMW X1 up 111% to #54.

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Europe June 2016: Discover the Top 345 models & Top 53 brands

MG GS Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy first appearance of the MG GS in the European sales charts in June.

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After preliminary figures at the end of July, we can now share with you detailed and final data for Europe in June. The overall market is still up 6.5% to 1.507.303 units, leading to a H1 2016 tally up 9% to 8.090.870. Volkswagen (-1%) and Renault (+21%) lead the brands charts but Opel/Vauxhall (+2%) passes Ford (-4%) compared to the preliminary data. BMW and Mercedes, both up 16%, remain above Audi, stable with Fiat (+14%) and Skoda (+8%) rounding out the Top 10. Outside, Hyundai (+12%), Jeep (+18%), Smart (+18%), Alfa Romeo (+22%), Mazda (+23%), Suzuki (+24%), Honda (+43%) and Jaguar (+74%) stand out in the Top 30 while among smaller brands Ssangyong (+37%), MG (+44%), Lamborghini (+46%), Lexus (+60%), Lada (+154%) and Infiniti (+251%) are among the most impressive.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Europe June 2016The Alfa Romeo Giulia breaks into the European Top 200 this month. 

Model-wise, the only difference with the original Top 20 ranking is the Opel Mokka at #20, knocking the Fiat Panda down to #21. Below, the Renault Kadjar is up 208% to hit its highest European ranking so far at #24 (previous best: #29 last March), the BMW 1 Series is up 10 spots on May to #29, the VW Touran up 64% to #37, the Fiat 500X up 45% to #42, BMW 2 Series Tourer up 39% to #44, Skoda Superb up 128% to #50 and BMW X1 up 58% to #52. Among recent launches, the Mercedes GLC is up 10 spots on last month to #76, the Fiat Tipo is down 4 spots on #93, the Renault Talisman up 18 to #117, the Suzuki Baleno up 9 to #150, the Jaguar F-Pace up 19 to #159, the Infiniti Q30 up 19 to #180, the Alfa Romeo Giulia up 55 to #187 and the Seat Ateca up 39 to #206.

Fiat 124 Spider Europe June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Fiat 124 Spider is one of six new nameplates in the European charts in June. 

Finally we welcome no less than six new nameplates in the June European ranking: the Fiat 124 Spider at #211, the Volvo S90/V90 at #249, the MG GS at #282, Kia Niro at #285, Hyundai Ioniq at #300 and Mercedes GLC Coupé at #313.

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Ukraine First Half 2016: Logan and Sportage top recovering market

Renault Logan Ukraine October 2015. Picture couertesy autocentre.uaThe Renault Logan is the best-selling vehicle in Ukraine so far in 2016. Picture

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The Ukrainian new car market confirms it is on the mend over the First Half of 2016 with deliveries up 58% to 27.211 units. This is however still way below the corresponding periods in 2014 (57.692) and 2013 (104.238) – see monthly detail for the past four years below. It is unclear whether new car sales in the contested Crimea region are accounted for in official Ukrainian statistics.

UKR Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
2013 11,989 13,591 22,565 26,115 15,091 14,887
2014 11,875 15,215 10,964 7,754 5,675 6,209
2015 2,597 2,924 2,259 3,057 2,994 3,372
2016 3,183 4,201 4,902 5,697 4,447 4,781

Toyota remains the most popular carmaker, outpacing the market with sales up 83% to 3.114 and 11.4% share ahead of Renault (+77%), Volkswagen (+129%), Skoda (+102%), Kia (+111%) and BMW (+154%) all drastically improving their market share. In contrast, Nissan (+23%), Hyundai (+30%), Mazda (+20%) and local manufacturer ZAZ (+10%) all underperform. Notice also Mercedes (+163%), Lada (+126%), Audi (+115%), Lexus (+213%) and Volvo (+281%) taking off, highlighting the particularly good health of premium brands in Ukraine.

Kia Sportage Ukraine June 2016. Picture courtesy zavodi.uaKia Sportage. Picture 

Model-wise, after slipping to #2 for just 4 sales over Q1, the Renault Logan reclaims the pole position it held over the Full Year 2015 thanks to 978 sales, but the Kia Sportage is catching up fast in 2nd place thanks to a market-leading 2nd Quarter adding up to 972 units in 6 months. It ranked #7 in 2015. The Toyota RAV4 rounds out the podium, knocking the Corolla out of it while the VW Jetta suddenly shoots up to #5 when it only ranked #1981 in Q1 and #145 over FY15. Lastly, let’s salute the outstanding performance of the BMW X5 at #11.

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

VW Polo Belarus June 2016. Picture courtesy abw.byThe VW Polo is back to #1 car in Belarus so far in 2016. 

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The Belorussian new light vehicle market is back into positive territory over the First Half of 2016, gaining 6% year-on-year to hit 12.069 units. Renault maintains its stranglehold on the market with just under 30% share (+11%) while Volkswagen gallops up 25% to 17.1%, Lada is up 16% to 9.1% and Skoda up 42% to 8%. Reversely, Nissan crumbles down 44% to 7.6% share in 5th place. GAZ (+44%), Kia (+47%), Ford (+38%), Mercedes (+74%), Mitsubishi (+407%), Volvo (+283%) and Citroen (+190%) also shine. At the other end of the scale, Peugeot (-34%), Hyundai (-35%), Chevrolet (-44%), Subaru (-61%), Great Wall (-87%) and Opel (-94%) implode.

Audi Q7 Belarus June 2016. Picture courtesy abw.byThe Audi Q7 breaks into the Belorussian Top 25. 

Model-wise, the VW Polo reclaims the pole position that was its own from 2013 to 2015 after the Renault Sandero roared ahead over Q1. The Polo sells 1.620 units vs. 1.400 for the Sandero, 75.3% being the Stepway variant. The Renault Duster is solid in third place and 10% share ahead of the Renault Logan, Skoda Rapid and Lada Largus. The GAZ Gazelle climbs back up to #7, the Hyundai Accent is up to #8, the Lada Vesta plateaus already at #15 and we welcome the Audi Q7 (#25) and Chery Tiggo (#27) among the Belorussian best-sellers.

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

Hyundai Solaris Russia June 2016. Picture courtesy trendymen.ruCan the Hyundai Solaris maintain its lead till the end of the year? I doubt it.

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New car sales in Russia are trapped in a seemingly never-ending downward spiral, losing another 14% year-on-year over the First Half of 2016. This means the market has lost almost half its volume in two years, going from 1.229.931 over H1 2014 to 672.140 this year… The near future isn’t looking better either, and if local organisation AEB predicts a 10% drop over 2016 it is tainted with an optimism hoped to hold as a self-fullfilling prophecy. Local behemoth Lada has somehow stopped its race to the bottom thanks to the launch of new all-new nameplates (see further down), managing a decline smaller than the market at -12% to 124.353 units and 18.5% share. Kia (-8%) overtakes sister brand Hyundai (-19%) to take the 2nd spot overall with 10.4% share, meaning the Hyundai-Kia combination, at 20% share, is above Lada like last year.

Ford Explorer Russia June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruFord posts a spectacular 52% sales gain so far in 2016.

Renault manages to improve its share marginally thanks to deliveries down ‘just’ 9% as does Toyota (-6%), Volkswagen (-8%) and Skoda (-4%) but Nissan (-28%) struggles. A handful of marques are able to go against the grain and post year-on-year gains: Chery (+3%) thanks to a facelifted Tiggo, Suzuki (+8%) thanks to the new Vitara, GAZ (+6%) and UAZ (+11%) as well as Lexus (+17%) thanks to the NX and RX but none as spectacularly as Ford, up a fantastic 52% to #11 overall and Lifan revived up 63% to #21 and back to the #1 Chinese spot in Russia, Among smaller brands, Brilliance (+41%) and Jaguar (+73%) also post significant improvements. Two additional Chinese carmakers enter this depressed Russian market over the period: FAW returns after a 2 year-hiatus  with 500 sales and Zotye makes a timid appearance with 74 units sold.

Lexus NX Russia June 2016Thanks to the NX and the new RX, Lexus is up 17% in Russia this year. 

Hyundai Solaris / Lada Granta Half-year sales comparison 2014-2016:

Model H1 2016 H2 2015 H1 2015 H2 2014 H1 2014
Hyundai Solaris 45,930 62,166 53,702 59,070 55,574
Lada Granta 43,967 56,609 63,573 81,335 71,475

For the second semester in a row, the Hyundai Solaris is the best-selling vehicle in Russia thanks to a decline limited to 14% to 45.930 vs. -31% to 43.967 for the Lada Granta and an even better hold for the Kia Rio in third place at -8% to 39.454. Hyundai has sold 108.096 copies of the Solaris in Russia over the past 12 months, way above the 100.576 managed by the Lada Granta, but the Solaris hasn’t been #1 over a calendar year yet. A last minute surge by the Granta in December prevented it from becoming the first foreign-branded vehicle to top Russian charts since World World 2. Can it manage that feat in 2016? The statistical logic would say yes, however I believe it is very unlikely that the powers that be will let a Korean nameplate dominate the Russian ranking in 2016.

Lada Vesta Russia June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Lada Vesta lands directly at #5 in Russia over H1 2016

A main component explaining the Granta’s weakness is the roaring arrival of the Vesta which, although not competing with the Granta in price but rather the Solaris and Rio, has made more damage internally at Lada than on its direct competitors. The Vesta lands at #5 so far in 2016 with a solid 22.894 sales, peaking at #4 and 5.128 sales in June. New Lada nameplates traditionally take a while hitting cruising levels, so the Vesta is bound to go higher, but a long-term pole position seems far-fetched. The other Lada new launch, the XRAY, has a much more limited success so far: it ranks #23 over H1 2016 with 8.042 sales, peaking at #13 in April but damaging the Lada 4×4 (-34%).

Lada XRAY Russia June 2016. Picture courtesy…while the Lada XRAY remains outside the Top 20 for now. 

In other models news, the SUV segment is the only one featuring strong gains so far: 7 of the 9 models in positive in the Top 25 are either SUVs or have an SUV variant within their range: the Renault Duster jumps three spots and 15% to land at an outstanding 4th place, the Toyota RAV4 is up 4 ranks and 13% to #7, the Chevrolet Niva enjoys a second wind at +6% to #9, the Renault Sandero is up 0.2% thanks to the Stepway, the UAZ Patriot is up 13% to a best-ever #17 and the Nissan Qashqai benefits from the new model with sales up 63% to #18. The VW Polo (+4%) is the only exception.

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Russia June 2016: Solaris back on top, Lada Vesta resumes growth

Lada Vesta Russia June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Lada Vesta posts its first month at 5.000+ sales. 

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The freefall continues for the Russian new light vehicle market, down another 12.5% in June to 122.633 registrations, pulling the H1 2016 tally down 14% to 672.140 units. I did predict the Russian market would continue to fall fast in 2016, but for Joerg Schreiber, Chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, it comes as a surprise: “Total market volume continued to erode at double-digit pace, faster than anticipated at the beginning of the year. With this in mind, the AEB is updating its 2016 full-year market forecast to 1.44 million units (-10.3%), [implying] a slowdown of the negative trend in H2, to 6-7%.” Still rather optimistic in my view.

Lifan X50 Russia June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruLifan sales are up 57% in Russia in June.

For once local carmaker and market leader Lada falls faster than the market at -16%, resulting in a lower market share at 18.1% vs. 18.5% year-to-date. Kia (-8%) and Hyundai (-2%) on the other hand continue to gain market share at 10.4% and 9.8% respectively this month. The same goes for Renault, managing a 1% increase to 10.075 units and 8.2% share, but Toyota (-17%) and Nissan (-33%) drop painfully. BMW (+7%), Skoda (+9%), Audi (+15%), UAZ (+21%) and most impressively Ford (+22%) also deliver gains inside the Top 15. Further down, Lifan impresses with a 57% improvement, while Mini (+1%), Subaru (+6%), Brilliance (+75%) and Jaguar (+255%) are among other brands gaining ground year-on-year. We welcome Chinese carmaker Zotye in the Russian sales charts in June even though the brand launched back in March: it ranks #48 for now with a discreet 21 sales.

After two consecutive months of Lada Granta domination, the Hyundai Solaris returns to #1 model in Russia in June, a spot it has now held for 9 of the past 14 months. It is followed very closely this month its platform twin the Kia Rio at 8.629 sales (-4%) vs. 8.676 (-6%) whereas the Granta implodes (-49%) at 7.219. Part of the explanation for the Granta drop is the gearing up of the Vesta: after marking a pause in May, the new Lada resumes its ascent, setting new volume (5.128) and market share record (4.2%) for the nameplate in 4th position. Its SUV counterpart, the XRAY, is however stuck at the bottom of the Top 20: it ranks #18 in June after hitting #13 in April and #16 in May.

Renault Kaptur Russia June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Renault Kaptur lands at #45.

A healthy amount of models manage significant gains in a declining market: the Renault Duster is up 13% at #5, the Chevrolet Niva up 36% at #9, the Renault Sandero up 15% to #11, Skoda Rapid up 14% to #12 and Skoda Octavia up 4% to #13. Further down, it’s once again the SUV segment that manages to stay afloat: the UAZ Patriot (+21%), Kia Sportage (+13%) and Nissan Qashqai (+44%) all post strong gains with the Hyundai Tucson improving its best ranking to #21 and the Nissan Terrano lodging a 2nd straight month inside the Top 25 thanks to deliveries up 6%. Further down, let’s salute the great performance of the Mercedes GLS up a further 6 spots on May to #41, the thunderous arrival of the Renault Kaptur (in fact a Duster with a Captur snout) directly at #45 with 554 sales, and of the Jaguar F-Pace instantly accounting for 70% of the brand’s sales in Russia.

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

Renault Duster Kazakhstan June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruRenault manages a 10.8% share with just 3 cars: the Duster, Sandero and Logan.

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Thanks to, we can share with you today sales data for Kazakhstan over the First Half of 2016. The Kazakh market continues its freefall in 2016 with volumes retracting by more than half at -59% year-on-year to just 21.870 units. Russian carmaker Lada remains the most popular brand in the country despite sales down 74% to 4.309 and 19.7% share vs. 31.4% a year ago. Toyota is catching up though, seeing its market share jump from 8% over H1 2015 to 17% now thanks to sales down just 13% to 3.719. Renault (-39%) also improves its market share significantly from 6.9% to 10.8%.

Toyota Camry Kazakhstan June 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Toyota Camry shoots up to #2 overall in Kazakhstan over H1 2016. 

On the opposite, Hyundai and Kia, both down 76% lose 5 and 6 percentage points of market share respectively. Other great gainers include Nissan, Lexus, JAC, Mazda and MG. Newcomers Datsun (#22) and Lifan (#32) have not chosen the best of times to enter the Kazakh market. Despite being at the end of its life, the Lada Priora takes the lead of Kazakh models ranking with sales down 47% to 9% share, distancing the Toyota Camry down 3% and up 10 spots on a year ago to #2 and the Renault Duster down 36% but up 5 ranks to #3. The Lada 4×4 (-30%), VW Polo (-38%), Renault Sandero (-10%) and Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (-10%) also gain market share in the Top 10.

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