Russia September 2016: Creta (#4) and Kaptur (#13) stun

hyundai-creta-russia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Hyundai Creta climbs up to 4th place overall for its 2nd month on sale in Russia. 

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Russian new car sales post a 21st consecutive month of year-on-year decline in September at -10.9% to 125.568 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 14.4% to 1.020.932. Despite the doom-and-gloom overall market results, 10 of the Top 15 brands actually post year-on-year gains, with lower-volume brands suffering the most. Market leader Lada is up 5% to 22.837 sales and 18.2%, followed by Hyundai (-6%) and Kia (-17%). Renault (+1%), Toyota (+18%) and Volkswagen (+3%) are in positive as are GAZ (+2%), Skoda (+5%) and UAZ (+2%) in the Top 10. Below, Mercedes (+1%), BMW (+6%) but most impressively Lifan (+12%) and Lexus (+51%) shine. Subaru (+37%) and Jaguar (+107%) also impress further down the ranking. At the other end of the stick Ford (-27%), Audi (-39%), Datsun (-41%), Peugeot (-41%), Mitsubishi (-52%), Citroen (-54%), Chevrolet (-56%), Suzuki (-63%), Honda (-74%) and Geely (-85%) all implode.

renault-kaptur-russia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Renault Kaptur hits a record #13 spot in September.

In the models ranking, the Kia Rio posts a second consecutive month in pole position (and the third ever after November 2014) despite sales tumbling down 26% to 8.014 vs. -9% for the Granta in 2nd place at 7.815 units. The Hyundai Solaris, still #1 year-to-date, dives down 41%, partly because of the discontinuation of the hatchback variant – which accounted for roughly 20% of the nameplate’s sales in Russia – to give way in the Hyundai St Petersburg plant to the hero of the past two months: the Creta. Landing directly at #6 and #1 SUV last month, the Creta gains a further 45% and two spots to step up to #4 with 5.058 sales and 4% share. Based on BSCB calculations, this is the highest market share ever reached by a single SUV in Russia (previous best: 3.9% by the Renault Duster in May 2016) and the highest monthly volume so far this year (previous best: 5.298 by the Renault Duster in December 2015).

Nissan X-Trail Russia September 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Nissan X-Trail soars 223% year-on-year in September. 

It’s a double-edged sword for Hyundai as this tremendous success could prevent the Solaris from finishing 2016 in the top spot. For now it leads with 66.602 sales (-22%) vs. 63.622 (-30%) for the Lada Granta and 62.278 (-13%) for the Kia Rio. While the VW Polo goes from strength to strength at +21% in 5th place, the Lada Vesta may already have reached its full potential: it drops two spots to #6 and 3.5% share, its lowest since last May after hitting 4.8% in July. Below, the Renault Duster (-2%) and Lada 4×4 (-8%) are unaffected by the Creta and gain market share by sliding down slower than the market.

infiniti-q30-russia-september-2016The Infiniti Q30 lands at #199 in Russia this month. 

The Toyota Camry (+36%) and RAV4 (+221%) round up the Top 10 with spectacular results and the second hero of the month is the Renault Kaptur back up 13 spots on August to a record-breaking 13th position with 2.218 sales. The Nissan X-Trail (+223%) and Qashqai (+73%) also impress. Further down, the Lifan X60 (#38) leads Chinese models ahead of the Lifan X50 (#48), Lifan Solano (#82) and Chery Tiggo (#90). Among recent launches (<12 months), the Hyundai Tucson (#47), Mercedes GLC (#58), Mercedes GLS (#59) and Jaguar F-Pace (#100) all fit within the Top 100 while we welcome the Infiniti Q30 into the Russian sales charts this month at #199.

Previous month: Russia August 2016: Kia Rio leads, Hyundai Creta instant #1 SUV

One year ago (1): Russia September 2015: Momentous shift to Korean models taking root

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Kazakhstan August 2016: Toyota above Lada, Camry leads

Toyota Camry Kazakhstan August 2016

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Thanks to, we can share with you August data for Kazakhstan, a market that continues to struggle with sales down 44% to 3.800 on a month of August 2015 that was already freefalling 54%. Year-to-date, Kazakh sales amount to 29.199 units, a 58% implosion on the same period a year ago. Toyota brilliantly takes the lead of the brands ranking in August thanks to sales surging 70% to 781 for a 20.6% share, overtaking traditional leader Lada down 45% to 683 and 18%. Hyundai (-61%), Kia (-43%), Renault (-71%) and GAZ (-63%) follow but all skid down, while Kamaz (+47%), Lexus (+200%), JAC (#13), BMW (+169%) and Peugeot (163%) are among the rare manufacturers managing a year-on-year increase. The replacement brand for UZ-Daewoo, Ravon, makes its first appearance in the ranking at #27 with 10 units of the R2 (aka Chevrolet Spark) sold this month in Kazakhstan. The Toyota Camry is the best-selling nameplate in the country for the 2nd month running thanks to 329 sales, it distances the Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) at 293 and the Lada Granta at 217. The Kia Rio is up 4 spots on July to #4, the GAZ Gazelle down 1 to #5, the Toyota RAV4 up 14 to #8, Toyota Land Cruiser 200 up 32 to #9 and the UAZ Bukhanka up 9 to #10. Notice also the Hyundai Santa Fe at #12 vs. #28 year-to-date and the Lexus LX at #22 vs. #30.

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

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Bulgaria July 2016: Dacia outpaces market up 6%

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria July 2016. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comThe Dacia Dokker remains the best-selling vehicle in Bulgaria.

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With one month delay we can now update you on the Bulgarian new car market in July when sales are up 6% year-on-year to an estimated 2.721 units, matching the year-to-date progression so far to 18.245 registrations. Market leader Dacia frankly outpaces the market with deliveries up 38% to 383 and 14.1% share, distancing Skoda (+3%), Toyota (+31%) and Volkswagen (-3%). Ford (+57%), Seat (+90%), Fiat (+69%) and Land Rover (+100%) also impress. The Dacia Dokker is faithful to its leadership position with 6.7% share vs. 6.1% year-to-date, followed by the Skoda Octavia at 4.1%, Dacia Sandero at 3.4% and Nissan Qashqai at 3.2%. The Kia Cee’d (#8), Toyota Auris (#10), Peugeot 208 (#13), Skoda Rapid (#14) and Lada Niva (#16) also make themselves noticed.

A caveat to these results is the fact that Bulgaria sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 20% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon.

Previous month: Bulgaria June 2016: Dacia Dokker back in charge in market down 5%

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Russia August 2016: Kia Rio leads, Hyundai Creta instant #1 SUV

hyundai-creta-russia-august-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Hyundai Creta is an instant blockbuster in Russia, landing directly at #6.

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If you had hoped the Russian new car market would start to erode its race to the bottom this month, you were wrong: August is down another 18% year-on-year to just 113.749 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 14.9% to 895.357 deliveries. Always on the lookout for a positive outlook to this dire situation Joerg Schreiber, Chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, notices that this steep decline is accentuated by an August 2015 volume “propped up by currency fluctuations prompting customers to pull ahead the purchase of their car.” Also, Schreiber notes the market is now above the former historical low levels reached in 2009. August 2009 indeed was at 110.934 sales – only marginally lower – but the 2009 tally after 8 months was at a much higher 989.996. 2016 is therefore still slated to be one of the single weakest years of Russian new car sales so far this millennium.

kia-rio-russia-august-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Kia Rio is the best-selling vehicle in Russia in August.

It’s not bad news for all manufacturers though: seven of them in the Top 35 manage a year-on-year gain in August, starting with market leader Lada up 4% to 20.908 sales and 18.4% share. One main component of this revival is its new 2015-2016 lineup composed of the Vesta (#4) and X-RAY (#19) but this month the antediluvian 4×4 gains share (-14%) while the Priora actually gains volume (+1%). Lada’s performance is achieved despite the continuing cooling of the Granta (#3 in August at -39%) and the demise of the Kalina (-28%) and Largus (-56%). Hyundai also improves its market share with volumes down just 5% year-on-year to 11.906 and 10.5%. The Korean carmaker compensates the worrying loss of the Solaris (-41% but still #1 year-to-date) with one of the most successful new nameplate launches in Russia – no less: the Creta, spectacularly landing directly at #6 with 3.479 sales which means it has for its first month in market become the #1 SUV in the country, outselling the Renault Duster (3.473) and Toyota RAV4 (2.509)…

VW Polo Russia August 2016. Picture courtesy abw.byThe VW Polo is up 36% year-on-year in August… 

Paradoxically, Kia is the manufacturer losing the most ground in the Top 6 at -17% but it places the Rio as the best-selling model in Russia this month with 7.178 sales. It is only the second time the Rio is #1 after November 2014 when it broke the spell and became the first foreign model to lead the Russian sales charts since the creation of the Lada brand in 1970. Renault limits its fall to -7% thanks to good resistance from the Duster (-1%) and Sandero (-9%) and despite a weak Logan score (-40%) just as the all-new Kaptur drops out of the Top 25 (#28). Toyota drops even less at -4% and manages positive scores for its best-sellers Camry (+14%) and RAV4 (+6%) – both ranking inside the Top 10 – while the Prado (-1%) quietly breaks its Russian ranking record at #18 (#20 with LCVs), the nameplate’s third time inside the Top 20 in the past 12 months – and ever – after September and December 2015.

skoda-rapid-russia-august-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ru …as is the Rapid, Skoda’s best-seller in Russia.

Volkswagen (-7%) owes its slight decline to a fantastic score by the Polo (+36%) reclaiming the #5 spot YTD off the Renault Duster but Nissan (-30%) struggles despite the Qashqai up 94%. There are two additional carmakers in the Top 10 managing year-on-year gains: Skoda (+6%) thanks to the Rapid (+36%) now by far its Russian best-seller and UAZ (+3%) with the Bukhanka up 21% and the Patriot back up to #22. Below, Mercedes (+1%), Volkswagen Vans (+51%) and Jaguar (+47%) shine.

lada-vis-pickup-russia-august-2016-picture-courtesy-madeinrussia-czThe Lada VIS Pickup is up 4-fold on its August 2015 score. 

Among Chinese manufacturers, Lifan (+2%) now outsells #2 Chery by almost 4 to 1 and places both the X60 (#39) and X50 (#41) well inside the Top 50. For the latter, this is the nameplate’s best ranking in Russia so far with sales up 71% year-on-year. Among other great performers within the models ranking, notice the Lexus LX at #36 (+182%), the Mercedes GLS at #49, Ford Ecosport at #54 (+67%), VW Passat at #80 (+106%), Lada VIS Pickup at #87 (+342%), BMW X4 at #95 (+737%) and Dongfeng Fengshen H30 at #106 (+53%).

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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.

Previous month: Germany July 2016: Audi A4 and VW Tiguan step up

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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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