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Kazakhstan January 2015: Podium 100% Lada

March 10th, 2015 No comments

Lada Granta Kazakhstan January 2015The Lada Granta holds 11.7% of the Kazakh market in January.

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It’s a very rough start of 2015 in Kazakhstan with sales down 29% on a year ago in January to just 7,753 registrations, and there are two clear winners this month: Lada with 34.1% share (7 percentage points above its FY2014 level) and Toyota at 15.2%, both manufacturers together representing no less than just under half of the total market for the month…

Toyota Land Cruiser Kazakhstan January 2015. Picture courtesy auto.lafa.kzThe Toyota Land Cruiser is up to #9 this month in Kazakhstan.

It shows in the models ranking: Lada monopolises the podium with the Granta at a record 11.7% share followed by the Priora at 8.7% and the Largus at 7.8%, all well above their respective FY 2014 levels. Below the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Lada Kalina, Toyota places 3 models in the Top 9: the Camry at #7 and 4%, the Land Cruiser Prado at #8 and 3% and the Land Cruiser 200 at #9 and 2.6%. Notice also the Toyota Corolla at #17, the Toyota Fortuner at #19, Nissan X-Trail at #22, Lexus LX at #24 and the Infiniti QX making its appearance at #38, the brand landing in the Kazakh ranking for the first time.

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Kazakhstan Full Year 2014: Lada Granta catches up on Priora

March 9th, 2015 1 comment

Lada Granta Kazakhstan 2014Lada Granta sales are up 22% to #2 overall in 2014 in Kazakhstan.

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The Kazakh new car market has gone from being the fastest growing in the world to full-on recession in the space of one year: 2014. After gaining 26% during the first quarter and 1% during Q2, new car sales in the country dropped 4% in Q3 and a worrying 16% in Q4, resulting in 2014 being down 1% year-on-year at 163,561 registrations. The culprit? Russia. The depreciation of the Russian ruble and an open borders policy in place since July have made grey Russian imports very profitable, resulting in a total of roughly 220,000 new cars imported from Russia into Kazakhstan so far this year. Add to this 50,000 imports from other countries and a local production of 32,000 and you obtain 302,000 deliveries, almost double the official figures. meaning almost half of the Kazakh new car market is now ‘grey’.

Peugeot 301 Kazakhstan 2014. Picture courtesy kolesa.kzA large Police order of 301 helped Peugeot grow its sales 5-fold in Kazakhstan in 2014.

Brand-wise, despite sales down 21% Lada keeps the lead with 27.7% share, above Kia (+49%), Hyundai (+14%) and Toyota (+3%). Imported from neighbouring Uzbekistan, UZ-Daewoo drops 17% and 4 spots to #6, Renault is up a gargantuan 66% to #7, Volkswagen up 57% to #12, Peugeot up 372% to #16 and Geely lands directly at #14 with 2,182 sales.

UZ Daewoo Gentra Kazakhstan 2014. Picture courtesy uzdaewoo.kzThe UZ-Daewoo Gentra is the most successful all-new model in 2014.

The Lada Priora is the best-selling nameplate in the country for the 4th year running but drops 24% while the Lada Granta is catching up at +22% and will overtake the Priora in 2015 if both models evolve at the same rate. Benefiting from the fall of grace of the Lada Samara (-84%), UZ-Daewoo Nexia (-57%) and Lada 4×4 (-56%), the Hyundai Accent (+25%), Kia Rio (+120%) and Lada Largus (+97%) all improve their rankings markedly while the UZ-Daewoo Gentra lands directly at #7 for its first year in market.

Previous month: Kazakhstan November 2014: Kia Rio and Uz-Daewoo Nexia shine

Previous year: Kazakhstan Full Year 2013: Lada Priora tops world’s fastest growing market

Two years ago: Kazakhstan Full Year 2012: Lada Priora and Samara on top

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Belarus Full Year 2014: VW Polo and Renault Sandero on top

March 2nd, 2015 No comments

Renault Sandero Stepway Belarus 2014. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Stepway variant accounts for 80% of Renault Sandero sales in Belarus.

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New light vehicle sales in Belarus are up 3% year-on-year in 2014 to reach an all-time record 29,552 registrations – including LCV. Thanks to the success of the Sandero (+15% to #2), Duster (#5) and Logan (#7), Renault flamboyantly takes the lead of the brands ranking with sales up by a majestic 25% to 4,500 units and 15.2%. The French manufacturer bypasses Volkswagen, down 7% to 3,632 sales and 12.3%, while Kia (+1%) and GAZ (+24%) both overtake Lada, down 31% to #5. Nissan more than doubles its sales to land in 6th place with 6.3% share.

Geely SC7 Belarus 2014. Picture courtesy auto.onliner.byThe locally-assembled Geely SC7 is up to #4 in Belarus in 2014.

But the big story in the Belorussian brand ranking this year is the arrival of Geely in 7th place with 1,841 sales and 6.2% share, up 352% on 2013 with a 3-model range now that the Chinese manufacturer has geared up its local assembly through a joint-venture with the Belorussian government. This is a very encouraging result for Geely, placing it above blockbuster brands such as Skoda (#8), Toyota (#9), Hyundai (#11) and Peugeot (#12). The SC7 sedan jumps up to a brilliant 4th place overall in the models ranking with 1,238 sales and 4.2% while the Emgrand X7 SUV lands at #15 and 1.5% and the LC-Cross ranks #36.

Zotye Z300 Belarus January 2015. Picture courtesy auto.onliner.byZotye Z300

The VW Polo remains the best-selling nameplate in the country with an improved 7.6% share thanks to sales up 11% – interestingly the Polo is only available as a sedan in Belarus. The Renault Sandero holds onto its 2nd place (80% of customers opt for the Stepway variant), while the Kia Rio is up one spot to round up the podium. The Nissan Almera shoots up to #6, the Lada Largus is up 33% to #11, the Nissan Qashqai up to #14 and the Citroen C4 is up to #21. Finally let’s notice a couple of additional Chinese models pointing their bonnet in the Belorussian ranking this year: the Great Wall M4 at #58, Zotye Z300 at #69 and the MG 3 Xross at #123.

One year ago: Belarus Full Year 2013: VW Polo takes lead, two Renaults on podium

Two years ago: Belarus Full Year 2012: Lada Priora now in pole position

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Russia January 2015: Hyundai Solaris hits #1 in market down 24%

February 10th, 2015 No comments

Hyundai Solaris Russia January 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ru2nd shock in 3 months: the Hyundai Solaris is the best-selling car in Russia in January.

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Russian customers ‘rushed’ to purchase 2014 models in December (+2%) to avoid the inflation-induced price increase in January. Result: the Russian market is down a very painful 24% year-on-year this month to just 115,390 registrations. And we have a 2nd shock in 3 months in the models ranking: last November, the Kia Rio made history by topping the sales charts, making it the first time since 1970 that a Lada was not in the monthly pole position at home in Russia. This month it’s the turn of the Hyundai Solaris thanks to sales up 18% in a market down 24% to 8,217 units for a 7.1% market share vs. 4.6% a year ago. The Solaris came very close to achieving this very feat in the past: it was 744 units away from the top spot in December 2011 and 700 sales off last November.

Datsun on-DO Russia November 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Datsun on-DO has cannibalised the Lada Granta off the #1 spot.

That the Lada Granta is beaten once can be a freak event. Twice in three months is looking like a pattern could be shaping, helped by a two coincidental elements. Firstly, the Solaris is enjoying the benefits of its first facelift since the nameplate launched in 2010. Secondly, the Lada Granta has been significantly cannibalised by its low(er)-cost rebadge and Togliatti assembly plant colleague the Datsun on-DO. After cracking the monthly Russian Top 10 for the first time in December, the on-DO is far from plateauing and up to an even more astounding 7th place in January with 2,933 sales and a record 2.5% market share, a 32% improvement on last month. The Renault Logan, albeit in extremely good shape thanks to the new generation at #4 and 2.9%, is now at arm’s length for the on-DO, singling Russia out as the most successful Datsun relaunch in the world so far, and by a country mile.

Kia Sorento Russia January 2015First ever Russian Top 25 ranking for the Kia Sorento…

Although these two elements have played a critical role in the arrival of the Hyundai Solaris atop the Russian sales charts this month, there is a longer term trend at play: reversely to Lada whose market share has been continually sinking at home in the past decade, Hyundai and Kia have built a reputation for reliable vehicles specifically adapted to Russian conditions. This from the ground up, banking on success in the countryside rather than the Western part of the country. I could see this clearly during my 2014 Trans-Siberian trip where both the Solaris and the Rio were regularly among the Top 3 best-sellers in absolutely every corner of the country, from Tatarstan to far-East Siberia and Lake Baïkal.

Nissan Sentra Russia December 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ru… and for the Nissan Sentra.

A particularly weak month brings lots of movement in the rest of the models ranking: the Nissan Almera is back up 7 spots on December to return to the #10 ranking it held a year ago in January 2014, the Renault Sandero is down 23% but up 10 ranks on last month to #11, the Toyota Camry up 38% to #12, Hyundai ix35 up 9 spots on December to #13, the Skoda Octavia up 17 to #33, Skoda Rapid up 16 to #34 and Mitsubishi ASX down 3 to #23. The Kia Sorento up a fantastic 426% on January 2014 thanks to the new model to #21 and the Nissan Sentra up 19 spots on December to #24 both break into the Russian monthly Top 25 for the very first time.

Mercedes C-Class Russia January 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruMercedes sales are up 17% year-on-year to #10 overall.

Brand-wise, Lada at 15.2% (-26%) is now far from dominant at home with Hyundai up to 11.1% share thanks to sales up 15% and Kia up to 9.8% with deliveries up 1% year-on-year. Renault (-32%), Volkswagen (-28%) and Mitsubishi (-32%) plummet, but Skoda (+8%) and Mercedes (+17%) power through to #8 and #10 respectively. Solely thanks to the on-DO, Datsun is up to #12, selling more than marques like Mazda and Ford, and almost 3 times as much as Opel.

Previous post: Russia Full Year 2014: Now with Top 434 All-models ranking

Original FY2014 post: Russia Full Year 2014: Lada Granta survives foreign push

Previous month: Russia December 2014: Datsun on-DO breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Russia January 2014: Duster on podium, Nissan Almera #10

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Russia Full Year 2014: Lada Granta survives foreign push

January 16th, 2015 No comments

Kia Rio Russia 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Kia Rio outsold the Lada Granta to rank #1 in November.

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Economic sanctions on the back of the Ukraine situation coupled with rising inflation have resulted in a second consecutive year in negative for the Russian new car market, down 10% in 2014 to 2,491,404 registrations and hitting its lowest level since 2010 (1.91 million units). Scrappage schemes helped stabilised the market which returned to year-on-year growth in December. 2015 may not be as gloomy as most analysts predict. Lada logically dominates the brands ranking as it has been the case in Russia since 1970, however its sales dropped faster than the market at -15% to 387,307 units, resulting in the brand’s lowest-ever annual market share at home: 15.5%. Kia (-1%) overtakes Renault (-7%) to claim the second spot overall with 195,691 units, Hyundai (-1%) remains 4th while Nissan (+11%) is up 3 spots to #5, Toyota (+5%) is up two to #6 and Mitsubishi (+2%) is up 3 to #10. Volkswagen (-18%), Opel (-20%), Chevrolet (-28%) and Ford (-38%) crash down. In the premium race, Mercedes (+11%) is now 15,000 units above BMW (-18%) and Audi (-6%).

Datsun Russia 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruDatsun is the success story of the year in Russia.

No less than 6 new manufacturers launched in Russia in 2014 despite the depressed context. Winner by far is Datsun, relaunched as Renault-Nissan’s low-cost brand (Dacia does not exist in Russia). While it had mixed results in India, Datsun hits the bull’s eye in Russia, securing 11,414 sales in just four months and placing its sole model the on-DO inside the December Top 10. Absolute success for the brand so far. The other newcomers are far below, led by ChangAn at #45 with 1,144 sales ahead of Acura (1,106), Brilliance (955), JAC (424) and Alfa Romeo making a discreet return in Russia with just 96 units sold this year.

ChangAn CS35 Russia 2014ChangAn is the most successful Chinese launch this year in Russia.

This brings the number of Chinese manufacturers present in Russia to 12, but despite a late return to form in December, it has been a tough year for China. Lifan leads the charge once again, up 3 spots on 2013 to #21 in spite of sales down 14% to 23,619 units. Geely (-31%) follows at #28 just above Chery (-9%) while Great Wall (-25%) is distanced at #32. FAW (-55%) at #44, BAW (-28%) at #47 and Haima (+152%) at #48 lodge minuscule sales figures.

Lada Granta Russia 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruLada Granta

In the models ranking, the Lada Granta remains the best-seller for the second year in a row, roughly following the market at -8% to 152,810 sales and 6.1% share despite the addition of a liftback variant. In a 45-year first, it was outsold by the Kia Rio in November, the first time a foreign model ranks #1 in Russia since the Lada brand was created in the late sixties. A sign of things to come? The Rio finishes the year at #3 like in 2013 with sales up 4% to 3.8% share, below the Hyundai Solaris up 1% to 4.6% share. With the Datsun on-DO being a cheaper rebadged Granta and new versions of the Solaris and Rio hitting Russian dealerships in 2015, the Granta might have a few reasons to fear for its pole position this year…

Renault Logan Russia 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruRenault Logan sales are up 19% in 2014 in Russia.

Below the Renault Duster at #4 again, the Lada Kalina (-3%) and Largus both improve their rankings to #5 and #6, while the Renault Logan takes full advantage of its new generation to slice its 2013 ranking in two to 7th place with sales up 19%. Notice also the Nissan Almera cracking the annual Top 10 for its first full year of sales, the Skoda Octavia up 158% to #15, the Hyundai ix35 up 8 spots to #16, Mitsubishi Outlander up 5 to #22 and the Mazda CX-5 up 12 to #25. Disaster stroke for the Ford Focus crumbling down 59% and 15 ranks to a paltry #23.

Previous post: Russia December 2014: Datsun on-DO breaks into Top 10

Previous year: Russia Full Year 2013: Lada Granta celebrates first year at #1

Two years ago: Russia Full Year 2012: Lada Priora #1, Granta 4,800 sales below

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Russia December 2014: Datsun on-DO breaks into Top 10

January 16th, 2015 No comments

Datsun on-DO Russia December 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe on-DO is the first Datsun to crack the Top 10 anywhere in the world.

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A flicker of hope: just as analysts predict the Russian new car market will be down 25% in 2015 (I disagree), new registrations are up year-on-year in December and for only the second time in the past 22 months at +2% to 270,653 deliveries. However 2014 ends on a harsh -10% drop to 2.49 million units. Let’s get straight to the big event of the month: the Datsun on-DO continues its incredible run, up 27% on November to 5,104 sales and #10, earning Datsun its very first monthly Top 10 since its relaunch as a low-cost brand early in 2014. This is great news for Datsun as its other main launch in India hasn’t been met with the expected success: the GO frankly disappointed there with a personal best of #22 in April. In Indonesia, the GO+ peaked at #11 in September and October while in South Africa the GO is up to #20 so far.

Chevrolet Niva Russia December 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruChevrolet Niva

Chevrolet Niva 2015 Concept Russia December 20142015 Chevrolet Niva Concept

After being toppled by the Kia Rio in a shock move that saw a foreign model crowned in the Russian monthly sales charts for the first time since 1969, the Lada Granta reclaims its due title in November with 13,405 sales (+4%) vs. 9,502 (+8%) for the Hyundai Solaris and 9,298 (+34%) for the Kia Rio. Just below the Renault Duster (-18%), excellent performance of the Chevrolet Niva up to #5 with 6,489 sales, simply its best monthly ranking since BSCB started following monthly Russian charts in 2010. This is potentially the consequence of both the scrappage scheme in place at the moment, making the Niva even cheaper than usual, and heavy discounting in the wake of the arrival of the new generation (pictured above) in 2015.

VW Jetta Russia December 2014VW Jetta

Below, the Lada 4×4 is up an incredible 98% on December 2013 to #13 (also the result of scrappage schemes), the Mitsubishi Outlander up 49% to #15, the VW Jetta up 144% to break into the Russian Top 20 for the first time at #19, the Mitsubishi ASX up to a best-ever #20, Mazda CX-5 up 49% to #24 and the Opel Mokka up 148% to #25, the nameplate’s third ever appearance inside the Russian Top 25.

Mazda CX-5 Russia December 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruMazda CX-5 – Mazda sales are up 61% year-on-year in December.

In the brands ranking, Lada is down a further 9% year-on-year to drop to 13% share, the brand’s lowest-ever level. Reversely, the next 6 best-selling manufacturers all gain ground: Kia is up 26% to #2, Nissan up 15% to #3, Renault up 2% to #4, Toyota up 19% to #5, Hyundai up 8% to #6 and Volkswagen up 2% to #7. Chevrolet tumbles down 28% in 8th position just above Mitsubishi lodging the largest YOY increase in the Top 10 at +51% to #9. Notice also Mazda up 61% to #13, Datsun passing Mercedes to #16 and now just below Skoda (!), Subaru up 59% to #24 and Infiniti (+69%) back above Lexus (+1).

Lifan Celliya Russia December 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruLifan Cellyia – Lifan breaks all its monthly Russian records in December.

Chinese manufacturers had taken a beating this year, but in December they seem to have flamboyantly recovered, potentially helped by the scrappage schemes making their low prices even lower. Lifan is up 21% year-on-year and 9 spots on November to #18 with 3,866 sales and 1.4% share, astoundingly hitting its best-ever ranking, volume and market share this month. Chery is up 39% and 10 ranks to #21, Geely up 5 spots on last month to #23 and Brilliance is up 129% on November to a best-ever #40 and 305 sales.

Previous month: Russia November 2014: Shock: Kia Rio first foreign model #1

One year ago: Russia December 2013: Lada Kalina #3 in market back in positive

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Kazakhstan November 2014: Kia Rio and Uz-Daewoo Nexia shine

January 6th, 2015 No comments

Uz-Daewoo Nexia Kazakhstan November 2014Uz-Daewoo Nexia

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With a little delay we now have access to November Kazakhstan data courtesy of www.akab.kz, and things are getting a turn for the worse here with sales down a harsh 19% year-on-year to 13,673 units, impacted by grey Russian imports as I described in last month’s article. The year-to-date total is now up just 0.3% at 150,561 deliveries and should fall into negative by the time Full Year 2014 results are through, whereas it was up a gigantic 71% a year ago. The Lada Priora keeps the lead despite a 38% drop followed by the Lada Granta (+5%) while the Kia Rio replicates its fantastic Russian performance in Kazakhstan by more than doubling its sales year-on-year to 790 units in third place. The Uz-Daewoo Nexia imported from neighbouring Uzbekistan is back in business and lodges a second consecutive month inside the Top 5 vs. #10 year-to-date, the VW Polo is up 99%, the Lada Kalina up 93% and the Chevrolet Cobalt smoothes out somewhat but still shines at #15.

Previous month: Kazakhstan October 2014: Grey Russian imports trigger 13% loss

One year ago: Kazakhstan November 2013: Skoda Rapid in Top 10

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Russia November 2014: Shock: Kia Rio first foreign model #1

December 9th, 2014 No comments

Kia Rio Russia November 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Kia Rio is the first foreign model in at least 45 years to top Russian sales.

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This month the Russian new car market experiences an earth-shattering event – something that has never happened since the creation of Lada, originally VAZ (Volzhsky Avtomobilny Zavod), in 1966. The local brand’s first model, the Lada 2101, debuted production in 1970 and was a localised version of the Fiat 124 adapted to treacherous Russian conditions. By 1973, 660.000 annual units were produced annually and by the end of the model line’s run in 2012, 17 million would have been made. In the past 45 years, it has been unconceivable that a Lada would not top the Russian sales charts. Even a shaky transition between the 2104/7 and Granta over 5 years (2008-2013) did not dent Lada’s invincibility at home. The closest a foreigner had been to the top spot was in December 2011 when the Hyundai Solaris came 744 units short of the #1 ranking. Almost 45 years of continuous Lada domination have come to an abrupt end this month: the Kia Rio is up 54% year-on-year in a market down 1% to hit 10,834 sales and 4.7% share. It snaps the Russian crown away from the Lada Granta, down to #2 with 10,520 units and 4.6% while the Hyundai Solaris is very close behind at 10,134 sales and 4.4%.

Lada 2101 Bulgaria 1980Every month since 1970 and the Lada 2101, a Lada has been #1 in Russia. Up until today.

This is the first time the Rio sells above 10,000 units in a single month in Russia (previous best: 9,045 last April), making it only the second foreigner to cross that milestone with the Hyundai Solaris. This is not a freak event but the culmination of years of constant progression in the shadow of the Solaris. My Trans-Siberian trip last year brought to light the exceptional regularity of both the Solaris and the Rio in every corner of the country, from Tatarstan to far-East Siberia and Lake Baïkal. This success was built on word-of-mouth from the bottom up, from the rural regions to the bigger towns, and is the result of meticulous dealer network expansion across the largest country in the world by both Korean manufacturers. On the other hand, we are dealing with a 14% YOY decline for the Lada Granta, steeper than its YTD evolution (-9%). This could be due to some cannibalisation from the astoundingly successful Datsun on-DO, a low(er)-cost rebadge of the Granta manufactured at the same Togliatti plant. More on the on-DO below.

Hyundai Solaris Russia November 2014The freshly facelifted Hyundai Solaris could be the next foreigner to reach #1 in Russia…

The current period is also rather unusual in Russia as new car sales are heavily boosted by government scrappage subsidies to try and curb the sales down spiral triggered by Ukraine-related economic sanctions. On top of it, consumers are rushing to get ahead of widely anticipated new year price increases. Until now however, the scrappage subsidies had benefited Lada, but this month the Russian manufacturer is down 17% while Kia is up 19%, Renault up 8%, Hyundai up 4% and Toyota up 32%. All-in-all, Russian new car sales are down just 1% year-on-year to 229,439 registrations in November, the smallest decline since last March, yet the year-to-date total is still down a depressing 12% to 2,220,751 units.

Datsun on-DO Russia November 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruCould the Datsun on-DO be cannibalising the Lada Granta already?

The second big event in the Russian models sales charts this month and very much connected to the first one is the striking success of the Datsun on-DO. It shoots up from outside the October Top 25 directly to #11 in November with 4,011 sales and 1.7% share, only 87 units off its first Top 10 ranking in Russia. No doubt the on-DO has eroded the November sales figure of the Lada Granta as it is a cheaper rebadge of the market leader, and as such played a role in its demise from pole position. If last month the on-DO outsold both the Opel Astra and the Ford Focus, this time it overtakes such Russian blockbusters as the Lada Priora, #1 in the country in 2009 and 2012 and the legendary Lada 4×4 (aka Niva). That’s how fast the on-DO is making its way up the sales ladder and across Russian roads. It single-handedly brings Datsun to #17 brand in-between Mercedes and BMW and way above SsangYong, Suzuki, Honda or Subaru. Most importantly, the on-DO annihilates all Chinese brands, selling more than double any of them (Lifan -21%, Geely -27%, Great Wall -18%). Russia is now competing with Indonesia for the title of first country in the world where the newly relaunched low-cost Datsun places a model inside the Top 10: both the on-DO in Russia and the Go+ in Indonesia now have personal bests set at #11…

Toyota RAV4 Russia November 2014The Toyota RAV4 reaches its highest ever ranking in Russia this month.

In other news, the Renault Logan is up by a fantastic 77% on November 2013 thanks to the new model to rank #4 overall for the 2nd time this year after August, and with the Duster at #5, Renault places two models inside the Russian Top 5 this month, something local behemoth Lada did not manage… The Toyota RAV4 is up 50% YOY to climb up to #7, simply and by far the nameplate’s best-ever ranking in Russia (previous best: #10 in April 2013), the Nissan X-Trail is up 13% to #15, the Hyundai ix35 up 48% to #19, the VW Tiguan up 44% to #22. For 4 compact SUVs doing well we have 3 compact sedans really struggling in Russia at the moment: the Ford Focus (-62%), Chevrolet Cruze (-46% YTD) and Toyota Corolla (-39%). On the brands side, note the exceptional performances of Lexus (+65%), Porsche (+55%), Subaru (+35%), Jeep (+33%) and Mazda (+24%) and the nightmarish ones of Daewoo (-66%), Mini (-32%) and Ford (-26%).

Previous month: Russia October 2014: Datsun on-DO above Opel Astra and Ford Focus

One year ago: Russia November 2013: Renault Duster on podium for the first time

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Serbia October 2014: Lada Niva inside Top 5 best-sellers

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

Lada Niva Serbia October 2014Lada Niva

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According to Central European market data specialists www.ceauto.co.hu, 1,524 new cars found a buyer in Serbia in October, bringing the year-to-date total to 17,129 deliveries. The Skoda Fabia is toppled off its throne by its larger stablemate the Octavia, leader in Serbia this month with 5.3% share but still #3 YTD. The Fiat 500L, produced locally, remains #2 both in October and YTD while the Fabia is down to #3 but holds onto the YTD crown, the only nameplate selling over 1,000 units so far this year in the country. Below the Fiat Ducato still strong at #4, the Lada Niva tells everyone it’s not dead yet by ranking at an impressive #5 with 3.1% share, making Serbia one of the last countries in the world along with Russia where the 37-year old design is still enjoying relative success…

Previous month: Serbia September 2014: Locally-produced Fiat 500L back up to #2

Previous year: Serbia Full Year 2013: Locally produced Fiat 500L grabs top spot

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Kazakhstan October 2014: Grey Russian imports trigger 13% loss

December 1st, 2014 No comments

Chevrolet Cobalt Kazakhstan October 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruChevrolet Cobalt

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It is now official: the Kazakh new car market has gone from being one of the fastest-growing in the world in 2013 to full-on crisis now at -13% year-on-year in October to 14,825 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 133,888 deliveries, up just 0.5% on 2013. The reason? Russia. The depreciation of the Russian Ruble and an open borders policy in place since July this year have made grey Russian imports very profitable, resulting in a total of 190,000 new cars imported from Russia into Kazakhstan so far this year. Add to this 50,000 imports from other countries and a local production of 30,000 and you obtain 270,000 deliveries, double the official figures. Therefore local organisation AKAB estimates half of the Kazakh new car market is now ‘grey’, saying “Authorised dealers have lost the battle with the grey market”.

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Brand-wise, Lada remains on top by far with 27.9% of the official market in October, above Kia (10.2%), Toyota (9%), Hyundai (8.9%) and UZ-Daewoo (8.7%) while Chevrolet loses ground at 6.2% vs. 7.4% YTD. Notice Chinese manufacturers FAW (#16), Geely (#17) and MG (#30) making a discreet appearance in the ranking. The Lada Priora is the most popular nameplate in the country once again with a particularly strong 12.3% market share this month, followed by the Lada Granta, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio. The Daewoo Nexia is down 41% YOY but back inside the Kazakh Top 5 for the first time since November 2013. The Toyota Camry is up 53% to #8, the Skoda Rapid up 57% to #11, the Chevrolet Cobalt is up a further two spots on September to a best-ever #12 and the Nissan Almera Classic ranks #14.

Previous month: Kazakhstan September 2014: Chevrolet Cobalt in progress

One year ago: Kazakhstan October 2013: Renault Duster in Top 10

Full October 2014 Top 25 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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