Posts Tagged ‘Lada’

Russia May 2014: Lada Largus smashes records, new Renault Logan and Nissan Qashqai in Top10

June 10th, 2014 1 comment

Renault Logan Russia May 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruRenault Logan

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New car sales in Russia accentuate their fall in May at -12% year-on-year to 201,487 registrations, now bringing the year-to-date total to 1,030,533 units, down 6% on 2013. The Lada Granta stays atop the models ranking and behaves like the market at -11% to 12,947 sales and 6.4% share. Only issue is the entire Top 10 bar one car (the VW Polo at -12%) does better… The Hyundai Solaris continues to lodge very robust scores month after month at 9,791 units and 4.9% (-7%) while the Kia Rio keeps on improving in third position with 8,513 sales and 4.2% (+7%). Quantum leap for the Lada Largus up to a best-ever 4th place with a record 7,448 sales and 3.7%, up 41% on May 2013 and smashing its previous bests of #6 (October 2013), 5,889 units and 2.6% share (both in April 2014).

Lada Largus Russia May 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruLada Largus

The Renault Duster rounds up the Top 5 once again, passing the Lada Kalina (-1%), and remains #4 year-to-date. Boosted by the new generation finally spreading in Renault dealerships across the country, the Logan is up 4 spots on April to #8 with 5,130 sales, its best ranking in Russia since January 2013, the Nissan Almera lodges another very impressive month at #9 and 4,456 units and the Nissan Qashqai reappears inside the Russian Top 10 for only the third time ever after November and December 2013, potentially due to the previous generation in runout mode and the new gen landing.

Nissan Qashqai Russia May 2014Nissan Qashqai

Brand-wise, for once Lada loses less ground than the market at -10%, improving its market share to 16.9% vs. 15.8% year-to-date. Kia remains in second place with 8.4% of the Russian market (-2%) ahead of Renault (-12%), Hyundai (-3%) and Toyota (-4%). Nissan is up 22% to #6, Mercedes up 16% to #13, Mazda up 20% to #15, Lexus up 33% to #23, Volvo up 10% to #25 and Jeep up 67% to #34. Reversely, Ford is at -56%, Geely at -42%, Honda at -41%, Citroen at -40%, Peugeot at -37%, Suzuki at -36%, Ssangyong at -33%, Chevrolet at -31%, Lifan at -30% and Opel at -29%.

Previous post: Russia: Market could drop by 20% in 2014

Previous month: Russia April 2014: Nissan Almera breaks records again

One year ago:  Russia May 2013: Lada Largus into Top 10 in market down 12%

Full May 2014 Top 25 models and Top 60 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Bulgaria: 1980-2013 Historical info now available!

June 10th, 2014 No comments

Lada 2101 Bulgaria 1980Lada 2101

Historical Data covering the past 9 years is now available for Bulgaria on BestSellingCarsBlog. If you have any official data before 2005 for this country and for 2006 and 2009 please make sure you get in touch!

In addition to this, thanks to Alek I can also share with you information on the most popular models in the country in the eighties. The predominant cars there in the early eighties were clearly Ladas, with the 2101 most popular followed by the 2102, -03, -04, -05 and -06. At the time Ladas were considered a luxury while locally produced Moskvitches were lower end. A notch below were the Skoda 105 and 120 L and only just a few West European cars like the BMW 2000, Opel Rekord, Fiat 131 and a Ford Taunus. After 1989 everything changed as the market was deregulated and allowed many more imports.

You can find the links to all the Bulgarian annual articles below.

Bulgaria 2005: Skoda Fabia edges out Clio & 307

Bulgaria 2007: Dacia Logan ahead

Bulgaria 2008: Dacia Logan strong leader

Bulgaria 2010/2011: Ford Fiesta best-seller

Bulgaria 2012: Last year at #1 for the Dacia Logan MCV?

Bulgaria 2013: Dacia Dokker surprise leader

Bulgaria 2013: Now onto real sales data… (EXCLUSIVE)

Categories: Bulgaria

Ukraine: 1970-2013 Historical Info now available

June 1st, 2014 No comments

1966 ZAZ 966

Historical info spanning the past five decades is now available for Ukraine on BSCB! For the 1970-1991 period, the data is for USSR which Lithuania belonged to then, and Lada models reigned supreme. Between 1992 and 2005 I do not have any models information at all about the Ukrainian new car market so if you do, please ensure you get in touch! From 2006 onwards, data starts to trickle down to become full-blown all-models data from 2011 on. In the past 8 years, local carmaker ZAZ which now assembles Daewoos and Cherys in the country has monopolised the Top spot 7 times: the Lanos was #1 for 6 consecutive years from 2006 to 2011 and the Sens (a Lanos twin) took the highest honours in 2013. The Skoda Octavia is the only import to have managed to top the sales charts: in 2012.

USSR 1970-1979: Lada 2101-3 conquers the Soviet roads

USSR 1980-1986: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 likely leaders

USSR 1987: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 fight it off

USSR 1988: Lada 2106 leads, Samara on podium

USSR 1989-1991: VAZ (Lada) and Izh most popular brands

Ukraine 2002: Lada holds 47% share in market up 50%

Ukraine 2006-2007: ZAZ Lanos new leader

Ukraine 2008: ZAZ Lanos and Chevrolet Aveo best-sellers

Ukraine 2009: ZAZ Lanos in the lead

Ukraine 2010: ZAZ Lanos best-seller

Ukraine 2011: ZAZ Lanos leader, two Ladas on podium

Ukraine 2012: Skoda Octavia and Kia Rio shine

Ukraine 2013: ZAZ Sens new leader, Geely CK up to #3

Categories: Ukraine

Russia: Market could drop by 20% in 2014

May 26th, 2014 No comments

1 Lada GrantaLada Granta in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia – September 2013

After reaching record levels in 2012, the Russian car market dropped by 5% in 2013. It seemed to have stopped its fall over the first Quarter of 2014 but April sales showed an 8% decline, potentially handicapped by the economic sanctions imposed on the country as a result of the Crimean crisis. However things could get much worse for Russian new car sales this year, with a 20% drop over the Full Year 2014 now mentioned by two separate entities. This would actually mean a 27% drop over the rest of the year…

First to cite the -20% figure, LMC Automotive is now joined by AvtoVAZ (aka Lada) CEO Bo Andersson. According to Automotive News, Andersson said in an interview at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum that the next two years will be “tough” for the Russian market. Interestingly, Andersson said he expects AvtoVAZ’s sales to fall less than the industry, by 10 to 15%, allowing the carmaker, which is controlled by Renault-Nissan, to increase market share to 20% in 2016 from 17% now. For now though, AvtoVAZ is down 15% in a market down 4% year-to-date…

But most interestingly of all, Andersson gives ‘slower economic growth’ as the reason for the 20% decline, saying the sanctions imposed on companies, officials and businessmen close to President Vladimir Putin by the United States and the European Union after Russia’s annexation of Crimea haven’t contributed to the downturn so far…

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Kazakhstan April 2014: UZ-Daewoo Gentra lands in 6th place

May 21st, 2014 No comments

Daewoo Gentra Kazakhstan April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruUZ-Daewoo Gentra

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The Kazakh new car market is used to year-on-year gains a lot more aggressive than the 4% delivered in April at 13,961 registrations. Is this the end of explosive growth for this market? Too early to tell, especially given the year-to-date total is still up a brilliant 19% on 2013 at 48,833 units. The Lada Priora continues to reign supreme thanks to 1,340 sales and 9.6% share, followed like in the year-to-date ranking by the Lada Granta at 7.3% and the Hyundai Accent at 6.1%. The Kia Rio is up 119% to remain in 4th place and should soon pass the GAZ Gazelle (-12% this month) to also claim the #4 spot in 2014, and the Lada Largus breaks into the Kazakh Top 5 for the very first time thanks to sales up 227% on April 2013.

Lada Largus Kazakhstan April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruFirst Top 5 ranking for the Lada Largus in Kazakhstan and worldwide.

But the big event this month is the thunderous arrival of the UZ-Daewoo Gentra at a formidable 6th place with 520 sales and 3.7% share. The Uzbekistan subsidiary of General Motors had been placing the Nexia on the Kazakh podium for years up until 2013 but it only ranks #17 so far in 2014, so it seems the Gentra is destined to replace the Nexia atop the Kazakh sales charts. The UZ-Daewoo Gentra is in fact a 2007 Chevrolet Optra Advance, itself a slightly disguised 2003 Optra. As such, UZ-Daewoo can offer it for a very competitive price, so much so that the Gentra is one of the cheapest new cars on sale in neighbouring Russia: cheaper than a Citroen C1 or Kia Picanto and competing with Chinese entries FAW V5, V2 and Lifan Solano…

Previous month: Kazakhstan March 2014: Kia Rio and Nissan Qashqai in Top 5

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

Full April 2014 Top 25 models Ranking Table below.

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Russia April 2014: Nissan Almera breaks records again

May 14th, 2014 1 comment

Nissan Almera Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruNissan Almera

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After seeming to plateau in March at just -0.4%, Russian new car sales are back in hell in April, potentially handicapped by the economic sanctions imposed on the country: down 8% year-on-year to 226,526 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 829,046 units, down 4% on 2013. The Top 7 best-selling models are unchanged on last month, led by the Lada Granta (-13%), Hyundai Solaris (-7%) and Kia Rio (+7%), but the best performer in April is the recently-launched Nissan Almera: up to #8 with 5,798 sales and 2.6% share which are its best-ever ranking (also reached last February), monthly volume and market share. Notice also the Toyota RAV4 up 7 spots on March to #11 and the Nissan Juke up 71% year-on-year to #19, earning it a spot in the 2014 Top 25 at #23.

Acura MDX Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruAcura MDX

In the brands ranking, at #1 Lada is down 16% but with 16.3% share it is almost one percentage point above its year-to-date level (15.5%) and in any case still sells more than double any other brand on the market. Kia is down 3% to #2, Renault down 9% at #3, Hyundai stable at #4, Toyota down 1% to #5, Chevrolet down a harsh 17% to #6 and Nissan up 43% to #7. Notice also Mazda up 91%, Lexus up 22%, Infiniti up 82% and Jeep up 84%.

Brilliance V5 Chery Tiggo Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruBrilliance launches in Russia this month with the V5 SUV…

JAC S5 Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of…while JAC arrives with the J5 sedan and S5 SUV (above).

A very rare feat, after ChangAn and Alfa Romeo in March, there are 3 additional new carmakers in the Russian ranking this month: Acura lands at #45 with 112 sales, Brilliance ranks #47 at 75 units and JAC is #49 with 58 sales, the latter two bringing to 11 the number of Chinese brands on sale in Russia. They are led this month by Lifan (#20), Chery (#28), Geely (#30), Great Wall (#31) and FAW (#39). Interestingly, all new Chinese entrants are rightfully launching a new small SUV in Russia: the ChangAn CS35, Brilliance V5 and JAC S5.

Previous month: Russia March 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Russia April 2013: Toyota RAV4 in Top 10

Full April 2014 Top 25 models and Top 58 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Kazakhstan March 2014: Kia Rio and Nissan Qashqai in Top 5

April 28th, 2014 3 comments

Kia Rio Kazakhstan March 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruKia Rio

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The Kazakh new car market is back to explosive growth in March at +34% year-on-year to 12,647 registrations, bringing the First Quarter total to a record 34,474 units, up 25% on 2013. The models ranking is back to a little bit of normalcy with the Lada Priora reclaiming the top spot it also holds year-to-date thanks to 1,215 sales and 9.6% share adding up to 3,305 units so far in 2014. However the Hyundai Accent is catching up at a mammoth +149% to rank #2 at 985 units and 7.8% vs. 6.4% year-to-date… Korean carmakers are in great shape this month: the Kia Rio up to a fantastic #4 spot with sales up 277% and the Kia Sportage up a huge 577% to stop just short off a Top 10 spot at #11. In runout mode before the arrival of the new generation, the Nissan Qashqai is up 202% to #5 whereas the Lada Largus gains one further spot to a best-ever #6.

Geely SC7 Kazakhstan March 2014The Geely (Shanghai Englon) SC7 in neighbouring Urumqi – China

Finally from this month onwards Kazakh stats include Chinese carmaker Geely, met with a lot of interest here: the SC7 is the first Chinese model to break into the local Top 25 at #21 this month with 144 sales and 1.1% share. This is actually rather logical given the success of the SC7 in Xinjiang, the Chinese province bordering Kazakhstan, and particularly in Urumqi where I was a couple of days ago.

Previous month: Kazakhstan February 2014: Complete change of guard atop the ranking!

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

Full March 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Kazakhstan

Strategy: How the Chinese are setting themselves up for success (Part 3: Eastern Europe)

April 19th, 2014 3 comments

Vortex Tingo Russia 2012TagAz has been manufacturing the Chery Tiggo in Russia – rebranded Vortex Tingo.

* This is Part 3 of 5 in my series on Chinese carmakers abroad. See also Part 1 (Africa)Part 2 (Latin America)Part 4 (Asia) and Part 5 (Mature markets) *

As illustrated in Africa and Latin America, Chinese manufacturers have been working extra-hard under the radar to secure less developed markets that will form the bulk of global car sales growth over the next couple of decades. Their approach to Eastern Europe is very similar. There are currently three Chinese assembling hubs in the region – in Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria – acting as a very convenient springboard for further expansion throughout the continent, including all the ex-USSR nations and potentially Western Europe in the longer-term.

Police Lifan Solano in Moscow, Russia

Even though their market share is limited to just under 4% for now, Russia is currently the overseas country delivering the largest volume for Chinese manufacturers, and even become the first overseas country to buy more than 100,000 Chinese passenger cars annually with 102,389 sales in 2013. That’s up a whopping 23% on 2012 in a market down 5%. Import tariffs are too high to allow sizeable direct imports from China, so the 4 main Chinese carmakers present here have already all invested very significantly to assemble locally and as a result are registering extremely strong growth rates in 2013: Lifan is up 34% to #24, Geely up 55% to #25, Great Wall up 39% to #28 while Chery is slower at +4% and #29.

Chery Amulet Russia 2007The Chery Amulet was one of the first successful Chinese models in the region.

Chery has the longest (and most troubled) history in Russia: the Chery Amulet ranked within the monthly Top 20 as early as 2007 but the brand saw sales plummet on the back of poor quality perception, to which Chery responded by rebranding their cars Vortex. Since last year though, the Chery brand is back in Russia with encouraging success. Model-wise, the Great Wall Hover is the best-selling Chinese vehicle in Russia in 2013, up 37% to #41, followed by the Lifan X60 (#42), Geely Emgrand (#46), Geely MK/MK Cross (#54), Lifan Solano (#67) and Chery Tiggo (#93).

Geely CK Ukraine March 2012The Geely CK has managed to top the Ukrainian models ranking 3 times already.

Although Russia does not qualify as a “less developed” market, its structure heavily weighted towards low-cost models like the Lada range and Renault-branded Dacias make it one of the biggest opportunities for Chinese manufacturers worldwide. However in Eastern Europe too, it’s in the developing car markets that we see the Chinese grab their highest market share. Ukraine is the only market in the world with regular available sales data outside China to have repeatedly crowned a Chinese model in the monthly rankings. The Geely CK ranked #1 there in July 2012, December 2012 and January 2013 and finished 2013 in third position.

Geely SC7 Belarus 2013The Geely SC7 will be assembled in Belarus later in 2013

But the CK is not a one trick pony: Geely was simply the most popular brand in Ukraine in January 2014 with 12.7% market share above Toyota (11.4%)! The Geely Emgrand EC7 peaked at #2 in September 2013, the MK-2/Cross was #15 in March 2013 and the MK was #19 last September 2012. All in all Chinese carmakers currently command around 10% of the Ukrainian car market.

ZAZ Forza Ukraine 2013Chery sells the Fulwin 2 as the ZAZ Forza in Ukraine

Other Chinese actors in Ukraine include Chery, 25th brand in 2013, BYD up 144% to #27 Great Wall at #32 and MG at #34, placing the MG 350 at #77 in April 2013. Another example of Chinese manufacturers immersing themselves in the local culture, Chery manufactures at the local ZAZ plant from CKD kits and sells the Chery Fulwin 2 as the ZAZ Forza which ranked among the Ukrainian Top 10 from May to August 2012.

Great Wall Voleex C10 Bulgaria June 2012bBulgarian police has already adopted the Great Wall Voleex C10

Another milestone event for Chinese manufacturers in Eastern Europe was the opening of the Great Wall factory in Lovech, Bulgaria, in February 2012. This is the very first automotive plant set up in Bulgaria and as a result Great Wall has played the ‘made in Bulgaria’ card to the fullest since, with great results: it was #10 brand in the country over the first 6 months of 2012 and quickly went up to #2 overall with 10.5% share below just Volkswagen in October and December 2012, placing the Steed pick-up in pole position that same month, the Voleex C10 at #2 in April 2013 and the Hover at #6 in December 2012. 2013 was a little more discreet however for Great Wall in Bulgaria as a whole.

Great Wall’s Bulgarian hub is planned as the focal point for their expansion throughout Europe, and Bulgarian exports have already started to trickle down in sales stats for countries like Macedonia where in December 2012 Great Wall was the #10 brand with 4.7% share and the Voleex C10 was #5 model at 3% share. This expansion will likely reach more neighbouring markets in the near future, once again the less mature ones like Serbia (where Chery ranked #25 in 2012), Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro and potentially Albania and Moldova.

A fourth Chinese assembly hub in the region kick started in 2013 in Belarus, where Geely has set up a joint venture with Belarusian company BelDzhi and is has launched the locally assembled SC7, ranking 19th overall in 2013 with 1.2% of the market and pushing Geely up to #18 brand with 1.5% share for its first year in market. The assembly facilities, located in Zhodino and Borisov, are scheduled to produce 60,000 cars/year for the first three years, with capacity potentially doubling in 2017. From that 4th hub, exports towards Russia and Kazakhstan are on the cards.

Launching from their 4 hubs in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Belarus, Chinese carmakers are getting ready to expand further in Eastern and Western Europe in the very near future. Russia will remain by far their biggest opportunity in the region with local assembly plants already in place and ready to gear up to surf on the growing demand for affordable cars in that market.

Stay tuned for Part 4 of this series: Asia!

Russia March 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander breaks into Top 10

April 9th, 2014 1 comment

Mitsubishi Outlander Russia March 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Mitsubishi Outlander is now among Russia’s Top 10 most popular vehicles.

* See the Top 25 best-selling models and Top 57 All-brands by clicking on the title! *

Has the Russian new car market finally reached a plateau? In March, after losing ground for 11 of the last 12 months, new car sales are down just 0.4% year-on-year to 243,335 registrations. This brings the First Quarter total to 602,523 units, down 2% on 2013. In the models ranking, the Lada Granta remains the most popular by far but continues to evolve a notch lower than last year at -10% and 12,958 sales. The Hyundai Solaris is up 2% but for the first time threatened by the Kia Rio which smashes its volume and market share records this month at 9,728 sales and 4% share (previous bests: 8,632 and 3.5% last September).

Kia Rio Russia March 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Kia Rio breaks its volume and share records in Russia this month.

The Lada Kalina continues to creep back up now that the new generation is established, up 21% this month at #4 and passing the Renault Duster. But the hero of the month is without a doubt the Mitsubishi Outlander: it breaks into the Russian Top 10 for the first time in the nameplate’s history, shooting up to 9th place thanks to 4,584 sales and 1.9%, up 78% year-on-year and now #20 year-to-date (+42%). Not far below is the new generation Skoda Octavia, up 8 spots on February to a best-ever 11th place at a record 3,951 units. Finally, notice the Nissan Almera down 6 ranks to #14 and the Toyota Corolla up 44% on March 2013.

ChangAn CS35 Russia March 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruChangAn has now made its entrance in the Russian market with the CS35.

In the brands ranking, Lada slows down its fall at -8% to 15.2% share, while Kia (+7%) is up 3 ranks on February to grab the 2nd spot, passing Nissan (+26%), Renault (-8%) and Hyundai (+3%). Reversely, Ford loses 33%, penalised by the Focus (-61%). For once, Chinese carmakers have mixed fortunes this month: if Chery (+21%) and Geely (+4%) continue to progress, Lifan (-4%) and Great Wall (-17%) don’t. Rare event, we welcome two new entrants in the ranking this month: ChangAn lands at #43 with 145 sales (the CS35 SUV) and… Alfa Romeo reappears at #56 with 3 units sold.

Previous month: Russia February 2014: Renault Duster and Nissan Almera impress

One year ago: Russia March 2013: Market down for the first time in 3 years

Full March 2014 Top 25 models and Top 57 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Russia

Kazakhstan February 2014: Complete change of guard atop the ranking!

March 25th, 2014 No comments

GAZ Gazelle Next Kazakhstan February 2014The GAZ Gazelle tops the Kazakh models ranking this month.

* See the Top 30 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Thanks Irina *

Building on a record year in 2013, the Kazakh new car market is up a further 22% in February to 10,863 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 21,436 units, up 17% on 2013. Traditionally relatively stables, the Kazakh models ranking sees a complete change of guard this month, with the entire podium occupied by models that all ranked outside of it in 2013. The GAZ Gazelle brilliantly takes the lead of the sales charts thanks sales up a huge 161% year-on-year to 1,037 for a 9.5% market share vs. #7 and 3.6% over the Full Year 2013! The Lada Granta is up 48% to #2 with 903 units and 8.3% and the Hyundai Accent rounds up the podium at 892 sales and 8.2%, up 118% year-on-year.

Lada Granta Kazakhstan February 2014The Granta is Lada’s best-seller in Kazakhstan this month.

Leader in 2013, the Lada Priora is down 47% to #4 and 6.8% this month but remains on top year-to-date thanks to a strong month of January. Likewise, the Lada Samara is down 4% to #5 while the Renault Duster is up a mammoth 174% to a shiny 6th position with 331 sales and 3% share. Other great performers in Kazakhstan this month include the Lada Largus up to #7, the Nissan Qashqai up 57% to #9, the Toyota Corolla up a gargantuan 533% to #10 thanks to the new generation, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado up 71% to #14, Chevrolet Aveo up 169% to #15, Lada Kalina up 670% to #18, Mitsubishi Outlander up 112% to #16, Renault Sandero up 167% to #17, the Chevrolet Tracker landing at #18, Renault Logan up 325% to #19 and the Toyota RAV4 up 1275% to #28.

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

Full February 2014 Top 30 models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Kazakhstan