Bosnia & Herzegovina January 2016: Skoda Octavia & Seat Leon tops

Seat Leon Bosnia January 2016The Seat Leon ranks #2 in Bosnia & Herzegovina this month. 

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According to data published by Central European market data specialists CE Auto, after losing 26% a year ago in January the Bosnian new car market rebounds back this month: up 28% to 511 registrations. Leader in 2015, the Skoda Octavia keeps its title in January thanks to 41 units for a 8% market share, followed by the Seat Leon impressive at 6.5% and the Renault Clio at 4.9%. Notice also the Dacia Duster at #6, the Hyundai Tucson at #7, Lada Niva at #8 and Skoda Citigo at #10.

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Russia January 2016: Market down 29%, Lada Vesta in Top 10

Lada Vesta Russia January 2016The Lada Vesta surges to 9th place overall in Russia this month. 

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The new car market crisis is deepening in Russia, with January down a further 29% year-on-year to just 81.849 registrations, the first time in six years Russian new car sales fall below 100.000 monthly units. In fact, it is only the third time in the past decade that the market sinks to five-digit figures, along with January 2010 (74.086 units) and February 2010 (91.922). Thanks to the gearing up of the Vesta adding 1.643 units to the mix (#9), local manufacturer Lada fares better than its home market, limiting its fall to -11% at 15.577 deliveries and 19% share: way above its 2015 level of 16.8%. Kia gains share at 11.1% thanks to sales down “just” 20% as does Toyota at 7.4% (-15%) but Hyundai (-37%), Renault (-43%) and Nissan (-51%) implode.

Porsche Macan Russia January 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruCrisis? What crisis? Porsche sales are up 60% in Russia this month.

It’s not all bad news though, especially for luxury brands as the weak ruble has made top-end models less expensive in Russia and even more attractive to wealthy Russians: Porsche is up 60%, Lexus up 57% and Mercedes 1%. The Chinese are also back in force with Lifan up a spectacular 63% to 1.5% share vs. 0.9% in 2015, Geely up 23% and Chery up 1%. Notice also GAZ up 1% while Ford and Suzuki both see their volumes surge by a stunning 25% year-on-year. At the other end of the scale, Chevrolet is down 61%, Jeep down 63%, Datsun down 66%, Ssangyong down 79% and Volvo down 94%. Great Wall and JAC did not sell a single car in Russia this month and if Opel also didn’t, that’s because the brand was discontinued in the country.

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Russia January 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Toyota Land Cruiser 200 is up 265% on January 2015.

Small volumes send the models ranking into a spin. The podium remains unchanged on FY 2015, but for once the Lada Granta (-5%) is a lot stronger than the Hyundai Solaris (-32%) and Kia Rio (-31%) despite the focus on the Vesta arrival. The Toyota RAV4 gains a sparkly 38% to land in 4th place, the nameplate’s best-ever Russian ranking. Same story for the Kia Sportage up 56% to a record 6th position, both models outselling the segment’s traditional leader the Renault Duster, still gaining share thanks to sales down 13% only. The Lada Largus is up 9% to #8, the Skoda Rapid (-20%) leaps to #11, the Kia Cee’d (-8%) is up to #15 and the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 takes full advantage of its facelift with sales up 4-fold year-on-year to #21 and 1.014 deliveries.

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Latvia Full Year 2015: Nissan Qashqai and VW Passat outpace Skoda Yeti

Nissan Qashqai Latvia August 2015The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling vehicle in Latvia in 2015.

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Very dynamic new car sales in Latvia: up 7% year-on-year to 16.114 registrations, with Volkswagen (16%) and Toyota (11.4%) still in command but with slightly lower market shares than a year ago. Nissan surges 58% to land in third position, overcoming Skoda (-7%) and Peugeot (-41%) while Ford (+78%) and Fiat (+84%) deliver even more impressive results at #5 and #7 respectively. Lada is reborn from its ashes, going from just 11 sales in 2014 to 334 (#15) this year, 331 of which are the Lada 4×4 aka Niva (#10). The Russian market, in deep crisis, is now looking for any outlet to sell its cars and Lada in Latvia is the perfect example of this trend. As it is also the case in neighbouring Estonia, the Nissan Qashqai surges 62% to snap the pole position off the Skoda Yeti (-22%) while the VW Passat is up 57% to #2. Notice also the Fiat 500 up 89% to #7, the Ford Focus up 60% to #8 and the VW Tiguan up 59% to #14. The Nissan Pulsar spends its first full year in the Latvian market inside the Top 20.

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Azerbaijan Full Year 2015: Lada Priora #1 in market down 58%

Lada Priora Azerbaijan 2015The Lada Priora should be the #1 vehicle in Azerbaijan in 2015.

This update was created by our correspondent in Azerbaijan Farid Nurizade.

New car sales are down by a very harsh 58% in Azerbaijan in 2015 to just 10.500 units from 25.175 a year ago, after dropping by as much as 82% both in July and August. Similarly to the Russian situation, the drop in oil prices led to economic difficulties in Azerbaijan in 2015. The devaluation of national currency, manat, in February and in December led to inflation that translated into a rise in car prices that was detrimental to consumer demand. Used car import and registration policies applied by government have also transformed the Azerbaijani automotive market this year, with applied limitations for production years of used car imports, as well as stricter environmental and safety requirements for both used and new cars.

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Lada is expected to be the most popular car brand in Azerbaijan in 2015 after losing the pole position a decade ago. The Priora and 4×4 (aka Niva) are the brand’s most popular models, with the Lada Priora expected to be the most popular model this year overall in Azerbaijan. The next best-selling carmakers are expected to be Hyundai, Toyota, Kia and Nissan in this order. French manufacturer Renault sold 224 cars vs 450 in 2014 (-50%) but gained market share at 2.1 % vs 1.8 % a year ago, with its most popular models being the Logan and Dokker.

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Kazakhstan Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent ends Lada Priora reign

Hyundai Accent Kazakhstan 2015. Picture courtesy kcdn.kzThe Hyundai Accent is the best-selling model in Kazakhstan in 2015. 

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The economic recession in neighbouring Russia has triggered a massive influx of grey near-new imports into Kazakhstan and the crumbling apart of the local new car market, down 40% in 2015 to just 97.399 units. Adding an estimated 60.000 grey imports shows a relatively stable market otherwise. Lada remains by far the market leader over the full year at 25.2% and despite sales down 46%, but fell well below 20% towards the end of the year when it was under intense pressure from UZ-Daewoo and Renault. Keeping the pole position in 2016 may prove much harder than expected for Lada.

Lada Granta Kazakhstan 2015. Picture courtesy motorpage.ruThe Granta becomes the best-selling Lada in Kazakhstan this year.

Hyundai (-21%) improves its market share by 3 percentage points over a year ago to 11.5% in 2nd place, overtaking sister brand Kia (-47%) at 9.6%. Renault is up 4% and goes from 5% in 2014 to 8.7% of the market in 2015, landing in 4th position. Notice also Volkswagen up 11%, Geely down just 11% to improve to #12 and 2% share, Ford up 8%, MG up 21%, Audi up 23% and Mazda up 49%. Chinese carmaker JAC at #36 but #12 in December, and Datsun – launched in December when it sold 38 units – make their first appearance in the Kazakh brands ranking.

VW Polo Kazakhstan 2015. Picture courtesy of zr.ruVW Polo sales are up 7% year-on-year in Kazakhstan: it ranked #1 in December. 

In the models ranking, the Hyundai Accent manages to end four consecutive years of Lada reign by dropping ‘just’ 27% to 7.396 sales and edging past the Lada Granta (-39% to 7.285) by end-November. Leader from 2011 to 2014, the Lada Priora falls 61% to third place while the Largus (-15%) makes it three Ladas in the Top 4 and the Kalina (#9) and 4×4 (#10) make it five in the Top 10. The GAZ Gazelle gains one percentage point of market share thanks to sales down only 24% at #6 while the Renault Duster (-20%) and VW Polo (+7%) do even better just below. The Renault Sandero (+28%) is up 11 ranks to #12, the Hyundai Elantra (+22%) up 9 to #13 and the Renault Logan (+26%) up 10 to #14.

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Ukraine Full Year 2015: Renault Logan triumphs, market down 52%

Renault Logan Ukraine 2015. Picture courtesy autocentre.uaThe Renault Logan is the best-selling car in Ukraine in 2015. 

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Brought to a standstill by the Crimean crisis, the Ukrainian new car market falls further into oblivion in 2015 at -52% to just 46.546 registrations, less than the sales lodged during the last Quarter of 2013 (48.572)… Toyota evolves exactly like the market (-52%) to remain the most popular manufacturer in the country at 10.5% share, while Renault leaps four spots on 2014 to land in 2nd place thanks to sales down just 20% to 4.215 for a 9.1% share vs. 5.4% a year ago. ZAZ (-64%) stays in third position above Nissan (-44%) and Ford (-42%) while Hyundai (-54%) and Volkswagen (-58%) both drop two spots to #6 and #7 respectively. #2 overall last year, Chinese carmaker Geely implodes in 2015 at -83% to crumble to a paltry 12th place.

UKR Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2013 11,989 13,591 22,565 26,115 15,091 14,887 17,984 22,195 20,333 16,081 15,444 17,047
2014 11,875 15,215 10,964 7,754 5,675 6,209 6,818 6,402 5,788 5,891 6,802 7,629
2015 2,597 2,924 2,259 3,057 2,994 3,372 5,344 3,464 4,376 5,596 5,144 5,419

BMW X5 Ukraine July 2015. Picture courtesy bit.uaBMW sales are up 43% in Ukraine this year…

BMW delivers by very far the best performance of any manufacturer in Ukraine in 2015 with sales up an incredible 43% to go from #24 and 1.3% share in 2014 to #11 and 3.9% this year. Notice also Mazda (-7%), Chevrolet (-7%), Suzuki (-10%) and Volvo (+17%) all going against the grain. On the other side of the scale, Lada (-60%), Mitsubishi (-64%), SsangYong (-71%) and Daewoo (-81%) all but disappear.

Mazda CX-5 Ukraine 2015The Mazda CX-5 ranks 5th in Ukraine this year. 

Model-wise, the Renault Logan is up two spots to end two consecutive years of ZAZ Sens domination thanks to sales down just 34% to 1.639 vs. 1.147 (-63%) for the Sens. The Toyota Camry is up 12 ranks to land in third place with 1.125 units, edging past the ZAZ Lanos (-44%) at 1.124. The Mazda CX-5 is another excellent performer with sales actually up 5% to surge from #24 a year ago to #5 in 2015. The Renault Duster is up 55% to #8, the BMW X5 up 92% to #9, the Renault Sandero up 17 spots to #11 and the Ford Kuga up 19 to #15.

Chery Tiggo Ukraine 2015. Picture courtesy olx.uaThe Chery Tiggo is the most popular Chinese nameplate in Ukraine.

The Chery Tiggo (-7%) is the best-selling Chinse nameplate at #25 above the Geely Emgrand 7 down a devastating 86% and going from #2 overall in 2014 to #31 this year. The Suzuki Vitara is the best-selling newcomer, landing at #41, above the Mercedes GLE (#62).

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Bulgaria Full Year 2015: Dacia Dokker distances Qashqai and Captur

Dacia Dokker Bulgaria 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Dokker

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The Bulgarian new car market is up a splendid 14% year-on-year to 29.675 registrations, with Dacia holding on to the brands top spot thanks to sales up 19% to 3.679 and 12.4% share. The French-Romanian manufacturer is followed this month by its parent brand Renault, up a spectacular 55% to 3.164 units and 10.7% share, overtaking Skoda (+28%), Volkswagen (+8%) and Toyota (+5%). Notice also Opel up 30%, Fiat up 24%, Suzuki up 114% and Lada up 257%. ‘Local’ manufacturer Great Wall is up 4% but down to #16 with 2% market share.

Renault Captur Bulgaria 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Captur

The Dacia Dokker is the best-selling nameplate in Bulgaria for the third consecutive year, even outpacing the market with volumes up 30% to 1.586. It distances the Nissan Qashqai (+21%) and the Renault Captur up 70% to rank higher in Bulgaria (#3) than at home in France (#4). The Skoda Octavia (+11%) drops two spots to #2 while the Renault Clio IV (+53%) is up one to #5. The Skoda Fabia (+133%), VW Passat (+52%), Renault Master (+98%), Opel Corsa (+69%) and Nissan X-Trail (+245%) also impress. Assembled locally, the Great Wall Steed 5 is up 50% to break into the Top 20.

Great Wall Steed Bulgaria 2015.-Picture-courtesy-of-Top-GearThe locally-assembled Great Wall Steed 5 ranks #20 in Bulgaria this year. 

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 30% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon.

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Russia November 2015: Now with Top 306 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

Hyundai Tucson Russia November 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruSurefire Russian blockbuster? First month of sales for the Hyundai Tucson. Picture zr.ru

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after studying the All-brands ranking and Top 25 models ex-LCVs, we now go into the November Russian models ranking in its entirety. The usual light commercial best-sellers appear in the ranking: the The GAZ Gazelle is down one spot to #6 but the valiant UAZ Bukhanka is up 3 to #14, kicking the Lada Vesta (#21) and Toyota Land Cruiser 200 (#22) out of the Top 20 and the Kia Cee’d (#26) and VW Jetta (#27) out of the Top 25. Solid performers of the past few months confirm their dynamic scores: the Ford Fiesta ranks at #35, the Lifan X60 is #36 and the Lifan X50 #42.

Volvo XC90 Russia November 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruVolvo is banking on getting a slice of the healthy Russian luxury SUV segment with the XC90.

The Datsun mi-DO manages a spectacular about turn, coming back from the grave at #84 in October to #40 this month. Luxury SUV are all the rage in these depressed times: the Mercedes GLE is stable at an excellent #39, the Mercedes GLC is up 16 to #43, the Lexus LX is up a fantastic 134 spots on October to #58 and the Volvo XC90 is up 24 to #67. Further down, we welcome the Hyundai Tucson at #109 with 159 sales. November data confirms the Lada XRAY crossover hasn’t hit the charts yet.

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Russia November 2015: Hyundai Solaris #1, Lada Vesta lands in Top 20

Lada Vesta Russia November 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Lada Vesta has made its entrance in the Russian sales charts.

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Persisting recession in Russia, partly triggered by the Ukraine-related economic sanctions imposed to the country, has seen the ruble crumble down 23% against the dollar in the past year, inflation rise up and household purchasing power implode. The Russian new car market has only seen two months of growth in the past 34 and posts in November its 11th consecutive year-on-year decline – its steepest so far in 2015 – at -43% to just 131.572 units vs. 229.432 a year ago. The combined effect of an unusually strong result in November last year when consumers rushed to buy a car and get ahead of widely – and rightly – anticipated new year price increases has made the decline even sharper this month. Lada (-29%) and Kia (-32%) gain marginal share by losing less ground than the market but Hyundai is the real winner with sales down just 7% and a market share going from 7% a year ago to 11.5% this month.

Cadillac Escalade Russia November 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruCadillac is one of only 3 carmakers to gain ground year-on-year in the Top 40.

Below, Renault (-46%), Toyota (-53%) and Nissan (-53%) lose share while Volkswagen (-32%) and Skoda (-39%) gain some, showing no particular impact from its emission scandal. Lifan (+3%), Brilliance (+4%) and Cadillac (+21%) are the only Top 40 carmakers to post positive results in November, while Daewoo (-13%), Audi, UAZ (-18%), Lexus (-23%), Mercedes and Porsche (-24%) post relatively limited declines. On the other hand Mitsubishi (-74%), Citroen (-78%), Peugeot (-79%), Chery (-80%), Suzuki (-81%), Jeep (-87%), Honda (-90%), Ssangyong (-91%) and Great Wall (-94%) all but disappear. Chevrolet (-71%) and Opel (-92%) will actually withdraw from the Russian market from 2016 onwards so their respective declines are logical. But there are bigger events unfolding in the models ranking…

Ssangyong Actyon Russia November 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruSsangyong is down 91%. 

One year ago, the Kia Rio send shockwaves through the Russian market: for the first time since the first Lada model hit dealerships of the then-USSR in 1970, a foreign model managed to top the monthly sales ranking in Russia: the Rio historically outsold the Lada Granta with 10.834 sales vs. 10.520. In the space of just one year, a foreign model dominating Russian car sales has become all too common. If the Kia Rio may not have managed to repeat its win, the Hyundai Solaris took charge no less than 7 times in the past 11 months. In November, the Solaris lodges a 5th consecutive month in pole position, even gaining 13% year-on-year to almost double its market share from 4.4% a year ago to a record 8.7% this month, and also delivering an all-time high monthly volume of 11.462.

Hyundai Solaris Russia November 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruFifth consecutive month at #1 for the Hyundai Solaris in Russia. 

The advantage the Solaris has over the Granta in November (2.462 sales) is greater than the gap that separates it from the year-to-date pole position (2.144) with the Solaris adding up to 106.509 units after 11 months vs. 108.653 for the Granta. The past five months are clearly to the advantage of the Solaris with a monthly average of 10.561 sales vs. 9.016 for the Granta, yet it would need to beat that average to be able to finish the year #1. Mathematically and theoretically, the Solaris could indeed edge past the Granta in-extremis during the last few days of the year and post a historical annual foreign win in Russia, something that has never happened since records began 45 years ago. It remains to be seen however whether Lada will let that happen, may it cost a few anticipated registrations to secure the title to Russian ground.

Lada Vesta Production Lada Vesta Vladimir PutinLada Vesta production started last September, Vladimir Putin tried it in October.

One element going against the Granta is Lada now focussing its energy on its “renaissance” models: the Vesta compact sedan and the XRAY crossover. A brand new model is a rare occurrence for Lada: the last one was the Granta almost four years ago in January 2012 – the Largus, launched in July 2012, is in fact a rebadged Dacia Logan MPV – so two at once is a momentous even for the Russian carmaker. The Vesta, unveiled as a concept in August 2014, is the first Lada to be launched only 12 months after concept. Production kick-started as announced on September 25 in Izhevsk, 1.200 km east of Moscow, with 60% of components produced in another plant (Togliatti).

Lada Vesta back Russia November 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruLada Vesta

Sales of the Vesta officially started on November 25 but pre-sales to dealerships allowed the nameplate to make its grand entrance within the Russian Top 20 this month at #19 with 1.748 units. The Vesta starts at 514k Rubles (US$ 7.400) for the Classic trim, but will initially only be available in Comfort (570k Rub – $8.200) and Luxe (608k – $8.800) in 60 dealerships in 25 cities across the country for now. This makes the Vesta the most expensive Lada on sale, with the Priora starting at 420k Rub, the 4×4 at 395k Rub and the Granta at 312k Rub. See more detail on Lada pricing here. It also positions the Vesta full frontal agains the Solaris and Rio with larger dimensions. The Lada XRAY crossover, based on the Renault Sandero, will also enter the sales charts imminently.

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Russia November 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruFirst ever Russian Top 20 ranking for the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 in Russia.

In other models news, the VW Polo is up a brilliant 15% in 4th place, the Lada Priora shoots back up 9 spots on last month to #9 despite sales down 33% year-on-year, the Skoda Rapid is up five ranks to break its Russian ranking record at #11 (previous best: #13 last April), the Kia Sportage is up 7 to #13, the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 makes a second ever appearance inside Russia’s Top 25 after landing at #21 in March, reaching a best-ever #20 thanks to stable sales at 1.744 units and the VW Jetta posts its first Top 25 ranking of the year at #25.

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Kazakhstan October 2015: GAZ Gazelle and Renault Duster on top

Renault Duster Kazakhstan October 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruRenault Duster – Russian model pictured. Picture zr.ru

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The Kazakh new car market is falling into a bottomless pit, down an abysmal 49% year-on-year in October to 7.545 registrations which pulls the year-to-date total down 37% to 84.689 units. Lada is once again in great difficulty at just 16.9% market share vs. 27.9% a year ago, while on the opposite Renault improves vastly from #9 and 3.9% in October 2014 to #2 and 12.9% this month. Similarly, Chevrolet goes from #6 and 6.2% a year ago to #3 and 9.2% this month and Volkswagen jumps from #12 and 2.7% to #6 and 7.4%. UZ-Daewoo (8.8%) follows while Hyundai (7.6%), Kia (7.2%) and Toyota (4.7%) all lose significant market share.

Lada Priora Kazakhstan October 2015. Picture courtesy of vse.kzThe Priora is the only Lada inside the Kazkah Top 10 in October.

The GAZ Gazelle and Renault Duster are a tie for the title of best-selling nameplate in Kazakhstan in October with 478 sales and 6.3% share each, distancing the VW Polo very strong at 5.9% share vs. 3.5% year-to-date. The Lada Priora and Hyundai Accent are knocked down to #4 and #5 respectively, with the Accent now just 44 units below the Lada Granta in the 2015 rankings. A Korean pole position in the Kazakh model sales charts seems like a done – and historical – deal. The UZ-Daewoo Nexia (#6) and Gentra (#7) leap into the Top 10 as do the Renault Logan (#9) and Sandero (#10), while all Ladas except the Priora are kept outside the Top 10.

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