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Russia Full Year 2011: Lada Kalina leads for the first time, December 2011: Hyundai Solaris 741 units off pole position!

Hyundai Solaris & Renault Logan

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A Top 120 models ranking for the Full Year 2011 is now available here

New car sales in Russia are up a healthy 23% in December to 251,414 units, bringing the final 2011 total to 2,653,408 registrations, up a massive 39% on 2010 thanks to scrappage schemes and the second largest annual volume on record for the Russian market behind the 2,897,459 units of 2008. Lada (+12%) doesn’t benefit as much from dynamic sales and as a result sees its share tumble down from 27.1% in 2010 to 21.8% this year, whereas Chevrolet (+49%), Hyundai (+88%), Renault (+60%), Kia (+47%), Nissan (+74%) and Toyota (+51%) all improve their share year-on-year in the remainder of the Top 7. Volkswagen (+100%) breaks into the Top 10 at #9, with Geely (+212%), Mini (+167%), Jeep (+159%), Lifan (+133%), IZH (+87%), Great Wall (+86%), Ssangyong (+85%), Volvo (+80%), Opel (+65%), Mitsubishi (+63%) and Skoda (+62%) among the most dynamic further down.

Renault Sandero

In December, the Lada Samara leads for the third consecutive month with 11,349 sales ahead of the Lada Kalina at 11,214 units (both at 4.7%) but the main event is how close to the pole position the Hyundai Solaris is: only 741 units! It ranks #3 with 10,608 sales and 4.4%, its 2nd best volume after 10,833 in June. This is the closest a foreign model has come to the Russian pole position since the Ford Focus ranked #1 in December 2008. This means the Solaris could very well take advantage of the transition from the Samara/Kalina to the Granta in 2012 to take the lead of the Russian market for a couple of months! It would be the first time since before World War II that a foreign model is #1 in Russia. Another milestone passed in December is the Renault Sandero breaking into the Russian Top 10 for the very first time with 5,190 sales and 2.2%, making Renault the only brand with Lada to manage to place at least 2 models (with the Logan) within the Top 10 this month. Notice also the Chevrolet Niva up to #7 and the Nissan X-Trail up to #19.

Lada Kalina

Over the Full Year 2011, after holding the monthly top spot for the first time in November 2010, the Lada Kalina (+31%) reiterated this feat 3 times this year in February, April and July to become Russia’s best-selling vehicle for the very first time in history at 5.4% share. In fact all four best-selling Ladas ranked #1 at least twice monthly rankings this year. The Lada Priora (+11%) is #2 at 5.2% share and #1 in May, Jun, August and September, the Lada Samara(+16%) is #3 at 4.6% and #1 in October, November and December and Lada 2104-7 (-19%) goes from #1 in 2010 to #4 this year at 4.2%, but still managed to lead the monthly charts in January and March. Note the Lada 2104, previously manufactured by IZH, is now added to the monthly and annual total (it wasn’t the case in 2010).

Lada 4×4

The revelation of the year is of course the locally-produced Hyundai Solaris (see above), launched in February and already the best-selling foreign model in Russia over the Full Year 2011 at #5 with 3.7% share, followed by the Ford Focus (+23%) and Renault Logan (+30%). Believe it or not, the valiant Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) is the best-performing Lada this year with sales up 36% in 8th position. Other great performers this year include the VW Polo up 400% to #11, Kia Rio up 72% to #12, Renault Sandero up 138% to #14, Skoda Octavia up 125% to #16 and Chevrolet Cruze up 100% to #18.

Previous month: Russia November 2011: Hyundai Solaris on podium, Kia Rio #6

Previous year: Russia Full Year 2010: 30 year-old Lada 2104-7 claims top spot

Full Year 2011 and all monthly Top 56 All-brands for January-December 2011 below.

Full Year and December 2011 Top 25 models below.

See monthly Top 52 All-brands for January-December 2011 here

Russia Full Year 2011 – brands:

PosBrand2011%/102010%Pos
1Lada578,38721.8%12%517,14727.1%1
2Chevrolet173,4846.5%49%116,2336.1%2
3Hyundai163,4476.2%88%87,0814.6%6
4Renault154,7345.8%60%96,4665.0%4
5Kia152,8735.8%47%104,2355.5%3
6Nissan138,8275.2%74%79,6144.2%7
7Toyota119,5054.5%51%79,3154.2%8
8Ford118,0314.4%31%90,1664.7%5
9Volkswagen118,0034.4%100%58,9893.1%11
10Daewoo92,7783.5%25%74,4193.9%10
11GAZ90,0343.4%17%76,6464.0%9
12Mitsubishi74,1662.8%63%45,5382.4%14
13Skoda74,0742.8%62%45,6312.4%13
14Opel67,5552.5%65%40,8752.1%15
15UAZ57,1482.2%17%49,0432.6%12
16Peugeot44,3041.7%24%35,7341.9%16
17Mazda39,7181.5%59%24,9261.3%18
18Suzuki35,4691.3%24%28,6901.5%17
19Mercedes29,0581.1%47%19,7241.0%21
20Fiat28,2541.1%29%21,9431.1%19
21BMW28,1651.1%37%20,5841.1%20
22Citroen27,6381.0%59%17,4190.9%25
23Audi23,2500.9%26%18,5101.0%22
24SsangYong22,6920.9%85%12,2560.6%26
25Chance20,0490.8%14%17,5410.9%24
26Volvo19,2090.7%80%10,6500.6%28
27Honda19,1010.7%5%18,1591.0%23
28Lifan17,9160.7%133%7,7000.4%33
29Lexus13,6980.5%25%10,9810.6%27
30Land Rover13,1830.5%32%9,9700.5%30
31Subaru12,3710.5%45%8,5520.4%32
32Volkswagen Vans12,3450.5%71%7,2270.4%36
33Vortex12,1030.5%20%10,1000.5%29
34Bogdan8,6830.3%14%7,6120.4%34
35Chery7,2780.3%-18%8,9090.5%31
36Infiniti7,0420.3%51%4,6740.2%37
37Great Wall6,7770.3%86%3,6370.2%38
38Geely6,0600.2%212%1,9440.1%41
39Izh5,1630.2%87%2,7550.1%39
40Haima3,1140.1%new00.0% –
41Mercedes Vans2,7020.1%27%2,1240.1%40
42Cadillac2,2260.1%53%1,4590.1%43
43Porsche2,2020.1%40%1,5720.1%42
44Jeep2,0930.1%159%8090.0%46
45BYD2,0040.1%2503%770.0%53
46Mini2,0020.1%167%7510.0%47
47TagAZ1,8400.1%-75%7,2840.4%35
48Jaguar1,1820.0%38%8580.0%45
49Seat1,1270.0%18%9550.0%44
50Isuzu3710.0%12%3300.0%49
51Dodge1580.0%-42%2720.0%50
52Foton1340.0%n/a00.0% –
53Chrysler760.0%-58%1790.0%52
54Hummer00.0%-100%6120.0%48
55Saab00.0%-100%1970.0%51
56Alfa Romeo00.0%-100%560.0%54

Russia Full Year 2011 – models:

PosModel2011%/102010%Pos
1Lada Kalina142,9305.4%31%108,9895.7%3
2Lada Priora138,6975.2%11%125,2476.6%2
3Lada Samara122,4734.6%16%105,4575.5%4
4Lada 2104-2107112,5224.2%-19%138,2727.2%1
5Hyundai Solaris97,2433.7%new00.0% –
6Ford Focus82,4573.1%23%67,0413.5%5
7Renault Logan81,9093.1%30%62,8623.3%6
8Lada 4×460,7382.3%36%44,6352.3%7
9Daewoo Nexia54,5672.1%24%43,9432.3%8
10Chevrolet Niva54,4252.1%54%35,3801.9%9
11VW Polo52,1002.0%400%10,4100.5%n/a
12Kia Rio49,8581.9%71%29,1651.5%13
13Opel Astra48,0301.8%58%30,4321.6%12
14Renault Sandero45,6941.7%138%19,2321.0%19
15Chevrolet Lacetti42,1001.6%32%31,8851.7%10
16Skoda Octavia41,1301.6%125%18,2561.0%21
17Daewoo Matiz38,2111.4%25%30,4761.6%11
18Chevrolet Cruze37,7101.4%100%18,8571.0%20
19Nissan Qashqai35,2311.3%64%21,4891.1%17
20Kia Cee’d28,8681.1%8%26,6471.4%14
21Toyota RAV427,2061.0%65%16,4790.9%23
22Toyota Corolla27,0071.0%65%16,4170.9%25
23Chevrolet Aveo25,7781.0%13%22,7841.2%16
24Kia Sportage23,8800.9%18%20,2741.1%18
25Nissan X-Trail22,6890.9%40%16,1580.8%26

Russia December 2011:

PosModelDec%/10Nov2011%/10Pos
1Lada Samara11,3494.7%17%1122,4734.6%16%3
2Lada Kalina11,2144.7%-3%2142,9305.4%31%1
3Hyundai Solaris10,6084.4%new397,2433.7%new5
4Lada Priora9,4804.0%-20%4138,6975.2%11%2
5Ford Focus9,0933.8%9%582,4573.1%23%6
6Renault Logan6,6422.8%-1%781,9093.1%30%7
7Chevrolet Niva6,6332.8%68%854,4252.1%54%10
8VW Polo6,2582.6%103%952,1002.0%400%11
9Lada 2104-21075,5102.3%-56%10112,5224.2%-19%4
10Renault Sandero5,1902.2%77%1145,6941.7%138%14
11Opel Astra4,8632.0%15%1448,0301.8%58%13
12Skoda Octavia4,7152.0%100%1341,1301.6%125%16
13Lada 4×44,5951.9%-8%1260,7382.3%36%8
14Nissan Qashqai4,2311.8%56%1635,2311.3%64%19
15Daewoo Nexia4,0591.7%-5%1554,5672.1%24%9
16Kia Rio4,0281.7%83%649,8581.9%71%12
17Chevrolet Lacetti3,9681.7%20%1742,1001.6%32%15
18Chevrolet Cruze3,6981.5%69%1837,7101.4%100%18
19Nissan X-Trail3,5711.5%75%n/a22,6890.9%40%25
20Toyota RAV43,1541.3%74%1927,2061.0%65%21
21Daewoo Matiz2,8101.2%7%2138,2111.4%25%17
22Toyota Corolla2,5851.1%22%2027,0071.0%65%22
23Kia Cee’d2,0140.8%12%2228,8681.1%8%20
24Kia Sportage2,0120.8%42%2323,8800.9%18%24

Source: AEB

This Post Has 12 Comments
    1. Hello,
      Thanks for your message – I would love to receive this data!
      I have sent you an email to the mail.ru address you provided.
      Best,
      Matt

  1. Hi, the Duster has not launched during the year. Volume production of the Renault Duster started in December 2011 (at the Avtoframos plant in Moscow), sales will start in the next few weeks.

  2. Hi Matt, hope you´re fine. I have a personal question to make: Do you live in Australia or in South Africa? You´re 36 years old? You drive a VW right???
    Cheers

    1. Hi Maximus,
      No news yet given the ranking I have is based on the year-to-date Top 25 for 2011 and the Duster has launched during the year.
      When 2012 rankings come in chances are the Duster could be in the Top 25…
      And I agree, great potential for the Duster in Russia given the Russian consumers’ taste for 4WDs…
      cheers
      Matt

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