* See the Top 130 best-selling models and Top 20 brands by clicking on the title! *
* Many thanks to Viktors, Armands, Janis, Martins and Zane from LPAA for sharing the data! *
Because of a painful end of year (-21% in November and -25% in December), the Latvian new car market ends up 2012 only 1% above 2011 at 12,901 registrations. Note Latvian data now include Light Commercial Vehicles which will explain the inconsistencies with previous year-to-date rankings. PC are down 3% to 10,665 units while LCV are up 27% at 2,236 sales in 2012. In spite of sales split in half at 437 units and 4.1% share, the VW Golf remains the most popular vehicle in the country, followed by the Skoda Yeti up an outstanding 107% and 15 spots to 421 sales and 3.9%. The Nissan Juke brilliantly rounds up the podium at 377 units and 3.5%, up 51% and 7 ranks year-on-year.
Nissan Juke. Picture by eneade, all rights reserved.
The Peugeot 5008 delivers its best performance in the world in Latvia this year, up 5 spots and 34% to #4 with 338 sales and 3.2%, as does the Peugeot 3008 up 9 ranks and 44% to #5 at 308 units and 2.9%. Within the Top 10, notice also the Toyota Avensis up 17% to #7, the Renault Master up 119% to #8 and the Skoda Octavia up 29% to #9. Further down, the VW Jetta is up 63% and divides its ranking by 2 at #15, the Dacia Duster is up 51% to #17, Citroen Berlingo up 96% to #20, Hyundai ix35 up 78% to #22, Ford Fiesta up 141% to #26 and the Isuzu D-Max is up 236% to #29.
Latvian consumers have a thing for luxury cars: the Lexus RX is #43 with 93 sales, Range Rover Evoque #53 at 73 units, BMW X6 #56 with 69 sales, Porsche Cayenne #61 at 62 units and the Bentley Continental GT/GTC ranks #129 with 18 sales, double its 2011 tally!
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Full Year 2012 Top 130 models and Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.