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Russia Full Year 2012: Lada Priora #1, Granta 4,800 sales below in record year

Lada Granta

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While the rest of Europe was slowly but surely falling back into recession, the Russian new car market delivers a record year in 2012: up 11% to 2,935,111 registrations, beating the 2,704,040 units sold in 2008 before the global financial crisis. Model-wise, it was a year of transition between the Lada Kalina, #1 in 2011 and atop the monthly ranking 6 times in the first 7 months of the year and other ‘prehistorical’ Ladas (Samara, 2105-7) and the all-new Lada Granta, #1 from September onwards. However weaker Kalina sales in the last quarter and a relatively late bloom of the Granta put the… Lada Priora in pole position over the Full Year 2012 for only the 2nd time after 2009 with 125,951 sales and 4.3% (-9%), even though it only ranked #1 in February & August.

The 27 millionth Lada was a Priora…

Less than 5,000 units below we find the Lada Granta with 121,151 units and 4.1% share. It made its first official appearance within the monthly Top 25 in January at #21, broke into the Top 10 in February and into the Top 5 in March but had to wait until August to climb onto the podium before taking the lead in September and staying there, peaking at 14,197 sales and 5.6% in October. The Kalina is down 2 ranks and 16% to #3 at 119,890 units while the Hyundai Solaris remains the most popular foreign model, up 14% and one spot on 2011 to #4 with 110,776 sales, to my knowledge the first time a foreign model sells over 100,000 annual units in Russia. The Solaris even ranked #2 overall in February and May.

Chevrolet Cruze. Picture by Roger-Diesel, all rights reserved.

Below the Ford Focus up 14% to #5, the Kia Rio impresses, gaining 70% and 6 ranks to #6 at 84,730 units. The Chevrolet Cruze also shines: up 68% and 9 spots to #9 with 63,181 sales while the Skoda Octavia is up 27% to #15. Apart from the Granta, there are 4 newcomers in the Russian Top 25 in 2012: the best-performing is the Renault Duster lading directly at #17 with 47,344 units and peaking at a fantastic #5 in December. It is followed by the Toyota Camry up 61% to #20, the Kia Sportage up 37% to #22 and the VW Tiguan up 70% to #25.

Previous post: Russia December 2012: Renault Duster breaks into Top 5

Previous year: Russia Full Year 2011: Lada Kalina leads for the first time

Full Year 2012 Top 25 models and Top 56 All-brands below.

Every monthly Top 55 All-brands for January-December 2012 below.

See the monthly Top 55 All-brands for January-December 2012 here

Russia Full Year 2012 – brands:

PosBrand2012%/112011%Pos
1Lada537,62518.4%-7%578,38721.8%1
2Chevrolet205,0427.1%18%173,4846.5%2
3Renault189,8526.4%23%154,7345.8%4
4Kia187,3306.4%23%152,8735.8%5
5Hyundai174,2866.0%7%163,4476.2%3
6Volkswagen164,7025.6%40%118,0034.4%9
7Nissan153,7475.3%11%138,8275.2%6
8Toyota153,0465.2%28%119,5054.5%7
9Ford130,8094.3%11%118,0314.4%8
10Skoda99,0623.3%34%74,0742.8%13
11GAZ90,2473.0%0%90,0343.4%11
12Daewoo88,2323.0%-5%92,7783.5%10
13Opel81,2422.7%20%67,5552.5%14
14Mitsubishi72,2942.5%-3%74,1662.8%12
15UAZ60,6532.0%6%57,1482.2%15
16Mazda44,4431.5%12%39,7181.5%17
17Peugeot44,4201.5%0%44,3041.7%16
18BMW37,5151.2%33%28,1651.1%21
19Mercedes37,4361.3%29%29,0581.1%19
20Audi33,5121.2%44%23,2500.9%23
21Citroen32,8591.1%19%27,6381.0%22
22Suzuki32,6841.1%-8%35,4691.3%18
23SsangYong31,1981.0%37%22,6920.9%24
24Honda21,5120.7%13%19,1010.7%27
25Lifan20,5440.7%15%17,9160.7%28
26Volvo20,3640.7%6%19,2090.7%26
27Land Rover19,0430.6%44%13,1830.5%30
28Chery19,0040.7%161%7,2780.3%35
29Geely17,5660.6%190%6,0600.2%38
30Volkswagen NFZ16,1610.5%31%12,3450.5%32
31Lexus15,6530.5%14%13,6980.5%29
32Great Wall14,3730.5%112%6,7770.3%37
33Subaru14,2960.5%16%12,3710.5%31
34ZAZ9,9640.4%-50%20,0490.8%25
35Infiniti9,2090.3%31%7,0420.3%36
36Fiat8,6230.3%-69%28,2541.1%20
37Bogdan7,5120.3%-13%8,6830.3%34
38Vortex5,9530.2%-51%12,1030.5%33
39Jeep4,7040.2%125%2,0930.1%44
40Mercedes Vans3,9740.1%47%2,7020.1%41
41Porsche3,6130.1%64%2,2020.1%43
42BYD2,6300.1%31%2,0040.1%45
43Mini2,6290.1%31%2,0020.1%46
44Seat2,5000.1%122%1,1270.0%49
45Izh2,4650.1%-52%5,1630.2%39
46Cadillac2,0240.1%-9%2,2260.1%42
47BAW1,8450.1%n/an/an/an/a
48Jaguar1,5060.1%27%1,1820.0%48
49TagAZ1,3310.0%-28%1,8400.1%47
50Haima5910.0%-81%3,1140.1%40
51FAW5600.0%new00.0% –
52Dodge2060.0%30%1580.0%51
53Chrysler1940.0%155%760.0%53
54Isuzu1560.0%-58%3710.0%50
55Foton1410.0%5%1340.0%52
56Smart280.0%new00.0% –

Russia Full Year 2012 – models:

PosModel2012%/112011%Pos
1Lada Priora125,9514.3%-9%138,6975.2%2
2Lada Granta121,1514.1%new1,0230.0% –
3Lada Kalina119,8904.1%-16%142,9305.4%1
4Hyundai Solaris110,7763.8%14%97,2433.7%5
5Ford Focus92,2193.1%12%82,4573.1%6
6Kia Rio84,7302.9%70%49,8581.9%12
7VW Polo69,3852.4%33%52,1002.0%11
8Lada Samara67,9712.3%-45%122,4734.6%3
9Chevrolet Cruze63,1812.2%68%37,7101.4%18
10Chevrolet Niva59,3312.0%9%54,4252.1%10
11Renault Logan58,7342.0%-28%81,9093.1%7
12Daewoo Nexia55,0341.9%1%54,5672.1%9
13Lada 4×454,6561.9%-10%60,7382.3%8
14Opel Astra52,3311.8%9%48,0301.8%13
15Skoda Octavia52,0361.8%27%41,1301.5%16
16Renault Sandero48,6321.7%6%45,6941.7%14
17Renault Duster47,3441.6%new400.0% –
18Nissan Qashqai36,7931.3%4%35,2311.3%19
19Chevrolet Lacetti34,7931.2%-17%42,1001.6%15
20Toyota Camry34,6191.2%61%21,4430.8%n/a
21Toyota Corolla33,2621.1%23%27,0071.0%22
22Daewoo Matiz33,1981.1%-13%38,2111.4%17
23Kia Sportage32,7161.1%37%23,8800.9%n/a
24Lada 2105/210732,4441.1%-71%112,5224.2%4
25VW Tiguan31,2721.1%70%18,3850.7%n/a

Source: AEB

This Post Has 8 Comments
  1. Hello from all! I’m from Russia. Yes this true for lada sales for more for region. But most cars lada have 10.000 euro in my country. It’s a cheap from other brands, ford, chevrolet, toyota, hyundai. About chinise cars (hover, lifan, creat wall) most people hate chinese cars becouse for problem repair. But quality if I need choose what the better chinese or lada I take lada becouse I know how this quality for production.

  2. I am a little bit surprised that Hyunday was overtaken in 2012 by 2 brands. For Opel russia was one of the few markets with positive development. VW improved in the brand-ranking by three ranks, also Audi, Skoda, BMW, Honda and Land Rover.

    Strong performance by Seat, Great Wall, Chery and Geely. Russia seems to become a good market for chinese brands.

  3. Can someone explain why Daewoo branded cars are on sale in Russia? I was under the impression that the Chevrolet marque had replaced Daewoo, but in Russia both seem to be on sale?

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