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Russia April 2013: Toyota RAV4 in Top 10

Toyota RAV4 Russia April 2013Toyota RAV4

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Has the Russian car market peaked out? Will we have to wait 2014 to see it pass the 3 million annual sales milestone ? It would appear so, with new car sales down for the 2nd month in a row and in the last 3 years, accelerating their fall in April to -8% at 245,334 registrations. This brings the year-to-date in negative also at -2% to 862,298 units. The Lada Granta is oblivious to this market cough and breaks the 15,000 monthly sales barrier for the very first time at 15,596 units and 6.4% share, adding up to 52,765 and 6.1% year-to-date and reinforcing its 2013 leadership. In the meantime the Hyundai Solaris remains solidly installed in 2nd place, a position it has now held for 4 consecutive months, selling 10,553 units for a 4.3% market share and 35,941 at 4.1% year-to-date, while the Lada Kalina is back on the podium but down 36% year-on-year on the eve of the new generation’s launch.

Renault Duster Russia April 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruRenault Duster

Exceptional hold of the Renault Duster, brilliantly maintaining itself within the Russian Top 5 for the third time in the last 4 months at #5 with 7,600 sales and 3.1% and also ranking #5 year-to-date. In spite of sales down 1% on April 2012, the VW Polo is up two spots on March to reach #6, its highest ever ranking in Russia also hit last January. The Chevrolet Niva is also in excellent shape: up to #7 at 5,724 units and 2.3% while the Lada Samara is back in the Top 10, up 3 ranks to #9.

Chevrolet Niva Russia April 2013Chevrolet Niva

The most spectacular performance this month in Russia is delivered by the Toyota RAV4 boosted by the new generation and up 113% year-on-year to an outstanding 10th place thanks to 4,974 sales and 2% share. It is now #20 year-to-date at 11,410 units and 1.3%. This is the first time since March 2012 that the RAV4 ranks within the Russian monthly Top 25. Notice also the Lada Largus (aka Dacia Logan MCV) up to #14 and the Kia Cee’d back in the Top 25 for the third time in the last 4 months at #18 with 3,330 units and 1.4%. Brand-wise, all Chinese manufacturers in the Top 30 buck the trend and gain significant ground this month: Geely up 88% to #23, Great Wall up 124% to #25, Lifan up 21% to #27 and Chery up 16% to #28.

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Full April 2013 Top 25 models and Top 54 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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