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The Russian new car market goes through its 9th consecutive month of year-on-year decline in November at -4% to 231,982 registrations, reducing the year-to-date fall to -6% at 2,513,163 units. Below the Lada Granta down 5% to 12,190 sales and the Hyundai Solaris up 4% to 9,672 units, the big event this month is the Renault Duster breaking into the Russian sales charts podium for the very first time thanks to 7,563 sales and 3.3% after breaking its monthly volume record last month. This is an exceptional achievement for Renault-Dacia and testimony that the value for money the SUV brings has resonated with Russian customers across the country. Year-to-date, the Duster is up 86% on 2012 to #4 with 75726 units and 3% share.
The 3 remaining Ladas in the Top 10 all perform very differently: the 4×4 (aka Niva) is once again amazingly up 47% year-on-year to rank #6 with 5,979 sales and 2.6% share. The Kalina is taking time to return to the levels the first generation was familiar with, but is drastically reducing its year-on-year fall this month: from -66% in August to -58% in October and -13% in November at #7 and 5,838 units. Finally the Largus, a rebadged first generation Logan MCV, is down two spots on October but up 110% year-on-year to #8 with 5,194 sales.
Further down the ranking, the Nissan Qashqai breaks into the Russian Top 10 for the very first time, up 8 ranks on last month and 58% year-on-year to #10 with 4,397 sales and 1.9% which are also volume and market share records for the model in Russia, with its previous best achieved last February (#13). Other great performers this month include the Kia Cee’d up 76% on November 2012 to #14, the Kia Sportage up 4 spots on October to #17 and the Toyota Corolla up 60% year-on-year to #20.
Full November 2013 Top 20 models and Top 55 All-brands Ranking Tables below.