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Russia Full Year 2013: Lada Granta celebrates first year at #1

Lada Granta FAW V5 Russia 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruThe Lada Granta is #1, but the Chinese are coming… (here the FAW V5)

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After 3 consecutive years of growth, Russian car sales are down 5% year-on-year in 2013 to 2,777,447 registrations, still the 2nd-best ever annual result in history below the record 2,935,111 units of 2012. For the first time in a full year, the Lada Granta logically dominates the models ranking thanks to sales up 38% to 166,947 units and 6% share. With the Largus up 296% to #9 for its first full year in market, that’s pretty much the only piece of good news for local manufacturer Lada, down 15% overall this year to just 16.4% share vs. 18.4% in 2012. In fact, while the 2012 models podium was 100% Lada (Priora-Granta-Kalina), this year the Granta is the only Lada in the Top 6!

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

French manufacturer Renault, Lada’s new owner, is faring much better: up 11% to become the #2 carmaker in the country and pass the 200,000 annual sales milestone for the first time in Russia at 210,099 and 7.6% share. This is in large part due to the smashing success of the Duster, up 77% and 13 spots year-on-year to land at a splendid 4th place with 83,702 sales and 3% share, peaking at #3 in November, while the Logan and Sandero are down 13 and 10% respectively – still waiting for the new generation to arrive. Kia and Hyundai both step up one notch while Chevrolet is down 3 to #5.

Lifan X60 Russia 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruLifan X60

Other great performers in the brands ranking include Mercedes (+19%), BMW (+12%), Audi (+8%), SsangYong (+9%), Honda (+20%) and Subaru (+18%) but the biggest gains are delivered by 3 Chinese carmakers: Geely (+55%), Great Wall (+39%) and Lifan (+34%). Back to the models ranking where the Hyundai Solaris, up a further 3% on 2012 to stay at #2 and deliver the highest ever annual total for a ‘foreign’ model (even though it is produced locally) at 113,911 units and 4.1% share. This shouldn’t be surprising if you followed my Trans-Siberian Photo Report last year where the Solaris was very consistently successful in all cities I visited.

Toyota RAV4 Russia April 2013Toyota RAV4 sales are up 47% in 2013 in Russia.

Other great achievers in the Russian models ranking in 2013 include the VW Polo inside the annual Top 6 for the very first time at #6 with 72,565 sales, the Nissan Qashqai up 11% to #17 and peaking at #8 in December, Toyota RAV4 up 9 spots and 47% to #19 and 39,885 sales, Kia Cee’d up 50% and 11 ranks to #20 and 34,981 units and the Hyundai ix35 up 13% to #24 and 31,706 sales.

Previous post: Russia December 2013: Lada Kalina #3 in market back in positive

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

Two years ago: Russia Full Year 2011: Lada Kalina leads for the first time

Full Year 2013 Top 390 All-models and Top 57 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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