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Russia April 2014: Nissan Almera breaks records again

Nissan Almera Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruNissan Almera

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After seeming to plateau in March at just -0.4%, Russian new car sales are back in hell in April, potentially handicapped by the economic sanctions imposed on the country: down 8% year-on-year to 226,526 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 829,046 units, down 4% on 2013. The Top 7 best-selling models are unchanged on last month, led by the Lada Granta (-13%), Hyundai Solaris (-7%) and Kia Rio (+7%), but the best performer in April is the recently-launched Nissan Almera: up to #8 with 5,798 sales and 2.6% share which are its best-ever ranking (also reached last February), monthly volume and market share. Notice also the Toyota RAV4 up 7 spots on March to #11 and the Nissan Juke up 71% year-on-year to #19, earning it a spot in the 2014 Top 25 at #23.

Acura MDX Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruAcura MDX

In the brands ranking, at #1 Lada is down 16% but with 16.3% share it is almost one percentage point above its year-to-date level (15.5%) and in any case still sells more than double any other brand on the market. Kia is down 3% to #2, Renault down 9% at #3, Hyundai stable at #4, Toyota down 1% to #5, Chevrolet down a harsh 17% to #6 and Nissan up 43% to #7. Notice also Mazda up 91%, Lexus up 22%, Infiniti up 82% and Jeep up 84%.

Brilliance V5 Chery Tiggo Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruBrilliance launches in Russia this month with the V5 SUV…

JAC S5 Russia April 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ru…while JAC arrives with the J5 sedan and S5 SUV (above).

A very rare feat, after ChangAn and Alfa Romeo in March, there are 3 additional new carmakers in the Russian ranking this month: Acura lands at #45 with 112 sales, Brilliance ranks #47 at 75 units and JAC is #49 with 58 sales, the latter two bringing to 11 the number of Chinese brands on sale in Russia. They are led this month by Lifan (#20), Chery (#28), Geely (#30), Great Wall (#31) and FAW (#39). Interestingly, all new Chinese entrants are rightfully launching a new small SUV in Russia: the ChangAn CS35, Brilliance V5 and JAC S5.

Previous month: Russia March 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Russia April 2013: Toyota RAV4 in Top 10

Full April 2014 Top 25 models and Top 58 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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