Ukraine: 1970-2021 Historical Info now available
1966 ZAZ 966 – ZAZ dominated Ukrainian sales for almost 50 years.
Historical info spanning the past five decades is now available for Ukraine on BSCB! For the 1970–1991 period, the data is for USSR which Ukraine belonged to then, Lada models were selling strongly alongside the local ZAZ sedans we estimate were the best-sellers as they only had success in this part of the USSR. For the first decade of independence of Ukraine from 1991 onwards we do not have any models information so if you do, please ensure you get in touch by commenting on this post.
The Sens was the last ZAZ to rank #1 in Ukraine, in 2013.
From 2006 onwards, data starts to trickle down to become full-blown all-models data from 2011 on. Local carmaker ZAZ which later moved on assemble Chevrolets and Cherys in the country still managed to top the models ranking 7 times between 2006 and 2013: the Lanos was #1 for 6 consecutive years from 2006 to 2011 and the Sens (a Lanos twin) took the highest honours in 2013 but that was the last of the ZAZ-dominated years.
The Kia Sportage has topped the annual Ukrainian charts 4 times between 2016 and 2021.
Since, the Ukrainian market has diversified greatly, with the Skoda Octavia topping the sales charts in 2012, followed by the Renault Logan in 2015, the Kia Sportage in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021, the Renault Duster in 2018 and the Toyota RAV4 in 2020. Brand-wise, Toyota and Chinese carmaker Geely were the best-sellers in 2014, with the Japanese manufacturer holding onto the top spot all the way up to 2018. Renault managed to snap its very first annual Ukrainian win in 2019 but gave back the trophy to Toyota in 2021.
1970-1990: Ukraine part of USSR
USSR 1970-1979: Lada 2101-3 conquers the Soviet roads
USSR 1980-1986: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 likely leaders
USSR 1987: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 fight it off
USSR 1988: Lada 2106 leads, Samara on podium
USSR 1989-1991: VAZ (Lada) and Izh most popular brands
1991: Ukraine independence
Ukraine 2002: Lada holds 47% share in market up 50%
Ukraine 2006-2007: ZAZ Lanos new leader
Ukraine 2008: ZAZ Lanos and Chevrolet Aveo best-sellers
Ukraine 2009: ZAZ Lanos in the lead
Ukraine 2010: ZAZ Lanos best-seller
Ukraine 2011: ZAZ Lanos leader, two Ladas on podium
Ukraine 2012: Skoda Octavia and Kia Rio shine
Ukraine 2013: ZAZ Sens new leader, Geely CK up to #3
Ukraine 2014 (brands): Toyota and Geely on top, market down 54%
Ukraine 2015: Renault Logan triumphs, market down 52%
Ukraine 2016: Kia Sportage takes the lead in recovering market (+41%)
Ukraine 2017: Kia Sportage and Renault Duster top market up 25%
Ukraine 2018: First win for the Renault Duster in plateauing market
Ukraine 2019: Renault signs first ever annual win, Kia Sportage reclaims top spot in market up 8%
Ukraine 2020: Toyota RAV4 secures first win in market down just -3.4%
Ukraine 2021: Kia Sportage reclaims top spot, Chery up 135.7%, market up 20.8%