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Turkey Full Year 2015: Toyota Corolla snaps last minute trophy

Toyota Corolla 2015. Picture courtesy of otomobil.com.trToyota Corolla. Picture otomobil.com.tr

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Euphoric year for Turkish new light vehicle sales despite the devaluation of the lira that induced some inflationary pressures towards the end of he year. The market is up a by a stunning 26% year-on-year to a record 968.017 registrations including LCVs. Volkswagen outpaces the market at +28% to remain the favourite brand in the country with 139.043 sales and 14.4% share, with Ford (+37%) sidestepping both Renault (+19%) and Fiat (+23%) for 2nd place. Hyundai (+11%) drops market share while Toyota (+41%) overtakes Opel (+20%) and Dacia lodges a sweet 30% improvement at #8. Notice also Kia up 38%, Peugeot up 43%, Porsche up 46%, Skoda up 52%, Jeep up 79%, Mini up 62% and Jaguar up 546%.

Fiat Egea Turkey 2015The Fiat Egea is replacing the Linea and broke into the Turkish Top 10 in December.

Over in the models ranking, we have a repeat of last year when the Renault Fluence snapped the pole position in extremis from the Fiat Linea. December is traditionally the biggest month of the year in Turkey – almost twice the sales as any other month of the year and this year was no exception with 156.173 registrations. The Toyota Corolla jumps from #4 in 2014 and as at end-November directly into pole position thanks to a mammoth December score (7.387 sales), finishing the year up 50% to 35.237 units. That’s 197 more than the Fiat Linea once again losing its crown in the last hours of the year… The Linea is being replaced with the Fiat Egea, already #9 in December and by far the best-selling all-new model for 2015 at #45 with 5,674 in just two months.

Ford Courier Turkey 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukThe Ford Courier is the best-selling LCV in Turkey in 2015.

The Ford Courier is up a spectacular 71% and 8 spots on 2014 to land in third position with 34.655 sales, the Renault Fluence is up 5% but down 3 spots to #4 and the Fiat Doblo is up 37% to #5. Further down, notice the VW Passat up 60% to a splendid 7th place thanks to the new generation, the Ford Transit up 36% to #8 and the Ford Focus up 34% to #9. Other great performers in the Top 50 include the Nissan Qashqai up 58% to #17, the VW Transporter up 66% to #21, Mercedes C-Class up 82% to #28 and Renault Kangoo up 160% o #37. Along with the Fiat Egea, the Renault Kadjar (#64), Hyundai Tucson (#74), Fiat 500X (#111) and Mazda CX-3 (#136) also make their first appearance in the annual Turkish sales charts.

Previous month: Turkey November 2015: Fiat Fiorino and Opel Astra on top, Egea in Top 20

Previous year: Turkey Full Year 2014: Renault Fluence edges Fiat Linea out

Two years ago: Turkey Full Year 2013: Fiat Linea #1 again, Renault Symbol up 70% to #2

Full Year 2015 Top 45 All-brands and Top 320 All-models below.

Full December 2015 Top 40 All-brands and Top 244 All-models below.

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