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Russia January 2018: First ever monthly top spot for the Lada Vesta

The Vesta is the 6th Lada nameplate to have held the monthly #1 spot in Russia this decade…

* See the Top 55 All-brands and Top 25 models by clicking on the title *

Compensating for a particularly low score a year ago in January 2017 (weakest month in seven years), Russian new light vehicle sales surge 31.3% this month to 102.464, the largest year-on-year gain since August 2011 (+32%). Homegrown market leader Lada (+29%) posts a 4th month above 20% share in the past ten, followed by Kia soaring 49% to an all-time record 14.9% share, beating the 13.2% established just a year ago in January 2017. Hyundai (+31%), Renault (+51%) and Volkswagen (+22%) round up the Top 5 with Ford (+39%) and Toyota (+34%) also outpacing the market inside the Top 10. Below, Ravon (+230%), Honda (+150%), Smart (+110%), Subaru (+104%), Mitsubishi (+95%), Peugeot (+83%) and Chery (+75%) all post spectacular gains while smaller Chinese brands such as Foton (+567%), Zotye (+475%), Dongfeng (+137%) and Haval (+66%) also makes themselves noticed.

…after the Lada Granta (40 times since September 2012)……the Lada Priora (12 times)……the Lada Kalina (11 times)……the Lada Classic (6 times)……and the Lada Samara (3 times). All pictures courtesy zr.ru

The Russian models ranking is the theatre of a very rare event this month: a new leader. Illustrating the traditionally low gearing up characterising Lada nameplates, over two years after its original launch in November 2015 the Lada Vesta manages its very first monthly win thanks to deliveries up 64% to 6.5% share. This is a new record share, smashing the 5.3% it hit last November. It outsells the 2017 leader, the Kia Rio (+16%), by just 114 units after coming just 42 sales off the #1 spot last November. The Vesta is the 6th Lada nameplate to have held the monthly top spot at least once since January 2010: the Granta did so 40 times since September 2012, the Priora 12 times (last in August 2012), the Kalina 11 times (last in July 2012), the Classic 6 times (last in March 2011) and the Samara 3 times (last in December 2011).

The Sportage breaks into the Russian Top 10 for the first time, helping Kia to a record share.

In January the Lada Granta (+15%) recedes to third place above the Hyundai Creta celebrating 18 consecutive months as the country’s favourite SUV and the VW Polo is up 26% to round up the Top 5. At #6, the Kia Sportage (+96%) brilliantly breaks into the monthly Russian Top 10 for the first time (previous best: #11 in June 2017), overtaking a struggling Hyundai Solaris (+3%). The Skoda Rapid is up 9 spots on December to #9, the Lada XRAY is down 5 to #12, the Kia Cee’d is up 110% to #13, its highest ranking since March 2016 (#12), the Renault Sandero is up 90% to #15, the Renault Logan up 70% to #20 and the Kia Optima up 118% to a record #22, only its second appearance inside the Russian Top 25 after last October (#25).

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Full January 2018 Top 55 All-brands and Top 25 models below.

Russia January 2018 – brands:

PosBrandJan-18%/17DecFY17
1Lada21,00520.5%29%11
2Kia15,31014.9%49%42
3Hyundai8,7528.5%31%23
4Renault7,8807.7%51%34
5Volkswagen5,5935.5%22%66
6Nissan5,3765.2%27%77
7Toyota5,1515.0%34%55
8Skoda4,5014.4%26%98
9Ford3,1323.1%39%1010
10GAZ2,5742.5%12%89
11Mercedes2,5102.4%2%1412
12Mitsubishi2,1032.1%95%1217
13Mazda2,0572.0%36%1515
14BMW2,0502.0%17%1714
15UAZ1,9351.9%12%1111
16Chevrolet1,7731.7%2%1313
17Ravon1,4701.4%230%2021
18Datsun1,2631.2%14%1616
19Lexus1,1961.2%20%1818
20Lifan8910.9%-4%1919
21Audi7260.7%-22%2120
22Subaru6180.6%104%2526
23Land Rover4330.4%8%2622
24Mercedes Vans4190.4%70%2425
25Peugeot4150.4%83%2930
26Volkswagen Vans3650.4%20%2324
27Chery3580.3%75%2827
28Honda3080.3%150%3133
29Citroen2560.2%-3%3232
30Infiniti2410.2%-36%3329
31Suzuki2090.2%-21%2728
32Haval1790.2%66%3537
33Zotye1610.2%475%3842
34Porsche1560.2%3%3031
35Dongfeng1280.1%137%3645
36Geely1190.1%-1%3735
37Jaguar1080.1%-19%3936
38Fiat950.1%-22%3434
39Volvo930.1%29%2223
40Mini870.1%24%4038
41Changan750.1%-19%4139
42Jeep620.1%-33%4541
43Genesis480.0%700%4343
44FAW470.0%42%4947
45Smart420.0%110%4644
46SsangYong410.0%n/a5151
47Cadillac360.0%-54%4240
48Hyundai LCV340.0%750% –54
49Iveco300.0%-14%4749
50Isuzu200.0%-51%4446
51Foton200.0%567%4848
52Brilliance60.0%-54%5050
53Chrysler50.0%n/a5355
54HTM (Hawtai)20.0%-83%5252
55BAW00.0%-100% –53

Russia January 2018 – models:

PosModelJan-18%/17DecFY17
1Lada Vesta6,6966.5%64%23
2Kia Rio6,5826.4%16%31
3Lada Granta5,3155.2%15%12
4Hyundai Creta3,8333.7%49%45
5VW Polo3,2093.1%26%56
6Kia Sportage3,0673.0%96%2319
7Hyundai Solaris2,9872.9%3%64
8Renault Duster2,5102.4%36%87
9Skoda Rapid2,2982.2%16%1815
10Lada Largus2,2682.2%45%98
11Lada 4×42,0682.0%27%1516
12Lada XRAY1,9121.9%21%79
13Kia Cee’d1,9101.9%110%n/an/a
14Nissan X-Trail1,8021.8%49%1921
15Renault Sandero1,7601.7%90%1614
16Chevrolet Niva1,7521.7%5%1011
17Renault Kaptur1,7521.7%15%1312
18VW Tiguan1,7211.7%34%1218
19Toyota RAV41,5921.6%38%1410
20Renault Logan1,5531.5%70%1113
21Mazda CX-51,4551.4%30%2525
22Kia Optima1,4171.4%118%n/an/a
23Skoda Octavia1,3871.4%11%2420
24Nissan Qashqai1,3861.4%37%2122
25Toyota Camry1,3371.3%1%1717

Source: AEB

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