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Russia March 2019: Lada Vesta reclaims #1 spot, breaks records in market back up (+1.8%)

The Lada Vesta breaks its volume and share records this month.

Government subsidies for lower- priced vehicles launched this month enable the Russian market to return a slim uptick with March registrations up 1.8% to 160.180, however this isn’t enough to tilt the YTD volume into positive at -0.6% to 391.650. Homegrown leader Lada (+10.1%) blissfully ignores the stalling market improving its share to 21.1%, with Kia (+2.4%) and Toyota (+3.5%) also outpacing the market in the Top 5. Renault (-7.1%) and Hyundai (-2.3%) aren’t that lucky. Below, Suzuki (+123.5%), Volvo (+46.3%), Mazda (+35.4%), Nissan (+27.1%), Datsun (+21.3%) and BMW (+19.9%) all post stellar performances. The Chinese continue to climb up: Geely (+337.4%) is the best-seller this month ahead of Haval (+253.2%) both outselling perennial leader Lifan (-62.8%) now imploding for lack of new launches. Genesis (+90.5%), Jeep (+51.8%), Porsche (+42.9%) and Dongfeng (+35.2%) also make themselves noticed.

The X-Trail (+60%) helps Nissan Russian sales soar 27.1% in March.

Over in the models ranking, the Lada Vesta (+40%) reclaims the top spot for the first time since last October, reaching record volume (12.850) and market share (8%) and eclipsing the Lada Granta (+24.4%) still very valiant and holding onto the YTD pole position for a mere 738 units. This is the Vesta’s 6th ever monthly win, placing it at the same level as the Lada Classic this decade. Since January 2010, the Lada Granta has nabbed the #1 spot 45 times (last in February 2019), the Kia Rio 16 times (last in May 2018), Lada Priora 12 times (last in August 2012), Hyundai Solaris 11 times (last in July 2016), Lada Kalina 11 times (last in July 2012), Lada Vesta 6 times (last in March 2019), Lada Classic 6 times (last in March 2011) and Lada Samara 3 times (last in December 2011). The Nissan Qashqai (+88.9%), X-Trail (+60%), Kia Optima (+37.6%), Toyota Camry (+34.1%), Lada 4×4 (+30.7%), Datsun on-DO (+24%), Kia Sportage (+18.8%), Lada Largus (+11.5%) and Renault Logan (+10.9%) post the largest gains in the Top 25.

Previous post: Russia Full Year 2018: Now with Top 330 All-models ranking

Previous month: Russia February 2019: Lada Granta up 54.1% to tighten domination in first market decline in 2 years

One year ago: Russia March 2018: Lada and Mitsubishi shine in market up 13.9%

Full March 2019 Top 50 All-brands and Top 25 models below.

Russia March 2019 – brands:

PosBrandMar-19%/18Feb2019%/18PosFY18
1Lada33,82121.1%10.1%182,36321.0%4.1%11
2Kia19,56012.2%2.4%252,98213.5%1.5%22
3Hyundai16,32210.2%-2.3%341,42510.6%6.5%33
4Renault13,0518.1%-7.1%429,3497.5%-11.6%44
5Toyota9,2245.8%3.5%621,6085.5%5.0%65
6Volkswagen8,5295.3%-1.2%522,0755.6%3.7%56
7Nissan8,1365.1%27.1%719,2854.9%6.6%78
8Skoda6,9564.3%7.3%818,4334.7%9.1%87
9GAZ4,9843.1%-1.2%911,4312.9%-2.3%99
10Mitsubishi4,9053.1%-6.2%1010,6532.7%4.1%1011
11BMW3,8502.4%19.9%119,6852.5%22.1%1114
12Ford3,5612.2%-31.5%147,7292.0%-39.5%1410
13Mercedes3,3372.1%2.7%128,9362.3%4.5%1213
14UAZ3,0891.9%9.1%137,7342.0%3.9%1312
15Chevrolet2,7751.7%6.4%165,8671.5%-13.1%1616
16Mazda2,7111.7%35.4%156,5731.7%10.4%1515
17Datsun2,6871.7%21.3%175,4481.4%-1.5%1718
18Lexus1,7241.1%-30.0%193,9381.0%-20.7%1817
19Audi1,2600.8%-8.0%183,3630.9%2.0%1919
20Land Rover9410.6%-11.8%202,1320.5%-1.7%2021
21Volvo8280.5%46.3%221,6160.4%72.5%2223
22Suzuki7420.5%123.5%321,1140.3%31.4%2926
23Volkswagen Vans7010.4%20.9%251,5560.4%11.1%2424
24Geely6430.4%337.4%241,5660.4%313.2%2334
25Infiniti5990.4%18.8%281,2780.3%8.9%2732
26Haval5580.3%253.2%231,4520.4%195.1%2535
27Subaru5290.3%7.5%211,6320.4%-0.4%2122
28Lifan4900.3%-62.8%261,3660.3%-59.0%2620
29Porsche4500.3%42.9%309930.3%39.1%3030
30Chery4320.3%-16.0%271,2290.3%-5.5%2827
31Peugeot3730.2%-29.2%299130.2%-34.7%3128
32Citroen3410.2%-29.0%346720.2%-35.7%3233
33Jaguar2750.2%-0.7%355620.1%1.8%3537
34Mini2500.2%13.6%335910.2%23.1%3438
35Jeep2080.1%51.8%375110.1%79.9%3740
36Genesis1810.1%90.5%316090.2%191.4%3339
37Zotye1650.1%-18.3%365540.1%4.7%3636
38Mercedes Vans1490.1%-74.7%393620.1%-76.6%3925
39Honda1480.1%-60.0%384520.1%-52.3%3831
40FAW1310.1%17.0%462180.1%-17.7%4243
41Dongfeng1230.1%35.2%403100.1%-6.6%4042
42Changan1020.1%2.0%441960.1%-29.5%4441
43Fiat910.1%-38.5%432220.1%-31.7%4145
44Cadillac790.0%-4.8%422040.1%12.1%4344
45Isuzu640.0%14.3%411690.0%33.1%4546
46Foton320.0%-8.6%50530.0%-34.6%4849
47Smart250.0%-55.4%48570.0%-57.5%4747
48Iveco220.0%-53.2%49470.0%-56.1%4948
49Brilliance120.0%-45.5%47430.0%7.5%5051
50Chrysler70.0%-30.0%51140.0%-41.7%5154
51HTM (Hawtai)70.0%250.0%52130.0%62.5%5252

Russia March 2019 – models:

PosModelMar-19%/18Feb2019%/18PosFY18
1Lada Vesta12,8508.0%40.0%227,8887.1%14.6%21
2Lada Granta10,4226.5%24.4%128,6267.3%39.3%12
3Kia Rio8,9275.6%-9.0%322,2755.7%-12.2%33
4Hyundai Creta6,4984.1%8.4%416,7704.3%6.4%44
5Hyundai Solaris5,9453.7%-13.6%514,1993.6%-1.9%55
6VW Polo4,2832.7%-3.2%611,8013.0%2.1%66
7Lada Largus3,9812.5%11.5%79,4312.4%2.0%77
8Renault Logan3,5492.2%10.9%147,8922.0%10.8%1117
9Renault Duster3,5362.2%-13.8%138,2682.1%-19.5%88
10Toyota Camry3,4052.1%34.1%88,2512.1%37.0%011
11VW Tiguan3,1201.9%1.8%117,2981.9%-0.1%1412
12Lada 4×43,0441.9%30.7%97,7232.0%9.2%1213
13Nissan Qashqai2,9881.9%88.9%176,6271.7%36.6%1622
14Renault Sandero2,9881.9%-4.2%236,5811.7%-9.1%1715
15Skoda Rapid2,9661.9%2.1%107,9632.0%-0.7%109
16Nissan X-Trail2,7901.7%60.0%156,6771.7%27.1%1524
17Renault Kaptur2,7641.7%-14.7%186,2561.6%-18.3%1918
18Chevrolet Niva2,6881.7%4.8%n/a5,6791.5%-14.6%2219
19Lada XRAY2,6741.7%-9.6%206,4511.6%-4.9%1810
20Mitsubishi Outlander2,6401.6%-4.3%195,6921.5%3.0%2121
21Toyota RAV42,6091.6%-12.9%215,9031.5%-11.2%2016
22Kia Sportage2,4401.5%18.8%127,6572.0%0.9%1314
23Datsun on-DO2,3831.5%24.0%n/an/an/an/an/a28
24Kia Optima2,2071.4%37.6%245,6321.4%32.5%2326
25Skoda Octavia2,0771.3%-6.3%255,3881.4%0.2%2220
n/aHyundai Tucson1,8681.2%-4.5%165,5691.4%41.8%1723

Source: AEB

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