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Russia April 2019: Skoda (+16.2%), BMW (+13.1%), Geely (+260.2%) impress in 2nd market drop in 3 months

Geely sales are up 260.2% in Russia in April, partly thanks to the Atlas SUV.

April Russian sales (-2.7% to 148.296) show that the February decline, the first one in two year, wasn’t a freak event and may be a sign of things to come, as a recent 2% rise of the VAT for cars in the country and low consumer confidence have cripples new car sales in the country. The year-to-date volume is now down -1% year-on-year to 539.946. Surprisingly, the market drop isn’t affecting the most popular carmakers as much, with 4 in the Top 5 posting positive results for the month, starting with homegrown leader Lada (+5.2%) up to 21.8% share ahead of Kia (+1.2%) at 13.4%, with Renault (+4.9%) and Volkswagen (+7.3%) also very strong and Hyundai (-3.1%) the odd one out.

Nevertheless it’s Skoda (+16.2%) that signs the largest and only double-digit gain in the Top 10, with Mercedes (+1.5%) and GAZ (+1.1%) also up. Further down, Datsun (+74.1%), Genesis (+24.1%), Jeep (+22.5%), Suzuki (+20.6%), Porsche (+18.3%) and BMW (+13.1%) impress but once again it’s the Chinese carmakers that deliver the most spectacular gains, starting with their leader Geely (+260.6%) cracking the Russian Top 20 for the first time since October 2015, but also Haval (+185.8%) and Dongfeng (+72.4%) whereas previous leader Lifan (-62.2%) is in total perdition.

Model-wise, the Lada Granta (+69.9%) reclaims the top spot off the Lada Vesta (+30.1%) for the 6th time in the past 8 months, cementing its YTD lead. The Kia Rio (-0.2%) and Hyundai Creta (+3.2%) stay put while the VW Polo (+16%) overtakes the Hyundai Solaris (-20.4%) for 5th place overall. The Renault Duster (+3.3%) remains the #2 SUV in the country with the Renault Sandero (+22.8%) and the Skoda Rapid (+11.4%) also very strong in the tail end of the Top 10. Further down, the Skoda Kodiaq (+307.5%), Kia Soul (+37.7%), Kia Optima (+33.9%) and Toyota Camry (+27%) shine.

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

One year ago: Russia April 2018: Lada XRAY breaks records in market up 17.6%

Full April 2019 Top 53 All-brands and Top 25 models below.

Russia April 2019 – brands:

PosBrandApr-19%/18Mar2019%/18PosFY18
1Lada32,31621.8%5.2%1114,67921.2%4.4%11
2Kia19,81913.4%1.2%272,80113.5%1.4%22
3Hyundai15,37910.4%-3.1%356,80410.5%3.7%33
4Renault12,5438.5%4.9%441,8927.8%-7.2%44
5Volkswagen9,5516.4%7.3%631,6265.9%4.7%56
6Toyota8,4665.7%-3.5%530,0745.6%2.4%65
7Skoda7,3595.0%16.2%825,7924.8%11.1%77
8GAZ5,4243.7%1.1%916,8553.1%-1.2%99
9Ford3,7522.5%-23.3%1211,4812.1%-35.0%1310
10Mercedes3,4562.3%1.5%1312,3922.3%3.7%1213
11UAZ3,4452.3%3.1%1411,1792.1%3.7%1412
12BMW3,4002.3%13.1%1113,0852.4%19.6%1114
13Mitsubishi3,1032.1%2.4%1013,7562.5%3.7%1011
14Nissan2,5281.7%-55.0%721,8134.0%-8.0%88
15Mazda2,2571.5%-28.3%168,8301.6%-3.0%1515
16Chevrolet1,9341.3%-37.4%157,8011.4%-20.7%1616
17Lexus1,9041.3%-21.9%185,8421.1%-21.1%1817
18Datsun1,4521.0%74.1%176,9001.3%8.4%1718
19Audi1,4080.9%-7.1%194,7710.9%-0.9%1919
20Geely7860.5%260.6%242,3520.4%294.0%2134
21Volkswagen Vans6900.5%-4.2%232,2460.4%5.9%2324
22Volvo6430.4%7.9%212,2590.4%47.4%2223
23Suzuki6320.4%20.6%221,7460.3%27.3%2826
24Haval6030.4%185.8%262,0550.4%192.3%2535
25Chery5670.4%-5.0%301,7960.3%-5.3%2727
26Porsche5570.4%18.3%291,5500.3%30.8%2930
27Land Rover5130.3%-28.8%202,6450.5%-8.5%2021
28Subaru5050.3%-21.5%272,1370.4%-6.4%2422
29Lifan4870.3%-62.2%281,8530.3%-59.9%2620
30Peugeot3830.3%-28.4%311,2960.2%-33.0%3128
31Citroen2570.2%-25.9%329290.2%-33.3%3233
32Zotye2020.1%-2.9%377560.1%2.6%3536
33Mini2000.1%5.3%347910.1%18.1%3338
34Genesis1700.1%24.1%367790.1%125.1%3439
35Jeep1690.1%22.5%356800.1%61.1%3640
36Honda1690.1%-65.5%396210.1%-56.8%3831
37Dongfeng1690.1%72.4%414790.1%11.4%4042
38Changan1460.1%2.1%423420.1%-18.8%4141
39Mercedes Vans1280.1%-76.5%384900.1%-76.6%3925
40Infiniti1240.1%-61.7%251,4020.3%-6.4%3032
41Smart1010.1%26.3%471580.0%-26.2%4647
42FAW940.1%-37.7%403120.1%-25.0%4243
43Hyundai LCV940.1%1780.0% –1580.0%47.7%4750
44Fiat890.1%-49.4%433110.1%-37.9%4345
45Isuzu820.1%-2.4%452510.0%19.0%4546
46Cadillac780.1%-36.6%442820.1%-7.5%4444
47Jaguar750.1%-59.9%336370.1%-13.8%3737
48Iveco390.0%85.7%48860.0%-32.8%4848
49Foton250.0%-37.5%46780.0%-35.5%4949
50Brilliance160.0%6.7%49590.0%7.3%5051
51Chrysler30.0%n/a50170.0%-29.2%5154
52HTM (Hawtai)30.0%-25.0%51160.0%33.3%5252
53SsangYong10.0%-50.0% –40.0%-94.2%5353

Russia April 2019 – models:

PosModelApr-19%/18Mar2019%/18PosFY18
1Lada Granta12,6528.5%69.9%241,2787.3%47.4%12
2Lada Vesta10,1316.8%30.1%138,0197.1%18.4%21
3Kia Rio8,5095.7%-0.2%330,7845.7%-9.2%33
4Hyundai Creta6,1234.1%3.2%422,8934.3%5.5%44
5VW Polo5,6653.8%16.0%617,4663.0%6.2%66
6Hyundai Solaris5,1923.5%-20.4%519,3913.6%-7.6%55
7Lada Largus3,6462.5%-11.4%713,0772.4%-2.2%77
8Renault Duster3,6202.4%3.3%911,8882.1%-13.7%88
9Renault Sandero3,2632.2%22.8%149,8441.7%-0.5%1515
10Skoda Rapid3,2612.2%11.4%1511,2242.0%2.5%99
11Renault Logan3,2042.2%8.2%811,0962.0%10.1%1017
12VW Tiguan2,8471.9%-2.5%1110,1451.9%-0.8%1412
13Kia Sportage2,7041.8%-12.7%2210,3612.0%-3.0%1314
14Lada 4×42,6581.8%-15.5%1210,3812.0%1.6%1213
15Toyota Camry2,6141.8%27.0%1010,8652.1%34.5%1111
16Renault Kaptur2,2881.5%-6.1%178,5441.6%-15.4%1718
17Lada XRAY2,2841.5%-47.0%198,7351.6%-21.3%1610
18Kia Optima2,2391.5%33.9%247,8711.4%32.9%1926
19Toyota RAV42,2351.5%-2.1%218,1381.5%-8.9%1816
20Hyundai Tucson2,1001.4%4.8%n/a7,6691.4%29.3%2023
21Skoda Octavia2,0421.4%-8.9%257,4301.4%-2.5%2320
22Skoda Kodiaq1,9641.3%307.5%n/an/an/an/an/a32
23Chevrolet Niva1,8531.2%-38.9%187,5321.5%-22.2%2119
24Kia Soul1,7911.2%37.7%n/an/an/an/an/a31
25Kia Cee’d1,7351.2%-6.1%n/an/an/an/an/a27
n/aMitsubishi Outlander1,6441.1%-13.7%207,3361.5%-1.3%2521
n/aNissan Qashqai9020.6%-42.4%137,5291.7%17.4%2222
n/aNissan X-Trail7360.5%-51.6%167,4131.7%9.4%2424

Source: AEB

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