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Hungary Full Year 2019: 6th straight double-digit gain (+15.7%), Suzuki scores first 1-2 since 2008 with Vitara and SX4 S-Cross

The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is up 85.6% to #2 in Hungary in 2019.

Discover over 25 years worth of Hungarian Historical Data here.

In 2019 new car sales in Hungary continue on an extremely impressive streak of 6 consecutive years of double-digit gains and 9 straight years of gains at +15.6% to 157.906 registrations, the largest annual volume since 2007 (176.878). The Hungarian market has spectacularly recovered from its post-GFC low of of 54.165 units in 2010, and is progressively returning closer to its all-time high of 234.000 units established back in 2004. Local producer and brand leader Suzuki (+33.6%) manages to more than double the market growth to hit 16.3% share, its highest in 11 years (16.9% in 2008). At #2 Ford (+15.2%) matches the market to remain at a round 10% share, distancing Skoda (+6.7%) and Opel (-0.7%) like in 2018. Toyota (+6.6%) overtakes Volkswagen (+4.9%) to #5 but all aforementioned brands underperform. Kia (+45.6%), Fiat (+44.6%) and Dacia (+31.8%) on the other hand all post spectacular improvements just as Renault (+16.9%) outpaces the market slightly. Further down, Tesla (+455.6%), Smart (+186%), Ssangyong (+89.4%), Mini (+58.8%), Jeep (+34.1%), Land Rover (+29.1%), Citroen (+23.7%), Peugeot (+23.1%) and Seat (+20.6%) stand out while Chinese carmakers Dongfeng (#36) and BAIC (#40) enter the market in 2019.

In the models ranking, the Suzuki Vitara (+8.8%) celebrates four years in a row in pole position, improving to the largest annual volume by any nameplate since the Suzuki Swift in 2007 (15.661), but seeing its share thaw slightly to 7.7%. For the first time since 2008 (Swift/SX4), there are two Suzukis atop the annual Hungarian models ranking as the SX4 S-Cross (+85.6%) almost doubles its volume to land in 2nd place with just under 6% share. The Skoda Octavia (+13%) is knocked down to #3 with the Dacia Duster (+21.1%) and Ford Kuga (+26.1%) rounding out the Top 5 in very dynamic fashion. The Toyota Corolla (+155.4%), Kia Cee’d (+96%) and Fiat 500 (+42.3%) score the largest gains in a Top 10 they weren’t part of in 2018. Notice also the Dacia Lodgy (+228.1%), Suzuki Swift (+106.8%), Hyundai Kona (+75.6%), Renault Captur (+42.5%) while the VW Tiguan (#29), Skoda Kodiaq (#32) and Seat Arona (#40) break into the Top 40.

Previous month: Hungary November 2019: Ford Kuga up to #2, Dacia Lodgy up to #4 in market up 25%

Previous year: Hungary 2018: Suzuki places two models on podium for first time in 10 years: Vitara (#1) and SX4 S-Cross (#3)

Two years ago: Hungary 2017: Suzuki and Vitara #1 again, biggest volume since 2008

Full Year 2019 Top 45 All-brands and Top 50 models vs. Full Year 2018 figures below.

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