The Kia Rio scores its first ever podium finish in Kazakhstan.
Despite declaring a state of emergency on 15 March and placing the cities of Nur-Sultan and Almaty in quarantine on 19 March, the Kazakh new car market is unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic so far, with March sales shooting up 39.7% year-on-year to 6.870 units. The year-to-date tally now stands at 17.841 sales, up 29.6% on the same period in 2019. Lada (+32.3%) solidly holds the brands top spot with 22.3% share and reclaims the YTD lead with 19.8% of the market. Toyota (+8.5%) is up one spot on February to #2, dislodging Hyundai (+11.3%). Kia (+237%) spectacularly overtakes Ravon, with GAZ (+12.4%) and Renault (+39.8%) in tow. Only Volkswagen (+201.6%) also manages to outpace the market in the remainder of the Top 10. Subaru (+108.1%), BMW (+90.9%) and JAC (+71.4%) shine further down.
Model-wise, the Toyota Camry (+3.4%) is up 5 spots on last month to reclaim the top spot it held over the Full Year 2019, and this for the first time since last November. The Camry topples the Lada Granta (+44.4%) for just 9 units, while the Kia Rio (+388.6%) scores its first ever podium finish in Kazakhstan and the Lada Vesta (+113.5%) and Ravon Nexia R3 (+4320%) also post spectacular gains in the remainder of the Top 5. The Toyota RAV4 (+67.2%) is the only additional Top 10 model to beat the market.
Previous month: Kazakhstan February 2020: Lada reclaims lead in market up 21.5%
One year ago: Kazakhstan March 2019: Toyota Camry back in charge
Full March 2020 Top 40 All-brands and Top 140 All-models below.