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Turkey May 2020: Citroen (+134.9%), Opel (+100.6%) help limit market fall to -2.4%

Citroen sales are up 134.9% in a market down -2.4%.

30/06 update: Now with Top 25 models.

As the country progressively returns to normal after the COVID-19 crisis, Turkish new car sales drop just -2.4% year-on-year in May to 32.235 registrations, which in fact gives a false sense of recovery as May 2019 sales were already hit -54.6% on 2018 by the economic crisis. The year-to-date tally now stands at 183.095 units, up a splendid 20.1% on the same period in 2019. Renault (+14.9%) vastly outperforms the market and reclaims the brands top spot for the first time since last February at 17.5% share, also toppling Fiat (-5.9%) to rank #1 YTD as well.

Ford (+33.8%) scores the largest gain in the Top 5 and advances past last month’s leader Peugeot (+32%) also very dynamic. In contrast Volkswagen (-34.6%) is hit full frontal at #5. Both Citroen (+134.9%) and Opel (+100.6%) post extravagant gains in the remainder of the Top 10, each more than doubling their May 2019 volumes. Further down, Lexus (+500%), Lamborghini (+200%), DS (+262.5%), Kia (+137.2%), Land Rover (+128.8%), Mitsubishi (+69.9%), Seat (+49.8%) and Volvo (+19%) stand out whereas Alfa Romeo (-76%), Mini (-71.7%), Mazda (-66.7%), Toyota (-62.3%), Nissan (-57.1%), Audi (-56.7%) and Hyundai (-45.4%) struggle.

Over in the models ranking, the Fiat Egea (-26.1%) keeps the lead at 9.8% share but the Renault Clio (+24.5%) is catching up an ends the month just 397 units below while the Renault Megane (+8%) rallies back up 6 spots to land on the third step of the podium, earning the same rank YTD in the process. The Honda Civic (+9.5%) is back in the game: up 14 ranks on last month to #4, while the Fiat Doblo (+17.7%) and Peugeot 3008 (+5.3%) are also up in the remainder of the Top 10, but not as drastically as the Peugeot 2008 (#9) and Citroen C3 (#10). The Opel Corsa surges to #11 for the month, earning a spot in the YTD Top 25 as a result (#20). The Mercedes C-Class (#14) and Citroen C3 Aircross (#25) also make themselves noticed.

Previous month: Turkey April 2020: Peugeot (+92.4%), Opel (+83.6%), Citroen (+97.2%) help contain market drop to -14.6%

One year ago: Turkey May 2019: New Corolla (+4.1%) keeps Toyota afloat in market down -54.6%

Full May 2020 Top 40 All-brands and Top 25 models below.

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