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Bulgaria April 2018: Renault reclaims lead in market up 29.5%

Renault is up 72% to reclaim the Bulgarian brands lead in April.

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New car sales in Bulgaria gain a stunning 29.5% year-on-year to 3.578 registrations, lifting the YTD tally up 19.4% to 13.573 units. The top 3 best-selling carmakers even outpace the market frankly with Renault (+72%) back in the lead ahead of Dacia (+65%) and Skoda (+59%), the only three brands above 10% market share. Toyota (+8%) edges up one spot on March to #4 despite trailing the market while just below Peugeot (+63%), Nissan (+211%), Citroen (+130%) and Volkswagen (+37%) all post spectacular gains. Further down, notice Jeep (+333%), Mitsubishi (+150%), Great Wall (+100%), Mercedes (+81%), Seat (+64%), Fiat (+55%), Volvo (+47%), Mazda (+44%) and BMW (+31%) all in great shape.

Previous month: Bulgaria March 2018: Nissan up 106% to #1 in market up 12%

Previous year: Bulgaria Full Year 2017: Dacia and Renault lead, Kia up 123% to #4

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Bulgaria March 2018: Nissan up 106% to #1 in market up 12%

Nissan holds 9.4% of the Bulgarian market in March.

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Data has been amended to remove motorbikes that were inaccurately included for some brands.

The Bulgarian new car market is up another 12% year-on-year in March to 3.748 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 17.3% to 10.133 units. This month Nissan more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+106%) to majestically take the lead of the brands ranking at 9.4% share, but Skoda (+27%) lurks just 9 units below and Dacia (+11%) is 16 sales behind. Year-to-date, Renault (+19%) remains on top and is the only carmaker to post a four-digit figure over Q1 with 10.8% share, ahead of Dacia (+4%) and Skoda (+40%). Back to March data with Volkswagen (+52%), Mercedes (+25%), Peugeot (+24%) and Ford (+17%) also outpacing the market in the Top 10 while below, Jeep (+1700%), Lada (+162%), Mini (+83%), Fiat (+58%), Mazda (+58%), Great Wall (+50%), Volvo (+48%), Audi (+46%), Lexus (+42%) and Citroen (+27%) stand out.

Previous month: Bulgaria February 2018: Renault soars 96% to #1, Lifan up to #11

Previous year: Bulgaria Full Year 2017: Dacia and Renault lead, Kia up 123% to #4

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Bulgaria February 2018: Renault soars 96% to #1

Renault is the best-selling carmaker in Bulgaria in February.

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Data has been amended to remove motorbikes that were inaccurately included for some brands.

New car sales in Bulgaria sail off in the distance with 3.127 registrations in February, a 25.6% year-on-yea improvement lifting the year-to-date tally up 21.6% to 6.359. Renault surges 97% to 13.7%, reclaiming the brands lead off its low-cost equivalent Dacia both in February (Dacia up 32% to 9.7%) and year-to-date at 12% share (+42%) vs. 10.2% (+0.3%) for Dacia. Skoda (+54%) remains in third place but ends February just 3 sales below Dacia. If Nissan (+71%) and Opel (+45%) outpace the market inside the Top 10, Toyota (+10%), Peugeot (-2%), Volkswagen (-2%), Kia (-6%) and Ford (-17%) all under-perform. Further down, Citroen is up 87%, Lada up 73%, Hyundai up 55%, Mazda 51% and Volvo 38%.

Previous post: Bulgaria January 2018: Dacia reclaims lead, Nissan up to #4

Previous year: Bulgaria Full Year 2017: Dacia and Renault lead, Kia up 123% to #4

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Bulgaria January 2018: Dacia reclaims lead, Nissan up to #4

Nissan holds 8.5% of the Bulgarian new car market in January vs. 5.6% in 2017. 

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After gaining 15.3% in 2017, the Bulgarian new car market starts 2017 in a similar vein at +18% to 3.232 registrations. And after being overtaken by Kia in October and its stablemate Renault in December, Dacia reclaims the brands leadership with 10.6% share despite sales plunging 17% and only 5 units above Renault (+5%). Skoda soars 44% to #3, followed by Nissan (+1%) and Toyota (+37%), while BMW (+77%), Ford (+64%) and Kia (+62%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Further down, Citroen (+223%), Great Wall (+133%), Honda (+129%), Lexus (+114%), Mazda (+107%) and Suzuki (+81%) all post spectacular improvements on their January 2017 scores.

Previous post: Bulgaria Full Year 2017: Dacia and Renault lead, Kia up 123% to #4

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Bulgaria Full Year 2017: Dacia and Renault lead, Kia up 123% to #4

Kia is up 123% in Bulgaria in 2017 and misses out on the podium for just 15 sales.

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The Bulgarian new car market continues to grow at +15.3% in 2017 to 37.702 registrations. A caveat to this is that Bulgarian sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 30% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. In this context the Renault Group maintain its stranglehold on the market with Dacia leading once again thanks to sales up 10% to 11.4% share ahead of Renault up 5% to 10.6%. Toyota gains 11% and climbs one spot to #3 but the best performance in the Top 10 is without a doubt delivered by Kia more than doubling its sales vs. 2016 at +123% to 7.9% share, only 15 units short of a podium ranking for the year. The Korean manufacturer ranked #10 last year.

The Dacia Dokker celebrates five years at #1 in Bulgaria. 

Inside the Top 10, only Peugeot (+28%) outpaces the market, with Opel (-2%), Skoda (-3%) and Volkswagen (-6%) even posting a decline. Further down, BMW (+21%), Infiniti (+26%), Audi (+34%), Subaru (+44%), Mercedes (+50%), Honda (+66%), Suzuki (+69%), Alfa Romeo (+138%) and Volvo (+196%) all post spectacular gains. At #24, Lifan manages the feat of outselling local producer Great Wall (-45% at #25) in the Chinese ladder. Model-wise, the Dacia Dokker celebrates five consecutive years in pole position, beating the market at +25% to 5.7% share, and followed this time by the Renault Clio up 63% and two spots to #2. The Nissan Qashqai (+6%) is relegated to third place after two years at #2 with the Skoda Octavia (+7%) also down one rank to #4. The Renault Captur (+32%) remains in 5th place, the Dacia Duster and Sandero exchange positions at #6 and #7, the Kia Cee’d is up 12 spots, more than doubling its deliveries vs. 2016 and the Skoda Fabia and Toyota Corolla round up the Top 10.

Previous month: Bulgaria November 2017: Dacia reclaims top spot in market up 32.8%

Previous year: Bulgaria Full Year 2016: Dacia Dokker and Nissan Qashqai dominate again

Two years ago: Bulgaria Full Year 2015: Dacia Dokker distances Nissan Qashqai & Renault Captur

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Bulgaria November 2016: Dacia reclaims top spot in market up 32.8%

Dacia is the most popular carmaker in Bulgaria in November. 

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The Bulgarian new car market is up a whopping 32.8% year-on-year in November to 3.676 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 19.9% to 34.653 units, already above the 32.691 deliveries hit over the Full Year 2016.  After Kia took the market by surprise and led in October, Dacia returns to the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to sales more than doubling at +111% to 10.3% share. In fact, the entire podium posts three-digit sales improvement in November: Kia is up 140% to 9.2% and Nissan up 152% to 8.9%. Renault, leader a year ago, is down 13% to 8.9%. Notice also Mercedes up 163%, Volvo up 172% and Suzuki up 59%.

Previous month: Bulgaria October 2017: Kia surprise leader in market up 18.6%

One year ago: Bulgaria November 2016: Renault overtakes Dacia for #1 brand YTD

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Bulgaria October 2017: Kia surprise leader in market up 18.6%

Kia is the best-selling carmaker in Bulgaria in October.

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Bulgaria is back on BSCB for the first time in 2017 with October sales amounting to 3.706 units and leading to a year-to-date tally up a very robust 18.6% to 30.977 registrations. We have a surprise leader in the brands ranking: Kia, who only ranked #10 over the Full Year 2016 but dominates the October charts with a whopping 11.2% share. It ranks third year-to-date with 8% of the market (+132%) beyond Dacia (11.4%) and Renault (9.4%). If this month Renault remains in second place, Skoda is up to #3 and Dacia down to #4. Toyota is up 13% year-to-date, Peugeot up 40%, Ford up 12% and Citroen up 16% but Volkswagen is down 3%. Outside the Top 10, BMW (+37%), Audi (+41%), Mercedes (+45%), Suzuki (+65%), Honda (+71%) and Volvo (+212%) make themselves noticed. Lifan (#24) becomes the most popular Chinese manufacturer in the country above local producer Great Wall (#26), but both carmakers struggle in October.

Previous post: Bulgaria Full Year 2016: Dacia Dokker and Nissan Qashqai dominate again

One year ago: Bulgaria August-October 2016: Nissan Qashqai impresses

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Bulgaria Full Year 2016: Dacia Dokker & Nissan Qashqai dominate again

The Dacia Dokker has been the best-seller in Bulgaria since 2013.

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Excellent year for the Bulgarian new car market, up 10% to 32.691 registrations. Note Bulgarian sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 30% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. In this context, French-Romanian brand Dacia remains the most popular brand in the country – after dropping to #2 YTD in November – with sales up 6% to 3.914, just above parent brand Renault up 19% to 3.778. Skoda (+105), Toyota (+12%) and Volkswagen (-2%) round up the Top 5 while Nissan (+14%), Ford (+15%) and Peugeot (+23%) post very dynamic gains inside the Top 10. Further down, notice Lexus (+35%), Land Rover (+36%), Suzuki (+39%), Seat (+49%), Lada (+62%), Alfa Romeo (+163%) and Jaguar (+275%) all taking off.

The Nissan NP300 is the best-selling all-new nameplate in Bulgaria for 2016.

The Bulgarian models ranking sees the fourth consecutive year of reign for the Dacia Dokker, up 8% to 1.716 sales, followed like last year by the Nissan Qashqai (+34%) while the Skoda Octavia and Renault Clio, both up 28%, gain one spot each to land at #3 and #4 respectively. The victim: the Renault Captur down 15% and two ranks to #5,  The Renault Group makes it five nameplates inside the Top 7 with the Dacia Sandero at #6 and the Duster at #7. Excellent year for the Skoda Fabia (+25%) and Toyota Corolla (+33%) while outside the Top 10 let’s single out the Opel Astra (+58%), Peugeot 308 (+45%), Renault Kadjar up 263% to break into the Top 20 for its first full year in market, the Lada Niva up 49% despite its old age (38 years!), the Mazda CX-3 up 115% to #49 and Suzuki Vitara up 136% to #52. The most popular all-new nameplates are the Nissan NP300 (#116), Suzuki Baleno (#117), Toyota C-HR (#127) and Jaguar F-Pace (#132).

Previous post: Bulgaria November 2016: Renault overtakes Dacia for #1 brand YTD

Previous year: Bulgaria Full Year 2015: Dacia Dokker distances Qashqai and Captur

Two years ago: Bulgaria Full Year 2014: Dacia Dokker tops again, Skoda Octavia #2

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Bulgaria November 2016: Renault overtakes Dacia for #1 brand YTD

Renault Clio Bulgaria November 2016The Renault Clio is the best-selling model in Bulgaria this month.

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An estimated 2.779 new light vehicles found a buyer in Bulgaria in November, bringing the year-to-date tally to 28.893 units, already close to the 29.675 sold over the Full Year 2015. The big event this month is Renault overtaking its low-cost stablemate Dacia to take the brands year-to-date lead at 3.401 vs. 3.385 sales thanks to 375 units sold in November vs. just 179 for Dacia (#7). Skoda (10%), Toyota (8.9%) and Volkswagen (7.6%) all evolve above their respective YTD levels while Ford (6.7%) is below. Opel (5.9%), Kia (5.1%) Citroen (3.7%) and BMW (3.4%) also overperform but Nissan (4.7%) disappoints in 10th place. Justifying Renault’s domination this month is the Clio taking the lead of the models ranking with 5.3% share, distancing the Skoda Octavia, Nissan Qashqai and Renault Captur. The Opel Astra shoots up 23 spots on October to #5 vs. #17 year-to-date, the Kia Sportage is up 9 spots to #7 and the Citroen Berlingo up 23 to #8. The year-to-date leader, the Dacia Dokker, falters to #15 this month with just 46 deliveries.

Previous post: Bulgaria August-October 2016: Nissan Qashqai impresses

Previous year: Bulgaria Full Year 2015: Dacia Dokker distances Qashqai and Captur

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Bulgaria August-October 2016: Nissan Qashqai impresses

Nissan Qashqai Bulgaria October 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai is #1 in Bulgaria in August, September and October. 

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After a couple of months hiatus, Bulgaria is back with a vengeance on BSCB. In August, an estimated 2.507 new cars found a buyer, a 26% year-on-year uplift, bringing the year-to-date total after 8 months to 20.752, up 8% on 2015. Dacia remains the most popular carmaker at 11% share but drops 11% whereas next-in-line Renault gains 157%, Toyota is up 79% and Skoda up 20%. Notice also Nissan up 51%, Ford up 29%, Peugeot up 70% and Land Rover up 120%. Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai takes the lead in August with 6.5% share above the Skoda Octavia (4.3%) and Dacia Dokker (3.8%) with the Renault Captur (+14 spots on July), Toyota Corolla (+10) and Renault Clio IV (+5) in tow.

Only September/October combined data is available and over the two months the Bulgarian market is up 11% to 5.362 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 9% to 26.114. Renault takes the lead of the brands ranking thanks to deliveries up 49% to 12.2% share, distancing Dacia (-10%), Skoda (+4%) and Volkswagen (+18%). Ford (+21%), Kia (+36%), Lada (+255%), Land Rover (+88%), Suzuki (+59%) and Honda (+41%) also shine. The Nissan Qashqai is one again in the lead with a mammoth 11.6% share, ahead of the Dacia Dokker, Renault Captur and Skoda Octavia. This is however not enough to snap the YTD leadership away from the Dokker at 1.391 units vs. 1.191 for the Qashqai. Other great performers include the Renault Mégane up 30 spots on August to #9 and the Kia Rio up 18 to #12.

A caveat to these results is the fact that Bulgaria sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 30% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon.

Previous month: Bulgaria July 2016: Dacia outpaces market up 6%

One year ago (1): Bulgaria August 2015: Dacia Dokker and Sandero on top

One year ago (2): Bulgaria September 2015: Dacia Dokker leads, Toyota Corolla up to #4

One year ago (3): Bulgaria October 2015: Nissan Qashqai distances Dacia Dokker & Sandero

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