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

The Lada XRAY breaks its volume and share records at home in April.

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The Russian new car market is closing in on a very impressive feat: a full year of double-digit gains, with April marking the 11th consecutive month sales advance in the double-digits year-on-year at +17.6% to 152.425 units. It’s also the 14th year-on-year gain in a row. The year-to-date volume is now up 20.5% to 545.345, the largest score at this stage of the year since 2014 (829.046). Homegrown leader Lada follows its home market with a 17% gain to 20.1% share, ahead of Kia (+22%), Hyundai (+16%) and Renault (+3%). In the remainder of the Top 10, Toyota (+24%), Volkswagen (+23%), Ford (+21%) and Skoda (+18%) outpace the market whereas Nissan (+14%) and GAZ (+12%) fall short.

The CX-5 (+122%) helps Mazda up 78% this month in Russia.

Further down, Honda (+943%), Genesis (+211%), Mitsubishi (+139%), Mazda (+78%), Smart (+74%), Suzuki (+67%), Isuzu (+65%), Peugeot (+55%), Mini (+46%), Lexus (+28%) and Subaru (+27%) shine with the Chinese once again reaping some of the largest gains in market with Dongfeng (+151%), Zotye (+129%), FAW (+119%), Haval (+46%), Foton (+33%) and Chery (+31%) all markedly ahead of their April 2017 scores but none of them above 600 sales this month.

Born in 1977, the Lada 4×4 manages a 27% year-on-year gain to rank #10 in April.

The Kia Rio is the best-selling vehicle in Russia for the 14th time in the past 24 months despite a 5% year-on-year drop in April, once again resisting the assaults of the Lada Vesta up 25% this month and 50% YTD. The Lada Granta drops 12% at #3, the Hyundai Solaris is down 4% at #4 but the Hyundai Creta (+29%) and VW Polo (+20%) both frankly beat the market. It’s also the case for the Lada XRAY up 40% to break its monthly volume record at 4.309 (previous best 3.736 in December 2017), its share record at 2.8% (previous best 2.4% in April 2017) and equal its ranking record at #7 (also hit in December 2017).

The Toyota Prado is up 49% to return to the Russian Top 25 in April. Picture autoweztnik.ru

More surprising are the meteoric rises of the Lada Largus (+67%) to #8 and Lada 4×4 (+27%) to score its second Top 10 in the past three months, two nameplates far from being in their prime. As it has been the case for the past few years, SUVs lead the year-on-year gain charge with the Mazda CX-5 up 122% to hit its highest ranking since September 2016 at #17, the Hyundai Tucson up 114%, Mitsubishi Outlander up 81%, Toyota Prado up 49% to slot inside the Russian Top 25 for the second time in the past 16 months along with last December, the VW Tiguan up 28% and Kia Sportage up 25%. The Kia Cee’d (+34%) and Toyota Camry (+28%) are the best performing sedans.

Previous month: Russia March 2018: Lada and Mitsubishi shine in market up 13.9%

One year ago: Russia April 2017: Market confirms rebound at +6.9%

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Russia March 2018: Lada and Mitsubishi shine in market up 13.9%

The Kia Rio remains the best-selling nameplate in Russia.

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Another excellent result for the Russian market in March with sales up 13.9% to 157.279 units, marking 13 consecutive months of year-on-year gains and, more impressively, a 10th double-digit gain in a row. Year-to-date volumes are up a splendid 21.7% to 392.920. Homegrown leader Lada outpaces the market for the second month running at +22% to 19.5% share vs. +29% and 20.1% so far in 2018. Stunningly, 8 of the Top 10 carmakers advance faster than the market in March, led by Mitsubishi up a gargantuan 206%, Skoda (+34%), Kia (+31%), Ford (+25%), Renault (+25%), Volkswagen (+24%) and Hyundai (+17%). Only Toyota (-8%) and more worryingly Nissan (-21%) miss the mark.

Mitsubishi is up 3-fold on March 2017.

Large surges are a lot rarer below in the ranking, with Honda (+206%), Mini (+76%), recent Uz-Daewoo replacement Ravon (+71%) and Subaru (+39%) standing out in the Top 35. Among smaller volume-brands, the Chinese once again reap most of the top performing spots with FAW (+409%), Zotye (+153%), Foton (+106%), Dongfeng (+78%) and Brilliance (+47%) making great progress off very low bases. There are some bitter disappointments also: among them HTM/Hawtai (-90%), Genesis (-48%), Cadillac (-43%), Geely (-39%), UAZ (-38%), Datsun (-36%), Fiat (-28%) and Volvo (-22%).

Dongfeng sales are up 78% year-on-year in Russia in March.

The Kia Rio manages to sign an 8th win in the past 12 months thanks to sales up 17% to 6.2% share, containing the assaults of the Lada Vesta surging 52% to 5.8% but incapable of reproducing its January victory for now. Below, the Lada Granta (+7%) and Hyundai Solaris (+3%) lose share whereas the Hyundai Creta gains 27% to round up the Top 5. The Lada Largus surprises with a spectacular 90% year-on-year gain at #8 above the Renault Kaptur (+22%), Logan (+21%) and Sandero (+27%) all beating the market. The Hyundai Tucson (+88%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+77%) and VW Tiguan (+52%) lead the SUV charge.

Previous post: Russia Full Year 2017: Now with Top 365 All-models ranking

Previous month: Russia February 2018: Kia Rio reclaims top spot in market up 24.7%

One year ago: Russia March 2017: Largest year-on-year gain in 4.5 years at +9%

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Russia Full Year 2017: Now with Top 365 All-models ranking

The UAZ Profi lands at #148 at home in 2017.

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Today we can share with you complete data for the Full Year 2017 Russian models ranking with 365 nameplates included. As is the tradition the GAZ Gazelle is added to the original ranking we published in January, dropping one spot to #6 despite sales up 4% year-on-year. This time the UAZ Bukhanka (-12%) doesn’t make it into the annual Top 25 at #26. Below the well-known Top 25, the Mitsubishi Outlander (+50%), UAZ Patriot (-18%), Nissan Almera (+6%), Kia Cee’d (+1%) and Ford Focus (+25%) are the next best things. The Kia Optima (+104%), Kia Cerato (+82%), Ford Transit (+62%), Kia Sorento (+59%), Ford Kuga (+54%), Hyundai Santa Fe (+52%), Kia Soul (+45%) and BMW X5 (+29%) post some of the most sizeable year-on-year uplifts in the Top 50.

The Chery Tiggo 3 is the #1 newcomer in Russia in 2017, although it is just a renaming.
The Kia Sorento is up 59% year-on-year in Russia.The Chery Tiggo 2 lands at #143.

The Lifan X60 (#46) remains the most popular Chinese nameplate in Russia but drops 5 spots and 3% on 2016. It is followed by the Lifan X50 at #65 (-20%), the Lifan Solano at #73 (+63%) and the Chery Tiggo 3 at #91, the best-selling new nameplate for 2017 (although it is mainly a renaming of the Chery Tiggo) and one of only two able to crack the annual Top 100 thanks to 2.651 deliveries. Talking about newcomers, out of 31 new nameplates pointing their bonnet in the Russian 2017 sales charts, a staggering 14 are Chinese… The best performers are, below the Tiggo 3, the Skoda Kodiaq (#100), Haval H6 (#118), Toyota Fortuner (#128), Ravon Gentra (#140), Chery Tiggo 2 (#143), Genesis G80 (#146), UAZ Profi (#148) and Lifan Myway (#156).

Previous post: Russia February 2018: Kia Rio reclaims top spot in market up 24.7%

First FY2017 post: Russia Full Year 2017: Kia Rio 2nd foreign model #1 in 47 years, market up 11.9%

Previous year: Russia Full Year 2016: Hyundai Solaris ends 45 years of Lada domination

Two years ago: Russia Full Year 2015: Hyundai Solaris teases Lada Granta in market down 36%

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Russia February 2018: Kia Rio reclaims top spot in market up 24.7%

The Kia Rio is back atop the Russian sales charts in February.

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New car sales in Russia shoot up 24.7% year-on-year in February to 133.177 units, signalling the market is decidedly in recovery. Added with a 31.3% gain in January, YTD sales are up 27.5% to 235.641. Lada beats its home market with a stunning 37% year-on-year gain to 20.6% share, the carmaker’s fifth 20%+ share in the past year. Below, Kia (+44%) and Hyundai (+43%) do even better and round up the podium but GAZ (+20%), Nissan (+19%), Renault (+17%), Volkswagen (+11%) and Toyota (+3%) under-perform. Ford (+50%) and Skoda (+39%) are the other two manufacturers gaining market share year-on-year in the Top 10. Further down, notice Ravon (+191%), Honda (+132%), Mitsubishi (+97%), Mini (+68%) and Peugeot (+40%) posting solid performances while among Chinese carmakers, Foton (+767%), FAW (+657%), Zotye (+286%) and Dongfeng (+183%) all take off but remain at or below 0.1% market share.

The Lada Vesta is up 66% year-on-year but down to 2nd place in February.

Over in the models ranking, after the Lada Vesta snapped its first ever monthly pole position last month, the Kia Rio, Russia’s best-seller over the Full Year 2017, reclaims the throne, roughly following the market at +28%. The Vesta comes in second place with a spectacular 66% year-on-year gain ahead of the Lada Granta (+30%), Hyundai Creta (+46%) and Solaris (+49%) all gaining market share year-on-year. The Lada Largus (+76%), Kia Sportage (+68%), Datsun on-DO (+53%) and Renault Kaptur (+45%) also shine in the Top 25 while the VW Tiguan (+45%) equals its best-ever ranking at #12, also hit last December.

Previous month: Russia January 2018: First ever monthly top spot for the Lada Vesta

One year ago: Russia February 2017: Kia Rio confirms top spot in market down 4.1%

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Russia January 2018: First ever monthly top spot for the Lada Vesta

The Vesta is the 6th Lada nameplate to have held the monthly #1 spot in Russia this decade…

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Compensating for a particularly low score a year ago in January 2017 (weakest month in seven years), Russian new light vehicle sales surge 31.3% this month to 102.464, the largest year-on-year gain since August 20111 (+32%). Homegrown market leader Lada (+29%) posts a 4th month above 20% share in the past ten, followed by Kia soaring 49% to an all-time record 14.9% share, beating the 13.2% established just a year ago in January 2017. Hyundai (+31%), Renault (+51%) and Volkswagen (+22%) round up the Top 5 with Ford (+39%) and Toyota (+34%) also outpacing the market inside the Top 10. Below, Ravon (+230%), Honda (+150%), Smart (+110%), Subaru (+104%), Mitsubishi (+95%), Peugeot (+83%) and Chery (+75%) all post spectacular gains while smaller Chinese brands such as Foton (+567%), Zotye (+475%), Dongfeng (+137%) and Haval (+66%) also makes themselves noticed.

…after the Lada Granta (40 times since September 2012)……the Lada Priora (12 times)……the Lada Kalina (11 times)……the Lada Classic (6 times)……and the Lada Samara (3 times). All pictures courtesy zr.ru

The Russian models ranking is the theatre of a very rare event this month: a new leader. Illustrating the traditionally low gearing up characterising Lada nameplates, over two years after its original launch in November 2015 the Lada Vesta manages its very first monthly win thanks to deliveries up 64% to 6.5% share. This is a new record share, smashing the 5.3% it hit last November. It outsells the 2017 leader, the Kia Rio (+16%), by just 114 units after coming just 42 sales off the #1 spot last November. The Vesta is the 6th Lada nameplate to have held the monthly top spot at least once since January 2010: the Granta did so 40 times since September 2012, the Priora 12 times (last in August 2012), the Kalina 11 times (last in July 2012), the Classic 6 times (last in March 2011) and the Samara 3 times (last in December 2011).

The Sportage breaks into the Russian Top 10 for the first time, helping Kia to a record share.

In January the Lada Granta (+15%) recedes to third place above the Hyundai Creta celebrating 18 consecutive months as the country’s favourite SUV and the VW Polo is up 26% to round up the Top 5. At #6, the Kia Sportage (+96%) brilliantly breaks into the monthly Russian Top 10 for the first time (previous best: #11 in June 2017), overtaking a struggling Hyundai Solaris (+3%). The Skoda Rapid is up 9 spots on December to #9, the Lada XRAY is down 5 to #12, the Kia Cee’d is up 110% to #13, its highest ranking since March 2016 (#12), the Renault Sandero is up 90% to #15, the Renault Logan up 70% to #20 and the Kia Optima up 118% to a record #22, only its second appearance inside the Russian Top 25 after last October (#25).

Previous post: Russia Full Year 2017: Kia Rio 2nd foreign model #1 in 47 years, market up 11.9%

One year ago: Russia January 2017: Lada hits highest market share in over 5 years

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Russia Full Year 2017: Kia Rio 2nd foreign model #1 in 47 years, market up 11.9%

The Kia Rio is the best-selling vehicle in Russia in 2017.

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After freefalling for four consecutive years, the Russian new car market has bottomed out in 2017 with deliveries up a sturdy 11.9% to 1.595.737 units. Local behemoth Lada outpaces its home market with a 17% gain to an improved 19.5% share, with Kia doing even better in 2nd place at +22% to 11.4% share. Hyundai (+9%) rounds up the podium but sees its share thaw to 9.9% ahead of Renault up 17% to 8.6%. Toyota (-0.3%), Volkswagen (+21%) and Nissan (+8%) mean the Top 7 brands are unchanged on 2016, while Skoda (+12%) overtakes GAZ (+5%) for #8 and Ford (+18%) passes UAZ (-15%) to re-enter the Top 10.

The Lada Vesta posts its first podium finish at home.

Further down, Mazda (+20%), Volvo (+26%), Datsun (+31%), Honda (+39%) and Mitsubishi (+45%) impress. Ravon (+733%) and Genesis (+2141%) were both launched in 2016 and accordingly show extravagant gains. Lifan continues to dominate Russian brands at #19 overall despite a 3% year-on-year drop, with Chery (+24%), Geely (-50%) and newcomer for 2017 Haval (#37) in tow. Below, Changan (+161%), Zotye (+261%) and Foton (+612%) shoot up whereas Dongfeng (-21%), FAW (-33%), BAW (-47%) and Brilliance (-75%) struggle. The second brand launch for 2017, HTM (aka Hawtai) lands at #52 with under 100 sales.

The Hyundai Creta is the best-selling SUV in Russia for 2017.

2016 was a historical year that saw the first foreign model to top the annual Russian charts for the first time in 47 years, since the creation of the Lada brand in 1970. The Hyundai Solaris was the best-selling nameplate in the country then, and if 2017 marks the second consecutive foreign-dominated annual models ranking, the crown goes to another nameplate: the Kia Rio (+10%) which topped the monthly charts nine times. The Lada Granta (+7%) is stuck in second place but ended the year up an encouraging 17% in December, then lodging its first five-digit monthly sales figure in two years. The Lada Vesta continues to gear up at +40% to its first annual podium ranking in 2017, missing out on a first monthly crown by just 42 units in November.

The Lada XRAY ends its first full year on the Russian market inside the Top 10. 

The Hyundai Solaris tumbles down 24% to 4th place, but far from a sudden exodus of local car buyers, this harsh decline is due to the discontinuation of its hatchback variant to make room for the Hyundai Creta built in the same plant. The Creta shoots up 152% to end its first full year in market at a stunning 5th place, the country’s most popular SUV. The Lada Largus is up 15% to #8, the Lada XRAY up 67% to #9 and #3 SUV below the Renault Duster for its first full year. The Renault Kaptur also shines at #12 (+122%), with the VW Tiguan (+160%), Datsun on-DO (+35%), Kia Sportage (+30%) and Mazda CX-5 (+19%) posting the biggest year-on-year gains in the remainder of the Top 25.

Previous month: Russia November 2017: Lada Vesta only 42 units off pole position

Previous year: Russia Full Year 2016: Hyundai Solaris ends 45 years of Lada domination

Two years ago: Russia Full Year 2015: Hyundai Solaris teases Lada Granta in market down 36%

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Russia November 2017: Lada Vesta only 42 units off first pole position

Lada Vesta sw – the Vesta breaks its ranking, volume and share records in November.

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The Russian new car market records a 9th consecutive year-on-year gain and 7th double-digit gain in a row in November at +15% to 152.259 deliveries, lifting the year-to-date tally up 11.7% to 1.430.197. Lada matches the market with a 14% year-on-year improvement to 19.2% share, followed by Kia (+10%) and Hyundai (-3%) both losing market share vs. a year ago. Renault follows the market at +15% in 4th place while Volkswagen (+29%), Ford (+29%), Nissan (+28%) and Skoda (+19%) post the largest increases in the Top 10. Below, Honda (+157%), Mitsubishi (+129%), Peugeot (+125%), Isuzu (+66%), Fiat (+45%) and Mazda (+43%) are among the best performers, with recently launched Genesis (+452%) and Ravon (+336%) starting from a low base. But it’s also among Chinese carmakers that we find some very spectacular evolutions: below struggling Lifan (-3%), Chery (+97%), Dongfeng (+162%), Changan (+115%), Zotye (+138%) and Foton (+394%) impress albeit all below 0.5% share.

Russian VW Tiguan sales are up 135% year-on-year this month.

Model-wise, the Kia Rio tops the Russian sales charts for the 12th time in the past 16 months, and this despite a 4% year-on-year loss, cementing its YTD pole position and headed towards its first ever annual win in Russia. This means that the Russian models top spot will be held by a foreign nameplate for the second year running and the second time since the creation of the Lada brand in 1970. But this time it was a very close call, with the Lada Vesta lurking only 42 sales behind the Rio for November. Helped by the arrival of the sw and sw cross variants, the Vesta soars 42% year-on-year and breaks all its records this month: #2 ranking (previous best #3 first hit in January 2017), 5.3% market share (previous best 5.2% first hit last January also) and 8.066 sales (previous best 7.014 in December 2016). It’s also the first time the Vesta is Lada’s best-seller at home, outpacing the Granta (-12%) for the first time.

The Mazda CX-5 is up 34% year-on-year in November. 

Below, the Hyundai Creta posts an incredible 16th month as the country’s best-selling SUV: it has been the #1 SUV here ever since its launch month in August 2016. It’s a great month for SUVs in Russia: in selling order, the Renault Duster (+21%), Kaptur (+25%), Toyota RAV4 (+28%), Lada 4×4 (+36%), VW Tiguan (+135%), Lada XRAY (+16%), Nissan X-Trail (+21%) and Mazda CX-5 (+34%) all outperform the market inside the Top 25. Notice also the Lada Largus (+37%), Skoda Rapid (+25%) and Datsun on-DO (+27%) all posting very robust year-on-year lifts.

Previous month: Russia October 2017: Optima, Outlander shine in market up 17.3%

One year ago: Russia November 2016: Lada outpaces market up for 1st time in 2 years

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Russia October 2017: Optima, Outlander shine in market up 17.3%

First ever Top 25 ranking for the Kia Optima in Russia. 

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Russian new car sales post an 8th consecutive month of year-on-year gains and 6th consecutive double-digit gain at +17.3% to 148.597 registrations. This is the longest positive streak in Russia since 2012, and it lifts the year-to-date volume up 11.3% to 1.277.938 units. Homegrown brand leader Lada celebrates an incredible 16th straight month of market-beating performances with sales up 23% to 19.3% share. The last time Lada fared worse than its home market was in June 2016. On the podium, Kia (+16%) and Hyundai (+11%) lose share while Renault (+18%) and Volkswagen (+15%) are zeroing in on the market growth. Toyota (-5%) and Nissan (+27%) complete a Top 7 identical to last month. Skoda (+24%) and Ford (+33%) both sign very robust gains in the remainder of the Top 10.

The Outlander (+91%) helps Mitsubishi up 140% in October. 

Below, Chevrolet (+25%), Datsun (+50%), Smart (+69%), Suzuki (+71%), Fiat (+91%), Mitsubishi (+140%), Honda (+166%) and Ravon (+631%) shine, while among Chinese carmakers Lifan edges up 1% to remain in the lead whereas Chery (+68%), Changan (+80%), Zotye (+176%), Foton (+525%) all advance frankly albeit from low bases. Newcomers Haval (up one spot to #36) and HTM/Hawtai (up two to #52) timidly go up.

The honeymoon period continues for the VW Tiguan in Russia: +83% this month. 

In the models ranking, the Kia Rio is the best-seller in Russia for the 11th time in the past 15 months in spite of sales down 2% year-on-year to 5.9% share. The Lada Granta catches up with deliveries up 20% to 5.5% but remains 6.400 units below the Rio year-to-date as Russia is headed towards a second consecutive year of foreign-dominated models charts after the historical win of the Hyundai Solaris in 2016. The Lada Vesta continues to gear up at +31% but is share is down to 4.5% in October, with the Hyundai Creta (+41%) breathing on its neck whereas its factory buddy the Solaris (-32%) freefalls again. Both the Lada Largus (+24%) and XRAY (+62%) beat the market. Further down, notice the Chevrolet Niva (+25%), Mazda CX-5 (+33%), Nissan X-Trail (+37%), VW Tiguan (+83%) and Mitsubishi Outlander (+91%), all SUVs posting market-beating gains. Finally, the Kia Optima makes its very first appearance among Russia’s 25 best-selling nameplates thanks to volumes up 87% on October 2016.

Previous month: Russia September 2017: Kia Rio back on top in market up 17.9%

One year ago: Russia October 2016: Kia Rio dominates again in market down just 3%

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Russia September 2017: Kia Rio back on top in market up 17.9%

The Kia Rio is headed towards its very first annual win in Russia. 

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After gaining 18.6% in July and 16.7% in August, the Russian market signs its 7th consecutive month of year-on-year gains and its 5th consecutive double-digit gain in September at +17.9% to 148.371 registrations. This leads to a year-to-date total up 10.6% to 1.129.374. Homegrown brand leader Lada outpace the market with a solid 24% gain to 19% share, but Kia does even better in 2nd place at +40% to 12.7%, distancing Hyundai (+12%), Renault (+22%) and Volkswagen (+15%). Toyota (-10%) is the only Top 10 carmaker to be in negative while Skoda (+20%) and Ford (+33%) grow faster than the market. Below, notice Chery (+35%), Peugeot (+35%), Chevrolet (+37%), Cadillac (+60%), Fiat (+60%), Honda (+64%), Mitsubishi (+65%), Datsun (+69%), Suzuki (+69%), Changan (+73%), Zotye (+122%), Smart (+211%) and Foton (+3050%) among the most dynamic in the remainder of the ranking while we welcome Chinese brand HTM (for Hawtai Motor) into the Russian sales, instantly declaring 78 sales of its unique model, the Boliger, since January but just one in September.

HTM (for Hawtai) makes its appearance in the Russian sales charts.The Datsun on-DO is back up 66% in September.The UAZ Patriot is up 40% year-on-year in September. 

In the models ranking, the Kia Rio reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date off the Lada Granta, #1 last month, thanks to a 30% year-on-year surge to 7% share. The Rio is headed towards its very first annual win in Russia, in what would be the second consecutive year a foreign nameplate is crowned in Russia, one year after the Hyundai Solaris put an end to 45 consecutive years of domination in 2016. The Lada Vesta, although up 57% on September 2016, has not managed to rank higher than #3, a position it holds this month and for the 4th time this year. At #5, the Hyundai Creta signs a 14th consecutive month as Russia’s best-selling SUV (out of 14 months in market), distancing the Renault Duster, up 29% despite the unveiling of the new generation, and the Lada XRAY up 87% and now also #8 year-to-date. Notice also the Lada Largus up 60% to #11, the antediluvian Chevrolet Niva up 36% to #14, the VW Tiguan up 106% to #16, the Datsun on-DO up 66% to #18 and the UAZ Patriot up 40% to #22.

Previous month: Russia August 2017: Lada Granta snaps top spot in market up 16.7%

One year ago: Russia September 2016: Hyundai Creta (#4) and Renault Kaptur (#13) stun

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Russia August 2017: Lada Granta snaps top spot in market up 16.7%

The Lada Granta is #1 at home for only the 2nd time in 2017.  

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The Russian new car market is sending extremely encouraging signals so far this year: up 16.7% year-on-year to 132.742 registrations, August marks the 6th consecutive month of year-on-year gains and the 4th consecutive double-digit uptick. Year-to-date sales are now up 9.6% to 980.921. The road to recovery will however be a long one, as the 2017 YTD tally remains 7% below the 2015 total at the same stage of the year, down 38% on 2014, down 46% on 2013 and down 49% on 2012… Homegrown brands leader Lada frankly beats the market with a 25% surges to 19.7% share as does the #2 Kia up 29% to 11.3%. Hyundai trails the overall growth at +13% to 10.1% share but Renault outpaces it at +22% to 8.4%. Inside the Top 10, Nissan (+21%), Ford (+23%) and GAZ (+32%) also improve their market share year-on-year. Further down, Subaru (+26%), Mitsubishi (+33%), Chery (+51%), Peugeot (+61%), Honda (+67%), Suzuki (+82%), Citroen (+107%), Zotye (+128%), Changan (+1980%) and Foton (+5800%) are among the rare carmakers posting significant gains in a market that seems to be concentrating on the best-sellers.

The Renault Kaptur is up to a best-ever 8th place in Russia this month. 

Model-wise, the valiant Lada Granta uncharacteristically soars 54% year-on-year to snap the pole post for only the 4th time in the past 12 moths (the last one was June), edging past the year-to-date leader, the Kia Rio, by just two units. In third place, the Hyundai Solaris, although trailing the market, is back in positive for the first time since February 2016. It distances the Lada Vesta (+35%) and the Hyundai Creta celebrating 13 consecutive months as Russia’s best-selling SUV. Below the Renault Duster up 1% to #7, the Renault Kaptur soars 127% to a best-ever #8 also hit last December. The Lada XRAY (+66%), Toyota RAV4 (+11%) and Chevrolet Niva (-0.2%) make it 6 SUVs in the August Top 11. The VW Tiguan is up 310% thanks to the new model and the antediluvian Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) manages to gain 12%.

The Lada 4×4 is up 12% year-on-year in August. 

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Previous month: Russia July 2017: Largest year-on-year gain since Feb 2012 at +18.6%

One year ago: Russia August 2016: Kia Rio leads, Hyundai Creta instant #1 SUV

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