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Slovakia September 2018: Skoda (29.3%), Hyundai (10.7%) shine in market down 37%

The Skoda Octavia returns to the #1 spot in Slovakia.

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New car sales in Slovakia fall back down by a painful 37% year-on-year in September to 4.519 units after rising 45.8% in August in a pre-WLTP rush. Year-to-date, the market is now up 6.1% to 75.721. The Top 4 best-selling brands significantly outpace the market. Overall leader Skoda (-14%) manages to lose a lot less ground than the market, resulting in a pumped up 29.3% share, over 10 percentage points above its YTD level of 19%. Hyundai (-6%), Opel (-5%) and Toyota (-3%) do even better, also snapping much higher market shares at 10.7% vs. 7.6%, 8.4% vs. 4.7% and 7.7% vs. 4.9% respectively. The rest of the Top 10 has a totally different outlook, with Volkswagen (-73%), Suzuki (-60%) and Kia (-51%) freefalling and Citroen (-38%), BMW (-33%) and Peugeot (-28%) also sinking.

Further down, Volvo (+21%) manages the very impressive feat of actually progressing year-on-year, the only carmaker doing so this month alongside Maserati (+100%), Alfa Romeo (+14%) and Jeep (+6%). Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (-27%) climbs back up two spot to reclaim the pole position it held back in 2017, distancing fellow stablemates the Fabia (-16%) and Rapid (-1%) which the Hyundai i30 (+6%) is the only Top 10 nameplate in positive at #4 ahead of the Hyundai Tucson (-5%), Kia Cee’d (-46%) and Skoda Karoq.

Previous month: Slovakia August 2018: Skoda Fabia and Rapid top market up 45.8%

One year ago: Slovakia September 2017: Skoda Octavia overtakes Fabia for YTD lead

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Slovakia August 2018: Skoda Fabia and Rapid top market up 45.8%

The Skoda Fabia enjoys a facelift and a return to the #1 spot in Slovakia.

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The Slovak new car market is lifted up 45.8% year-on-year by pre-WLTP stock shifting as is the case in almost all EU markets this month. The year-to-date volume is now up 11% to 71.202. Brand leader Skoda (+22%) significantly trails the market, resulting in a lower share at 14.4% vs. 18.4% so far in 2018. Volkswagen (+42%) and Kia (+43%) both match the market but Renault (+132%), Citroen (+96%), Peugeot (+87%) and Toyota (+83%) all get an artificial, WLTP-related boost in the remainder of the Top 10 while further down the charts Seat (+270%), Fiat (+153%), Lada (+144%), Subaru (+129%), Ford (+121%), Porsche (+120%), Jeep (+104%) and Mitsubishi (+100%) all post extravagant – albeit all artificial – gains. Model-wise, the Skoda Fabia (+82%) reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date while the Skoda Rapid (+49%) takes advantage of a particularly weak month by the Skoda Octavia (-27%) to snap the #2 spot for the first time since July 2017. The VW Golf (+64%), Renault Clio (#5) and Kia Sportage (+37%) are also strong.

Previous month: Slovakia July 2018: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

One year ago: Slovakia August 2017: Skoda Octavia leads, Hyundai i30 up to #4

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Slovakia July 2018: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

The Skoda Octavia is the best-selling nameplate in Slovakia in July.

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New car sales in Slovakia leap up 8.7% year-on-year in July to 8.716 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 6.8% to 60.607 units. Brand leader Skoda (-0.5%) is stable, resulting in a share thawing from 19.1% a year ago to 17.5% this month. Reversely Volkswagen (+37%) up to 10% share vs. 9.2% YTD and Renault (+66%) up to 7% vs. 4.5% YTD both surge ahead, potentially boosted by pre-WLTP stock clearing promotions. Seat (+219%), Ford (+92%), Jeep (+92%), Subaru (+92%), Nissan (+89%), Lada (+75%), Volvo (+54%), Lexus (+25%) and Toyota (+22%) also post spectacular gains in Slovakia in July. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (-29%) is back above the Fabia (-15%) but the latter keeps the YTD lead with a 172-unit advantage over the Octavia. The Skoda Rapid (-11%) is back up two spots on June to return the podium to 100% Skoda, with the Kia Cee’d (+20%) and Hyundai i30 (+35%) in tow.

Previous month: Slovakia June 2018: Hyundai i30 on podium in market down 1.1%

One year ago: Slovakia July 2017: Skoda Fabia cements lead in market up 17.5%

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Slovakia June 2018: Hyundai i30 on podium in market down 1.1%

The Hyundai i30 snaps its first podium ranking of 2018 in Slovakia.

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The Slovak new car market is one of only a handful of European market to post a year-on-year decline in June at -1.1% to 9.467 units, yet the year-to-date tally remains securely in positive at +6.2% to 51.891. Model-wise, below the Skoda Fabia (-11%) and Octavia (-24%), the Hyundai i30 (+61%) disrupts the established Skoda order slightly by leaping onto the podium for the first time since last November which, alongside the Kia Cee’d (-13%) at #4, knocks the Skoda Rapid (-36%) down to a paltry 5th place. The Suzuki Vitara (+14%) is up two spots on May to #6, the Skoda Karoq remains at #7 and now also holds this rank YTD (vs. #9 last month) while the Kia Sportage soars 48% year-on-year to #8.

Previous month: Slovakia May 2018: Skoda Fabia cements lead, Seat, Renault shoot up

One year ago: Slovakia June 2017: Skoda Octavia leads but Fabia still #1 YTD

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Slovakia May 2018: Skoda Fabia cements lead, Seat, Renault shoot up

Seat sales are up 66% year-on-year in Slovakia in May.

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New car sales in Slovakia are up 5% year-on-year in May to 9.674 units, meaning the year-to-date tally is now up 7.9% to 42.424. Skoda (+3%) trails the market slightly to 18.8% share, one percentage point below the 19.8% it commends year-to-date. The Top 5 best-selling carmakers are unchanged on April and YTD with Volkswagen (-1%) distancing Hyundai (+19%), Kia (-1%) and Peugeot (+27%). Seat (+66%), Renault (+42%), Citroen (+29%) and Opel (+25%) also post stunning gains in the Top 15 while below, Jeep (+428%), Subaru (+69%) and Honda (+28%) make themselves noticed. Model-wise, the Skoda Fabia (+1%) confirms it has now reclaims the reins of the Slovak market ahead of of the Skoda Octavia (-10%) and Rapid (+8%) while the Kia Cee’d (+56%), Hyundai Tucson (+26%), VW Golf (+23%) and Hyundai i30 (+14%) also shine in the Top 10 and the Skoda Karoq drops on spot on April to #7.

Previous month: Slovakia April 2018: Skoda Fabia back in charge, Karoq #6

One year ago: Slovakia January-May 2017: Fabia and Octavia top market up 10.1%

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Slovakia April 2018: Skoda Fabia back in charge, Karoq #6

The Skoda Fabia is back to the #1 monthly top spot in Slovakia.

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Based on data released by our partner JATO Dynamics, new car sales in Slovakia rally back up 15.6% in April to 8.407 units, meaning the year-to-date volume is now up 8.9% to 32.750. Brand leader Skoda outpaces the market with a splendid 25% year-on-year gain, distancing Volkswagen (-1%) and Hyundai (+14%) while Dacia (+41%), Citroen (+36%), Peugeot (+30%) and Kia (+23%) also shine in the Top 10. The Skoda Fabia, leader year-to-date, reclaims the monthly top spot off the Skoda Octavia thanks to deliveries up 41% to 6.2% share year-on-year vs. +14% to 5.4% for the Octavia. The Skoda Rapid (+3%) remains in third position ahead of the Kia Cee’d (+41%) and Hyundai i30 (+55%), replicating the YTD order. Recent newcomer inside the YTD Top 10, the Skoda Karoq remains in 6th place for the month.

Previous month: Slovakia March 2018: Skoda Karoq replaces Kodiaq in YTD Top 10

One year ago: Slovakia January-May 2017: Fabia and Octavia top market up 10.1%

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Slovakia March 2018: Skoda Karoq replaces Kodiaq in YTD Top 10

The Skoda Karoq now ranks #10 in Slovakia so far in 2018.

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New car sales in Slovakia are down for the second consecutive month at -5.4% in March to 8.550 registrations, yet thanks to very strong January sales up 48.8%, the Q1 volume is up 6.7% to 24.343 units. Traditional brand leader Skoda is struggling this month with a 19% dive to just 17.7% share vs. 19.8% so far this year. Hyundai soars 19% year-on-year and gains two spots on February to land in 2nd place with 9.3% of the market, ahead of Volkswagen (-6%) and sister brand Kia (+5%). Peugeot impresses at +13% but once again it’s Dacia posting the largest gain in the Top 25 at +73% to 6.2% share vs. 5.4% YTD (+60%). All other carmakers in the Top 13 are in decline, with BMW (-26%), Renault (-18%), Suzuki (-14%) and Ford (-13%) the hardest hit. Further down, Lexus (+111%), Land Rover (+67%), Audi (+44%), Jeep (+43%), Lada (+25%) and Mazda (+21%) all post spectacular improvements.

Thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics we can share with you also models data for the month. The Skoda Octavia posts a second consecutive month in pole position despite a steep 26% year-on-year drop, but this isn’t enough to reclaim the YTD lead off the Skoda Fabia, down an even harsher 37% this month but up 3% YTD vs. +1% for the Octavia. The Skoda Rapid (-9%) completes a podium 100% Skoda as is the norm in Slovakia. The Hyundai Tucson soars 27% to become the best-selling non-Skoda nameplate in the country for the month, outselling the Kia Cee’d (+7%) and Hyundai i30 (-4%). The Skoda Karoq replaces the Kodiaq at the tail end of the YTD Top 10 and ranks at an estimated 6th place in March.

Previous month: Slovakia February 2018: Dacia (+46%) and Citroen (+29%) shine in market down

Previous year: Slovakia Full Year 2017: Octavia reclaims crown for first time since 2014

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Slovakia February 2018: Dacia (+46%) and Citroen (+29%) shine in market down

Dacia sales are up 46% year-on-year in a market down 7.4%.

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The Slovak new car market sinks 7.4% year-on-year in February to 7.743 registrations, but after January sales up a whopping 48.8% the YTD volume remains frankly in positive at +14.6% to 15.793 units. Skoda defies the surrounding gloom with a 11% year-on-year uplift to 20.2% share vs. 21% and +25% so far in 2017. Kia edges up 0.5% to snap the 2nd spot off Volkswagen (-27%) at 8.5% vs. 8.1% but remains #3 year-to-date. Hyundai is down 7% but up one spot on January to #4 while Dacia surges 46% to #5 vs. #12 in January and #6 YTD. Peugeot (-15%) drops two spots to #6, with Suzuki (-24%) in tow while Citroen gains 29% but is down two ranks on last month to #7. Other gainers this month include Lada (+233%), Land Rover (+131%), Porsche (+120%), Jeep (+80%), Lexus (+40%), Audi (+20%), Alfa Romeo (+11%) and Nissan (+10%).

Thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics we can share with you also models data for the month. The Skoda Octavia reclaims the lead thanks to sales soaring 34% year-on-year but the Skoda Fabia (-4% in February) remains in the YTD lead with deliveries up 32%. The Skoda Rapid (+8% this month) ranks third in both rankings. The Kia Sportage (+41%) confirms it is now the favourite non-Skoda nameplate in Slovakia at #4 overall, distancing the Kia Cee’d (-15%), Hyundai i30 (-11%) and Tucson (-24%). The Suzuki Vitara drops 51% to #8 while the VW Golf is down 16% to #9 and the Skoda Kodiaq rounds up the Top 10.

Previous month: Slovakia January 2018: Kia Sportage up 231% to 4th place

Previous year: Slovakia Full Year 2017: Octavia reclaims crown for first time since 2014

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Slovakia January 2018: Kia Sportage up 231% to 4th place

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New car sales in Slovakia shoot up by a brilliant 48.8% year-on-year to 8.050 registrations. Leader Skoda (+40%) trails the market again but manages a market share (21.7%) two percentage points above its FY17 level. Volkswagen (+35%) follows at its usual 2nd spot but in third place we find Kia (+86%) ahead of Peugeot (+51%), both overtaking Hyundai (+70%) vs. the FY17 ranking. Inside the Top 10, Suzuki (+110%), Toyota (+65%), Citroen (+56%) and BMW (+50%) also beat the market while beyond, Mini (+414%), Volvo (+286%), Lada (+262%), Nissan (+147%), Land Rover (+104%), Subaru (+83%), Jeep (+73%), Audi (+71%), Mazda (+71%), Dacia (+65%) and Jaguar (+64%) also shine.

Thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics we can share with you also models data: after dropping to #2 in the annual ranking for the first time since 2014, the Skoda Fabia reclaims the top spot in January thanks to deliveries surging 76% year-on-year to 7.8% share, a comfortable margin above the Skoda Octavia up 6% to 5.5% all the while the Skoda Rapid (+1%) rounds up the podium at 3.2% share. Stunning performance of the Kia Sportage up 231% on January 2017 to become the best-selling non-Skoda nameplate in the country in January, followed by the VW Golf (+70%) and the Kia Cee’d (+17%). Below the Suzuki Vitara up 69%, the Skoda Kodiaq celebrates one year in market by snatching its very first monthly Top 10 finish at #8. The Hyundai i30 (+86%) and Tucson (+60%) also impress.

Previous post: Slovakia Full Year 2017: Octavia reclaims crown for first time since 2014

One year ago: Slovakia January 2017: Skoda Superb and VW Polo outstanding

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Slovakia Full Year 2017: Octavia reclaims crown for 1st time since 2014

The Skoda Octavia has topped the annual Slovak rankings five times since 2010.

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The Slovak new car market gains 9% in 2017 to 96.085 registrations. Skoda remains the most popular carmaker in the country by far but sees its market share erode to 19.7% from 20% a year ago due to a market-trailing 8% gain. Volkswagen (+14%) on the other hand advances to 9.4%, distancing Hyundai (+8%) and Kia (+7%) in a Top 4 unchanged on 2016. Peugeot (+8%), Suzuki (+20%) and Dacia (+13%) all overtake Opel (-13%) with Toyota breaking into the Top 10. Model-wise, after a two-year interruption by the Skoda Fabia, #1 in 2015 and 2016, the Skoda Octavia reclaims the models pole position, totalling five annual wins since 2010. In 2017 the Octavia is up 8% to 5.6% vs. -1% to 5.5% for the Fabia beaten for just 32 sales. The Skoda Rapid (-1%) remains in third place, meaning the Slovak podium is 100% Skoda for the 5th consecutive year. The Kia Cee’d is the most popular foreign nameplate for the third year in a row, edging up 1% to 2.9% share in 4th place overall. The VW Golf rallies back up 26% and three spots on 2016 to #5, above the Hyundai i30 (+15%), Suzuki Vitara (-8%) and Hyundai Tucson (+3%). The Kia Sportage (+5%) makes its return into the Slovak Top 10 at #10 (it ranked #8 in 2014).

Previous post: Slovakia November 2017: Hyundai i30 (+113%) lands on podium

Previous year: Slovakia Full Year 2016: Skoda Fabia leads, Suzuki Vitara and Hyundai Tucson shine

Two years ago: Slovakia Full Year 2015: Skoda Fabia reclaims title off Octavia

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