It’s in Ukraine that the Audi Q8 scores its first Top 50 finish in the world.
New car sales in Ukraine worryingly post a second straight year-on-year decline in October at -5.7% to 7.214 registrations, this is the 5th drop in the past 12 months in a trend that seems to indicate the market is already plateauing. The year-to-date volume is now up a slim 3.2% to 67.505 units, that’s just 37% of the pre-Crimea crisis level in 2013 (180.831). Toyota (-8%) holds onto the top spot at 12.4% share but Renault (+21%) is catching up at 11.1% while Nissan (+78%) posts the largest gain in the Top 30 to round up the podium. Jeep (+77%), Porsche (+76%), Fiat (+58%), Land Rover (+43%), Kia (+41%), Mitsubishi (+25%), Chery (+21%) and Great Wall (+12%) also impress. The models podium is once again 100% SUV as it is YTD but with different actors in a different order: the Kia Sportage (+98%) is on top, followed by the Renault Duster (+48%) and Nissan Qashqai (+187%). The Skoda Octavia (+5%) and Renault Logan (+12%) make the Top 5 entirely in positive, at odds with the market. The SUV wave is applied to the Ukrainian market with full force this month with the Toyota Prado (+136%), Nissan X-Trail (+53%) and Hyundai Tucson (+38%) also posting strong gains in the Top 12, while the Audi Q8 is up 70 spots on last month to rank #41, scoring what is believed to be the nameplate’s first ever worldwide Top 50 finish.
Full October 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 265 All-models below.