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USSR/Russia: 1970-2017 detailed Historical Data now available

The Lada 2101-2103 was the dominant force in the USSR in the seventies.

The direct links to 27 USSR/Russia Historical posts are below.

The start of a big scale overhaul of BSCB’s Historical Data, sales figures for the USSR and Russia have been updated with sales info kick-starting in 1970, Top 10 models for 1987 and 1988, imports data by model starting as early as 1996, detailed annual brands and models data from 1999 onwards, in addition to a monthly Top 25 models from January 2008 up to the present day without any interruption. Witness the birth of Lada with the 2101 launched in 1970, a localised version of the Fiat 124 that would survive under different body shapes and modernised designs until 2012. In the late eighties, the Lada 2106 fights it out with the Moskvich 2140 for the title of best-seller in the USSR.

The Lada 2104-2107, or Riva, was #1 in Russia throughout the 80s, 90s, 00s and in 2010.

Then, throughout the tumultuous fragmentation of the USSR in the nineties and from 1999 to 2008, the same valiant Lada, grouped under the Riva nameplate, would top the sales charts, albeit threatened by the Lada Samara in 2004, 2005 and 2008. It would manage a last pole position in 2010, a year when volumes were boosted by aggressive scrappage schemes to try and revive a market hit full frontal by the Global Financial Crisis (-49% in 2009). Then the Lada “Zhiguli” as it is fondly called at home, would finally pass the relay to the new Lada Granta in 2012.

The Lada 2110 never topped annual Russian sales, despite leading for the most part of 2003.

A handful of other Ladas have managed to challenge the Riva supremacy to score sporadic wins over the past decade, such as the Lada Priora, best-seller in 2009 and 2012, the Lada Kalina, most popular in 2011 and the Riva’s successor, the Lada Granta, favourite of the Russian people in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Strikingly, the Lada 2110 never managed an annual win even though it led the YTD order deep into 2003. Finally, it is entirely possible that the Lada Samara may have snapped a handful of annual wins between its launch in 1989 and 1998, however detailed models data is missing for this period. And yes, this is not a typo, no Lada has topped the annual charts since 2015

The Ford Focus was the first foreign nameplate to rank #1 monthly in Russia – in December 2008.

Indeed, the start of the new century is a fascinating period to follow in Russia: it is a time when foreign manufacturers have started penetrating the market. Originally allowed on March 16, 1988, car imports remain anecdotal for an entire decade, reaching only 17.000 in 1995 and 45.000 in 1999. Little would anyone know then that they would leap to over 2 million annual units in less than a decade, helped by the implantation of a dozen foreign carmakers starting to produce locally. Foreigner share starts at 4.8% in 2000, 6.8% in 2001 (+51%), 9.8% in 2002 (+40%), 17.8% in 2003 (+97%), 28% in 2004 (+87%), 38%  in 2005 (+51%) with the first foreign marque on the podium (Hyundai), 46.6% in 2006 and 71.4% in 2008 at a whopping 2.068.000 sales… That year in December, the Ford Focus was the first foreign nameplate to top the monthly Russian charts.

The Renault Logan was the #1 foreigner in Russia in 2009.The Hyundai Solaris was the first foreign nameplate to end the year at #1 in Russia – in 2016.

We would have to wait 6 years and November 2014 to see this happen again when the the Kia Rio took the lead of the monthly charts, but this time it wasn’t a freak event and the culmination of years of steady progression and spreading popularity in the rural areas of the country alongside the Hyundai Solaris that would find a fitting conclusion in 2016 when the Hyundai Solaris became the first foreign nameplate in at least 45 years – and possibly in Russian history – to top the annual sales charts, replaced in 2017 by the Kia Rio.

In 2005, Great Wall was the first Chinese manufacturer to enter Russia.

Chinese carmakers entered the Russian market with a bang in 2005 with Great Wall instantly selling over 4.000 units of its Deer SUV and Sailor pickup, but it has been a stop start rollercoaster ever since. Chery followed in 2006 with the Amulet, soaring to 39.000 sales and 1.7% at an estimated 16th place in 2007 – a score that no other Chinese manufacturer has approached since – but then crashing to less than 16.000 sales in 2008. Only Lifan, launched in 2008 in Russia, has also managed to crack the annual Top 20, twice: in 2016 and 2017 both times ranking #19 and peaking at 1.2% share in 2016. And only Geely has also reached 1% share on the Russian market, in 2013, peaking at #23 in 2015.

USSR/Russia Historical Info:

USSR 1970-1979: Lada 2101-3 conquers the Soviet roads

USSR 1980-1986: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 likely leaders

USSR 1987: Lada 2106 and Moskvich 2140 fight it off

USSR 1988: Lada 2106 leads, Samara on podium

USSR 1989-1991: VAZ (Lada) and Izh most popular brands

Russia 1992-1995: Lada Riva and Samara should dominate

Russia 1996-1998: Lada Riva, Samara and 2110 likely on top (including imports info)

Russia 1999: Russian carmakers hold 94% share, Lada at 62.8%, Riva #1

Russia 2000: Riva, Samara, 2110: podium 100% Lada, IZH up 83% to #4

Russia 2001: Lada up to 67.3%, Riva, Samara and 2110 on top, Moskvich out

Russia 2002: Lada Riva, Samara and 2110 on top, foreigners above 100.000 units

Russia 2003: Lada Riva #1, foreigners up 97% to 17.8% share, led by Toyota

Russia 2004: Lada Riva resists Samara assault, foreigners up 87% to 28% share

Russia 2005: Lada Riva edges past Samara, foreigners up 51% to 38% share, Great Wall in

Russia 2006: Lada Riva #1, foreigners up to 46.6% share, led by Ford Focus

Russia 2007: Market above 2 million units for the first time, Chery up to 1.7% share

Russia 2008: Lada Riva only 735 sales above Samara, Ford Focus #1 in December

Russia 2009: Lada Priora ends decades-long Riva reign, market down 49%

Russia 2010: 30 year-old Lada 2105/7 (Riva) reclaims #1 spot

Russia 2011: Lada Kalina leads for the first time

Russia 2012: Lada Priora #1, Granta 4,800 sales below in record year

Russia 2013: Lada Granta celebrates first year at #1

Russia 2014: Lada Granta survives foreign push

Russia 2015: Hyundai Solaris teases Lada Granta in market down 36%

Russia 2016: Hyundai Solaris ends 45 years of Lada domination

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

Russia 2017: Now with Top 365 All-models

Russia August 2018: Lada Vesta now only 35 sales off Kia Rio YTD

The Lada Vesta is the best-selling vehicle in Russia for the third month running. Picture zr.ru

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The Russian new car market steps up 11% year-on-year in August to 147.388 registrations, marking a 16th consecutive double-digit gain and 18th consecutive uplift. This is the largest August result since 2014 (172.015), pulling the year-to-date tally up 16.2% to 1.140.061, also the highest at this stage of the year since 2014 (1.582.713). Homegrown brand leader Lada (+9%) grows slightly slower the the market, resulting in a 19.5% share vs. 20% so far this year. Kia (+25%) on t the other hand posts the largest gain in the Top 7 and cements its #2 spot ahead of sister brand Hyundai (+4%) and Renault (+3%) more discreet. Skoda (+34%), Toyota (+23%), Nissan (+21%) and Volkswagen (+20%) all lodge very satisfying upticks in the remainder of the Top 10 while further down, Genesis (+283%), Honda (+115%), Mitsubishi (+93%), Jeep (+75%), Mini (+41%), Jaguar (+39%), Land Rover (+35%), Mazda (+31%) and BMW (+27%) impress the most alongside low-volume Chinese fares such as Zotye (+229%), Changan (+142%), Dongfeng (+82%), FAW (+65%), Geely (+51%) and Haval (+32%).

Thanks to a Cross variant, the Lada Largus is up 47% so far in 2018. Picture zr.ru

The Lada Vesta (+27%) manages a third consecutive monthly win, now finding itself just 35 (!) sales below the Kia Rio in the year-to-date order. It should logically be able snap the YTD lead before the end of the year, and if doing so would become the first Lada to top the annual Russian charts since the Granta in 2015. This is win #4 for the Vesta (add January), moving it up one spot in the list of the most successful Ladas this decade below the Granta (40 monthly wins), Priora (12), Kalina (11) and Classic (6) but above the Samara (3). Note the Kia Rio has held the monthly Russian top spot 17 times so far (first in November 2014) and the Hyundai Solaris 11 times (first in January 2015).

The Lada 4×4 soars 22% year-on-year in August in Russia.

Below the Lada Granta (-18%) losing steam, the Hyundai Creta (+32%) climbs back up to #4 for the first time since February, eclipsing the VW Polo (+38%) with the Lada Largus (+46%) and XRAY (+27%) also posting strong improvements just below. At 40 years of age, the Lada 4×4 (+22%) still manages to double the market’s growth in August – just as a possible replacement was unveiled as a concept at the Moscow Audi Show – that also sees strong SUV push from the Hyundai Tucson (+152%), Kia Sportage (+90%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+54%), Nissan X-Trail (+42%), Nissan Qashqai (+23%) and Mazda CX-5 (+18%) making it 14 SUVs in the Top 25. The Kia Optima (+116%) is the lone sedan sporing a spectacular gain.

Previous month: Russia July 2018: Skoda shines, Lada Vesta leads and teases Kia Rio YTD

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

Full August 2018 Top 55 All-brands and Top 25 models below.

Russia July 2018: Skoda shines, Lada Vesta leads and teases Kia Rio YTD

The Lada Vesta is now only 733 sales off the YTD pole position.

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Still somewhat adversely affected by the World Cup, new car sales in Russia gain 10.6% year-on-year in July to 143.452 units, the lowest uplift since April 2017 (+6.9%) but still marking a very impressive 15 consecutive months of double-digit gains and 17 months of gains outright. The year-to-date volume is now up 17% to 992.673, the highest score at this stage of the year since 2014 (1.410.606). Homegrown brand leader Lada (+11%) matches the market to remain above 20% share at 20.5%, while Kia (+14%) and Hyundai (+20%) both outpace the overall growth. Renault (-4%) is along with Ford (-6%) the only Top 10 manufacturer in negative.

Zotye (+384%) and Haval (+85%) are starting to gain traction in Russia.

Skoda (+25%), Toyota (+22%) and Volkswagen (+19%) also progress faster than the market. Below, Honda (+316%), Genesis (+208%), Mitsubishi (+132%), Suzuki (+48%), Peugeot (+46%), Mini (+40%) and Jaguar (+38%) are among the most dynamic, but it’s once again the Chinese, albeit still discreet, that score the most impressive gains: Zotye (+384%), HTM (+250%), Dongfeng (+164%), FAW (+160%), Changan (+94%) and Haval (+85%) all shine even though Chery (-17%) remains the most popular in Russia at #30 overall above Zotye (#32) and Haval (#34).

The Kia Soul scores its very first Top 20 finish in Russia…

Over in the models ranking, the Lada Vesta (+39%) snaps its third ever monthly win at home after last January and last month even though this time it doesn’t break any volume or share records. This way, the Vesta increases the pressure on the Kia Rio (-8%) for the 2018 title of best-selling vehicle in Russia, now only 733 sales away. If the Vesta manages to overtake the Kia Rio before 2018 comes to an end, it would be the first Lada #1 at home since the Granta was the best-seller in 2015.

…just as the Skoda Kodiaq breaks into the Top 25.

The VW Polo (+40%) steps up two spots on June and its YTD ranking to reach its highest spot since November 2015 at #4, toppling the Hyundai Solaris (+23%) while the Hyundai Creta (+66%) celebrates 24 consecutive months as Russia’s #1 SUV, with the Lada XRAY (+33%) soars 11 spots to #9 and the #2 SUV spot for the month. Other great performers near the top of the ranking this month include the Hyundai Tucson (+269%), the Kia Soul (+70%) cracking the Top 25 and the Top 20 for the first time at #18, the Skoda Kodiaq scoring its very first Top 25 finish at #24, as well as the Mitsubishi Outlander (+67%), Kia Cee’d (+32%), Sportage (+31%) and Nissan X-Trail (+28%).

Previous post (1): Russia First Half 2018: Discover the All-models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

Previous post (2): Russia First Half 2018: Lada at highest in 7 years, market up 18.2%

Previous month: Russia June 2018: Lada Vesta breaks volume record to snap 2nd ever win

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

Full July 2018 Top 54 All-brands and Top 25 models below.

Russia First Half 2018: Discover the All-models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

The Toyota Fortuner is the best-selling new launch in Russia this year. Picture zr.ru

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As is the tradition on BSCB, twice a year we have access to a complete models ranking for Russia, a fascinating exercise. Firstly light commercials have been added to the ranking (they are not included in the official monthly AEB reports) but this time that means only one change in the Top 25: the GAZ Gazelle up 8% but down one spot to #7, as the UAZ Bukhanka sinks 31% and 14 ranks to #38. Interestingly, the Hyundai Tucson (+101%) misses out on a no LCV Top 25 by only one sale at 10.218 units vs. 10.218 (+27%) for the Mazda CX-5… Just below, notice the Kia Optima (+86%), Kia Soul (+82%), Kia Sorento (+75%), Toyota Prado (+56%), Nissan Terrano (+34%) and Ford Kuga (+33%) all posting spectacular gains in the Top 40. The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (+375%) and Skoda Kodiaq (+897%) shine in the remainder of the Top 50.

The Lifan X70 and Myway are instant blockbusters in Russia. Pictures zr.ru

The Toyota Fortuner is the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) over the period, landing directly at #53 with over 3.000 units sold in Russia. It distances the UAZ Profi (#72), Lifan Myway (#84) and Renault Dokker (#92). The Lifan X70 for its part is the most successful 2018 launch so far at #106 with 1.132 sales, ahead of the Kia Stinger (#125), Geely Atlas aka Boyue (#133), Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#137), VW Teramont (#158), Jaguar E-Pace (#168), BMW X2 (#182), Toyota C-HR (#205), Peugeot 5008 (#206), Citroen C3 Aircross (#208) and Mercedes X-Class (#229).

The VW Teramont and Hawtai Laville have landed in Russia. Pictures zr.ru

The Chinese remain very active in Russia but see their best-sellers completely reshuffled. The new best-seller is the Chery Tiggo 3 at #78 (+100%), followed by the Lifan Myway at #84 (new), the Lifan X50 at #87 (-22%), Lifan Solano at #102 (-29%), Lifan X60 at #103 (-65%), Lifan X70 at #106 (new), Haval H6 at #115 (+28%), Chery Tiggo 5 at #119 (+4%), Changan CS35 at #129 (-15%) and Geely Atlas at #133 (new). Notable improvers include the FAW Besturn X80 up 407% to #135, the Haval H9 up 149% to #195 and Foton Sauvana up 202% to #199. Finally, notice the arrival of the Hawtai Laville at #263: under this French-sounding name hides in fact the Shengdafei.

Previous post: Russia First Half 2018: Lada at highest in 7 years, market up 18.2%

One year ago: Russia First Half 2017: Discover the All-models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

Full H1 2018 Top 320 All-models ranking vs. Full H1 2017 figures below.

Russia First Half 2018: Lada at highest in 7 years, market up 18.2%

The Lada Vesta is less than 2.000 sales off the #1 spot over H1 2018.

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The Russian new car market posts a second consecutive year of gains over the First Half of 2018 at a very robust +18.2% to 849.221 registrations, the highest H1 score since 2014 (1.229.839). After a few difficult years, local behemoth Lada is back in the thick of its home market, even outpacing the fast overall growth at +21% to reach a round 20% market share, its highest halfway through the year since 2011 (23.6%) after hitting an all-time low of 15.7% in 2014. Both Kia (+31%) and Hyundai (+23%) also frankly beat the market, as do Skoda (+27%) and Volkswagen (+22%) in the remainder of the Top 10, while Ford (+17%) and Renault (+16%) almost march the market and Nissan (+5%), Toyota (+7%) and GAZ (+8%) underperform.

Mitsubishi sales in Russia surge 131% so far in 2018.

Just outside the Top 10, Mitsubishi surges 131%, snapping the 2nd largest year-on-year gain in the Top 30 below Honda (+357%) in full reborn mode. Mini (+59%), Smart (+56%), Subaru (+44%), Peugeot (+33%), Genesis (+32%) and Mazda (+29%) also impress, although the largest gains in market are mostly a Chinese prerogative this year. Although as a whole Chinese carmakers trail the market slightly at +17% to an unchanged 1.9% share overall due to the relative shyness of its two best-sellers Lifan (+3%) and Chery (+11%), it’s the smaller ones that display the most dynamic behaviour: FAW (+216%), Zotye (+158%), Dongfeng (+138%) and Foton (+73%) all post spectacular improvement albeit all remaining at a minuscule 0.1% share.

Kia advances 31% year-on-year halfway through 2018.

Model-wise, the Kia Rio remains in the lead for the 2nd year in a row but its 12% year-on-year gain means its share thaws to 6.1%. The main ever of the First Half of 2018 in Russia is the very first two wins of the Lada Vesta in January and June. As a result, the Vesta steps up to #2 and only trails the Rio by less than 2.000 units, a gap it could definitely erase with strong sales in H2. The Lada Granta (+9%) and Hyundai Solaris (+3%) lose significant share just below while the Hyundai Creta (+38%) brilliantly widens the gap with all its SUV competitors, including the Renault Duster (+7%) and Lada XRAY (+6%). The Lada Largus (+53%) gets a second wind, posting the largest win in the Top 25 below the Mitsubishi Outlander (+54%). The Kia Sportage (+30%) for its parts leaps up 8 spots to break into the half-year Top 10 for the first time. The Kia Cee’d (+36%), VW Tiguan (+29%) and Mazda CX-5 (+27%) also frankly beat the market.

Previous post: Russia June 2018: Lada Vesta breaks volume record to snap 2nd ever win

One year ago: Russia First Half 2017: First positive result in five years

Full H1 2018 Top 55 All-brands and Top 25 models vs. Full H1 2017 figures below.

Russia June 2018: Lada Vesta breaks volume record to snap 2nd ever win

The Lada Vesta is the best-selling vehicle in Russia for the 2nd time ever.

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The Soccer World Cup in Russia has diverted some of the attention of potential car buyers this month. As a result, new car sales in Russia somewhat slow their growth in June to +10.8% and 156.351 units, the lowest uplift since April 2017, yet still continuing a splendid 14-month streak of consecutive double-digit year-on-year gains and 16 months of gains outright. The Year-to-date tally halfway through the year is up 18.2% to 849.221. Local leader Lada continues to outpace its home market at +15% to 20.1% share, as does #2 Kia up 18% to 12.7%, but Hyundai (+12%), Renault (+11%) and Toyota (+1%) all trail the market in the remainder of the Top 5. Skoda (+26%) and Volkswagen (+21%) post the largest gains in the Top 10, while further down Honda (+1226%!), Mitsubishi (+92%), Smart (+76%), Mini (+52%), Suzuki (+47%), Porsche (+27%), Subaru (+22%), Peugeot (+21%) and BMW (+18%) all impress. The Chinese offensive in Russia continues, with FAW (+202%), Zotye (+147%), HTM (+117%), Dongfeng (+114%), Changan (+60%), Foton (+33%) and Geely (+32%) the fastest growing, albeit none of them is above 0.2% market share. Note Ravon did not report sales for the month.

The Hyundai Tucson more than doubles its sales year-on-year in June.

Over in the models ranking, the Lada Vesta soars 49% year-on-year to snap its second ever monthly pole position after last January, breaking its monthly volume record (9.843) but not its share record at 6.3% (best is 6.5% last January). The Vesta puts an end to four consecutive months of reign by the Kia Rio (+10%) down to #3 this month. As a reminder (more details in the January 2018 post), the Vesta is the 6th Lada nameplate to have held the Russian monthly top spot at least once this decade: 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 Hyundai Creta advances 44% to post a 23rd consecutive month as Russia’s #1 SUV.

This month Lada scores a 1-2 with the Granta (+7%) remaining in 2nd place, something it hadn’t achieved yet this year. Below the Hyundai Solaris (-14%) at #4, the Hyundai Creta (+44%) scores an incredible 23rd consecutive month as the nation’s best-selling SUV: no interruption since its launch in August 2016. You have read that right: the Hyundai Creta has only ever been the #1 SUV in Russia its entire career so far… The VW Polo (+45%), Renault Logan (+26%) and Lada Largus (+19%) also impress inside the Top 10, with the Hyundai Tucson (+101%), Nissan Qashqai (+35%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+34%), Lada 4×4 (+18%) and Skoda Rapid (+18%) also solid further down.

Previous month: Russia May 2018: 15th consecutive gain in highest market in 4 years

One year ago: Russia June 2017: Fourth consecutive YoY gain at +15%

Full June 2018 Top 55 All-brands and Top 25 models below.

Russia May 2018: 15th consecutive gain in highest market in 4 years

The Creta (+37%) and Tucson (+195%) help Hyundai up 33% in Russia in May.

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At +18%, May 2018 marks a stunning 13 consecutive months of double-digit gains for the Russian new car market, also extending a 15-month streak of year-on-year uplifts at 147.525 units, the highest May result since 2014 (201.487). The year-to-date volume is now up 20% to 692.870, also at its highest since 2014 (1.030.533). National leader Lada trails its home market slightly at +14% to 19.4% but posts a round 20% share so far in 2018 (+23%). Both Kia (+29%) at #2 and Hyundai (+33%) at #3 brilliantly outpace the market as do Volkswagen (+27%) at #5 and Skoda (+20%) at #8.

Russian Haval sales are up 65% year-on-year this month. Picture zr.ru

However Renault (+11%), Toyota (+9%), GAZ (+7%), Nissan (+3%) and most strikingly Ford (-6%) all underperform in the Top 10. Further down, Honda (+727%), Genesis (+231%), Mitsubishi (+141%), Mini (+76%), Peugeot (+54%), Jeep (+43%), Mazda (+43%) and UAZ (+40%) gallop ahead. The Chinese charge continues, with FAW (+279%), Dongfeng (+200%), Zotye (+73%) and Haval (+65%) the best performers. At the other end of the scale, Ravon (-58%), Datsun (-29%), Audi (-15%) and Land Rover (-14%) are in great difficulty this month in Russia.

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

The Kia Rio is headed towards a second consecutive annual win in Russia, celebrating a 4th straight month at #1 and a 16th win in the past 22 months thanks to sales up 10% to 6% share, fighting off the Lada Granta (+16%) and Vesta (+17%) with the Hyundai Solaris (+11%) closing up the Top 4 and the Hyundai Creta (+37%), VW Polo (+34%) and Lada Largus (+45%) all comfortably beating the market like last month. The Hyundai Tucson (+195%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+93%), Kia Sportage (+34%), Mazda CX-5 (+34%) and VW Tiguan (+26%) confirm SUVs are all the rage in Russia with the Kia Cee’d (+56%) the only hatch managing a sizeable gain in the Top 25.

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

One year ago: Russia May 2017: Recovery sets in with sales up 14.7%

Full May 2018 Top 54 All-brands and Top 25 models below.

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%

Full April 2018 Top 54 All-brands and Top 25 models below.

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.

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Full March 2018 Top 54 All-brands and Top 25 models below.

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

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

* See the Top 365 All-models ranking table by clicking on the title *

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%

Full Year 2017 Top 365 All-models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

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