Greece car market 2012 rose 7% in February 2013. Nissan Micra climbs on podium.

February Greek car sales were 4.116, up 7.6% from last year while year-to-date sales were 9.649, down 21.4%. It is early to affirm the end of market collapse but there are significant elements to give the hope that Greece depression has peaked down and the hard and long recovery is starting, needing years and years to recover an acceptable level.

In the last 5 years market suffered the strong and extended recession in Greece, considering sluggish consumer confidence and pessimistic households for their future economic situation. Last month, the unemployment index stopped its decline (at 26%) showing the first little improvement in years.

Looking at the top brands performance in the last month:

Opel was the market leader, selling 407 units with a share of 9.9%, down 4.6 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date February sales were 1.210 with a share of 12.5%. Opel held 2 models in the top 50, with the Corsa as market leader.

Citroen surged in 2nd position (4th year-to-date) up 2 spots from the previous month, selling 379 units, only 10 more than Volkswagen, with a share of 9.2%, up 0.2 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 875 with a share of 9.1%. Citroen held 4 models in the top 50, with the C3 in 4th position.

Volkswagen was 3rd selling 369 units, only 10 vehicles more than Toyota, with a share of 9.0%, down 0.6 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 900 with a share of 9.3%. Volkswagen held 4 models in the top 50 with the Polo in 5th position.

Toyota has fallen in the 4th position (2nd year-to-date) selling 359 units, only 9 vehicles more than Nissan, posting a share of 8.7%, down 3.7 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 1.044 with a share of 10.8%. The Yaris was 2nd.

Nissan climbed to the 5th position (6th year-to-date) selling 350 units with a share of 8.5%, up 3.5 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 625 with a share of 6.5%. The best-selling model was the Micra, jumped in 3rd position.

In the table below, the best 25 brands, ranked for the year-to-date position:

Rank Ytd

 

Feb

Ytd Feb

Q3

2012

Jan

Feb

Ytd Feb

1

Opel

407

1.210

10,5%

12,1%

14,5%

9,9%

12,5%

2

Toyota

359

1.044

10,7%

9,8%

12,4%

8,7%

10,8%

3

Volkswagen

369

900

10,1%

10,3%

9,6%

9,0%

9,3%

4

Citroen

379

875

8,1%

7,2%

9,0%

9,2%

9,1%

5

Skoda

277

639

4,9%

4,2%

6,5%

6,7%

6,6%

6

Nissan

350

625

5,6%

5,4%

5,0%

8,5%

6,5%

7

Fiat

232

575

5,3%

5,7%

6,2%

5,6%

6,0%

8

Hyundai

242

572

5,6%

4,5%

6,0%

5,9%

5,9%

9

Ford

161

369

5,4%

5,1%

3,8%

3,9%

3,8%

10

Suzuki

149

360

3,6%

3,9%

3,8%

3,6%

3,7%

11

Audi

104

283

3,3%

3,1%

3,2%

2,5%

2,9%

12

Peugeot

143

255

4,2%

4,3%

2,0%

3,5%

2,6%

13

Kia

144

230

2,4%

2,6%

1,6%

3,5%

2,4%

14

Seat

135

218

2,6%

2,1%

1,5%

3,3%

2,3%

15

Volvo

78

212

1,5%

2,4%

2,4%

1,9%

2,2%

16

Mercedes

68

164

2,3%

2,2%

1,7%

1,7%

1,7%

17

Renault

69

162

1,5%

1,8%

1,7%

1,7%

1,7%

18

Bmw

79

152

1,8%

2,3%

1,3%

1,9%

1,6%

19

Lancia

57

132

1,4%

1,3%

1,4%

1,4%

1,4%

20

Honda

62

129

1,2%

1,1%

1,2%

1,5%

1,3%

21

Alfa Romeo

45

112

1,2%

1,5%

1,2%

1,1%

1,2%

22

Chevrolet

58

112

1,9%

1,6%

1,0%

1,4%

1,2%

23

Mitsubishi

50

102

1,4%

1,0%

0,9%

1,2%

1,1%

24

Mini

33

62

0,8%

1,1%

0,5%

0,8%

0,6%

25

Daihatsu

13

51

0,5%

0,3%

0,7%

0,3%

0,5%

Looking at best-selling models, the Opel Corsa was the market leader selling 238 units with a share of 5.8%, down 1.4 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 636 with a share of 6.6%.

The Yaris was 2nd selling 220 units with a share of 5.3%,, down 3.5 points from the previous month, followed by the Micra in 3rd (26th in January) with 197 sales and a share of 4.8%, up 4.6 points from the previous month.

The C3 was 4th selling 176 units with a share of 4.3%, down 1.1 points from the previous month, followed by the Polo in 5th with 172 sales and a share of 4.2%, up 0.4 points from the previous month.

The Hyundai i20 was 6th selling 123 units with a share of 3.0%, up 0.4 points from the previous month, followed by the Fiesta in 7th (14th in January) with 123 sales and a share of 3.0%, up 1.2 points from the previous month, and by the Astra in 8th (3rd in January) with 122 sales and a share of 3.0%, down 2.8 points from the previous month.

The Fabia was 9th (8th in January) selling 101 units with a share of 2.5%, up 0.1 points from the previous month, followed by the Qashqai in 10th with 100 sales and a share of 2.4%, up 0.1 points from the previous month.

In the table below, the top 50 models, ranked for last month position:

Rank Feb

Rank Jan

Rank 2012

Model

Feb

Ytd Feb

I Half

Q3

Q4

2012

Jan

Feb

Ytd Feb

1

2

1

Opel Corsa

238

636

6,8%

5,9%

7,5%

6,8%

7,2%

5,8%

6,6%

2

1

2

Toyota Yaris

220

688

5,4%

5,8%

6,9%

5,8%

8,5%

5,3%

7,1%

3

26

7

Nissan Micra

197

261

2,2%

2,5%

1,8%

2,2%

1,2%

4,8%

2,7%

4

4

3

Citroen C3

176

475

3,8%

4,3%

5,2%

4,3%

5,4%

4,3%

4,9%

5

5

4

Volkswagen Polo

172

382

3,4%

4,4%

5,3%

4,0%

3,8%

4,2%

4,0%

6

6

8

Hyundai i20

123

268

1,9%

2,6%

1,9%

2,0%

2,6%

3,0%

2,8%

7

14

6

Ford Fiesta

123

222

3,4%

3,3%

1,8%

3,0%

1,8%

3,0%

2,3%

8

3

5

Opel Astra

122

444

4,0%

3,3%

3,7%

3,8%

5,8%

3,0%

4,6%

9

8

17

Skoda Fabia

101

234

1,6%

1,4%

1,6%

1,6%

2,4%

2,5%

2,4%

10

10

11

Nissan Qashqai

100

225

1,8%

1,7%

2,0%

1,8%

2,3%

2,4%

2,3%

11

52

27

Kia Rio

100

124

1,0%

1,4%

1,1%

1,1%

0,4%

2,4%

1,3%

12

28

19

Seat Ibiza

99

157

1,6%

1,6%

1,0%

1,5%

1,0%

2,4%

1,6%

13

7

10

Fiat Panda

96

239

2,1%

1,9%

1,4%

1,9%

2,6%

2,3%

2,5%

14

15

14

Volkswagen Golf

95

187

1,8%

1,4%

1,7%

1,7%

1,7%

2,3%

1,9%

15

11

12

Suzuki Swift

93

214

2,1%

1,5%

1,6%

1,8%

2,2%

2,3%

2,2%

16

25

20

Peugeot 208

92

158

0,7%

1,5%

3,3%

1,4%

1,2%

2,2%

1,6%

17

12

16

Citroen C4

89

208

1,2%

2,0%

2,1%

1,6%

2,2%

2,2%

2,2%

18

18

9

Skoda Octavia

83

165

1,8%

2,0%

2,0%

1,9%

1,5%

2,0%

1,7%

19

20

13

Toyota Auris

77

154

1,8%

2,2%

1,1%

1,7%

1,4%

1,9%

1,6%

20

9

51

Hyundai i30

66

196

0,0%

0,0%

0,6%

0,5%

2,3%

1,6%

2,0%

21

19

22

Fiat Grande Punto

66

145

1,4%

1,3%

1,4%

1,4%

1,4%

1,6%

1,5%

22

29

36

Renault Clio

59

117

0,9%

0,8%

0,9%

0,9%

1,0%

1,4%

1,2%

23

22

24

Lancia Ypsilon

56

128

1,4%

1,2%

1,0%

1,3%

1,3%

1,4%

1,3%

24

83

38

Citroen C1

55

67

0,9%

1,0%

0,3%

0,8%

0,2%

1,3%

0,7%

25

13

18

Volkswagen Up!

48

159

1,0%

1,9%

2,4%

1,5%

2,0%

1,2%

1,6%

26

31

15

Hyundai i10

46

97

1,9%

2,4%

0,5%

1,7%

0,9%

1,1%

1,0%

27

17

25

Fiat 500

45

130

1,2%

0,9%

1,5%

1,2%

1,5%

1,1%

1,3%

28

23

63

Volvo V40

42

113

0,0%

0,0%

0,8%

0,4%

1,3%

1,0%

1,2%

29

33

 

Mitsubishi ASX

42

89

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,8%

1,0%

0,9%

30

55

29

BMW 1-Series

42

64

1,1%

0,9%

1,2%

1,0%

0,4%

1,0%

0,7%

31

16

23

Toyota Aygo

41

130

1,1%

1,6%

1,2%

1,3%

1,6%

1,0%

1,3%

32

51

 

Honda Civic

39

65

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,5%

0,9%

0,7%

33

34

31

Audi A3

37

83

0,0%

0,0%

0,6%

1,0%

0,8%

0,9%

0,9%

34

41

43

Mercedes A-Class

36

72

0,0%

0,0%

1,3%

0,7%

0,7%

0,9%

0,7%

35

48

44

Chevrolet Spark

36

63

0,0%

0,0%

0,2%

0,7%

0,5%

0,9%

0,7%

36

24

37

Nissan Juke

35

103

0,0%

0,0%

0,9%

0,8%

1,2%

0,9%

1,1%

37

81

34

Smart Fortwo

33

41

0,9%

0,7%

1,2%

0,9%

0,1%

0,8%

0,4%

38

27

64

Skoda Citigo

32

92

0,0%

0,0%

0,2%

0,3%

1,1%

0,8%

1,0%

39

35

 

Citroen DS3

30

74

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,8%

0,7%

0,8%

40

42

41

Audi A1

28

63

0,0%

0,0%

0,5%

0,8%

0,6%

0,7%

0,7%

41

46

 

Kia Cee’d

28

57

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,5%

0,7%

0,6%

42

59

21

Peugeot 107

28

49

1,7%

1,2%

1,0%

1,4%

0,4%

0,7%

0,5%

43

62

53

Alfa Romeo Mi.To

26

45

0,0%

0,0%

0,3%

0,5%

0,3%

0,6%

0,5%

44

65

65

Seat Mii

26

44

0,0%

0,0%

0,2%

0,0%

0,3%

0,6%

0,5%

45

30

47

Skoda Yeti

24

77

0,0%

0,0%

0,3%

0,6%

1,0%

0,6%

0,8%

46

39

28

Volkswagen Tiguan

24

64

1,3%

0,6%

1,0%

1,1%

0,7%

0,6%

0,7%

47

85

 

Skoda Rapid

23

32

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,2%

0,6%

0,3%

48

21

26

Ford Focus

22

97

0,9%

1,4%

1,4%

1,2%

1,4%

0,5%

1,0%

49

40

 

Honda Jazz

21

61

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,7%

0,5%

0,6%

50

32

32

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

19

67

1,1%

0,9%

0,7%

0,9%

0,9%

0,5%

0,7%

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This report was written by Camilla.

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