Russia August. Renault (+12.3%) & Volkswagen (+30.2%) pull the market up 1.1%

Russian Autos Market

Russian Autos Market in August was stable (+1.1%) with sales at 145.545. The leader Lada (+4.6%) held 20.6% of share, while Kia and Hyundai kept a flat tone. Remarkable performances scored by Renault and Volkswagen, both up in double-digits. The Lada Granta is still the best-selling car.

Economic Environment

Russian economic growth picked up in the second quarter, but still remained sluggish. Although a breakdown is not yet available, a marked upturn in the industrial sector appears to have spearheaded the acceleration. This more than offset weaker retail trade growth, which reflected softer private consumption despite a fall in the unemployment rate.

In July, economic activity accelerated, and both the manufacturing and services PMIs improved. That said, lower crude prices in July–August, coupled with fresh U.S. sanctions announced in early August, are likely to cap growth in the quarter.

Market Trend

Russian automotive industry has severely hit by Crimea-related sanctions (2013) breaking a long run which has moved the domestic light vehicles sales near the 3 million annual units, ranking 6th in the World.

Dropped down at few thousand units more than 1.4 million, in the 2017 the market started a rally with 16 consecutive months of double-digit gains between May 2017 and August 2018. Since then, the growth has progressively reduced the speed while still in recovery.

Thus the 2018 ended with sales at 1.8 million (+12.7%), but is still far from the record and is projected to further grow in the 2019, with a slow tone, between 5 and 7 percent.

The 2019 kicked off with a little grown in January  as, according to data released by the AEB, the market has recorded a plus 0.6%, with 103.064 sales. However, February’s market declined 3.6% with 128.406 sales.

In March the sales marked a positive result (+1.8%) with 160.180 registrations. However, the year-to-date market trend is still slightly negative (-0.3%) with 391.650 units sold.

The market, in April, declines -2.7% with 148.296 units sold, while in May fall even faster (-6.7%) with 137.634 units. In June the market is just lightly negative (-0.8%) with 151.169 units sold.

In July, the market trend was flat (+0.7%) with 139.968 sales, and in August improved by 1.1% with 145.545 unit sold, leading year-to-date figures at 1.114.247 (-1.1%).

Market Outlook

After being severely hit by Crimea-related sanctions in 2013, the Russian market has embarked on a positive pathway since 2017 and it is seen to be steadily recovering in the 2019-2025 period of time.  Being interested to know more, give a look at this updated research. Clicking on the picture, you can see contents.

Competitive Arena

At brand-wise, year-to-date Lada, the domestic maker controlled by Renault, is still the best brand with 233.684 sales year-to-date (+2.5%), followed by Kia with 148.947 sales (+0.2%) and Hyundai with 116.180 (+0.7%).

Follow, Renault with 89.153 units (-4%), Volkswagen with 71.368 (+12.9%), Toyota with 64.991 (-2.4%), Skoda with 54.142 (+8.9%), Nissan with 41.257 (-17.7%), GAZ with 36.392 (-2.1%) and in 10th place Mercedes with 26.786 (+15.7%).

At model level, the best-selling model is the Lada Granta with 85.767 (+30.2%), followed by Lada Vesta with 74.050 (+7%) and Kia Rio with 61.592 (-9.1%).

The top 100 models sales updates is available here

Rank 2019Rank 2018BrandSales Aug YTD 2019Sales Aug 2019+/- YTD 2019+/- Aug 2019Share YTD Aug 2019Share Aug 2019
11Lada233.68430.0122,5%4,6%21,0%20,6%
22Kia148.94718.5310,2%-1,7%13,4%12,7%
33Hyundai116.18014.0740,7%2,2%10,4%9,7%
44Renault89.15312.957-4,0%12,3%8,0%8,9%
56Volkswagen71.3689.17612,9%30,2%6,4%6,3%
65Toyota64.9919.122-2,4%-6,4%5,8%6,3%
78Skoda54.1427.0078,9%3,9%4,9%4,8%
87Nissan41.2575.938-17,7%-16,5%3,7%4,1%
99GAZ36.3925.293-2,1%6,0%3,3%3,6%
1013Mercedes26.7863.51815,7%35,5%2,4%2,4%
1114BMW26.6903.52516,5%17,3%2,4%2,4%
1211Mitsubishi25.0663.095-7,3%-9,2%2,2%2,1%
1310Ford24.1991.705-27,9%-57,7%2,2%1,2%
1412UAZ22.7763.221-3,4%-2,8%2,0%2,2%
1515Mazda18.8412.812-4,2%-0,8%1,7%1,9%
1618Datsun14.5231.86324,1%9,5%1,3%1,3%
1716Chevrolet14.4121.698-23,9%-29,4%1,3%1,2%
1817Lexus13.3352.173-15,3%-4,2%1,2%1,5%
1919Audi9.9311.335-0,4%1,0%0,9%0,9%
2033Haval5.8491.177259,9%457,8%0,5%0,8%
2134Geely5.538716251,8%134,0%0,5%0,5%
2221Land Rover5.293639-11,5%-26,6%0,5%0,4%
2324Volvo4.92150714,1%-26,1%0,4%0,3%
2423Subaru4.606695-5,0%7,3%0,4%0,5%
2527Suzuki3.92158914,3%9,1%0,4%0,4%
2626Chery3.642443-2,8%6,5%0,3%0,3%
2730Porsche3.62251522,8%30,1%0,3%0,4%
2820Lifan3.238261-67,3%-79,1%0,3%0,2%
2925Peugeot2.900460-26,2%20,1%0,3%0,3%
3029Infiniti2.459313-16,6%-31,1%0,2%0,2%
3131Citroen1.999300-21,7%129,0%0,2%0,2%
3236Mini1.6192156,9%4,9%0,1%0,1%
3338Genesis1.35914531,6%-30,0%0,1%0,1%
3439Jeep1.24412626,8%-21,7%0,1%0,1%
3528Honda1.206168-60,9%-63,8%0,1%0,1%
3635Jaguar1.174126-24,1%-42,5%0,1%0,1%
3732Zotye1.14661-35,8%-79,2%0,1%0,0%
3841Dongfeng1.06412022,7%1,7%0,1%0,1%
3937Changan997273-12,5%8,3%0,1%0,2%
4042Fiat753148-7,6%469,2%0,1%0,1%
4140FAW750175-22,9%43,4%0,1%0,1%
4243Cadillac58178-14,1%-7,1%0,1%0,1%
4344Smart55548-6,4%65,5%0,0%0,0%
4445Isuzu5238421,3%86,7%0,0%0,1%
4546Iveco26071-29,9%77,5%0,0%0,0%
4647Foton1499-38,2%-65,4%0,0%0,0%
4748Brilliance1341519,6%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4851Chrysler355-23,9%-28,6%0,0%0,0%
4950Hawtai338-57,1%-46,7%0,0%0,0%
5049SsangYong4--95,0%0,0%0,0%

Rank 2019Somma di Rank 18GroupSales Aug YTD 2019Sales Aug 2019+/- YTD 2019+/- Aug 2019Share YTD Aug 2019Share Aug 2019
11Renault Nissan Alliance406.14254.178-1,6%2,4%36,4%37,2%
22Hyundai-Kia266.48632.7500,6%-0,2%23,9%22,5%
33Volkswagen Group139.06318.03310,5%16,3%12,5%12,4%
44Toyota Group78.32611.295-4,9%-6,0%7,0%7,8%
55GAZ Group36.3925.293-2,1%6,0%3,3%3,6%
68BMW28.3093.74015,9%16,5%2,5%2,6%
79Mercedes Daimler27.3413.56615,2%35,8%2,5%2,5%
86Ford Group24.1991.705-27,9%-57,7%2,2%1,2%
910UAZ22.7763.221-3,4%-2,8%2,0%2,2%
1011Mazda18.8412.812-4,2%-0,8%1,7%1,9%

Rank 2019Rank 2018ModelSales Aug YTD 2019Sales Aug 2019'+/- YTD 2019'+/- Aug 2019
13Lada Granta857671113230,2%10,2%
21Lada Vesta7405093297,0%-4,7%
32Kia Rio615926989-9,1%-13,7%
44Hyundai Creta4556155222,0%-3,6%
55Hyundai Solaris398824489-10,2%-15,1%
66Volkswagen Polo370284627-2,0%-14,5%
77GAZ Gazelle311245008,5-10,0%0,0%
88Lada Largus278263446-3,0%-10,4%
99Renault Duster245133109-12,4%-7,3%
1011Kia Sportage2300538504,6%44,3%
1110Skoda Rapid226832689-1,4%-11,1%
1212Volkswagen Tiguan2225031343,2%4,8%
1316Toyota Camry2207228657,7%-13,3%
1414Renault Logan2200428555,6%20,9%
1515Lada 4x4203902672-1,6%0,0%
1618Toyota RAV41959729601,4%0,2%
1713Renault Sandero193612301-7,9%-12,4%
1820Lada Xray18912253215,4%
1917Renault Kaptur180382428-11,6%0,8%
2028Kia Optima16819240329,8%22,0%
2121Skoda Octavia152801923-6,3%-11,8%
2240Skoda Kodiaq15221229696,7%8,1%
2324Nissan Qashqai1508421543,5%0,1%
2422Mitsubishi Outlander147031900-6,5%-13,5%
2525Hyundai Tucson1469516501,4%-22,7%

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