Russian Car Market down 7% in April. Kia reinforced the third place.

In April 2013 the light passenger’s vehicles market in Russia was at 245.334 units, down 7.2%, second consecutive decline after three years of growth. Year-to-date sales were 863.107, down 1.5%.

On April 29th Volkswagen started the production of the Jetta model in the Gaz plant located in Nizhni-Novgorod, following the Skoda Yeti already produced there. Over € 300 had been invested by the Group to establish the production lines and acquire equipment. Meanwhile, Mazda-Sollers plant in Vladivostok started up production in the third line, pushed by demand on CX-5 and new Mazda6.

General Motors, started the production of Chevrolet Trailblazer in St. Petersburg, using CKD method. Cruze and Opel Astra are the other models manufactured in the factory.

Renault has announced that an additional amount of € 500 million (almost 21 billion rubles) will be invested in Russia production in the next seven years, aiming to increase capacity at 350.000 vehicles per year.

According to the evaluation of Russian Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the utility tax will contribute 440.5 billion rubles to the budget of the country between the years 2013-2020. 423 billion rubles of this amount will be formed of taxes acquired from cars and LCVs. While 1.6 billion rubles will be obtained from buses, the share of trucks within the total budget will remain below 10%.

It should be remembered that the base value of renewal tax is 20,000 rubles. This amount varies according to the age, type and engine volume of the vehicle and whether it’s imported by an individual or a company. For example, the lowest coefficients in automobiles brought to the country by individuals vary between 0.1-0.15. In other words, these individuals are only liable to pay renewal taxes between 2000-3000 rubles.

Looking at the best brands performance:

Autovaz/Lada recovered some share of market and was back at 18.0%, with 44.100 sales, up 1.4 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 151.527 with a share of 17.6%.

Renault kept the 2nd place selling 19.178 units with a share of 7.8%, up 0.4 points of share from the previous month. Considering that Renault controls Lada, the French Group is almost at 25% of market share in the sixth larger market worldwide. Russia is by far, the most important market for Renault Group. Year-to-date sales were 67.209 with a share of 7.8%. The top Renault model in Russia was the Duster in 4th, followed by Logan in 11th and Sandero in 15th. Usually these products are distributed under the Dacia nameplate. Their presence as top models confirms the Renault position in the entry price segment.

Kia was 3rd with 18.303 units and a share of 7.5%, up 0.7 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 60.027 with a share of 7.0%. The last was one of the best share ever in Russia, confirming the growth of this Korean brand.

Chevrolet climbed in 4th place, up 3 spots, with 16.083 sales and a share of 6.6%, up 0.9 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date it was 6th with 52.489 sales and a share of 6.1%.

Hyundai was 5th, down 1 spot, selling 15.868 vehicles with a share flat at 6.5%. First quarter sales were 56.582 with a share of 6.6%.

Volkswagen recovered 2 places after the March shortfall and was 6th selling 15.654 units with a share of 6.4%, up 1.2 points from the previous month. Year-to-date it was 5th with 52.928 sales and a share of 6.1%, almost stable from the previous months.

Toyota was 7th with 15.279 sales and a share of 6.2%, up 0.4 points from the previous month, a really good share for this brand in Russia. Year-to-date sales were 44.612 with a share of 5.2%.

Ford was 8th, up 1 spot, with 8.635 units and a share of 3.5%, down 0.7 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 32.289 with a share of 3.7%, down 0.1 points from the Q1 2013.

Skoda was 9th, up 3 spots, with 7.488 sales and a flat share at 3.1%. Year-to-date it was 12th with 26.107 sales and a3.0% of share.

Gaz was 10th, up 3 spots with 7.183 sales and 2.9% of share. Year-to-date it was 13th with 24.166 units and 2.8% of share.

In the table below, the Top 25 Brands ranked by year to date position:

Rank Ytd

Brand

Apr

YTD 2013

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

Mar 2013

Apr 2013

Ytd M 2013

1

Lada

44.100

   151.527

17,7%

19,2%

18,5%

17,4%

16,6%

18,0%

17,6%

2

Renault

19.178

     67.209

7,1%

5,5%

6,9%

7,8%

7,4%

7,8%

7,8%

3

Kia

18.303

     60.027

6,5%

6,4%

6,2%

6,8%

6,8%

7,5%

7,0%

4

Hyundai

15.868

     56.582

6,0%

5,5%

5,8%

6,6%

6,5%

6,5%

6,6%

5

Volkswagen

15.654

     52.928

6,2%

5,9%

6,0%

6,0%

5,2%

6,4%

6,1%

6

Chevrolet

16.083

     52.489

7,2%

7,6%

6,8%

5,9%

5,7%

6,6%

6,1%

7

Toyota

15.279

     44.612

5,5%

5,3%

4,7%

4,8%

5,8%

6,2%

5,2%

8

Nissan

8.272

     44.188

4,7%

5,1%

4,7%

5,8%

5,7%

3,4%

5,1%

9

Ford

8.635

     32.289

4,5%

4,2%

4,7%

3,8%

4,2%

3,5%

3,7%

10

Opel

6.899

     26.731

2,8%

2,8%

2,7%

3,2%

3,1%

2,8%

3,1%

11

Mitsubishi

7.182

     26.322

2,4%

2,7%

2,9%

3,1%

3,7%

2,9%

3,1%

12

Skoda

7.488

     26.107

3,4%

3,3%

3,6%

3,0%

3,1%

3,1%

3,0%

13

Gaz

7.183

     24.166

2,9%

3,2%

3,5%

2,8%

2,8%

2,9%

2,8%

14

Daewoo

4.241

     20.139

3,4%

3,2%

2,9%

2,6%

1,4%

1,7%

2,3%

15

Uaz

4.580

     15.735

2,0%

1,9%

2,4%

1,8%

1,7%

1,9%

1,8%

16

Mazda

2.206

     12.831

1,3%

1,4%

1,2%

1,7%

2,1%

0,9%

1,5%

17

Mercedes

3.570

     12.165

1,2%

1,3%

1,4%

1,4%

1,5%

1,5%

1,4%

18

BMW

3.245

     12.063

1,2%

1,2%

1,5%

1,4%

1,5%

1,3%

1,4%

19

Audi

3.651

     11.929

1,2%

1,1%

1,1%

1,3%

1,5%

1,5%

1,4%

20

Peugeot

3.300

     11.607

1,5%

1,5%

1,4%

1,3%

1,3%

1,3%

1,3%

21

SsangYong

2.306

       9.409

1,1%

1,0%

1,1%

1,2%

1,1%

0,9%

1,1%

22

Suzuki

2.921

       8.954

1,3%

1,0%

1,0%

1,0%

1,0%

1,2%

1,0%

23

Citroën

2.672

       8.619

1,2%

1,1%

1,0%

1,0%

0,9%

1,1%

1,0%

24

Great Wall

2.243

       6.928

0,4%

0,5%

0,6%

0,8%

0,8%

0,9%

0,8%

25

Geely

2.312

       6.573

0,4%

0,7%

0,8%

0,7%

0,8%

0,9%

0,8%

Lada Granta further increased its share on market, reinforcing the leadership among models with 15.596 sales and 6.4% of share, looking as the model which will dominate the market for years.

Hyundai Solaris confirmed the second place with 10.553 sales and a share of 4.3%, up 0.4 points from the previous month.

Lada Kalina surged on podium catching the 3rd place with 8.857 sales and 3.6% of share, followed by Renault Duster, up 1 spot, Volkswagen Polo and Chevrolet Niva.

In the table below, the Top 25 models ranked for last month position:

Rank Apr

Models

Apr ’13

YTD 2013

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

Mar 2013

Apr 2013

YTD M 2013

1

Lada Granta

     15.596

     52.765

3,5%

4,6%

5,4%

6,0%

5,9%

6,4%

6,1%

2

Hyundai Solaris

     10.553

     35.941

3,9%

3,4%

3,5%

4,1%

3,9%

4,3%

4,2%

3

Lada Kalina

       8.857

     28.395

5,0%

3,7%

3,1%

3,2%

2,6%

3,6%

3,3%

5

Renault Duster

       7.600

     25.945

0,9%

1,6%

2,7%

3,0%

2,9%

3,1%

3,0%

6

Volkswagen Polo

       6.637

     21.798

2,5%

2,1%

2,3%

2,5%

2,2%

2,7%

2,5%

7

Chevrolet Niva

       5.724

     17.748

2,0%

1,8%

2,0%

1,9%

1,8%

2,3%

2,1%

8

Ford Focus

       5.546

     22.278

3,2%

3,0%

3,2%

2,7%

3,0%

2,3%

2,6%

9

Lada Samara

       5.257

     14.341

2,2%

2,4%

2,3%

1,5%

1,8%

2,1%

1,7%

10

Lada Priora

       4.962

     21.495

4,0%

4,5%

4,2%

2,7%

2,6%

2,0%

2,5%

11

Renault Logan

       4.890

     16.674

2,5%

1,4%

1,5%

1,9%

1,8%

2,0%

1,9%

12

Chevrolet Cruze

       4.284

     14.565

2,3%

2,3%

2,2%

1,7%

1,7%

1,7%

1,7%

13

Lada Largus

       4.209

     14.379

0,1%

0,8%

1,1%

1,6%

1,5%

1,7%

1,7%

14

Skoda Octavia

       4.094

     14.617

1,7%

1,8%

1,9%

1,7%

1,8%

1,7%

1,7%

15

Renault Sandero

       4.084

     14.465

1,8%

1,2%

1,6%

1,7%

1,5%

1,7%

1,7%

16

Lada 4×4

       3.808

     14.599

1,7%

1,8%

1,9%

1,7%

1,6%

1,6%

1,7%

17

Kia Cee’d

       3.330

       9.033

0,5%

0,5%

0,5%

0,9%

0,5%

1,4%

1,0%

18

Opel Astra

       3.221

     12.080

1,9%

1,7%

1,5%

1,4%

1,3%

1,3%

1,4%

19

Kia Sportage

       2.857

     10.358

1,1%

1,1%

1,2%

1,2%

1,2%

1,2%

1,2%

20

Toyota Camry

       2.822

     10.005

1,2%

1,2%

1,2%

1,2%

1,1%

1,2%

1,2%

21

Volkswagen Tiguan

       2.424

       9.051

1,0%

0,9%

1,0%

1,1%

0,9%

1,0%

1,0%

22

Daewoo Nexia

       2.318

     11.663

2,0%

2,1%

1,9%

1,5%

0,8%

0,9%

1,4%

23

Hyundai ix35

       2.030

       9.658

0,5%

0,5%

0,5%

1,2%

1,2%

0,8%

1,1%

24

Nissan Qashqai

       1.825

     11.424

1,3%

1,3%

1,0%

1,6%

1,4%

0,7%

1,3%

25

Chevrolet Lacetti

       1.500

       6.000

1,3%

1,4%

1,0%

0,7%

0,6%

0,6%

0,7%

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