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At 1,902 units over the first 3 months of 2011, new car sales in Latvia are up 132% on 2010 and 45% on 2009 but are still a far cry (-68%!) from the 5,934 registrations achieved in Q1 2008.
Stable on top, the VW Golf leads the way again and improves its market share over last year at 5.2% thanks to 98 sales. The Renault Megane takes the 2nd spot at 4.7% share, followed by the Ford Focus at 3.6%.
3 models deliver explosive growth to land in the Top 10 over the period: the Renault Scenic is up 50 spots to reach the 4th place with 64 sales and 3.4%, the VW Caddy gains 30 spots to #6 at 59 sales (3.1%) and the Suzuki SX4 grows by 53 spots to #8 at 54 units (2.8%). Notice the Lexus RX at #17, the Nissan Juke at #18 and BMW X6 at #19.
Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.
The Latvian car market is up 33% on a dismal 2009 year with 4,976 registrations in 2010. The VW Golf takes the lead at 238 sales and 4.8%. In #2 thanks to an amazing last couple of months, the Peugeot Partner delivers an impressive 3.5% share with 176 sales.
#1 in 2009, the Toyota Avensis drops 1 spot with 176 sales in equal #2, ahead of the Toyota Land Cruiser at 3.2% and the Toyota RAV4 at 2.9%. The Skoda Octavia is #6 at +70%, the Ford Focus #7 at +121%. Other great performers are the Toyota Verso at #14 (+975%) and the Skoda Yeti at #18 (+2433%).
Full Year 2010 Top 50 below.
After having lost no less than 73% in 2009, the Latvian car market is shyly recovering in 2010 with +15% over the first 10 months of the year at 3,905 registrations.
The VW Golf leads the pack by a very large margin with 216 sales and 5.5% of the market. Like in neighbours Norway and Finland, the Toyota Avensis is a hit, #2 in Latvia with 3.1%, just one unit ahead of the Land Cruiser, which delivers a very solid performance in Latvia.
The Peugeot Partner also shines in #4 at 2.9%, followed by the Toyota RAV4. Very strong performance from the extravagant BMW X6 landing in 30th position with close to 1%!
Full Top 50 ranking table below.
A second very popular Lada model appeared on the Soviet Union’s roads in 1984: the Lada Sputnik, better known worldwide as Samara. The 3-door hatchback was launched in 1984, followed by the 5-door hatchback in 1987 and the sedan in 1990.
In all likeliness, the Samara should feature along the Lada 2104/5/7 on top of the car sales ranking of the USSR from 1986 to 1991, Russia from 1992 to 1995. I couldn’t find any official figures for this period so if you have any please do get in touch! More info on the Lada Samara here.
Lada launches the 2105 in 1979, basically a restyled 2101. Despite the absence of official sales figures it is easy to imagine that the more modern 2105 would lead car sales in the Soviet Union during the first half of the eighties.
The traditional Deluxe version, named 2107, is added in 1982 and the Station Wagon, 2104, appears in 1984. More info on the Lada 2105 series here.
The brand VAZ (Volzhsky Avtomobilny Zavod), better known worldwide as Lada, was established in the late 1960’s in collaboration with Fiat and started producing the 2101, a localised version of the Fiat 124, in 1979.
Even though there are no official figures available, the Lada 2101 in all likeliness dominated car sales in the USSR throughout the seventies. In 1972 the 2102, a Station Wagon, and the 2103, a Deluxe version, are added, reinforcing the domination of the model on the Soviet roads. More info on the Lada 2101 series here.
Please get in touch if you have any data relating to this period!