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It took a while for Belarus to get rid of Russian influence but this year the best-selling car in the country is not Russian…
All the details after the jump…
The Belarus car market bucks all European trends this year and grows by 26 percent on 2010 to reach 16,275 registrations, that’s including Light Commercial Vehicles.
A significant event occurred in Belarus in 2011: the best-selling model in the country is not coming from Russia but from France or Romania, depending on which way you look at it: the Renault Logan (born Dacia) is up 6 spots and a massive 98 percent on 2010 to land in pole position with 630 sales and 3.9 percent market share, even though its facelift happened a few years back.
But the Russians are not far behind: in second position we find 2010′s best-seller, the GAZ Gazelle down a steep 62 percent to 475 units and 2.9 percent share…
…followed by the Lada Priora up 20 percent to 426 sales and 2.6 percent share.
Renault lodges another fantastic performance in 4th place: the Sandero is up 38 ranks and 405 percent year-on-year to reach 409 units sold and 2.5 percent, again very impressive given the Sandero has been around for a couple of years now.
A second Lada climbs in the Top 5: the 34 year-old 4×4 (aka Niva) with 382 sales, up 22 percent on 2010, an outstanding feat given its age.
Other great performers in the Top 10 include the VW Polo sedan landing directly at #6, the Ford Focus up 311 percent to #9 and the Mitsubishi Outlander up 78 percent to #10.
Below, the Hyundai Accent ranks directly #11 and the VW Touareg has a brilliant year, up no less than 50 spots and 468 percent on 2010 to #13 with 284 sales!
Belarus Full Year 2011 Top 30
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And now for your traditional golden nugget because I know you have come to expect it every week!
Whereas in neighboring Ukraine Chinese models are starting to do really well, in Belarus they’re just not there yet. The Great Wall Hover is still leading the pack but is down 16 percent on 2010 to a poor 102nd position with just 32 sales, followed by the Chery Tiggo at #136 and 17 units. The Chery QQ sells 11 units and the Great Wall Florid 6…
So now you can say in your next high society dinner (or at the pub): “But the Chinese have not spread across the entire ex-USSR just yet, only in Ukraine and Tajikistan“… You will definitely make an impact I’m sure.
And here you go: you are now an expert on Belarus car sales – I bet you didn’t expect that while turning on your computer today! But that’s the beauty of Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: you never know where you’re going to end up next!
Data sourced from www.domkrat.by
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.