Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Big Change In Russia

Matt Gasnier
by Matt Gasnier

After a thorough look at Japan on Monday, this week you get the privilege (?) of another sales update from Around the Globe, and we’re going to Russia with love.

Last time I took you to Russia was 18 months ago and since then there has been so much change that it’s not funny.

So not funny that it requires a new trip today.


Still stuck in the Cold War and Russia is not your cup of vodka? Niet Problem (yep, that’s Russian for No problem – how cool). You can visit 167 additional countries and territories in my blog, one by one, in the comfort of your own lounge. Or today I can also offer you the Top 277 best-selling models in the USA over the first 9 months 2012

For the last 2 years, the Russian car market has been on Absolut fire, with a continuous stream of monthly year-on-year gains contrasting with a gloomy Western Europe. For example, in September 2012 the market is up 10 percent year-on-year to 259,582 registrations, more than in Germany (250,082). The year-to-date total stands at 2,187,797 units after 9 months, up 14 percent on 2011, but lower than the 2.36 million sold Germany this time.

After an official presentation at the Moscow Motor Show in August 2010 and 8 months after its sales kick started in Russia last January, the Lada Granta takes the lead of the Russian models ranking with a record 14,050 sales and 5.4 percent share. It is up 12 percent on August and a comfortable 2,441 units above the

…the Lada Priora down 15 percent year-on-year to 11,609 sales and 4.5 percent.

The Lada Kalina, still #1 year-to-date in 2012 at 96,513 units and 4.4 percent, rounds up the September podium with 9,315 sales and 3.6 percent, down 23 percent year-on-year.

After 9 months, Lada has sold 80,965 Grantas and should finish the year at around 120,000 which is above the 100,000 units the manufacturer planned for at the start of the year. So, is the Granta a success? It’s still too early to say, as it was launched to replace two monuments: the 32 year-old Classic and the 28 year-old Samara. Even though they have all but disappeared of the 2012 ranking (#18 and #8 respectively), these two veterans still sold a total of 235,000 units in the country last year so the bar is high for the Granta which will need to sell upwards of 200,000 units in 2013 to keep a smile on its bonnet.

Below the 100% Lada podium, the Hyundai Solaris (a Russian-manufactured Hyundai Accent) is stable at #4 and remains the best-selling foreigner with 9,096 sales and 3.5 percent…

…followed by its cousin the Kia Rio at 7,928 units and 3.1 percent, up 733% year-on-year (!) and the Ford Focus. The VW Polo is back up to #7 and the Chevrolet Cruze stays solid at #8.

Already extremely successful in the country with the Logan and Sandero sold under its own brand and not Dacia, Renault recently launched the Dacia in Russia and it’s a full-on hit. Only a few months in, it is already knocking at the overall Top 10’s door, missing it this month for just… 8 sales! It is #11 at 5,042 units and 1.9 percent share and already #20 year-to-date.

Two newcomers make themselves noticed this month in the Russian Top 20: the Mitsubishi Outlander, boosted by the new generation, shoots up to #16 with 3,571 sales and 1.4 percent…

…while the Lada Largus – rebadged Dacia Logan MCV – continues its progression, up 3 ranks on last month to #17 with 3,118 units and 1.2 percent. Notice also the Toyota Camry at #20 (+95 percent year-on-year!) and the Nissan Juke at #22 (+57 percent on September 2011).

Russia September 2012 – Top 10

PosModelSept%2012%Pos1Lada Granta14,0505.4%80,9653.7%42Lada Priora11,6094.5%94,5194.3%23Lada Kalina9,3153.6%96,5134.4%14Hyundai Solaris9,0963.5%84,4303.9%35Kia Rio7,9283.1%64,3532.9%66Ford Focus7,7823.0%68,3323.1%57VW Polo6,1082.4%52,1582.4%78Chevrolet Cruze5,0912.0%46,4482.1%109Lada 4×45,0722.0%40,4961.9%1410Chevrolet Niva5,0501.9%44,0312.0%11

You can check the entire Top 25 best-selling models in Russia in September 2012 here

You can also check:

Russian car sales Historical Info since 1970

The August 2012 Russian Top 25: Russia August 2012: Lada Granta takes off to Lada Largus #20

The September 2011 Russian Top 25: Russia September 2011: Hyundai Solaris up to #4 for the first time


Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.

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  • Ydnas7 Ydnas7 on Oct 11, 2012

    Lada is part of Renault Nissan......

    • Carfriend313 Carfriend313 on Oct 11, 2012

      As opposed to АвтоВАЗ? Renault Nissan owns a quarter of АвтоВАЗ.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Oct 19, 2012

    I really like the front of that new Outlander. Is the US getting that one? I feel Mitsu will pull out of the US passenger car market entirely within the next 10 years.

  • 28-Cars-Later Somebody had Mark VIII wheels for sale on CL, I should see if they are still up there for a future Mark VII (my own or someone else's that's worthy). Geez I need a bigger house.
  • 28-Cars-Later This being ostensibly a Cali car, the juice may be worth the squeeze for the more intense Bimmer people but otherwise seems high. Spend more and get one in the right configuration and better shape. Unless you have a motor and the know how, but the time you fix the stupid in this its going to cost just as much... if this was a 'vert maybe but m'eh.
  • Lou_BC I kinda like the blocky lines. The snout has a star wars stormtrooper look so that means it won't hit anything.
  • ToolGuy I respect the work this individual has done from the starting point he was handed ("I have been involved for about 6 months repairing this car acquired form my sister who received it from our dad"; "The car was an oily mess when I received it, had a clogged catalytic converter, and hesitated intermittently on the highway after extended driving (> 20 miles)")...But there is no need to show prospective customers the "before" or "in process" photographs. Very few customers want to see or know how the sausage is made.And rather than show extreme close-ups of the dents, call a PDR shop, and bump up your selling price.
  • Ajla "launched as the GX550 offering a 3.4-liter" I know some people rip on pick up or performance car buyers for insecurity but it is funny that premium vehicle buyers need inflated designations like this because "GX340t" won't get their d*cks hard. Although Lexus isn't alone in this, it's even better here because they went from GX470 to GX460 back in 2009 and no one died over the decrease. The IS500 and LC500 are still matched to their displacement but maybe they'd sell more if it was called LC650? 🤔