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Representation of Peugeot, Citroёn, Opel, Jeep brands in Ukraine sold more than 5 thousand cars in 2023

The Stellantis representative office in Ukraine (Peugeot, Citroёn, Opel, DS Automobiles, Jeep) sold approximately 5.1 thousand new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) in its dealer network in 2023, taking more than 7% of the market, the representative office’s press service reports.
As reported, in 2022, the share of Stellantis brands, whose sales amounted to 3 thousand units, accounted for 6.84% of the passenger car and light commercial vehicle market.
Thus, in 2023, car sales of the five brands increased by almost 70%, and the market share increased slightly, given that the market for new passenger cars and LCVs grew by 63.5% by 2022 to 65.1 thousand units (including 65.1 thousand passenger cars and about 7.4 thousand commercial vans/vans).
“Thus, the total growth of Stellantis brands exceeded the growth of the new car market in Ukraine by 6%. Moreover, the end of the year was very positive: in December, sporadic sales growth allowed Stellantis to take 9.7% of the market, which may signal a steady increase in sales in 2024,” the press service said.
According to the representative office, Peugeot became the sales leader among the brands (in 2022, Citroen won this position from it – IF-U) with a 74% increase in sales to 2.17 thousand units, which allowed it to take about 3% of the car market (in 2022 – 2.81%).
The best-selling models were the crossovers Peugeot 3008 (470 units) and Peugeot 2008 (348 units), while vans and vans Peugeot Boxer (294 units), Peugeot Partner (168 units) and Peugeot Rifter (144 units) were consistently popular.
Among passenger cars, the Peugeot 301 sedan (198 units) and the new Peugeot 408 crossover fastback (194 units sold in less than a year on the market) were good sellers.
In addition, the company considers the launch of a completely new product – the Peugeot Landtrek pickup truck – a success (225 vehicles sold in less than a year).
Sales of the Citroen brand increased by 58% to more than 2 thousand units, which allowed it to take 2.8% of the market (in 2022 – 2.87%).
Among passenger cars, the most popular models were the large Citroen C5 Aircross crossover (386 units sold), the Citroen C-Elysee sedan (340 units) and the Citroen C3 compact hatchback (196 units), and among commercial vehicles – the large Citroen Jumper (498 units) and the compact Citroen Berlingo (368 units).
“Thanks to the wide LCV lineup, Citroen is becoming a leader in sales of special vehicles and converted vehicles,” the press release states.
Sales of the German brand Opel, according to Stellantis Ukraine, increased by 96.5% last year to 890 units, with a market share of 1.2%, and the best-selling vehicles were the compact Opel Combo (344 units) and the mid-size crossover Opel Grandland (297 units). The compact crossovers Opel Mokka (104 units) and Opel Crosland (74 units) were in good demand.
The premium brand DS Automobiles sold 69 units (in 2022 – 62 units), with the largest number of DS 4 hatchbacks sold (47 units).
The company considers its relaunch by a new importer to be the main achievement for the Jeep brand in the Ukrainian market.
“The comprehensive ‘relaunch’ of the brand in Ukraine took place at the end of 2023, so Jeep’s sales results are not yet indicative. However, 2024 should demonstrate the full strength of the brand, especially given the replenishment of the model lineup,” the press release said.
As reported, the lineup for the brand launch has been formed, price lists have been announced, and new dealerships are starting to operate in the largest cities of Ukraine.
“This year, the model lineup will be complemented by the compact crossover Jeep Avenger, which is already on the market,” the press release said.
The report reminds that Stellantis Ukraine has been providing free repairs of state and municipal vehicles since March 2022: 2.7 thousand vehicles have been repaired to date, more than 10.5 thousand applications for repairs and maintenance have been submitted, and the total cost of work exceeds UAH 75 million.
Stellantis was formed in mid-January 2021 as a result of the merger of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA).

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Demand for new passenger cars doubled in Ukraine

Registrations of new passenger cars in Ukraine in August this year almost doubled compared to August last year – up to 5.8 thousand units, which is also 9% more than in July this year, reported “Ukravtoprom” on its website.

The first place is held by Toyota with an increase in registrations by 49% to August-2022 – up to 1118 units, and the second place, having pushed away Renault, was taken by Volkswagen, whose registrations increased almost fourfold – up to 611 units.

Renault registrations increased 2.4 times by August-2023, up to 501 units.

BMW with a 2.2-fold increase in registrations to 433 units and Skoda with 394 cars (almost 2.5 times more) also made it to the top 5 of the month.

The bestseller of the Ukrainian market of new passenger cars is a compact crossover Renault Duster, which was chosen by 473 buyers in August.

According to “Ukravtoprom”, a total of 38.1 thousand new passenger cars were registered in Ukraine in January-August, which is 56% more than in the same period of 2022.

At the same time, information and analytical group AUTO-Consulting, analyzing car sales in August on its website, notes a “record figure” – 6153 cars, which is 92% more than in August-2022 and 16.5% more than in July this year.

“The main thing is that the Ukrainian car market has been growing for six months in a row, and August sales were better than the last 19 months. So the Ukrainian car market is approaching the new business season in a very good condition and on the rise”, – experts state, noting that the growth was recorded by almost all market operators.

Prometey’s fleet was replenished with new cars

Specialists of the production and elevator areas of Prometey Group of Companies received new Renault cars.
Three Renault Express will be used by mechanics and agronomists who service the company’s production facilities, and the keys to two Renault Duster got regional directors of the elevator business.
These service cars will increase the efficiency of Prometey middle managers, making the fulfillment their duties more productive and operative.
The cars were purchased at the expense of the leasing limit from OTP-LEASING, the total amount of which is $3 mln.


Registration of used cars imported from abroad in July increased by 9%

Primary registrations of used passenger cars imported from abroad in July increased by almost 9% compared to June-2023 – up to 18.8 thousand units, which was the highest number of registrations per month for the last 11 months, the association “Ukravtoprom” reported in the Telegram channel.

As reported, the demand for new passenger cars in July turned to negative dynamics, having decreased by 5% by June-2023, to 5.3 thousand units.

According to the association, the largest share in the segment of imported used foreign cars still belongs to gasoline cars – 44% (in June – 43%), followed by diesel cars – 33% (35%), electric cars – 15% (14%), cars with HBO – 5% (no change) and hybrids – 3% (3%).

The average age of used cars that switched to Ukrainian license plates in June is 10 years (10.5% in June).

Volkswagen Golf remains the leader of July registrations (1616 units), followed by Renault Megane (1234 units) and Skoda Octavia (929 units).

The top 10 in this market also include Volkswagen Passat, 741 units; Nissan Leaf, 535 units; Ford Focus, 400 units; Volkswagen Touran, 384 units; Nissan Qashqai, 377 units; Volkswagen Tiguan, 377 units and AUDI A4, 369 units.

In total, in January-July, 106 thousand used cars imported from abroad were first registered in Ukraine, which is 3.3 times more than the sales of new cars in the same period last year.

As reported, Ukrainians in 2022 registered 388.5 thousand imported used cars, which is almost a quarter less than a year earlier, but more than 10 times more than the market for new cars.


Cabinet of Ministers has extended “eCrossing queue” to passenger buses and cars

The action of the electronic system “Electronic Border Crossing Queue” (“eCheck”) will be extended to buses carrying out international passenger transportation and passenger cars.
As the representative of the Cabinet of Ministers in the Parliament Taras Melnychuk reported in a telegram channel, the government introduced the relevant amendments to the Resolution No. 1349 on the peculiarities of the implementation of the electronic system “e Queue” at the meeting on Friday.
The State Service of Ukraine for Transport Security (“Ukrtransbezopasnost”) specified that from August 1, the electronic queue for passenger carriers starts operating in a test mode at the Yahodyn-Dorogusk BCP.
“From Tuesday, August 1, the movement of buses of regular flights through the IACP “Yagodin – Dorogusk” will be possible only by entry in the Electronic queue of border crossing on the site”, – stated in the message of the Department in the telegram channel.
It is noted that the record in the “e Queue” for passenger carriers opens on July 31.
The agency specified that the bus driver can extend the queue once in 4, 6, 8 or 10 hours, if he needed more time on the road. At the same time, the data on the driver or vehicle can be changed once without losing a place in the queue.
In “Ukrtransbezopasnost” added that the schedule of buses will remain unchanged. Registered carriers should arrive at the checkpoint at the time stipulated by the bus route.
In the test period, the System will not offer entry times at the checkpoint for buses.
As reported, the Electronic Border Crossing Queue project is implemented by the Ministry of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure in cooperation with the Ministry of Digital Transformation, Ukrtransbezopasnost, State Agency for Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Development, State Customs Service and State Border Guard Service with the support of USAID/UK aid of the Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services/TAPAS project.


Market of new commercial cars in Ukraine grew 2.5 times – “Ukravtoprom”

Registrations in Ukraine of new commercial vehicles (trucks and special vehicles) in June amounted to 1,068 units, which is 12% more than in May this year and 2.5 times more than in June 2022, “Ukravtoprom” reported in Telegram channel.
“This is the best result in the last 17 months,” stated in the message.
At the same time, compared to the pre-war June-2021 registrations of commercial cars decreased by 26%.
The top five commercial vehicles on the market in June were: Renault – 356 units; Scania – 127 units; Volkswagen – 67 units; Peugeot – 60 units and Mercedes-Benz – 53 units.
Total, according to the Association, in the first half of the year 5,190 new trucks were added to the Ukrainian park of trucks and special vehicles, which is 61% more than during the same period last year.
In its turn, analytical group Auto-Consulting, analyzing the segment of trucks on its web-site on Tuesday, points out that in June there is again a record of their delivery to the Ukrainian market – 440 units, which is 2.2 times more than in June last year.
“And it is not a situational jump, because according to the results of six months we record the growth of the market by 89%”, – the experts state.
According to the group’s data, in June this segment of the market was headed by Scania, which managed to take 29% of the market, the second result was gained by DAF with 9%. IVECO, Renault, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz also increase their sales.
“There is a segment of trucks of 3.6-8 tons with a gross weight which is developing powerfully, where European producers are more and more present. But Chinese brands have started to actively develop the segment of communal machinery and have already achieved certain success. Now any tender on this theme consists of at least three or four proposals on the chassis of Chinese manufacturers”, – is noted in the report.
According to analysts, the high rate of recovery of the truck market is primarily due to the fact that businesses are trying to increase their own fleets to transport goods through the new logistics corridors.
As it was reported with reference to Ukravtoprom, in 2022 the market of new commercial vehicles was added 6.9 thousand new cars – 2.3 times less than in 2021.