The market for small commercial equipment is recovering. Results of September
Experts of the Auto Market Research Institute analyzed vehicle registration statistics in Ukraine and identified the most popular models of small commercial vehicles in three segments: used import, domestic resale, and new car purchases.
LCV market dynamics
In September, Ukrainians purchased 4,600 light commercial vehicles with a gross weight of up to 3.5 tons. This is 29% less than in the same period last year, and 2.8% more than in August 2022.
The majority of small commercial cars in the first half of 2022 were purchased on the domestic market: 3.5 thousand (76.3%). This is the highest figure in the last 12 months.
Only 793 used LCVs were brought from abroad, while their share decreased from 23.8% to 17.4% compared to September 2021. Quantitatively, the import of light commercial trucks with mileage decreased by almost half: by -48.1%. Compared to August 2022, the drop was -13.3%.
260 light trucks were purchased new, which is 5.7% of the total number of sales transactions. The decline in sales in this market segment amounted to -48.2%, if compared with September 2021. If we compare it with August 2022, sales have increased by 66.7%.
The share of production of Ukrainian enterprises, which in small batches carry out conversion of new imported LCVs for special needs, amounted to 0.6%. In September, only 28 such vehicles were registered for the first time, which is -89.5% less than in the same period last year and two cars more than in August 2022.
In general, we can state the gradual growth of the market of small commercial vehicles for the second month in a row. The demand for cars of this category is currently mostly provided by the offer of used cars on the domestic market, the share of which is growing. Instead, imports of used LCVs are falling due to the cancellation of the so-called "zero" customs clearance, changes in the exchange rate and higher prices of cars abroad. Sales of new cars are small, but show growth.
The most popular LCVs in the domestic market
In the first half of the year, among the offers on the Ukrainian domestic market, Ukrainians most often chose used Mercedes-Benz (19.9% of the total), Renault (17.7%) and Volkswagen (15.6%).
The fourth place is occupied by Ford with a share of 8.1%, and in fifth place is the Russian GAZ (7.7%), which is steadily losing ground every month.
The leader in the domestic LCV resale market remains the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (508 units), based on which there are many modifications and superstructures for various needs.
The second place in the ranking was taken by Renault Master (300 units), and the third place was taken by Ford Transit (241 units). The fourth place is still occupied by "Gazelle" 3302 (210 units). The fifth place was taken by the popular Volkswagen Transporter (202 units).
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — 508 pcs.
- Renault Master — 300 pcs.
- Ford Transit — 241 pcs.
- GAZ 3302 "Gazelle" — 210 pcs.
- Volkswagen Transporter — 202 pcs.
- Renault Kangoo — 172 pcs.
- Renault Traffic — 127 pcs.
- Volkswagen Caddy — 123 pcs.
- Volkswagen LT — 103 pcs.
- Opel Vivaro — 102 pcs.
The most popular used LCVs imported from abroad
Renault (41.8%), Mercedes-Benz (18.3%) and Volkswagen (9.3%) were the most frequently imported LCVs from abroad in September 2022. Opel (8.5%) and Ford (7.7%) also made the top five.
Renault Master (224 units) was the leader of imported used LCVs by a large margin, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was in second place (124 units), and Renault Kangoo (65 units) took third place.
Renault Traffic (45 units) and Volkswagen Crafter (41 units) also made the top five.
- Renault Master — 224 pcs.
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — 124 pcs.
- Renault Kangoo — 65 pcs.
- Renault Traffic — 45 pcs.
- Volkswagen Crafter — 41 pcs.
- Ford Transit — 37 pcs.
- Opel Movano — 33 pcs.
- Opel Vivaro — 30 pcs.
- Volkswagen Transporter — 20 pcs.
- Ford Transit Custom — 19 pcs.
The most popular new LCVs
Renault remains the leader in sales of new LCVs with a share of 29.2% of the total number of sales transactions. Toyota was in second place (14.9%), and Citroen (13.9%) was not in third place. Rounding out the TOP-5 brands of new LCVs are Mitsubishi (9%) and Ford (6.6%).
As for models, the compact minivan Renault Express (79 units) remains the leader of the segment. The popular Citroen Berlingo took second place (40 units). Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (15 pcs.) took the third place, by a large margin.
- Renault Express — 79 pcs.
- Citroen Berlingo — 40 pcs.
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — 15 pcs.
- Toyota Proace — 14 pcs.
- Ford Courier — 13 pcs.
- Fiat Fiorino — 6 pcs.
- Fiat Doblo — 5 pcs.
- Fiat Ducato — 5 pcs.
- Peugeot Boxer — 4 pcs.
- Peugeot Expert — 4 pcs.
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