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Sales of small commercial equipment in May turned out to be a record. Top 15 models

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Experts of the Institute of Car Market Research analyzed the statistics of vehicle registrations in Ukraine in May and identified the 15 most popular models of small commercial vehicles in three segments: import of used cars, domestic resale and purchase of new cars. Sales of new small commercial equipment turned out to be a record.

LCV market dynamics

In May, Ukrainians purchased 5,200 light commercial vehicles with a total weight of up to 3.5 tons. This is 23.1% more than in the same period last year, and 7.7% more than in April 2023.

The majority of small commercial cars were purchased on the domestic market in May: 3.8 thousand (72.5%). 916 used LCVs (17.6%) were brought from abroad.

430 new imported LCVs were sold, another 88 registered light trucks were converted by Ukrainian enterprises from imported chassis or machine sets. Overall, new LCV sales accounted for 9.9% of the total number of small commercial vehicles purchased. This indicator turned out to be a record for the last 12 months — both quantitatively and in terms of share.

Dynamics of LCV sales in Ukraine during May 2022 — May 2023

The most popular LCVs in the domestic market

Used vans (2.8 thousand units), side-mounted awnings (167 units), cargo-passenger ones (164 units), as well as flat-beds (121 units) and platforms (79 units) were most in demand on the domestic market.

For many years in a row, the unchanging first place in the domestic market has been held by the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (583 units in May). The chassis of this car is used for various superstructures — from classic vans to refrigerators and other types of specialized equipment for small and medium-sized businesses. The Renault Master (341 units), which is used in the same way as the previous model, in different body options and purposes, confidently holds the second place in the rating.

Interest in the Russian GAZ 3302 "Gazelle" still persists (272 units in May, 3rd place) due to the significant total number of these vehicles on the market. Previously, such cars were chosen due to their lower cost, simplicity and cheapness of operation, but with the beginning of a full-scale war, trade with the aggressor country is prohibited, from where most of the spare parts for these cars were previously supplied, which will inevitably lead to the complication of repairing cars of Russian brands. Therefore, the number of GAS on the market will inevitably decrease, gradually being replaced by imported analogues.

Ford Transit took the fourth place (-1 position, 257 units), and the popular Renault Kangoo (190 units) took the fifth place.

The most popular used LCV models in the domestic market, May 2023
  1. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — 583 pcs.
  2. Renault Master — 341 pcs.
  3. GAZ 3302 "Gazelle" — 272 pcs.
  4. Ford Transit — 257 pcs.
  5. Renault Kangoo — 190 pcs.
  6. Volkswagen Transporter — 186 pcs.
  7. Renault Traffic — 123 pcs.
  8. Volkswagen Crafter — 113 pcs.
  9. Volkswagen LT — 110 pcs.
  10. Mercedes-Benz Vito — 108 pcs.
  11. Fiat Doblo — 102 pcs.
  12. Volkswagen Caddy — 102 pcs.
  13. Fiat Ducato — 100 pcs.
  14. Opel Vivaro — 89 pcs.
  15. Opel Movano — 88 pcs.

The most popular used LCVs imported from abroad

From abroad, used vans (680 units), refrigerator vans (66 units), vans with awnings (51 units), vans with hydroboards (29 units) and vans with a double cabin (17 units) were most often brought from abroad.

Renault Master remains the leader of imported used LCVs (261 units), Mercedes-Benz Sprinter took second place (190 units), and Volkswagen Crafter (70 units) took third place.

Renault Traffic (61 units) and Opel Movano (40 units) also entered the top 5.

The most popular models of used LCVs imported from abroad, May 2023
  1. Renault Master — 261 pcs.
  2. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — 190 pcs.
  3. Volkswagen Crafter — 70 pcs.
  4. Renault Traffic — 61 pcs.
  5. Opel Movano — 40 pcs.
  6. Renault Kangoo — 36 pcs.
  7. Ford Transit — 34 pcs.
  8. Opel Vivaro — 24 pcs.
  9. Volkswagen Transporter — 23 pcs.
  10. Iveco Daily (Turbo/Power) — 22 pcs.
  11. Mercedes-Benz Vito — 17 pcs.
  12. Ford Transit Custom — 16 pcs.
  13. Fiat Ducato — 13 pcs.
  14. Nissan NV200 — 11 pcs.
  15. Volkswagen Caddy — 11 pcs.

It is interesting that the preferences of Ukrainians in used small commercial equipment from abroad are very stable: the rating of models almost does not change from month to month, quantitative indicators also change minimally. At the same time, the potential of this market segment is not sufficiently developed: it is profitable to import used LCVs from abroad only under the age of 5 years, because the excise tax is 40 times higher on everything older than that, which makes import economically unprofitable. Due to low purchasing power and lack of available financing programs, it is too difficult to purchase a new car, so buyers are forced to meet the demand by buying used LCV cars in the domestic market. Such a situation reduces choice, increases market prices and makes it obsolete.

The most popular new LCVs

Among the new small commercial vehicles, the most popular were vans (362 units), emergency repair vehicles (7 units), on-board awnings (6 units), cargo-passenger vehicles (6 units) and on-board vehicles with a double cabin (5 units).

Renault Express remains the leader of the new LCV segment in April, 134 such cars were registered for the first time, and the number of sales of these models is growing every month.

In second place was Renault Master (103 units). Peugeot Boxer sales also increased (25 units), which made it possible to climb one step and take 3rd place according to the results of May.

Volkswagen Crafter, which was placed on the third step, fell to the fourth place(19 pcs., -1 position). Closes the top five Citroen Berlingo (17 units).

The most popular models of new LCVs, May 2023
  1. Renault Express — 134 pcs.
  2. Renault Master — 103 pcs.
  3. Peugeot Boxer — 25 pcs.
  4. Volkswagen Crafter — 19 pcs.
  5. Citroen Berlingo — 17 pcs.
  6. Volkswagen Caddy — 11 pcs.
  7. Opel Combo — 10 pcs.
  8. Fiat Ducato — 9 pcs.
  9. Fiat Fiorino — 7 pcs.
  10. Peugeot Partner — 7 pcs.
  11. Citroen Jumper — 6 pcs.
  12. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — 4 pcs.
  13. Peugeot Expert — 3 pcs.
  14. Volkswagen Transporter — 3 pcs.
  15. Fiat Doblo — 2 pcs.

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