According to the Association of European Businesses (AEB) statistics, the sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia during January-June 2021 increased by 36.9% year-on-year and to make 870.7 thousand units. In June alone, 157.8 thousand cars and light commercial vehicles were sold, up 28.7% year-on-year and up 7.1% month-on-month.
“In June 2021 157,808 PCs and LCVs were sold*, which is 28.7% more than in June 2020 and also +9.8% as compared to June 2019. In the first half year 2021, 870,749 cars were sold – an increase of 36.9% vs the same period of the previous year and 5.1% versus 2019. As earlier stated, the market shows better dynamics than expected. Postponement of the disposal fee increase supported the market and helped slowing cars prices increase. The COVID-19 situation is worsening, but we hope that we manage to escape a complete lockdown. Despite of the difficulties with the semi-conductors supply and metal prices increase, we believe to prevent a drop down in 2021 sales and we will see corrections in the months to come. The Committee has a positive outlook of this year market development and, as announced, updates its annual sales forecast: in 2021, 1756 k passenger cars and light commercial vehicles will be sold which is 9,8% higher than previous year. This means, we have corrected our forecast from 2.1% to 9.8% increase,” Thomas Staertzel, Chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, commented.
Lada remained the leader of the Russian car market in June 2021 with its sales 43.1% year-on-year up to 40.1 thousand units.
Hyundai moved up one step to the second position in the rating with its sales up 43.6% year-on-year to 19.2 thousand cars.
KIA moved down to the third position with its sales amounting to 18.8 thousand cars, up 10.5% year-on-year.
Renault ranked the fourth, its sales grew by 23.9% year-on-year up to 13.3 thousand units.
Volkswagen replaced Škoda in the fifth position with its sales up 35.3% year-on-year to 10.2 thousand units.
The brands that increased their sales the most were Opel commercial vehicles (up 10.7-fold), Peugeot commercial vehicles (up 3-fold), Citroёn commercial vehicles (up 2.5-fold), Genesis (up 2.4-fold), Subaru (up 2.2-fold), and Infiniti (up 2.2-fold).
The brands that saw its sales decline the most were Chevrolet (-68%), Foton commercial vehicles (-60%), Honda (-56%), and Zotye (-50%).