In may, sales of cars in Russia amounted to about 109-110 thousand cars, told RBC two Russian vehicle manufacturer and one dealer familiar with advanced statistics of the Association of European businesses (AEB). The same conclusion can be drawn from the calculation of the may sales and the market share of Kia, which the company announced earlier — 12 thousand cars and 11% drop.
Sales in may were approximately 13% lower results may last year. This means that the dynamics of the fall of the Russian car market again began to accelerate after four months of continuous recovery. In January, the decline amounted to 29.1%, in February it declined to 13.4% in March to 10%, in April the market was fixed at around 8.5 per cent.
In January-may, according to preliminary estimates, in the Russian market has sold about 550 thousand cars, which is 14.3% less than in the same period of 2015. The official statistics of the Association of European businesses (AEB) will be published on Wednesday. AEB representative declined to comment.
According to two dealers of AVTOVAZ, sales of the largest Russian automaker in may dropped by 9.3%, to 20.6 thousand vehicles, after rising in April by 8%. But the best-selling model of factory — Lada Granta has retained the title of the bestseller market, again ahead of the nearest competitor — Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio. The representative of AVTOVAZ declined to comment, saying only that the market share of Lada for the month was around 20%. According to one of the dealer — less than 19%.
Hyundai may sales decreased by 22.1%, to 10,6 thousand cars, the company said. The BMW representative noted that last month the sales of the brand rose by 4.8%, to 2,2 thousand cars. Other automakers sales data has not yet opened
In may saw a decline in customer demand, agrees managing Director of GC “Autospeccentre” Alexander Zinoviev. First- reduce the purchasing power of the population, and secondly- the big brands experienced a shortage of key models, he explained. The head of the Russian Association of automobile dealers (ROAD), Vladimir Marenkov did not comment on the results of the may sales before official publication of the AEB, but noted that the “bottom of the market has not yet reached”.
RBC surveyed dealers noted, in particular, the shortage of some models of Lada, Datsun, Hyundai and Kia. The manufacturers just have not had time to respond to the increased demand in March and April that to may to replenish stocks, as the production car should average one to two months, said RBC sources among automakers. In June this issue will be gone, they claim.
The representative of AVTOVAZ said that the plant responds quickly to changes in demand, but still the process takes some time. A Kia spokesman did not comment on it, Hyundai did not answer the call RBC.