Sales of passenger cars in Russia increased by 20%

Sales of new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (LCV) in Russia in January of this year, up 20% compared to the same period of the previous year and amounted to 154.4 thousand units, said Wednesday the Committee of Automobile Manufacturers Association of European Businesses (AEB).

According to the committee chairman David Thomas, who presented the report, growth of 20% in January put the successful start of the year, reports RIA "Novosti".

"This is in line with our forecast, according to which in 2012 the Russian Federation will be sold 2.8 million vehicles. However, the January — short month for trading. On sales of automotive brands affects the level of unsold stock from last year. Thus, in March, the main trend of the market will be more clear, "- he said.

According to the AEB, at the end January 2012 the best-selling brand in the Russian Federation were cars Lada, which was 29.034 thousand units sold (down 21%), followed by Kia — 11,009 thousand units (up 38%), the third Renault — 10,909 thousand units (up 40%), fourth in Nissan — 10,780 thousand units (up 57%), in fifth place Chevrolet — 9,727 thousand units (up 33%).

According to the best-selling models in the reporting period was the Lada Kalina — 8,532 thousand units (up 1%), followed by the Lada Priora — 7,57 thousand units (down 2%), the third Hyundai Solaris — 7,172 thousand cars (growth in 552 times, in January 2011, has sold only 13 cars), fourth in the new Kia Rio — 5,117 thousand units (more than twice). The top five leaders of the Ford Focus, with sales of 5,033 million units (an increase of 1.7 times).

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