According to the Association of European Businesses, sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia in December increased by 1% to 253,158 vehicles. By the end of 2012 sales of automobiles increased by 11% to 2 million 935 thousand 111 cars. According to the AEB, this result sets a new record for the Russian market, surpassing the 2008 peak of 2.918 million vehicles in for a subtle amount.
According to the forecast of the association, in 2013 the Russian car market will remain at last year’s level, which is confirmed by the results of recent months. A look at the prospects for the market in 2013 can not hope for a rapid return to growth in the market, expressed in tens of per cent, according to the AEB.
Leadership in the Russian market remains AvtoVAZ, diminished the implementation of last year by 7% to 537,625 vehicles. In second place in terms of sales remains Chevrolet — 205042 realization cars (+17%) of the American brand has provided leadership in the market of cars. On the third place in the ranking of sales index rose to 189852 Renault cars sold (+23%), while the fourth — Kia, whose result was 187,330 vehicles (+23%). Closes the "top five" of the leaders this time Hyundai, increase its sales by 7% to 174,286 vehicles. In the top-10 best-selling brands on the results of 2012 also included Volkswagen (164702 pcs., +40%), Nissan (153747 pcs., +11%), Toyota (153047 pcs., +28%), Ford (130809 pcs ., +11%) and Skoda (99062 pcs., +34%).