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30.01.2015 / Import and export of cars in January-November 2014

Russian Automotive Market Research

According to Federal Customs Service of Russia, over the first eleven months of 2014 import of cars in Russia fell by 21.4% to 650.6 thousands cars. For the reporting period cars on 12 billion 435.8 million dollars were imported to Russia. 620 thousands cars on 12 billion 198.4 million dollars were imported from foreign countries, 30.5 thousand cars on 237.3 million dollars - from CIS countries.

Export of cars from Russia over eleven months of 2014 decreased by 6.9% and made 115.9 thousand units on a total amount of 1 billion 342.5 million dollars. 3.9 thousand cars on 53.8 million dollars were supplied to foreign countries, 112 thousands cars on 1 billion 288.8 million dollars – to CIS countries.


29.01.2015 / Production of cars in 2014

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According to Federal State Statistics Service of Russia, in 2014, 1.7 million cars rolled off the Russian production lines that is by 9.7% less than in the previous year.

Last year AVTOVAZ produced 575.1 thousands cars and assembly kits, of them 386.8 thousand cars Lada (-12%) and 133.9 thousands cars for the Alliance Renault-Nissan (increase in 6.4 times). In addition, the Izhevsk Automobile Plant produced 74.3 thousand cars (+28%), including 68.9 thousand cars Lada Granta and 5.4 thousand sedans Nissan Sentra. Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant, which in October launched the production of new UAZ Patriot, manufactured 62.5 thousands cars in 2014 (-14%). In 2014, more than 45 thousand cars Chevrolet Niva rolled off the assembly line of GM-AVTOVAZ, which is a 22% decrease on the previous year.


29.01.2015 / Mazda will launch sales of two updated models in February

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The company Mazda launches sales of the updated CX-5 and Mazda6 in Russia. Cars will be available in dealer centers beginning February 2015.

In Russia Mazda CX-5 will be available in two versions. Petrol modification of the model is offered with 2.0 - and 2.5-liter engines. Mazda CX-5 with 2.2-liter diesel engine is also available.

The petrol version of Mazda CX-5 will be available in four versions: Drive, Active, Active+ and Supreme. Diesel modification is offered


28.01.2015 / Russian dealers count on the government support in 2015

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The Russian Automobile Dealers Association (ROAD) sent a letter to the Government of the Russian Federation, in which it asks to support vehicle sales by establishing the preferential loan rate or providing the necessary funds to banks. According to ROAD, to support loans 20 billion rubles for one year or 10 billion rubles for six months should be allocated and the interest rate not exceeding 15% per annum should be set for the term at least three years. In addition, to keep vehicle sales ROAD offers to use the maternity capital.

ROAD believes that another measure to support the automotive market can be a direction of part of funds, allocated to support the agroindustrial complex, to the renewal of parks of farmers and entrepreneurs.


28.01.2015 / New Nissan X-Trail will be available in Russia at the price from 1249 thousand rubles

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Beginning March 2, 2015 sales of Nissan X-Trail of the third generation will be launched in Russia. Prices for the new car start from 1249000 rubles. The production of cars is organized at the plant Nissan in Saint Petersburg.

The engine range of the new car includes two 2.0 - and 2.5-liter petrol engines. Capacity of engines is 144 HP and 171 HP respectively. In addition, the diesel dCi 130 is available. The capacity of this engine is 130 HP.

New Nissan X-Trail is offered with two different gear boxes: 6-speed manual and X-Tronic CVT. The car is available in the front-wheel-drive version and with smart all-wheel drive All-Mode 4x4-i.


27.01.2015 / UAZ will develop new export markets in 2015

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In 2014 Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant exported 6461 cars, which is a 38% decrease on the previous year. In addition to CIS countries (Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus) export is carried out in China, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Hungary, Syria, Cuba, Egypt, Mongolia and other countries.

UAZ notes that the decline in exports is partly caused by the fact that in 2013 there were record sales of SUVs UAZ in external markets: 10421 cars were sold (+37%). Moreover, the decrease in sales in 2014 was connected with the general economic situation and the loss of the market of Ukraine.

In 2015 UAZ will begin to develop new markets in foreign countries: South America, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa.


26.01.2015 / Car manufacturers will receive 6 billion rubles for the program of park renewal in 2015

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade allocated 10 billion rubles for the continuation of the state program to renew the vehicle park in 2015 in the following way. Manufacturers of cars will receive 60% of funds, those of commercial vehicles - 40%. Then the money will be divided among companies, including taking into account their shares in the total production in Russia in 2014. The idea to reject limits for each automaker was previously discussed, but foreign automakers, which had built plants in Russia, asked to keep this scheme.

Thus, AVTOVAZ may receive less than 1.5 billion rubles. State subsidies to KAMAZ, GAZ Group and Sollers will be close to the level of 2014, when 10 billion rubles were allocated.


26.01.2015 / The second model Datsun enters the Russian market

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Sales of the second model Datsun, hatchback mi-DO, were launched in Russia. The car will be available in dealer centers in the next two weeks.

The car will be offered with 1.6-liter petrol engine capacity of 87 HP and different gear boxes: five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. The base version of Datsun mi-DO will receive air bags for driver and passenger, ABS and the package of electrical equipment.

Datsun mi-DO is based on Lada Kalina 2, it will be produced at AVTOVAZ, as the model on-DO. In Russia the line-up Datsun will be later presented by three models. In addition to sedan on-DO and hatchback mi-DO there will be one more car, most likely it will be a crossover.


26.01.2015 / «Alabuga-Motors» will produce two models of Chinese cars

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The company «Alabuga-Motors» prepares to launch the production of cars of Chinese Dongfeng and Zotye in Tatarstan. Negotiations of parties on the organization of the contract SKD at facilities of SEZ Alabuga (in the Republic of Tatarstan) are at the final stage. Investment in both projects is estimated at 191 million rubles. The money for the assembly production will be provided by «Alabuga-Motors» from borrowed funds. In Tatarstan the company plans to assemble two models - Dong Feng H30 CROSS and Zotye Z300, the maximum production capacity is 7 thousand cars per year. Vehicle kits will be supplied from Chinese plants, the direct customer of cars will be the Russian representation Dongfend. Installation of the assembly line is scheduled for January.


23.01.2015 / Nissan strengthened its position in the Russian market in 2014

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In 2014 Russian dealers Nissan sold 162011 cars Nissan, which is a 10.7% increase on the previous year. 20131 cars Nissan were sold in December, which is by 15% more than in the similar month of 2013.

In 2014 Nissan significantly updated its model line-up and presented nine models in the market: new Teana (February), Qashqai (March), Terrano (June), Pathfinder (October) and Sentra (November), GT-R Nismo, as well as updated GT-R, Patrol and Juke. The launch of new models enabled the brand to significantly strengthen its position.

In 2014 the leader of sales in the Nissan model line-up was Nissan Almera - this model was chosen by 46225 buyers, which is almost three times higher than in the previous year.