The Chinese Geely launches Russian sales of its new Atlas crossover. The car can be purchased in three versions: Standard, Comfort and Luxury. Car prices start from 1 029 990 rubles (without discounts and special offers). The top crossover version costs 1 389 990 rubles. Geely Atlas cars produced by Belgee plant in Belarusian Zhodino are supplied to Russia.
According to the data of the United Credit Bureau (UCB), in 2017 the number of granted auto loans amounted to 436.5 thousand loans which was a 25% growth on 2016.
The TOP regions in terms of the number of the loans granted were Moscow, Moscow region, Saint Petersburg, Tatarstan and Bashkortostan. In Leningrad region, however, the share of cars bought with borrowed funds was the largest – 61%.
Mercedes-Benz will launch sales of X-Class pickup in Russia. The company has already received the vehicle type approval for this model. The start of sales is scheduled for March 1, 2018, prices have not been announced yet.
Basic pickup versions - X220d and X220d 4Matic - will be equipped with 2.3–liter diesel engines capacity of 163 HP and rear or full-wheel drive.
In 2017 «Stavropol-Auto» plant produced 1400 DW Hower H3 SUVs. Mass production of DW Hower H3 was launched at «Stavropol-Auto» plant in May 2017, cars are made of vehicle kits supplied by the Chinese Great Wall Motors. In February 2018 the company started production of DW Hower H5 frame all-wheel drive SUV, cars will be available in official dealerships in the first half of March.
Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant began to deliver UAZ cars in the Republic of Costa Rica. The first UAZ dealership in Costa Rica was opened with the support of a local distributor, «Vehiculos Rusos de Centroamerica S. A.». The distribution contract for the delivery of the first 50 cars to Costa Rica was signed by UAZ and the local partner at the end of 2017.
Kia launched Russian sales of the off-road version of Picanto compact hatchback - X-Line. The novelty prices start from 809 900 rubles.
Kia Picanto X-Line has a reconfigured suspension with the road clearance increased by 15 mm, reinforced front and rear bumpers ...
«Yandex» officially launched its own car sharing service – «Yandex.Drive». The vehicle park consists of Kia Rio sedans, Kia Rio X-Line hatchbacks and Renault Captur crossovers. Currently the company has 750 cars, the service works only in the Moscow region.
Crimea is gradually integrating into the Russian automotive market. As of February 2018 there are 33 authorized dealer centers in Crimea which sell new cars and LCV.
Chinese automakers in particular are expanding into the peninsular: CHERY, LIFAN, DONGFENG, FAW, ZOTYE, GEELY are operating there. Every third dealer center sells Chinese brand
According to RAMR, 1 345.5 thousand cars were produced in Russia in 2017, which is a 20.3% increase on 2016.
AVTOVAZ is the leading car manufacturer in Russia. In 2017 the company produced almost 300 thousand cars and its share in the production structure was 22%.
Renault Russia, Delimobil and administration of the Krasnodar region signed a tripartite agreement on the intention to create electric car sharing service in the Krasnodar region.
The project partner is Renault Russia. The agreement provides for the supply of up to 50 Renault Twizy cars for the fleet of Delimobil electric car sharing service.