Russia’s AvtoVAZ, traditionally the country’s largest carmaker and holder of the top sales position for individual models as well, took a hit last month after its Lada brand’s Granta model was outsold by the Kia Rio.
Although Russia is going through a huge auto sales crisis, according to the automaker, majority controlled by the French-Japanese Renault Nissan alliance, blamed the slip on supplier trouble and not the slumping demand. According to data sourced from the Moscow-based Association of European Business (AEB), Kia Rio in November sold 10,834 units and the Lada Granta only managed to achieve 10,520 vehicles, turning around the top-selling car position in Russia.
According to an AvtoVAZ spokesperson, the supplier problems led to the production stop of the Granta/Kalina production line for a few days, but now the issues have been resolved.
According to the Korean news agency Yonhap, which discussed with Kia, it was for the first time in Russia that another automaker produced a model that was selling better than one coming from the local Lada brand – which finished on top of the monthly sales results from the 1970s. The slip has no impact on the overall picture, though – the January to November tally has the Lada brand outselling second-placed Kia by 351,992 to 175,491 units.
Via Automotive News Europe