Russia: New car sales up 14% in April image

New car sales in Russia rose 14 percent in April to 266, 267 vehicles, the Association of European Businesses said Saturday.

From January to April, 2012 the percentage sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia increased by 18% in comparison to the same period in 2011 or by 135,066 more sold units.

“The solid growth of the Russian automotive market continues into the second quarter. Although the pace of the year on year growth is stabilising to less than 15% in recent months, we still feel that the AEB full year forecast for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles should be increased by 50,000 units to 2.85 mln.”

Analysts note interesting changes in the ranking of the 25 most popular models of cars on the Russian market. Sales of the Lada Kalina in the first four months of 2012 amounted to 48 thousand, which is a 10% decrease on last year. Sales of the Lada Priora reached 39 thousand units – a drop of 7% year on year.