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Dacia sells well in Russia too

In February 2015, the Logan, Duster and Sandero models were among the top 25 best selling cars in Russia. The data was published by the Association of European Businesses (AEB), Bloomberg informs.

Last month, AvtoVAZ’s Lada Granta topped the rankings of the best selling cars in Russia with 10,583 units sold. Logan was 6th (3,424 units) and Duster was 7th (2,951 units), while Sandero was 17th (2,242 units).

Because of the economic downturn and of the depreciation of the Ruble, the Russian Federation’s auto market is increasingly difficult and sales are declining.

Last week Ford Motor announced that it will offer discounts of 23 per cent. Similar announcements were made by Renault, Daewoo and China’s Great Wall Motors. Renault stopped the production in its plant near Moscow from February 16 to March 6, while America’s General Motors wants to shut down production from March 23 to May 15.

According to an agreement reached last year, the Renault-Nissan alliance will take over Russia’s AvtoVAZ. Taken together, Renault, Nissan and AvtoVAZ control 30 per cent of the Russian auto market, the goal set by CEO Carlos Ghosn being a market share of 40 per cent in 2016.

Re-launched in 2004 with the Logan model, Dacia became in eight years’ time a well-known player on the European auto market.

 

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