BUSINESS

Logan, Duster and Sandero make good debut on Russian market

Last month, Duster, Logan and Sandero were among the top 25 best-selling models in Russia, according to the data offered by the Association of European Businesses (AEB), Reuters informs.

In January, the rankings of the best-selling car models in Russia were topped by AvtoVAZ’s Lada Granta (7,377 units), followed by Hyundai’s Solaris (5,626 units) and Kia’s Rio (3,553 units). Duster was 7th (2,379 units), Logan was 12th (1,481 units) and Sandero was 20th (1,043 units).

1.6 million auto vehicles and light commercial vehicles were sold in Russia last year, compared to 2.49 million vehicles in 2014 – the most significant decline since the previous recession in Russia (2009). This year, the demand will probably drop by another 4.7 per cent to 1.53 million vehicles, Association of European Businesses President Joerg Schreiber announced last month.

The depreciation of the Rouble “is creating a difficult situation for auto manufacturers, leading to price hikes. Nevertheless, 2016 will be a less turbulent year on the auto market and the rhythm of the decline will ease,” Schreiber stated.

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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