car Production in Russia by the end of the current year will be reduced at least by 15%. About it in interview to the newspaper “Vedomosti” said the head of Minpromtorg Denis Manturov.
“I Think the decline is relatively 2019 will be at least 15%. I want this figure to navigate”, — TASS quoted the Minister.
however, he pointed out that on the main European automotive markets, the reduction peaks in March—April this year amounted to 70-80%. “Russia is not an exception, in April the fall was below 80%, in may — 50%. It is obvious that in the present circumstances the purchase of a car for the citizens of our country and business is not the first priority,” — said Manturov.
Recall that sales of new cars and light commercial (LCV) cars in Russia fell in may 2020 51.8% yoy (after the collapse of the 72,4% in April and 4% growth in March) to 63,033 thousand units. For the first 5 months of the current year in Russia were sold 478,135 thousand cars and LCV (minus 25.7% in annual terms), it follows from the estimates of the Committee automakers Association of European businesses.
Commenting on these results, Chairman of automobile manufacturers Committee AEB Thomas Starzel noted that “the showrooms of Moscow, St. Petersburg and most of the regional dealers were closed for the entire month.” “Technical centers were able to resume work, and, accordingly, the flow of customers began to grow. We expect that in June amid the easing of restrictions in most parts of the country the situation is slightly improved, which will positively affect the sustainability of the dealer network. Implementation of the first package of measures of state support will contribute to the gradual recovery of the market in the second half of the year”, — the expert believes.
At the end of April experts of the consulting company PwC has not excluded that sales of new passenger cars in RoSMAI at the end of this year may have fallen by 30% over the previous year to 1,142 million cars. In this scenario without taking into account stress factors for 2020 implies a decline of only 3.7% to 1.57 million vehicles.
Note also that the production of passenger cars in Russia, according to Rosstat, decreased in January—may 2020 37.2% yoy to 406 thousand units. With may production of passenger cars fell by 54.4% in annual terms, but surged by 70.3% of the previous month.
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