Car sales drop in Russia

10 February 2010 (11:19)

The sales of new passenger cars on the Russian market plunged by 37% in January 2010 compared with January 2009 and amounted to 74,090 vehicles, the European Business Association’s car manufacturers committee reports.

The sales of AvtoVAZ-produced automobiles declined by 41% and reached 17,310 vehicles. General Motors sold 54% less this January, that is, 6,420 vehicles. The sales of Volkswagen decreased by 22% down to 5,150 vehicles, those of Ford, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, and Toyota dropped by 64%, 51%, and 54%, respectively, and down to 3,150, 2,070, and 3,730 vehicles, respectively. GAZ Group’s sales went down by 12% in January 2010 and reached 2,930 vehicles.

At the same time, the sales of Renault automobiles rose by 12% and came to 3,630 vehicles, the European Business Association reports.

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