Russian light vehicle sales in September were down 5% on last year according to data issued by the Moscow-based Association of European Businesses (AEB).

However, the AEB said that the low rate of decline suggested some underlying improvement (in August, sales were 10% down).

Year to date to the end of September, light vehicle sales are down by 7% versus the same period last year.

Joerg Schreiber, Chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee said: “The average temperature in the hospital is improving, but the patient as a whole is still far from being well. Such could be the “diagnosis” for the total market situation in September – on a monthly basis, sales trend shows signs of improvement. 

“Compared to last year however, total market momentum is still lacking sufficient strength necessary to achieve a stable level, as a pre-condition for moderate growth in the nearer future.”

 The AEB also updated its forecast for light vehicle sales:

  • 4th quarter sales of 740,000 units, close to 2012 result of 748,000
  • Full year sales of 2.79 million units, or 5.1% below 2012's result of 2.94 million

Russia's car market is declining this year as the country's economy falters and consumers retrench. As well as measures to stimulate consumer finance, some observers believe that the Russian government could introduce another scrappage scheme (the last one was nicknamed 'roubles for wrecks').

Domestic brand Lada remains by far the market leader (sales of 343,368 units in the first nine months) with Renault, Kia and Hyundai following. However, Lada continues to lose share.

Top 10 brands


Sales of Light Vehicles


January-September



2013 2012 %ch




Lada 343,368 399,142 -14%
Renault 155,081 138,530 12%
KIA 146,986 140,677 4%
Hyundai 135,609 132,089 3%
Chevrolet 127,742 153,994 -17%
VW 117,222 122,980 -5%
Toyota 115,146 117,787 -2%
Nissan 101,965 118,930 -14%
Ford 77,474 95,877 -19%
Skoda 64,498 71,808 -10%




Top 10 models


Lada Granta 128,477 80,965 59%
Hyundai Solaris 85,757 84,430 2%
Kia Rio 67,678 64,353 5%
Renault Duster 60,426 27,250 122%
VW Polo 53,368 52,158 2%
Ford Focus 50,406 68,332 -26%
Lada Kalina 49,072 96,513 -49%
Lada Priora 44,606 94,519 -53%
Chevrolet Cruze 42,660 46,448 -8%
Lada Largus 40,402 7,017 476%