Russia has recorded a major jump in new car sales for April compared to the same month last year, when the pandemic started to significantly impact world trade.
In April, 2021, sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia increased by 290% compared to April, 2020 or by 113,042 sold units and amounted to 151,964 cars according to the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC).
“April, 2021 new car sales are 151,964 units and 290.4% higher than the ‘Black April’ of the last year,” said AEB AMC chairman, Thomas Staertzel.
“Especially the four biggest local manufacturers show above-market performance compared to the same month of the last year when the lockdown affected them most. The total sales of the first four months [of] 2021 are 515,934 units and, as expected, 24.3% higher than 2020, but 4.5% below the sales of the same period of 2019.
“So far, the sales achievement of this year supports our year-end forecast of 2.1 % sales increase vs. last year, but, with the market getting its real trace, the AMC will be able to update its annual forecast in July.
“State support measures are still needed to further stabilise customer demand and the business.”
AEB note: Total sales of the first four months of 2021 are 4.5% lower than in the same period of 2019, due to inclusion of the sales figures of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which changed the frequency of their sales data publication from a monthly to a quarterly basis starting from 2020.
Without sales data of the named companies sales results in January – April, 2021 are 0.6% higher than in the same period of 2021.