Russian automotive sector has broken a production record in 2012

Russian automotive sector has broken a production record in 2012

Autostat – According to Russian Statistical Institute Rosstat data, car factories in Russia have manufactured 2 million vehicles in 2012. Thereby, the production has increased by 13.3% in comparison with the previous year. This also is the highest ever annual production figure recorded in the history of the country.

The number of automobiles manufactured in December-only is around 200,000 (+8%), on the other hand. The role of the foreign brand car manufacturers in achieving this historical growth rate should be mentioned at this point.

The leader of the Russian automotive sector AvtoVAZ has manufactured 718,917 vehicles in 2012 (-1.6%). The decline in AvtoVAZ production is being related to the modernisation of the production lines and the renewal of the product range. The company had started to manufacture Lada Granta, Lada Largus and Nissan Almera last year.

Another company manufacturing in Samara Region GM-AvtoVAZ has produced 62,981 Chevrolet Nivas in 2012 (+9%), on the other hand.

The production of several foreign brand has started in Russia in 2012. These models are; KIA Rio Hatchback, Chevrolet Malibu, Peugeot 408, Ford Explorer Kuga, S-Max and Galaxy, Mazda CX-5, Opel Astra Sedan and Nissan Almera.

The truck production in Russia has increased by 1.5% in 2012. The total production number is 210,000 vehicles. The number of trucks manufactured in December-only is 19,000 (+0.3%). The biggest truck manufacturer of the country KamAZ has produced over 51,000 vehicles. Sollers-Isuzu partnership, who resumed production at UAZ facilities in 2012, has manufactured 1600 N-series chassis’ until the end of the year. Avtotor, who has been manufacturing Hyundai LCVs in Kaliningrad since September, has produced 380 HD-78 model trucks until the end of the year, on the other hand.

Bus production in Russia has increased by 30,7% in 2012, reaching 57,100 vehicles. The number of buses manufactured in December-only is 6600 (+9.3%). KamAZ has maintained its position as the production leader in 2012, with 14,000 vehicles. The Group is currently world’s fifth biggest bus manufacturer.