6460 new cars and LCVs have been sold in St. Petersburg in January

6460 new cars and LCVs have been sold in St. Petersburg in January

RusAutoNews.Com – According to Auto-Dealer-SPb data, 6460 new cars and light commercial vehicles have been sold in St. Petersburg in January 2016, which is equivalent to a 22% year-on-year decline. A lower figure on a monthly basis had been recorded in January 2010 for the last time, when St. Petersburg dealers only managed to sell a little over 5000 vehicles.

Hyundai has taken the leadership of the market, whose sales increased in consecutive five months last year. Despite the minus sales figure for January (672 vehicles, -17%), the brand held on to the first spot. The Korean brand is the only manufacturer, which kept its top-three position, in comparison with 2015. KIA (537, -30%) and Renault (436, -53%) have lost their rankings to LADA (627, +33%) and Volkswagen (567, -11%) in January.

Only three brands out of the top-ten have increased their sales on a monthly basis: LADA, Ford and Mercedes-Benz. LADA has climbed up in the rankings thanks to the introduction of Vesta models, which already constitute 15% of the Russian brand’s model range. Ford sales increased due to the low base effect of last year, which will enable the brand to keep the upward trend for another two months at least. Mercedes begins the year with increasing sales volumes traditionally. Swedish Volvo Group has suffered the sharpest decline in sales with 97%.

The share of St. Petersburg in the total volume of new automobile sales in Russia amounted to 7.9% in January 2016.