Car production down by 7% in 2016 in Russia

Car production down by 7% in 2016 in Russia

Autostat – According to Rosstat data, 1.1 million passenger cars have rolled off Russian production lines in 2016, indicating a 7.4% year-on-year shrinkage.

Foreign car manufacturers continued expanding their Russian assembly model ranges last year (Renault Kaptur, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Creta and Tucson, Besturn X80 and D60, alongside the new generations of Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1, Nissan Murano, Ford Kuga, Citroen C4 sedan, Lifan Solano, besides others).

Hyundai St. Petersburg plant has kept its position as the largest foreign car manufacturer in 2016, with a production figure of 207,000 vehicles (-9.8%), including 23,000 new Hyundai Creta crossovers. Nissan has manufactured 36,458 automobiles at its St. Petersburg facilities (-8%). Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail SUV have become the locomotives of growth for the company, alongside the new Murano. A total number of 79,066 Nissan vehicles have been produced in Russia last year (excluding exports). 32,104 Chevrolet Niva have rolled off GM-AVTOVAZ production lines, which is equivalent to a 6.2% shrinkage, on the other hand.