Russia has lost 80 car dealer centres in 2019

Russia has lost 80 car dealer centres in 2019


Autostat.- According to the results of a survey conducted by specialists from Autostat analytical agency, there are 3370 official car dealer centres in Russia as of mid-January 2020, carrying out car sales and service.

It should be noted that the number of dealers has fallen by 80 centres year-on-year (3450 in January 2019). The shrinkage is explained by the termination of 544 dealership contracts, as opposed to 464 new signatures.

Ford and Lifan have experienced the sharpest decline in dealer numbers amongst the brands. The American manufacturer has lost 53 centres and the Chinese 37. Another Chinese brand Chery has 15 dealers less, compared to last year. GM-Avtovaz has lost 14 dealers, alongside a number of brands closing less than 10 centres. It’s also noteworthy that many dealerships have shifted to the category of service centres.

Some Chinese brands, on the other hand, have increased the number of their dealer networks in 2019. Haval, for example, has established its own car plant in Russia and increased the number of dealers to 54. JAC has signed 49 dealership contracts with different companies, following a five-year break. Changan and Geely have added 20 and 19 centres to their networks respectively.

Domestic brand Lada, which has the largest network of car dealer centres in Russia, has increased the number of its official representatives by 12. In addition, Opel has established 10 new dealers in the country, after returning to the Russian market. Moreover, the Opel dealership network will grow in time, as stated by the company.