Recently, the results of 2017 in the Russian automotive market were announced. They can not but rejoice: the demand for new cars has increased by 11.9%! The situation on the market throughout the year was positive: the exchange rate, oil prices and the overall economic situation were not without serious shocks, buyers began to get used to new prices, and also the pent-up demand that had accumulated in recent years affected. During the year 1 million 596 new cars were sold! All market participants predict that sales growth in 2018 will continue. The main gains were given by the market leaders: nine marks from the top ten showed growth from 5 to 22%, and traditionally the first place Lada added 17% at once! Plus Mitsubishi, Kia, Nissan, Hyundai, Renault, Skoda, GAZ, Chevrolet, Ravon, Subaru, Chery and Suzuki. Sales of Toyota and Mercedes showed stability, Ford + 18%, BMW + 9%, Land Rover and Porsche sank 3–8%, Lexus –2%, Audi sales fell 18%. I would like to dwell in more detail on one of the leaders of the rating, which demonstrated phenomenally high sales growth: from the beginning of 2017, 24,325 Mitsubishi cars were sold, which is 45% (!) More than the 2016 results for the same period (16.769 units).Moreover, the company's plans for 2018 are even more ambitious. In 2018, Mitsubishi intends to expand its influence on the Russian market, increasing sales by 60%! To achieve this, Mitsubishi is preparing to bring the long-awaited new model Eclipse Cross to the Russian market in April 2018, which will be shipped to Russia from Japan. Mitsubishi also plans to open dealer centers in 2018 in Stavropol, Perm, Samara, Yekaterinburg and Magnitogorsk.
Let me remind you that the assembly of the Mitsubishi Outlander crossover and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUV is currently localized at the plant in Kaluga. According to the Chief Executive Officer of MMS Rus, Naoya Nakamura (the official distributor of Mitsubishi cars in Russia), the company can arrange for local assembly of new models in Russia. Mitsubishi can also expand its model range through electric vehicles. According to Naoya Nakamura, the company will return i-MiEV to the market if the Russian authorities create business conditions for the implementation of green machines. For this, the state should subsidize the purchase of electric cars and at the same time develop the proper infrastructure. I don’t know how you are, but personally I am pleased with the growth in car sales, as well as the fact that the largest international companies are optimistic about the Russian market. Subscribe to my facebook, vkontakte, instagram, telegram, youtube-channel accounts.