Russia will encourage car sales and try to export more

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Significance

New car sales in Russia are rising for the first time since 2012 with a 5% year-on-year increase reported for January-May. Despite the automotive sector slump of 2014-15, most foreign companies with existing manufacturing or assembly capacity have taken the long view and remained in the market.

Impacts

  • Russian-badged cars will remain market leaders due to their affordability.
  • Growth in local automobile manufacturing will provide additional impetus to related sectors such as metallurgy and chemical industries.
  • Energy ministry projections that Russia might have 200,000 electric vehicles by 2020 seem overly optimistic.
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