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ST. PETERSBURG, October 31 (Itar-Tass) —— St. Petersburg car sales may reach 200,000 cars by the end of the year, which is 40-45 percent more than in 2010, Director of the Auto-Dealer-SPb Analytical Agency Mikhail Chaplygin made such a forecast, summing up results of car sales in the first nine months of the current year.
According to the agency, almost 137,000 new cars were sold in St. Petersburg in January-September 2011, which is 47 percent more than in the same period of 2010.
“The summer slack period on the market of St. Petersburg is over, and the car sales indicators regained the level of May and June sales, when more than 17,000 cars were sold in the city,” Chaplygin said.
“We expect that St. Petersburg’s sales in October-December 2011 will be no less than 18,000 cars a month,” the expert said.
According to the Auto-Dealer-PSb agency, Russia’s most popular car brand LADA remains the sales leader on the market of St. Petersburg in January-September. Although, its sales dynamics slowed down in September.
In September 2011, Germany’s Volkswagen became the leader on the market doubling its sales indicators as compared to the same period of 2010. The Germany brand drew ahead of the three favourites in the city car sales.
“It is interesting that Volkswagen was never in the top three of St. Petersburg’s monthly car sales before this August, when it occupies the third place,” a representative of the analytical agency said.
In January-September 2011, Russia’s LADA was the best-selling brand on the city’s market (more than 12,600 cars), the agency reported. It was followed by Chevrolet (almost 11,400 cars), Nissan (over 10,000 cars), Volkswagen (more than 9,600 cars) and Kia (over 9,100 cars).
Four St. Petersburg-located car facilities (Toyota, General Motors, Nissan and Hyundai) produce nine models, three of which – Hyundai Solaris, Opel Astra, Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Camry – are in the top of 25 best selling cars on the Russian market.
Only over several years, St. Petersburg has managed to form an automobile cluster and became one of Russia’s largest centres for the manufacturing of foreign-designed cars.
The world’s leading car giants – Toyota, General Motors, Nissan, and Hyundai – opened assembling facilities in the city. Besides, one of the world’s biggest truck producers, Scania set up a facility with a designated production capacity of 6,500 trucks a year.
According to experts, all car-manufacturers located in St. Petersburg (including the Vsevolzhsk-based /Leningrad region/ plant of Ford) can increase production up to one million cars by 2018, thus covering 30 percent of the domestic car industry.