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SAMARA, January 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Sales of Russia’s leading automobile manufacturer AvtoVAZ fell 12.1% year-on-year in 2013, the company’s press office told journalists Friday.
In 2013, AvtoVAZ sold a total of 534,911 LADA cars.
In Russia, LADA dealers sold 456,309 vehicles, recording a 15.1% year-on-year decline. Meanwhile, exports went up 11.4% in year-on-year comparison to 78,602 LADAs.
In December 2013, AvtoVAZ sold almost 47,000 LADAs, 5% more than a month earlier. LADA dealers in Russia sold almost 39,000, showing a 6.7% month-on-month growth.
LADA Granta led by sales in 2013 (over 166,000), thus retaining leadership for 16 months in a row.
In December, LADA Kalina New broke through to second place with 8,460 cars sold, 51.6% more than a month earlier. In 2013, the company sold almost 27,000 new generation Kalinas in Russia.
The press office said the overall economic situation in Russia and pessimistic macroeconomic outlook dragged on car sales growth in 2013, putting potential buyers off costly durable purchases. Launch of the new generation LADA Kalina and LADA Priora was accompanied by a temporary decline in production, while many buyers were reluctant to buy in anticipation of cheaper models Standard and Normal. Besides, the press office adds, AvtoVAZ still has difficulties with logistics and suppliers, the latter now only striving for the planned supplies of components for new LADAs.