According to IHS Automotive, in May, 125,801 passenger vehicles were sold in Russia.
Let’s put that into context.
The population of Russia is 143.5-million people.
In May, Ford delivered 241,639 vehicles in the U.S.
The population of the United States is 318.9 million.
This means that the Russian population is 45% that of the U.S.
The U.S. Hyundai Accent . The Russian Hyundai Solaris is a variant of this vehicle. And the best-selling car in Russia in May.
And it means that total Russian car sales were 52% of those of Ford alone.
It should be noted that Ford U.S. sales were down 1.5% in May.
Russian car sales were off by 37.6% compared with the sales in May 2014.
For the year, Russian vehicle sales have declined 37.7%.
The Russian government is attempting to promote sales of Russian-built cars through a loan program that, according to Tim Urquhart of IHS, “offers loans at one-third of the base rate on automotive purchases on approved cars made in Russia.”
The top-selling car in Russia in May was the Hyundai Solaris. It qualifies for the loan program.
There were 10,654 Solaris models sold in Russia last month.
The Solaris is a variant of the Hyundai Accent available in the U.S.
In May, Hyundai sold 4,428 Accents in the U.S.
Well, there is that.
To know that 3,000 cars have been delivered since October 2015 would undoubtedly result in a shrug: in 2017 Toyota delivered 387,081 Camrys, so that 3,000 is less than one percent, and this is in one year, not just over two.
Often when there are vehicles that have ceased production and are in the process of being completely moved out of the system there are sales numbers that look like this: Honda Insight: June 2016, 9; June 2015, 126; % change: 93.1% Sometimes there is a vehicle that has just gone into production and it catches the sales at just the right time so that there are numbers that look like this: Honda Ridgeline: June 2016, 2,472; June 2015, 7; % change: 33,856% OK.
Back in 2012 Audi bought Italian motorcycle manufacturer extraordinaire Ducati for €860-million which, at the time, probably seemed like a good idea.