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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.

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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.

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