Car Sales Rise 2% in Russia
Retail sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia climbed 2% to 160,200 units in March, the Moscow-based Assn. of European Businesses reports.
The increase helped offset a 4% drop in February, leaving sales through the first three months of 2019 at 391,700 units, down 1,300 vehicles from the first quarter of 2018.
March sales for Russia’s top four sellers were mixed. Volume rose for Lada (+10% to 33,800 units) and Kia (+2% to 19,600). But delivers fell for Hyundai (-2% to 16,300 cars) and Renault (-7% to 13,100).
AEB says the tiny shifts in monthly sales indicate the Russian car market is “looking for a firm direction.” The group notes that results reflect a new round of government subsidies for lower-priced models that took effect last month.
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.
Last year Buick sold 219,231 vehicles in the U.S.
If heritage means anything in this industry, then it is surprising that Buick doesn’t make more of its history because the story of the early years of the company is nothing short of astonishing.