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Chinese Automakers Now Dominate Half of Russian Car Market

Central News Agency (Taiwan) reported that Chinese automakers’ market share in Russia has surged to 52%, making Russia the largest overseas market for Chinese cars. This growth in market share follows the suspension of exports to Russia by automakers from many other regions, a reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Chinese brands have taken advantage of this situation, filling the void left by foreign auto firms.

In July, China’s Chery sold 17,735 cars in Russia, up 4.2 times from the same period last year. Geely sold 8,800 new cars in Russia, and several other Chinese brands also made the top 10 in terms of sales volume in Russia.

The report noted that, due to import tariffs and other factors, Chinese cars retail in Russia at much higher prices than they sell for in China. Chinese cars are still competitive in the Russian market, however, as the Chinese brands have been able to deliver value by focusing on a small number of models with high product strength.

The Russian market is only one facet of the recent, dramatic increase in Chinese automobile exports. In the first half of this year, China’s automobile exports to all regions increased by 76.9% annually, surpassing Japan as the world’s top auto exporter.

Source: Central News Agency (Taiwan), August 15, 2023