Business news from Ukraine

NEW PASSENGER CAR MARKET IN UKRAINE SLIGHTLY EXPANDS

The primary registrations of new passenger cars in May 2019 grew by 1.6% compared with May 2018, to 6,900 units (the same as in April 2019), the Ukrautoprom association reported on Monday.
Last month, Toyota enjoyed the greatest demand among Ukrainians, which registrations grew by almost 46% to 1,238 units, while the leader of April, Renault, ranked second with sales growth of 29% compared to May 2018, to 967 units.
Despite a slight lag (0.6%) of its last year’s figure, Hyundai took the third place, with 501 registered cars. Nissan is the fourth in the May rating with 468 cars sold and a 26% increase.
KIA is fifth (in April, entered the top three) with 445 cars sold (a rise of 18%).
Meanwhile, according to the AUTO-Consulting information and analytical group, the new passenger cars market in May grew by 3.3% compared with May last year, but decreased by 2.9% compared to April, to 6,910 units. At the same time, the group estimates the change in the positions of brands in the rating as “tectonic.”
Toyota also ranks first with sales growth of 26.3% compared to April of the current year and a market share of 18.05%, Renault was in the second place with a drop of 13.4% and a share of 14.4%.
Hyundai moved up to rank three from sixth in April, increasing sales by 29.7%, to 493 cars, and growth ensured a change in the position for Volkswagen and Mitsubishi (respectively, seventh from eighth in April, eighth from 13th).
According to AUTO-Consulting, in January-May 2019, 32,051 new passenger cars were sold in Ukraine, which is 0.5% less than a year earlier.

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AIS RAISES CAR SALES BY 27%

AIS group of companies, a large operator in the automotive and special vehicles market, in January-October of this year increased car sales by 27% compared with the same period last year, to 5,500 units, the press service of the company has said.
“AIS shows a positive trend, despite the fact that the automotive market is stagnating and began to show negative dynamics,” the report says.
The income of the group of companies for this period amounted to UAH 2.7 billion, obligatory payments to the national budget (VAT, duty, excise) amounted to UAH 0.9 billion.
According to the company, during this period sales of Geely cars increased by 51%, Citroen by 33%, Peugeot by 102%. In addition, sales of MAZ trucks showed an increase of 150%.
The business program AIS AutoTrade for used cars showed a sales growth of 57%. The company is also the leader in sales of the automobile brands Renault, Citroen, Ravon, and others in Ukraine.
Among the factors contributing to the sales growth are a number of ongoing programs. In particular, due to financial products, credit/leasing sales reached 30% with the average market indicators standing at 10%-15%.

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RENAULT DISCUSSES POSSIBILITY OF PLACING CAR PRODUCTION FACILITIES IN UKRAINE

Discussions are currently underway with the leadership of the Renault Group on the possibility of placing the production of this group’s cars in Ukraine, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said. “I met with the managers of a leading automaker, French company Renault, and now we are discussing the possibilities of placing the production of Renault cars in Ukraine,” Groysman wrote on his Facebook page. He noted that this would create additional jobs and expand the country’s export capabilities. The head of government expressed confidence that Ukraine could become a regional hub of automotive production. “We already have excellent examples of the work of enterprises producing both knots and parts and finished products for the Ukrainian and European markets,” Groysman said.
According to the website of the Ukrainian government, the meeting was attended by Senior Vice President, Chairman of the Renault Group for the Eurasian region Nicolas Maure, who also serves as President and CEO of PJSC AvtoVAZ (Russia), and Executive Vice-President for Sales and Marketing at PJSC AvtoVAZ Jan Ptacek, who headed Renault Ukraine until 2014.
The Renault Group has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling close to 3.5 million vehicles in 127 countries in 2016, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sale and employing more than 120,000 people.

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