Business news from Ukraine


Primary registrations of new commercial vehicles in Ukraine (including heavy trucks) in January 2021 grew by 6% compared to the same month in 2020, to 901 units, despite sales restrictions due to a two-week lockdown, according to the Ukrautoprom association.
At the same time, as in the previous year, Renault vehicles were leaders with sales growth of almost 36%, to 202 units and a market share of 22% (versus 17.5% in January 2020).
Peugeot was in the second position in the ranking (climbing from the third in January 2020) with registration of 97 vehicles (8% more), and Fiat was third (second a year earlier), which registrations fell by 36%, to 90 units.
Belarusian MAZ trucks increased sales by 22% compared to January last year, to 89 units, and this allowed them to improve their position in the ranking from fifth to fourth, and Ford was also in the top five of the month, with sales January 2020 amounting to 84 units.
According to the association’s statistics, sales of Chinese HOWO trucks rose significantly in January to 40 units compared to eight, and a significant drop was demonstrated by MAN trucks – 7 units versus 51 a year earlier.
In January, Russian brands were registered in Ukraine – GAZ (25 units), UAZ (8 units), KAMAZ (7 units), while Ukrainian KrAZs were not on the list.
The association also cites statistics on bus sales (including minibuses) in Ukraine in January: they grew by 7.1%, to 181 units.
The leader in this segment, as in January last year, was Citroen buses with a 3% increase in sales, to 67 units. Ukrainian Etalon buses with registration of 30 vehicles versus 21 units climbed to the second position in January 2020. At the same time, Ataman buses (manufactured by the Cherkasy Bus Plant), which ranked second a year earlier, dropped to the seventh line of the rating, with registrations falling by 67%, to 8 units.
The initial registrations of Belarusian MAZ buses increased 3.7 times, to 22 units, which allowed the brand to enter the top three, and ZAZ buses with 18 cars (three times more) were fourth.
Volkswagen was also in the top five leaders of the bus market (10 units), which in January 2020 did not register its buses.

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Initial registrations of new commercial vehicles (including trucks) in Ukraine in October increased by 11% compared to the same month of 2019 – up to 1,250 units, but compared to September this year they decreased by 7.4%, Ukrautoprom reports.
According to the association, more than a quarter of this segment of the car market in October was covered by the Renault brand, whose sales grew by almost 40% by October-209 – up to 353 cars. The second line of the ranking, as in October 2019, is occupied by Fiat with 135 registrations, which is 1.5% more than last year. Citroen has the third result (against the eighth a year earlier) with 105 registrations, or 69% more.
The fourth position of the rating is taken by two brands MAZ (-5%) and Peugeot (-11%) with 80 new cars each. Ford closes the top five with a 23% increase in sales – up to 79 new commercial vehicles.
Taking into account the October figures, 8,965 new commercial vehicles were registered in Ukraine in January-October 2020, which is 9% less than in the same period last year.

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The initial registration of new passenger cars in Ukraine in June this year increased by 12% from June 2019, to 7,300 units, the Ukrautoprom association reports.
At the same time, compared with May of this year, the demand for passenger cars increased by 21.7%.
Taking into account the June registrations in the first half of the year, the market for new passenger cars slowed down the decline to 4% compared to the same period last year (in January-May the market decreased by 7%), while registrations amounted to 37,100 units.
In June, Renault became the best-selling brand, pushing Toyota, the leader of May 2020 and June 2019, to the second position, its primary registrations grew by 19% from June 2019, to 1,155 units.
Toyota registrations decreased by 4%, to 1,049 units, and Kia retained the third position with an increase of 39%, to 677 units.
The fourth place (compared with the sixth one in June 2019) belongs to Skoda, which has 481 cars and a 29% growth, and Hyundai ranked fifth with 398 vehicles (up by 4%).
The ten most popular brands included Peugeot with 328 cars (30% more), Mercedes-Benz with 286 units (51% more), Suzuki with 277 units (5% more), Nissan with 232 units (44% less), and Mazda with 231 units (24% more).The best-selling car of June was KIA Sportage with 584 cars bought.

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The sales of Renault cars, the leader of the Ukrainian market of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, increased by 35% in January-June this year compared to the same period of 2018, to 6,600 units, while the market during this period grew by 0.2%, to 42,600 units, Director General of Renault Ukraine LLC Francois Marriott has said.
“Renault’s share of the passenger and commercial auto market has grown to 15.5% compared with 11.5% in the first half of last year, and we want to keep these rates until the end of this year. We are confident that we will be able to remain the market leader for the fifth year in a row [in 2018 the share was 12.5%],” he said at a press conference in Kyiv.
At the same time, he stressed that the Ukrainian market of new cars today is in a state of stagnation, and the main reason for this is a significant increase in registrations of used cars. He said Renault had the best dynamics of market share growth among all car brands.
The expert noted that the company’s forecast for the market of new passenger and commercial cars for the current year is 90,000 units (in 2018 some 87,000 cars).
“If to analyze the situation for 2018 and the six months of this year, then for one sold new car there are three registered used imported vehicles, which are unsafe on the roads and do not meet environmental standards,” he said.



The market of new commercial vehicles in Ukraine (including heavy) in January-October 2018 increased by 13% compared to the same period in 2017, to 10,500 units, the Ukrautoprom association has reported. Thus, according to the results of 10 months, the market slightly slowed down the growth rates (in January-June, in particular, it was 24%). In October, the registration of these vehicles showed an increase both compared with the same month in 2017 (by 10%) and compared with September of the current year (by 13.1%), to 1,105 units. In September 2018, there was a drop respectively by 0.5% compared with September 2017 and by 12.5% compared with August 2018, to 977 units.
The greatest demand in the October market was still on Renault vehicles, which were registered 9% more than in October 2017 (163 vehicles).
Fiat ranked second with 121 registrations, a 7% increase from last year’s October figure, while Citroen closed the top three with a more than threefold increase, to 103 units.
Mercedes-Benz with a 40% increase and registration of 91 vehicles was in the fourth position, and Volkswagen was fifth, which increased sales by 56%, to 75 units.
The Belarusian MAZ came next with the registration of 73 vehicles and an increase of more than 43% compared with October last year.
Ukrainian brands ZAZ and KrAZ were respectively the 14th and 17th of the October rating with registration of 21 vehicles (against 12 in October last year) and 17 vehicles (against 35).

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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.