In January-May of this year, according to preliminary data, Ukrainian automakers produced 3,795 vehicles, which is 2.5 times more than in the same period in 2020, according to the website of the Ukrautoprom association. As reported, in January-April 2021, vehicle production exceeded the same period last year by 96%.
According to the association’s data, such an increase in the production of motor vehicles was ensured by a 2.7-fold increase in the production of passenger cars, to 3,538 cars.
Meanwhile, as reported, such an increase was due to the resumption of production of cars at the Zaporizhia Automobile Plant (in September 2020), while in January-May last year, statistics on these cars were related only to the Eurocar plant.
At the same time, the production of commercial vehicles decreased 37%, to 15 vehicles (excluding AvtoKrAZ, which does not provide statistics), but the production of buses grew by 20%, to 242 buses.
The association said that in May this year, the production of vehicles grew by almost eight times compared to May last year, and by 4% from April this year, up to 1,004 vehicles.
Some 944 cars were produced in May versus 87 cars a year earlier, and in comparison with April 2021 they were manufactured 4% more.
Bus production ended the month with 53 units, which is almost twice as much as last year, but 5% less than in April this year.
Seven commercial vehicles were produced versus 10 in May 2020 and two in April 2021.
In January-April of this year, according to preliminary data, Ukrainian automakers produced 2,791 vehicles, which is 96% more than in the same period in 2020, according to the Ukrautoprom association’s website.
As reported, in January-March 2021, vehicle manufacturing exceeded production in the same period last year by 34%.
According to the association’s data, the growth in the production of motor vehicles was ensured by a 2.1-fold increase in the production of passenger cars, to 2,594 units.
At the same time, as reported, this happened after the resumption of production of cars at the Zaporizhia Automobile Plant (in September 2020), while in January-April last year, statistics on these cars concerned only the Eurocar plant.
At the same time, the production of commercial vehicles fell by some 33%, to 8 units (excluding AvtoKrAZ, which does not provide statistics), and the production of buses grew by 9%, to 189 units.
The association reported that in April this year, the production of vehicles grew by one third compared to March this year, and compared to April last year it rose 16 times, to 962 units.
Some 904 units of passenger cars were produced in April versus 59 units a year earlier, and compared to March 2021, almost 36% more.
A total of 56 buses were manufactured in April (one bus more than the March indicator, and in April 2020 not a single bus was made).
As for commercial vehicles, as in March, only two vehicles were assembled at the Cherkasy Bus plant (none in April last year).
Initial registrations of new commercial vehicles (including heavy trucks) in Ukraine in March doubled compared to the same month of 2020, to 1,155 vehicles, and in general, 2,820 vehicles were registered in January-March, or almost a third more than in the first quarter of last year, according to the Ukrautoprom association.
According to the association’s website, the March result was the best since the beginning of this year – 901 vehicles were registered in January, and 765 new commercial vehicles in February.
At the same time, as reported, in March 2020, the demand for commercial vehicles decreased by 41% compared to March 2019, to 568 vehicles, since after the introduction of quarantine in the country (from March 12) to March 27, service centers of Internal Ministry did not register new commercial vehicles.
According to the report, in March of this year (as well as a year earlier) the best result of the month was demonstrated by French Renault, which increased sales by 17%, to 143 vehicles.
Fiat retained its second place, adding 27% in sales to 136 vehicles. The third place is taken by Peugeot, 119 vehicles and an increase of 2.2 times.
The fourth place, as in March 2020, is taken by Ford, the registrations of vehicles of this brand increased by almost 1.6 times, to 92 vehicles.
Belarusian MAZ closes the top-five in March (in March 2020 it rolled back to the eighth place), and has quadrupled sales to 87 trucks.
Citroen has significantly increased registrations compared to March 2020 (some 2.3 times, to 78 vehicles), MAN (3 times, to 53 vehicles), and Scania (2.5 times, to 42 vehicles).
Chinese brands continue to increase registrations: HOWO – to 31 vehicles versus one in March 2020, JAC – 16 versus four, and Dong Feng – 16 units versus none.
The association also cites statistics on sales of buses (including micro ones) in March, which demonstrates the opposite trend: the sales decreased by 63.3% versus March 2020 and by 11.7% versus February 2021, to 106 buses, primarily due to the reduction of registrations of the leading brand Citroen by 64.4%, to 53 buses.
The second place is taken by Ford (15 buses versus 12 in March 2020), the third by Hyundai (eight buses against four), and the fourth by Ukrainian Etalon (five buses). There are no Ukrainian Bogdan and ZAZ in the rating, and only three of Ataman buses are registered.
Russian brands continue to be registered – PAZ (five units), and UAZ (five units).
Ukraine in 2020 imported 531,400 vehicles worth more than $ 4.2 billion, including 486,300 passenger cars for almost $ 3.5 billion, Ukrautoprom reported.
“Compared to 2019, import of passenger cars decreased by 11%,” the association’s website says.
The largest supplier of passenger cars last year was Germany, from where 99,772 cars were imported for $ 548.1 million.
Imports of trucks and special vehicles last year decreased by 16%, to 43,500 units, and the suppliers of these vehicles earned $ 717.4 million against $ 841.9 million a year earlier. In this segment, Germany was also the largest supplier with 9,589 vehicles for $ 114 million.
The purchase of buses abroad cost Ukraine $ 64.1 million: 1,600 buses were purchased, which is 35% less than a year earlier.
“Despite the fact that the largest number of buses in 2020 came to Ukraine from Germany (568 units), Belarus earned more than others from the supply of this type of transport – $ 38.6 million for 307 buses,” the association says.
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.
Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine LLC (GTSOU) will continue the program of equipment renewal by purchasing 272 units of motor vehicles and engineering vehicles during the year.
According to the company, it plans to acquire 122 Reno Duster, 61 Reno Dokker vehicles, 20 passenger buses, two shift vehicles for difficult terrain, four auto labs for electrical measurements, 25 wheeled excavators, five wheeled chain excavators, 13 tracked excavators, seven truck cranes, 18 bulldozers, two drilling rigs and one pipe carrier.
Earlier, it purchased 126 Mitsubishi L200 pickup trucks and eight Toyota Camry through the ProZorro site.
Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine LLC ensures uninterrupted operation of the Ukrainian GTS, which is integrated into the European gas transportation system.