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Right-hand drive cars in the Far East is becoming more and more

Right-hand drive cars in the Far East is becoming more and more
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In Russia, in the first quarter of this year, the number of right-hand drive cars increased. The market volume of right-hand drive cars in Russia reached 131,8 thousand units - by 2,7% more than during the same period 2018 of the year. At the same time, the Far East traditionally became the leader in the number of such cars.

According to a research analytical agencies AUTOSTAT, Siberia has also become a leader. In total, these districts accounted for 86% of the entire “right-hand drive” market. In the Far East, the market grew by 4,3% - to 62,5 thousand, and in Siberia the growth was 2,1% - 51 thousand. This is largely due to the geographical proximity of the territories with Japan, from where the right-hand drive cars are imported to Russia.

On the eve, a number of media reported that the market for sales of right-hand drive cars collapsed, and in the Far East it collapsed completely by 85%, but according to official data, the situation is quite the opposite. Growth concerns not only Siberia and the Far East: in January-March 2019, the size of the right-hand drive market increased in six of the eight districts, only in the Urals (-7,1%) and the North Caucasus (-4,1%).

The most popular models of right-hand drive cars were Toyota Corolla, which in the first quarter of this year sold 11,6 thousand units, and Honda Fit, sales volumes of which amounted to 4,5 thousand units. The top five most popular right-hand drive cars also included Toyota Mark (3,9 thousand), Toyota Corona (3,5 thousand) and Toyota Vitz (3,4 thousand).