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Tajikistan: Changhe Freedom and Toyota Camry most popular

Changhe Freedom in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

* See street videos of Dushanbe, Tajikistan by clicking on the title! *

Tajikistan is at a crossroads of various civilisations and its car market reflects this, with Chinese, Russian, Iranian, Kazak and Uzbek influences.

Up to mid-2010, almost half of the cars in circulation in the capital city Dushanbe were Chinese minivans, especially the Changhe Freedom (which just launched last month in Egypt) but also some Hafei and Chana vans. They were introduced in 2006 when authorities prohibited larger microbuses from the city centre. However, these minivans were abruptly banned over safety concerns in April 2010 and as a result must have all but dropped from the best-selling list.

Changhe Freedom in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

The Toyota Camry could therefore be the best-selling vehicle in Tajikistan since then. Other very successful cars in the country are the Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Optra, with the Honda CR-V and Russian-built Chevrolet Niva a notch lower.

Contrary to Azerbaijan and Armenia, the Lada 2105 has not managed to stay on top of the sales ranking for too long after Tajikistan's independence from the Soviet Union. A few Iran Khodro Samand and Peugeot 405/Pars from Iran can also be seen, as well as a lot of old gen UzDaewoo Nexia from Uzbekistan.

This speculation is based on the observation of the streets of Dushanbe through recent YouTube videos. Please get in touch by commenting on here if you have more information about the Tajik car market.

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  1. John
    March 4th, 2011 at 09:04 | #1

    Help?! Its fantastic…I had the same thought, but my heart sank when I looked online and couldn’t find anything…that kind of sucked to say the least…
    I really appreciate it because I was worried as this is new territory for me. It’s great that because of your blog, you were able to give me an insight into a place very far away and very unknown to me. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction, my client contacted me yesterday and wants a few Hiace vans as well… I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

    Thanks again and best regards,

  2. John
    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:35 | #2

    Great post! it was really informative.
    I was wondering if you could help me out. Is there an authorized Toyota dealership in Dushanbe? or are all these cars coming from somewhere else?
    The reason I am asking is because I need to buy a Toyota corolla for a client in Dushanbe and I have no idea where to look…honestly. If there is a dealership, it would be great, otherwise I am afraid i’ll have to import…


    • March 3rd, 2011 at 12:57 | #3

      Hi John,

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post.
      This is a very interesting request indeed. My first thought was that there has to be an authorized Toyota dealership in Dushanbe as all those Toyotas on the streets cannot all be private imports.
      However looking up online i couldn’t find any official Toyota Tajikistan site….. Your best bet may be to get in touch with Toyota Kazakhstan which looks like it’s much more established? http://www.toyota.kz They do sell the Corolla in Kazakhstan.
      Does that help at all?

    • LO
      March 23rd, 2011 at 02:11 | #4

      Toyota’s in Tajikistan are for the most part imported from Dubai. These Toyota’s are not of the same quality as the Western one. There is an authorized Mitsubishi dealer in Dushanbe which offers guarantee and service, but as far as I know no authorized Toyota dealer. There are companies, that let you order new cars from Dubai and will import them for you.

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