The UAZ Bukhanka is #1 in Kazakhstan in April, 60% being ambulances. Picture autozavod.com
Hitherto unaffected by the COVID-19 crisis (+39.7% in March), the Kazakh new car market crashes in April at -80.5% year-on-year to 1.122 units, tilting the year-to-date tally into negative at -2.8% to 18.963. This is the result of a state of emergency in place between 15 March and 11 May including quarantines for the largest cities such as Nur-Sultan and Almaty. Toyota (-81.5%) scores its first monthly win since last July, toppling Lada (-87%) while UAZ (-46.2%) shoots up 8 spots on March to #3. Chevrolet (-13.6%), Renault (-35%), Kamaz (-39.3%) and GAZ (-63.1%) also resist much better than the market in the Top 10 while Yutong leaps up 11 ranks to a record #9.
Exceptional circumstances trigger exceptional models charts: the antediluvian UAZ “Bukhanka” or “Tabletki” (-5.5%), virtually unchanged since its 1965 launch, spectacularly takes the lead of the Kazakh ranking in April with a mammoth 10.8% share, 60% of its volume coming from the 3962 variant which is an ambulance. Makes sense. More pictures of the symbolic vehicle here. Leader year-to-date, the Lada Granta (-81.5%) ranks #2 for the month above the GAZ Gazelle (-65.8%), Chevrolet Niva (-6.7%) and Lada 4×4 (-84.9%). Best-seller over the FY2019 and last month, the Toyota Camry (-89.6%) drops to #6 with Toyota padding up the tail end of the Top 10 thanks to the Hilux (-50.5%), RAV4 (-71.6%) and Prado (-82.6%).
Full April 2020 Top 30 All-brands and Top 100 All-models below.