The Geely Atlas Pro is #6 in Russia in February.
New car sales in Russia plummet -62.1% year-on-year in February to 41,851 units, bringing the year-to-date tally down -62.5% to 74,350. Lada (+4.7%) improves its share further to 56%, the highest since economic sanctions were imposed on the county and best since 2003 when the manufacturer held 59.5% of its home market. Haval (+49.2%) and Geely (+85.2%) completely ignore the market freefall to a stellar 12.7% and 9.7% share respectively, albeit slightly lower than last month. GAZ (-30.8%) and Kia (-89.9%) follow, with UAZ (-9.4%) at #6 and Changan (+122.9%) shattering its share record at 2.5%. Overall, Russian brands hold 66.7% of their home market in February compared to 25.2% a year ago thanks to stable sales (+0.3%). This isn’t their highest recent level though as they reached 67.7% in December.
The Lada Granta (+161.4%) continues to post surreal year-on-year gains and breaks its share record for the 2nd straight month at 38.8%. The Lada Niva (+72.1%) does the same at 15.8%. The Haval Jolion (+57%) is up one spot on January to land on the podium for the first time in the nameplate’s career. It overtakes the Geely Coolray (+272%) also showing explosive growth. The GAZ Gazelle (-38.5%) rounds out the Top 5 ahead of the Geely Atlas Pro (+45.9%) and Haval F7X (+59.7%) both euphoric. Notice also the Changan CS35 Plus (+260.9%) and the FAW Bestune T77 (+910.3%) up to a record #17.
Full February 2023 Top 35 all brands and Top 30 models below.