Car sales in Kazakhstan jump 25 percent in 2018

ASTANA – Car sales in Kazakhstan increased 25.8 percent from January-November over the same time last year.

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Dealers sold 52,467 cars totalling $1.3 billion. Of those, 48.2 percent were cars produced in Kazakhstan.

“In November, the Kazakh car market completed the seventh consecutive quarter of growth. The process of recovery in consumer demand continues at a steady pace, and by the end of the year, Kazakh citizens’ spending on car purchases will approach the level of 500 billion tenge (US$1.35 billion). This year will end exactly in line with the forecast announced by us a year earlier: market sales will show a 25 percent increase and exceed 58,000 cars,” said KazAvtoProm Chairman Oleg Alferov.

He also said the target for 2019 is 75,000 cars sold with 50 percent coming from Kazakh automakers.

Sales in November, 5,328 units, exceeded last year’s value by 13.1 percent. The volume of the market in value terms for the month reached 46.1 billion tenge (US$124.5 million), exceeding the figure a year ago by 30.6 percent. In total, 27,178 vehicles, 51.8 percent, were imported, KazAvtoProm Union of Automotive Enterprises of Kazakhstan reports.

According to 2018 sales, the most popular brand was Lada: since the beginning of 2018, 12,061 vehicles of the Russian brand have been sold in the country. Sales of Toyota models amounted to 11,215 units. The third position was taken by Hyundai with 7,626 sold cars. The top five are rounded out by KIA (2,593 cars) and GAZ (2,463 vehicles). The top 10 brands also include Nissan (2,188 units), Renault (1,824 cars), Ravon (1,727 vehicles), Volkswagen (1,382 units) and UAZ (1,348 cars).

Toyota Camry (4,208 units), Lada Granta (3,147 units) and Lada 4×4 (3,036 units) are the most popular passenger cars in Kazakhstan. TOP-5 models also include Lada Vesta (2,547 units) and Hyundai Tucson (2,400 units).

The top twenty consumer preferences also include Lada Largus (1,848 units), Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (1,800 units), Hyundai Elantra (1,781 units), Hyundai Accent (1,766 units), Toyota Rav4 (1,515 units), Hyundai Creta (1,481 units), Toyota Corolla (1,280 units), Ravon Nexia (1,041 units), Toyota Land Cruiser 200 (1,014 units), Volkswagen Polo (958 units), Toyota Hilux (885 units), KIA Sportage (846 units), Lada XRAY (801 units), Renault Duster (766 units) and JAC S3 (652 units).

BIPEK AUTO – AZIA AUTO holding keeps the status of the largest dealer in the market. According to the results of the reporting period, 31.2 percent of all buyers of new passenger cars (including LCV) chose the offers of this dealer. At that, 22.3 percent of the market fell on sales of Astana Motors. The ten most notable participants in Kazakhstan’s autoretail also included Virage (8.1 percent), Toyota City Almaty (5.2 percent), Allur Auto (2.5 percent), Mercur Auto (2.5 percent), Toyota Centre Zhetysu (2.2 percent), Aster Auto (2 percent), Autoworld (2 percent) and Toyota Centre Atyrau (1.2 percent).

According to the results of 11 months, residents of Almaty purchased most of new cars, 13,951. Astana residents got the second place with 9,471 new cars. In Atyrau, dealers sold 3,893 units.

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