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Avtovaz, China Boost Russian Car Market Share as Others Exit

A rain simulation test on the assembly line inside the Haval automobile plant, operated by Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd., at the Uzlovaya industrial park, near Tula, Russia.

A rain simulation test on the assembly line inside the Haval automobile plant, operated by Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd., at the Uzlovaya industrial park, near Tula, Russia.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Russia’s biggest carmaker increased its share of the local market last month despite failing to overcome a decline in annual sales, while Chinese companies also took advantage of an exodus of western companies. 

Almost all automakers working in Russia stopped production in the country after President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine led to sanctions that crimped supplies of parts. Avtovaz PJSC, which resumed production in June, boosted market share of its Lada brand to 43.4% in August from 17.5% a year earlier with 18,087 units sold.