Ukraine’s total auto sales in January 2021 stood at 6,818 units, down by 15.7pc from 8,091 units in Jan 2020 and by 42pc as compared to 11,746 units in December 2020, according to preliminary data released by the Ukrainian Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association (Ukrautoprom).
The decline in sales could be attributed to the sales restrictions in the country due to a two-week COVID-19-induced lockdown.
In January, the country’s passenger car sales fell by 18.9pc to 5,736 units from 7,072 units sold the year before and by 41.5pc from 9,801 units in the previous month.
|Ukraine’s top-selling car brands in January 2021 (in units)|
In January, the sales of commercial vehicles, including trucks, stood at 901 units, up by 6pc from 850 units in the same month in the preceding year but fell by 44.8pc as compared to 1,633 units sold in the prior month.
The top-selling ten CV brands were Renault, Peugeot, Fiat, Maz, Ford, Citroen, Howo, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Gaz.
Ukraine’s sales of new buses and minibusses during the first month of 2021 increased by 7.1pc to 181 units as compared to 169 units sold in the year prior, however, it declined by 42pc from 312 units sold in Dec 2020.
The top-selling buses and minibusses’ brand was Citroen, followed by Etalon, Maz, Zaz, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Ataman, Paz, and Ford, among others.
The country had witnessed a drop in the purchasing power of consumers in 2020, while the implementation of the imported car policy changed the structure of demand in the Ukrainian market, according to media reports.
The increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe has prompted many countries to impose lockdowns which disrupted supply chains.