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June car sales in Ukraine show approaching of market stagnation

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July 10, 2012, 12:44 p.m. | Business — by Interfax-Ukraine

Sales of new passenger cars in Ukraine in June 2012 grew by 13.5% year-over-year, although they fell by 5% compared to May 201, to around 19,000 cars.
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Sales of new passenger cars in Ukraine in June 2012 grew by 13.5% year-over-year, although they fell by 5% compared to May 201, to around 19,000 cars.

"The upward trend on the automobile market in June [on June 2011] was clouded by a 5% fall compared to May 2012. This is evidence of the rapid approach of car market stagnation," experts of AUTO-Consulting Group said on their Web site.

The leader of the Ukrainian market is still Hyundai, but its sales dropped by 6% compared to May 2012. ZAZ is second, although its indicators fell, despite the launch of another model – the ZAZ Vida.

The analysts said that the sensation of June was the fact that Russia's Lada, with a fall of 15% in sales (despite of active sales of Lada Granta), sank to the fourth position in the rating, while Toyota first became third with a rise in sales by 19%.

"The Kia and Volkswagen closely follow AvtoVAZ, and only a small fall in activity did not allow them to climb higher than the Russian rival," the group's experts said.

Renault also improves its sales and managed to be ahead of Skoda. The largest leap in the group was made by Ford, which sales soared by 39%. Nissan is stable, but it failed to cope with the pressure of Ford in June.

According to the report, the situation in the top-20 of popular brands was characterized by a small fall in sales compared to the previous month, apart from Mitsubishi, Ssang Yong and Audi.

In the segment of premium cars, Audi is a new leader. Mercedes-Benz is second with only one car less (the leader of the previous month) and BMW is third.

Among Chinese brands the top three is the following: first is Geely, Chery is second and Great Wall is third.

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