Following to the results of the first quarter, the market of new passenger cars in Belarus decreased by more than 40%

In March, more than 4 thousand new passenger cars were sold on the Belarusian car market, which is 32.6% more than in February this year, but 50% less than in March last year, reports.

In general, for the first quarter, sales of new cars decreased by almost 42% in relation to the level of a year ago.

As noted by the chairman of the board of BAA Sergei Mikhnevich, the downward trend in the market in the first quarter was obvious and predictable, but not in such a volume. More than 40% fall is very serious.

"Such a volume of sales was in the second quarter of 2020 – during the first wave of the pandemic and the shock in the market. At the moment we are not seeing a shock from the epidemic (although the influence of this factor is present). The negative background of economic problems, the contraction of lending due to the rise in the cost of loans reduced demand for new cars and revived interest in used ones, - Sergey Mikhnevich explained. - The paradox is the shortage of some gross-generating models among the sales leaders, which has formed on the conveyors of many automakers due to disruptions in logistics because of the pandemic, as well as due to restrained planning of production and purchase of new cars by car dealers due to the pessimistic forecasts for the development of the market this year."

According to the latest BAA data, 4,271 cars were sold in March. The leadership in sales for the first quarter of 2021 among brands is still held by the Russian Lada, occupying almost 26% of the Belarusian passenger car market.

Products of the domestic plant "BELGI" hold the second line in the top of the best-selling car brands – in March, Belarusian-assembled cars were preferred by 1,433 buyers (almost the same as in the same period in 2020.

Volkswagen gained he third place. Dealers of the German brand were able to sell 480 cars.

As expected, due to the suspension of sales of Skoda's best-selling Rapid, the Czech automaker lost one position and sold 241 cars in March (against 325 in February). Nevertheless, by March 11, Belarusians managed to buy 100 cars of this brand, and this is the 11th place in the list.

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