According to CSN-TV, the domestic car market has recovered after a significant decline in sales volumes last year in a relatively short time. Optimistic forecasts from experts indicate the possibility of reaching total sales of cars from domestic manufacturers up to 1 million units by December. This issue was discussed within the framework of the session “Russian automobile market: in search of a new identity.” at the Eastern Economic Forum.
Commenting on the system of purchasing cars for government needs, Sergei Gromak, Vice President for External Relations and Interaction with Shareholders of JSC AvtoVAZ, noted that despite the requirements for the localization of car production, it has not yet been possible to ensure regular deliveries within the framework of government orders. He explained that some government agencies have found ways to circumvent legislation by using imported cars. According to him, in some cases, government customers prefer to rent vehicles or use transportation services, and in this area there are no localization requirements.
Gromak noted: “Localization requirements apply only to for direct government purchases of cars. Therefore, municipalities and federal authorities are finding workarounds using rent, leasing and other services. We need to consistently close these loopholes and extend high localization of cars to rent, leasing and& transport services for state and municipal authorities.”
Recall that on September 4 of this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin , after a meeting with the heads of Russian manufacturing enterprises, he instructed civil servants to refuse to use foreign cars and to prefer domestic brands. Head of Government Mikhail Mishustin was appointed responsible for the implementation of this set of measures.