Association of Russian Automakers, nonprofit partnership 

About Russian Automotive Industry

The automotive industry in Russia is one of the leading sectors of the national economy; it contributed near one percent to the country’s GDP in 2015, while its share in all engineering industries’ contribution amounted to nearly 40%. The automotive industry plays an important role in creation of new jobs. With 470 thousand people employed directly in that industry, more than 3.5 million employees are provided with jobs in allied industries related to material manufacture, vehicle operation, maintenance and repair.

In 2015, OAR member companies manufactured 653.6 thousand motor vehicles (46.4% of their total output in the countries of the Customs Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) including 128.9 thousand trucks (96.6% of their total output in the Customs Union), 496.8 thousand passenger cars (40.2% of the total car production in the Customs Union), 27.9 thousand buses and coaches (73.2% of the total bus output in the Customs Union).

The automobile market in Russia faced a continuous decline of sales and local production in 2015 due to economic downturn in the country. Both domestic and foreign companies produced locally in total 1.38 million motor vehicles in 2015, while new motor vehicle sales in Russia amounted to 1.66 million units in 2015. In terms of car sales volume, Russia got the fifth rank in Europe (following Germany, UK, France and Italy).

The total motor vehicle fleet in Russia accounts more than 50 million passenger cars, trucks and buses. However, more than half of the fleet is taken by vehicles being in use for over 10 years, which is a major reason of environmental pollution; they have low fuel efficiency, insufficient active and passive safety levels.

The task of primary importance set by automobile manufacturers in Russia is renovation of the existing motor vehicle fleet by way of production and putting in operation of ecologically pure, energy efficient and safe vehicles.