Russian consumers complain that the vehicles produced by Chinese automakers are of poor quality and expensive.

The picture shows Haval cars sold in Russia.

(taken from the Internet)

[Compilation of Lu Yongshan/Comprehensive Report] According to a Reuters report on the 25th, after Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year, Western countries imposed sanctions on the country, prompting the withdrawal of Renault, Nissan, Mercedes and other international car manufacturers. Russian consumers have more and more choices. Less, Chinese automakers are filling the gap, but more and more Russian consumers complain that the vehicles of Chinese automakers are of poor quality and expensive.

According to data from analyst firm Autostat and consulting firm PPK, Chinese brands such as Haval, Chery and Geely now account for 37.15 percent of new car sales in Russia in the first two months of this year, up from 37.15 percent in the first two months of last year. The market share of European, Japanese and South Korean brands that have withdrawn from the Russian market dropped from 70% to 22.6%.

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Lada (Lada), owned by the Russian automaker Avtovaz, is the most popular brand among locals.

Renault, through its previous controlling stake in Avtovaz, had the highest market share of any foreign producer before Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.

Sergey Aslanyan, an expert on the Russian auto industry, said that although Chinese cars are gradually filling the void left by Western automakers, their poor reputation is still a problem.

"Yes, they have almost no competition here, but that doesn't mean people are going to change their minds quickly," he said.

In a sign of growing Russian-Chinese cooperation, China's Great Wall Motors is now producing locally under its Haval brand.

In the Russian part, Moskvich (Moskvich), a popular car brand in the former Soviet Union, is using engine parts, design and engineering from China's Jianghuai Automobile.

In addition to the poor quality of Chinese-made cars, another dissatisfaction of Russian consumers is the price. Even former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that the price of Moskvich using Chinese-made parts seems a bit high. The price of Moskvich 3 is about 2 million Ruble ($26,195), while Russia’s best-selling Lada Granta (Lada Granta) starts at only 680,000 rubles.

Maxim Kadakov, editor-in-chief of "Behind the Wheel" magazine, said: "China People bring a lot of cars, but if we talk about price, not quality, there are no cheap cars."

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