In 2022, domestic taxi and car sharing services faced record price increases and a shortage of foreign-made cars. In the future, they will update their fleets with Russian and Chinese cars, and this process is already underway.
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So, one of the first in this regard was Citydrive, which began to transfer drivers to cars of Chinese brands back in 2021. And in November of this year, the company brought five hundred new Chinese cars to the line in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Thus, the Citydrive fleet in the Northern Capital has been replenished with a hundred brand new Chery Tiggo 7 Pro crossovers in the top configuration.
“Our fleet already contains popular models from Geely, Cherry and Haval. These cars managed to show themselves well on domestic roads. Among other things, we became the first car sharing in the country to introduce the JAC J7 liftback into its fleet. Now we are recording an increased demand for Chinese cars, which is accompanied by a positive feedback from users,” the company representatives specify.
Yandex Drive does not lag behind these trends. Thus, the St. Petersburg car fleet of the service was replenished with Chery Tiggo 4 and Haval Jolion crossovers. And the leadership of Yandex Taxi entered into negotiations with all manufacturers interested in such communication, including Chinese ones, in order to provide their partners with new vehicles. At the same time, the company itself emphasizes that it managed to obtain a quota for cars for its partners at preferential prices for about 10,000 copies. In the future, parks will be able to buy cars on favorable terms through leasing schemes.
The market continues to experience hard times. For example, according to the Committee of Automobile Manufacturers based on the AEB, from January to October of this year, 502.5 thousand copies of new commercial and passenger cars were sold in the country, which is 61% lower than in the same period in 2021. The rapid decline of the market began in March, when more than two dozen foreign manufacturers announced their withdrawal from Russia or the suspension of shipments to the country. Subsequently, their factories, localized in Russia and assembling cars under a contract, began to stop. So, if at the end of 2021 there were 19 automobile plants operating in the Russian Federation, by the autumn of this year there were only five active production facilities left, three of which are domestic – UAZ, AvtoVAZ and Moskvich.