MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. Opel intends to access its allotment of the Russian car bazaar to at atomic 5% in midterm, Vice President of Groupe PSA, Managing Director of Peugeot, Citroen and Opel in Russia, Alexei Volodin told TASS in an interview.
“We in PSA accept that if you advertise added than 5% on the market, again you are a above player. Therefore, our midterm ambitions for the Opel cast is to body the business in a way to authority at atomic 5% on the Russian auto market,” the top administrator said.
A accessory abbreviating of the Russian ablaze and LCV bazaar is accepted this year, Volodin said. “I do not see preconditions for the bazaar advance in the abutting [2020 – TASS] year, unless there are assertive macroeconomic factors, like, for example, the oil amount backpack and the access and deepening of the Russian ruble in its consequence, which will advance to absolute advance of the purchasing ability of the population. If this macroeconomic agency is excluded, there will be a baby downside, because the amount access I apprehend in this year afterwards the atom fee access and adverse of assembly subsidies. It is difficult for me now to anticipation its exact figure,” he added.
Opel is activity to aggrandize the archetypal ambit in Russia from two to six automobiles.
“We accept the artefact development plan for 2020, during which the Opel band in Russia will be decidedly complemented. We will absolutely not absolute ourselves to two models [Zafira Life and Grandland X – TASS]. We plan to barrage assembly of Vivaro van at the end of the aboriginal division of 2020. Affairs for this year are to barrage up to three models added on Russian market. That is, if we succeed, the Opel band in Russia will be represented by six models,” Volodin said, after allotment specific models.
Opel is accessible to accommodate electric cars in the archetypal ambit in Russia if there is able government abutment for the development of this blazon of transport.
“In a cardinal of European countries, popularization of electric cartage is actively answer by the state: owners of electric cars are provided with subsidies, allowances and preferences, the ecosystem is actively developing. In Russia, we do not see yet such an alive position of the accompaniment in the administration of electric vehicles,” he said. “But if the accompaniment acutely says that electric carriage is our future, let’s focus on it, we are technologically ready,” Volodin added.
Opel formally appear its restart in Russia in mid-December 2019. Sales started with the alien Grandland X crossover and the Zafira Life minivan accumulated in Kaluga. The cast is clearly allied at present with eleven dealers in eight Russian cities.