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AMC Semy-Annual Press-Conference 2021


On July 6, 2021, for the first time in its history, the AEB Automobile manufacturers Committee held a semi-annual press conference in online format. 

Tadzio Schilling, AEB CEO, welcomed the audience and Dr. Thomas Staertzel, AMC Chairman, Porsche Russland, presented interim results of the automotive market and updated the new car sales industry forecast 2021.

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Dr. Thomas Staertzel, Chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee commented: 

“In June 2021 157 808 PCs and LCVs were sold*, which is 28,7% more than in June 2020 and also +9,8% as compared to June 2019. In the first half year 2021, 870 749 cars** were sold – an increase of 36,9% vs the same period of the previous year and 5,1% versus 2019. As earlier stated, the market shows better dynamics than expected. Postponement of the disposal fee increase supported the market and helped slowing cars prices increase. The COVID-19 situation is worsening, but we hope that we manage to escape a complete lockdown. Despite of the difficulties with the semi-conductors supply and metal prices increase, we believe to prevent a drop down in 2021 sales and we will see corrections in the months to come. 

The Committee has a positive outlook of this year market development and, as announced, updates its annual sales forecast: in 2021, 1756 k passenger cars and light commercial vehicles will be sold which is 9,8% higher than previous year. This means, we have corrected our forecast from 2,1% to 9,8% increase”.

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The event was also focused on the presentation of results of a study "Assessment of the socio-economic impact of the automotive industry in Russia", conducted by the Higher School of Economics (HSE) at the Committee’s request.

HSE experts Vadim V. Radaev, First Vice Rector of Higher School of Economics, Head of Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology and Valentina Kuskova, Deputy First Vice Rector HSE presented the most interesting findings of the study.

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Finally, Dr. Staertzel, Alexey Kalitsev, Deputy AMC Chairman and HSE representatives answered numerous questions about the future development of the automotive market in Russia.

Association of European Businesses would like to express its sincere gratitude to TotalEnergies for the platinum sponsorship support. 

*Monthly data does not include sales results of BMW and Mercedes-Benz brands.
** Semi-annual sales data include sales results of BMW and Mercedes-Benz brands.