The crisis crippled the Russian economy four years ago, very sad way affected the market. A sharp weakening of the ruble has forced many carmakers to reduce their lineups and, for some, is to leave the country. As was the fate of the popular cars that have disappeared from showrooms, domestic dealers, I find the portal “Avtosklad”.
In 2015, the company Chevrolet stunned the Russians by the news of stopping sales of sedans, hatchbacks and station wagons of the family Cruze. But this model really we have loved – manufactured at the General Motors plant in Shushary (Saint Petersburg) “Cruz” was consistently one of the TOP 20 most popular cars in the domestic market.
Then, in 2014-2015, the car changed a generation, and in 2018 – has survived another update. Today sedans and hatchbacks with a nameplate Cruze – station wagon manufacturer refused – offered in several versions with petrol and diesel turbo engine capacity of 1.4 and 1.6 liters. In addition to the mass of newfangled options and a very attractive appearance, “Cruz” has received and nine-storyed “machine”.
Another model who left the market due to financial constraints and sanctions three years ago was the Chevrolet Aveo. Subcompact car, enjoyed a special love of drivers “gentle sex”, sold in Russia with a 1.6-liter engine that generates 115 HP. It, recall, made in Kaliningrad, and Nizhny Novgorod at GAZ capacities.
Unlike his older brother, “Aveo” over the years virtually unchanged. Sedan and hatchback, known in other countries under the name of Sonic, have only gone through a light facelift, affecting mainly the front of the car. The Americans have reshaped grille, refreshed optics and introduced a more accurate fog.
In the same 2015 the Russians said good-bye and Honda Civic. The poor sales results of hundreds of completed instances, forced the Japanese to reduce its model range and focus on the promotion of crossovers. In fairness it should be noted that this decision avtostroitel later bitterly regretted – after the withdrawal of the “Civica” and “Chord”, and the ridiculous sales of the Honda was struck by another 80%.
Today Honda Civic – the car for three years has changed dramatically. Then you turned and grille, and new bumpers, optics and stylish and the chrome trim of the trunk lid, and other rims… the Exterior of the car – aggressive and elegant – would certainly liked the taste of Russian consumers.
Due to the unstable economic situation in the country, as has been said, the Russian market has lost several brands, one of which was beloved by our fellow citizens Opel. The German brand had a lot of good models that are able to impose serious competition for classmates – this Corsa, Mokka and Insignia. But perhaps the most bitter loss was the Astra.
Curiously, during his absence in Russia of “Astra” is almost not changed. And today, the European dealers of the brand, which is now owned by the French PSA Group, give cars, familiar to our eyes. However, soon avtostroitel unveil a restyled version of the model. And judging by the spy photos, the designers will refresh the bumpers, grille and probably optics.
As well as the Opel Astra, to a planned upgrade – or rather, to the change of generation – prepared Mitsubishi Lancer, a model that do not deliver in Russia for more than 2.5 years. Debuted in 2007, the “Japanese” conquered the hearts of our fellow citizens and in a matter of months became a leader in sales in the Golf class. Things were going fine, but the crisis burst in 2014, has made adjustments.
After regular Lancer from showrooms Russian dealers of Mitsubishi have disappeared, and the legendary Evolution. However, this “charged” sedan parted not only with the Russian market – the Japanese even made a model out of production. But the promise in the foreseeable future to introduce an entirely new car under this name, but it will be a completely different story – namely a crossover with an electric motor.