Chinese brands have made steady inroads in Kazakhstan, seizing market share as a result of sanctions that have caused a shortage of cars and parts from Russia.
Astana Motors, a dealer with locations across the country, recently signed a distribution agreement with Chinese automaker Changan to import vehicles from China.
Changan vehicles began arriving in Kazakhstan directly from Chinese factories in September 2022. According to a press release from Astana Motors:
“It is an honor for us to represent China’s oldest and at the same time one of its most progressive automobile brands.”
Late last year, another Chinese automaker, Chery, entered the Kazakh market.
According to the Association of Kazakhstan Automobile Business, it will be one of the top ten most popular car brands in the market by July 2022, thanks to its attractive financing plans (AKAB).
The more expensive Haval will also be available in April 2021. Meanwhile, JAC and Lifan have been on the market for a few years, with JAC manufactured in Kazakhstan’s northern Kostanai region.
A Kazakh buyer received a 2,000th unit delivered to a customer by Chery
According to AKAB, Chinese brands will account for 3.4% of new cars sold in Kazakhstan in 2021, more than doubling the previous year’s figure.
Four Chinese brands have already sold the same number of units in the first seven months of 2022 as they did in the entire year of 2021.
Growth appears to be driven not only by low prices, but also by advertising campaigns aimed at dispelling widespread skepticism about the quality and safety of Chinese automobiles.
Customers in Kazakhstan have few options these days as well. Popular Japanese and European brands simply do not exist.
In Kazakhstan, Haval cars are parked outside a dealership
Many models were produced in Russia, where factories were forced to halt production due to international sanctions imposed in response to Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
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