What's Bad For Russia Is Bad For GM
Car sales in Russia disappointed a month ago, and they disappoint again: Russian sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles dropped 11 percent in June, says Reuters. For the first half of the year, sales are off 6 percent while Russia caught a whiff of the European contagion. Now, all hopes are on the government and cheap credit.
Russians bought 241,346 cars in June, 31,254 fewer than in the same month last year. So far in 2013, 1.33 million cars and light commercial vehicles have been sold in Russia, down from 1.42 million at the same point last year. Last month, plans that had called for nearly 3 million cars for 2013 were trimmed down to 2.8 million. Plans for Russia to overtake Germany as Europe’s biggest car market were postponed for another year.
The news isn’t good for GM, which did bet big on an expanding Russian market to lessen the pain in Western Europe. Ford , Renault and Fiat also are invested heavily in Russia.
Now, everybody is waiting for miracles, performed by the government. It is expected to announce plans to subsidize credit-backed vehicle purchases.
Didn`t every major company bet on Russia (and other large emerging markets like Brazil, Indonesia etc)? So this sounds like bad news for them all, unless GM is under performing the market.
Surprise, surprise. A country where only the top one percent has any substantial money, and the other 99% aren't buying new cars. Who was the marketing genius behind this again?
How about VW, they had made some significant investments in Russia. And what is it with this Schmitt character and GM anyway? Did he get run over by a yokel in an Opel as a child? Couldn't get financing for a new Manta Luxus?