In Russia, authorities, government agencies and companies with state participation decided to purchase 151 foreign cars worth more than 566 million rubles. The Agency writes about this with reference to data from the government procurement website.
On August 3, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on industrial development that “all officials in the country should drive domestic cars,” and purchases of foreign-made cars should be “absolutely excluded.”
The most expensive car, as the publication found out, is bought by a company with state participation, Energotrans – it offers 19.5 million rubles for the Korean business-class sedan Genesis G90. The federal state institution Tsentrregionvodkhoz (Genesis GV80 for 11.4 million rubles), the state-owned company Transport Company RusHydro (Toyota Land Cruiser 300 for 14.8 million rubles) and the federal state institution Glavrybvod are also willing to pay more than 10 million for the car. (Genesis G90 for 15.7 million rubles).
The most popular foreign automaker among government agencies was the Chinese auto holding Great Wall Motor (GWM) – it accounted for more than 52% of all purchased cars (80 units) for a total amount of 243 million rubles. The most popular vehicle models for purchases are also produced by GWM: Haval F7 (37 vehicles totaling 115 million) and Haval Jolion (26 vehicles totaling 60.5 million rubles).
The second most popular was the Korean holding Hyundai Motor (Hyundai, Kia, Genesis brands). Their share in procurement is 15% – government agencies purchase 23 vehicles for 128.4 million rubles. The Kia K3 sedan became the most popular model of the Korean manufacturer thanks to the purchase of six cars for 16.5 million by the People’s Assembly of Ingushetia.
Purchases of 10 Toyota cars with a total cost of 56 million rubles have also been announced. Among the cars being purchased are Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Hiace and Toyota Land Cruiser 300. The Kaliningrad state institution “Road Maintenance Enterprise No. 2” decided to purchase three Czech Skoda Octavia cars.
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