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Tajikistan 2010: Hafei minivans and Camry most popular

Hafei minivan in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Tajikistan is at a crossroads of various civilisations and its car market reflect this, with Chinese, Russian, Iranian, Kazak and Uzbek influences.

Up to mid-2010, almost half of the cars in circulation in the capital city Dushanbe were Hafei and ChangAn Chinese minivans, introduced in 2006 when authorities prohibited larger microbuses from the city centre. However, these minivans were abruptly banned over safety concerns in April 2010 (for more details on this ban click here) and as a result must have dropped from the best-selling list.

The Toyota Camry could therefore be the best-selling vehicle in Tajikistan in 2010 (similarly to Kazakstan). Other very successful cars in the country are the Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Optra, with the Honda CR-V and Russian-built Chevrolet Niva a notch lower.

Contrary to Azerbaijan and Armenia, the Lada 2105 has not managed to stay on top of the sales ranking after the independence from the Soviet Union. Some Iran Khodro Samands and Peugeot 405 Pars from Iran can also be seen, as well as a lot of old gen UzDaewoo Nexia from Uzbekistan.

More street scenes and street videos below. 

Here are a couple of very instructive videos of the streets of Dushanbe:

Dushanbe streets video 1

Dushanbe streets video 2

Dushanbe streets video 3

Street Scenes in Tajikistan. Source: Flickr, YouTube.

This speculation is based on the observation of the streets of Dushanbe through recent YouTube videos. Please get in touch if you have more information about the Tajik car market.

  1. John
    March 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Help?! Its fantastic…I had the same thought, but my heart sank when I looked online and couldn’t find anything…that kind of sucked to say the least…
    I really appreciate it because I was worried as this is new territory for me. It’s great that because of your blog, you were able to give me an insight into a place very far away and very unknown to me. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction, my client contacted me yesterday and wants a few Hiace vans as well… I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

    Thanks again and best regards,

  2. John
    March 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Great post! it was really informative.
    I was wondering if you could help me out. Is there an authorized Toyota dealership in Dushanbe? or are all these cars coming from somewhere else?
    The reason I am asking is because I need to buy a Toyota corolla for a client in Dushanbe and I have no idea where to look…honestly. If there is a dealership, it would be great, otherwise I am afraid i’ll have to import…


    • March 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      Hi John,

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post.
      This is a very interesting request indeed. My first thought was that there has to be an authorized Toyota dealership in Dushanbe as all those Toyotas on the streets cannot all be private imports.
      However looking up online i couldn’t find any official Toyota Tajikistan site….. Your best bet may be to get in touch with Toyota Kazakhstan which looks like it’s much more established? http://www.toyota.kz They do sell the Corolla in Kazakhstan.
      Does that help at all?

    • LO
      March 23, 2011 at 2:11 am

      Toyota’s in Tajikistan are for the most part imported from Dubai. These Toyota’s are not of the same quality as the Western one. There is an authorized Mitsubishi dealer in Dushanbe which offers guarantee and service, but as far as I know no authorized Toyota dealer. There are companies, that let you order new cars from Dubai and will import them for you.

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