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.
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A second very popular Lada model appeared on the Soviet Union’s roads in 1984: the Lada Sputnik, better known worldwide as Samara. The 3-door hatchback was launched in 1984, followed by the 5-door hatchback in 1987 and the sedan in 1990.
In all likeliness, the Samara should feature along the Lada 2104/5/7 on top of the car sales ranking of the USSR from 1986 to 1991, Russia from 1992 to 1995. I couldn’t find any official figures for this period so if you have any please do get in touch! More info on the Lada Samara here.
Lada launches the 2105 in 1979, basically a restyled 2101. Despite the absence of official sales figures it is easy to imagine that the more modern 2105 would lead car sales in the Soviet Union during the first half of the eighties.
The traditional Deluxe version, named 2107, is added in 1982 and the Station Wagon, 2104, appears in 1984. More info on the Lada 2105 series here.
The brand VAZ (Volzhsky Avtomobilny Zavod), better known worldwide as Lada, was established in the late 1960’s in collaboration with Fiat and started producing the 2101, a localised version of the Fiat 124, in 1979.
Even though there are no official figures available, the Lada 2101 in all likeliness dominated car sales in the USSR throughout the seventies. In 1972 the 2102, a Station Wagon, and the 2103, a Deluxe version, are added, reinforcing the domination of the model on the Soviet roads. More info on the Lada 2101 series here.
Please get in touch if you have any data relating to this period!