A foreign car has managed to outsell a Lada model in Russia in monthly sales for the first time in four decades.

A foreign car has managed to outsell a Lada model in Russia in monthly sales for the first time in four decades.

According to the data obtained from Association of European Business (AEB), the Kia Rio outsold the Lada Granta 10,834 to 10,520 units in November, thus causing Lada to lose the best-selling car status in a month at home in Russia, a title which they have been holding since the 70s.

AvtoVAZ is the company that owns Lada and in an interview with Automotive News Europe one of their spokesman blamed supplier issues for causing delays in deliveries which ultimately affected sales. The assembly line for the Granta/Kalina was stopped for a couple of days but now all the problems have been fixed and Lada hopes to get back on top.

Despite being outpaced in November, Lada is still the undisputed leader in Russia's car sales market as from January to November they sold 351,992 cars whereas Kia came in second with 175,495 units. The best-selling car in Russia through November was the Lada Granta (139,405 units), followed by the Hyundai Solaris (105,142 units) and the Kia Rio (84,350 units). 

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Lada loses best-selling car status in a month in Russia after four decades