Re: Livin' in a happy nation.....
- From: "vello" <vellokala@xxxxxx>
- Date: 21 Dec 2005 01:16:16 -0800
> > Thanks, Eugene,
> > just I'm not in automotive business - I'm a journalist:-) Well,
> > automobiles cover 35-40% of TM Magazine with the rest (differently from
> > Finnish edition) is about popular science. Well, as you see on streets,
> > car sales are booming - any consecutive year is about 15-20% up. Lada,
> > after good years at 2001-2002 is in sad position - their cars are
> > simply too expensive.
> Are they still producing them? Have they changed the vehicle shape
> since "the glory of Zhiguli days"?
Old 2105, 2106 and 2107 are still in production. Also 2108-09 from
soviet period. "New" cars are Lada2110 and small Lada Kalina what went
into production this year (analogue of Opel Corsa 2 generations back).
> > Only political implication in car business is
> > rapidly growing masse of finns looking at our prices with jealous face.
> How popular is "Smart" in Tallinn? Do people tend to buy more
> economical transport or flashy things?
Smart is not popular here- too small (and pricey, too). Turn from big
cars from smaller ones happens in 2000-2001 and is booming now when
most new drivers are girls - if you look driving school's cars in city,
there are 10 female students against one male student behind the wheel.
Flashy things are here (with Hummer as a must chariot for certain type
of people:-)), but in a not so rich country showing your money don't
makes you popular - so not too many very expencive cars. Due very low
prices traffic looks better-younger in Tallinn then in many cities of
old Europe (incl London by my fresh impression:-)). Rural areas are
different story with 10 years old "germans" mostly.
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