Domestic car makers losing out to imports, used cars
When it comes to automobiles, there is no understanding between the Ukrainian consumers, domestic carmakers and the government.
Like many nations, Ukraine tries to protect its national producers with import duties and value added taxes, which boost government revenues. Altogether, the taxes add 47 percent to a new car's value and 170 percent to a used one, making automobiles more expensive than in neighboring European countries.
Domestic manufactured ZAZ Lanos (front) is cheaper than imports. But despite the economic crisis and a drop in purchasing power, the manufacturer accounted for just 6.1 percent of 2015 sales. (Kostyantyn Chernichkin)