So, in the second most important city of the country with a population of 4.6 million people, on January 1, 2004, 932, 182 passenger cars were registered. Not bad at all!
Naturally, domestic cars are leading in the fleet of St. Petersburg: they account for 64%, but 36% of foreign cars are quite numerous. This is exactly twice as much as the national average, and almost as much as in Moscow (37%).
As in the capital, the most popular cars of the Volzhsky plant in North Palmyra - they make up 43% of the fleet. Next come the “Volga” (7.2%), the “Muscovites” (6.4%) … But in fourth place is the German "people's car." The share of the Volkswagen brand in St. Petersburg is 6.3%. In general, in our most European city among foreign cars, European “brands” are leaders. In the top ten - there are only three Japanese firms, and even those close it. It is understandable - Europe is close by, a little over 100 km away - and you are in Estonia, which has recently joined the European Union. One can say that there are no foreign cars with right-hand drive (just over 3 thousand for the city and the region): they are not quoted among local motorists.
It is noteworthy that the Toyota Corolla so popular all over the world (and in Russia too) in St. Petersburg did not even make it into the top ten. Still, the city is a “window to Europe”, and not to Japan. They drove (and driven) mainly veterans of European roads. The top ten includes four models that have long been discontinued (Cadet and Sierra, for example, about fifteen years ago). But the "trade winds" of the B5 series are very few.
But there is an indicator by which St. Petersburg went around both Moscow and all of Russia: by the number of “Cossacks” registered. In the capital there are 91 thousand (3.7% of the park), and in St. Petersburg there are only 44.9 thousand (4.8%). And after all, many still run around the city and the region, however, like almost a thousand all-terrain vehicles LuAZ, 582 “Wartburgs”, 116 “Trabants”, 11 “Khorkhs”, 5 “Morgan” and 2 “Packard”. By right, it means that St. Petersburg has another proud title - a museum city! So, also automobile …
Like throughout the country, St. Petersburg park cannot be called young: only 11.8% account for new cars (up to three years). For foreign cars, the picture is even sadder: new ones make up 8.6%, and very old ones - more than 75%! In Moscow, the fleet of foreign cars is younger: new 19.2%, very old ones - "only" 53.6%. It turns out that the main throne lives one and a half to two times richer.