This years Russian Automotive Conference was set opposite the famous Hotel Ukraina in Moscow

This year's Russian Automotive Conference was set opposite the famous Hotel Ukraina in Moscow

"People buy Ladas because they like our cars as they become more advanced and safe." AvtoVAZ executive vice president, Oleg Lobanov.

"Russia has seen its ups and downs - we expect modest growth this year in the automotive market [against] the background." Association of European Businesses, CEO, Frank Schauff.

"It takes work, people, effort and investment, mainly effort." Ford Sollers CEO, Ted Cannis on business in Russia.

"It is not a secret - in terms of sheer volume we will soon reach the peak demand of Russia," State Duma [Parliament] Expert Council Committee chairwoman, Alfiya Kogogina.

"I would like to emphasise in the last Soviet times it [market] was 1.2m cars. For the third year in a row, Russia is the second largest market in Europe." State Duma [Parliament] Expert Council Committee chairwoman, Alfiya Kogogina.

"Nobody believes you when you say the recipe is quite simple - you just need to hire honest people and deliver results." Kaluga deputy governor, Ruslan Zalivatski.

"Today we have a goal to develop automotive components - 'Titanium Valley' produces automotive components [as well as] for a whole range of aircraft such as Airbus and Boeing." Sverdlovsk region, deputy chairman of the government, Alexander Petrov.

"One of the biggest challenges in Russia is logistics. I suppose it is one of the characteristics of big countries and as Russia is the biggest country in the world, you can imagine." PCMA-Rus general manager, Jean-Christophe Marchal.