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TWTW: VW admits size isn’t everything

Volkswagen Group stayed very much in the news this week. The company posted a set of results that were dragged down by provision made for co...

COMMENT: Russia plays political football

Just when you thought things couldn't be any worse for the auto sector in Russia, up popped the AEB recently with its latest monthly instalm...

COMMENT: Russia defiant in face of yet more crisis

Simon Warburton | 19 Mar 2015

You might be forgiven for thinking the Russian Federation was at the edge of an economic precipice at the moment, facing a potential avalanche of catastrophic bad news that even for this battle-hardened country is especially daunting.

COMMENT: Oiling the Russian economy

Simon Warburton | 16 Mar 2015

Despite some small recovery in the oil price of late, adding a few pence, cents or centimes back onto a litre of fuel at the pumps, the crash in the price of the black stuff has been nothing short of spectacular during the last few months.

COMMENT: Post Soviet unions no zest for strikes

Simon Warburton | 9 Sep 2014

One of the aspects that genuinely surprised me about the recent visit to Russia organised by Renault and AvtoVAZ was the almost complete absence of trade union antagonism to restructuring.

COMMENT: From the Russian shop floor

Simon Warburton | 5 Sep 2014

Last week Simon Warburton visited the Moscow Motor Show with Renault Russia and had the opportunity to talk with senior executives, as well as travel to alliance partner, AvtoVAZ, at its Togliatti plant in Samara. Here are some of the quotes from that trip..

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Agromash Holdings on PSA in Kazakhstan

Simon Warburton | 26 Mar 2013

PSA Peugeot Citroen recently inked a partnership with Agromash Holding, for the assembly and distribution of the French automaker's passenger cars and LCVs in Kazakhstan. Simon Warburton was in contact with the trailer and agricultural machinery manufacturer based in the huge country on Russia's southern border.

Chevrolet UK chief a fan of the brand and football

Graeme Roberts | 16 Oct 2012

Andy Higgins, the new managing director of Chevrolet UK from 1 October, is full of enthusiasm for both the brand and football - handy as his appointment coincided with news of Chevrolet becoming Manchester United's shirt sponsor starting with the 2014/2015 season.

Latest News

AvtoVAZ operating loss widens

Dave Leggett | 3 Nov 2015

AvtoVAZ Group has reported revenue of RUB131.2bn (US$2.04bn) for the first nine months of 2015, compared to RUB135.2bn for the same period in 2014.

AvtoVAZ and Bipek Avto sign agreement

Dave Leggett | 16 Oct 2015

AvtoVAZ and Bipek Avto have begun to work together on the markets of the Central Asian region. The two companies have signed a corresponding agreement in Astana. It was signed by the president of AvtoVAZ, Bo Andersson and the chairman of the board of directors of Bipek Avto, Anatoly Balushkin, in the presence of Russian President, Vladimir Putin and the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

GM-AvtoVAZ builds 600,000th Chevrolet Niva

Dave Leggett | 15 Oct 2015

On 13 October, GM-AvtoVAZ built the six hundred thousandth silver-coloured Chevrolet Niva LC. The first Niva off-roader rolled off the line on 23 October 2002.

Russia car market collapse continues

Dave Leggett | 8 Oct 2015

The Russian car market is continuing to decline sharply in the face of Russia's sharp economic recession. Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia decreased by 28.6 % in September 2015 to 140,867 units, according to data released by the Moscow-based AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee.

Low Russia ownership real potential: Bo Andersson

Simon Warburton | 29 Jun 2015

AvtoVAZ CEO, Bo Andersson remains confident Russia's relatively low car ownership still sees major potential for the country currently under the yoke of severe international economic sanctions.

GAZ 'wastes not one rouble' in efficiency drive

Simon Warburton | 25 Jun 2015

GAZ Group parent, Russian Machines says "not one rouble" is wasted in the company as it continues its efficiency moves to drive down costs in the business.

AvtoVAZ lauds Decree 166

Simon Warburton | 23 Jun 2015

AvtoVAZ is urging the Russian government to stick with its Decree 166 programme mandating local content in vehicles as the automobile market continues to struggle under intense economic pressure.

Rouble pressure "huge advantage": Bo Andersson

Simon Warburton | 19 Jun 2015

AvtoVAZ says the current weak status of the Russian Rouble is a "huge advantage" as it looks to make hay while the currency sun shines.

GAZ owner sees market easing, incentives still key

Simon Warburton | 18 Jun 2015

GAZ Group's parent estimates the bottom may have been reached of plummeting passenger and light commercial vehicle sales in Russia but concedes the government will likely have to keep stepping in with incentive programmes.

Russia car market 'could be back to 3m by 2018'

Dave Leggett | 11 Jun 2015

AvtoVAZ head Bo Andersson believes that Russia's car market could return to 3m units by 2018, if things "go well".

RUSSIA: Lada loses No.1 slot to Hyundai-Kia

Glenn Brooks | 13 May 2015

AvtoVAZ is no longer the Russian market's number one, the combined sales of Hyundai and Kia having exceeded those of Lada for the first time.

Russian auto unions mull global framework deals

Simon Warburton | 30 Apr 2015

Automotive unions as well as labour confederations have met in Moscow to discuss Global Framework Agreements (GFA) with a view to gaining experience on their potential implementation in Russia.

Severstal inks Renault-Nissan AvtoVAZ contract

Simon Warburton | 13 Apr 2015

Severstal has signed a four-month contract to deliver rolled steel to Renault-Nissan from its Cherepovets Mill (CherMK).

AvtoVAZ stresses continuing border countries focus

Simon Warburton | 2 Apr 2015

AvtoVAZ says it is continuing to focus on 12 countries bordering Russia as it looks to diversify the offer to overseas markets.

Kremlin mulls US$332m automotive subsidy: analyst

Simon Warburton | 20 Mar 2015

Russia is mulling providing subsidies to the automotive industry this year of RUB20bn (US$332m) says a Moscow analyst, with the country facing unprecedented economic headwinds.

AvtoVAZ backs Russia Euro V introduction

Simon Warburton | 19 Mar 2015

AvtoVAZ is urging the Russian government not to delay implementing Euro V emissions standards as the country increasingly addresses environmental considerations.

No more AvtoVAZ layoffs: Bo Andersson

Simon Warburton | 18 Mar 2015

AvtoVAZ says there will be no further layoffs as the automaker estimates Russia sales for 2015 will be between 1.5m and 1.7m vehicles, with economic conditions continuing to provide choppy water for Russian producers in the country.

AvtoVAZ to boost production, double exports

Graeme Roberts | 20 Feb 2015

AvtoVAZ plans to manufacture 712,000 vehicles in 2015, up around 39% from the 511,894 produced in 2014. The upcoming launch of new Datsun and Renault models will drive the growth.

2014 financials: Renault triples net income

Dave Leggett | 12 Feb 2015

Renault has reported a tripling of net income in its 2014 full-year results in spite of deeper losses incurred in Russia.

Kremlin paying close attention to auto: analyst

Simon Warburton | 11 Feb 2015

One Russian analyst says Moscow is actively involved in attempting to boost its automotive industry as the latest figures show sales falling 25% last month.

Ren-Nis Alliance sales up to record 8.5m in '14

Dave Leggett | 4 Feb 2015

The Renault-Nissan Alliance sold a record 8,470,610 vehicles in 2014 boosted by higher sales in the US and Western Europe.

Automakers see Russia 2015 sales plunge

Graeme Roberts | 15 Jan 2015

Car sales in Russia look set to plummet by nearly one quarter in 2015 as the economic crisis batters consumer spending, automobile manufacturers said on Thursday.

Latest blogs

Going underground

Simon Warburton | 19 Jun 2015

It became clear to me just why the Russians were so twitchy about letting any old foreigner in to Nizhny Novgorod until around 1992, after talking to GAZ CEO, Vadim Sorokin from his eyrie on the 14th floor of the automaker's HQ in the same city this week.

Interview with Bo Andersson

Simon Warburton | 5 Feb 2015

I'm looking at attending the upcoming Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) event in Moscow.

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