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COMMENT: No wizards needed at US$100 a barrel

2 July 2015

It's been variously labelled as President Vladimir Putin's 'vanity summit' and those attending it as 'Kremlin lackeys,' but for the thousands throngingh this year's St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, it was a chance to offer some defiance to a disappoving Western world.


COMMENT: Russia - it is rocket science

31 March 2015

It's not often Soviet rocket scientists are mentioned in an automotive context, but the subject came up recently on the sidelines of the Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow, where I was interviewing GAZ Group CEO, Vadim Sorokin.


COMMENT: Russia defiant in face of yet more crisis

19 March 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

16 March 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.

Latest interviews


INTERVIEW: VW Rus director Marcus Osegowitsch

20 March 2014

Marcus Osegowitsch is general director, Volkswagen Group Rus and Simon Warburton caught up with him on the sidelines of this year's Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow.


INTERVIEW: Russian Machines Peter Zolotarev: CNG

7 June 2013

GAZ Group parent Russian Machines, claims CNG is the cheapest of commonly used motor fuels, with costs per 100km almost 60% lower than for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It also says CNG is more than twice as cheap as a diesel-powered car and 2.5 times lower price than a gasoline vehicle. Russian Machines CNG project executive director, Peter Zolotarev, spoke to Simon Warburton from the company's Yaroslavl plant about the possibility of using the gas in the country and some of the infrastructure challenges associated with it.


INTERVIEW: Supply director GM Russia: Peter Layer

23 April 2013

Purchasing director General Motors Russia, Peter Layer, recently spoke at the Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow, organised by Adam Smith Conferences, as well as talking to Simon Warburton on the sidelines of the event.


INTERVIEW: PCMA-Rus Jean-Christophe Marchal

12 April 2013

PCMA-Rus is a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen (70%) and Mitsubishi Motors (30%) in the Kaluga region of Russia, some 100 miles south west of the capital. PCMA-Rus general manager, Jean-Christophe Marchal, spoke to Simon Warburton at this week's Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow.

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just-auto Plus only VW Group Rus/GAZ complete five successful years

16 December 2016

Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ Group celebrate the fifth anniversary of the cooperation in Nizhny Novgorod. Since the start of production 170,000 units of Skoda Yeti, Volkswagen Jetta and Skoda Octavia have been produced at the production site. Volkswagen...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Yaroslavl plant begins fuel pump production

16 December 2016

The Yaroslavl diesel fuel equipment plant (YAZDA) of GAZ Group has started serial production of electronically controlled high pressure fuel pumps for YAMZ-530 family engines meeting the Euro-5 emission standard. The first stage production capacity is 40,000...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Yaroslavl plant begins CNG engine production

15 November 2016

Yaroslavl Motor Plant (YAMZ) Avtodiesel of GAZ Group, a company of Basic Element, a major most diversified industrial group in Russia, started serial production of YAMZ gas engines complying to Eur-5 emission standard. This is the most modern national...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Yaroslavl plant celebrates 100th anniversary

15 November 2016

Avtodiesel Yaroslavl Motor Plant (YMZ) marks its 100th anniversary. Today, Avtodiesel is one of the major Russian manufacturers of multipurpose diesel engines, clutches, gearboxes as well as stationary generator sets based on them. Its share in the Russian...


Former Ford Europe chief dies at 59

2 November 2016

Former Ford of Europe and Maserati chief Martin Leach has died from cancer at the age of 59.


just-auto Plus only GAZ presents Kursor/Vector Next buses at Busworld

26 October 2016

GAZ Group presents at the international bus show Busworld Russia buses for urban and suburban transport services: GAZ Kursor - middle-class low-floor bus of Likino Bus Plant, and Vector Next - small class bus from Pavlovo Bus Plant, as well as its...


just-auto Plus only GAZ presents GAZelle Next microbus at Busworld

26 October 2016

GAZ Group presents new models of generation Next microbuses at the international bus and coach trade fair Busworld Russia. The new GAZelle Next microbus based on the metal panel van is characterised by its modern design, a high level of comfort, good...


GAZ/SemAZ sign deal for assembly of CVs

7 October 2016

GAZ Group has signed with the Kazakhstan enterprise SemAZ several memoranda on industrial assembly of commercial vehicles in the republic of Kazakhstan. Delivery of vehicle KD’s to Kazakhstan for serial production of GAZelle Next, GAZon Next and GAZelle Business, heavy duty Ural Next, buses of small, medium and large class will start in 2017.


just-auto Plus only GAZ Group presents new CNG vehicles

5 October 2016

GAZ Group, the leading Russian manufacturer of CNG transport, presents the new vehicles of the next generation running on compressed natural gas. The vehicles combine comfort, safety and functionality of the Next family with high cost efficiency and ecological...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Group Pavlovo facility starts serial production of Vector NEXT buses

7 June 2016

GAZ Group announced the start of serial production of new-generation Vector NEXT buses. It is the first bus of the new family with a product line including 7 metre - 9 metre and a wide range of models and various compartment layouts. The investments in...


just-auto Plus only GAZ supplies GAZelle Next vans to Russian Post

3 June 2016

GAZ Group, part of one of the Russian major diversified industrial groups - Basic Element, provided Russian Post with five new generation GAZelle Next vans and two Sobol 4x4 vehicles for trial operation. Russian Post became one of the key account customers...


just-auto Plus only GAZ displays YMZ-530 Euro-5 engines at CTT 2016, Russia

3 June 2016

Yaroslavl Autodiesel engine plant being a part of GAZ Group, which is a member of Basic Element, one of the largest diversified industrial groups in Russia, represents YMZ-530 Euro-5 engine family at the 17th International Construction Equipment and...


just-auto Plus only GAZ to present Ural Next models at STT 2016 motor show

2 June 2016

Ural Truck Plant of GAZ Group included in one of the largest diversified industrial groups in Russia, Basic Element presents new vehicles Ural Next for construction industry at XVII: CNG passenger and cargo vehicle, crew change bus in North version, tractive...


just-auto Plus only Gaz group to supply 333 Euro-5 buses to MosGorTrans Moscow

31 May 2016

GAZ Group, included in one of the largest diversified industrial groups Basic Element and MosGorTrans signed a contract for supply of 333 city low-floor buses Euro-5 with passenger capacity of 75-153 people. The buses produced by Likino plant will be supplied...


just-auto Plus only GAZ presents new Next minibus models at Bus World, Kolomna

23 May 2016

GAZ Group presents new minibus models of the NEXT family at the 9th international automotive festival Bus World in Kolomna on 18 to 20 May 2016. Three new GAZelle NEXT van based minibus models and a frame bus with EvoTech LPG bi-fuel engine are shown at the...


just-auto Plus only GAZ launches Euro 6 compliant coach in Moscow

20 May 2016

GAZ Group unveils a cruise coach equipped with a Euro 6 compliant CNG engine. The new model was presented as part of the Bus World, 2016 exhibition that is taking place from 18 May till May 20 in Kolomna, Moscow region. The exhibition also features other new...


just-auto Plus only GAZ presents new speciality vehicles at ISSE 2016 Russia

19 May 2016

GAZ Group presents new models of speciality vehicles at Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition-2016. The exhibition demonstrates for the first time an ambulance based on GAZelle NEXT with medium wheelbase, special police vehicle for the ministry of internal...


just-auto Plus only GAZ delivers 43 CNG buses to Samara

16 May 2016

GAZ Group supplied 43 CNG powered LiAZ buses. GAZ Group replenished the Samara fleet with 43 LiAZ-529370 CNG buses. The buses will be used on city routes in Samara.   The large-class LiAZ-529370 CNG bus is intended for urban public transport...


just-auto Plus only GAZ begins GAZelle Next van sales in Russian

15 April 2016

GAZ Group begins selling the new generation GAZelle Next van in 140 dealerships across Russia. The vehicle is offered in two versions: a cargo van with the body volume of 13.5cu m a 7-seat combi van. The new model's features include: good functionality,...


just-auto Plus only GAZ exhibits new Ural Next fuel truck at Atyrau Oil and Gas 2016 Exhibition

14 April 2016

Ural Plant presents new Ural Next fuel truck at the 15th North Caspian Regional Exhibition “Atyrau Oil and Gas - 2016”. The exhibition is held on 12-14 April in Atyrau, the oil Kazakh capital. Ural Plan presents a fuel truck built on Ural Next...


just-auto Plus only GAZ presents new speciality vehicles at Expoforum 2016 Russia

11 April 2016

GAZ Group shows two speciality vehicle models on the basis of Gazon Next truck at Russian Public Utilities 2016 exhibition. The novelty is a road cleaning vehicle. The exhibition is held on 6 to 8 April 2016 at Expoforum (Saint Petersburg). Gazon Next road...


just-auto Plus only Gaz Russia produces first batch of E5 common rail fuel systems

4 April 2016

Yaroslavl Fuel Equipment Plant (YaZDA) produces a pilot batch of power controlled high-pressure battery-charged fuel systems for high-speed YMZ-534 E5 engines (Common Rail). This is the first Russian development of E5 Common Rail fuel systems. The design...


just-auto Plus only GAZ to present Ural Next variants in Eastern Siberia

30 March 2016

Automobile plant Ural of GAZ Group, which is a part of Basic Element, Russia's largest diversified industrial group, is now starting presentations of its new all-wheel-drive truck family Ural NEXT in the cities of the Siberian federal district. The...


Russian suppliers need diversification - GAZ

29 March 2016

GAZ Group's component division says it is not enough just to drive down cost, but that product lines need to diversify in order to generate new business.


just-auto Plus only GAZelle Next van wins Investment Project of the Year award in Russia

21 March 2016

The project of GAZ Group, part of one of the major Russian diversified groups, Basic Element, for mass production of the GAZelle NEXT panel van was announced the investment project of 2015 in the N. Novgorod region. This model led GAZ Group into the segment of...


just-auto Plus only GAZ supplies Ural vehicles to Stroygaz Russia

18 March 2016

Ural automobile plant of GAZ Group, a part of basic element, Russia's largest diversified industrial holding, supplied 33 vehicles to Stroygaz company. Ural vehicles that include pipe trucks, truck buses and the company's new product - Ural Next will...


Russian suppliers make central incentive case

17 March 2016

Russian suppliers are urging Moscow to consider equally the component sector in terms of State subsidies on offer.


GAZ in talks to build Iran manufacturing plant

15 March 2016

GAZ Group says it is in negotiation with Iran to construct a manufacturing plant as the ending of sanctions opens up the hitherto largely closed country.


just-auto Plus only RUSSIA: GAZ Group and Element Leasing develop programme to purchase Ural trucks

19 November 2015

GAZ Group and Element Leasing have developed a programme for the purchase of Ural trucks. Leasing terms of heavy equipment in the new programme are more favourable compared to the existing standard leasing market conditions. The programme provides for...


just-auto Plus only RUSSIA: GAZ Group supplies 75 E5 low-floor LiAZ buses to MosGorTrans

19 November 2015

GAZ Group has supplied 75 E5 low-floor LiAZ buses to MosGorTrans. The buses are certified according to Regulations No. 107 of the UN EEC and adapted for limited mobility passenger transportation. All in all, the Moscow fleet will have replenished by 161 LiAZ...

GAZ Group news

just-auto Plus only VW Group Rus/GAZ complete five successful years

16 December 2016

Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ Group celebrate the fifth anniversary of the cooperation in Nizhny N...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Yaroslavl plant begins fuel pump production

16 December 2016

The Yaroslavl diesel fuel equipment plant (YAZDA) of GAZ Group has started serial production of e...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Yaroslavl plant begins CNG engine production

15 November 2016

Yaroslavl Motor Plant (YAMZ) Avtodiesel of GAZ Group, a company of Basic Element, a major most di...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Yaroslavl plant celebrates 100th anniversary

15 November 2016

Avtodiesel Yaroslavl Motor Plant (YMZ) marks its 100th anniversary. Today, Avtodiesel is one of t...


Former Ford Europe chief dies at 59

2 November 2016

Former Ford of Europe and Maserati chief Martin Leach has died from cancer at the age of 59. L...


just-auto Plus only GAZ presents Kursor/Vector Next buses at Busworld

26 October 2016

GAZ Group presents at the international bus show Busworld Russia buses for urban and suburban tra...



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