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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.

Latest news


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 starts Next panel van production in Russia

28 October 2015

GAZ Group has started mass production of its GAZelle Next panel van and claims it is the first Russian brand competing with foreign vehicles in the segment.


GAZ starts stamped parts prouction for Mercedes

22 October 2015

GAZ Group says it has expanded its cooperation with Daimler and begun the production of stamped body parts for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. The first stamped parts have already been shipped to the GAZ Mercedes assembly line that makes Sprinter vans. 


just-auto Plus only RUSSIA: GAZ Group launches GAZelle Next

19 October 2015

GAZ Group has launched GAZelle Next with a diesel engine with increased power and torque. Increasing the power of the engine up to 149 hp and the torque up to 330 Nm provides a significant improvement in the dynamics of the vehicle acceleration and other...


just-auto Plus only RUSSIA: GAZ Group presents new CNG vehicles at Saint Petersburg international gas forum

8 October 2015

GAZ Group has presented the new CNG vehicles of the Next family. The GAZelle Next food truck is equipped with a turbocharged gas-petrol EvoTech Turbo CNG engine, a prospective product developed by the Ulyanovsk engine plant of GAZ Group, and the GAZon Next...


just-auto Plus only RUSSIA: GAZ Group shows new Ural Next vehicles at ‘Surgut. Oil and Gas – 2015’ Exhibition

23 September 2015

GAZ Group's Ural Plant will show a broad range of vehicles for oil and gas industry at the 20th International Special Exhibition 'Surgut. Oil and Gas - 2015'. The company will show 10 vehicles of Ural Next and Ural M families. Those are Ural Next vehicles...


just-auto Plus only RUSSIA: GAZ Group delivers 126 Liaz-529260 buses to Mostransavto

22 September 2015

GAZ Group has delivered 126 Liaz-529260 buses to Mostransavto. The Liaz buses were handed over at the facility of the Crocus Expo International exhibition centre in the presence of Moscow Region management: Governor Andrei Vorobyev and Petr Ivanov, Moscow...


just-auto Plus only RUSSIA: GAZ Group wins three awards at Russian Commercial Vehicle 2015

18 September 2015

GAZ Group has won three out of five awards of the Best Russian Commercial Vehicle 2015. Journalists of automobile magazines were members of the competition judges. The main criteria was contribution of a vehicle or bus into cargo and passenger efficiency....


just-auto Plus only RUSSIA: GAZ Group introduces new GAZ brand logo

10 September 2015

In 2015, new GAZ Plant vehicles will be launched under the GAZ logo, including low-floor city and tourist Likino buses and all Vector series Pavlovo buses. In the future, the GAZ brand shall become the trademark of new Kurgan vehicles to be produced upon...


just-auto Plus only RUSSIA: GAZ Group unveils new specialty vehicles based on Ural Next chassis at Comtrans 2015

10 September 2015

GAZ Group has unveiled specialty vehicles based on the chassis of the new Ural Next vehicle. The vehicles - a tanker truck with a removable tank, a mobile crane and a passenger truck - are shown as part of the international specialised exhibition 'Commercial...

GAZ Group news

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...


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, provid...


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,...


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 Rus...


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 MosGorT...


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 fest...



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