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COMMENT: Post Soviet unions no zest for strikes

One of the aspects that genuinely surprised me about the recent visit to Russia organised by Renault and AvtoVAZ was the almost complete abs...

COMMENT: Russian monogorods blink in market glare

Only a few years ago, the vast, sprawling factory that is home to AvtoVAZ in Togliatti, apparently accounted for a staggering one in seven o...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Eyes on Russia

In a bit of a change from my usual weekly epistle, may I first draw your attention to some articles from Our (occasional) Man in Russia, Sim...

COMMENT: Can Russia become a 4m market?

There was a certain frisson to this year's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow for the most obvious...

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: VW Rus director Marcus Osegowitsch 20 Mar 2014

Simon Warburton

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 Jun 2013

Simon Warburton

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.

Latest News

General Motors' Opel reorganises in Russia 16 Sep 2014

Chris Wright

General Motors European Opel arm is shaking up operations in Russia to combat difficult market conditions which are "facing serious turbulence".


AvtoVAZ cuts "difficult" but productivity up: CEO 5 Sep 2014

Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ CEO, Bo Andersson, concedes the scale of the redundancies he is implementing is "difficult," but points to already vastly improving productivity levels among the workforce at the automaker's Togliatti plant 520 miles South East of Moscow.


AvtoVAZ looks to 30,000 workforce by decade end 1 Sep 2014

Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ says it is looking to potentially reduce its headcount to around 30,000 staff through natural wastage by the end of the decade.


AvtoVAZ to break-even this year: Bo Andersson 28 Aug 2014

Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ says it will likely increase revenue 50% by 2017 as a raft of productivity and management improvement levels take their cumulative effect with break-even forecast this year.


AvtoVAZ addresses Lada delivery issues 2 Jun 2014

Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ says it is addressing delivery improvement issues with its transportation company after feedback from dealers in Russia.

Company research

Truck Manufacturing in Russia

Truck Manufacturing in Russia

Truck Manufacturing in Russia industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market share, market size (value and volume 2008-12, and forecast to 2017)....

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Automotive Manufacturing in Russia

Automotive Manufacturing in Russia

Automotive Manufacturing in Russia industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market size (value and volume 2008-12, and forecast to 2017). The prof...

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Medium & Heavy Trucks in Russia

Medium & Heavy Trucks in Russia

Medium & Heavy Trucks in Russia industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market share, market size (value and volume 2009-13, and forecast to 2018...

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