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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

GAZ to start Euro-5 Turkey GAZelle Next sales 30 Sep 2014

Simon Warburton

GAZ Group and Mersa Otomotiv, say they will start sales of Euro-5 GAZelle Next vehicles in Turkey, the first such series assembly operations of Russian Euro-5 light commercial vehicles abroad.


GAZ Group launches medium-duty truck 22 Sep 2014

Graeme Roberts

GAZ Group's Gorky automobile plant has begun production of a new, medium-duty truck called the GAZon Next.


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.

Company research

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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Trucks in Russia

Trucks in Russia

Introduction 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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Light Trucks in Russia

Light Trucks in Russia

Light 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). The pr...

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