Blog: Faring well in Moscow
Simon Warburton | 23 March 2016
My transportation wasn't quite up to the Wraith...
While in Moscow last week, I needed to find a cab back from the centre of town, a stone's throw from Moscow's infamous KGB headquarters, the Lubyanka and not much further to The Kremlin, so right slap in the heart of the city.
But when I asked the venue for a cab, what I got instead was not a licensed taxi, but very clearly someone's private car and a world away from the Rolls-Royce Wraith featured in my Hotel Ukraina's foyer showroom.
The windscreen was entirely cracked from one side to the other, there was certainly no question of a receipt and even less of change from my RUB500 (US$7.40) note.
While French taxi drivers may be pretty militant with their demonstrations against what many perceive as unfair competition, sometimes I think they've got a point.
If there was an accident, what would be the comeback, was the driver insured, what was the quality of the car and its maintenance?
In the brave new world of using non-conventional taxis, these are all questions with which to wrestle. Does it all come down to price?
A propos of nothing, while I was in Moscow, two Russians separately came up to me and asked: 'What about Leicester?'
It seems news of the English East Midland football team's totally unexpected position currently perched at the top of the Premier League, has even reached the Russian capital.
With seven games to go and five points ahead, there's a very real chance the minnows could go on and become champions of England. Heady times indeed.
Sectors: Emerging markets
BAIC Motor Group, with subsidiaries Beijing Brand, Beijing Benz, Beijing Hyundai and Fujian Benz boosted combined 2016 sales 16.4% to 1.929m units....
The revived Borgward brand has launched a second model, its Foton-based BX5 SUV, in China....
'Cheap' Czech Republic labour is to get a big pay rise at Hyundai Motor's car factory....
I'm starting to get a small idea of the scale of things here in China, but really, I'm only scratching the surface of this vast country....