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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 introduces new YMZ diesel engine

6 September 2017

At the International Commercial Vehicle Show Comtrans/17 GAZ Group presents new products of the Yaroslavl Engine Plant, the leading Russian engine manufacturer: YMZ-770 engines, as well as new modifications of the YMZ-530 family engines operating on gas and...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Group presents GAZelle Next electric minibus

6 September 2017

At Comtrans/17, GAZ Group presents a perspective model of the GAZelle Next electric bus. The bus is designed on the basis of the unified electroplatform, which was developed for the entire model range of GAZ light commercial vehicles. On the basis of this...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Group introduces new line of LCVs

6 September 2017

At the International Commercial Vehicle Show Comtrans/17 GAZ Group introduces a new line of light commercial vehicles GAZelle Next with a gross weight of 4.6 tons. Compared to the current GAZelle Next line (gross weight of 3.5 t), the new model has an...


just-auto Plus only GAZ introduces new models of buses at Comtrans/17

6 September 2017

GAZ Group introduces new models of buses within the framework of the International Commercial Vehicle Show Comtrans/17: the GAZ electrobus, the new models of Vector Next city buses, and the semi-low-floor modification of the Kursor bus.  As an...


just-auto Plus only GAZ develops new GAZon Next medium-duty truck

6 September 2017

GAZ Group has developed a new model of GAZon Next medium-duty truck with a gross weight of 10 tons. The use of modern technical solutions has allowed to significantly expand the functionality, improve the road characteristics and ergonomics of the new...


Russia sales rebound gives GAZ cautious cheer

22 August 2017

Russian Machines is optimistic the nascent signs of recovery witnessed recently in the country will translate into sustainable sales as consumers start to spend modestly again.


GAZ launches van production in Turkey

18 August 2017

GAZ Group has started assembly of Gazelle Next cargo van and combi van models in Turkey.


GAZ/PJSC Rosseti ink Russia agreement

18 August 2017

GAZ Group has inked an agreement with Russian energy network company, PJSC Rosseti.


just-auto Plus only GAZ Group completes the longest tests of e-bus

7 August 2017

GAZ Group completed the longest test operation of electric bus in Russia. The tests took place in Moscow on the basis of the Central branch of Mosgortrans. The trial operation lasted seven months. GAZ e-bus became the only prototype that transported passengers...


GAZ aims for major export push to double markets

11 July 2017

GAZ Group says it is looking to double export markets to 90 countries within five years as it looks overseas to shore up sales in what has been somewhat of a fragile domestic economy.


just-auto Plus only GAZ Group begins vehicle supply to Jordan

30 June 2017

GAZ Group starts vehicle supply to Jordan. A contract has been signed with distributor Al-Sultan on supply of vehicles. GAZelle Next drop-side vehicles with short and extended platform, all-metal vans, combi vans and passenger minibuses will be sent to Jordan...


GAZ and VW Rus ink manufacturing extension to 2025

15 June 2017

Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ have signed an extension of their manufacturing agreement for Volkswagen and Škoda cars in Russia to 2025.


Russia first quarterly sales rise in four years

11 April 2017

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased 9.4% last month with quarterly figures showing the first positive movement in more than four years according to data from the Association of European Businesses (AEB).


GAZ Group looks close to home for competitive edge

20 March 2017

GAZ Group's component division says it is actively seeking to source more Russian suppliers as the company continues its drive to launch new products and cut costs.


GAZ looks to ramp up export potential

16 March 2017

GAZ Group says it has set itself a target of increasing export markets to 51 countries as, in common with many Russian manufacturers operating in difficult domestic conditions, it looks overseas to soak up the shortfall.


just-auto Plus only GAZ to supply components for Wabco brake systems

28 February 2017

GAZ Group one of the largest diversified industrial groups in Russia, was nominated as supplier of components for Wabco brake systems. The components will be delivered to the Russian factory of Wabco, a global manufacturer of brake systems for medium-duty and...


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...

GAZ Group news

just-auto Plus only GAZ introduces new YMZ diesel engine

6 September 2017

At the International Commercial Vehicle Show Comtrans/17 GAZ Group presents new products of the Y...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Group presents GAZelle Next electric minibus

6 September 2017

At Comtrans/17, GAZ Group presents a perspective model of the GAZelle Next electric bus. The bus...


just-auto Plus only GAZ Group introduces new line of LCVs

6 September 2017

At the International Commercial Vehicle Show Comtrans/17 GAZ Group introduces a new line of light...


just-auto Plus only GAZ introduces new models of buses at Comtrans/17

6 September 2017

GAZ Group introduces new models of buses within the framework of the International Commercial Veh...


just-auto Plus only GAZ develops new GAZon Next medium-duty truck

6 September 2017

GAZ Group has developed a new model of GAZon Next medium-duty truck with a gross weight of 10 ton...


Russia sales rebound gives GAZ cautious cheer

22 August 2017

Russian Machines is optimistic the nascent signs of recovery witnessed recently in the country wi...



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