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Future cars analysis - Could Renault turn Lada into the next Skoda?

8 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Russia is not for faint-hearted investors. Boom to bust to boom has been the pattern of recent years. Some, such as GM decided to make a Rexit. Renault, though, stayed and may eventually reap rewards from its shareholding in AvtoVAZ and the Lada brand, which commands 20 per cent of an improving market for new vehicle sales.

AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on recent up-tick

7 Jun 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

Trump and Putin to trigger Russia deep freeze thaw?

27 Jan 2017 | Simon Warburton

A whirling dervish of supposed Kremlin spies, honeytraps, MI6 agents and double bluffs defined a week eerily reminiscent of Cold War days, before President Donald Trump's inauguration last Friday (20 January), while the new American Commander-in-Chief has started his tenure in a similar blizzard of activity, with an automotive border tax rearing its head once more and the big US car three rapidly invited to the White House.

Project HHR - Kaptur & future Renault SUVs

7 Apr 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Renault says only that the recently announced Kaptur SUV will be for Russia. But there is a lot more to this new model, the fruition of an R&D project codenamed HHR, than meets the eye.

Moscow voices - from the Russian Automotive Forum shop floor

1 Apr 2016 | Simon Warburton

Is there light at the end of a long, dark tunnel for Russia? After more than a year of catastrophically plummeting light vehicle sales, last month saw a real brake on the runaway falling numbers. Oil prices – on which Russia is so heavily dependent - are at last showing some real depth to their rise and have now surged 50% since January. The recent Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow provided a barometer of where the industry is – and where it might go. Here are some of the quotes which resonated.

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AEB hails Russia figures but urges long-term caution

16 Mar 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's burgeoning passenger and LCV market has "outperformed" expectations says the Association of European Businesses Automotive Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC), which nonetheless injected a note of caution when viewing the figures.

VW Rus urges Moscow to be market focused for supply chain

15 Mar 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Rus is calling for a more integrated approach to the supply chain as well as a market-centric push from those in government in Moscow as The Kremlin considers its future strategy for the automotive sector.

Renault Russia convinces Algeria of component quality

15 Mar 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault Russia says it has won the battle to win the confidence of a major North African market as the export arena becomes increasingly important.

Russia recovery opportunity for domestic suppliers - AEB

15 Mar 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's burgeoning passenger and LCV market may open up potential for new domestic component manufacturers to supply OEMs and also export says the Association of European Businesses (AEB).

Russian car market up 25% in February

14 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

Russia's car market continued to recover in February, with the overall light vehicle market up by 24.7% and 133,177 units sold.

Yandex trials autonomous car on snowy Moscow roads

23 Feb 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russian search engine, Yandex says it has successfully trialled an autonomous car on the streets of Moscow as it looks to introduce level 5 self-driving vehicles.

VW Russia starts Skoda Kodiaq production

20 Feb 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group Russia has started building group brand Skoda's Kodiaq SUV at its GAZ Group plant in Nizhny Novgorod.

Avtovaz records 2017 net loss of US$172m

16 Feb 2018 | Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ has posted a 2017 net loss of US$172m, largely due to restructuring cost of RUB2.2bn, interest expenses of RUB7.3bn, still-high debt and an impairment by a joint-venture company.

Russia booms with fastest growth since 2011

14 Feb 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia has posted "remarkable" growth in January with sales of new passenger and LCVs soaring 31% - the fastest rise since 2011.

Russia powers on with 14% December sales rise

15 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia is continuing its impressive recovery after years of slumps with sales of new passenger cars and LCVs increasing 14% in December.

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