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Renault to expand Lada future model range with SUVs

8 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The series of future models insights for the brands of Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor continues with a look at what's ahead for Lada. After the recent reports on Alpine, Renault and Dacia, after Lada will come insights into what's ahead for Samsung, Datsun, Venucia, Nissan, Infiniti and Mitsubishi.


Interview - Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation's (ARNPO) scale in Russia is quite staggering in a country which specialises in the colossal and the gigantic. ARNPO Alliance localisation director, Denis Chirkov outlined some of the issues in this challenging country, but which is coming back strongly after years of recession at the recent Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow.


Interview - VW Group Rus purchasing director Patrick Huseman

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group Rus says it has learned from the crisis years not to rely too heavily on imported components as a weak rouble made imports uncompetitive.


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.


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Ford Sollers starts production of new EcoSport

31 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford Sollers – Ford’s joint venture business in Russia – has started production of the new Ford EcoSport small SUV in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan.


Michelin Russia builds on export and premium production

30 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Michelin says it exports around 30% of its production from Russia, as the tyre supplier also looks to build on its domestic presence in the country, including many premium brands.


SPIEF 18 - Russia rebound sees Gefco acquire 750 railcars

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Logistics provider, Gefco says a strongly recovering Russian automotive market has led it to acquire 750 railcars to transport growing demand for vehicles in the country.


SPIEF 18 - VW Rus urges Moscow continue illicit trade fight

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's Russia Group says the country itself does not have an issue when it comes to producing fake goods, but is urging the government to continue to tackle illicit manufacturing being brought in from abroad.


SPIEF 18 - Russia at start of electric road - Renault

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's startling paucity of electric vehicles means it is at the very start of its alternative fuel journey says the country's Renault operation, although government Ministers underline the country "is not California."


Groupe PSA to optimise powertrain design process with new R&D partnership

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Groupe PSA and Ecole Centrale de Nantes have launched an R&D partnership for  powertrain design processes for the group’s future vehicles.


Avtovaz names new board members

17 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Avtovaz has confirmed new board members at its annual general shareholders meeting held today (17 May).


Falling ruble sparks Russia April sales up 18%

11 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

A weakening rouble is triggering a sharp up-tick in Russia's performance, with April figures from the Association of European Businesses (AEB) showing sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased by 17.6%.


Faurecia Russia looks to up Tier 1 collaboration

8 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia Russia says it will seek to increase its cooperation with Tier 1 suppliers in the country as it looks to up its localisation level from the current 47%.


Magna Rus looks to country to escape 'hostages of Soviet past'

3 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Magna Automotive Rus purchasing says localising in Russia has an element of being 'hostage to its Soviet past as the country looks to reduce its dependence on overseas imports.



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