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2018 Moscow motor show world debuts list

29 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Below is a list of vehicle world premieres which appeared at the 2018 edition of the Moscow motor show.


Moscow Motor Show - Renault C-Crossover world debut

27 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Renault is the first manufacturer to confirm that it will reveal a new model at this year's Moscow motor show. The event runs between 29 August and 9 September.


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.


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Opel returns to Russia

14 Mar 2019 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA's Opel brand is returning to the Russian market this year. The brand will initially make three models available at selected Russian dealers – the Grandland X (shipped from Eisenach) as well as the Zafira Life and the Vivaro (from Russian production facilities).


Russian market falls first time in two years

11 Mar 2019 | Simon Warburton

Russian sales of new passenger cars and LCVs fell for the first time in nearly two years last month as the effects of a 2% increase in VAT feed through.


Ford mulls Russia plants closure - report

5 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is considering closing two plants in Russia as part of its global plan to restructure operations in unprofitable regions, three industry sources have told Reuters.


Nissan commences production of updated Qashqai in Russia

13 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan says it has celebrated the start of production of the Nissan Qashqai at its plant in St Petersburg, Russia, as it brings the latest version of its crossover to the Russian market.


Russia growth stalls to 0.6% as VAT rise kicks in

8 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

Russia's remarkable run of surging sales came to something of a halt in January with a slender rise of just 0.6%.


Russia posts 2018 sales up 13% to 1.8m vehicles

25 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased 5.6% in December, while 2018 sales rose to 1.8m vehicles, up 12.8%.


Avtovaz inks SPIC for development of Alliance brands in Russia

22 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

Avtovaz has signed a Special Investment Contract (SPIC) with Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade, for the development of Alliance brands Lada, Nissan, Datsun, Renault and Mitsubishi, as well as to modernise its production facilities in Russia.


UK warns against Russia "chess games" with BorgWarner detention

4 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

British Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has warned Russia not to use its detention of BorgWarner employee, Paul Whelan as "diplomatic chess games."


Sibur to expand Tobolsk facility to produce maleic anhydride

17 Dec 2018 | Simon Warburton

Sibur has started construction of a maleic anhydride (MAN) production facility at Sibur Tobolsk in Russia.


Russia November sales rise despite oil price dip

10 Dec 2018 | Simon Warburton

Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia increased by 10.1% last month and among the top ten bestselling models so far, all are locally produced.



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