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AvtoVAZ to reinvigorate Lada with new models

21 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

AvtoVAZ to reinvigorate Lada with new models Glenn Brooks A flat Russian market is failing to hold back the growth of Lada which, with a 22% share, is way ahead of number two make Kia. Crucially, Re... read more


2018 Moscow motor show world debuts list

29 August 2018 | Glenn Brooks

2018 Moscow motor show world debuts list Glenn Brooks Below is a list of vehicle world premieres which appeared at the 2018 edition of the Moscow motor show. More detail on the majority of the... read more


Moscow Motor Show - Renault C-Crossover world debut

27 June 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Moscow Motor Show - Renault C-Crossover world debut 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 ... read more


Renault to expand Lada future model range with SUVs

8 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Renault to expand Lada future model range with SUVs 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.... read more


Interview - Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Interview - Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation Simon Warburton Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation's (ARNPO) scale in Russia is quite staggering in a country which specialises... read more


Interview - VW Group Rus purchasing director Patrick Huseman

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Interview - VW Group Rus purchasing director Patrick Huseman Simon Warburton Volkswagen Group Rus says it has learned from the crisis years not to rely too heavily on imported components as a w... read more


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

8 November 2017 | Glenn Brooks

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


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

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on recent up-tick Simon Warburton Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone st... read more


Trump and Putin to trigger Russia deep freeze thaw?

27 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Trump and Putin to trigger Russia deep freeze thaw? Simon Warburton A whirling dervish of supposed Kremlin spies, honeytraps, MI6 agents and double bluffs defined a week eerily reminiscent ... read more


Project HHR - Kaptur & future Renault SUVs

7 April 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Project HHR - Kaptur & future Renault SUVs 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&am... read more


Moscow voices - from the Russian Automotive Forum shop floor

1 April 2016 | Simon Warburton

Moscow voices - from the Russian Automotive Forum shop floor Simon Warburton Is there light at the end of a long, dark tunnel for Russia? After more than a year of catastrophically plummeting light v... read more


Is Moscow about to turn down subsidy taps?

24 March 2016 | Simon Warburton

Is Moscow about to turn down subsidy taps? Simon Warburton It was a politician's remark delivered mid-speech at last week's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) in Moscow, which struck me as indi... read more


Comment - Moscow spring to herald Russia upturn?

14 March 2016 | Simon Warburton

Comment - Moscow spring to herald Russia upturn? Simon Warburton This week sees the annual Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) in Moscow and just-auto is in the capital to report on what has undoubtedly... read more


COMMENT: President defies economic winter with Lada endorsement

30 October 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: President defies economic winter with Lada endorsement Simon Warburton As winter starts to really take hold in Russia – both climatically through the advent of the first real cold of t... read more


COMMENT: Russia toughs it out at US$40 a barrel

4 September 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Russia toughs it out at US$40 a barrel Simon Warburton As sharply falling oil prices which went below US$40 last week, continue to feed through to Russian exchange rates, with a plungin... read more


COMMENT: Russian masquerade born of frustration

10 July 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Russian masquerade born of frustration Simon Warburton Sitting here in the West and listening to the litany of critics lined up against Russia, all aiming their formidable firepower firmly a... read more


COMMENT: No wizards needed at US$100 a barrel

2 July 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: No wizards needed at US$100 a barrel Simon Warburton It's been variously labelled as President Vladimir Putin's 'vanity summit' and those attending it as 'Kremlin lackeys,' but for the thous... read more


COMMENT: Tsipras steals the show in St Petersburg

23 June 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Tsipras steals the show in St Petersburg Simon Warburton Arguably Europe's most powerful politician made a surprise appearance at last week's St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIE... read more


COMMENT: Russia plays political football but is there light ahead?

29 May 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Russia plays political football but is there light ahead? Simon Warburton Just when you thought things couldn't be any worse for the auto sector in Russia, up popped the AEB recently with it... read more


COMMENT: Russia - it is rocket science

31 March 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Russia - it is rocket science Simon Warburton 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... read more


COMMENT: Russia defiant in face of yet another crisis

19 March 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Russia defiant in face of yet another crisis Simon Warburton You might be forgiven for thinking the Russian Federation was at the edge of an economic precipice at the moment, facing a potent... read more


COMMENT: Oiling the Russian economy

16 March 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Oiling the Russian economy Simon Warburton 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 th... read more


COMMENT: Deep breath needed as Russia drops again

11 March 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Deep breath needed as Russia drops again Simon Warburton News of yet another calamitous plunge in Russia vehicle sales may come as no surprise to some, but the February drop of 38% in cars a... read more


COMMENT: Post Soviet unions no zest for strikes

9 September 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Post Soviet unions no zest for strikes Simon Warburton One of the aspects that genuinely surprised me about the recent visit to Russia organised by Renault and AvtoVAZ was the almost complet... read more


COMMENT: From the Russian shop floor

5 September 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: From the Russian shop floor Simon Warburton Last week Simon Warburton visited the Moscow Motor Show with Renault Russia and had the opportunity to talk with senior executives, as well as tra... read more


COMMENT: Russian stoicism a valuable tool

4 September 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Russian stoicism a valuable tool Simon Warburton Eating a stone's throw from Moscow's notorious Lubyanka was an unusual experience last week, but then as so much of Russia is unexpected, it ... read more


COMMENT: Putin 'showing the instruments' in West stand off?

29 August 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Putin 'showing the instruments' in West stand off? Simon Warburton There was no escaping it - the proverbial elephant in the room formed the backdrop to this week's Moscow Motor Show just a... read more


COMMENT: What is normal as Russian maelstrom swirls?

18 August 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: What is normal as Russian maelstrom swirls? Simon Warburton After weeks of what has seemed a phoney war of words between both sides, the stakes are starting to ramp up considerably between R... read more


COMMENT: Russian monogorods blink in market glare

11 June 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Russian monogorods blink in market glare Simon Warburton Only a few years ago, the vast, sprawling factory that is home to AvtoVAZ in Togliatti, apparently accounted for a staggering one in ... read more


SPIEF 2014: Ear to the ground St Petersburg

30 May 2014 | Simon Warburton

SPIEF 2014: Ear to the ground St Petersburg Simon Warburton This year's St Petersburg International Economic Forum provided a boost for Russia's beleaguered image, but The Kremlin didn't have it all ... read more


COMMENT: SPIEF argues calm heads prevail against current crisis

28 May 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: SPIEF argues calm heads prevail against current crisis Simon Warburton What to make of last week's St Petersburg International Economic Forum? (SPIEF). If a week's a long time in politics... read more


COMMENT: St Petersburg forum kicks off in uncertain times

21 May 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: St Petersburg forum kicks off in uncertain times Simon Warburton Russia continues to maintain its defiance in the face of reports some Western CEOs are bypassing this year's St Petersburg In... read more


COMMENT: Rouble pressure concentrates Russia minds

26 March 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Rouble pressure concentrates Russia minds Simon Warburton If there was only one word being shouted from the rooftops in Moscow last week at the Russian Automotive Forum (RAF), it was simply,... read more


COMMENT: Russia pushes local as exchange rate jitters mount

21 March 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Russia pushes local as exchange rate jitters mount Simon Warburton Temporary - hopefully - tensions aside - Russia still has enormous potential to grow and almost double its current predicte... read more


INTERVIEW: Volkswagen Group Rus general director Marcus Osegowitsch

20 March 2014 | Simon Warburton

INTERVIEW: Volkswagen Group Rus general director Marcus Osegowitsch Simon Warburton Marcus Osegowitsch is general director, Volkswagen Group Rus and Simon Warburton caught up with him on the sideline... read more


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