Lifan breaks ground on new Russian full assembly auto plant

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Lifan to invest $300million, as Russia’s most successful Chinese OEM breaks ground on new plant. Despite difficulties in the Russian economy, the credit squeeze and threat of more US and European Union sanctions and a 50% drop in Russian car sales, Chinese car manufacturer Lifan laid the first stone in its new car plant, in […]

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Global Tech firm Schaeffler opens its first Russian manufacturing facility

Celebrations mark the inauguration of Schaeffler’s first Russian plant ULYANOVSK, October 13, 2014. The global technology company Schaeffler inaugurated its first manufacturing facility in Russia. The Schaeffler Group will deliver high-quality products to domestic and overseas automobile manufacturers and the railway industry from its new production plant in Ulyanovsk. The city’s mayor Marina Bespalova was […]

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Russia’s GAZ Group launches production of GAZelle NEXT in Turkey

Russia’s GAZ Group launches production of GAZelle NEXT in Turkey   Istanbul, 30 September 2014 – GAZ Group, part of Russia’s largest diversified industrial group Basic Element, and Turkish company Mersa Otomotiv announce start of production and start of sales of Euro-5 GAZelle NEXT vehicles in Turkey. This is the first series assembly operations of Russian […]

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Russia side steps the W.T.O.

Russia side steps W.T.O. . Adding to the woes of exporters to Russia (and international finished vehicle logistics providers) with an absolute ban on all vehicles built outside the Russian Federation, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a government decree prohibiting all government and other agencies from buying vehicles built by foreign manufactures. The prohibition order applies […]

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Russian Automotive Logistics 2014: risk, regard and expectation

Risk, regard and expectation Russian automotive logistics 2014: too much of the first and last with very little of the second,  as the players act out a Hollywood remake of the 2008 Russian financial crisis. Unlike many of Hollywood’s productions this remake does not look like it will have a happy ending.    The Russian […]

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The market works – build well, price competitively and sell

Cyclical in nature Notwithstanding the cyclical nature of business in the country, Russian car sales look positive in the long term. Comparisons with other countries suggest that the Russian market is still set for expansion. Currently there are only 290 cars per 1,000 Russians when compared with Europe, where 560 of every 1,000 is a […]

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