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Alexei Rakhmanov has left the automotive scene

Kommersant – As reported by Kommersant, one of the leading figures in Russian automotive: Alexei Rakhmanov will not be taking part in the automobile industry anymore. The Vice Minister in charge

Commercial vehicles OEMs

The merger of KamAZ and MAZ seems unlikely

Gazeta.ru – The merging project of KamAZ and MAZ seems to have failed due to differences between Russian and Belarusian laws. According to sectoral experts, the negotiations have continued up

OEMs

AvtoVAZ has started the production of Renault Sandero

RusAutoNews.Com – According to Russkiy Avtomobil Portal, AvtoVAZ has started the serial production of Renault Sandero Hatchback. The model will be put on the Russian market in June. AvtoVAZ intends

Government

The European Union has complained to WTO about the tariffs implemented on LCVs by Russia

RBK – The European Union has complained to the World Trade Organisation about the customs tariffs implemented by Russia, on the light commercial vehicles imported from Germany and Italy. Currently, tariff

OEMs

Great Wall will manufacture Haval in Tula

Avtostat – Chinese Great Wall and Tula regional administration have signed an agreement in Shanghai on 20.05.2014.In accordance with the agreement, the factory will establish a factory in the region,

OEMs

GM-AvtoVAZ has resumed production, following the price agreement with AvtoVAZ

RusAutoNews.Com – GM-AvtoVAZ has resumed production on 21.05.2014, following a one-month break. As reported by Reuters, via sources close to the company, GM has accepted the price rise implemented by AvtoVAZ,

Market

St. Petersburg automobile market has grown by 2% in April

RusAutoNews.Com – According to Auto-Dealer-SPb data, 63,335 new cars and light commercial vehicles have been sold in St. Petersburg within the January-April period (+1%). The April-only sales figure is 18,122 (+2%).

OEMs

Truck and bus productions continue to decline in Russia

RusAutoNews.Com – According to data published by Russian Federal Institute of Statistics: Rosstat, 613,000 automobiles have been manufactured in the country within the first four months of the year (-2.9%).

OEMs

IzhAvto will manufacture Nissan Sentra and Renault Logan

RusAutoNews.Com – Izhevsk Car Factory (IzhAvto) has announced that the production of a Nissan sedan model will start in August, to be followed by the hatchback version of the same model

Commercial vehicles Market

Russian LCV market has shrunk by 10.8% in April

Avtostat – The sales of new light commercial vehicles have declined by 10.8% in Russia in April, with 13,025 vehicles. The number of vehicles sold during the first four months of