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Continental has opened its engine components factory

Avtostat – Continental has opened the engine components factory it has constructed in Kaluga. The facility, which was established with an investment of €24 million, right next to factories such

OEMs

Nissan has started the test production of Pathfinder in its St. Petersburg factory

Itar-Tass – According to Itar-Tass, St. Petersburg Nissan factory has started the test production of Pathfinder model automobiles. The annual holidays are taken between 30 June and 13 July in Nissan.

OEMs

AVTOVAZ is getting ready for new layoffs

Vedomosti – According to Vedomosti newspaper, Russia’s biggest car manufacturer: AvtoVAZ is getting ready for new layoffs, due to the negative trend in the market. The newspaper has reported that

Government

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

EU has complained to WTO about the tariffs implemented on LCVs by Russia

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

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%).