Eugene Gerden

Eugene
Gerden
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

Eugene Gerden writes about the Russian auto industry from his base in St. Petersburg.

Articles

RAV4 Shot in Arm for Toyota Operations in Russia
The automaker plans to tap into Russian SUV demand by putting the new Land Cruiser Prado and Fortuner on the market by the end of this year.
Foreign Automakers’ Russian Parts Exports Thriving
Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade analysts believe auto-parts exports are rising not only because of the ruble’s declining value, which lowers manufacturing costs, but also because global automakers are making greater use of their Russian production capacities.
Asia Avto Ramps Up Skoda Car Production
Four models of the Volkswagen budget brand will be assembled, including the upgraded Rapid and Octavia small liftbacks.
Nissan to Build Renault Models at Russian Plant
Sources close to Nissan Russia say candidates for assembly at Nissan’s St. Petersburg plant may include the Renault Kadjar compact CUV and the Renault Koleos compact SUV.
GM to Further Tap Russian Utility Market With Traverse
The automaker hopes to capitalize on Russians’ affinity for utility vehicles, whose sales have been steady despite the country’s recent economic distress, and on U.S. vehicles’ overall favorable image there.
Honda Returning Accord, Civic to Russian Lineup
Honda says it will make expansion of its utility-vehicle range a priority, although its resumption of Accord and Civic sales reflects an intention to increase car sales as well.
FCA Phases Out Sales of Fiat Brand in Russia
Although FCA cites slow sales in announcing the end of Fiat sales in Russia, deliveries through May totaled 622 units, up 17.8% year-on-year, according to WardsAuto data.
Nissan Hiking Russian Output 25%, Hiring 450 Workers 1
Nissan’s plant is designed to manufacture 100,000 vehicles a year. Last year’s output amounted to only 36,458 units, but that was 8% more builds than in 2015. A 25% increase would bring this year’s total to nearly 50,000 units.
GM Has Ambitious Plans for Cadillac Brand in Russia
Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen said in a 2015 interview that parent General Motors plans to increase the number of Russian dealerships to 17 and increase annual sales to 10,000 cars.
Volkswagen to Grow Russian Output With GAZ Group
Volkswagen Group Rus CEO Markus Osegovich says the automaker plans to double the number of exports from Russia in 2017. That will be achieved by adding shifts at Nizhny Novgorod and selling fewer Jetta, Octavia and Yeti models domestically.
Volvo May Build Russian Car Plant as Market Recovers
The range of vehicles built at the plant could include Volvo’s most popular models in Russia, including XC60 and XC90 CUVs and S90 sedans.
GM’s Russian JV in Talks to Finance New-Gen Niva CUV
General Motors’ Russian joint venture, GM-AvtoVAZ, is in negotiations with Russian authorities, particularly on opening a credit line needed to fully finance expansion of the plants where the current-generation Niva is built.
Mazda Plans to Expand Russia-Built Product Lineup
The Vladivostok plant produces Mazda6 sedans and CX-5 CUVs, and the Japanese automaker intends to add models it currently sells in the Russian market, according to Jorg Schreiber, head of Mazda Motor Rus, the company’s Russian subsidiary.
BMW May Take Over Russian Plant Abandoned by GM
The plant would produce the same range of vehicles now built in Kaliningrad by contract assembler Avtovor – 3-Series, 5-Series and 7-Series sedans, as well as X1, X3, X5 and X6 CUVs, officials say.
Ford’s Russian JV Shifting Focus to SUVs, CUVs
The decision mainly is the result of a significant decline in demand for Ford sedans and hatchbacks among Russian consumers, as well as competition in the form of lower-priced small cars from South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia.