29.12.2015 / LADA XRAY can be pre-booked

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AVTOVAZ announced the acceptance of pre-orders for the new model LADA XRAY, sales of which sales will be launched on February 15, 2016. The model will be available with 1.6-liter engine capacity of 106 and 114 HP and 1.8-liter engine capacity of 123 HP. The car is offered in two versions: base and with advanced options, including modern audio system and ABS. The price for the car will be about 600 thousand rubles.

LADA XRAY is a compact hatchback, made in SUV style. The car is built on a global platform B0 in the framework of cooperation between Renault-Nissan Alliance and AVTOVAZ. Approximately 500 original parts were developed for the new model. The initial localization level of the car is more than 50%.

29.12.2015 / Skoda updates design of its centers

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Skoda speeds up the process of introduction of a new corporate style in its dealer network. By now the rebranding has been carried out in 45 Skoda dealerships in Russia, by the end of the first quarter of 2016 another 15 showrooms in the new design will be opened.

The transfer to the new corporate style of the dealer network began about two years ago and received a considerable impetus in the past few months. In addition to the European market, the new design was introduced in the dealer network in China, Russia and India, as well as sales centers in Australia, Taiwan and Algeria.

28.12.2015 / Prices for Chevrolet Niva will increase in January 2016

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GM-AVTOVAZ decided to raise prices for all versions of Chevrolet Niva. This step is connected with the increase in cost of components and external factors. New price lists will be effective beginning January 1, 2016.

Buyers of Chevrolet Niva L will have to pay at least 555 thousand rubles. The version LC will cost 589 thousand rubles, LE with air conditioner — 619 thousand rubles. Beginning January 1, 2016 prices for Niva LE+ will increase to 662 thousand rubles. Versions GLS and GLC will cost 630 thousand and 658 thousand rubles, respectively. Currently, the price for the most affordable Chevrolet Niva is 539 thousand rubles, but with all discounts its cost decreases to 499 thousand rubles.

25.12.2015 / AVTOVAZ plans to change Kalina family

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By the end of the second quarter of 2018 AVTOVAZ plans to launch a compact crossover, which will be built on the basis of units and aggregates of the current Kalina model, to the Russian market.

The name of the new car has not been finally approved yet. In the documentation this car is designated as a new small terrain crossover (CUV). The expected date of the presentation of a serial car is the middle of 2018. In 5 years (in the middle of 2023) AVTOVAZ plans to launch the second generation of this compact crossover to the market.

In autumn of 2016 AVTOVAZ will terminate serial production of Kalina station wagon and Cross version, thus, only Kalina hatchback will be produced, while now the company manufactures all three versions. Also next autumn station wagon and Cross version on the basis of LADA Granta will go on sale, and it, apparently, will become a kind of castling in favor of the more capacious Granta body. In the end of 2016 Granta model will be restyled for the first time and in 2020 the car will change a generation (the current generation was produced in 2011).

24.12.2015 / Rules for partial refund of credit costs to automakers were approved

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The Russian government approved the new edition of rules for granting subsidies to Russian automotive organizations from the federal budget to compensate for part of expenses for payment of interests on loans, received to implement investment and innovation projects. In particular, the document provides for reimbursement of part of expenses for the payment of interests on loans of over 30 billion rubles received in 2015 for refinancing of earlier loans and borrowings.

By the end of 2015, 48 organizations of the automotive industry, including 19 automakers and 29 manufacturers of auto components, received the state support in the form of subsidizing of part of expenses for service of investment loans.

24.12.2015 / The company «Rolf» develops a new sales direction

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The company Rolf, which previously launched the project for the individualization of Alterego cars, announced the creation of a separate division ROLF Premium Exclusive Cars. Within the new business unit Rolf consolidates projects of the car individualization and supply of exclusive cars from Russian producers and from abroad.

The new division ROLF Premium Exclusive Cars will work with all projects on the individualization of cars by the customer’s order, as well as offers exclusive cars and special purpose vehicles. The list of company's partners comprises leading Russian manufacturers of exclusive cars. Another key area of work of ROLF Premium Exclusive Cars includes sales and service of models, popular in foreign markets, but virtually inaccessible to the Russian buyer.

23.12.2015 / Hyundai included Elantra in its program of preferential auto loans

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Hyundai Motor CIS expanded the list of cars available under the program of preferential government subsidies of interest rates. Now one more model, Hyundai Elantra, can be purchased under the program of preferential auto loans.

Special lending terms available to customers of the company within the program Hyundai Finance enable to purchase all models covered by the program of state preferential subsidies on favorable terms on credit for a term of 3 years at a reduced rate. As for Solaris the rate will be 6.9% for Elantra. The offer is valid until the end of December 2015 up to the end of the program of state subsidies.

22.12.2015 / AVTOVAZ developed anti-crisis plan

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In 2016 AVTOVAZ plans to adopt a series of anti-crisis measures. The priority will remain savings, boosting of sales, updating of the product portfolio and care of the team. In 2015, due to the adjustment of the production plan and implementation of a number of anti-crisis initiatives, AVTOVAZ saved 10 billion rubles. One of the main anti-crisis steps of AVTOVAZ is the market launch of new competitive products.

AVTOVAZ anti-crisis plan includes three main directions: in 2016 the main one will be the revenue increase. With this purpose the company intends to expand its product portfolio, continue the work on price formation and increase the load of production lines.

The second important priority is the cost control. The company intends to increase the productivity, optimize the work of suppliers and subsidiaries and effectively spend money on management.

21.12.2015 / Vietnam provided Russian companies with favorable terms to establish production

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GAZ Group, KAMAZ and Sollers may establish three joint ventures to produce cars in Vietnam. A preliminary protocol of intent has been already signed between Eurasian Economic Union and Vietnam. When the agreement on creation of a free trade zone between EEU and Vietnam comes into force, the protocol will become effective.

Under the agreement the Vietnamese party allows to duty-free import more than 2.5 thousand vehicles within three years and more than 13 thousand vehicle sets required for the production of cars within six years. In addition, the Vietnamese party will provide the opportunity for joint ventures to duty-free import vehicle sets, if they are used for the production of cars, which will be exported to countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations. If this intention is implemented, savings for Russian producers when exporting to the Vietnamese market will exceed 3 billion rubles.

21.12.2015 / Three new Geely models will enter the Russian market in 2016

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In 2016 Geely will launch three new cars to the Russian market. At the same time MK Cross hatchback will leave the market next year.

In February 2016 sales of a restyled version of Geely Emgrand X7 will begin in Russia. After updates the crossover received a number of changes in exterior, as well as a new 1.8-liter engine. Deliveries of the current version of SUV were terminated and dealers sell the remaining cars.

The second Geely novelty – EC7 sedan – will appear in the Russian market in April 2016. The new generation of this sedan received engines, which meet Euro-5 emission standard, ESC, as well as the keyless access system. In addition, EC7 will be the first Geely model, which will be equipped with emergency response system ERA-GLONASS.