Car shoppers in Russia might not be able to buy from their favorite automaker this holiday season. Continue Reading...
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One of Germany’s most famous automotive destinations now belongs to a Russian billionaire. Continue Reading...
Currently the seventh-largest car market, Russia is poised to become the fifth-largest market by 2020 according to a recent report. Continue Reading...
Despite having already made its official debut, there are still versions of the 2013 Range Rover under wraps that our shooters caught spy photos of. Continue Reading...
We’ve all heard of “Girls Gone Wild” videos, but today we present to you a video with a different twist on wild. Taken from a security camera at what looks like a Russian Nissan dealership, a crazed person (not sure if he was a disgruntled customer or just a destruction enthusiast) rams his vehicle into… Continue Reading...
Mazda aims to build a vehicle assembly plant in Russia as the automaker recently announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Russian firm Sollers for a new joint venture. Sollers, Russia’s industry giant, worked with many automakers, both domestic and foreign, to set up production and distribution channels throughout the country. Mazda’s future… Continue Reading...
U.S. private equity firm North Street Capital, has purchased Spyker, after a deal to sell the Dutch outfit to Russian investors fell through. The Financial Times reported the news after viewing a preliminary draft of the announcement. It’s unclear how the Spyker sale will impact parent company Swedish Automobile, and its attempts to restructure Saab,… Continue Reading...
The zany ZAZ takes to the skies! Ex-pilot Valery Bulgakov turned this 1987 ZAZ Tavria into an airworthy flying machine, through hard work, acres of sheetmetal, and lofty Russian ingenuity. ZAZ cranked out thousands of Tavrias in the 1980s and 1990s, and aside from a few examples that must have been thrown off a cliff under various… Continue Reading...
It’s been 40 long years, but like perestroika, the last remnant of Italian-derived Soviet majesty finally comes to an undignified end. In Soviet Russia, production ends you! The venerable Lada 2107, as it’s known, was already a 4-year old design (from Fiat) when it first entered production in 1970, gleaming and full of hope for… Continue Reading...
General Motors has its hands in all corners of the globe, and while most consumers know about their operations in Europe and South Koreas, their arm in the former Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan is shaping up to be quite the powerhouse in the all-important Russian market. Despite only being in existence since November, 2008 GM… Continue Reading...
In Soviet Russia, opulence has you! The latest car designed and built in Russia is an SUV, but it isn’t decked out in armor or whale penis leather—it’s a hybrid, and it’s been so popular that the waiting list is backlogged for the next 10 years. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the BMW… Continue Reading...
If any more proof was needed that the Nissan GT-R is a tank, this video certainly confirms it. Shot recently by security cameras in Moscow, watch as a the GT-R (top of the screen) swerves to avoid another car and then plows into a line of parked vehicles, even flipping one of them! And because… Continue Reading...
First it was Putin, now Medvedev with the zany America’s Funniest Videos-inspired automotive shenanigans: at an event on Saturday, Russian president Dimitry Medvedev steps out of a Mercedes-Benz SUV, which then rolls forward towards a large crowd. It took him and the efforts of two burly bodyguards to prevent a disaster, holding the SUV back while the… Continue Reading...
Russians and world leaders alike know not to mess with shirtless, crossbow-wielding, bear-hunting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. But when a Lada Granta crosses the Wrath of Putin, there’s nothing to do but to make cheesy “in Soviet Russia” jokes. And run. Putin, promoting the glory of Mother Russia and the trappings of the proletariat, paraded a… Continue Reading...
Saab’s attempt at selling off assets to a Russian financial magnate Vladimir Antonov has stalled after the European Investment Bank told the Swedish auto maker to essentially find a new partner within a set time frame. The EIB and other parties have expressed concerns regarding Antonov’s reported Russian mafia connections. All parties involved are understandably… Continue Reading...
Audi is planning to launch new special editions of their R8 and Q7 vehicles in Russia and the United Arab Emirates, with prices as extravagant as their customers tastes. Russia will be the first market to get their own special Audi, with a Q7 V12 TDI being offered with an exclusive two-tone black paint job… Continue Reading...
Much of that increase in demand came, not surprisingly from China and India, though the UK; North America, parts of Europe and Russia also reported significant gains in vehicle sales. Continue Reading...
Infiniti has only been in Europe since 2008, but the brand has big ambitions: it aims to double its sales by the end of this fiscal year. In 2010 up until March 31st, Infiniti sold 4,500 cars. This isn’t even a drop in the bucket compared to the likes of Mercedes, Lexus, and Audi, the… Continue Reading...
Tomorrow a Russian-led expedition will attempt to drive from their country’s north shore to Canada, across the North Pole, a dangerous journey that is expected to take months to complete. If successful it will be the first time anyone has driven (yes, driven) from Russia to Canada, thanks to special vehicles with over-inflated tires that… Continue Reading...
British sportscar maker TVR has had a less than perfect life. Back in the 1970s the factory burned down, but thanks to a large order placed by its Canadian dealer, they had the money to start over again. Then, after a very successful run in the 1990s, the company was sold in 2004 to Nikolay… Continue Reading...
Jaguar is playing hardball when it comes to competing in emerging markets, and is even asking managers to serve a stint in places like China, or else risk being passed over for a promotion. Jaguar’s parent company, Tata Motors, is looking to establish a joint venture manufacturing plant with a Chinese automaker to allow the… Continue Reading...
Red Sea Distribution, an Indiana based importing firm, is bringing two European oddities to North America. The Zenvo ST1 is a $1.25 million sports coupe with a twin-turbo, mid-mounted 7.0L Corvette V8 that makes 1,104 horsepower and hits 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Only 15 will be made, so act fast. Readers of… Continue Reading...
Russia has tried for some time to get a Formula 1 race, and with their hosting of the Winter Olympics in 2014 and the World Cup in 2018, it looks as if the country will finally get a race starting in 2014. The plan calls for a race in Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter… Continue Reading...
Just in time for Halloween, Russian tuner Status Design Studio has released its Lamborghini Murcielago tuning package. The front of the car is full of carbon fiber components including a hood replacement, front splitter, mirrors and headlight eyelid covers. The trend continues onto the side skirts while the rear is replaced with an LP640 bumper…. Continue Reading...