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    Post  Russian_Patriot_ Wed Sep 29, 2021 7:49 pm

    Updated Lada Vesta 2022 - launch dates and new details. 

    Several resources reported new details about Lada Vesta Facelift on the Web at once. The main thing is that the timing of the launch of the project, which is at a high level of readiness, has become known.

    So, Avtograd News states that the production of the updated Lada Vesta is scheduled for December of this year, and sales should start in February 2022. Due to the pandemic and the shutdown of production from a number of suppliers, in particular from South Korea (molds and accessories for the manufacture of plastic interior parts), it is possible to postpone the deadline. RCI News also confirms the above dates. The launch of the series is December 2021, the official sales are February 2022. It is noted that Vesta FL will be launched on time if Samara does not slow down production due to the problem with the shortage of Bosch electronic components. 

    The interior of the restyled Lada Vesta has already been partially declassified. Inside, the model will receive a modern front panel, modified door cards and a center console, a steering wheel with a large number of buttons, a digital instrument cluster (for the first time on Lada), a climate control unit from Renault Arkana. Both sources claim that the interior of the car will be able to boast of higher-quality materials and soft plastic. RCI News draws an analogy with Kia Cerato. According to the same source, Lada Vesta will have a regular audio system in the basic configurations, a 7-inch multimedia in the medium ones, and a 10-inch vertical tablet in the top ones.

    Lada Vesta FL new options
     
    It is known that from the options Vesta will get the Lada Ride Select system (for cross-versions), the Start-stop button, an electric pen, keyless access. There will also be front parking sensors, a headlight washer, a blind spot monitoring system.
    As part of the facelift, AVTOVAZ's flagship model will receive LED headlights and lanterns (in expensive versions), an original bumper group, other wings and a trunk lid (or a fifth door in the case of a station wagon), a different radiator grille. At the same time, the rear bumper will be made with a fashionable false flap.

    Engines

    According to RCI News, Vesta Sport may receive some innovation that will improve dynamic characteristics. As for the standard Vesta, the power units will remain old. We are talking about 1.6 (106 hp), 1.6 (113 hp), 1.8 (122 hp). Gearboxes - mechanics or variator. Rumors about the upgraded VAZ-21179, 1.3 turbo engine, 6-speed manual transmission have not yet been confirmed. It is noteworthy that the 8-valve VAZ-11182 debuted unexpectedly and no one announced it until the last moment.

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    Post  Russian_Patriot_ Wed Sep 29, 2021 7:57 pm

    UAZ Profi in an emergency rescue version
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    Post  Russian_Patriot_ Wed Sep 29, 2021 8:04 pm

    Belorussia:

    MAZ showed a competitor to Valdai Next. 

    The trend with the borrowing of Chinese cabins affected not only Valdai Next (Foton) and KAMAZ Compass (JAC). Minsk Automobile Plant presented the MAZ-365120 cabless medium-tonnage truck in Minsk on September 24.

    The new MAZ model is a licensed copy of the Shacman Delong K3000 in cooperation with Weichai Holding. The production of Weichai engines and gearboxes has already been established in Belarus.

    MAZ-365120 is distinguished only by the original front insert. The car is equipped with a 144-horsepower Weichai WP3NQ turbodiesel and 6-speed Fast Gear mechanics. The load capacity of the model reaches 4800 kg, and the gross weight is 7500 kg. The volume of the platform is 20.6 cubic meters. The fuel tank is designed for 120 liters.

    MAZ-365120 will compete with the aforementioned Valdai Next and KAMAZ Compass. As for the MAZ model range, the average tonnage will occupy a niche between MAZ-365 (JAC Sunray) and MAZ-4371 10 tons.

    Minsk Automobile Plant plans to launch a new product in the series in early 2022.

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    KAMAZ-435091 rally truck
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    Post  Russian_Patriot_ Fri Oct 01, 2021 9:53 am

    KAMAZ told about the testing of the Odyssey unmanned truck. 

    The Russian automaker KAMAZ continues to test the unmanned Odyssey truck, which will transport components for the assembled cars. This was announced on September 29 by the press service of the enterprise.

    "The test operation of the KAMAZ-43083 unmanned vehicle began in 2020. A driverless truck is mastering the logistics of cab deliveries from a press-frame factory to an automobile one. Today, the software of the car is being tested, changes are being made by the engineers of the company's scientific and technical center, the car is being finalized" – the company said in a statement.

    The Odyssey unmanned truck is equipped with radars, video cameras, lidars and sonars. The car is also equipped with several communication systems: industrial Wi-Fi, 4G and a special VHF band.

    It is noted that such machines can be used in any industries where shuttle transportation along specified routes is required.

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    Post  Kiko Thu Nov 18, 2021 6:52 pm

    UAE orders large batch of Aurus luxury cars, most likely bulletproof, says minister

    Aurus Chief Executive Officer Adil Shirinov said earlier that the Emirati holding Tawazun would start supplies of the Aurus Senat to the Middle East in 2022.

    ABU DHABI, November 18. /TASS/. The United Arab Emirates is ordering a large batch of Aurus premium cars, most likely bulletproof, from Russia, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told reporters on Thursday.

    "Our colleagues are placing a major order, I cannot disclose the number of cars, that is being negotiated, and the particular modification. Most likely they will be large bulletproof cars, that will be a base deal, beyond what the Emirati side has already acquired," the Russian minister said.

    Speaking about other potential foreign orders of the car, Manturov said: "The Kazakh Prime Minister was met by our bulletproof Aurus limousine not long ago. I have even heard that there have been discussions on Kazakhstan’s order, though I have not received any information on how many [cars will be ordered] and who will order," he added.

    The Emirati holding Tawazun is one of the shareholders in the Aurus project. Aurus Chief Executive Officer Adil Shirinov said earlier that Tawazun would start supplies of the Aurus Senat to the Middle East in 2022. The plan is to export from 70% to 80% of Aurus cars by 2030, with the Middle Eastern and North African countries, later China and West Europe, prioritized.

    Aurus is the first Russian luxury car brand created from scratch by the NAMI design institute. The serial production of Aurus cars started in Russia’s Tatarstan in late May. Aurus shareholders are NAMI (63.5%), UAE’s Tawazun (36%), and Sollers (0.5%).

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    Post  Kiko Sun Dec 05, 2021 4:53 pm

    A Russian minister shares his experience with a Tesla in Russia in -30 °C, by Ivan Dubrovin for France Sputniknews. 05.12.2021.

    While Tesla recently boasted of setting a new sales record, driving the cars of this brand in Russia could be a real challenge due to the cold, said the Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov, who talks about his own experience.

    Even if Tesla, one of Elon Musk's companies, is gradually gaining the global electric car market, it seems that its engineers need to think about how to better adapt their vehicles to the Russian climate. So, speaking at the Expo 2020 forum currently taking place in Dubai, Denis Manturov, the Russian Minister of Trade and Industry, said that his Tesla X 100D, which he has been driving since 2020, has not performed very well during the winter.

    "It has a claimed range of up to 450 km, but my experience shows that after being parked for an hour and a half at -30 degrees Celsius, the vehicle is barely able to take me home, because the remaining battery charge is enough to drive 100 km and in fact even less," he said.

    Towards the success of Tesla in Russia?

    On May 21, 2021, speaking by videoconference at the Russian New Knowledge forum, Elon Musk mentioned the prospect of developing in Russia and does not rule out that a Tesla factory could one day be built there.

    Subsequently, in early June, Mr.Manturov clarified that there was no agreement yet between Russia and Tesla regarding the construction of an electric vehicle plant.

    At the beginning of October, Tesla announced that it had delivered 241,300 vehicles during the 3rd quarter of the current year, 20% more than in the previous quarter. This is therefore a record result for the American manufacturer, which delivered 629,370 cars in the first nine months of the year compared to almost 500,000 in the whole of 2020.

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    OK, I'll bring some mundane news here, but from my experience: my relatives recently bought a car on credit (they will now pay ~$300 per month for the next 5 years). It cost them ~$12,300, although they were given additional car insurance for ~$1,400 as mandatory options. That is, if you had come to buy a car for cash, and not on credit, then you would have purchased it for ~ $10900 including extended car insurance (In Russia there are two types of insurance: mandatory and extended, in this case, extended car insurance cost 50,000 rubles per year (about $ 680)).
    The first thing they said after the purchase at the dealership: "Okay, man, now remember one thing: you should not climb under the hood in the next five years for anything other than the washing liquid and oil change".
    Fuel consumption on the highway has so far amounted to ~ 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers.

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    Post  George1 Tue Dec 21, 2021 3:25 pm

    Series production of Aurus SUV to start by 2022 year-end — Minister

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    Post  Lennox Thu Dec 30, 2021 2:23 am

    About time they step up their car design game. I couldnt understand for the life of me why on the one hand we have the Su-35, Su-57 and Checkmate, some of the most beautiful aircrafts in the world, yet on the other hand, we have the Lada/ Niva (newer designs do look great though)



    And the fact that this is from Almaz Antey's subsidiary is kinda funny not gonna lie Very Happy Very Happy

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    Post  Kiko Tue Mar 22, 2022 9:47 pm

    Manturov: We will have to say goodbye to some of the foreign automakers. March 22, 2022.

    Russia will probably have to say goodbye to some car manufacturers, you can’t wait forever for their answer about working in the country, said Denis Manturov, head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

    “We are still in dialogue with all automakers and foreign brands. With someone we have a clear understanding that they are saved, (as) and the production capacity and supply of components in our market. We may, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to someone, because we cannot wait forever, ” RIA Novosti quotes Manturov .

    According to him, a non-working enterprise means non-payment of taxes and degradation of production itself. He expressed the hope that it would be possible to come to a "common denominator" before the end of March or before the beginning of April.

    “Because we do not sit still, we form the agenda and plans for how each of the enterprises in Russia will function. This applies not only to the automotive industry, but to all industrial enterprises where foreign owners are in thought or have already made some decision for themselves, but have not yet announced it, in order to prevent long-term downtime and reorganization of logistics to other components, to others, perhaps brands,” the minister concluded.

    A number of automakers announced the suspension of deliveries to Russia. So, last Monday the import of new cars to Russia was suspended by Volvo Car. On March 7, the Nissan auto concern announced the planned shutdown of its plant in St. Petersburg. On March 3, the German automaker Mercedes-Benz announced the suspension of deliveries of passenger cars to the Russian Federation and their production in Russia. On the same day, the German auto concern Volkswagen announced the termination of deliveries to Russia.

    In addition, on March 1, the British automaker Jaguar Land Rover suspended the shipment of cars to Russia. On the same day, the American auto concern General Motors decided to suspend the export of cars to Russia. In addition, Swedish automakers Volvo, Scania and Ericsson suspended their business in Russia.

    In addition, at the end of February, the German Daimler Truck suspended cooperation with the Russian KamAZ. In addition, Audi, Land Rover, Porsche, General Motors have suspended the export of cars to Russia. Dealers also warned of the possibility of a shortage of spare parts and "consumables" for cars if their supply does not normalize in the next one and a half to two months.

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    Post  lancelot Tue Mar 22, 2022 11:19 pm

    Russia did not even have to make counter sanctions on automobile sector. As Europeans sanctioned themselves. Wink
    The Chinese automobile industry will appreciate this European hara-kiri. respekt

    As for General Motors do they even sell anything in Russia?

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    Post  Firebird Wed Mar 23, 2022 12:33 am

    I wonder how it works with carmakers.
    Mercedes leave a plant in Russia in Moscow.
    Could Russia take it over and reskin, rebadge and use the tech+chassis for a good car?
    Makes infinitely more sense than letting 100s of millions of euros worth go to ruin (maybe even billions).

    This could be a dispute that lasts 10 or 20 yrs. Given that Europe insists on being Uncle Scam's gimp in all this.
    Russia now has top and mass market skills in car manufacture - Lada to Kamaz etc to Aurus.

    Russia does produce a fair amount of components and cars for Europe. I suppose now it will need to look at reorientating. But potentially this could mean a windfall to offset against the silly harm that has been caused.

    As for the supply of spares etc, I'm sure they can be obtained via parallel market ie grey market trade.
    Many politicians say that many sanctions are infact obsolete in the modern era.

    One thing is clear, once the NATO bloc destroys all form of legality with its "sanctions", intellectual property and even capital item property concepts become utterly irrelevant.

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    Post  kvs Wed Mar 23, 2022 2:17 am

    There is open talk in Russia about nationalizing all plants of companies which leave Russia. Russian law already exists to handle this.
    Companies have to sell their equipment and buildings. They cannot just leave them mothballed. Under the current circumstances
    they cannot strip the equipment either. Either they stay, pay the workers and the taxes, or the owners take a hike and lose all of
    their assets in Russia.

    Some western companies are waffling but the time is running out. This is not merely my wishful thinking. I have seen quotes from Duma
    members on this subject.

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    Post  lancelot Wed Mar 23, 2022 5:18 am

    These foreign car factories in Russia will have higher or lower amounts of native content. Most will likely be importing the engines and some of the other critical components like electronics. Some might even just be assembling parts kits in Russia with little native content except for things like the steel frame. It will be pointless to try to continue to manufacture these cars. But to a large degree the equipment will be able to be repurposed or resold. It will take some time (years?) to gear for new production with new partners. But the Russian state even as recently as the last financial crisis gave people money to trade in their old cars. So I doubt the car park is in that bad of a shape.

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    Post  miketheterrible Wed Mar 23, 2022 5:32 am

    lancelot wrote:These foreign car factories in Russia will have higher or lower amounts of native content. Most will likely be importing the engines and some of the other critical components like electronics. Some might even just be assembling parts kits in Russia with little native content except for things like the steel frame. It will be pointless to try to continue to manufacture these cars. But to a large degree the equipment will be able to be repurposed or resold. It will take some time (years?) to gear for new production with new partners. But the Russian state even as recently as the last financial crisis gave people money to trade in their old cars. So I doubt the car park is in that bad of a shape.

    Well, judging how US is now starting to sanction China, and fact Chinese auto brands aren't sold west, it wouldn't be hard to find an alternative. India may gain a foothold too.

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    Post  lancelot Wed Mar 23, 2022 6:00 am

    miketheterrible wrote:Well, judging how US is now starting to sanction China, and fact Chinese auto brands aren't sold west, it wouldn't be hard to find an alternative. India may gain a foothold too.

    The Chinese Haval factory in Russia at Tula, part of Great Wall auto, did not stop production.

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    Post  miketheterrible Wed Mar 23, 2022 6:04 am

    lancelot wrote:
    miketheterrible wrote:Well, judging how US is now starting to sanction China, and fact Chinese auto brands aren't sold west, it wouldn't be hard to find an alternative. India may gain a foothold too.

    The Chinese Haval factory in Russia at Tula, part of Great Wall auto, did not stop production.

    But I'm saying the assembly shops of others can be repurposed for othe brands I imagine.

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    Post  lancelot Wed Mar 23, 2022 6:08 am

    There are a bazillion car companies in China so I am sure they will be able to get partners if they want to.
    The assembly floor and machines should be reusable. But each company sets things up differently.

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    Post  miketheterrible Wed Mar 23, 2022 6:12 am

    lancelot wrote:There are a bazillion car companies in China so I am sure they will be able to get partners if they want to.
    The assembly floor and machines should be reusable. But each company sets things up differently.

    I imagine also car companies locally can make use of them too. Hell Almaz Antey getting into the game.

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    Post  kvs Wed Mar 23, 2022 3:43 pm

    It's the supply chain, as usual. Russian car assembly lines can be nationalized if they are owned by companies that abandon Russia.
    But if they are supplied with parts from NATzO, then that is a problem. I suggest that Russia invest in import substitution of those
    parts. Russia does not need to worry about patents and other NATzO garbage "legality". And Russian consumers can wait a couple
    of years to buy new cars.

    Of course, it is not that bad. They can buy other makes of cars from China.

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    Post  JohninMK Wed Mar 23, 2022 7:03 pm

    Many of those manufacturers have plants producing complete cars in parallel to Europe in China, including perhaps the engines/electronics etc that could be needed.

    Interesting potential for back door sourcing Smile

    Also Turkey is outside sanction regime.

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    Post  Kiko Thu Mar 24, 2022 1:56 am

    Charles de Gaulle must be rolling over in his tomb. France, with their ludicrous "Manu", has outrightly become a US vassal. No wonder Anglo-Saxons nickname the French "frogs". They themselves have self-nicknamed them "frouzes".

    French carmaker retreats from Russia, 23.03.2022.

    Renault suspends production at Moscow plant after Ukrainian pressure campaign.

    French auto-maker Renault announced on Wednesday it was pausing operations at its Moscow factory ,snd exploring options for selling its majority stake in the Russia-based AvtoVAZ conglomerate.

    The move comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned them by name in a speech to French lawmakers, calling on them to support Kiev.

    Earlier in the day, Zelensky addressed the parliament in Paris via video-link and demanded that French companies “must quit the Russian market” and stop financing what he called the “Russian war machine.” He specifically named Renault among the examples.

    Zelensky’s foreign minister Dmitry Kuleba then called for “customers and businesses around the globe to boycott Group Renault,” accusing the company of supporting “a brutal war of aggression in Europe.”

    Within hours, the car-maker based in the posh Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt announced the suspension of operations at the Moscow plant. The French government owns a 15% stake in Renault. In addition to halting production, the group also said it was exploring the ways to sell its stake in the biggest Russian automaker AvtoVAZ.

    Renault owns almost 67% of AvtoVAZ, having bought out the stakes held by Nissan in 2017 and General Motors in 2019. The company had initially suspended operations at its Moscow plant at the start of the conflict, but had resumed production since.

    Another French company named by Zelensky, the home improvement chain Adeo, said that it would not close its operations in Russia because that would be considered a premeditated bankruptcy and open them up to expropriation, which would only strengthen the government in Moscow. The company said it had “suspended new investments” in Russia at the start of the conflict.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday thanked the foreign companies that continued working in the country “despite the brazen pressure from the US and its vassals. They are sure to find additional opportunities for growth in the future,” he added.

    Moscow sent troops into Ukraine in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and end the conflict with the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. Russia ended up recognizing the two as independent states, at which point they asked for military aid.

    Russia demands that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two Donbass republics by force.

    https://www.rt.com/russia/552587-renault-avtovaz-zelensky-ukraine/

    This is due to Moscow's African affairs, as well as the outcome of Russian involvement in the Brazilian nuclear powered submarine programme, ditching out the French.


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