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15 - 16 March 2017

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Vadim Sorokin, GAZ Group President, at RAF 2017

Published on 22 March 2017 by Maria Danilova

Vadim Sorokin, GAZ Group President, at RAF 2017

"Last year was not very successful [for exports] due to barriers in Kazakhstan [and] of course, Ukraine, but if you look at this issue from another point of view, we sold our product in 2016 to 46 countries, so this is 20% practically" - GAZ Group president, Vadim Sorokin

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AvtoVAZ & LADA strategy update

Published on 22 March 2017 by Maria Danilova

AvtoVAZ expects to full leverage of Russian market recovery with minimum 20% passenger cars market share and  grow export push in CIS and other selected regions of the World. Nicolas MAURE, AvtoVAZ President & CEO, says, one of the key levers is strong cost optimization including deep localization (up to 80%).

While the Russian automotive sector is forced to wait out the current economic downturn, manufacturers like AvtoVAZ - the country's largest car producer, have all the more reason to carefully plan and build on a strategy that will guide the company on road to recovery.

Behind the scenes at the recent 18th Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow, we caught up with Bo Andersson - President of AvtoVAZ, who spoke to us about how the company assesses its commercial prospects in 2015, and how the Tolyatti-based manufacturer anticipates the return of growth for its business and sector as a whole.