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Vedomosti.- Autocomponent Group has announced resumption of component supplies to Avtovaz in full scale, as stated by the company. In addition, an agreement has been reached on further cooperation between the two companies. 

As reported by Avtovaz previously, the company was forced to suspend production at all the assembly lines of its plants in Togliatti and Izhevsk. Simply, Avtovaz has explained the situation as another unlawful violation of obligations under the supply agreement and the disruption of the supply of necessary components by Autocomponent plant from Nizhny Novgorod. The aforementioned plant supplies Avtovaz with a wide range of plastic parts, as told by the company spokesman without disclosing the details. 

Avtovaz has warned that the compensation of losses may be demanded from the supplier, however, the amount has not been revealed by the company. Avtovaz had to suspend automobile production at its plants in Togliatti and Izhevsk for a few times previously, due to lack of components. The suspensions happened as a result of the suppliers’ failure to cope with the demand during the recovery periods after market shrinkages.

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RusAutoNewsCom.- According to AEB data, the Russian premium car market has amounted to 72.8 thousand vehicles within the first half of 2019, indicating a 2.7% year-on-year increase.

Mercedes-Benz has remained the leader of the market with a sales figure of 20,175 vehicles. BMW comes second in the rankings, with a sales figure of 19,845 vehicles. Lexus completes the top-three in the premium segment with 9257  units .

7313 Audi and 3950 Land Rover cars have hit the Russian roads within the first half of 2019, on the other hand.

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speedme.ru.- PSMA Rus has signed a memorandum of understanding with Turkish Coskunoz company on the supply of body parts.

Coskunoz company is the owner of the Coskunoz Alabuga factory, which is located at Alabuga SEZ. Production and supply of LCV body parts to PSMA Rus plant is proposed in the mutually beneficial cooperation agreement. The production is planned to start in Kaluga region in 2020.

As previously reported, PSA Group has signed a Special Investment Contract with the Russian government, in accordance with which the model range manufactured at PSMA Rus plant in Kaluga is planned to be expanded, along with the investment in a new platform and the launch of the production of Peugeot Expert, Peugeot Traveller, Citroen Jumpy and Citroen SpaceTourer. In addition, the production of power plants, which includes casting, forging and machining of the main elements, will be localised. The power plants and gearboxes, locally manufactured in the Russian Federation, will be used in the equipment of the models produced by the PSA Group in Kaluga.

The current localisation rate of car production by PSA in Russia is approximately 40%.

PSMA Rus is a joint venture of PSA Peugeot Citroen with 70% shares and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation with 30% shares. The factory was established in Kaluga region in April 2011. The enterprise has been operating in full cycle since July 2012. Six French brand car models currently roll off the conveyor of the plant: Peugeot 408, Citroеn C4 Sedan, Citroеn Jumpy and Peugeot Expert, Citroеn SpaceTourer and Peugeot Traveller.

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RusAutoNewsCom.- AEB has published the ranking top 25 best-selling cars in the first half of 2019 in Russia.

Lada Granta was the best-selling model within the aforementioned period with 63,982 units. Lada Vesta comes second in the rankings, with a sales figure of 55,784 vehicles. Last year’s number 1: KIA Rio completes the top-three with 47,431 cars sold. The top-five is completed by Hyundai with 34,629 units Creta and 30,710 units Solaris.

Top 25 best-selling cars in the first half of 2019 in Russia:

As reported previously, 828,750 cars were sold within the first half of 2019 in Russia, indicating a 2.4% year-on-year fall.

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RusAutoNewsCom.- The supply of components to Avtovaz plants in Togliatti and Izhevsk was interrupted due to the inconsistency in new prices for parts, as told by the director of the press service of Autocomponent Group. The supplier of Avtovaz has explained the reason behind the interruption in component deliveries, as reported by RNS.

“There are ongoing negotiations between the our plant and Avtovaz on the coordination of a new level of prices for component supplies, since October 2018. The current price levels do not cover the costs of the production of the components and their delivery to the conveyor of the manufacturer” – as stated by the press service.

The Autocomponent Group has stressed that the current circumstances did not occur unexpectedly. The situation is the result of protracted negotiations, which are still incomplete.

Previously, Avtovaz had announced suspension of production in Togliatti and Izhevsk as of July the 3rd, due to the supplier’s violation of obligations in the supply of components.

The company has drawn attention to the fact that the current stagnation in production does not have an effect on the availability of Lada automobiles in the dealer network of the brand. Avtovaz manufactures automobiles and automobile components for Lada, Renault, Nissan and Datsun brands at its Togliatti and Izhevsk plants.

Autocomponent Group produces plastic parts and polymer composites, such as mirrors, heaters and climate systems, interior and exterior details, instrument panels, bumpers, fuel tanks. The production facilities are located in Nizhny Novgorod and Togliatti.

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RusAutoNewsCom. – As announced by the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, Russian car market has decreased by 3.3%, or by 5,171 units year-on-year in June 2019, and amounted to 151,180 vehicles.

Within the first half of this year 828,750 cars were sold in total, 20,471 units or 2.4% less then last year’s figure.

Joerg Schreiber, Chairman of the committee commented: “Six months into 2019, we find the market 2.4% down year-on-year, with a second quarter that proved more challenging than the first. Market expectations for the second half of the year are not fundamentally better. It is clear that market growth in the full year of 2019 is not a realistic scenario anymore. Even with a certain trend improvement in the second half, it would appear that the best outcome the market can hope for is to equalize last year’s sales result”.

Lada was again the most populer brand of the Russian car market in June 2019 with 30,768 units sold. Lada Granta was the most populer model with 11,609 units sold in June.

Top 10 best-selling car brands in June:

1-Lada. 2-Kia. 3-Hyundai. 4-Renault. 5-Volkswagen. 6-Toyota. 7-Skoda. 8-Ford. 9-Nissan. 10-GAZ LCV.

Top 10 best-selling car models in June:

1-Lada Granta. 2-Lada Vesta. 3-Kia Rio. 4-Hyundai Solaris. 5-Hyundai Creta. 6-Volkswagen Polo. 7-Lada Largus. 8- Renault Duster. 9-Volkswagen Tiguan. 10-Toyota Camry.

All 10 models are manufactured in Russia.

Please see the AEB Press-Release for detailed Russian car market figures.

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RusAutoNewsCom.- As reported the company press office, KAMAZ has started the production of aluminium fuel tanks with volumes from 200 to 800 litres. The annual production capacity of the new facility will be 35,000 tanks. In the meantime, the universal line allows the production of both aluminium and steel tanks.

“This year, we’ll launch the production of a new generation of KAMAZ vehicles, which will be significant for the company. Besides the economic aspect, it is important that our own line of aluminum fuel tanks will allow us to monitor the quality of tanks in real-time as an essential component of KAMAZ vehicles, as well as improving their design in response to growing consumer demand. In addition, this is another step by the company to implement the strategy of import substitution, which is carried out in cooperation with the Industrial Development Fund” – as stated by the General Director of KAMAZ: Sergei Kogogin.

“The total budget for the project amounts to 544 million rubles, 230 million rubles of which is a loan from the Industry Development Fund. The preferential financing has helped KAMAZ localise the modern production of aluminium tanks in Russia and the company now manufactures the high-quality import-substituting products independently. The project, which is important for both KAMAZ and the region, has become the 150th production process launched through the loans issued by the Fund” – said the director of Foundation for Enterprise Restructuring and Financial Institutions Development Roman Petrutsa. 

The aluminium fuel tanks are used in commercial vehicles for linehaul, intercity and urban transport. The reduction in weight in comparison with steel fuel tanks, corrosion resistance and fire safety are amongst the advantages of the aluminium tanks. Thanks to the implementation of the project, Kamaz will not be importing aluminum tanks from Austria anymore. The usage of the own production aluminium tanks will allow the company to save approximately 500 million rubles per year or from 10 to 18 rubles per tank. 

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RusAutoNewsCom.- The revenue of Kamaz has reached approximately 186.2 billion rubles in 2018, following a 19% year-on-year growth, as announced by the company press office. The net profit has amounted to 1.6 billion rubles, on the other hand.

A total number of 38,382 trucks have been manufactured and sold in 2018, including 8858 vehicles from the new model range, which indicates a 62% increase in comparison with 2017. 5698 trucks have been exported in the meantime, which is equivalent to a 13% year-on-year rise. The company had 41% share of the Russian heavy trucks market during the aforementioned period.

Kamaz vehicles, component assembly kits and spare parts have been exported to more than 50 countries in CIS, Southeast Asia, Middle-East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. The main export destinations of 2018 were Central Asia and Kazakhstan.

A total investment of more than 15 billion rubles have been made in 2018. The company has continued with the implementation of the “Development of Vehicle Range and the Modernisation of Production Facilities” project. Preparations for the launch of the new generation of K5 trucks to the market has been carried out within the framework of the project, which will become one of the significant outcomes of the implementation of the investment programme. In order to reach these targets, the company will make essential changes to its approach on the production process, as well as all of the main production sites.

The company will put the first K5 generation model on the market in 2019: the flagship Kamaz-54901 long-haul tractor. The development of the sales of gas-engine vehicles, the serial production of K4 generation trucks running on CNG, the test operation of robotic vehicles with autonomous and remote control and the development of the second-generation electric buses are amongst the tasks of the year.

In addition, the preparations for the production of parts for the new family of K5 generation heavy trucks will begin. Kamaz-6595 dump truck will be the first model, which is planned to be put on the market by the end of 2020.

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