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Russia: Medvedev visits AvtoVAZ and test drives new Russian car02:24

Russia: Medvedev visits AvtoVAZ and test drives new Russian car

Russian Federation, Tolyatti
January 22, 2016 at 17:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Prime Minister of Russia Dmitri Medvedev visited an AvtoVAZ automobile factory in Tolyatti, Friday.

Medvedev arrived to discuss the current condition of the industry and its development strategy till 2025. He also test-drove a Lada XRay and said that it is “comfortable and modern, it is not worse than any other foreign car of the same class.' Commenting on the future of the Russian car industry, he said “it is a hard time for the economy right now” and that the “automotive industry needs government support."

Mass production of the Lada XRay model started on December 15 last year and the start of sales is scheduled on February 15. The XRay is a 1.6 litre vehcile and boasts 106 hp. The cars will be produced in Tolyatti, along with the Renault Logan, Renault Sandero, Nissan Almera and Lada Largus models.

In 2015, the sales of cars in Russia decreased 35 percent. Experts believe that in the next year sales may drop 4.70 percent.

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Prime Minister of Russia Dmitri Medvedev visited an AvtoVAZ automobile factory in Tolyatti, Friday.

Medvedev arrived to discuss the current condition of the industry and its development strategy till 2025. He also test-drove a Lada XRay and said that it is “comfortable and modern, it is not worse than any other foreign car of the same class.' Commenting on the future of the Russian car industry, he said “it is a hard time for the economy right now” and that the “automotive industry needs government support."

Mass production of the Lada XRay model started on December 15 last year and the start of sales is scheduled on February 15. The XRay is a 1.6 litre vehcile and boasts 106 hp. The cars will be produced in Tolyatti, along with the Renault Logan, Renault Sandero, Nissan Almera and Lada Largus models.

In 2015, the sales of cars in Russia decreased 35 percent. Experts believe that in the next year sales may drop 4.70 percent.

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