Russia unveils ‘Putin limousine’, eyes Chinese market

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Russia opened a showroom on Friday selling its first post-Soviet luxury limousine under the Aurus brand, a type of car used by President Vladimir Putin at his inauguration last year.

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Russia’s very first luxury automobile brand Aurus at an official showroom in Moscow, Russia August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

In Reuters report, Russia has been trying to reduce its dependence on imported goods and technology, a drive that gathered speed after Moscow was hit by Western sanctions in 2014.

The Russian-built limousine is intended to become the heir to the ZIL sedans that for decades transported Soviet leaders.

Priced at 18 million roubles ($274,000) the Aurus, in its basic configuration, targets customers in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as European and Chinese buyers.

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“We expect a similar showroom will appear in China in 2020-2021,” Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper