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As early as in the eighteenth century Ivan I. Polzunov constructed the first two-cylinder steam engine in the world,  while Ivan P. Kulibin created a human-powered vehicle that had a flywheela brakea gearboxand roller bearings. Romanov also constructed a battery-electric omnibus.
The driver of the car, Andrei P. Nagel, was personally awarded by Emperor Nicholas II for increasing the prestige of the domestic car brand. None of the plants were completed before the October Revolution. About 6,—6, Fs were built in the years — The beginning of the s saw the release of the Moskvitchintended to be an economy car that would spread the use of cars among the population.
The Soviet government opted to build an even larger car manufacturing plant that would produce a people's car and help to meet the demand for personal transport. After considering several options, the Fiat was chosen because of its simple and sturdy design, being easy to manufacture and repair.
The plant was built in just 4 years — in the small town of Stavropol Volzhskywhich later grew to a population of more than half a million and was renamed Togliatti to commemorate Palmiro Togliatti.
It produced Moskvitchs and Moskvitch-based kombi hatchbacks. By the early s, Soviet automobile industry consisted of several main plants, which produced vehicles for various market segments.
Lada's declining sales during the s, and toughening European Union emissions requirements, saw exports to Western Europe discontinued by the end of the decade.
Lada had enjoyed particularly strong sales in Britain, peaking at more than 30, sales a year in the late s, but had failed to remain competitive with other budget brands over the subsequent few years.
Nevertheless, the industry quickly recovered in subsequent years. The overall truck production in Russia increased by 7 percent, reachingin  andin Throughout the s, the unavailability of dealer financing meant that cars had to be purchased in cash.
Russian metal companies, having achieved significant profits on foreign markets, sought to invest in Russia's automotive sector.
At the same time, Severstal gained control of UAZ. In1, new cars were sold, includingRussian models andforeign ones. During the first quarter offoreign-branded cars outsold local ones for the first time in Russian history including used imports.
In latethe Russian leadership enacted legislation to create special economic zones SEZ with the aim of encouraging investments by foreign automotive companies.
The benefits of operating in the special economic zones include tax allowances, exemption from asset and land taxes and protection against changes in the tax regime. Kaluga has been especially successful in attracting foreign companies, as has been Kaliningrad Oblast.
Russia's automotive industry was hit hard by the late s recession.
Production of passenger cars dropped from 1, units in to justunits in Lorry production fell fromto 91, in the same period. The tariffs are linked to the engine size of the vehicle.
The increased duties led to protests in Russian cities, most notably in Vladivostokwhere the importation of Japanese cars is an important sector of the city's economy. The move was completed inand the factory now employs about locals.
It was planned to produce 13, cars in Vladivostok in Under the scheme, buyers of new cars could receive a subsidy of up torubles 20, USD. Lada cars accounted for The economy car Lada Priora topped the list with 84, sold units.
Lada was expected to considerably increase sales following the car scrappage scheme launched in March The higher-end Lada Kalina was the fourth most sold car in Russia inselling 52, units that year.
The Avtoperevozchik magazine declared GAZelle as the most successful vehicle of in the Russian automotive market. It currently employs more thanpeople, and its Lada models dominate the Russian car market. Its plant is located in the south-east part of the city of Moscow.
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