Russian made limousine eyes Chinese market
SEE ALSO :Uhuru off to Japan, Russia summitPriced at 18 million roubles (Sh27 million or $274,000) the Aurus, in its basic configuration, targets customers in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as European and Chinese buyers. “We expect a similar showroom will appear in China in 2020-2021,” Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said during the opening ceremony in Moscow. The Russian state has invested over 12.4 billion roubles ($189 million) in the Aurus limousine project since 2013. The vehicles are produced by a Russian research institute known by the acronym NAMI in partnership with Russian carmaker Sollers. Friday’s ceremony featured the Aurus Senat sedan. “The minivan and the SUV Komendant are at the testing stage. I hope to see the latter at the (Moscow International) Automobile Salon in 2020,” Manturov said. A hybrid or fully electric version of the Aurus is expected to be ready by 2024-2025.
SEE ALSO :Russia’s Putin hosts major Africa summitThere will also be an extended sedan and a shortened limousine. Aurus CEO Adil Shirinov said potential customers were not only government officials but also businessmen: “We believe the audience will be quite wide.” Aurus is taking orders, but no retail sales are planned this year, he added.
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