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  • Aurus convertible prototype Photo: yakunin_077 on Instagram

    Well-off Russians will soon be able to choose a new luxury drop-top with ties to the nation's president, Vladimir Putin. Instagram user yakunin_077 posted photos of an Aurus convertible model clearly based on the Senat luxury sedan sold in the country. The standard Aurus Senat made its debut last year at the Moscow auto show. The car holds many design similarities to Putin's presidential limo, and frankly looks like a knock-off Rolls-Royce. Several models from Aurus are in the pipeline, including a van and an SUV. Underpinning each of them is a single modular platform from a consortium of...

  • Kalashnikov CV-1 electric car
    Russian manufacturer Kalashnikov moves from AK-47s to an electric car

    Readers may not recognize the Kalashnikov name, but they will recognize one of its best-known products: the AK-47 assault rifle. Now, the same company has decided to gun for the electric car market. It's called the CV-1 and the Russian firm unveiled the car at the 2018 International Military...

  • Avtoros Shaman 8x8 on the road
    Russian off-roader: the Avtoros Shaman 8x8 can conquer any terrain

    A number of vehicles do the job just fine off road. Land Rovers, Jeeps, and Toyotas can go most places where regular vehicles cannot. For the more adventurous set, there exists a class of vehicle that goes above and beyond. One such machine is the massive Avtoros Shaman. With its eight driven...

  • 1971 BRE Racing Datsun 240Z
    Nissan Brings Back Datsun Brand For Emerging Markets, Not U.S.

    For many, the Datsun brand is a vague memory from before their time in the automotive universe. For others, it's a fond memory of affordable Z cars that ran with much more expensive sports cars or small, efficient, and reliable commuters. For those in Indonesia, India, and Russian, Datsun is soon...

  • Lexus ES 300 goes swimming in Russia
    Lexus ES Gets Towed Out Of River, Slides Right Back In: Video

    Let this be a lesson to those of you who might, one day, need to tow an errant Lexus ES 300 out of a river for a Russian-speaking friend: be very careful about your attachment points for the tow straps. It turns out that various small fixtures on the underside of the rear crash structure are not...

  • ArmorTech stretched Bentley Mulsanne
    Stretched Bentley Mulsanne Built By Russia’s ArmorTech

    Ever thought the Bentley Mulsanne was just not quite big enough? Probably not, but as you’re about to find out now not everybody thinks this way. Pictured above is a custom stretched version of the Mulsanne flagship sedan, which not only gets a ton of extra legroom but armor protection as...

  • The crash took place in St. Petersburg, Russia

    This is the aftermath of a crash involving a Bentley Continental GT, a soccer player’s wife and a very slippery stretch of road. Driving along a street in St. Petersburg late last week, Marina Malafeeva, the 36-year old wife of the goal keeper of Russian soccer club Zenit St Petersburg, lost control of her vehicle. She slid at high speed into a snow embankment before flipping over and crashing through a nearby billboard and into a tree. Sadly, Malafeeva died on impact and her passenger seriously injured. Full details are still coming in but it’s believed that the bright blue...

  • Vladimir Putin
    Vladimir Putin Continues To Compensate For Something

    [Ed. note: We haven't been able to install background music here at CelebsAndCars -- mostly because that crap is seriously annoying -- but if you could hum the tune of "Macho Man" while reading this, that would be just great.] The 2012 election cycle hasn't really geared up in America yet, but to...

  • First crashed 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
    2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Suffers First Crash

    Thanks to a brutish 563 horsepower V-8 engine, go-kart like throttle response and a populace with declining driving skills (thanks mostly in part to the proliferation of safety aids meant to protect us), it was only a matter of time before we would be reporting on the first crashed 2011...

  • 2009 Opel Insignia
    GM Considering Plan To Keep Opel

    GM could raise more than $4 billion by selling or mortgaging assets in China.

  • Status Design Porsche Cayenne
    Status Design gives the Porsche Cayenne a bold new look

    Russian tuners seem to have a certain fixation with modifying the Porsche Cayenne, with sensational Russian-designed takes on the high-performance SUV cropping up frequently. The latest team to take on the Cayenne comes in the form of Status Design, a Russian outfit that has taken what many...

  • RAD Porsche Cayenne Coupe
    Russian Automotive Design working on Porsche Cayenne Coupe for 2010

    It's not often that the works of Russian automotive designers grace our screens, and when it does the designs tend to be a little more 'unique' than we are normally used to. In this vein, the latest design to come out of Moscow design studio 'Russian Automotive Design' takes the Porsche Cayenne...

  • Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

    Walking the tightrope of packaging, power and technology the way exotic carmakers like Ferrari and Lamborghini do is a delicate act. Sometimes that act comes tumbling down, occasionally in a ball of flame. This week in Moscow, however, it's rats that are taking the blame. Yes, rodents are bearing the brunt of the burned-down Ferrari. Purchased in a Moscow showroom just thirty minutes before the fire, the car was a heavily modified 2006 model - which model was not disclosed - valued at $814,000, according to Russian news outlets. The car had three previous owners before the young woman who...

  • 2010 Opel Astra
    Report: Magna considers using Opel to build cars for other brands

    Bidding for General Motors’ Opel division has intensified recently, with the German government revealing late last week that only two parties remain in the bidding war – Fiat and Magna International (together with Russia’s GAZ Group). While it’s been speculated that Fiat is...

  • 2009 Opel Insignia
    Russia’s GAZ emerges as potential bidder for Opel

    Less than 24 hours after GM CEO Fritz Henderson announced that a new buyer for Opel would be picked by the end of this month, Russia’s GAZ Group has confirmed that it would be interested in creating a joint venture with Magna International and Opel. Magna, as previously reported, is competing...

  • E.M.M. Marussia Russian sports car
    Marussia sports car born out of Russia

    Some may argue that Communist countries never brought anything of worth to the automotive world, but with Russia's embrace of capitalism in recent years its previous reputation for producing terrible cars may no longer have any foundation - especially considering that Nikolay Fomenko, noted Russian...

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