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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.
Axar.az reports citing foreign media that 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.
The Russian state has invested over 12.4 billion roubles ($189 million) in the Aurus limousine project since 2013.
A hybrid or fully electric version of the Aurus is expected to be ready by 2024-2025. There will also be an extended sedan and a shortened limousine.
2019.08.23 / 17:25