Russian automobile producers manufactured 71,565 automobiles in January 2003, which was 23.5 percent lower than in January 2002, Avtoselkhozmash-holding said in its report. In particular, in the reported period 12,610 trucks (a 1-percent growth compared to January 2002) and 53,408 cars (a 29.9 percent decrease) were produced.
As reported earlier, GAZ manufactured 6,970 trucks (-7.3 percent) in January 2003 and no cars. AvtoVAZ produced 37,609 automobiles (-31.7 percent), KamAZ 1,609 trucks (+38.1 percent) and 2,400 cars (-14.3 percent), ZIL 1,004 trucks (+1.2 percent).
For the time being, one needs to finish the construction of the section that is 100 kilometres long. On October 17, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with RND that the project would be completed