Interesting post at Autoblog – Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister admits Russian cars have no “viable future.” This is despite a recent BBC report that Russian bureaucrats are being instructed to drive locally-made cars (ie BMW and Fords).
When so many nations are defined by their car industry, why are the Russians content with an image is of ugly, inefficient models? Is it a legacy of the rejection of Henry Ford as the epitome of capitalism? Simple economics? It can’t be because Russians are any less interested in personal mobility than any other nation. So what is the reason?