According to the Research Center Effet, the following important and interesting events took place on the Russian automotive market, on 21 December 2016:
Fiat Russia continues to reduce the range of imported vehicles. At this time, the model Fiat Punto has left the Russian market. Now, in the passenger line of producer there is only one model on the Russian market – Fiat 500;
company Audi Russia withdrew from its line sports crossover Audi RS Q3. Section with information about this machine has been removed from the site of the Russian representation of the brand. Thus, now sporting range RS was reduced to two – RS6 Avant Performance and RS7 Sportback Performance, which previously consisted of 7 models;
at the same time, other manufacturers of premium cars have decided to expand the number of sports versions of its models on the Russian market. So, Volvo Cars Russia announced the reception of orders for the sedan Volvo S90 in the sports version R-Design. Prices for cars in the modification start at 3’046’000 rubles. Another company, BMW Russia announced the upcoming availability of its flagship sedan BMW 7-series in the M Performance sports versions. Information about cars M760Li xDrive M Performance and M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence appeared on the website of the Russian representation of the brand. Both machines are equipped with powerful petrol engine 6.6 V12 (609 hp) paired with 8AKPP Steptronic;
but still not all the Russian roads are ready for the movement on these fast machines. According to the Ministry of Transport by the end of 2016 more than 70% of the federal road network of the Russian Federation will be in the regulatory state, and at all they will be led to the strictest international standards by 2019. At the same time the situation is still in a poor state with the roads in the regions – it is only a little more than 30% of regional roads correspond to the normative.