International exhibition
of automotive industry InterAuto

August 23-26, 2022  /  CROCUS EXPO  /  Pavilion 2


Russia becomes the largest automobile market in the world

4 September 2007

Russia becomes the largest automobile market in the world

Said Henric Nensen, Chairman Committee of Automakers by the Association of European Businesses in RF and President FORD Russia, at the Official Opening Ceremony of the exhibition InterAuto-2007 at Crocus Expo IEC.

The 3rd International Automobile exhibition InterAuto-2007 opened its doors for VIP guests, specialists and Mass Media August 29 at the International Exhibition centre Crocus Expo. InterAuto is more than the largest scale and dynamically developing project of Crocus Expo but the largest automobile exhibition in Russia.

The high level of the event was proved by the attendance of a number of notorious people during the first working day of the exhibition. In particular Oleg Morozov, First Deputy Chairman State Duma of the Russian Federation, Evgueny Moskvichev, Deputy Minister for Transport of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Fedorov, Member Federation Council of Federal Assembly, Boris Aleshin, Head Federal Agency on Industry, Serguei Kogoguin, Chairman of the Association of Russian Automakers and Director General OAO KAMAZ, Henric Nensen, Chairman Committee of Automakers by the Association of European Businesses in RF and President FORD Russia, Alexey Panteleev, Chairman Board Association of the Russian Automakers and Vice-governor of the Moscow region, Boris Paskazov, Head Krasnogorsky area of the Moscow region and many others participated in the Official Opening Ceremony of the exhibition InterAuto-2007. According to Oleg Morozov " the general vector of changes in our country are changes for the better. It is true also in respect of the Russian car industry that becomes especially obvious in the end of August when large exhibitions and forums of automotive subjects are traditionally held.

Boris Aleshin has confirmed the idea of the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and has noted, that " the Russian car industry competes no longer on the national but on the global market. More and more joint automobile enterprises are being established nowadays and sale volumes of cars of the Russian and not Russian manufacture grow fast.

Henric Nensen, Chairman Committee of Automakers by the Association of European Businesses in RF and President FORD Russia focused special attention on the fact that growth of sales of not Russian cars in Russia reached during the last year 67 %. Also the quantity of factories where car assembly is carried out increases accordingly. Such statistic figures are hardly to be found in any other country of the world. Following all showings by 2012 Russia will become the largest automobile market in the world. For this reason Moscow should become a platform for the largest automobile forum in Europe holding. According to Henric Nensen Crocus Expo accords with the latest international standards and optimum conditions for running of large international and national exhibitions of such a scale. The Moscow International Automobile Salon-2006 which status has been confirmed by the International Automotive Association/OICA held in Crocus Expo is a clear evidence of it.

Press conference

Opening Ceremony

About 800 companies from 15 countries participate in InterAuto-2007. There are 20 International premiers of new brands, among Russian car makers these are Sebring by GAZ and the 16th model of VAZ and there are bright premiers from Hyundai and a number of China car makers. Expositions have the following three main sections: automobile; spare parts, automotive components, car maintenance and repair and a new section of the exhibition InterAuto-2007 - commercial vehicles exposition. Crocus Expo IEC, the Association of the Russian Automakers and the Association of European Businesses plan to organize the exhibition of passenger cars and commercial vehicles exhibition as independent events and hold them every other year the same as it is organized in Paris and Frankfurt two exhibition capitals in the world.

One of peculiar features of the exhibition is the location of the Commercial transport exposition inside a pavilion versus its location on the outside territory. On completion of the immense construction project a new pavilion of Crocus Expo with overall exhibit space of about 450 thousand square meters CROCUS INTERNATIONAL proceeds to expand the business. According to Alexander Bortsov, First Deputy Director General ZAO CROCUS INTERNATIONAL, negotiations about establishment of a modern exhibition center similar Crocus Expo in Krasnodar and Novosibirsk are in completion phase. Ekaterinburg region is also potentially interesting to CROCUS INTERNATIONAL within the frames of this plan of extension.

Crocus Expo has been nominated to the Book of Records falling into three categories: the biggest exhibition pavilion, the biggest exhibition complex territory and the quickest construction (by construction volume). The records acknowledgement were certified by the editor-in-chief of the Russia Guiness Book of Records, the President Pari Agency Alexey Svistunov. On Alexey Svistunova's assurances, new pavilion Crocus Expo "left behind" in terms of exhibit space even well known Hannover Messe (Germany, Hannover). Thus, in such nomination as " the biggest exhibition pavilion " the third pavilion took the first position in the world possessing an exhibition space of one pavilion of 394 thousand sq m! On rates of construction Crocus Expo has also registered an unprecedented result. 2710 thousand cubic meters of the third pavilion have been constructed during the period from September 2006 till August 23, 2007, that by a factor of 10 times surpasses the previous record on this parameter.

Records established on the first day of the exhibition InterAuto are not over. The 2nd All-Russian Championship on Transport Passenger Capacity under an intrigue name Excuse me, Move! took place at Crocus Expo IEC. Difficult to imagine but passenger car KIA Spectra housed 21 persons with total weight of 1111 kg. And 6 persons managed to fit on a bicycle. Whats more both the vehicles managed to move required 10 meters for the record to be registered.

All records registered in Crocus Expo and included in the Russia Guiness Book of Records will be submitted for consideration to be included into famous and world widely known Guiness Book of World Records.

The Official Opening Ceremony of the exhibition InterAuto-2007 was bright and enchanting. About 800 Mass Media from Russia, Ukraine, Finland, France, Italy, Germany and other countries provided the press coverage of the first day of the exhibition.

The 3rd International exhibition InterAuto-2007 will run in Crocus Expo IEC till September 04. Total exhibit space is about 80 000 sq .

Photo from the exhibition

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