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17Russia's favorite car has a Lada problems, here's what's being done to save it

Lada is not well, and it's brought in a Swedish-American GM vet to try and fix things. It's not exactly going smoothly, though.

10GM, Audi, Jaguar halt Russian sales amidst ruble's collapse

With the Russian ruble losing over 40 percent of its value since June, automakers are temporarily stopping sales in Russian until they can adjust prices, or see things stabilize.

1Could raising the gas tax be used to fight ISIS, Russia?

Naval warfare, aerial warfare, logistical warfare, cyber warfare. There are as many ways to wage war as there are stars in the sky, but economic warfare is perhaps one of the most misunderstood. It's rarely as overt as bombing factories or sinking freighters, featuring more subtle, domestic maneuvers.

22Russian military commissions bizarre off-road troop carrier

If the original Red Dawn had been a futuristic war thriller rather than being set in 1984, we imagine the invading Soviet forces would have been tooling about in something like this unnamed ZIL truck.

2Russia set to sell Su-35s to Chinese Air Force

The Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force could be making a substantial addition to its ranks in the next few years, as Russia's Sukhoi is prepared to deliver its most advanced fighter, the Su-35, to supplement one of the world's largest air forces. According to Jane's, though, the PLAAF might not be interested in simply flying the new fighter.

2France 'suspends' sale of Russian assault ships

The French government has officially suspended the sale of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to Russia. How, might you ask, is this different than the country's stance all along? And what happened to French President Francois Hollande making a final decision in November?

1Russian bombers to begin patrols in Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico

Imagine you're on a boat, floating in the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps partaking in some sport fishing with the hope of landing a marlin. A thunderous drone approaches, and you spot, barely, the big, silver shape and swept wings of a Russian TU-95 Bear bomber (like the one shown above, being intercepted by a US Air Force F-15). Well, with Russia's belligerence once again on the uptick, that's a very real possibility.

AddFrench President Hollande to decide on Russia warship deal in November

After immense pressure from its NATO allies back in September, France delayed a deal with Russia that would have seen the western country provide state-of-the-art Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to the recently belligerent power. Now, the ultimate fate of the deal is up to French President François Hollande.

59Porsche working on turbo V12 for Putin limo project?

Porsche is best known for building very well-regarded sports cars and better-selling utility vehicles. Come to the company with a big enough bag of cash, though, and the Porsche Engineering division can create just about anything. The group's past projects include working with Harley-Davidson, Mercedes-Benz and corporate cousin Audi, but if rumors prove true, then its latest partner might be the last one you'd expect.

31Total oil exec killed when plane collides with drunk snowplow driver

Sad news out of Russia today, as it's being reported that Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of France's Total Oil, has been killed along with three other people after their plane collided with a snow plow on the tarmac of Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport.

45Datsun's lackluster initial sales fall below Tata Nano

When Tata introduced the Nano back in 2008, everyone was amazed at how cheap it was. They called it a game changer, but no game was changed. In fact, it took Tata five years to sell the 250,000 units it had the capacity to build in a single year. As it turns out, even buyers in what economists call "developing markets" like India aren't necessarily interested in buying an ultra-cheap automobile. And now it appears that Nissan may be falling into the same trap.

11Race Recap: 2014 Russian Grand Prix is like Valencia, but in Russian

The Sochi International Street Circuit used to host the Russian Formula One Grand Prix has a few things in common with the Valencia Street Circuit that was used to host the European Grand Prix. Both are built among existing infrastructure used for other events, both contain long, narrow stretches run between concrete walls and chain link fencing, and both are, shall we say, not exactly exciting.

94BMW X5 driver repeatedly fails to understand big rig braking distances

Nobody should be shocked that a big, heavy vehicle like a semi truck takes a longer distance to stop than the average passenger car; it's just basic physics. However, this BMW X5 driver seemingly has a major problem grasping the concept, and it results in some serious damage to the back of his SUV.

73GT-R owner finds going 200 mph on a public freeway is asking for trouble

We are going to start with the disclaimer: do not try this at home. Ever.

43VW announces Russian shutdown, cites floundering market

The Russian auto industry is not in a great place right now. A weakened currency, the rouble, is stinging automakers, and in the case of Volkswagen, has prompted a trimming of production.

18Lada reveals new Xray, Vesta and Vesta WTCC in Moscow [w/video]

With the Russian market growing into one of the largest in the world, automakers from around the world descended this past weekend on the Moscow Motor Show in pursuit of a slice of that pie. But you can bet that Lada, one of Russia's biggest domestic players, wasn't going to miss out on the opportunity to roll out its latest, and that's just what it did.

AddFrance calls off controversial delivery of Russian assault ship

A controversial deal that would see France supply Russia with two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships has just suffered a major blow, as the western European country announced it will not deliver the first ship – the Vladivostok, shown above – citing the security threat posed following months of Russian belligerence.

5Cartoon mascots punish Russian driver in road rage incident

We've seen some truly harrowing videos from Russian dashcams, recently. However, none of them rise to the level of weirdness as this latest one. Apparently in Russia, just because you're dressed as a quartet of children's cartoon characters, doesn't make you immune from road rage.

10Buick Encore takes a hit of Mokka to tackle Dakar

There are many vehicles we'd consider taking racing. Even on a cross-country rally as punishing as the Dakar. But a Buick Encore? That's not one that would enter our motorsports-based consciousness. Yet it's basically what General Motors is entering in the South American rally raid this year, and you're looking at it.

21Lamborghini Huracán races Su-30 jet in Russia

We've seen it time and time again, but we never seem to get tired of it. We are referring, of course, to races between supercars and fighter jets. The time-honored tradition has seen a Lamborghini Reventón take on a Panavia Tornado, an SRT Viper line up alongside an F-16, even a Red Bull F1 car tackle an F/A-18 Hornet. But now it's time for the new Lamborghini Huracán to take its turn. And since this contest takes place in Russia, its rival is none other than the Sukhoi Su-30 Flank

14Watch Sebastian Vettel become first driver to lap Sochi GP circuit

In April of last year, Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard drove the unpaved Sochi Formula One circuit in a pair of Infiniti M sedans, getting both muddy and airborne in the process. Now with tarmac laid down and fences put up, Vettel and Coulthard have gone back to the Black Sea vacation spot for another hot lap, this time in a Q50 Hybrid and without the need for mud flaps.

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