While China gets most of the attention for its rapid expansion, there's quite a boom occurring to its north, meaning that Russian car buyers no longer have to settle for Cold War leftovers (although to be honest, GAZ-Volga has come a long way from the vehicle pictured to the right). Ford is spending another $30 million to double the capacity of their St. Petersburg plant, which builds the Focus. Additionally, Renault just completed a $250M plant in Moscow to build the Logan, DaimlerChrysler will start producing Mercedes in St. Petersburg by the end of the year, and Toyota is eyeing the market as well with a willingness to invest as much as $1 billion if demand is sufficient. It is projected that Russian auto sales will increase to 2.8 million vehicles per year by 2010.

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