Russian Carmakers Ask Putin to Limit GM Imports, Interfax Says

The heads of OAO AvtoVAZ, GAZ Group and OAO Sollers asked Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for retaliatory measures to limit car imports from General Motors Co. (GM)’s Uzbek venture, Interfax said.

Uzbekistan introduced measures this year to protect GM’s local venture that have hurt Russian producers, Interfax said, citing a copy of a letter to Putin that was signed by AvtoVAZ Chief Executive Officer Igor Komarov, GAZ CEO Sergei Zanozin and Sollers CEO Vadim Shvetsov.

GM Uzbekistan, owned 25 percent by GM, increased output 4 percent to 144,622 cars in the first nine months of the year and sold at least 38,900 cars in Russia, the news service said.

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