Volkswagen is still investing in its Russian plant despite the severe downturn in that country. But right now, sales have plummeted because many Russians just can't afford a new car.
VW cut production at its plant in Kaluga.
Despite ongoing issues emanating from the 2015 Dieselgate scandal, and existential concerns over the future of diesel itself, the Volkswagen Group sold more, made more and paid more in 2017 than ever before.
World leaders are weighing in with praise as well as harsh criticism for Putin's re-election victory in Russia. Officials say the president garnered almost 77 percent of the vote, with an estimated turnout of 67 percent.
For a long time, news from Brazil mostly meant bad news. The talk was of nepotism, corruption and the worst economic crisis in history. That seems to be in the past, reports DW's Manuela Kasper-Claridge from Sao Paolo.
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