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TASS: Russian state could take over Toyota’s St. Petersburg plant


MOSCOW, Russia: State run news agency TASS has reported that Russia’s Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that Japanese car maker Toyota’s St Petersburg plant may be transferred to Russia’s Central Automobile and Engine Research and Development Institute, NAMI.

“The transfer of Toyota’s Russian assets to NAMI is being considered,” Manturov said, on the sidelines of a business congress.

Renault and Nissan plants in Russia have already been taken over by NAMI.

This week, a spokesperson for Toyota said that after deciding last year to end production in St Petersburg last March, it was considering its options.

“While it is true that we are considering various options, nothing has been decided at this point,” the spokesperson said.

In September, Toyota said that due to interrupted supplies of key materials and parts, it had decided to end its vehicle production in Russia.