Moscow's International Motor Show is revving up, with more than 80 companies from 12 countries participating. The event is expected to showcase some 600 new car models. Yin Hang has the story.
Among the high-end offerings at this year's auto extravaganza is Nissan's Infiniti M37. The luxury model is aiming to compete against the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Automakers have identified Russia as a key emerging market for luxury cars.
Anna Kilimnik, Reporter of Autopilot Magazine said "You can definitely see this kind of car on the city streets in Russia. Everyone wants to buy a beautiful and expensive sports car."
Many car enthusiasts think there's nothing more luxurious than a Porsche. Porsches are famed for their prestigious image and reputation for speed.
But one of the newest stars of the Moscow motor show is this bomb and bullet-proof Jaguar. Indian-owned carmaker Jaguar says the model is tough enough to withstand ballistic fire.
Elena Plotnikova, Director of Jaguar Sales and Marketing said "A car we're showing today is an Armour version of the highest level of security, which can withstand an air blast equivalent to around 15 kilograms of TNT, very close to the car."
The Moscow International Motorshow is expected to attract more than a million and a half visitors. Not all the cars on display are for sale, including many concept cars.
The Russian motor market is buoyant amid difficult times for the auto sector. Car sales in the country grew three percent in the first half of 2010.