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The enterprise in St. Petersburg, where Nissan X-Trail, Qashqai and Murano were previously assembled, ended last year with a loss of 13.7 billion rubles. This is more than two times more than in 2022, writes Delovoy Peterburg with reference to data from the Kontur.Focus contractor verification service. The revenue of the plant, which has been idle since the spring of 2022, decreased by almost 90 percent – to 3.7 billion rubles.

The former Nissan plant stopped production in the spring of 2022 and has been idle since then. In November it came under state control and was then transferred to AvtoVAZ. Last year they were going to launch production of the Lada X-Cross 5 crossover, also known as the Chinese FAW Bestune T77.

However, something went wrong and the project had to be cancelled. According to some reports, the contract with FAW was not terminated after AvtoVAZ came under US sanctions.

This year, production was still able to be established, but instead of X-Cross 5, the X-Cross 7 under the new Xcite brand was put on the conveyor. This is a renamed Chery Tiggo 7 Pro with a one and a half liter gasoline turbo engine with 147 horsepower, a CVT and front-wheel drive.

The crossover should go on sale at the end of April or early May, said the Governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov, during an inspection of the first assembled cars.

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