The Moscow motor show has plenty of new metal on display, but most of it will never be sold on UK shores. Here are our top picks of the cars you won't be able to buy in this country
Darren Moss
30 August 2014

While the Moscow motor show features an eclectic selection of global brands, most of the vehicles on display there won’t be coming to the UK.

Russia’s unique market  - largely dominated by SUVs and crossovers in rural areas and an increasing number of saloons and hatchbacks in town – demands a wide variety of cars nonetheless, and that’s why so many manufacturers are vying for a slice of the automotive pie.

With that in mind, here are Autocar’s picks of the cars that won’t be coming to the UK.

Datsun on-Do

The on-Do is a compact saloon priced at the lower end of the market. It starts at just below 400,000 Russian rubles, or £6684. For that, you get a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 85bhp, a five-speed manual transmission, five seats and a boot capable of holding 530 litres.

Lada Kalina NFR

A hot version of Lada's Kalina hatchback where power from its 1.6-litre engine has been pushed to 138bhp. Couple that with new styling accents and new air intakes on the bonnet, and we think this hot hatch looks relatively stylish. The 0-60mph sprint is covered in 8.5 seconds.

Haval H9

The H9 made its debut at the Beijing motor show earlier this year, aiming to provide China's emerging SUV market with an affordable off-road model. Two turbocharged direct-injection engines are available, in either 2.0-litre or 3.0-litre form, the larger of which gets 328bhp.

Toyota Venza

One of the curiosities of the Moscow motor show is the number of American-born models on display. Toyota is showing off its latest Venza crossover, available with either a 2.7-litre four-cylinder or 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. Buying one will save you little at the pumps, though, as even the most frugal version of the Venza returns just 27.6mpg.

Citroën C-Elysee

Unveiled at the Shanghai motor show last year, the C-Elysee is mechanically identical to the Peugeot 301, and is built in Spain for Central European markets. Power comes from PSA's VTI 72 engine, which produces 72bhp and can return upwards of 56.5mpg. Interestingly, it's makers say the VTI engine has been developed to run on varying fuel quality, depending on different markets.

PGO Cevennes

This retro-styled open-top model is stood next to a coupe version of the same name in Moscow. Exact output from its 1.6-litre hasn't been revealed, but plenty of eyes are on the two-door Cevennes, both from potential customers and rival manufacturers.

Geely Emgrand EC7

The EC7 was meant to be Geely's launch offering in the UK two years ago, but even though we tested the mid-size saloon in 2012 it is yet to be offered officially on these shores. Power comes from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 137bhp, and prices are due to start from around £12,000.

Changan CS75

There's more than a hint of Land Rover influence in the styling of the Changan CS75. Powered by a 2.0-litre VVT engine developing 156bhp, the CS75 can reach 62mph in 8.1 seconds. Changan is part of a strong contingent of Chinese manufacturers at the Moscow show, with the manufacturer flanked by Hama and Volvo owner Geely.

Kia Quoris

Technically, Kia's new flagship saloon is something of a cheater on this list, because although Russian sales start next month company officials say there are plans to bring it to Europe and the UK. We've already driven the 3.8-litre V6-powered car, finding it to be somewhat lacking compared to European rivals.

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30 August 2014
Which looks like it means "nine cars you wouldn't want to buy in the UK".

30 August 2014
I note the Russian motor industry are still using sex to sell cars. All I can say is those Russian girls have their work cut out !

30 August 2014
...no sh!ts were given.


1 September 2014
Can you please give your photographer some basic lessons in photography next time please? Taking pictures of the cars from dead front or right behind?! Eh!? Three quarter views would have shown the the front AND side of the car yet in most of these pics 80% of the photo is wasted on BACKGROUND with hardly anything of the car. Gosh. Terrible photos.

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