"It seems the Russian market does not have any jitters. Demand remains strong," said Ted Cannis, who took over as the new CEO of the joint venture between Ford and Russian carmaker Sollers last month.
The CEO expects sales to sit at a comfortable 2.6 to 2.7 million this year, well above the original Association of European Businesses (AEB) forecast of 2.45 million.
"The government is being very proactive with its auto industry, which doesn't always happen. It is trying to construct a business, bringing in expertise, infrastructure and experience," said Cannis, who has worked in Turkey, Brazil and Argentina during his 20-year career at Ford. "We met with the government over the past two days and (if anything) were more reassured."