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It has emerged that The Volkswagen Group owned Spanish automobile manufacturing company SEAT will no longer be selling cars in Russia from 1 January 2015.

This latest news has come due to a real drop in car sales in Russia due to the economic downturn in the country. The poor Russian economy is largely due to sanctions placed on Russia by the West, due to the role played by Moscow in the Ukraine crisis and also due to a real drop in oil prices.

A spokesman from The Volkswagen Group Russia had this to say about the recent proposal: "The SEAT brand is stopping sales of new cars in Russia from January 1, 2015, due to the contraction of sectors in which it is represented, the general economic situation in Russia and currency rate fluctuations,".

Already this year, there is a 13% reduction in car sales across Russia compared with the same period last year. Although this is a big drop, it is nothing compared to the drop seen by the Spanish automobile company over the same period. SEAT have seen a 57% drop in sales this year compared with the same period last year. This is why The Volkswagen Group have decided to pull the plug from the beginning of next year. With such a drop in sales, who can blame them?

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