21:32 GMT16 June 2021
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    YELABUGA, Rusisa (Sputnik) - Batch production of Russia's luxury cars Aurus will strengthen the country's presence in the international market and help boost the high-tech export, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

    "We expect that the batch production of Aurus cars will strengthen Russian cars' presence in the international market and will serve as an opportunity to increase the export of high-tech products," Putin said at the production launch ceremony.

    In 2022, Aurus production localization will grow to 80 percent from the current 53 percent, the Russian president assured.

    Batch production of the Aurus Senat convertibles was launched at a factory in Tatarstan's town of Yelabuga. The producer earlier said that the cost of a car in the basic configuration would total 18 million rubles ($245,160).

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