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In pictures: Russian auto show expects 1 million visitors

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A model stands next to a Kia Quoris during preparations for the Moscow International Automobile Salon Aug. 29, 2012. Russia is one of Europe’s few growth markets for auto sales.

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Workers complete preparations for the Moscow auto sale. More than one million people are expected to attend.

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Russian policemen and an assistant look at an Opel Astra at the show on Aug. 29, 2012. General Motors is spending $1-billion over the next five years to ramp up output in Russia.

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A Mazda 6 is on display at the Moscow show. More than 100 companies are exhibiting, according to the organizers.

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A car is reflected on the wall at the Moscow auto show. GM wants to more than double production to 230,000 vehicles per year at its St. Petersburg plant.

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A visitor checks out a Mercedes-Benz GL63 during preparations for the show. The event features 24 world premieres of new models.

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A Cadillac Ciel is among the vehicles on display. Car sales in Russia grew by 40 per cent last year to more than 2.6 million vehicles, recovering most of the ground lost after they halved in the slump of 2009. Insiders expect that figure to reach or exceed three million this year.

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A Suzuki G70 is among cars on display at the show. A state-backed scrappage scheme last year encouraged Russian drivers to dump their old Ladas and buy new models.

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Assistants polish an Infiniti QX before the show opens. Volkswagen is forecasting 30-per-cent sales growth in Russia this year and making $1.3-billion (U.S.) in new investments there.

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