52 thoughts on “Luxury Cabs of Moscow”

  1. A Porsche Cayenne costs $200,000 in Russia? Is this in rubles or American dollars?

    If the latter, I am glad I don’t live in Russia! Damn, we can get them for under $50,000 here in California.

      • that is a TechArt Magnum, with 650 to 800 bhp which is well over 150k €, so according of the exchange rate of today, more than 200k $

    • Almost everything that is imported into Russia costs twice as much (or more) as it does anywhere else. This is because of the Russian protectionist policies that call for huge import tarrifs.

      Once again Russia misses the mark. People buy imported things because they are of much higher quality than Russian-produced goods. No one who can afford it wants to buy, or own a Russian anything except vodka (best in the world!)

      Finally when you factor in that many Russians think the more something costs the better it must be (because if it wasn’t so good it wouldn’t cost so much!), that’s how you get 200K for a Porsche you can buy anywhere else for 50K.

      Russians: Have money, but no sense of value.

      • Yep. That’s why Russia is so lagging in the Global Economy.


        Number 58 on a total of 131 countries. Between Croatia and Panama..

        Porsche Cayenne is boring, but it’s a Porsche, so it’s good !
        In Holland I noticed that the common taxi is a Mercedes.

        • You are funny.

          Bringing down the WTO will improve Russian economy ? Like, they can all of a sudden export illegal DVDs and software ? Outside of their national resources they have virtually nothing to export.

          What this report is ?

          The Global Competitiveness Report is a yearly report published by the World Economic Forum. The first report was released in 1979. The 2007-2008 report covers 131 major and emerging economies.[1] The report “assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. This in turn depends on how productively a country uses available resources. Therefore, the Global Competitiveness Index measures the set of institutions, policies, and factors that set the sustainable current and medium-term levels of economic prosperity.” [1] It has been widely cited and used by many scholarly and peer-reviewed articles.

          Another similar index is the annual ‘Ease of doing business report’. Russia is at position 106 [of 178], just above Bangladesh.


          Or take the ‘Index of Economic Freedom’ where Russia is together with some African dictatorial states considered not free – the lowest score.

          The Economic Freedom of the World overview puts Russia in position 112, between Colombia and Benin.

          Tried to do business in Russia myself, and I can only confirm these findings.

          I.e the legal system will not support you in any way, the only thing that matters is the amount of money you have, which will buy you ‘blat ‘ [блат: to put it simple it means using influence/bribes etc. to achieve results or get ahead]. The corruption kills every long term plan. Contracts are not worth the paper they’re written on. Etc… the mentality is the biggest problem – everybody is so used to it that it might never change. Unfortunately. Because the potential is there.

          • Not just exports, it will bring down costs and tarrifs on imports too.

            Those reports mean nothing, and many are biased againts russia as they are produced by western backed entities, they try to discourage investment in russia. I’m not saying its good or great or easy to start a business in russia, but russia is a superpower, it stands on a whole other level compared to 90% of the countries on those lists. All I’m saying is keep an open mind and look at the bigger picture, dont limit yourself to a “Global competivness report”

        • In what way is Croatia a worse country than anywhere else (Russia and Panama included) to raise a family? It’s very easy to make sweeping judgements about countries when you have no knowledge of the world at all, let alone stepped out of your own front door. Stop being so arrogant, you truly ignorant halfwit!

        • You’re right!! We do have Mercedes in Holland!! Beren to Moscow too and this is not a regular taxi there….most of them are russian or east european cars!!

    • 50k yes for the used standard model,Cayenne turbo cost fortune,more than 130k Euro…second hand Maybach with low km is also arround 200k$

    • Mind you, unlike Europe or United States most of Cayennes bought in Russia are either S or Turbo. However taxes are still high so they cost relatively more than in the USA.

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  8. I am sure that this cars belonb to russian mafia. This whole country is driven by mafia and connections. sorry guys from there but it is holly true.

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