Today, industrials editor and analyst Brendan Byrnes discusses Russia's rapidly growing auto market. General Motors' (NYSE: GM) Russian sales are actually currently growing faster than its China sales from a percentage standpoint, and within a few years Russia should be the biggest player in the European auto market. Ford (NYSE: F) has also posted some impressive numbers in Russia despite struggles in Europe overall. Although there's always the risk that political uncertainty could stunt growth, the Russian market should supplement opportunities in China and the U.S. for both GM and Ford, and should help the companies overcome near-term European losses.

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