GAZ Group – Russia's largest manufacturer of commercial motor vehicles
GAZ Group specializes in development and production of light and medium commercial vehicles, buses, heavy-duty trucks, power trains and automotive components.
The Company is Russia's leader in construction of functional, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly automobiles for businesses, various industries, passenger transport, educational and health care institutions, utilities and fire-fighting services, the agricultural sector.
Best-in-class warranty conditions are offered for a number of new products. With the largest sales and service network on Russian commercial vehicles market the Company ensures favorable buying terms for customers, as well as availability of spare parts and service.
Featuring high-level quality, functionality and reliability, GAZ Group products are 15-30% cheaper than imported peers and are more cost-efficient in operation.
of buses segment
of LCV segment
of AWD heavy-duty trucks segment
GAZ Group is official supplier of transport solutions for key national projects, such as Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
GAZ Group continuously improves its model range. Highly diversified product portfolio enables GAZ Group to offer customers integrated transport solutions. Choice of gasoline, natural gas or diesel as fuel, flat-bed trucks and vans, standard or long platform, single-row of crew cab versions, rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive modifications of trucks, as well as buses and coaches of all classes and purposes – the broad variety of options allows each customer to select exactly the configuration to meet the requirements of business. Light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses of the NEXT generation are flagships of Company's model range.
GAZ Group makes use of world's best practices in engineering, production technology, purchasing, sales and business processes. This helps maintain leadership positions on Russia's commercial vehicles market and develop export markets.
All development work is carried out in Company's own Engineering Center – Russia's largest R&D facility, supporting a full cycle of automotive engineering: concept and styling development, planning, prototyping, modeling and testing, production processes design, engineering and certification. Automobiles are created based on in-depth knowledge of specifics of operation on all kinds of roads and off-road, in harsh weather conditions and under excess load, always keeping priority customer requirements in mind.
A cost management industrial process system based on lean manufacturing principles was implemented at GAZ Group enterprises, an efficient tool for cost cutting and continuous improvement of production processes that over the past ten years helped raise labor productivity four-fold at Company's plants. GAZ Group is the prime source of cadre for organization of lean manufacturing in Russia: leaders of various sectors of economy come to GAZ to study the expertise.
Top priority in GAZ Group's development is investing in creating best working conditions for employees and their professional development, in forming a succession pool of young people, educating a new engineering and technology elite for Russian industry. For professional advancement company employees go to company university, offering approximately 450 unique educational programs and training courses developed in-house.
highly skilled employees
jobs in supply and related industries in Russia
GAZ Group is integrating in international automotive industry through industrial partnerships with leading OEMs Volkswagen and Daimler, as well as with leading international suppliers of automotive components. Joint projects are instrumental for modernizing production capacities and providing training for personnel in best practices of global auto making.
Principal shareholder in the Company is "Russian Machines" engineering holding, a part of 'Basic Element' industrial group. Headquarters of GAZ Group is located in Nizhny Novgorod.
300 million euros
200 thousand vehicles
have been released for 5 years of cooperation
In June 2011 GAZ Group and Volkswagen Group Rus signed a long-term cooperation agreement. In 2012 production of Škoda Yeti crossover started at GAZ, in 2013 new Volkswagen Jetta and Škoda Octavia went into production. Full-cycle manufacturing of the cars includes all main technological stages: welding, painting, assembly. A total of EUR 300 million was invested in the project, including modernization of production capacities at Gorky Automobile Plant and training of personnel.
Within the project scope new assembly and body shops were created at GAZ, painting facility was modernized, logistic and quality control systems were improved, a training center was opened for learning advanced standards of global automotive industry.
In Volkswagen Group Rus Training Center GAZ workers acquire practical skill in dedicated areas, simulating work at all stages of Volkswagen and Škoda cars production. The 3,000 sq m training facility comprises five areas for practical training in technological operations of welding, painting, assembly, production system and logistics, as well as classes for theoretical study. Training courses are conducted by GAZ trainers who to be able to do that had to go through training and certification at Volkswagen and Škoda plants in Germany and Czech Republic.
In 2013 Gorky Automobile Plant localized production of axles and exhaust management systems for Volkswagen and Škoda cars.
In 2015 GAZ Group and Volkswagen celebrated production of the 100,000th car at GAZ under the joint project.
In June 2017 GAZ Group has extended partnership with Volkswagen Group — they have extended contract manufacturing of passenger vehicles Volkswagen and SKODA at Gorky Automobile Plant until 2025, have signed the contract on supply of Volkswagen engines for Gazelle Next, and have signed the agreement of intent with Volkswagen Truck & Bus, stipulating long-term strategic partnership.
190 million euros
10 thousand vehicles
released in 2015
In 2010 GAZ Group and Daimler concern signed an agreement on organizing production of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter commercial vehicles at Gorky Automobile Plant in Nizhny Novgorod. Production started in 2013. Manufacturing of the vans is organized as a full cycle, including all principal technological stages: welding, painting, assembly.
Daimler AG and Russian GAZ Group invested in excess of EUR 190 million in launching localized production of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic. As part of the joint project approximately 90,000 sq m of production and logistic space were modernized at GAZ and a new painting facility was built, in which Mercedes-Benz Sprinters are painted as well as GAZelle NEXT and GAZon NEXT vehicles of GAZ' new model range. GAZ workers went though practical training at Daimler production facilities.
GAZ Group, Russia's largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, possesses invaluable expertise in automobile construction. Due to that the production line for the Mercedes LCV was easily integrated into GAZ infrastructure.
In 2013 Yaroslavl Engine Plant of GAZ Group localized production of engines for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
In 2015 GAZ Group expanded cooperation with Daimler by organizing production of stamped body panels and structural elements for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vehicles. The components for Daimler are made at Gorky Automobile Plants press and framing facility on new automated equipment with the use of modern dies from Germany and Argentina. Stamped parts are supplied to the Mercedes assembly conveyor at GAZ and to the spare parts distribution network.
In 2015 10,000th Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was built at GAZ.
12 million euros
In 2014 GAZ Group and Swedish fasteners manufacturer Bulten established their Bulten-Rus joint venture at Gorky Automobile Plant. The JV became Bulten's first production facility in Russia.
Total investment of GAZ and Bulten in creating the new production operation amounted to EUR 12 million. 12.5 thousand square meters of production space was modernized in the scope of organizing the joint operation, new equipment from Italy, Japan and China was installed on GAZ site to support all stages of full-cycle production of fasteners: cold upsetting, threading and thermal treatment. Annual production capacity of Bulten-Rus is 8,000 tons.
160 million euros
In 2012 GAZ Group and Bosal, one of the leading international manufacturers of emission control systems, opened a Joint Venture at Gorky Automobile Plant to produce exhaust systems. Joint investment in establishing the JV totaled RUB 160 million. Production capacity of the business exceeds 300,000 units per year.
Bosal-GAZ facility is equipped with modern machinery from world's leading equipment suppliers: automatic pipe bending and welding systems, as well as equipment for production of catalytic converters.
The JV products are designed for commercial vehicles under GAZ brand and for assembly of foreign-brand cars. Thus, the JV supplies exhaust control systems for Volkswagen Jetta, Škoda Octavia and Škoda Yeti cars, produced in Nizhny Novgorod.