Pavlovo Bus Plant (PAZ) is one of the oldest Russian machine-building companies. It is situated in the town of Pavlovo in Nizhny Novgorod region. Since 1952 the company has been specializing in development and manufacturing of small and medium-class buses. In 2005, the company became part of GAZ Group. Pavlovo Bus Plant ranks among top ten largest bus manufacturers worldwide in terms of production volume.
Pavlovo Bus Plant specializes in development and production of small- and middle-class buses (7-9 m). Today, Pavlovo Bus Plant manufactures seven basic models and more than 60 variants of small- and medium-class buses for various purposes: for city and suburban bus line operations, for educational and social institutions, etc.
In 2013, production of Vector family buses featuring a high level of comfort, reliability and fuel efficiency was started. In 2016, the company launched production of the Vector NEXT new generation.
PAZ buses are the most common buses in Russia. Their annual output is about 10 thousand units, nearly 80% of small-class buses in Russia.
PAZ buses enjoy high demand on the part of transportation companies and private carriers involved in city and intercity passenger transportation services all over Russia. They are also very popular in the segment of corporate and school-bus transportation services. , . Because of their suitability for various road and climatic conditions, they can also be operated in adverse terrain.
The newest developments of Pavlovo Bus Plant are Vector and Vector NEXT bus families.
Production of Vector buses was launched in 2013. This bus family features a high level of comfort, reliability and fuel efficiency. «» 2013 . Vector family includes vehicles in various length, class and purpose. Available bus variants offer a perfect solution for each and every passenger transportation application. Vector buses proved their reliability during the Winter Olympics in Sochi , where they were actively used on the routes with higher passenger traffic intensity.
Since 2016 , Pavlovo Bus Plant has been manufacturing the new generation of buses - Vector NEXT. These new buses feature state-of-art exterior and interior design complying with cutting-edge trends of the global automotive industry. This « NEXT». 7,6 m long bus is intended for transportation of 43-53 passengers. Advanced driver compartment ergonomics, excellent handling and low noise inside the bus allow for comfortable passenger transportation even over long-distances. The bus comes equipped with a new YMZ-534 diesel engine. It has a modular design allowing the bus to be manufactured in various length variants with minimum lead times and resources to be involved in the organization and set-up of its production.
Since the plant joined GAZ Group, a production system, which is based on the lean manufacturing principles, is being actively implemented and rolled out across all the structural units of Pavlovo Bus Plant. Thanks to scientific organization of production processes at the plant, there is an efficient cost reduction and process optimization system in place, which allows the labor productivity to be continuously improved as well as competitive products prices to be maintained.
A cooperation agreement entered into between GAZ Group and ISUZU Motors Limited, Japan, defined a new area of development for Pavlovo Plant. Some of the newest Vector variants are being now manufactured using ISUZU chassis and equipped with engines from this Japanese manufacturer.
Since 2015 , the new product range of all GAZ Group bus plants has been consolidated under a single brand. Now, the new GAZ logo can also be seen on the new PAZ products (Vector NEXT buses). Adopting of common brand for the new buses became a logical step that followed commonization of GAZ Group product lines. PAZ brand will be continued to be used for the existing model range until new models replace the classic PAZ buses.