Today the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Russian Federation visited Gorky Automobile Plant. During the visit, Igor Shuvalov got acquainted with GAZ vehicles assembly process and the company’s production system, which allows managing expenses and production costs. Also, the Deputy Prime Minister inspected GAZ vehicles of the new generation - a medium-duty commercial vehicle GAZon Next with a gross weight of 10 tons, a light commercial vehicle GAZelle Next with a gross vehicle of 4.6 tons, as well as a 16-seater bus GAZelle Next, a cargo-passenger seven-seater GAZelle Next and other models.
Igor Shuvalov, the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Russian Federation:
- Today during the meeting in Nizhny Novgorod we discussed what is needed specifically to support GAZ, other exporters, which markets we should develop. We must understand that competition is very tough, no one is waiting for us in foreign markets. Part of the work related to export promotion should be done by the government and our specialized export development agencies . Manufacturers should keep in mind that this global competition will only intensify. The results of work in this area, which we observe today at GAZ, are impressive. We saw a new product lineup. These are first-class automobiles, highly efficient commercial vehicles. This demonstrates that Russian automotive industry has a high export potential.
Over the past five years GAZ Group has invested more than $ 1 billion in upgrading its lineup and modernizing production facilities, which has enabled launching the new Next family into the market. Today the company supplies vehicles to more than 40 countries and continues to actively develop sales in key regions - Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Over the past four years the company has increased the number of export countries from 29 to 45. By 2022 GAZ Group plans to significantly increase export shipments and expand the sales geography to 90 countries.