On 06 December, festive activities are going to take place at the Gorky automobile plant dedicated to the 85-th anniversary of the company GAZ anniversary is a remarkable date for the whole of the Russian automobile industry. GAZ vehicles reflect the history of the country and the formation of the industry, Gorky car factory vehicles represent whole epochs in the life of the state. The name of the Gorky Autoplant is associated with the large-scale transition of the country to automotive transport, providing the agricultural sector with medium-duty trucks and organizing passenger transportation.
The Automobile plant was commissioned in 1932 when the first truck rolled off from the line - GAZ-AA “one-and-a-half tonner”. Over the years, the plant has given the country millions of affordable cars, becoming a golden forge of experts for the national industry and the founder of the Russian school of engineering in the automotive industry. Since its foundation, GAZ has produced more than 18 million cars and trucks launching into production over 350 models and versions of their vehicles.
Following the history of GAZ Group products, one can follow the history of establishment and development of the national automotive industry. Many of them embody whole epochs in the life of the state. Industrialization of the whole country and the first worker-lorry GAZ-AA; Moscow of 1930-ies and the legendary M-1 "Emka"; GAZ armored vehicles and the head-quarters car "Ivan-Jeep» GAZ-67 on the fields of the Great patriotic war; the post-war 40-ies and the car "Pobeda"; the rise of agriculture and the famous GAZ-51 and GAZ-53 trucks; the state apparatus of the Soviet Union and solid "ZIMs" and "Chaikas"; the years of thaw in 1960 's and a symbol of democratic change "Volga" GAZ-21; turning 90-ies and the new one-and-a-half tonner "GAZelle" that played a huge role in the development of the market economy, the expansion of freight and passenger transportation and gave an impetus to the development of Russian entrepreneurship.
GAZ today is a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Russia, providing modern automotive vehicles for various industries, small and medium-sized businesses, municipal utilities, agricultural enterprises, medical and educational establishments of the country. In recent years, GAZ has completely updated its model range, creating a line of light commercial and medium-duty vehicles of the NEXT generation. GAZ invested more than $1 billion in the development of new vehicles and modernization of production facilities at the Gorky automobile plant upgrading more than 600 thousand. sq. m. of production floor space. GAZ has built new welding and assembly lines, a new press shop, a modern painting complex, and a new training center.
GAZ keeps the best traditions of its 85-year history: the famous design school, production labor dynasties, active cooperation with the higher school in developing the engineering future elite of the country.