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The first serial Volga will appear at the beginning of next summer

Production will be organized at sites vacated by foreign partners who left the Russian Federation.

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The Gorky Automobile Plant may present the first production model of a car under the Volga brand at the beginning of next summer, Deputy Prime Minister, head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov said on the sidelines of the Eurasian Congress.

“How it will look, I think, colleagues will soon be able to demonstrate to the market. In terms of timing, this is approximately in a year, taking into account the completion of the procedure for selecting foreign partners, and approximately 9 months after the start of this work, it is required to organize direct production. Therefore, the beginning of next summer, our colleagues are guiding us, by this time we will be able to see the first serial production under the Volga brand.

The facilities created by partners from Western Europe, who left these production facilities today, will be adapted for production, the deputy prime minister said.

Expert opinion

Behind the wheel

Maxim Kadakov, editor-in-chief of the magazine “Behind the wheel”

– Everything is more than obvious: GAZ is looking for an opportunity to load the passenger conveyor, which is idle after the departure of Skoda and Volkswagen.

Of course, we are talking about mastering the SKD assembly of some already finished machine. Because neither in a year, nor in two, it is impossible to make a car even on the existing platform. We don’t have such a platform. If by Volga we mean some kind of medium-sized car, approximately the same as the Volga was – 4.9 m long. Toyota Camry class.

During the indicated period, you can master SKD, translate operating instructions into Russian, select technical fluids, make emblems and adapt multimedia.

If GAZ goes down this path, they will look for a partner who has a suitable model in the range. There are many manufacturers left in China to work with. The main thing is with whom it will be possible to agree on the subsequent localization and modernization.

True, I think the new Volga will no longer look like the Volga, and we will have to get used to its new look with the usual name.

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Source: Interfax

Photo: AGN “Moscow”

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