At GAZ began assembling Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic

July 15, at the Gorky Automobile Plant started mass production of light-duty trucks Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic. In Nizhny Novgorod will produce two versions of the van and three versions of the van Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic.

  • Photo: Julia Gorshkov vremyan.ru
  • Photo: Julia Gorshkov vremyan.ru

The vehicles will be equipped with engines of Mercedes-Benz, licensed production of which begins at the Yaroslavl Motor Plant "GAZ Group". In a joint project with GAZ, Daimler will invest over 100 million euros in the adaptation of the product, manufacturing processes and distribution network. Investment in the project from the "GAZ Group" will exceed 90 million euros.

  • Photo: Julia Gorshkov vremyan.ru
  • Photo: Julia Gorshkov vremyan.ru

As part of the launch vehicle production Sprinter Classic at GAZ the launch of new painting complex.Capacity of the complex is more than 10 bodies per hour, provides 11 colors for painting cars. New technologies, which invested about 50 million euros, will enable the process of painting cars and guaranteed protection against corrosion in full compliance with the standards of Daimler, and will also be used in the production range of vehicles GAZ. 

As the "Avtostat" Head of Corporate Communications "Mercedes-Benz Rus" Andrei Rodionov, the previous generation Sprinter was enormously popular in Europe, which is why it was decided to locate the model in Russia, taking into account the needs of Russian customers. "Thanks to the assembly at the factory" GAZ Group "we will be able to offer Russian customers a more affordable price. This will also allow us to participate in various government programs, including tenders for public procurement", — says Andrey Rodionov.

  • Photo: Julia Gorshkov vremyan.ru
  • Photo: Julia Gorshkov vremyan.ru

In turn, the "GAZ Group" "Autostat" said contract assembly Sprinter, first of all, will give the company additional revenue that will be aimed at the development and production of its own lineup. "Sprinter and Gazelle are fundamentally different price categories and consumer segments, so these cars will not compete with each other," — noted in the press-service of "GAZ Group".

  • Photo: Julia Gorshkoa vremyan.ru
  • Photo: Julia Gorshkoa vremyan.ru

The share of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles on the Russian market is only 2%. Remains the undisputed leader in this "GAZ Group" with his "gazelle", and the leader among the foreign company is Volkswagen. With the start of local assembly, according to experts, the share of Mercedes should grow two or even four times.

Export of cars Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic, produced by GAZ Group in Nizhny Novgorod, is scheduled to begin in 2014. This is the general director of "Mercedes-Benz Russia" Made Yang at a press conference dedicated to the start of production of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic at GAZ.

According to him, we are now negotiating with Ukraine and Belarus, but does not exclude the possibility of deliveries of this model to the Middle East and North Africa.

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