General Motors Company began to prepare the ground for the expansion of the plant "GM Auto" in St. Petersburg. This project will, by 2015, to increase the production capacity of the plant more than doubled — from 98,000 to 230,000 vehicles per year.
At the launch ceremony of the new building in Shushary was chairman and president of General Motors Dan Akerson.
The expansion of the plant "GM Auto" takes place in the framework of the historic agreement signed a year ago with the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, under which GM will invest $ 1 billion in its production in Russia over the next five years. Investments will also be sent to the joint venture "GM-AvtoVAZ" in Togliatti, which, in turn, will increase the overall production capacity of GM in Russia to 350,000 cars a year, the press service of the company.
Upon completion of the expansion of businesses jobs in St. Petersburg plant will increase from 2500 to 4000. It will be released Chevrolet and Opel cars for the Russian market. In addition, the "GM Auto" will produce a new sedan Opel Astra, whose world premiere will take place in August at the Moscow International Motor Show.
"The increase in investment is best evidenced by General Motors intention to make Russia a key part of its international operations. Our goal in Russia, as in all other markets where we are present — to create, produce and sell the best cars in the world "- says Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO of General Motors Company.