Introductory number one: while the European car market went into a deep minus, the Russian one is showing steady growth. Introductory number two: in these conditions, according to the calculations of the analysts of the Avtostat agency, our automobile market will grow by 10% over the next year, and the growth in automobile production will be 12%!
There are several conclusions: in Russia a new, rather powerful industry has formed; in Europe, the sales crisis, but we don’t, in addition, the export of "Russian foreigners" is gaining momentum. Cars of the Renault, Hyundai, Kia, and Volkswagen brands made in Russia are already being delivered abroad, even if only to their closest neighbors - Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.
I tried to find out what new models will appear on the conveyors of Russian factories next year.
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Renault-Logan 2: production in Togliatti from the second half of 2013
Renault-Logan 2: production in Togliatti from the second half of 2013. Renault-Logan 2: production in Togliatti from the second half of 2013.
First, about those enterprises that are traditionally considered completely domestic, although this concept is not as clear as before. Indeed, at AvtoVAZ, the largest Russian plant, they now assemble, albeit in small batches, Nissan Almera. A full-fledged launch of this new product, created, despite the Japanese name and original design, at Renault-Logan nodes, will take place at the end of this year. And in the first quarter of 2013 the serial production of the modernized Kalina will unfold. In the second half of the year, AvtoVAZ will begin to assemble another car. So far there have been no official statements, but it’s already clear that they will become the “Renault-Logan” of the new generation, which has just been shown in Paris (details - at the beginning of the issue).
Lada Kalina 2 is a predictable bestseller in the market. In a series from the beginning of the year
Lada Kalina 2 is a predictable bestseller in the market. In a series from the beginning of the year. Lada Kalina 2 is a predictable bestseller in the market. In a series from the beginning of the year.
At the Izhevsk Automobile Plant, which has actually become a branch of AvtoVAZ, in 2013 they plan to reach the full capacity of the Grants issue. At the end of the year, perhaps this is where the hatchback of this model will appear on the assembly line. There are still rumors about certain Nissan and Renault models that may be registered in Izhevsk, but there is still no certainty at all.
GAZ, the second largest Russian automobile plant in terms of production, is also becoming a number of manufacturers of foreign models. Today, the Skoda-Yeti crossover is assembled there using the large-knot method. By the end of this year, the plant will switch to the full assembly cycle of Skoda and Volkswagen cars; next year they hope to produce 60 thousand cars of these brands there. The bet is placed on the Octavia and Jetta models. At a full capacity of 110 thousand cars, according to Peter Linkhart, the head of the Volkswagen Group Rus-GAZ project, the plant will be launched in 2014.
In addition, GAZ Group and General Motors entered into a contract assembly agreement. Now, in accordance with it, new equipment for welding is being assembled. The launch of Chevrolet Aveo sedans and hatchbacks will also take place early next year; production volume - up to 30 thousand cars annually.
"Gazelle-Next" - on the conveyor since the beginning of 2013. Following is the "Sable" shown in the photo
"Gazelle-Next" - on the conveyor since the beginning of 2013. Following is the "Sable" shown in the photo. "Gazelle-Next" - on the conveyor since the beginning of 2013. Following is the "Sable" shown in the photo.
And the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter of the previous generation will appear on the GAZ conveyor. By the way, GAZ hopes that cooperation with the famous German brand will not only increase the prestige of the plant, but will also allow it to gain experience and also help to modernize the enterprise. Indeed, in 2013, the release of the “Gazelle” of a new generation will also begin.
There is not much news from UAZ: the Patriot (including the pickup truck) will undergo another modernization, promise a new import razdatku and further improvements in the cabin. The owner, Sollers, is actively seeking a foreign partner to launch an entirely new model within a couple of years. The most likely candidate is the Korean SanYong, with whom Sollers has a long-standing friendship.
In the Elabuga plant of Sollers this summer, in addition to the “transits” manufactured there (a five-thousandth car was assembled in July), a large-unit assembly of other Ford models was launched: Galaxy minivans and S-MAXs, Explorer explorer and Kuga crossover. Next year, the main stake will be made on the second-generation Kuga. Its assembly will begin in early 2013, immediately after the start of production in Germany. But this is also an interim solution.
A completely new Ford Kuga will be made full cycle in Tatarstan
A completely new Ford Kuga will be made full cycle in Tatarstan. A completely new Ford Kuga will be made full cycle in Tatarstan.
In general, they plan to produce Kugu in Naberezhnye Chelny, on the territory of the former ZMA, where reconstruction is currently underway. The capacity of the assembly line (with welding and painting) will be 110 thousand cars per year. Of course, no one will buy so many crossovers, so another model will appear on the conveyor - a certain B + sedan. Most likely, "Fiesta" (this car with a three-volume body has long been produced in China). The full-cycle release of Kugi will start in 2013, and the sedan in 2014.
And in Elabuga they will assemble commercial models, and in addition to the well-known Transit, which will be transferred to a new generation, the younger model will appear on the conveyor - Transit Custom.
Sollers has a number of projects with other companies. In May, the production of Japanese medium-tonnage trucks at the Sollers-Isuzu JV in Ulyanovsk resumed; next year the lineup will expand. In Vladivostok, the assembly of the Mazda CX-5 crossover started. It will not be the only one for long, soon in the Primorye the new generation Mazda-6 sedans will also be registered.
Mazda-6 is the world premiere of the Moscow auto show. Soon, a new generation sedan will begin to be assembled in Vladivostok
Mazda-6 is the world premiere of the Moscow auto show. Soon, a new generation sedan will begin to be assembled in Vladivostok. Mazda-6 is the world premiere of the Moscow auto show. Soon, a new generation sedan will begin to be assembled in Vladivostok.
From the beginning of the year, another joint venture will start working in neighboring workshops of the former Dalzavod, where Toyota Land Cruiser Prado off-road vehicles will be assembled. Not forgotten and “San Yong”: we are waiting for the updated “Aktion” and another, they say, a completely new all-wheel drive model.
General Motors is increasing production at a plant in St. Petersburg to 100, 000 a year. There are still making two models: the Opel Astra and the Chevrolet Cruze - both hatchbacks and sedans. But the Kruz station wagon will go off the assembly line in a completely different place, on the Kaliningrad AUTOTOR. A compact crossover Opel-Mokka will receive Russian registration there. But the budget Chevrolet-Cobalt sedan will be delivered to Russia from Uzbekistan.
Opel-Mokka will receive a residence permit at the Kaliningrad AUTOTOR along with the Chevrolet Cruz station wagon
Opel-Mokka will receive a residence permit at the Kaliningrad AUTOTOR along with the Chevrolet Cruz station wagon. Opel-Mokka will receive a residence permit at the Kaliningrad AUTOTOR along with the Chevrolet Cruz station wagon.
There is an intrigue about Autoframos. Now production of a Renault-Logan sedan, a Sandero hatchback, a Duster crossover has been launched there. Also, the method of fine-tuning in Moscow produce sedans "Fluence", "Latitude", the crossover "Koleos". The last two models will remain, apparently, at the level of a screwdriver assembly. But the "Fluence" will be transferred to the full cycle. Body welding has already been debugged; After the assembly line was modernized, its total capacity increased by 10%, to 176 thousand cars per year. And this is without taking into account “Logan” and “Sandero”, which will move to other sites - in Togliatti and, possibly, in Izhevsk.
At the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga, high-profile novelties are not expected. They will continue to produce the Polo sedan (perhaps it will survive a slight restyling). But the whole year the enterprise will be preparing to launch another mass model - Skoda Rapid. It will be put on the conveyor at the beginning of 2014. And by the large-assembly method in Kaluga, some Audi models will begin to be produced - Q5 and Q7 crossovers, A4 and A6 sedans.
All next year, the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga will be preparing a line for the production of the Skoda Rapid
All next year, the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga will be preparing a line for the production of the Skoda Rapid. All next year, the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga will be preparing a line for the production of the Skoda Rapid.
Neighbors, at the Peugeot-Citroen-Mitsubishi plant, will launch the Citroen-C4L sedan in the first quarter. It is promised that it will be the most richly equipped class car. A real all-terrain vehicle - “Mitsubishi Pajero Sport” will also be registered here.
The Hyundai-Kia concern in St. Petersburg will continue to produce only two models: Solaris and Rio. But in Kaliningrad they will master the assembly of the Kia-Optima sedan and the whole range of Hyundai truck tractors.
Another important news: foreign companies will launch motor production in Russia! Volkswagen announced its intention to build a gasoline engine plant. It will be erected next to the existing enterprise in the Grabtsevo industrial zone, near Kaluga; The opening is scheduled for 2015. Power - 150 thousand engines of 1.6 liters annually.
Volkswagen will be the first, but not the only one. Ford announced similar intentions: in partnership with Sollers, it plans to acquire a motor-building plant - most likely, in Tatarstan. Engaged in the localization of engines and the alliance Renault-Nissan-AvtoVAZ. Up to 800 thousand French engines per year intend to produce in Togliatti. And this is just the beginning …