VW & GAZ for Russian collaboration
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Volkswagen and the GAZ Group have, on 14th June 2011, signed an
agreement to assemble Volkswagen and äkoda models under contract at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia).
The companies already concluded a memorandum of understanding regarding joint automobile production in Russia in
February 2011. The planned production volume is 110,000 vehicles per year. The agreement runs until 2019.
Under the contract manufacturing agreement, GAZ is to build the Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Octavia and Skoda Yeti
models for the Russian market. In order to respond swiftly to fast-growing demand in the Russian automobile
sector, the first model to be built by GAZ, the Skoda Yeti, is to start rolling off the production line by the
end of 2012.
Commenting on the agreement Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, said: "The
Russian market is a growth engine for the automobile industry and an important pillar of our Strategy 2018. The
quick expansion of production capacity in cooperation with GAZ will significantly strengthen the Volkswagen
Groupís position on this key market."
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Nizhny Novgorod Detlef Wittig, General Representative of Volkswagen
Aktiengesellschaft, said: "The agreement with GAZ is a further milestone in expanding our industrial
commitment in Russia. Apart from the contract manufacturing of 110,000 vehicles per year at GAZ, we will also be
expanding capacity at our plant in Kaluga in order to participate in the boom on the Russian market. We look
forward to continued open and constructive co-operation with GAZ."
The collaboration with GAZ is based on an additional agreement to Decree 166 relating to customs duties
benefits which was concluded with the Russian government at the end of May. Back in February, the Volkswagen Group
and the GAZ Group signed a memorandum of understanding regarding joint automobile production in Russia.
Investment in production at Nizhny Novgorod will amount to some Ä200 million. This covers expanding and
modernising existing paint shop and assembly facilities as well as setting up a new body shop.
In addition, Volkswagen and GAZ will be implementing a training programme for employees in Nizhny Novgorod, thus
ensuring that the local models meet the Volkswagen Groupís production standards.