Chevrolet Captiva – made in Russia image

General Motors is looking to expand its European operations and it is announcing that its Chevy Captiva model will be manufactured in Russia.

Chevy’s crossover SUV won’t be the only GM vehicle which will be manufactured in Russia, with the Opel Antara scheduled to go into production at the plant in the Kaliningrad region.

The Russian auto maker Avtotor will invest more than 80 million US dollars in the production of the two General Motors vehicles, which will help boost their popularity in the market, going against Asian competitors like the Toyota Rav4, the Nissan X-Trail or the Suzuki Grand Vitara.

Chevrolet Captiva is scheduled to hit the Kaliningrad production line in February 2012, and the local assembly of the two models will make them more affordable to Russian customers.

The current generation of the Captiva is powered by the Australian (Holden) 3.2 liter Alloytec V6 engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, sharing it with the Opel Antara. Another four-cylinder VCDi turbodiesel unit was also introduced for the Captiva.