General Motors and GAZ Group today started production of the Chevrolet Aveo sedan at GAZ’s manufacturing facility in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
In February 2011, GM and GAZ Group signed an agreement to produce the Aveo at GAZ for sale in the Russian market. The two companies invested $29 million to prepare the existing GAZ passenger car production facility for the Aveo project. The Aveo is being assembled on two shifts, with a hatchback version to be added to the GAZ production line at the end of March 2013. Planned annual output of both versions is 30,000 cars.
Aveo production in Nizhny Novgorod is CKD (completely knocked down), with GAZ carrying out welding, painting and assembly.
The paint shop was modernized and an assembly line was developed and installed in the assembly shop specifically for the Aveo project. The technology and quality controls on the new Aveo production line are the same with GM’s global manufacturing standards.
“In 2012, Chevrolet was the most popular foreign car brand in Russia for the sixth year in a row. Our strategic goal is to strengthen Chevrolet’s position in this market,” said Jim Bovenzi, President and Managing Director of GM Russia and the CIS.
The Aveo is one of Chevrolet’s most popular models in Russia. In 2012, 24,513 Aveos were sold nationwide, of which 20,869 were sedans.