Chevy Aveo production begins in Russia

  • 06-Feb-2013 04:45 EST

Planned annual output of the Aveo sedan (job #1 shown) and hatchback at the GAZ plant is 30,000 units. Hatchback production is slated to begin by the end of March 2013.

The first Chevrolet Aveo sedan rolled off the assembly line at GAZ auto plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on Feb. 5. GAZ (a part of Basic Element) and General Motors had signed an agreement in February 2011 to produce the Aveo at GAZ for sale in the Russian market. The companies invested $29 million to prepare the existing GAZ passenger-car production facility. Production of the hatchback version will begin by the end of March 2013. Planned annual output of both versions is 30,000 cars. Aveo production at the plant is CKD (completely knocked down). GAZ carries out welding, painting, and assembly. The body shop uses 43 welding robots and 33 welding jigs developed at GM Korea. The paint shop was modernized and an assembly line was developed and installed specifically for the Aveo. The line includes a main conveyor; a line for the subassembly of the engine, doors, dashboard, and suspension parts; and quality-control stations. The technology and quality controls conform to GM’s global manufacturing standards. In 2012, Chevrolet was the most popular foreign car brand in Russia for the sixth year in a row, according to GM. The car comes with a 1.6-L gasoline engine generating 115 hp (86 kW). Fuel consumption in a mixed cycle is 6.6 L/100 km with a manual transmission.

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