Car production is one of the significant industries in Russia. The industry has been in a position to employ approximately 600,000 people in the country. In the year 2016, Russia was ranked 16th among the car-producing countries in the world. In fact, it was able to produce around 1.3 million vehicles which is 1.4% of the global car production. This write-up will cover the top 5 companies that produce automobiles in Russia.
This Russian car company was formerly known as VAZ. The vehicles of this company are well-known with their brand name – Lada. The company manufactures more than 400,000 cars a year. The company was founded in 1966 and is the leading car manufacturer in Russia. It has more than 140 kilometers of production lines, making it one of the largest manufacturers globally.
Popular Lada car models: Granta, Kalina, Vesta, Priora, Niva (4×4)
Below are some of the Production sites for Lada in Russia:
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This car manufacturing company is based in Nizhny Novgorod and was founded in 1932 as NAZ. Soon after the company was launched, GAZ signed an agreement with America’s Ford Motors so as to cooperate in the production of Ford-A class passenger cars. The company was able to produce millions of automobiles during the 20th century. In the 2000s GAZ had a large production of shuttle minibuses. The company has been producing a high number of vehicles in Russia making it one of the biggest car manufacturers in the country.
KAMAZ is an open joint stock company that was founded in the year 1990. The company is recognized as the largest car manufacturer that insures transport and safety in Russia. The company comprises of 13 plants that develop, produce and assemble cars and components and market their end products. Kamaz Inc has a significant share in tow companies that include Avtopritsep-KAMAZ OJSC and NefAZ OJSC. The company specializes in the production of heavy duty vehicles and is ranked 8th in the world in the production of diesel engines. KAMAZ manufacturers buses, dump trucks, trailers and vehicles used by the Russian Federation, TNK, RAO, LUKOIL and GAZPROM.
Automobile plant ZIL
The company was established in 1916 and has been renamed several times. Initially, it was known as AMO (Automobile Moscow Society). The company was founded with the purpose of manufacturing F 15 trucks. Unfortunately, the plans were not implemented because of the civil war. This saw the company become a workshop where machinery and vehicles were repaired.
It was not until 1924 that the company got a government project to produce the first Soviet trucks. In 1931, the company was rebranded to ZIS 101 and it produced the 1st soviet Limousine. The company was renamed to AMO ZIL in 1992, and today it manufactures vans, buses, limousines and high-capacity trucks.
This automotive company was established in the year 1998. Until the year 2014, the company was known as Avtoframos. Today, it is a subsidiary of Renault. It is worth noting that the company has produced a lot of vehicles since it was established.