Sollers launched the production of new models of light trucks in Yelabuga

The Russian automotive group Sollers has begun production of light commercial trucks (LCV) Atlant and Argo under its own brand of the same name. Production has begun at the facilities of the former joint venture with the American automaker Ford in Yelabuga, Republic of Tatarstan, RIA Novosti reports on November 26.

The Atlant truck with a gross weight of 2.5 tons to 4.2 tons will be equipped with a 139 hp diesel engine. or 150 hp environmental class Euro 5. “Argo” is a compact cabover vehicle weighing from 2.5 tons to 3.5 tons for transportation within the city. It can be equipped with a 130 hp diesel engine. or gasoline 147 hp Euro 5 class.

The launch ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, as well as the head of the board of directors of Sollers Adil Shirinov.

Earlier, on November 14, it was reported that Sollers plans to localize the production of a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine with a capacity of 150 hp in Russia. The company plans to bet on the production of small-tonnage vans of the Chinese brand JAC, model X200, as well as the larger Sunray van.

At the same time, it became known that the Mazda Sollers automobile plant will start its work in the II quarter of 2023. The company retained its attractiveness for investors after it became known on November 10 that the Japanese automotive corporation Mazda Motor was terminating operations in Russia and transferred its stake in the joint venture in Vladivostok to Sollers Auto.

Prior to this, on October 28, it was reported that after the departure of Ford, Sollers models would be based on vans from the Chinese automaker JAC. Analysts believe that the plant’s capacity allows the production of approximately 10-12 thousand vans per year. If necessary, the volume of production can increase up to 20 thousand cars annually.

On November 23, the Moskvich automobile plant also launched mass production of the Moskvich-3 crossovers. By 2025, the company plans to produce 120 thousand cars. At the first stage, which will last from November to December 2022, it is planned to equip production with the necessary equipment and produce 600 vehicles, including 200 electric vehicles.

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