Western automakers bailed on Russia following the nation’s invasion of Ukraine and that has left home firms struggling to fill the void.
The newest is KAMAZ, which has resurrected the Moskvich model and launched the all-new Moskvich 3. The mannequin is at the moment being constructed at a former Renault plant, which has been renamed Moscow Vehicle Plant Moskvich.
Gross sales are slated to start subsequent month and the corporate goals to assemble 600 items by the top of the 12 months. 400 of them are slated to be powered by inside combustion engines, whereas the remaining 200 crossovers will likely be absolutely electrical.
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Moskvich 3 prime, JAC JS4 backside
KAMAZ’s press launch was gentle on specifics, however Reuters is reporting China’s JAC is supporting the trouble. That is sensible because the Moskvich 3 seems to be a rebadged model of the JAC JS4.
In consequence, the ICE-powered Moskvich 3 may very well be outfitted with 1.5- and 1.6-liter engines producing as much as 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS) and 155 lb-ft (210 Nm) of torque. We additionally wouldn’t be stunned to discover a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and an identical 10.25-inch infotainment system.
Moskvich 3 crossovers will likely be made in Russia utilizing the semi-knocked down course of, which leaves them reliant on their Chinese language companions. Nevertheless, KAMAZ stated they’ll regularly enhance components localization and undertake some “utterly Russian elements” beginning in 2024.
Finally, the objective is to have Moskvich produce a “Russian electrical automotive from … Russian elements by itself common platform.” This mannequin will apparently use an electrical motor and battery pack created in Russia.
Within the meantime, KAMAZ plans to quickly enhance manufacturing as they’re aiming to assemble no less than 50,000 autos in 2023 and no less than 100,000 in 2024. In a press release, KAMAZ Director Common Sergey Kogogin stated, “We’re happy that the developments of KAMAZ will serve the additional improvement of the Russian automotive trade, in accordance with the worldwide development for high-tech and environmentally pleasant autos.”
H/T to BBC Information