Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates the employees of the Gorky autoplant on the 85-th anniversary of the company

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates  the employees of the Gorky autoplant on the 85-th anniversary of the company
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the enterprise and congratulated the employees of the Gorky autoplant on its jubilee and had a look at the new GAZ models.

Today, the Gorky automobile plant held festive events devoted to its 85-th anniversary: a festive concert, rewarding of the best employees, honoring of the veterans. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Gorky automobile plant and congratulated its employees on the jubilee.

Russian President Vladimir Putin:

- I am extremely pleased to be with you and to have the opportunity to congratulate GAZ on the jubilee. Congratulations on the 85-th anniversary of the establishment of our legendary GAZ. When decisions are taken on the placement of such industrial giants, many factors are taken into account. The most critical issue is about the people who will be working there. The decision taken at that time was right decision - to locate such a gigantic automobile plant on the banks of the great Russian River Volga. Talented, patriotic and energetic people are living and working here. Your predecessors have proven this over the centuries with their work and attitude to the Motherland. Facts are known from the history when Nizhny Novgorod was the place where the people’s army was created that liberated Moscow from the invaders putting an end to the time of troubles. It was after this when a single centralized powerful Russian State started its rapid development. It was here where the victory to a great degree was forged during the Great Patriotic War. We all remember the famous "one-and-a-half tonners", Pobeda cars, but today GAZ is still actively developing. It has become not only a part of the automobile industry, our economy, but it also is an integral part of the global automotive industry. Nizhny Novgorod will develop alongside with GAZ. With your active involvement, with participation of such people like you, we will solve any problems, even the most complicated ones that are confronting us. Russia will go only forward, and nobody and never will be able to stop Russia on this way. Congratulations on your holiday!

The 85-th anniversary of the Gorky automobile plant is a remarkable date for the whole of the Russian automobile industry. GAZ vehicles reflect the history of the country and the formation of the industry, Gorky car factory vehicles represent whole epochs in the life of the state. The name of GAZ is associated with the large-scale transition of the country to automotive transport, providing the agricultural sector with medium-duty trucks and organizing passenger transportation. Over the years, the plant has given the country millions of affordable cars, becoming a golden forge of experts for the national industry and the founder of the Russian school of engineering in the automotive industry. Since its foundation, GAZ has produced more than 18 million cars and trucks launching into production over 350 models and versions of their vehicles.

On the day of the festive events dedicated to the anniversary, the plant launched serial mass production of the new generation of vehicles with increased payload capacity GAZelle NEXT 4.6 and GAZon NEXT 10. The project aimed at development and setting up production of GAZelle Next 4.6 is implemented with support of the Russian Industry Development Foundation. Vladimir Putin had a look at the new models and signed on the hoods of the first serial vehicles.

Vadim Sorokin, GAZ Group President:

- The Gorky automobile plant today is an industrial symbol and a national endow of Russia. We are consistently developing our competencies in the development and manufacture of new models producing the commercial vehicles most demanded by our customers and actively mastering new segments. In the year of the 85-th anniversary we are releasing two new models. GAZelle NEXT 4.6 allows us to enter the segment of heavy LCV’s where only foreign manufacturers are presented currently. The ten-tonner GAZelle NEXT fills a niche left empty after the disappearance of ZIL from the Russian market. We also have plans to create derivatives of these vehicles in the light of diverse requirements of export markets.

GAZ today is a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Russia, providing modern automotive vehicles for various industries, small and medium-sized businesses, municipal utilities, agricultural enterprises, medical and educational establishments of the country. The production site of GAZ is a modern high-tech complex which produces vehicles of its own design, carries out contract manufacturing projects for global OEM’s, as well as localizes the modern component base for the whole of the Russian automotive industry. Over the past years, GAZ has invested more than $1 billion in developing the NEXT generation of new vehicles and creating new productions at the Gorky automobile plant. We modernized over 600 thous. sq. m. of production areas GAZ has built new welding and assembly lines, a new press shop, a modern painting complex, and a new training center.

In recent years, GAZ has completely updated the lineup and entered the segments of commercial vehicles where previously only foreign producers were operating. We have developed a range of the new generation vehicles: cargo and passenger vehicles GAZelle NEXT, the medium-sized truck GAZon NEXT, the panel van GAZelle NEXT, the route taxi minibus GAZelle NEXT, as well as many versions for various kinds of businesses, passenger transport, public utilities, social sphere. We are developing export derivatives of our products taking into account the requirements of foreign markets: hot climate, highlands, ecological standard Euro-6, right hand drive, etc.

Producing popular commercial transport taking into account the actual requirements of the customers, GAZ is working on the creation of the transport of the future. We are testing our electric vehicle son our proving grounds, as well as vehicles with automatic driver assistance systems, cars with autonomous controls (unmanned).

The Gorky automobile plant is today the center of one of the largest auto component clusters in Russia. GAZ supplies the components to GAZ Group plants and other enterprises of the automotive industry, producing axles and suspensions, wheels, exhaust system elements, iron castings, forging products and tooling. The company also supplies components for cars of foreign brands localized in Russia: exhaust systems for Volkswagen and Skoda, stamped parts for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, frames for Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUV , components for engine-making factory Ford Sollers, the Alliance Renault-Nissan and Avtovaz, etc.