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Kaliningrad-based Avtotor launches assembling new version of KIA Venga

February 10, 2015, 22:17 UTC+3 KALININGRAD
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KALININGRAD, February 10. /TASS/. The Kaliningrad-based Avtotor car plant has started assembling new version of the KIA Venga model, Deputy Director of the Avtotor Holding subsidiary Sergei Lugovoi told TASS on Tuesday.

"The upgraded compact van Venga, firstly represented at the Paris car show in October 2014, is manufactured by Avtotor in three versions - Comfort, Luxe and Prestige, which are equipped with 1.4-litre engines (90 horse powers) and 1.6-litre engines (125 horse powers)," Lugovoi said, mentioning among other new options AVN 2.0 navigation system.

The previous version of the KIA Venga was assembled at the Avtotor plant from 2011 to 2014.

Avtotor was set up in the centre of Russia's westernmost region, Kaliningrad, in 1994. It was Russia's first plant, which started assembling cars of foreign brands. The plant manufactures cars of more than 30 models under BMW, KIA, Opel, Chevrolet, Hyundai, TATA Daewoo, and Ford brands. In 2012, Avtotor's car production reached 186,000 vehicles.

In 2013, Avtotor Holding started setting up a car-making cluster in the Kaliningrad region. The project envisages a full-cycle production with an annual capacity of at least 250,000 cars, as well as manufacture of car parts, an engineer and scientific-and-educational centres, IT-park, and so on.

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