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MOSCOW, April 9 (Itar-Tass) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will visit the GAZ motor works on Tuesday in Nizhny Novgorod, where he will participate in a ceremony to launch the production of GAZel Next minivans.
The prime minister will hold a meeting at the motor works over the measures to boost the development of the motor industry in the medium-term prospect, the Russian governmental press service reported on Monday. Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Russian Presidential Representative in the Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov and officials from other federal executive authorities, the heads of the federal constituents and representatives from the enterprises of the Russian motor industry will participate in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Medvedev will visit the common migration control centre of the Federal Migration Service in the Nizhny Novgorod Region.
In 2012 Russia produced two millions and 237,000 vehicles of all types (including cars of foreign brands) that is 12.2% higher than in 2011. The car output has made 313,000 vehicles in January-February 2013 (a 1.1% growth against the same period in 2012). The Russian motor market with the sales of 3.1 million vehicles in 2012 is the second largest market in Europe after Germany and the fourth largest world market after China, the United States and Germany.
The motor works GAZ is incorporated in the carmaking holding GAZ Group, which includes 13 enterprises in seven Russian regions. In 2012 the motor works GAZ produced over 104,000 light commercial vehicles and medium-duty trucks and minivans worth of over 66 billion roubles. The motor company occupies about half of the segment of light commercial vehicles, 58% of the segment of medium-duty trucks, about 40% of the segment of four-wheel heavy-duty trucks and about 65% of the segment of buses. Over 25,000 people are employed at the motor works.
The investments in the GAZ projects will reach 17 billion roubles in 2013-2015. One of the top projects of the motor works is the serial production of the light commercial vehicle of new generation GAZel Next with 2.7 billion roubles of investments in the project.
The light commercial vehicles GAZel Next are designed by the GAZ designers involving the engineering resources of the world producers of the car parts. The key mission of the new generation of the GAZ vehicles is to become a reliable and effective instrument for the Russian business in next ten years. GAZel Next is also designed with due account of the demand of the foreign markets and opens up new export opportunities for the company.
The units and parts of the leading world producers are applied in the GAZel Next vehicle: diesel-powered engine Cummins, steering gear ZF, shock absorbers Mando, bushings Anvis, parts of the braking system Bosch and Mando, the adjustable steering column CSA Castellon, engine clutch Sachs, safety belts Takata, the climate control system Delphi and the driver seat Isringhausen.
The common migration control centre of the Federal Migration Service in the Nizhny Novgorod Region was formed for state services in labour migration, migration registration, the passport and visa processing service and a medical centre also work in the regional migration control centre. The blank form of an application with the special barcode is used in the centre that permits to find the information about a foreign citizen automatically without the manual data entry. Meanwhile, the ‘live scanner’ system was introduced for the state dactyloscopic registration. The centre can serve up to 200 people daily.