MOSCOW, August 21 /TASS/. The first pilot batch of Russian-made limousines for top state officials is to appear in Russia in late 2017, Russian Minister of Commerce and Industry Denis Manturov told journalists on Friday as part of preparations for the MAKS-2015 international air show.
He said that all the models will be based on a single "Kortezh" (cortege) framework.
"The project is to be implemented in the first quarter of 2018 but the first batch is to be produced by 2017," Manturov explained.
Dependent on next year’s foreign exchange difference, it may be necessary to allocate some additional funds from the state budget, which has already been prepared, Manturov said adding he did not see any problems in implementing this project.
The Kortezh project provides for creation of a series of cars, including both land rovers and business class cars, for Russia’s top state officials. The project will be realized by the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Institute, which deals with integration of development processes carried out by Russian and foreign companies.
In 2014, the Russian Ministry of Commerce and Industry chose Sollers as the main producer of its "Kortezh" model range, including a land rover, a microbus, a sedan and a limousine. Sollers will cooperate with Russian State Corporations Rostech and Rosavto.
A total of 12.4 billion roubles (181.9 million US dollars) will be invested in the Kortezh project in the course of four years.