The revived Volga was presented in Russia, but it turned out to be Chinese Changan Auto specialist Kadakov: Volga C40 sedan will cost 2.5 million rubles 05.21.2024, 16:10

At the Digital Industry of Industrial Russia exhibition, three cars were shown under the revived Volga brand. The first to go on sale will be the D-class sedan called the Volga C40, followed by the compact crossover K30 and the mid-size K40. All cars are equipped with 188 hp turbo engines. and seven-speed robotic transmission.

Production of Volga cars in Nizhny Novgorod will start in 2024 and will be carried out by the Passenger Car Production company, which officially has no common ties with the GAZ Group. It is planned to start full cycle production in 2025; 60 billion rubles (approximately 662 million dollars) will be invested in the project. reports “Hit the primer”.

Following the departure from Russia of foreign automakers actively investing in local assembly,

This investment volume is a record for the Russian automobile industry.

This amount will include R&D costs, as well as the creation of the Russian parts base and car production. to explain “News”. The cars will be produced at the site of the Nizhny Novgorod automobile cluster. “Passenger Vehicle Production” rented the facilities where the contract production of Volkswagen and Skoda passenger models was previously carried out.

“I wish the steering wheel was Russian”

The cars exhibited at the exhibition were examined by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. He immediately complained that the car’s steering was made in China, not Russia, and called for localization, starting with the simplest elements.

“Where was your steering wheel made, Chinese?

I wish the steering wheel was Russian. “It’s not as difficult as localizing the box and all the other elements.” registered Mishustin.

Volga cars are models of the Chinese brand Changan with original front bumpers and chrome radiator grilles with vertical slats, the shape of which refers to the iconic Volga GAZ-21.

The models that formed the basis of the Volga were not presented on the Russian market with their original Chinese names.

The appearance (excluding the front part of the body) and characteristics of the Volga C40 sedan are the same as the Changan Raeton Plus model. One of these sedans without brand emblems in February 2024 perceived On the territory of GAZ, next to the workshop where Volkswagen and Skoda cars are assembled until 2022.

The Volga K30 model has the same body shape as the Oshan X5 Plus C-class crossover. The larger Volga K40 SUV looks confusingly similar to the Changan Uni-Z crossover.

Single copies of all three models were brought to Russia as alternative imports and offered for sale through classified ads. Changan Raeton Plus sedans cost between 2.5-2.6 million rubles. Crossovers Oshan X5 Plus are offered at a price of 2.4-2.7 million rubles, Changan Uni-Z at 2.7-3.3 million rubles.

How much will “our” new Volgas cost?

Maxim Kadakov, editor-in-chief of Za Rulem magazine, expects that Volga cars based on Changan models will be in demand by government agencies.

“I can say for sure that the order from government institutions and state-owned enterprises will be quite large because we do not have anything in this segment yet. XCite should go on sale, there will be Lada Aura, but this is an extended Vesta, the car is not above a certain level,” Kadakov told socialbites.ca.

According to that,

Volga cars will be in demand in Russia by private individuals who often purchase models used by government officials.

“Most likely these cars will cost more than the Lada Aura and less than the Aurus, which will be produced at the former Toyota plant. “I think the price of a sedan in the basic configuration will be close to 2.5 million rubles,” Kadakov predicts.

He believes that the production of Volga cars at GAZ plants will differ for the better from other recently launched similar projects.

“I think GAZ will industrialize this project very quickly. I don’t know how fast it will move, but the fact that the project is 100% focused on this,” Kadakov concluded.

Igor Morzharetto, partner of the analytical agency Autostat, points out that the implementation of the project to revive the Volga brand will require support from the state in case of a possible increase in recycling fees.

“The fact that the presentation was made not at the most important exhibition but in the presence of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister says a lot.

“The state will support this project one way or another,” he said.

– Morzharetto noted the following in his meeting with socialbites.ca.

The supply of Volga vehicles to state institutions directly depends on the yet unknown level of localization and the possible increase in the recycling fee, he added.

“There cannot be a new project in light of the talk that the recycling fee will be increased immediately and multiple times. Localization is very small in the new project. In this case, the state should either not increase the recycling fee or decide that new projects are not subject to such a high fee. In order to be in the “market” in terms of price, these machines need to be slightly cheaper than those coming through direct imports. This is 3 million rubles and above,” Morzharetto concluded.

Previous failure of GAZ with the replacement of Volga

previous attempt to create Production of foreign passenger cars under the Volga brand at GAZ took place 15 years ago. In 2008, the Volga Siber sedan, the redesigned Chrysler Sebring, entered the Russian market, whose production in the USA was discontinued.

Sales of this car turned out to be minimal, and in 2010 the Siber was discontinued. The total circulation of the model was 8.9 thousand cars. The government of the Nizhny Novgorod region also provided financial assistance to the project.

What are you thinking?

The Volga car brand has been revived in Russia. A sedan and two crossover model series of the Changan brand with GAZ brand logos and other bumpers were shown at an exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod to Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who simultaneously criticized the cars for the Chinese steering wheel. A large amount by the standards of the Russian auto industry will be invested in the production of the new Volga – $ 662 million. Read what will come of this in socialbites.ca’s article.



Source: Gazeta

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