RUSSIA: GAZ Group to deliver 330 bus chassis to Cuba by year end
GAZ Group says it will deliver 330 PAZ-32053 chassis to Cuba by the end of 2013, with Havana planning to start their own production of buses on the base.
GAZ Group has already delivered 210 PAZ-32053 chassis to Cuba and plans to deliver 120 PAZ more chassis by the end of the year.
The Cuban bus based on the 2013 PAZ chassis will be known as the Diana and the Cuban partner will ensure the warranty and maintenance of the buses. PAZ will supply spare parts to Cuba.
PAZ cooperated with Cuban partners in the development and organisation of the Giron bus: around 15,000 buses based on the PAZ-672 chassis were produced in Cuba between 1970 and 1980.
"The cooperation with the Cuban side is one of the development stages in GAZ Group's export strategy," said GAZ Group president, Bo Andersson.
"We have launched GAZelle production in Turkey and Ural production in Kazakhstan and are determined to strengthen our export business. We expect our export bus sales to increase by 20% by the end of 2013."