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December 23, 2020

Hyundai-Kia completes acquisition of GM Russia plant

Hyundai Motor Group has completed the acquisition of General Motors' St. Petersburg factory, according to reports.

By Sam Duke

Hyundai Motor Group has completed the acquisition of General Motors’ St. Petersburg factory, according to reports.

Reuters reported that a Hyundai spokesperson told reporters that Hyundai has now completed the purchase and therefore now has two Russian manufacturing facilities.

The US carmaker completed construction of the St Petersburg US$300m St. Petersburg plant in 2008 but halted operations in 2015 after it decided to withdraw from Russia along with numerous other markets worldwide.

The Reuters report noted that the GM factory has a capacity of up to 100,000 cars per year, but closed in 2015 as part of GM’s decision to rationalise its international operations.

Hyundai already has a 240,000 units a year vehicle assembly plant in St Petersburg which makes the Accent based Solaris passenger car, the Creta crossover and Kia light commercials with total output exceeding 91,000 units in the first half of 2020.

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