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September 28, 2009

RUSSIA: AvtoVAZ ‘to build Nissan cars’

AvtoVAZ reportedly plans to build Nissan's B-segment cars in its factories by 2012.

AvtoVAZ reportedly plans to build Nissan’s B-segment cars in its factories by 2012.

“Our intention is to assemble one of the ‘B’ class models offered by the alliance in 2012,” Vitaly Vilchik, AvtoVAZ’s acting vice president, told Reuters.

The reported added that Nissan has offered to organise the assembly of its cars at the AvtoVAZ factory, according to AvtoVAZ sources.

“At Nissan they understand that the St Petersburg [Nissan] facility is not sufficient; they are counting on a recovery of the market,” the company source told the news agency.

AvtoVAZ – 25% owned by Renault – is facing difficult times in Russia this year. It announced last week that it was laying off 27,000 workers due to plunging demand.

RUSSIA: Avtovaz to cut 27,000 jobs as output tumbles

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