GM–AvtoVAZ, the joint venture between General Motors and Russian carmaker AvtoVAZ, plans to increase its output to 58,000 vehicles in 2011 from the 52,000 cars initially planned because of growing demand, Jeffrey Glover, the joint venture’s managing director, said.

The joint venture produced 19,899 vehicles in January–May, up 47.6% year on year, and sold 20,127 vehicles in this period, up 44.2%, Glover told Prime-Tass.

GM–AvtoVAZ currently produces the Chevrolet Niva sport utility vehicle. In 2010, it produced 36,996 vehicles, up 60.15%.