Autotat Ltd., the Colombian unit of Russia's Bronto Cars, has opened a new assembly plant in the northern suburbs of Bogota, writes Juan Carlos Vargas.

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Guests at the official opening ceremony included the Russian ambassador Vitali Makarov, Bronto Cars general manager Yuri Zuev and Autotat general manager Serguei Babkine.

The $US700,000, 7,000 square metre factory has an installed production capacity of 5,000 vehicles per year but current production is just 48 Lada Style 4WD SUVs a month.

Autotat Ltd. has initially hired only 50 workers but in the next few months will increase the payroll to 250 and build more vehicles.

The Ladas produced in Colombia are based on a design first launched in the 1980s and, though they are cheaper than the majority of newer-design rival SUVs, they look old-fashioned by comparison.

These Colombian Bronto models are essentially the same as the Lada 2121s made by AutoVaz in the Russian industrial city of Togliatti.


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