GAZ, an abbreviation for Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod, is an automaker from Russia. Their name if translated in English is Gorky Automobile Plant. They were founded in 1932 and had the name NAZ back then. NAZ is actually an enterprise produced from a five-year plan made by Ford and the Soviet Union.
Their headquarters are located in Nizhny Novgorod in Russia. They are currently the leading producer of vehicles in Russia. They primarily design and manufacture light and medium-duty vehicles, buses, cars, automotive components, heavy-duty trucks, and powertrains.
About half of their market shares belong to the light commercial vehicles part of the company, 58% from the medium-duty trucks, 65% from the bus segment, and 42% from the heavy-duty trucks division.
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GAZ has passed several world wars and from then on, they have been a constant number one choice of Russians whether for commercial vehicles or for trucks and buses. In 1981, they produced their then millionth vehicle.
In 2009, GAZ Group welcomed their new CEO, Bo Andersson. He is the former Vice President of General Motors. The company suffered from major financial crisis in 2008 and having a new CEO would probably solve the recurring problem. Andersson facilitated the renewal of their model range, partnership with international suppliers and after a few years achieved the company’s best financial status yet.
Andersson’s leadership bore great results that’s why he received the Automotive Executive of the Year Award from the International Automotive Forum. He was also named as a Eurostar of automotive industry.
In 2011, GAZ Group reached their top results when it comes to revenue, net profit, and margin. Their revenue topped at a whopping $4.1 billion and they earned $264 million in net profit.
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GAZ continues to design and manufacture new vehicles at this date and even added hovercraft to their list of offered products.
Full List of GAZ Car Models
Russia has its fair share of impressive automobiles. And one such car is the GAZ Chaika.
Known to make a lasting impression, the GAZ Chaika was actually used by people of power. Launched way back in 1958, the first version had a then-impressive 145 hp engine. Aside from being used by politicians, the GAZ Chaika’s versatility made it as a go-to vehicle as an ambulance and the like.
For the second (and more prominent version) release during the late 1970’s, the GAZ Chaika was then equipped with modern motoring enhancements. And going with line of luxury and power, the GAZ Chaika was actually ridden by Fidel Castro!
Given the track record of GAZ vehicles’ reliability, it is assured that the Gazelle Next will definitely be one of the most trusted vans to drive and own.
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The GAZ-M20 Pobeda is a car designed and produced by GAZ during the Soviet Union. It was first introduced in 1946. Its production ceased in 1958. It is powered by either a 62 hp inline six or a 50 hp inline four engines.
Other List of GAZ Automobiles
- GAZelle truck
- GAZelle van
- GAZelle ambulance
- GAZelle minibus
- GAZ Sobol
- GAZelle Next Cityline
- GAZelle Next minibus
- four-wheel drive truck Sadko
- GAZon Next
- GAZ Tigr
- GAZ Zemlyak
- GAZ Valdai
- GAZ 46
- GAZ5903V Vetluga
- GAZ-M20 Pobeda
Video of GAZ Car Models
Photos of GAZ’ Different Types of Cars
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