“AZIA AVTO” plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk started production of UAZ vehicles. The Russian brand has become the fifth one in the profile of the company already manufacturing LADA, Skoda, Chevrolet and KIA cars. The largest auto-maker, as an exclusive technological partner, will perform SKD assembly of UAZ off-road and commercial vehicles. The range of the Russian brand will be available in “BIPEK AVTO” branches in 19 cities of Kazakhstan already in the middle of September. Mastering the production at Ust-Kamenogorsk conveyor line will provide UAZ buyers in Kazakhstan with more favorable purchasing terms.
History of UAZ brand producing proven, powerful, user-friendly and easy maintainable vehicles goes 77 years back. Today more than 100 thousand vehicles of the Russian brand are operated just on Kazakhstan roads. In the pre-crisis period of YY2013-2014 annual sales of UAZ vehicles in the territory of the Republic were about five thousand pieces. Despite the following softening of market, people of Kazakhstan bought 1900 vehicles of the brand according to the results of 2017, which assured its eighth position in the rating of the local market bestsellers.
Buyers of UAZ vehicles produced in Ust-Kamenogorsk will have several advantages that will make off-roaders of the brand more affordable. Thus, in case of prepayment the customer is granted 15% discount from the vehicle price. Individual buyers can use “BIPEK FINANCE” loan at the rate 5.1% per annum. For Trade-in program participants who brought in used car against new UAZ vehicle price there is a discount in the amount of KZT 500 000. In addition to it, corporate clients can expect up to 10% cost-cutting.
Yerik Sagymbayev, “AZIA AVTO” JSC President:
Following the results of 7 months, automotive production in Kazakhstan has increased by 86% and gone beyond 16 thousand passenger cars. 63% of this result was assured by “AZIA AVTO” activities. From the beginning of the year we presented 6 new models and increased production volumes almost by two-thirds.
Recovery of manufacturing dynamics will make it possible for us to develop and create new jobs. Last two months alone 100 new employees were recruited by the plant. Pay level also grows: salary was bumped up by 20%, today its average value is KZT 192K.
Introduction of the fifth brand at AZIAAVTO conveyor line will surely speed up gained steam and improve industry dynamics.
UAZ vehicles are usually much-in-demand in Kazakhstan; and we intend to satisfy a local customer demand totally for failproof off-roaders that are ready for most severe operating conditions. And localization itself will assure more preferable possibilities of UAZ models purchase for the people of Kazakhstan.
The assortment for the customers in Kazakhstan will include vehicles of “Patriot”, “Hunter” families and classical commercial vehicles. Modern comfortable off-roaders “Patriot” are equipped with gasoline 2.7 L engines of 134.6 hp power. Already basic trim level of “Patriot” is equipped with electronic brake distribution (EBD) system, air conditioner, height and tilt adjustable steering column, on-board computer, outside mirrors with turn repeaters, sunscreen glasses, power glass windows and other options. Top trim levels of “Patriot” are supplemented by ESP-vehicle stability control system, hill start assist, seven-inch multimedia system with 6 speakers, navigation system, heated seats, heated windscreen, light-alloy disks and many other options to provide comfort for the driver and passengers. Prices for “Patriot” off-roaders start from KZT 6 420 000, top trim level version costs KZT 7 420 000.
Off-roaders of “Hunter” family are equipped with 2.7 L gasoline engine. Price of “Hunter Classic” is KZT 5 600 000.
Traditional commercial UAZ vehicles can differ by nine or five seats based on customer preferences, and have three types of bodies: a bus, a van and a combi. Also an ambulance body version production is launched in Ust-Kamenogorsk; this body version is equipped accordingly for medical service needs. Price for commercial vehicles is from KZT 5M to 5.98M depending on modification. Ambulance version is KZT 5 870 000.