By on February 21, 2011

It must be Russian week. Yesterday, it was Ford and Sollers (and Sollers minus Fiat/Chrysler). Today, it’s Volkswagen and GAZ going to the altar. The two plan a joint venture to produce 300,000 cars per year in Russia, The Moscow Times reports.

The Russian press departments of the happy couple have a “no comment” on the matter. There is no press release from the Wolfsburg HQ of VW. However, Volkswagen had said in October that it was in advanced talks with GAZ.

According to the report, the joint venture will make a range of cars out of the Volkswagen stable, including the Jetta, Skoda Octavia and Skoda Yeti models. That would make sense. All of them are derivatives of the Golf.

The attentive reader will remember GAZ as a presumptive partner in the Opel/Magna mess and as a new joint venture partner of GM in Russia.

GAZ, controlled by industrial tycoon Oleg Deripaska, will use its plant in Nizhny Novgorod for the joint-venture project. It has an annual capacity of 120,000 units per year. VW will use its Kaluga facility in Russia, where its 150,000 unit capacity can be expanded to produce 180,000 vehicles per year.

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21 Comments on “Volkswagen Gets A Russian Bride...”

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    Bertel, you are the master of finding attention getting images for you postings.  My hat is off to you.

    On another note, I don’t see many Japanese in attendance at these Russian weddings in the western part of the country.

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    Another front heavy VW.

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    I thought they were building Sibers (Sebrings) in Russia? Did that fall through? VW has enough headaches. I don’t understand how they sell so many cars, unless the reliability problems aren’t accurate. Are they? At the Cincinnati Auto Show I checked out the Jettas – the de-contented mini-Darth Vader edition and was impressed with the overall design of the car, but the “costs” of keeping it running scare me as I related above. My son who drives a 2000 Eclipse GT, which has been an outstanding car since he bought it in 2004, is looking for something recent or new and was considering a Jetta, but I don’t know if VW is the brand for him to consider. Maybe I’ll post it on a “Piston Slap” or “Hammer Time” when the time comes. As far as the photo is concerned: —.

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      According to inteview with Bo Anderson given to Bloomberg, the production of Siber was stopped on October 31, 2010. Grand total of 8,952 units were produced in 3 years. The plant capacity was 150,000 units per year, so the management is seeking a platform with a better potential than the unloved Siber.

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      Someone mentioned the Volga Siber — actually Volga Siber is very much loved in Russia, you will find.
      I am a frequent visitor to the Siberist forums and they are all hugely upset about the apparent end of production (not yet official though) and are writing letters and what not to the GAZ company asking them to restart the project. Many are still hoping to buy it. I understand production could be restarted in March or April this year. And it’s priced very competitively — it was sold last at RUB 480 – 560 thou which is equivalent to about 15-17 thousand US dollars but with various car-scrapage and other incentives operable last year you could buy it for as low as 330-350 thou Russian which about US$ 11,000. So much car for so little money, and say what you want but that is a real car and not just another Korean crapwagon like the Aveo or the Cruze, and was also much improved in the transition from the Chrysler Sebring / Dodge Stratus to the Volga Siber.
      CEO Bo Andersen might be part of the problem. If they sack him the money they save on his salary will make it economically feasible to make Sibers for another three years at least, I am sure.

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    Your writing skills are, as usual, quite over the top.

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    I have to assume (perhaps wrongly) that the groom chose that wedding dress and not the bride (which, if true, is a sad illustration of the ‘wife as trophy’ mentality). To see how ridiculous this kind of one-sided display really is, just imagine how it would look if the bride was formally dressed while the groom was clad in a g-string and angel wings (as a ‘trophy groom’)….

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      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      Well… if those a real any kids produced by this union won’t starve (rolls eyes.) 

      And I thought the show “My Big Redneck Wedding” was trashy. 

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      @Philosophil: Women objectify us just as much. They’re just more subtle about everything in general.
      True, it’s flattering at first, but after awhile being treated like you’re not a person and don’t have a brain gets tiresome.

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    Domestic Hearse

    To be not safe for work are new Russian headlamps designed.

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    Old Coot personally prefers less ample mammalian protrusions but the “engineering aspect” of my thinking IS impressed by the suspension ability of the clothing the lass is wearing allowing the gravity-defying ability of her garment to successful suspend the load placed upon that clothing.

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    What happens when she buys the dress and her pre-wedding diet plan fails.

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    Saw the photo and thought this was a Baruth story. Vodka McNoBra?

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    There’s already a Facebook page devoted to the young lady in the picture.

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    I don’t remember taking my Vitamin Cheese this morning but I must have…

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    The Truth About Bras

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    Holy mackerel.

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    Mark MacInnis

    “OH….those are real!”…David Spade, in “Tommy Boy” 

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