The “Moskvich” Moscow Automobile Plant has restarted production, starting serial large-node assembly of the “Moskvich 3” crossover with a gasoline engine. The restart of the enterprise was held with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister, Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, and Mayor of the capital Sergei Sobyanin.
The first model put on the conveyor after the resumption of the company’s work was Moskvich 3, equipped with a gasoline turbo engine (1.5 liters, 150 hp, 210 Nm) paired with an automatic CVT transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.
Car sales in Moscow are scheduled to begin by the end of 2022, and throughout Russia – in the Q1 of 2023. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Moskvich will also start producing electric cars by the end of the year.
“The priority of the Moskvich plant will be the production of electric cars on its own platform with a gradual increase in the level of localization of automotive components,” Manturov said.
The Ministry notes that the start of full-scale production at the Moskvich site will provide jobs for about 40 thousand people.