Hyundai begins producing cars at its new Russian plant

Posted on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 , 20:01:32 byLucia

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Hyundai begins producing cars at its new Russian plant

Hyundai's main objective of increasing the global sales goes further by beginning the car production at its first Russian factory, which is to be found in Saint Petersburg. One of the manufactured car models will be the Solaris, which will come to be known as the new Accent, a subcompact sedan. Gui-Il Chun, General Director of HMMR, a fully-owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company stated that the moment was a historical one, especially for Russia for they were the first foreign automaker to operate a full-cycle manufacturing plant there, thus becoming a true part of Russia, promising at the same time to invest all possible energy in supplying customers with the best products at the best time. Hyundai aims to create 5,300 jobs by 2012, which is an impressive figure as compared to the current 1,300 workers. This year's production target is 105,000 units, while the plant's annual capacity is said to be around 150,000 vehicles and Solaris, the plant's first car will be available on the market with a four-cylinder gasoline engine offered in 1.4- and 1.6-liter displacements. The subcompact sedan has been well adapted to the tough road conditions and Russia's vicious weather, by raising the car's ground clearance to 160 mm. Furthermore, a large four-liter washer reservoir with fluid-level sensor has been added to the model, thus warning drivers when a refill is necessary. The engineers also added a more robust 60Ah battery to improve cold-start performance, as well as a heater duct available for the passengers of the rear seats.