Unison and General Motors may reach an agreement
Unison JV and General Motors are in negotiations to make premium class cars in Belarus, notes Sergei Shalai, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Industry Ministry, after a presentation to assemble Opel Mokka passenger cars at General Motors Concern, in Minsk District
Unison JV and General Motors are in negotiations to make premium class cars in Belarus
Unison’s Acting Director General, Dmitry Yegorov, tells us, “We’re advancing relations with the General Motors Company, planning to expand our product range primarily with premium class cars.” A presentation of cars to be assembled is expected to take place in September 2015.
Mr. Shalai adds that Unison began recently assembling Opel Mokka cars: the first model to be jointly distributed by General Motors and Unison following a framework agreement signed in June 2013. “In line with this agreement, the Belarusian company is responsible for making the cars while General Motors takes care of the pricing policy, target markets, warranty service and post-warranty service,” notes Mr. Shalai.
To launch a new manufacturing facility, Unison bought, installed, and trialled assembly equipment with assistance from General Motors specialists. Unison personnel have now been trained to use all the manufacturing and quality assurance practices which are standard at the American corporation’s factories worldwide.
The car assembly enterprise is located in the village of Obchak, 10km from Minsk. For over 15 years, the company has been assembling a number of automobile brands, including Ford, KIA, and Samand.
By Alexander Pimenov
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