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Industry Automotive
Founded 2001
Headquarters Tolyatti, Russia
Area served Commonwealth of Independent States
Key people Bo Andersson (President)
Jeffrey Glover (CEO)
Products Chevrolet Niva
Owners AvtoVAZ (41.61%)
General Motors (41.61%)
EBRD (16.76%)
Employees 1,400 (2011)
The GM-AvtoVAZ plant in Tolyatti

GM-AvtoVAZ is a joint venture in Russia between General Motors and AvtoVAZ set up in 2001 and began producing the Chevrolet Niva, based on the Lada Niva, at its factory in Tolyatti from 2002.

Voice of America report, showing operations inside the plant and an interview with a representative from GM Russia.

The joint venture was created with investment from GM ($99.1m, 41.61%), AvtoVAZ ($99.1m, 41.61%) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ($40m, 16,78%, plus a loan facility for $100 million).[1]

Chevrolet Niva

In 2004 the joint venture briefly produced the Chevrolet Viva, based on the 1998 Opel Astra saloon, but after low sales of only 5,000 the model was dropped.[2]

The joint venture reached difficulties and production stoppages for a fortnight in February 2006 when AvtoVAZ was taken over by Rosoboronexport, the Russian state-owned arms-export agency, and a disagreement between the new owners and GM lead to stoppages of the supply of engines and other components.[2]

The joint venture announced plans in September 2012 to expand by 2015, with an additional 1400 staff and increasing its annual production capacity from 100,000 to 120,000 vehicles.[3]


  1. ^ "About Company". GM-AvtoVAZ. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "GM: Learning the Ropes In Russia". Bloomberg Business Week. 8 February 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "GM-AvtoVaz To Expand Capacity By 20% By 2015". Wall Street Journal. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 

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