LuAZ

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Lutsky Avtomobilnny Zavod - LuAZ
Type Privately held company
Industry Automobile manufacturing
Founded 1955
Headquarters Lutsk, Ukraine
Products Automobiles
Website http://www.luaz.com/

LuAZ (Ukrainian: ЛуАЗ, short for "Луцький автомобільний завод", Luts'kyi avtomobiln'nyi zavod -"Lutsk car plant") is an Ukrainian automobile manufacturer in the city Lutsk.

History[edit]

The factory was founded in 1951, and was known as LARZ and then LuMZ before 1967. The original product of this relatively small plant is the "LuAZ"-branded off-road vehicle, sturdy and simple, but outdated. At the moment the company is on the verge of bankruptcy, holding together by assembling cars produced by VAZ.

Mergers and acquisitions[edit]

The abbreviation of LuAZ exists since 1967. The company was once part of AvtoZAZ holding, but now is a part of the Bogdan group, which also controls bus manufacturing facilities in Cherkasy.

In 2005, LuAZ commenced assembly of Hyundai and Kia cars from kits, with production set to further expand in 2006.

Recent developments[edit]

A major expansion program is planned, which will see construction of a new car manufacturing facility in Cherkasy including a new paint shop, with planned annual assembly of around 60,000 Lada's and 60,000 Hyundai's and Kia's from 2007. Passenger car production will be transferred from Luts'k to Cherkasy, while bus production will move to Luts'k.

Incidents[edit]

From the period of 1984 through 2002, 67 people were killed by faulty exhaust systems.[citation needed] Apparently, toxic carbon monoxide entered the cabin via the ventilation vents and asphyxiated the occupants.

LuAZ vehicles have been notorious for poor crash test ratings. Consequently, countless people have been ejected from these vehicles in accidents. Seatbelts did not become optional until the 2006 model year.

Vehicles[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Ukraine Lada Assembler LuAZ Adds Hyundai, Kia by Peter Homola, Wards Auto, November 8, 2005.

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