Bogdan factory in Cherkasy
|Privately held company|
|Industry||Automobile manufacturing, automobiles service & trading, automobile cargo transportation|
|Products||Bogdan buses, LuAZ cars, trolleybuses, trucks, military vehicles|
|Services||Autoservices, auto repair|
Bogdan Corporation (Ukrainian: Корпорація «Богдан» Korporatsiya Bohdan) — is a leading Ukrainian automobile-manufacturing group, including several car- and bus-makers of the country. Its most popular model is the Bogdan Isuzu-powered light bus made in Cherkasy.
The production capacities of Bogdan corporation allow to make 120-150 thousand passenger cars, up to 9 thousand buses and trolleys in all classes, as well as about 15 thousand trucks and specialized vehicles. The plants of the company are located in Lutsk and Cherkasy.
Bogdan Corporation was created in 1992, after the fall of the Soviet Union, by the mergers of some former Soviet enterprises to implement big investment projects dedicated to creating strong and powerful manufacturing of different-type vehicles in Ukraine. Initially, the company was a distributor of various Russian-based vehicles, later selling vehicles by Korean manufacturer, Kia Motors.
In 1999, the factory was transformed into the "Cherkasy Autobus" that began manufacturing its own buses, Bogdan. That same year, the company signed another contract with Hyundai for distribution of their vehicles.
In 2000, the company bought the bankrupted Soviet LuAZ based in Lutsk (Volyn Oblast), and during the same period, started to produce its own cars based on the Russian AvtoVAZ. In 2003, the company's began exporting the buses.
In 2004, the company signed a general agreement with Isuzu to use the Isuzu brand on the company's exported buses. In 2005, the company Bogdan Motors became a corporation.
In 2013, Bogdan, in a joint venture with the Polish company Ursus, received an order for 38 trolleybuses for the Lublin, Poland, trolleybus system. The body-and-chassis shells were completed by Bogdan and shipped to an Ursus plant in Lublin, where Ursus would install the axles, electrical equipment, seats and other fittings to complete the vehicles. The first of the 38 Bogdan/Ursus trolleybuses, officially designated as model Ursus T70116, was delivered in mid-2013.
In April 2018, “Bogdan” presented a new multi-purpose SUV “Bogdan 2351”. It should replace the obsolete UAZ. The new car has an engine capacity of 143-horsepower, a higher maximum speed and a carrying capacity of 1000 kg.
In 2018, “Bogdan Motors” agreed on cooperation with the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. Specialists of “Bohdan” and representatives of the educational institution will jointly develop new technologies and transport. The Science Park "Kyiv Polytechnic" also joined the Agreement. Students of KPI will be able to take industrial practice at “Bogdan Motors”.
In May 2018, “Bogdan” celebrated its 20th anniversary. On the occasion of the holiday, the company organized a large-scale all-Ukrainian action. Residents of the 9 largest cities of Ukraine - Kyiv, Vinnytsa, Khmelnytsky, Sumy, Odessa, Kremenchug, Poltava, Kherson, Ivano-Frankivsk - could ride all day in new “Bogdan” large buses and trolley buses free of charge. The campaign covered cities that began upgrading municipal fleet of vehicles and moving from small class buses to modern large and ultra-large transport models. In 20 years, “Bogdan” produced more than 368 thousand vehicles. 18 781 of them are buses and trolleybuses.
In June 2018, "Bogdan" transferred five 12-meter bodies for electric buses to the French manufacturer of ecological transport “Bluebus” under the contract. "Bogdan" shipped the bodies in the period specified by the contract. The French customer highly appreciated the quality of Ukrainian products and expressed interest in continuing cooperation.
The facilities of Bogdan Corporation allow to produce 120-150 thousands of cars, up to 9 000 buses and trolleybuses of all types, and around 15 thousands of cargo trucks and specialized equipment a year. Facilities are located in Lutsk and Cherkasy.
Gallery of production
Cars and trucks
Cars and trucks are produced or assembled in Cherkasy. The facilities in Cherkasy are the most modern auto-manufacturing facilities in Ukraine. Car manufacturing launched in 2000. Cherkasy plant allows to produce 120,000-150,000 cars per year. The plant produces/assembles Bogdan 2110, Bogdan 2111, Bogdan 2310 (pick-up), Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Elantra XD and JAC J5
Buses and trolleybuses
Buses mostly produced in Cherkasy while trolleybuses are manufactured in Lutsk. A bus "Bogdan" is the most widespread used small bus for city transportation in most Ukrainian cities. Facilities located in Cherkasy allow to produce up to 3000 buses a year along with cars and trucks production. The plant in Lutsk formerly known as LuAZ now manufactures buses and trolleybuses branded as "Bogdan". Maximum capacity of Lutsk plant is 8000 buses and trolleybuses a year.
Military and special vehicles
The following models can be mentioned among products, designed for military applications: BARS-6 and BARS-8 tactical armored vehicles, Kia Military KM-450 multi-purpose truck, flatbed truck based on Great Wall Wingle 5, ambulance vehicle based on Great Wall Wingle 5, Hyundai HD 65/78 truck, Hyundai HD 120 truck, Bogdan 5316, Bogdan 2351, Bogdan 6317 and Bogdan 6425 trucks.
- Trolleybus Magazine No. 310 (July–August 2013), p. 106. UK: National Trolleybus Association. ISSN 0266-7452.
- Trolleybus Magazine No. 312 (November–December 2013), p. 164.
- Cherkasy car factory develops light armored vehicle, Interfax-Ukraine (16 December 2014)
- "Черкаський автозавод «Богдан» передав Збройним Силам перші десять санітарних машин Богдан 2251". www.ukrmilitary.com. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
- "Автомобіль Богдан-6317 з двигуном WeichalPower допущений до експлуатації у ЗС України". www.ukrmilitary.com. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
- "Ukrainian Army takes delivery of first Bogdan 2351 light utility vehicles - Defence Blog". Defence Blog. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
- "КПИ им. Игоря Сикорского и ПАО АК «Богдан Моторс» будут сотрудничать в разработке нового транспорта". КПИ им. Игоря Сикорского (in Russian). 2018-04-20. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
- "23 мая в 9 городах в больших автобусах и троллейбусах «Богдан» можно будет ездить бесплатно: Авто новости от AUTO-Consulting - Богдан". www.autoconsulting.com.ua. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
- "За 20 лет «Богдан» выпустил 18 781 автобусов и троллейбусов: Авто новости от AUTO-Consulting - Богдан". www.autoconsulting.com.ua. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
- "Bogdan delivers bodies to Bluebus". Retrieved 2018-06-26.