Scania Group, one of the leading OEM’s manufacturing heavy-duty trucks, buses and engines, and GAZ Group, part of one of the major Russian diversified industrial groups – Basic Element, signed a partnership agreement within the framework of the IAA International Transportation and Logistics Show, Hannover, Germany. According to the document, the companies intend to extend cooperation in the sphere of bus production and promotion into the Russian and export markets.
«Our cooperation began over 10 years ago and successfully is developing at the present time. In confirmation of this is our joint project in frame of the Winter Olympic games in Sochi, where it was delivered more than 700 buses, equipped Scania chassis. Signed a partnership agreement will allow us to reach a new level of interaction, successfully using the experience and potential of the two companies», – said Klas Dahlberg, Senior Vice-President for Buses and Coaches, Scania CV AB.
«The agreement we signed opens up new opportunities for our bus business development: GAZ Group and Scania will unite their advanced developments and technologies in order to provide our customers with comfortable and reliable buses», – said Russian Machines CEO Manfred Eibeck. The agreement was signed in continuation of the cooperation between GAZ Group and Scania that was started in 2005. GAZ Group has been manufacturing Cruise coaches based on Scania chassis since 2005. Voyage buses based on Scania chassis were launched into production in 2011. Besides, in 2011, the trilateral agreement between the OEM’s and the Sochi 2014 Organizational Committee was signed for transportation services for the Olympic Games. GAZ buses were tested on Scania test grounds in Sweden in 2012. During the Olympic Games in 2014 the buses proved to be efficient on difficult routes of Sochi. GAZ Group plants now produce Voyage, Voyage L, Cruise and LIAZ-529230 using Scania components.