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The automobile plant in Azerbaijan's second largest city, Ganja, is expected to start manufacturing up-to-date Chinese cars this May.
The Ganja Automobile Plant will cooperate with the plants of China's well-known Jan-Gan company, its director Khanlar Fatiyev said. Under the agreement reached, the assembly of trucks of average size and vans will be initially arranged at the Ganja facility.
Average-duty trucks of 18 modifications and vans of 12 types will be manufactured. In June, the assembly of cars of another Chinese giant, Lifan Industrial Group, will begin in the Azeri city. A letter of intent has already been reached, with a relevant contract to be signed in the coming days, Fatiyev said. The Ganja plant is currently producing cars of Russian Vaz brand ("Zhiguli") of 14 models and plans to continue collaborating with the company. As for the Russian "Oka" cars of small size, Fatiyev said their production had been suspended due to the lack of efficiency. http://www.azernews.net/view.php?d=8068
 

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Chinese, Azeri car manufacturers strike deal

AssA-Irada 12/05/2006 21:56

Up-to-date Chinese cars will be assembled in an automobile plant in Azerbaijan’s second largest city Ganja starting from June or July, as an agreement for 2006-2008 was signed between the Ganja Automobile Plant and China’s well-known Lifan Industrial Group on Thursday.

Under the agreement, the Chinese company will supply the plant with raw materials and spare parts to assemble 40 cars at the initial stage, director of the enterprise Khanlar Fatiyev said. The plant is authorized to export the assembled cars to Georgia, Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan, he said.

Fatiyev underlined that each car will cost $9,000-11,000 but the prices may go down due to customs duties, as the cheaper it will cost to import the spare parts, the lower the prices will be. A relevant appeal has been submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers, he said.

An executive of Lifan Industrial Group said the equipment and staff of the Ganja plant allow for assembling different types of vehicles. A thousand cars will be assembled per year in the plant that will cooperate with another Chinese company, Jan-Gan. Chinese specialists say the cars will be affordable for local customers.

Thus far, the Ganja Automobile Plant has signed agreements with two Russian companies. The assembly of Russian Oka cars was suspended in 2005, while that of UAZ mini-trucks is underway.

The Ganja plant is currently producing cars of Russian Vaz brand (“Zhiguli”) and plans to continue collaborating with the company.
 

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chinese autos are striking many small deals worldwide...they need to start making deals with companies the same size or bigger than them...seems like they are making deals with companies smaller than them
 

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This is a good start for Lifan. For Chinese car companies it is easier first to be succesfull in 3rd world markets.
 

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Lifan cars to be assembled in Nakhchivan

Ganja car factory executives are considering manufacture of Chinese cars Lifan in Nakhchivan, Trend reports quoting Khanlar Fatiyev, director of factory.

Fatiyev said Lifan will possibly be fully produced in Nakhchivan.

This will not influence the dates or details supply as the latter is made via Iran. Opening such factory in Nakhchivan will help open a plenty of workplaces.

Fatiyev said Lifan-520 cars are suggested to be produced in Azerbaijan. This company is China’s fourth largest car manufacturer.

Azeri market scientists estimate the annual manufacture amount in up to 1,300 cars, while Chinese specialists state the higher figures. The cars will cost some 9 to 10 thousand AZN.
 

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Lifan progress

I think it's a town on the Azerbajian western border near Armenia.

I heard that Lifan will introduce another sedan this September....
Am also wondering what has developed with the Tritec factory bid and the
Zakspeed sports car joint project???

"Whoever wrecks Lifan's brand, Lifan will wreck that person's rice bowl."

words displayed on factory banner

brand brand brand.......
 

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Here I am answering my own question...
Anyway, for you Lifan fans out there, a reuters.com March 4th article reports that although Lifan wanted to buy the Tritec engine factory last year and to dismantle it for shipment back to China, the Brazilian government said no...., it wants the plant to stay in Brazil. Makes sense I guess...

As for my mention of the banner displayed at the Lifan plant, I think it was a response to Honda's taking Lifan to court over the use of the brand name attached to its motorcycles, Hongda. Honda won that one in December 2004, according to the South China Morning Post.

Anyone heard anything about the Zakspeed joint project?
 

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Nakhchivan to produce Lifan vehicles in Azerbaijan

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The Nakhchivan automobile plant will launch producing automobiles of Chinese producer's Lifan in Azerbaijan.

Four modifications of Lifan-NAZ: Lifan-320, Lifan – 520, Lifan – 520-I and Lifan - 620 will be assembled in this plant.

108 sets of automobiles had already been brought to Azerbaijan from Chinese company.

Chinese specialists will arrive at the enterprise soon to commission the equipment needed to assemble cars. The annual manufacture is expected to amount in up to 1,500 cars a year.

http://autonews.gasgoo.com/auto-news/1012792/Nakhchivan-to-produce-Lifan-vehicles-Azerbaijan.html
 
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