Kamaz to en­ter premier league

Kamaz is fast ex­pand­ing its prod­uct range to en­ter new seg­ments.

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE - Story by: Bhushan Mhapralkar

Kamaz is ex­pand­ing its prod­uct range to en­ter new seg­ments.

At Naberezh­nye Chelny, the Kamaz man­u­fac­tur­ing com­plex gives the im­pres­sion of be­ing a city within a city. Large chim­ney’s loom into the dis­tance as a net­work of wide roads criss cross. With a ca­pac­ity to make 71,000 ve­hi­cles per year, Kamaz, com­mand­ing a 56 per cent mar­ket share in 2016, in the seg­ments above 14-tonnes, is the num­ber-one truck com­pany in Rus­sia. It has over 40 mod­els and 1500 ve­hi­cle con­fig­u­ra­tions. A Dakar rally win­ner for 14 times, Kamaz has a strong dealer net­work of 200 deal­ers. Placed 16th among the world’s heavy-duty truck pro­duc­ers in 2016, Kamaz is keen to en­ter the premier truck league. The com­pany un­veiled a new K5 truck cab (see box) re­cently. To be built in as­so­ci­a­tion with Daimler at a new cab plant at Naberezh­nye Chelny from early 2019, the K5 truck cab hints at the com­pany’s as­pi­ra­tion to en­ter the pre­mium heavy truck seg­ment in Rus­sia, which is cur­rently dom­i­nated

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