The powerplant delivers 115 hp and 122 lb.-ft. of peak torque all the way from 1,800 to 4,700 rpm, generating more torque throughout its operating range than equally powerful, higher-displacement engines, the auto maker says.
The distributor sold 37,575 vehicles this year through June, up 16.6% from like-2012, while the Russian market was down 5.8% overall. A target of 150,000 units for 2015 could mean adding local assembly of a B- or C-car.
The JV plans to expand in Belarus in two stages, with annual capacity of 60,000 units to be reached by the end of 2015 and 120,000 planned in 2017. The second stage also is expected to include a stamping operation.
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