VIENNA – Russian auto maker AvtoVAZ, Kazakh assembler Asia Avto and state-owned Kazakh company SPK Ertis form a strategic partnership. Construction is to start in 2012 on a $514 million manufacturing plant including welding, paint and assembly shops in Eastern Kazakhstan. The partners also plan to make some vehicle parts in the region. Production is set to launch in 2015 with annual output of 90,000 units, increasing to 120,000 by 2017. Vehicles made at the new facility will be sold ...

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