General Motors Corp.’s GM-Avtovaz Russian joint venture will increase daily output of the Chevrolet Niva SUV from 35-40 units daily to 70-80. Reports say a 2-shift workday will be instituted to accommodate the increase in production. GM-Avtovaz has said it wants to produce 35,000 SUVs this year. It is planning on adding a third shift at the Moscow facility in August, which will bring daily output to 120 vehicles. A new paint shop also will open at the JV April 2.

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