FAW Group Corporation (FAW) announced the launch of its Besturn X80 SUV on Russia market on Apr. 26. Over 240 representatives and guests from FAW Import & Export, AVTOTOR, Russian media and local dealers of Besturn X80 attended the launching ceremony, which was held in Moscow with the theme of “Create New Vision”.
Besturn X80 is equipped with a 2.0-liter engine paired with an automatic transmission. The official guide price is 1,149,000 rubles.
FAW Group Import and Export Corporation began negotiation with AVTOTOR, an automobile manufacturing company located in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia in 2015, and started trial production of knocked down (KD) assembly in late 2016.
As the first step of implementing its localized production strategy in East Europe, FAW Group improved its awareness of passenger car brands, accumulated experiences of localized production, and laid a solid foundation for its international operation.
The first batch of 87 Besturn X80 SUVs had rolled off assembly line at the plant of AVTOTOR, and were transported to 10 dealers for sale. FAW has 22 dealers for passenger cars in Russia, and the number will grow to 32 at the end of 2017. These dealers will fulfill the annual sales of 1,000 units.
FAW Group is a leading global manufacturer of quality passenger cars, trucks, and buses. Established in 1953, the company is China’s oldest and largest automotive group. Annual sales exceed three million units.