GAZ is the leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Russia. It produces light and medium commercial vehicles for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), various industries, utility companies, agriculture enterprises, medical and school institutions both in Russia and abroad. The key vehicle models are as follows: GAZelle NEXT, GAZON NEKST, GAZelle BUSINESS, Sobol BUSINESS, Sadko. GAZ produces over 5,000 types of component products. The company boasts its own engineering center and more than 20 high-tech industries. GAZ has included 583 industrial robots in the vehicle assembly process, whilst the level of automation in key areas totals 85%. Apart from GAZ equipment, the company manufactures vehicles for Volkswagen and Daimler. The company is headquartered in Nizhny Novgorod.
In Belgrade, the company is exhibiting a promising GAZelle NEXT van, as well as special equipment models intended for the Balkan market.
The new Gazelle NEXT van with an engine that meets the requirements of the European environmental standard Euro-6 has been introduced to the Balkans for the first time. The van is fitted with a Volkswagen diesel engine, whereas the new six-speed transmission is designed by the GAZ engineer. Changes in design have made it possible to reduce fuel consumption by 10%, reduce noise and vibrations, and thus improve both traction and dynamic characteristics.
The 2.0 liter diesel engine with turbocharger and Common Rail fuel injection system meets the most stringent requirements for power-driven aggregates in commercial vehicles. Maximum engine power – 136 horse power, maximum torque of 340 Nm is achieved at the most demanding range from 1600 to 2250 rev/pm. The new six-speed transmission has the ability to transfer the torque up to 450 Nm and thus provides a high resource, accuracy of gear change and low noise and vibration levels.
The spacious Gazelle NEXT cabin is equipped with the driver’s seat that supports the human anatomy, five adjustment levels and adjustable lumbar mechanism. Transparent and clearly legible instrument panel, excellent visibility and well-designed ergonomics allow the driver to feel comfortable over the course of long journeys.
The Gazelle NEXT tipper truck is positioned on a chassis with a long wheelbase and a double cabin. Such tippers are ideal for transporting and mechanical unloading of various agricultural and small building materials (sand, gravel, etc.). Due to its small size, high degree of maneuverability and low fuel consumption, such a tipper is an effective vehicle for utility and construction companies. Large electric mirrors with defrost feature, increased viewing angle and minimized “blind spot” increase safety and improve the ergonomics of vehicles.
GAZelle BUSINESS 4X4 off-road vehicle is presented in a dual-cabin configuration. This is an all-wheel drive four-wheel drive car equipped with a simple and reliable front-drive system. High clearance, low speed shifting and large suspension movements ensure good driving performance by idling, whilst short wheelbase, together with a large turning angle ensure excellent degree of maneuverability in cramped urban areas and on the outskirts.
The official distributor of GAZ commercial vehicles in Serbia is Interauto Cacak, with four major vehicle distribution centers in the Balkans. The company also imports and sells passenger and commercial vehicles, as well as construction equipment.