Germany/Russia: Daimler and GAZ have invested more than €190m ($250m) to launch the local production of Mercedes- Benz Sprinter Classic – one of the largest investment projects in recent years in the Russian automotive industry.

To facilitate production of Sprinter Classic vehicles, about 90,000 square meters of production and logistics facilities have been upgraded, including the launch of a new painting complex produced by Eisenmann.

The new complex has capacity to produce more than ten bodies per hour and offers 11 colours of paint.

Nearly €50m has been invested in technology to ensure vehicle painting at the GAZ plant is in compliance with Daimler’s standards and this will also be applied during production of the GAZ model range.

A system of quality control of components and fi nished products has been developed according to Daimler regulation.

The specialists at GAZ have been trained in Germany and continue to improve their skills under the supervision of German colleagues.