The Japanese auto concern Toyota may transfer the Russian plant in St. Petersburg to the FSUE NAMI subordinate to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Denis Manturov.
“The transfer of Russian assets of Toyota to NAMI is being worked out,” Denis Manturov said on the sidelines of the congress of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).
Production at the Toyota plant in St. Petersburg was suspended on March 4 last year, and in September Toyota confirmed its closure, explaining this decision by the lack of a realistic opportunity to resume car assembly at this site in the future. As of the beginning of December, the enterprise was in the stage of conservation.
The plant was launched in 2007. It produced Camry sedans and RAV4 crossovers, which were among the top best-selling cars in Russia. From the same site they were exported to Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Recall Renault left the Russian market in May 2022. The assets were transferred to the Ministry of Industry and Trade and NAMI with the option of repurchase within six years. The Moscow plant was transferred to the balance of Moscow free of charge, after which it began producing Chinese crossovers under the Moskvich brand.
In October it became known that Nissan leaves Russia, and the plant is transferred to US. It is planned to start production of new Lada models on it.
What domestic cars will be assembled at the new Toyota plant is still unknown. So far, no one has talked about the revival of the Volga or Pobeda, or rather, the production of Chinese cars with the corresponding nameplates.