GM to Sell Hummer SUV in Russia

DETROIT August 27, 2003; The AP reported that General Motors Corp. will sell the Hummer H2 sport utility vehicle in Russia under a three-year agreement with Russian automaker Avtotor.

The companies announced the deal Wednesday during the Moscow International Motor Show, GM spokesman Pete Ternes said.

Hummers are produced in Mishiwaka, Ind., in a partnership between GM and AM General Corp. GM is to ship 500 H2s to Russia during the next three years, Ternes said.

The vehicles will be fully assembled in Indiana, then partially disassembled and shipped to Russia in "kit form," he said. They will be reassembled at an Avtotor plant in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave alongside the Baltic Sea that neighbors Poland and Lithuania.

GM has similarly marketed other vehicles in European countries such as Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom. In a joint venture with Russian automaker AvtoVAZ, GM manufactures the off-road Chevrolet Niva in the Volga region of Russia.

The H2 sells for about $50,000 in the United States. Ternes did not know how much it will sell for in Russia but he said it should be on the market there sometime during the fourth quarter.

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