“The foreign owner has decided to close the Moscow Renault factory
. This is their right
, tuttavia, we cannot allow the several thousand strong workforce to find themselves unemployed
,” Moscow’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin
, wrote in a post sul blog
, which was translated by CNN Business
. “Perciò, I have made a decision to record the plant as a city asset and resume the production of passenger cars under the historical Moskvich brand.
“Nel 2022, we are turning a new page in the history of Moskvich,” Sobyanin added.
The company will try to keep all the plant’s current employees working there, the mayor wrote. The factory will also try to get most of the cars’ parts from Russian firms. The factory will begin by producing conventional gasoline-powered cars but, as some point, will switch to making electric cars, according to Sobyanin’s blog post.
Sobyanin did not specify what vehicle models would be built under the Moskvich name at the former Renault factory in the near future, tuttavia.
Moskvich traces its roots to what are considered some of the first Soviet-designed cars from the 1920s and 30s. Following World War II, the company began producing cars under the Moskvich name, che significa “Muscovite,” or a native of Moscow.
Oggi, di 200,000 Moskvich cars are still registered in Russia, according to the Autostat analytical agency.
Generally speaking, cars produced in the centrally controlled economies of the Soviet Union and its satellite nations were not known for their quality.
Some cars made in Communist bloc countries, such as the East German Trabant, found cult followings in the West. The Trabant’s body was made from a material called Duroplast that resembled plastic but was made from a mixture of wood pulp, cotton fiber and resin.
Even still, turnarounds are possible. Škoda, which was made in then-communist controlled Czechoslovakia, was taken over by the Volkswagen Group after the fall of the Soviet Union. Now headquartered in the Czech Republic, it has become one of VW Group’s most popular and profitable brands.