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The AGR Automotive Group LLC enterprise in Kaluga has returned to work, the head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Anton Alikhanov told TASS journalists. Serial production was launched after negotiations with partners that took place last week, he specified. However, details about the partners and the models that have entered the assembly line are still kept secret.

It was reported that AGR, the new owner of the plant in the Grabtsevo industrial park near Kaluga, is negotiating with potential partners from China. Experts believe that the most likely option is GAC. Cooperation with FAW is also possible.

Last year, the former Volkswagen plant assembled a batch of 120 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Max crossovers using the screwdriver method. According to Drom, three of them were recently sold to individuals. However, the partnership with Chery ended there, insiders said.

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The Volkswagen plant in Kaluga was launched in 2007. Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Rapid sedans, as well as Volkswagen Tiguan crossovers rolled off the assembly line. Before production was stopped in 2022, the plant’s capacity was 225 thousand cars per year. In 2021, 118 thousand rolled off the assembly line.

Another plant in Kaluga, PSMA Rus, has launched production of the Citroen C5 Aircross this year. The crossover made from Chinese parts is praised for its good handling and pothole handling, but criticized for its insufficient functionality of the media system and high price.

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