Suzuki - OKANew “ Oka “: the left foot has a rest
Suzuki - OKA
this year there will be an epoch-making event for the Russian motor industry: on sale there will be a first domestic car with an automatic transmission. “ the automatic machine “ and at the same time and Suzuki engine will be established on minicars VAZ - 11113 “ Oka “ the Serpukhov car factory (SeAZ).
Manufacturers “ Oka “ - SeAZ and Factory mikrolitrazhnyh cars KamAza (ZMA) intend to increase in the near future total release of the car to 100 thousand a year (now SeAZ lets out about 12 thousand cars, ZMA - 24 thousand) . Meanwhile Autovases, nowadays the unique supplier of engines for “ Oka “ it is capable to let out no more than 50 thousand motors VAZ - 11113 in year, therefore situated near Moscow and Tatar factories are compelled to search for foreign suppliers of power units.
under data “ the Businessman “ ZMA tends to the Yugoslavian engine of manufacture of factory Zastava (this motor equips a minicar of Fiat Cinquecento let out in Poland). SeAZ wants to use the engine of Suzuki blocked with an automatic transmission.
Serpukhov “ Oka “ becomes the first domestic car with the automatic transmission, accessible to the mass buyer (limousines ZIL collected manually it is not counted). The price of new updating “ Oka “ will not exceed $4500. That is “ Oka “ in the best complete set will cost much less the cheapest “ the Zhiguli “ Also does not leave for a side of the market niche. Factory workers promise that “ Oka “ with “ the automatic machine “ will go on sale this year.
while SeAZ will sell “ intermediate “ the version “ Oka “ - with automatic electromagnetic coupling. In the car of such design the driver should switch transfers manually, but the coupling pedal is absent - it is replaced with automatics. (The similar scheme last years Audi and Saab apply, for example.) And such car to the buyer only on $300 more expensively the base version which costs $3300 will manage. Orders on “ to Oka “ - “ a semiautomatic device “ some Moscow dealers of SeAZa accept from this week.
in any sense naturally what exactly SeAZ began the first to introduce on the cars “ the automatic machine “ and “ a semiautomatic device “ as in the factory production program the appreciable part is made by hand-operated cars for invalids. “ automatic machines “ in that case - that is necessary. Simultaneously “ the automatic machine “ sharply raises appeal of the city car in the opinion of the usual buyer.
it is no wonder and that “ Oka “ it has appeared range for introduction of technical novelties. The low price does by its most probable candidate for a role of really national car (unlike the car “ for middle class “ With what, on a plan of founders, should become VAZ - 2110 and “ the Muscovite - Svjatogor “). “ to Oka “ it is possible in considerable quantities not only to make, but also to sell. And the abundance of various inexpensive updatings is in this case serious help.
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