For now, GM Russia is focused on selling a selection of non-mainstream vehicles from the Chevrolet and Cadillac portfolios. However, following the sale of GM’s 50-percent stake in production of the Chevrolet Niva to AvtoVAZ earlier this month, General Motors currently has no manufacturing presence in the country. As such, the origin of GM Russia’s vehicle inventory has been somewhat of a mystery.
Some have speculated that the vehicles are imported from China, or possibly even the Middle East. Both guesses are incorrect – GM doesn’t even have factories in the Middle East.
We did some legwork, and discovered that in fact all GM Russia vehicles are actually sourced directly from the United States.
As stated above, the GM Russia portfolio includes non-mainstream models from Chevrolet and Cadillac. Each of these models is produced in the U.S., and then shipped over to Russia for sale.
Below, we’ve listed every GM passenger vehicle currently sold in Russia, followed by its respective U.S.-based manufacturing plant in parentheses:
As we covered previously, General Motors plans to expand its presence in the Russian market, and is currently opening up new dealerships in select locations.
Last week, we also outlined how we think GM is missing a big opportunity by not bringing its line of rough-stuff-ready Chevy pickups to play in the Russian market, especially given the increasing popularity of off-roading and overlanding currently underway in the country.