Production of the Chevy Damas and Chevy Labo is ongoing in the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan – in fact, production is actually increasing. Government-owned UzAuto Motors, formerly GM Uzbekistan, recently announced that it has completed a program to increase production volume for the Chevy Damas and Chevy Labo with the intention of reaching an annual production capacity of 150,000 units. The production increase is expected to considerably speed up the vehicle delivery process.
In a press release issued in Uzbek and translated into English using Google Translate, UzAuto Motors outlines how it has gradually increased its production capacity since 2016, with volume increasing nearly five fold over the course of the last six years. UzAuto Motors reports that it built 93,120 units during the 2022 calendar year.
The increase in production of the Chevy Damas and Chevy Labo is supported by a new press shop in Pitnak. Spanning an area of more than 1 hectare (or 107,639 square feet) the press shop can stamp out body parts from 12 thousand tons of sheet metal to create 7 million individual pieces annually for the Chevy Damas and Chevy Labo, when running at maximum capacity.
In addition, UzAuto Motors states that “localization of components, de-contenting (substitution of some components) and unification of production processes” will support the company’s increased production ambitions, while also reducing imports.
For those readers who may be unaware, Uz-DaewooAuto was founded in 1992 between state-owned UzAvtosanoat and South Korean automaker Daewoo, with production of its first vehicles beginning in 1996 in Asaka. After Daewoo’s collapse and eventual change of ownership, the automaker became GM Uzbekistan in 2008 as a joint venture between UzAvtosanoat JSC and General Motors. In 2019, the Uzbekistan government acquired the company, at which time it was renamed UzAuto Motors.