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Uzbekistan's Samarkand automobile plant produces 20,000th vehicle

27 February 2015

The Samarkand automobile plant in Uzbekistan has manufactured its 20,000th motor vehicle, the Jahon information agency reported.

Production of motor vehicles based on the chassis of ISUZU was launched at the Samarkand automobile plant, which started its commercial operation in 1999 and was reorganized in 2006 into LLC SamAuto in collaboration with the Japanese company ISUZU Motors Ltd.

Today, the Samarkand automobile plant is manufacturing buses, city midi-buses, trucks, and special vehicles with carrying capacity of up to 5,000 kg.

In accordance with the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan, in 2011 the Samarkand automobile plant began producing vehicles with engines running on compressed natural gas, in line with global trends to use natural gas as motor fuel.

According to the project implemented under the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated December 3, 2013, for 2014 and 2015, the Samarkand automobile plant received an order for the production of thousands of garbage trucks running on liquefied natural gas. In addition, the plant has developed the production of motor vehicles running on compressed natural gas with 3 body types – van, board and truck.

The 20,000th vehicle of the Samarkand automobile plant — model ISUZU NPR82 — also runs on liquefied natural gas.

Cars, trucks, and buses produced in Uzbekistan are currently sent for export to neighboring Central Asian countries and Russia.