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05/28/1993

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Saab-Scania JV to Build Buses for Moscow Fleet

Swedish automaker Saab-Scania AB announced Thursday a joint venture to assemble city buses in the Moscow region, that will attempt to replace some of the capital's ageing fleet. The joint venture RuScan was set up by Saab-Scania and the Russian joint-stock company Investavtoros to assemble city buses in Ramenskoye, east of Moscow. All the parts will be delivered from Sweden, except for the bodies, which will be produced in Russia using Russian materials, according to Saab spokeswoman Svetlana Erickson. The prototype is expected to be produced in June, and full-scale production will start in October. The company is planning to increase production volume gradually from 50 buses this year to 500 beginning in 1995. Company sources declined to give details on the project's cost. They did say that all the buses will be sold in Russia. Over the past three years, Russia's aging bus fleets have gone unreplaced.
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