Russian truck manufacturer exports to West

EUROPEAN TRUCK, body, and trailer builders have a good year when the Russians and eastern European companies are buying equipment. These companies, however, also export to the West. KAMAZ Inc is the largest truck manufacturer in Russia, claiming a market share of 52% in the first half of 2004. It built 24,000 trucks in 2003. Production in 2004 included about 5,500 export sales.

The KAMAZ 6520 dump truck is one of four trucks that the company displayed at its first-ever IAA in Hanover. GVW is 33,100 kg (73,000 lb), and the cargo capacity is 20 tonnes (44,000 lb). It is powered by a Cummins ISLe 350.3 (350 hp complying with Euro 3 regulations). Maximum speed is 90 km/h (56 mph), and the maximum grade it can negotiate is 30%.

The dump body, also by KAMAZ, has a capacity of 13 m3 (17 yards). A HYVA, front-mount hoist can tip it to 55°.

The three other trucks in the KAMAZ stand were a two-axle delivery truck with a 28 m3 (990 cu ft) insulated body for chilled foods, the KAMAZ off-roader for difficult terrain, and the KAMAZ 4911 extreme racing truck that won the Paris-to-Dakar intercontinental race. This 10-tonne (22,000 lb) 4×4 can reach speeds of more than 165 km/h (102 mph). It can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 16 seconds. KAMAZ Inc, 29 M Dzhalil av, Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan, Russian Federation, 423808.

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