The presentation of KAMAZ 4308 truck took place at the Assembly Plant of KAMAZ Inc.
The first model of two axle non-all drive wheel truck was presented at MIMS — 2002. The truck is developed in two versions — van truck of 5t carrying capacity and side truck of 5,5t carrying capacity. The truck is powered with Euro — 2 Cummins engine. The new truck is called «Tulpar».
The serial KAMAZ cab is changed for this truck. Its interior is modernized: there appeared a new instrument panel, a steering wheel, and a brake system remote control. All security and ergonomics demands are accomplished. Cab capacity is the same. The frame is new. It is manufactured at the Plant. It is, as the design of the truck in general, is much simpler and more adaptable to streamline production than the same models of other domestic and foreign manufacturers. Main parts of rear leading and front axle are unified with the same components of other serial KAMAZ trucks.
Certification tests of new truck are completed and now there is an official registration of papers. In general, KAMAZ 4308 doesn’t have domestic opponents. The same «GAZ» and «ZIL» models are in a lower market niche than the new KAMAZ truck, they have 1,5t and 3t of carrying capacity accordingly. The designers and marketing specialists think the new KAMAZ truck will succeed at the Russian market. That’s why KAMAZ Inc. has prepared the production within a short period and starts mass production of these trucks to reinforce positions at this part of market. The customers have already ordered 25 trucks, which will be assembled in November and another 25 trucks in December. It is planned to assemble 100 trucks per month beginning from 2004.
Another novelty in the city delivery trucks family — KAMAZ -4307 truck of 3,2 t carrying capacity — is supposed to be put into mass production in the second half of 2004.
Director General of KAMAZ Inc. was the first to try the new truck. He has confidently taxied the truck to the gates and drove around the plant’s building:
- The truck produces good impression — smooth move, easy steering, and reliable brake system.
KAMAZ top-managers about the novelty.
Danis Valeev — R&D Director, KAMAZ Inc.’s Chief Designer:
- We have developed this product several years ago. According to the results of the marketing surveys, the Russian customer needs exactly this type of truck. The main advantages of new trucks are simple construction, reliability in operation, maneuverability, etc.
Anatoly Samarenkin — Deputy Director General of KAMAZ Inc. on sales and service:
- The truck is environmentally friendly — it is powered with «Cummins B180 20» engine of 178 h.p. Central parts of Russia and the territory near Ural Mountains are waiting for our truck. Of course, its certain volume will be marketed in Tatarstan republic and in Naberezhnye Chelny city in particular. Test batches will be sent to those cities, which have KAMAZ repair service depot — the information about trucks’ condition within their operation period is very important for us. Besides, we need information on changes of units and components’ technical specifications.