Domestically Produced Cars Gaining Popularity in Public Sector

Kazakhstan produced 21,236 vehicles, including trucks, commercial and passenger cars, in 2012. State agencies purchased 12 percent of the production—2,553 cars—and bought 1,365 units of imported transport.

The list of car models assembled in Kazakhstan continues to grow. It seems likely that the public sector preference in the future will tend increasingly toward domestically produced vehicles. Kazakhstan already produces cars in a wide price range, including small sedans, SUVs and executive cars such as the SsangYong Chairman.

The production of trucks, light commercial and special vehicles, including cars for the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Ministry of Emergencies, is growing. Design offices of production plants are actively developing modifications to specialised vehicles to adhere to the requirements of state structures. Last year, the Ministry of Health and automakers signed a memorandum on cooperation regarding the confirmation of intent to supply ambulances.

In order to meet the needs of citizens, local businesses and the public sector, some automakers plan to switch from semi-knocked down (SKD) to completely knocked down (CKD) assemblage, including welding and painting of vehicle bodies, later this year.

The ratio of cars bought by the government agencies in 2012
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