The main advantages to influence the consumer votes in the Best Van category were a combination of advanced functionality and comfort, loots of options included as standard and the best in class price.
GAZelle Next van production started at Gorky Automobile Plant in autumn 2015. The LCV became popular very quickly and is now exported to 18 countries.
At the moment there are two basic versions of GAzelle Next: cargo and cargo+passenger, each can be built on a standard, long and super-long wheelbase. Its GWT can be 6.5 or 4.6 t, with one of the three three following engines: diesel, gasoline and bi-fuel (gas/gasoline).
Andrey Sofonov, Managing Director, Gorky Automobile Plant:
- This year the GAZelle brand celebrates its 25th anniversary. Over these years our customers have bought over 2 million vehicles, with a few generations to come one after another, and a few huge upgrades to its specifications, there have been dozens of GAZelle versions and hundreds of specialty vehicles created. There is one thing which remains unchanged: GAZelle was and is the most popular LCV in the Russia. GAZelle Next van is a very strong and competitive product offering great functionality, good quality and ergonomics to be able to win competition from foreign LCVs, while offering a really attractive price.
The Car of the Year in Russia Award is the largest car competition in Russia and the largest market analysis project in the world. it is the indicator of the independent public opinion in the automotive market. The voting was from 1 January 2019 to 14 April 2019 with any Russian citizen of legal age from any Russian region eligible to vote. Over a million people voted for their favorites, statistics says that most of them (84%) are men. The age varies from 25 to 44 y.o.