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COMTRANS Commercial Vehicle Show Moscow 2017
Dr.Oliver NASS, Group Director Sales & Marketing, Vadim SOROKIN, CEO GAZ GROUP, Manfred EIBECK, CEO Russian Machines (Shareholder of GAZ), Siegfried WOLF, Chairman Russian Machines
Cooperation between GAZ Group and PUNCH Powerglide: Future GAZelle Next minibus with an automatic transmission supplied by PUNCH Powerglide
PUNCH Powerglide is proud to announce a cooperation with the GAZ Group, Russia’s leading Commercial Vehicle manufacturer. GAZ and PUNCH Powerglide have agreed to equip the future GAZelle Next minibus with PUNCH’s 6L50 automatic transmission, making of this new model the first automatic application of GAZ’s commercial vehicles. This six-speed gearbox is fully electronically controlled with a clutch-to-clutch shifting, which will provide a new driving experience and additional comfort to GAZ’s customers.
PUNCH Powerglide exhibits on GAZ’s stand (Pavilion 3 Hall 13) a cut-off model of its 6L50 – next to a GAZelle Next Minibus demonstrator equipped with PUNCH’s automatic transmission. Oliver Nass, Sales & Marketing Director of PUNCH, commented: “Providing an AT-technology to the customers is a competitive advantage which clearly gains in importance, particularly in congested driving conditions. We are honoured and excited to accompany the GAZ Group on this road ahead.”
“We have initiated the cooperation with PUNCH Powerglide, which brings in more than 50 years of experience in automatic transmissions”, Vadim Sorokin, President of the GAZ Group, confirmed during his press conference. “We plan to complete the GAZelle Next minibus model range by an AT-version.”
PUNCH Powerglide is part of the entrepreneurial PUNCH Group and is a leading and independent player competitively positioned in niche segments of the automatic transmission market, with more than 10 Million transmissions produced. The R&D, manufacturing and corporate functions are based in France (Strasbourg). The site celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. PUNCH Powerglide’s product portfolio includes conventional, micro-, mild- and full hybrid driveline solutions.
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