ZAZ or Zaporizhia Automobile Building Plant is the main automobile-manufacturer of Ukraine, based in the south-eastern city of Zaporizhia. It is also known for its former mother company name, AvtoZAZ. In the first half of 2008 ZAZ manufactured 153,407 cars and commercial vehicles, a 29% increase from the same period in 2007.
The company was established in 1960 as ZAZ (Zaporozhskiy Avtomobilnyi Zavod) to create the Soviet equivalent of Volkswagen Beetle, a car for the ordinary people.
The models named “Zaporozhets” were powered by an air-cooled rear mounted V4 engine made by MeMZ (based in neighboring Melitopol). The body of earlier models 965 was similar to the Fiat 600. The redesigned 966 looked more like a NSU Prinz. Despite low reliability and prestige of those cars, they have shown an unbeaten accessibility and popularity among Soviets, becoming the “car for pensioners and intellectuals.”
Daewoo Motors made a joint venture with ZAZ in 1998. ZAZ was assigned to the new company as a 50% share on behalf of Auto ZAZ. Daewoo Motors made large investments and established the production of its own models, while keeping and modernizing the native ZAZ brand. CKD kits of Daewoo Lanos started assembling the same year; at the same time, CKD assembly of a number of older VAZ models started.
Following bankruptcy of Daewoo Motors in 2001, UkrAVTO corporation bought out AvtoZAZ holding in 2002. All the AvtoZAZ manufacturing facilities (most notably, MeMZ and Ilyichyevsk assembling plant) were reincorporated into ZAZ.
Ilyichyevsk facility is currently used for CKD-kit assembly of Chevrolet Aveo and Chevrolet Lacetti. An adapted version of the Lanos with a MeMZ engine, Daewoo Sens, was made since 2002. End of 2004 saw the beginning of full-scale production of completely domestic ZAZ Lanos T150, now that CKD kits of Lanos are no longer supplied.
ZAZ logo is composed of symbolical shapes like other car logos. The usual oval shape of the ZAZ logo makes created a neat look for their car bumpers. The ZAZ car logo design is also a bit tricky unlike other car logos. Upon examining it, you will notice the figure like letter D was duplicated and flip on the side to form the oval logo. ZAZ logo is adored by others and competes with existing car logos.
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