Russians buy LDV

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Gaz group, the Russian commercial vehicle manufacturer, has acquired LDV for a sum believed to be in the region of £50m.

Gaz says it plans to expand production at LDV’s Birmingham plant, by adding new product lines and entering new markets in both Europe and around the world. It also plans to launch production of Maxus models at its plant in Russia, with a view to beginning distribution of the vehicles across the Russian and CIS markets.

Gaz is planning to establish a new company in the UK, Gaz International, which it says will be dedicated to identifying international expansion opportunities and forging strategic alliances with foreign car manufacturers.

Martin Leach, a former president and chief operating officer of Ford Europe, will step in as chairman of LDV.

Steve Young, former head of the automotive practice of management consultants AT Kearney, will become chief executive. Both positions will begin with immediate effect. Leach and Young will also take up senior roles at Gaz International.

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