This week Diesel News is looking at an exhibition of Moscow motors. While the Americans have MATS in Louisville, the Brits have the CV Show in Birmingham, and the West Europeans have IAA in Hanover, for the Eastern Europeans, there’s only one show – Comtrans in Moscow. Diesel’s European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, has the story.
The Comtrans truck show, held every other year in Moscow’s Crocus Expo Centre, is something out of the ordinary. With the economic opening up of Eastern Europe and Russia the world’s transport equipment producers have seen a massive sales opportunity. And for good reason too. The size of the market is enormous. With the end of the old Soviet Union, the previously state-run truck makers have also enjoyed a renaissance, not least by striking-up commercial partnerships with Western European truck makers.
With more than 20,500 visitors and 217 exhibitors from 17 countries, Comtrans remains the leading truck show for Eastern Europe, clearly supporting the organiser’s claims that it’s now the second most important international road transport show after the IAA in Hanover. After a marked slump in the sector in 2015, the Russian transport market has since come roaring back – with Comtrans being the perfect venue for local truck and bus manufacturers to unveil new products.
Here are some of the the highlights from the show:
If you thought Ford no longer made heavies, think again. The 1846T Cargo, built by Turkish manufacturer Ford Otosan (an equal partnership between Ford Motor Company and Koç Holdings), features its own 12.7-litre 480hp EcoTorque Euro-6 diesel with 2,500Nm of torque. The latest 12-speed ZF TraXon auto completes the package. Its striking cab is used on both prime movers and multi-wheelers.
Domestic market leader Kamaz provided an early sneak view of its next-generation Kamaz 54901 prime mover, based on the current Mercedes-Benz Actros cab. It will be assembled in a new factory currently being built by the joint venture Daimler Kamaz RUS. Power comes from Kamaz’s own P6 Euro-5/6 in-line six-pots rated between 350–550hp, coupled to the latest ZF TraXon two-pedal auto. The market launch is expected within the next five years
Other debuts at the Kamaz stand included its three-axle 54909 with selectable hydraulic drive on the front axle and the 65208 with hybrid drive, designed for use in refuse collection chassis.
Russian light commercial, truck and bus maker Gaz had no less than ten world debutantes on its stand, but none so eye-catching as its Sobol All-Terrain Crawler Concept, an amphibious off-road vehicle, seen here, as well as its Vepr Next off-road concept truck.
Gaz has expanded its Ural heavy truck range. Its latest Next 6×4 aims to win sales in new markets including on-road and light construction. It also unveiled a new first, a right-hand drive Ural Next 6×6 for export markets. Another newcomer was its YMZ-770 12.4-litre in-line common-rail engine in Euro-5 or 6 versions rated from 360-550 hp.
Belarusian manufacturer Maz (Minsk Automobile Factory) had three new truck models on show. Its Maz-5440S9-520-03 prime mover has a new, 420hp SCR Euro-5 six-pot courtesy of the Yaroslavl engine factory. Its cab interior has also gained a major makeover with a new dash.
The latest Maz-5440S9-520-03 has also gained more space inside around the top bunk while the new three-axle Maz-643029-1420-012 has a 430hp engine from Weichai Power.