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GM signs research MOU with St. Petersburg Government

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and the Government of St. Petersburg signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on automotive technology to help sustain growth in the Russian auto industry.

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According to the GM news release, the memorandum on industrial, engineering and research cooperation was signed within the framework of IV St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum. It covers development of jointly supported research projects, exploring opportunities for exchange of relevant academic and scientific information, visits and exchange between professors, scientists and students and co-development of educational programs in automotive technology.

For the record, this long-term prospective cooperation started at III St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum in 2010. Under the current program, leading universities in St. Petersburg are conducting applied research and development in the automotive industry, including training young scientists at GM in research and technical centers in the United States.

"The GM Global R&D Center in Michigan has been established and successfully operates exactly for this purpose. In a joint project with the Government and universities of St. Petersburg,” said Jim Bovenzi, president and managing director of General Motors Russia and CIS.

“We plan to expand our research capacity and share experience. This mutually beneficial cooperation enables young professionals to realize their potential and gain valuable experience and General Motors to get the inflow of fresh ideas and skilled young people,” Bovenzi said.

In response, Mikhail Oseevsky, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg, Head of the Governor’s Administration of St. Petersburg, said, "This cooperation is the first step towards the creation of the first R&D center in the automotive industry, in St. Petersburg and in Russia as well. This is an important input to the automotive cluster of our city.

Looking Back to Other Russian Agreements

In Februrary, 2011, General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and GAZ Group, one of the largest automotive holding companies in Russia, announced teaming up up to build the new Chevrolet Aveo at GAZ’s facility in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia.

Both have signed an agreement for the contract assembly, scheduled to begin in mid-2012.

According to that GM news release, about 30,000 Aveo sedans and hatchbacks were expected to be assembled annually. The vehicles would be sold on the Russian market.

Torque News writer, Patrick Rall, also reported in August that Toyota USA had unveiled the 2012 Toyota Camry with a redesigned look inside and out destined for the Russian market – with a look quite different from what American buyers will be getting later this year. Ref, The 2012 Toyota Camry for Russia introduced as a premium business sedan

So, things are looking forward and upward for the auto industry in Russia.

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About the Reporter: After 39 years in the auto industry as a design engineer, Frank Sherosky now trades stocks, futures and writes articles, books and ebooks like, "Perfecting Corporate Character," "Awaken Your Speculator Mind", and "Millennial World Order" via He may be contacted here by email: [email protected] or via his Twitter i.d. @Authorfranks

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