n the second half of 2017 KAMAZ will launch sales of the upgraded 5490 tractor unit, which will receive a number of design changes. With the modernization the tractor unit index will be supplemented with the word «neo».

KAMAZ-5490 Neo has the following differences from the original model: wheelbase increased by 200 mm (which allowed optimizing the load distribution between axles), reinforced front suspension with maintenance-free silent blocks instead of bushings and flat top of rear wings (helps to avoid contact with the semitrailer).

The basic version of KAMAZ-5490 Neo is equipped with fuel tank of 695 liters. At the customer’s request the fuel reserve can be increased to 1095 liters due to the additional fuel tank capacity of 400 liters, installed instead of the spare wheel holder on the tractor unit frame.

KAMAZ-5490 Neo will be still equipped with diesel engines Daimler OM457LA capacity of 401 or 428 HP, combined with 16-speed ZF manual gear box or 12-speed automatic gear box of the same manufacturer.

KAMAZ-5490 has been manufactured since 2013. This is the first joint product of KAMAZ and the German Daimler AG.

KAMAZ will increase the production of modernized trucks KAMAZ Neo


The queue for upgraded KAMAZ-5490 Neo trucks is already scheduled for August, and the company plans to increase the volumes of their production since July. Recall, the assembly of the first serial lot of KAMAZ-5490 Neo mainline tractors began in mid-April, and the first 200 cars will enter the parks of the four largest corporate clients, reported KAMAZ’s press service.

According to Andrei Ignatyev, the General Director of the KAMAZ trade and finance company, the first 200 KAMAZ Neo vehicles will be delivered in May to four large fleets of corporate clients. “But in general the queue is already scheduled until August, and from July we plan to increase the production program by them,” – he said.

The new line of dump trucks is also being expanded, which are also in demand on the market, as well as a line of special equipment. “Only the chassis is not very interested now, that’s why we pay great attention to contacts with our partner-plants that are manufacturing special vehicles,” – said Andrei Ignatiev. – “The customer has become more demanding, he wants more powerful, comfortable, economical and environmentally friendly vehicles with greater load capacity. Our new strategy is to increase customer satisfaction”.

Pedal to the Metal: Russian Commercial Truck Sales Jump Whopping 40%


The sale of commercial trucks in Russia is showing double-digit growth for the third month in a row. Autostat Analytic Agency, a statistical agency engaged in monitoring automotive sales in Russia, says that March’s figures are up by nearly 40% compared to this time last year, with sales also up an impressive 25% and 28% in January and February.

According to Autostat’s figures, commercial truck sales jump by 39.8% in March 2017 compared to the same period last year, with dealers selling a total of 5,457 new vehicles. Russian truck manufactures Kamaz and Gaz led sales, selling nearly 56% of the new vehicles, with Mercedes coming in third, selling almost 400 new trucks last month. Scania, Volvo, Maz, Ural, DAF, MAN and Isuzu rounded out the top ten.

The Kamaz 43118, a widely used work horse of Russia’s roads, became the top selling model, with GAZ’s GAZon Next, which sells in a variety of configurations, became the top domestic trucks sold. The Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy duty transport truck led the way among foreign manufacturers.

Commenting on the figures, Expert.ru contributor Alexei Grammatchikov explained that the expansion of sales in the commercial truck sector should be seen as one of the first signs of a general economic recovery, with businesses aided by more affordable loans, and taking advantage of a stabilizing exchange rate.

Russia’s GDP grew an anemic 0.3% in 2016, stabilizing following a contraction of 3.8% the year before amid declining oil prices, the outflow of Western capital, the devaluation of the ruble, and sanctions. This year, the Central Bank and the Ministry of Economic Development expect growth between 1.5-2%.

According to Marat Zainetdinov, CEO of the logistics firm Nawinia Rus, the purchases can also be attributed in part to pent-up demand, with major logistics companies calculating that they can no longer postpone upgrading their fleets. The expert noted that this was particularly true for companies such as Magnit and X5 Retail Group, two major supermarket chains which have significantly increased their market share over the last few years, and simply need more vehicles. “Furthermore, haulage quality standards and requirements for hauling stock have become more stringent, demanding the replacement of obsolete equipment,” Zainetdinov said.

Alexander Pavlov, director of operations at FM Logistic, a major haulage company based outside Moscow, noted that based on optimistic scenarios for economic development and the corresponding expected growth in the consumer market, “the existing supply of transport logistics services is very insufficient to meet increased demand. Therefore, supporters of the optimistic forecasts…as well as companies seeking to expand their market share, feel that the tactic of building up their parks to be justified right now.”

Analysts and manufacturers expect the growth in demand to remain stable at the current high levels, with sales expected to grow by 20-30% in 2017 compared to 2016.