• Jul 6, 2010


General Motors
has been the largest automaker in the United States since before many of your parents were born. And The General managed to keep its sales lead in spite of a very public government-assisted bankruptcy and the loss of four brands. But while GM's 20 percent market share remains impressive, it doesn't come close to the success the automaker has achieved in... Uzbekistan?

Inside Line reports that GM currently owns 94 percent of the Uzbekistan market, with 59,000 of the 63,000 vehicles sold so far this year. Impressive, right? Well, if you remove commercial trucking from the equation, GM's share of the market is 98.6 percent; a healthy temperature by any measure. You're probably (not) wondering how The General managed to secure the entire Uzbek market. The answer is simple: GM is part owner of a join venture plant that is capable of producing 250,000 vehicles per year. The facility was a joint venture between UzAvtoSanoat and Daewoo, and since GM controls the Korean automaker, the plant basically makes Daewoos with Bowtie badging. The facility currently produces the Chevrolet Matiz, Lacetti and Captiva (shown above).

So it appears the Uzbekistians (Uzbekistanis?) are a very loyal bunch that go to great lengths to support local jobs. Now the competition knows what to do to break Chevy's dominance; provided anyone can find Uzbekistan on a map.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Who owns the remaining 6%?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm guessing mostly your usual luxury guys from Germany. Everyone knows that politicians, no matter how poor the nation, will always drive around in luxury cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i don't remember properly but i think IRAN has a production line there i think
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uzbekistan = Chevy heaven?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AHahahahhahahha, great Borat quote.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I see one of these I always think Chevy CRV
      • 4 Years Ago
      loved the title :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know it's not a fake country - excuse my poor phrasing. I meant that the movie is fake; its depiction of Kazakhstan is fake. Like I was suggesting, the movie was just stereotypes about former Soviet bloc nations. They're interchangeable for the jokes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kazakhstan is hardly a fake country.

        http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5487.htm
        • 4 Years Ago
        Loved the title too, except it was taken from a film called 'Borat' which was based around Kazakhstan....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh who cares what country Borat was allegedly from! It was fake, anyway. All I see is a -stan on the end of both and assume both are former Soviet bloc nations. The joke still applies!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your title; I like.

      How much?
      • 4 Years Ago
      hahaha Imagin finding your Chevy Lacetti in the parking lot were 50% of all the 98% Chevy's are Lancetti's... Paint it bright orange maybe?:P
      • 4 Years Ago
      1) The demonym for Uzbekistan is either "Uzbekistani" or "Uzbek".
      2) Borat was from Kazakhstan, but why let facts get in the way of a catchy title?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here at autoblog it's cooler to just not know things.

        Keepin it real.
        • 4 Years Ago
        came to post this
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uzchevistan!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buying Daewoo and investing intelligently in it is one of GM's really great recent success stories... yes, I know, Daewoos aren't quite up to snuff compared to Hyundai and Kia, but dang it, they're not bad, either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry to hear that, Dking7... it sounds like a ****ty deal, but I guess the bright side, if there is one, is that these Daewoo cars aren't exactly terrible... it could be much worse if it were something like Zastavas or Ladas...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Daewoo did most of the development work of the now departed VUE, which is sold around the world under various GM labels and spawned the Eqinox and Terrain, all highly regarded vehicles in their segment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am from Uzbekistan, and answer is very simple. Since Uzbek government is involved in it, they just put huge taxes on the imported and do not allow other car companies to build factories in Uzbekistan. We have 150% import tax on cars, and most people can not afford that much. Those 6% are Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes, KIA, and Lada. In simple words, we don't have much choice with amount of money we earn.
      • 4 Years Ago


      none of the mentioned. The right way is to say : Uzbeks.
      Btw, the reason why GM controls 98.6 % of the market is because the government over there put HUGE taxes on imported cars. If you buy a car for 40 000 $, it's about the same number that you will owe to the government.

      Learn the facts before writing something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did you know that there is a sizable Korean ethnic population in Uzbekistan? That's why the Korean car manufacturers set up shop there...

      Stalin's regime forcibly relocated different ethnic groups in the Soviet Union. Ethnic Germans were relocated to keep them "away" from their German "brothers" during WWII.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anybody else really like how that Captiva looks?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes! This grill is hundreds of times more attractive than the garishly gaping maws we get in the States.
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