• Aug 17th 2010 at 8:29AM
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Russian automotive manufacturer GAZ is being courted by a number of handsome suitors, according to Inside Line. While the company currently produces the Volga Siber at its Gorky Automobile plant, there's some indication that Daimler may want the facility to switch to building the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The move would kinda sorta be an all-in-the-family affair as the Siber is currently built off of the old Chrysler Sebring platform. With Chrysler out of Daimler's portfolio and Mercedes-Benz looking to take the Russian assault to its rival BMW, the move would make plenty of sense. It would also seem to be a rather large step up from its current configuration.

The thing is, GAZ has also been spending late nights on the phone with the likes of Tata to produce that company's Indicar. At the same time, General Motors has been wooing Tata to manufacture any number of its vehicles. At this point, it's anyone's guess as to which company will win the GAZ plant's heart, but Inside Line seems to think that GM has the best bet out of the field of potentials. The reason? Bo Anderson, the new chairman of GAZ, used to be the head of worldwide purchasing for The General. How's that for a love trapezoid?

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing how much better the old Chrysler designed Sebring/Stratus platform looks compared to the half Mitsubishi/half Chrysler/Daimler fathered monstrosity they are stuck with today.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Frank I totally agree. My father has an 06 Sebring and sure it's boring too look at and just tolerable on the inside - but at least it doesn't vomit 'style' like the current car. It's actually a pretty comfortable and quiet car. The 2.7 is a good match in it and surprisingly it's been very reliable.

        As for using the E-Class as the next-gen Siber, that's going to be quite the price hike to the customer, regardless of how last gen the car will be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chrysler should buy back the tooling for the last generation Sebring from the Russians and just start making it here in the US again.

        Daimler really screwed things up at Chrysler. The Sebring, Cherokee, full sized vans, Dakota, Durango, etc. all designs that Daimler really screwed up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The old Sebring wasn't a pig. It was not a bad looking car. This was pre German Vergewaltigung of Chrysler.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, that's like upgrading to Windows 7 from your old 98... if you know what I mean.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's a huge gap between the front right fender, and hood. Yup, it's a Sebring alright...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd just stay away from Russian partnerships alltogether. Nothing but a headache, I swear.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mel, is that you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      this looks alot better than any of our sebrings. well...the wheels need help.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting idea but I hope that MB will continiue producing E Class in Germany(new E Class which is selling in Russia are build in Germany). Last year in Russia was the most succesful for MB through years. BMW really got assembly in Russia and Audi got it but few month ago they decided to givе all сapacity to VW. They said that because of new VW Polo, factory dont need Audi but I think the main cause why they back production back abroad is reduction in quality.
      Siber project failed in Russia and the main problem is price...,pas Volga model was cheaper...
      Sorry for my engkish))
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