TASHKENT, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Uzbekistan's car plant GM Uzbekistan has sent its first cars and components to neighboring Kazakhstan in a bid to raise export potential and gain economic growth, the company said on Monday.
GM Uzbekistan said in a statement that it sent the first batch of cars to Kazakhstan on Saturday without specifying any details regarding the number of the vehicles exported.
The company will export parts of Rovan Nexia R3 models to be assembled at SariarkaAvtoProm plant in the city of Kostanay, Kazakhstan, according to the statement.
Meanwhile, the company, which exports its products under the Ravon brand, will send ready-made R4 models to "Ravon Motors Kazakhstan."
The company, which used to sell Ravon cars in Russia in the past, has said that its exports are now oriented to neighboring countries, which also include Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
The Uzbek car factory was originally set up as a joint venture with South Korea's Daewoo Motors in 1996. It was renamed GM Uzbekistan in 2008 after the American General Motors automaker acquired Daewoo Motors.
In 2018, Uzbekistan's state-run Uzavtosanoat acquired the shares of the General Motors to become the sole owner of the car factory.