Exactly 47 years ago, on February 16, 1976, the first KAMAZ truck rolled off the main assembly line of the truck assembly plant.

The construction of a new plant in Naberezhnye Chelny started on December 13, 1969. The Kama auto giant was built in record time. And already on February 16, 1976, the first truck, KAMAZ-5320, rolled off the main assembly line of the truck assembly plant. Its release was timed to coincide with the XXV Congress of the CPSU. And as a sign of the successful implementation of the party’s plans, the first truck arrived on Red Square in Moscow under its own power. Test driver Valery Peretolchin was driving the truck with serial number 0000001.

The first-born of KAMAZ operated in Bashkortostan for many years, then it was bought out, restored and is now a valuable museum exhibit of the auto giant.

From 1976 to 1978, the truck assembly plant produced three basic models: a KAMAZ-5320 truck with a payload capacity of 8 tonnes, a KAMAZ-5511 construction dump truck with a payload capacity of 10 tonnes, and a KAMAZ-5410 truck tractor with a gross weight of 26 tonnes. Then a 10-tonne KAMAZ-53212 truck was developed with a wheelbase increased to 3690 mm, a 7-tonne KAMAZ-55102 agricultural dump truck, as well as a truck tractor for a 33-tonne KAMAZ-54112 road train.

At the same time, the growth rates of production at KAMAZ were record-breaking: already in June 1979, the hundred thousandth truck rolled off the main conveyor. By April 1980, 150 thousand heavy trucks had already been produced. The growth of production at KAMAZ was unprecedented for the USSR and beat world records. It is noteworthy that the first generation of trucks was in demand among consumers for many more years: models based on KAMAZ-5320 left the assembly line only in 2000.

Today, the company has already produced more than 2 million 400 thousand vehicles. The product portfolio of KAMAZ includes over 60 basic models and 1,500 vehicle configurations. At the same time, the engineers of the Scientific and Technical Center of the company do not stop at the achieved results and continue to develop innovative types of vehicles. Thus, earlier the company presented the sixth generation truck KAMAZ-54907 (Continent), the self-driving dump truck KAMAZ-6559 Jupiter 30, the hydrogen fuel cell truck KAMAZ-6290, the high-sided electric garbage truck KAMAZ-53199 Chistogor, and other high-tech novelties.

Having successfully overcome the consequences of powerful sanctions pressure, today KAMAZ, in tandem with other Russian enterprises, continues to work under the sign of strengthening the country’s technological sovereignty and industrial development. The stable production of vehicles for the needs of the country continues. For example, every effort was made, large-scale work was carried out to find alternative suppliers and localize auto components in order to restart the production of the latest generation of KAMAZ freight trucks on the new base. This is one of the strategically important projects for the country. Successful work in this and other areas confirms the high potential of the Russian automotive industry, the ability to withstand serious challenges with honor.



Today, February 7, the first general director of the auto giant, Hero of Socialist Labor Lev Borisovich Vasiliev celebrates his 98th birthday.

KAMAZ team congratulated the birthday celebrant. For many KAMAZ workers and residents of Naberezhnye Chelny, the history of the city and the auto giant is inextricably linked with the name of Lev Borisovich, a man without whom it would be impossible to implement such a large-scale and ambitious project as the construction of the largest plant in the country.

Lev Borisovich Vasiliev was born in Moscow in 1925. Fr om an early age, he was attracted to technology, but the outbreak of war prevented him from receiving an appropriate education. He fought, was seriously wounded, demobilized with the rank of senior sergeant in 1945, worked as a driver. Three years later, he came to the Moscow Small Car Factory (future AZLK), wh ere he grew from an ordinary engineer to the director of the plant. On the job, he graduated from the Moscow State Technical University.

On September 30, 1969, Lev Vasiliev arrived in Naberezhnye Chelny to take the post of the general director of the network of heavy-duty diesel truck factories under construction – what later became KAMAZ. Under his leadership, it took record time to launch a huge production line, which is now called the auto giant. At that time, it included seven modern factories, a full cycle of the production of heavy trucks: from metal melting for casting future truck parts to truck assembly. The first construction stage was completed in 1976, the second set of buildings was set to open in 1981. Over 243 thousand KAMAZ trucks were assembled in 1976-1981. All assigned tasks were completed ahead of schedule.

Half a century later, KAMAZ still remains the leader of the domestic auto industry, producing new generation trucks, creating innovative equipment – self-driving vehicles, electric buses, fuel cell buses. This became possible thanks to the unique engineering school of KAMAZ, the foundations of which were also laid by its pioneer builders.

On October 9, 2019, during a solemn ceremony, a bust of Lev Vasilyev, the first General Director of the Kama River Truck Plant, was unveiled near the General Directorate.



The experts of the Research and Development Center of KAMAZ started implementing the Unmanned Logistics Corridors project under which driverless cargo transportation is to be piloted on the M11 Neva Federal Highway.

KAMAZ PTC continues working in high-tech industries. Despite sanctions, the company makes headway in executing strategic projects and ensuring Russia’s technological sovereignty. Now the Russian top truck manufacturer is preparing for test-drive of unmanned vehicles on the M11 Neva Highway.

At the end of December last year, two vehicles KAMAZ-54901 and KAMAZ-54907 drove on this motorway and scanned the road. The development of a high-precision digital map of the road is currently under way. The map will help the robot truck to take a certain position with accuracy of several centimeters. It ensures safe driving, careful maneuvers and faultless prediction of both self-actions and other road users’ actions.

The high-precision map will also offer the vehicle all data about the road infrastructure: signs, lights, weather stations, bridges, junctions, curbs, ramps, etc. All this gives the truck an opportunity to plan correct moves on the road when taking maneuvers.

Besides, the self-driving transport means continue being tested in Tatarstan, on the routes Naberezhnye Chelny – Kazan, Naberezhnye Chelny – Nizhnekamsk. Regular trips of two vehicles on the motorway are scheduled to start from this March. In the third quarter, another three vehicles are to join them.