Delayed, and now projected production is being halved; the road to launch for Russia’s first hybrid is proving anything but smooth.
Originally the Yo-Mobile, produced by Yo-Auto was meant to launch last year. But last September, it was announced that the production was to be knocked back until 2015. Now, with production still scheduled for 2015, the carmaker is planning to make around 40,000 models a year, down from an original plan for 90,000, according to Russian media reports.
According to Ria Novosti, company director Andrei Ginzberg made the announcement.
The Russian carmaker is a joint venture between Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim Group and Yarovit Motors. The firm first revealed its hybrid concept at 2011’s Frankfurt Motor Show, promising that the car would be available from late 2012 and would be an affordable model, costing less than US $10,000 (£6,200).
The Yo-mobile concept (pictured) has a top speed of 75mph, a cruising range of 249 miles and is claimed to do 67mpg.
Backed by Russian billionaire and former Russian Presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov, the car could become a welcome addition to country’s growing car industry and the growing market for small hybrid cars.
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