Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
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MTZ - Kirovets - 428 hp, Tier 3, no DEF, no complicated computers.
To answer some of the issues above:
- CVT transmission. Prototypes were built and are being tested. We will not bring them for now because we need to offer a proven working design. Another reason is the whole philosophy of offering simple, rugged and affordable tractor. And if the user can not live without CVT, there are plenty of other models and price points who offer the CVT, computers, flat screens etc.
- Same/Deutz partnership is not getting much traction. At present conditions, with most currencies doubling against Russian ruble, any product with high foreign content is likely doomed to failure in Russian market.
- Parts availability. Absolutely agree, it's critical. 2 notes on the subject:
a) We can still support all the old Kirovets which were sold 20-25 years ago. That shows a good track record.
b) Formula for parts support is simple. The more you build, the more parts demand, the more supply. There were over 500,000 (!) Kirovets built, that's why there is a good parts availability for all old models, which still share many components with the present ones.
This year factory will build over 2,000 Kirovets. With 2,000 tractors going out there every year, you know that 10-20 years from now parts are still going to be available.
- Simplicity is a "mantra" in Russia. That's why the tractor has no DEF liquid, no computers, no complicated electronics.