The world premiere of cars designed on the Singular Modular Platform under the AURUS brand will take place at the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engine Institute NAMI stand within the frames of the Moscow Autosalon 2018. The job of designing and building the official state car was given to NAMI which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The armored limousine is powered by a 4.4 liter V8 engine jointly developed by NAMI and Porsche. Kazmirchuk, head of advanced technologies and development at NAMI, said that while NAMI had assistance from Porsche Engineering for its 4.6 liter 650 hp V8, the other two engines, including a V12 6.6 liter, 860 hp engine and the new four cylinder were created in-house.
Project Kortezh, officially called the Unified Modular Platform, envisions the creation of a family of luxury vehicles, including a limousine, sedan and minivan, based on a single platform. The vehicles, developed by the NAMI State Research Center in cooperation with automotive holding company Sollers, are expected to be marketed under the AURUS brand (a blend of the Latin word Aurum, i.e. 'Gold' – and Rus, Russia). All AURUS cars are united into a single concept. The model range was inspired by the Kremlin towers. The limousine and sedan are Senat. The minivan is Arsenal. There's also Komendant, the future SUV.
The Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engine Institute NAMI was founded October 16, 1918. The history of the foundation and development of NAMI is tightly linked with the history of the national automobile industry. During the lifetime of the institute, its staff made a great contribution to the development of the national automobile industry, manufacturing of tractors and engine-building for road vehicles and aviation and greatly influenced the scientific progress in these fields.
NAMI today is one of the main developers of the Strategic Plan of the Russian Automobile Industry Development approved by the Decree of the Government of Russia.
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