Issekeshev is first to switch to locally made car 22 августа 2012, 13:41
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Kazakhstan Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev is the first member of the government who has replaced his foreign car with a locally made one, Tengrinews.kz reports.
Kagakz Kairat Ka user has placed a photo of a car with 29 KZ plate number today in his Twitter. The caption says: “The first Skodas have come into the government”.
Tengrinews.kz has contacted the press-service of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies today and the latter has confirmed that starting from today the Head of the Ministry is indeed using a new car, SkodaSuperb B6. The Ministry explained that cars of members of the Ministers’ Cabinet are being replaced as the old ones wear and tear. Minister Issekeshev, as press-service points out, is quite satisfied with the new car.
Producer company's website says that business class sedan SkodaSuperb B6 cost ranges from $30,000 to $37,000 depending on specifications.
The Minister of Industry and New Technologies said that government of Kazakhstan would switch to locally assembled cars in the nearest two years.
In the beginning of 2012 earlier Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed Kazakhstan officials to buy Kazakhstan-made vehicles.
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev bashed government officials for defying his orders and continuing to purchase fancy foreign-made cars at the budget's expense.
"We make our own cars, but they want Mercedes! Let them do it out of their own pocket! Ban this immediately," Nazarbayev said.