Minsk Automobile Plant

Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ), (Belarusian: Адкрытaе Акцыянэрнaе Таварыства «Мінскі аўтамабільны завод», Open JSC Minski Autamabilny Zavod, Russian: Минский автомобильный завод Minskyi Avtomobilnyi Zavod) is a state-run automotive manufacturer association in Belarus, one of the largest in Eastern Europe.

Minsk Automobile Plant
MAZ or Minski Autamabilny Zavod
Native name
Minski Autamabilny Zavod
Joint-stock company
FoundedJuly 16, 1944 (1944-07-16)
Area served
Key people
Aliaksandr Barouski
ProductsTrucks, buses, trolleybuses
Increase US$ 167 million (2011)


Stamps of Belarus with MAZ trucks (1998)

After a decision by the Soviet Industrial command in August 1944, the plant was begun as the Second World War ended.[1] The first MAZ model, the MAZ-200, entered production in 1949. This truck used General Motors-designed two-stroke engines and was a continuation of a truck developed by the Yaroslavl Motor Plant (YaMZ), who also built the engines.[1] Later on, YaMZ's own original engines were developed and implemented in the MAZ-500 series which was first shown in 1955, but only reaching full series production in 1965.[2]

Not only the plant itself, but the entire living infrastructure were built in a short time. Apartment buildings, shops, medical clinics, cinemas etc. were built in close proximity to the MAZ plant, providing plant workers with local (though limited) necessities. On many of the construction sites German prisoners of war were working together with Belarusian construction workers. The majority of these buildings are still in service today.

It manufactures heavy-duty trucks, buses, trolleybuses, road tractors and semi-trailers for semi-trailer trucks, and cranes. MAZ was, and possibly is, the world's largest manufacturer of TELs (Transporter-Erector-Launchers) for many of the world's mobile ballistic missiles, from the widely proliferated MAZ-543 used to carry and launch the Scud B through to the recent Topol M's impressive 8-axle TEL.

At the end of Soviet times, MAZ was the largest manufacturer of heavy trucks in the Soviet Union, and the only one for some truck categories. After the Soviet Union dissolved, MAZ production was reduced substantially, as has happened with many enterprises in the ultra-industrialized Belarus, oriented on the needs of a very big country. The previously mentioned production of public transport vehicles was a result of following diversification of the company.


The association consists of the MAZ plant proper, located in Minsk, which is the main enterprise of the association, as well as several secondary enterprises:

  • РУП «БААЗ» (in Baranavichy)
  • РУП «ОЗАА» (in Asipovichy)
  • РУА «КЗТШ» (in Zhodino)
  • РУП «Літмаш» (in Minsk),
  • ПРУП «ДЭМЗ» (in Dzyarzhynsk)
  • РУП «СтройМАЗтрест» (in Minsk)

At some points of its history, MAZ was "united" with another heavy automobile company - BELAZ also located in Minsk area.

In 1991, a division specialising in heavy wheeled military vehicles was spun off into a separate business, MZKT.[3]


Among other recent products, MAZ city buses (see pictures below) are operating throughout Belarus, as well as in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Estonia.[4]

In Serbia, working in cooperation with a local-based company BIK (Bus industries Kragujevac), a production of gas-powered buses named BIK-203 has been agreed, which are based on the platform of MAZ-203 model.[5][6] These buses have been delivered at several Serbian towns to be in use in public transportation companies.


In 1997, together with MAN, a joint Belarusian-German company JSC MAZ-MAN, was set up, which by 1998 had established full-scale production of heavy vehicles, using the F90 MAN cabs introduced 1986 and replaced in 1994. Production of truck cabs involves huge, expensive tools, making this kind of recycling an existing design attractive. While production of tractors for international trade with 4x2 and 6x4 chassis layouts was a stated goal, development of exhaust gas regulations within the EU turned this into illusion. Based on the MAZ-MAN they have produced concrete mixers, fueling vehicles, flatbed trucks, dump trucks, front-end loaders etc.

Production of the Belarusian-German company demonstrated the advantage of technology created by combining the abilities and experience of auto makers of two countries. Compared to European models in the same class and quality range, MAZ-MAN products are on average 30% cheaper. Currently 98% of MAZ-MAN comply with Euro-3, while sale to the EU would require Euro-5 at least, Euro-6 by 2014.

In 2004, the joint venture made 272 vehicles, which is 45% higher than 2003. At the same time in 2003, output in comparison with 2002 increased by 50%.

28 November 2005 MAZ-MAN sold 1000 of the first MAZ-MAN tractor to customers.


MAZ-203 and MAZ-206 buses
Tipper, with the MAN F90 cab


  • MAZ-200 (1950, formerly built by YaAZ from 1947 to 1950)
  • МАZ-200V (1952, tractor-trailer version of MAZ-200)
  • МАZ-205 (1950, dump truck version of MAZ-200)
  • МАZ-500/MAZ-500A (1965)
  • MAZ-501 (1955, logging truck version of MAZ-200)
  • МАZ-501V (tractor-trailer version of MAZ-501)
  • МАZ-502 (1957, 4x4 version of MAZ-200)
  • МАZ-502V (tractor-trailer version of MAZ-502)
  • МАZ-503/MAZ-503A (1958, dump truck version of MAZ-500)
  • MAZ-504/MAZ-504A (1965)
  • МАZ-505 (1962, prototype 4x4 truck based on MAZ-500)
  • MAZ-506 (1954, prototype dump truck based on MAZ-205)
  • МАZ-509 (1969, logging truck version of MAZ-500)
  • MAZ-510 (1965, prototype dump truck based on MAZ-503)
  • МАZ-511 (dump truck version of MAZ-500)
  • MAZ-512/MAZ-500C (cold weather version of MAZ-500)
  • MAZ-513/MAZ-500YU (hot weather version of MAZ-500)
  • MAZ-514 (1969, prototype three-axle truck)
  • МАZ-515 (1965, prototype three-axle truck)
  • МАZ-516 (1969)
  • MAZ-520 (1972, prototype truck based on MAZ-504)
  • MAZ-525 (1951, later built by BelAZ)
  • MAZ-528 (1955, prototype wheeled dozer)
  • МАZ-529 (1955, production moved to MoAZ in 1958)
  • MAZ-530 (1957, later built by BelAZ)
  • MAZ-532 (1957, prototype logging truck)
  • MAZ-535 (1958)
  • MAZ-537 (1959)
  • MAZ-538 (1964, wheeled dozer)
  • MAZ-541 (1956, aircraft tug based on MAZ-525)
  • МАZ-543/МАZ-7310 (1962)
  • MAZ-547/MAZ-7916 (1972)
  • MAZ-2000 (1988, prototype truck)
  • МАZ-4370 (1999)
  • МАZ-4371 (2003)
  • МАZ-4380 (2010)
  • МАZ-4471 (2006)
  • МАZ-4570 (2002)
  • МАZ-5309 (2008)
  • MAZ-5316 (1999, two-axle version of MAZ-6317)
  • MAZ-5334
  • MAZ-5335 (1977)
  • МАZ-5336 (1978)
  • МАZ-5337 (1978)
  • МАZ-5340 (2002)
  • MAZ-5428 (1977)
  • MAZ-5429 (1978)
  • MAZ-5430 (1977)
  • МАZ-5432 (1981)
  • МАZ-5433 (1987)
  • МАZ-5434 (1990)
  • МАZ-5440 (1997)
  • МАZ-5442
  • МАZ-5516 (1994?, based on MAZ-6303)
  • MAZ-5549 (1978)
  • MAZ-5550 (2006)
  • МАZ-5551 (1985)
  • МАZ-6303 (1990s)
  • МАZ-6310 (2007)
  • МАZ-6312 (2007)
  • МАZ-6317 (1991)
  • МАZ-6417
  • MAZ-6418
  • МАZ-6422 (1978)
  • МАZ-6425 (tractor-trailer version of MAZ-6317)
  • МАZ-6430 (1997)
  • MAZ-6440 (2011, prototype)
  • МАZ-6501 (2008)
  • МАZ-6516
  • МАZ-6517 (1994)
  • МАZ-7410 (based on MAZ-543)
  • MAZ-7904 (1982, prototype)
  • МАZ-7906 (1984, prototype)
  • MAZ-7907 (1985)
  • МАZ-7910 (based on MAZ-543)
  • МАZ-7912 (1977)
  • MAZ-7917 (1984)
  • MAZ-7922 (1990, prototype)
  • MAZ-79221 (1996, later built by MZKT)


A MAZ 206 approaching Kim Mã Termini, Hanoi, Vietnam
A MAZ 103 approaching Giáp Bát Termini, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • MAZ-101 (1993, based on Neoplan N4016)
  • MAZ-103 Omnibus (1996, based on MAZ-101)
  • MAZ-103T Trolleybus (1999)
  • MAZ-104 (1997, based on MAZ-103)
  • MAZ-105 articulated (1997, based on MAZ-103)
  • MAZ-107 three axle (2001, based on MAZ-103)
  • MAZ-152 city bus (1999)
  • MAZ-163
  • MAZ-171 Airport bus (2005)
  • MAZ-203 Omnibus (2005)
  • MAZ-205 (2009)
  • MAZ-206 Omnibus (2006)
  • MAZ-207
  • MAZ-215
  • MAZ-226 (2007)
  • MAZ-231
  • MAZ-241
  • MAZ-251 (2006)
  • MAZ-256 Omnibus (2006)

Special modelsEdit

  • MAZ-535/MAZ-537 - The MAZ-535 and the heavier version MAZ-537 were developed in the early 1960s and built to transport rockets and tanks of various types.
  • MAZ-543 - The MAZ-543 was also designed for the transport of medium-and long-range missiles and has the same specifications as the MAZ-537. The MAZ-543 is best known as mobile missile launch pad of Scud missiles. In addition, there are various modifications of the vehicle, such as the MAZ-547 as a mobile launch pad for SS-20 missiles or the MAZ-7917 as a launch pad of Topol intercontinental missile.
  • MAZ-7904 - The MAZ-7904 is the largest wheeled vehicle that was ever designed for military purposes in the USSR. The prototype was designed in 1982 as a support vehicle for intercontinental ballistic missiles, but never went into production. The vehicle was found in 2007 in a hangar at Baikonur.[7][8][9]
  • MAZ-7907 - The MAZ-7907 is a 12-axled 24 wheel vehicle for transport of ICBMs, which was designed in 1985, and of which two prototypes were produced. At least one seems to have been used after the collapse of the USSR for transportation of bridge parts and ships. Their fate is unclear.


No years of release Features Photo
1 1950—1965 MAZ 200-series  
2 1965—1977 MAZ 500-series  
3 1977—1990 MAZ 5334/35-series  
4 since 1981 MAZ-6422/5432-series  
5 since 1997 MAZ-6430/5440-series  

Sponsorship in footballEdit





  1. ^ a b Schauen, Till (December 2015). "Bau-genossen" [The joys of cooperative building]. Last & Kraft (in German). Vol. 24 no. 1 (December/Januar 2016). Mainz, Germany: Vereinigte Fachverlage. p. 63. ISSN 1613-1606.
  2. ^ Schauen, p.64
  3. ^ "Minsk Wheeled Tractor Plant (MZKT)". 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2016-01-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Gas-powered bus from Kragujevac at ekapija.rs, 20-4-2009
  6. ^ MAZ-BIK 203 at Vulović Transport official website
  7. ^ "Soviet Army Super Vehicles - Ballistic Missile Carriers & other super trucks". 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  8. ^ "Автомодельное бюро: МАЗ-7904". 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  9. ^ https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/russia/maz-7904.htm


  • Peter J. Davies: Trucks of the World - The encyclopedia of makes and models from 2002. Motor Book, Stuttgart. ISBN 3-613-02257-5 .

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Coordinates: 53°51′44″N 27°39′15″E / 53.86222°N 27.65417°E / 53.86222; 27.65417