As an independent contract manufacturer of specialty automobiles, Valmet Automotive has announced at the Geneva Motor Show this week they have signed an agreement to build Russia's first high-performance car, the Marussia B2.

As an independent contract manufacturer of specialty automobiles, Valmet Automotive has announced at the Geneva Motor Show this week they have signed an agreement to build Russia's first high-performance car, the Marussia B2.

Production is planned to start in the end of 2012 or during 2013 with an annual production volume target of several hundred cars. A dedicated assembly line will be set up for the Marussia B2 production at the Uusikaupunki plant in Finland.

First unveiled in 2010, the jet fighter inspired B2 features a mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 from Cosworth and is available in three power levels: 300, 360 ad 420 horsepower. Not the most powerful supercar around, but Marussia insists the power level is competitive given the weight of 1100 kg (2,425 lbs). This allows a sprint to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

Pricing was tentatively announced in 2010 at around 100,000 euros.

"We are most pleased with the Marussia agreement. The Marussia B2 sports car is a perfect fit to the Valmet Automotive strategy and company image because we specialize in premium car engineering and manufacturing", says Ilpo Korhonen, President, Valmet Automotive.

"We believe in the success of the Marussia B2. We chose Valmet Automotive as our engineering and manufacturing partner because of their experience and competencies. They are also geographically close to us and provide excellent logistical contacts to our main markets", says Nikolay Fomenko, President, Marussia Motors.

Up until late 2011 Valmet built the Porsche Boxster and now currently builds the Fisker Karma.

Despite rumors in the media, Valmet made no confirmation regarding the production of the Marussia F2 SUV.

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