The first industrial batch of KamAZ all-wheel drive trucks was produced in Naberezhnye Chelny in January 1981 as a labor gift for the XXVI CPSU congress. The KamAZ 6 × 6 multi-purpose vehicle is intended for transportation of personnel and military cargo, for the installation of special equipment and towing trailers on all kinds of roads and terrain.
In the second half of the 1980s, the Kama Automobile Plant began developing a car with a 4X4 wheel formula. Its creation was not touted as an extension of the family of three-axle all-wheel drives, although the car was unified across the cab, diesel and axles with KamAZ 6X6. But the transfer case is for a two-axle model there was another, with a symmetrical differential.