Avtovaz plans to deliver ten new Lada models, but to where? – Gas is also good and cheap for the car, especially if it comes from Russia

Lada Vesta. © Avtovaz

Berlin, Germany (Weltexpress). Lada is a car brand of Avtovaz, known in the west, also written AvtoVAZ and AwtoWAS, which is famous in the east as Schiguli, also written as Shiguli. Schiguli is a landscape on the Volga. There is a huge (main) factory on this large Russian river along its middle course in the Samara Oblast at Tolyatti. The Avtovaz car plant is the largest car factory in the Russian Federation.

There and in other plants of the car manufacturer, in which the Renault-Nissan group holds a 25 per cent share and thus a blocking minority since February 25, 2008, as do the Russian state-owned company Rostec and the Troika Dialog group, the Lada contract workers hold additional shares, so that only eight per cent of the shares are widely distributed, “ten completely new models… by 2026” are to be produced and “placed onto the market”.

But which market will it be? Renault-Nissan and the car making alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi are fighting against further competition in Western and Central Europe and in the EU countries. Renault (with Nissan and Mitsubishi) has with Dacia a Romanian car manufacturer that competes directly with Lada.

However, the “focus” for the new Ladas should be “on design, technology and connectivity” according to “Sputnik” (May 21, 2020). It is clear that “no electric drive is used”, gasoline and gas are the be-all and end-all at Lada, as Dieter Trzaska from LADA Automobile GmbH, based in Buxtehude, points out. If Lada in the Federal Republic of Germany, then Buxtehude!

In “Sputnik” one can read under the heading “Everything, but no e-car: This is how Lada drives into the future”: “This year and next year five new ones are to come, two existing models will be given a facelift – said the developer responsible for the model program at Lada, Alexei Lichachev. in a conference broadcast on YouTube. The innovations are part of a model offensive planned until 2026. The successor to the Lada 4×4 Vision (formerly Niva) is probably one of the new ones. A renewal cure is in all likelihood planned for the compact sedan Vesta and the station wagon Largus. Another five new and five face-lifted models will come from 2023 to 2026.”

WELTEXPRESS will present all Lada models in detail and report on the outcome of the “cooperation” planned by Lada/Avtovaz “with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi in the development of a new all-wheel drive platform and in the optimization of propulsion technologies”. Will the new Lada combustion engines deliver more power in the future with less consumption and fewer pollutant emissions, and if so, what are the figures exactly?

Dieter Trzaska in Buxtehude does not only go for petrol, but gas as well. The Vesta, Largus and Xray models are already available with low-pollution CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) engines.

A Lada Vesta is in the WELTEXPRESS endurance test and runs and runs and runs, to quote a well-known saying.

Gas is also good and cheap for the car, especially if it comes from Russia.


Christopher Prescott based on a text by Tim Rothweg.

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