• Nov 25th 2009 at 9:28AM
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All eyes have been on Renault since acquiring a 25% stake in Russian automaker Avtovaz. The French carmaker headed by the venerable Carlos Ghosn beat out Fiat and General Motors to acquire the interest in Lada's parent company, but then the economy tanked and Ghosn was left holding his hat.

Original plans centered around new product launches to re-invigorate the Russian automaker, starting with the Concept C unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. But Renault has reportedly now changed its strategy, putting new Ladas on hold. Instead, they'll be showing the Ruskies how to build the cars they already build, but better. The plan is apparently taken out of the Volkswagen playbook, as implemented after the German group's acquisition of Skoda, which has apparently been working pretty well for them so far.

The focus of Renault's attention in Russia will start on the existing Kalina, applying lessons which "the West learned over 40 years" on a quicker learning curve. Once Ghosn and company feel Avtovaz has got the quality issue down pat, then it will begin to roll out new products based on Renault and Nissan platforms, currently pegged for somewhere around 2012 to 2014. Better hunker down, comrades: this could take a while.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember one of our family friends had a Lada Niva when I was 9. The weirdest automobile I've ever seen...couldn't imagine it could turn into this today
      • 5 Years Ago
      First step in improving Russian car quality: reduce the quantity of vodka drunk by Russian workers.

      (Good luck with that.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        the headlight control is right out of an audi/vw, as are other parts it looks like.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are there no pics of the rear end????

      There should ALWAYS be pics of: front, side, rear and interior front and interior rear. NO EXCEPTIONS.

      Optional should be pics of: top, under, low angle, engine bay etc
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't Lada own Oka? That's the small (no, make that tiny) car that's the russian equvalent to the Yugo, and tht someone in Las vegas is trying to sell here as an electric neighborhood car? (You can also buy it as a kit and install a Geo Metro engine in it.) Trust me, the Yugo looks safer.

      If Renault is really interested in helping Lada, start with Oka.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's great to see western companies reaching out to Russia. Russia should be viewed as a future partner and member of the west-and not the Soviet Union!

        • 5 Years Ago
        ""Russia should be viewed as a future partner and member of the west-and not the Soviet Union!""

        That would be a fine idea if it weren't for the fact that the Russian completely reject it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very good looking car, I cannot believe it is a Lada.
      This would sell like a cake in Europe
      Angry looking hatchback.......yes please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice looking lada
        • 5 Years Ago
        .... weird belt-line hop-up notwithstanding.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      This Lada C would sell pretty good in USA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it will work out for them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Audi much?
      • 5 Years Ago
      How to build better? When the final stages of the manufacturing process involve fine-tuning with a sledgehammer, there isn't much you can do to improve it.
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