• Jul 15th 2010 at 7:58AM
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During the first quarter of 2010, Russian automaker Avtovaz lost 2.6 billion rubles ($85M U.S.). In the second quarter it made almost a third of that back when it posted a net profit of one billion rubles ($32.7M U.S). The spike came courtesy of Russia's cash-for-clunkers program, which more than doubled the firm's sales over Q1 numbers to 149,100 cars.

The cars that sold were reported to be mainly "older and cheaper models." In response, Russian Prime MInister Vladimir Putin advised Avtovaz CEO Igor Komarov to modernize the company, rather than flogging ancient Lada designs even if the flogging is good. Komarov said Avtovaz is sending a team of 500 to study Renault's manufacturing methods, which could mean they're finally getting around to that technology sharing broached almost a year ago. Now if we could just get that Lada C concept built...

[Source: BBC]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "Study Renaults manufacturing methods"

      So does this mean the cars will no longer be manufactured at gun point?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the Yugo Wagon.

      Loves it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        More like a 4 door Yugo on a old land rover 110 frame......
        Not that its a bad thing simple and utilitarian like the jeep
      • 5 Years Ago
      ah yes, the Lada Niva...

      IIRC I just read they did a facelift this year .. it now has slightly bigger indicator lights.

      Also I remember reading that sales of the Lada Niva in Germany went up by some large multiple of hundred percents (something like from 5 to 10 cars sold in all, probably) in the last few years because of Germanys cash for clunkers program. The Lada Niva being the cheapest offroad vehicle (and, for all its backwardness, a capable offroader at that) available. Although that title is now being contested by the Dacia Duster (which isn't capable offroad but might even be cheaper .. and it kinda sorta looks like an SUV so people might like it).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at that vehicle, bumpers from 1974 and a very dated look, but some one still likes a plain working thing, JHD
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is dated - it was introduced in 1977 and has barely changed since then apart from mechanical and interior updates. But it sat on a monocoque shell and back then, that was rare in a 4x4. Even though the old Niva carries on, Lada builds a newer Niva with a much more modern bodyshell but using the same mechanicals, and sold in Eastern Europe as a Chevrolet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        RowFive, I couldn't agree more.
        I wish we had something like this in the US. Every single passenger vehicle does not need to be modern looking with shiny chrome wheels, power windows, leather seats, deep tint and air conditioning. This think looks great to me and, if we were only considering looks, I would seriously consider this as my next vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hahaha, oh SimpleCar, where AAAAARRREE YOUUUUUUU?
        Imagine, of course, that I yodeled that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Having driven three of the short-wheelbase Nivas back in England, I can testify to their robustness. With a 1.6 or the later 1.7 liter engine, they did really well.

        They're five speed, with dual-range. Independent front suspension.

        Spare wheel also doesn't take up cabin space -- with standard size wheels, the spare sits under the hood.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I absolutely love the look of that truck. Simple, spartan, basic, love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do they have Subaru in their crosshairs??
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some ignorant comments displayed here the Lada Niva. The 4-door LWB version pictured was never offered in most western markets, but the SWB 2-door was practically Lada's best-seller. And for good reason - for the price, you had brilliant off-road ability in a small, robust 4x4 and it was built to withstand an armoured assault. Little wonder so many Nivas ended up with 4x4 enthusiasts and modified to their best potential.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I kinda like the looks of that thing in the picture. What's it called? Its so freaking ugly but basic. If it has a diesel lump it would be even better. Color is not so good but otherwise I want one.

      Of course I also droll over a pristine 1983 MB 300TD Wagon that a neighbor has. Maybe I am just weird.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And unlike the first-generation Vitara (aka Tracker/Sidekick), the Niva could be seriously used off-road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We were in a friend's mk1 Vitara once which managed to get stuck in a field. The thing was awful, it was rough, flimsy, and felt like it was going to fall apart - something the press agreed with. No wonder so many ended up as holiday rentals in the Greek islands. It was the archetypal Chelsea tractor.

        The Niva, on the other hand, was a far more capable 4x4 and often praised by critics for its off-rod abilities, despite the crude package.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Epyx

        You're not weird. You're just a Hippie :)
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