"It's time to say goodbye," said AvtoVAZ spokesman Igor Burenkov to Russia's RIA Novosti about the end of Lada 2107 production, which happened this week. The Lada 2107, also called the Lada Riva, has been plying Russian roads since before Ronald Reagan started redesigning walls. It's one of the cars you're most likely to see in grainy film and video clips from the days before Glastnost.

As you might suspect, the Lada 2107 has Fiat origins that go back to the early 1970s. This old comrade has been wound down to make room for the cars Lada is calling "new" classics. Newer Lada models like the Granta, Priora and Kalina are going to move into the Izhavto production facility that had been building the "Seven," and Lada is expecting demand for the newer cars to continue rising as more features and body style variations continue to be rolled out. До свидания, друг.


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      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Lada Riva/2107 is amazingly durable and will soldier on for years. It isn't fashionable, but it's as tough as old boots. Indeed, the old Fiat 124 from which it was derived was one of Fiat's major success stories. Sad to see it go!
      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 124 Sedan this is based on went on sale in 1966, not the early 70's. The design is just about a half century old.
      StephenT
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's still one of my favorite Top Gear comparisons where they showed examples of communist made vehicles.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man these cars are all over Jamaica. They can take a beaten
        Anders
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        They do more than take a beating, if it's really cold you can light a fire underneath it to heat the engine...
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are quite rugged and suited for areas with no proper roads.
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      My Dad had a 2105 which was very similar to the 7, but a slightly different front end. It's funny how he'd joke, "yeap, I drive the 5er with cold winter package."
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car reminds me a lot of a 80's Volvo 240 DL.
        Anders
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian
        Yeah, bu 240s were great.
        hemusbull
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian
        No brainer! Volvo 240 is one of most longa lasting RELIABLE car ever! Lada isn't.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've always thought the original FIAT 124 was one of the best looking compact cars ever made. It had an elegant simplicity that rarely has been matched. Now the Dart/Viaggio carries on that tradition.
        Spellchecker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Agreed. The Fiat 124 was an awesome car in all its variant. The Spider version is incredibly common here in Munich as a classic car.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ehh... That car is crap! That's coming from a Russian lol. I don't understand why on earth did they still having these things taking up assembly lines?! До свидания, колымага!
        Anders
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        Well, it's still cheap to produce, takes you from A to B, and it does give poor people a choice? VW's original Beetle lived for decades in South America... it ended production in 2003 (Mexico).
        hemusbull
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        But Chryslers in Europe even today are crap as well! LOL!
          Pat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @hemusbull
          as opposed to not being crap elsewhere? lol
      AldenBiesen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good riddance.
      action3500
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.autoreview.ru/news/158/122569/ Has a better picture of the car. Classic.
      • 2 Years Ago
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