• Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
  • Image Credit: Lada
With the Russian market growing into one of the largest in the world, automakers from around the world descended this past weekend on the Moscow Motor Show in pursuit of a slice of that pie. But you can bet that Lada, one of Russia's biggest domestic players, wasn't going to miss out on the opportunity to roll out its latest, and that's just what it did.

In Moscow this year, Lada revealed a slew of new show cars. First up was the Xray 2, a five-door crossover/hatchback that follows the three-door Xray concept from 2012 in showcasing the new styling direction being led by former Mercedes and Volvo designer Steve Mattin, who assumed his role as Lada's chief designer in 2011. Russian buyers can expect some manner of production version to follow.

Lada Vesta WTCCThe styling of the Xray is closely mirrored by that of the Vesta, a new sedan expected to enter production as the replacement for the Lada Granta, which itself was based on the long-serving Kalina. Rather than repurposing the existing platform, though, the Vesta borrows heavily from the company's tie-in with the Renault-Nissan Alliance and will enter production in Izhevsk a year from now. The design in particular represents a big step forward, with a distinctive (if unsubtle) front end and a tail with definite Maserati influences, scalloped flanks and an overall shape that does not took too shabby for a budget sedan developed in and for an emerging market.

While Lada was at it, it also rolled out a new racing version of the Vesta to compete in the World Touring Car Championship to replace the Granta WTCC that has failed to emerge from the back of the field over the past three seasons. Here's hoping that the Vesta WTCC, co-developed with French racing outfit Oreca and set to enter competition next season, will bring better luck. Scope out all three in the video below.


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      Jaybird248
      • 8 Months Ago

      OK. decent styling. But what about that side sculpturing. These cars arrive already dented. Did somebody get who did it on their dash cam?


      Nicholas
      • 8 Months Ago

      It's good to live in America.

      David
      • 8 Months Ago

      By the time all the sanctions have effect, none of the commies will be able to buy a car.

        Hans Wurst
        • 8 Months Ago
        @David

        ROFL. Typical american arrogance and no knowledge to back it up.

        Larry Litmanen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @David

        Sanctions, with the start of the NFL season 0bama will forget all about Russia, it will be just Football and fond memories of Golfing. 

      Terry Actill
      • 8 Months Ago

      Future stars of insurance fraud/accident dash cam Youtube videos.

      Leninsk-Kuznetskiy
      • 8 Months Ago

      Lada Xray2 is based on modified Dacia Sandero platform. Lada Vesta is largely indiginous development, although suspentions and probably some engines will be sourced from Renault Megane. Lada Vesta is supposed to replace Lada Priora and not Lada Granta. Lada Granta is much smaller.

      chutchcraft
      • 8 Months Ago

      I actually like the style.

      fizzylychee
      • 8 Months Ago

      Hope Lada tries applying themselves for a change. Good start

      tenspeeder
      • 8 Months Ago

      If you take away the strange side sculpting, it actually looks rather decent.

      greg
      • 8 Months Ago

      considering they just stopped making the Riva only 2 years ago this is futuristic for Lada 

      Idq Deresa
      • 8 Months Ago

      SovietU produced lada of one model during 30yrs w/o any changes, cut them off access to western technology and they will do the same

      timber
      • 8 Months Ago

      Perhaps unknown to the major audience around here (USA) but what we are looking at probably is nothing more than a Dacia Sandero restyle which is itself based on Renault's parts bin (This Lada probably shares the same platform with, for example the US Nissan Versa)

      Like the Sandero it will probably look a lot better from the outside than from the inside.

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