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    Video: Worst car unloading attempt ever is quick and painful
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    Here's a fun fact: not all automotive calamities in Russia are caught on dash cam. Occasionally, someone with just a cell phone captures some gold, like this woeful attempt at unloading what appears to be a Lada. First of all, as with most jobs, having the correct tool for the task makes the ...

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    Motorsports: Lada rolls out new Granta TC1 WTCC
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    There are auto marques you'd associate with racing and those you wouldn't. Names like Audi, Porsche, Nissan, Ferrari, Ford and Chevy would fall firmly in the former category. Lada... slightly less so. The Russian automaker is remembered (when it is remembered, anyway) for its no-frills, ...

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    Teased: First new Datsun in decade sketched, set for Indian reveal
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    Nissan's Datsun nameplate revival will begin with two models bound for the Indian market. Nissan has released sketches of a five-door hatchback based on the Micra (codenamed K2) and a top-down view of a hood that could potentially be from a sedan. The company's press release says all will be ...

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    Report: New Datsun models to be based on Lada platform
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    Although we haven't heard much official news about the return of the Datsun brand since Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn made the announcement back in March, we now have a little more information about Nissan's new budget brand. Automotive News Europe is reporting that the new breed of Datsun products ...

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    Video: The details of the Lada XRay concept
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    When is the last time you watched five minutes of video on a Lada that didn't involve dual power windows, fires or Fifth Gear? Don't feel bad if the answer is, "What's Russian for 'never'?", but now's a good time to change that. Lada wants the world to know that it's no longer the old Lada, ...

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    Official: Lada steps into the present with Xray Concept
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    We've seen the tactic plenty of times before: an automaker that wants to up its game, so it hires a designer from a brand it seeks to emulate, then releases concepts that make people go "Ooh la la." Lada is the latest, having hired Steve Mattin to be its design head. Mattin is coming off tenures ...

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    Report: Renault-Nissan moves to take control of Russia's largest automaker
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    Renault-Nissan aims to increase its stake in Avtovaz, giving the alliance majority control over Russia's largest automaker. The deal will likely see Renault and Nissan vehicles manufactured beside Lada models in the near future. Avtovaz recently finished a new production facility in Togliatti ...

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    Report: Lada 2107 reaches the end of its road
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    "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 ...

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    Video: Lada emergency is no mere fire drill
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    We imagine that many a Russian Lada has been compared to a ticking time bomb – which is not to say that there aren't any good Ladas out in the wild, of course – but the example you'll see in the video pasted below takes the cake. It is, quite literally, an Improvised Explosive ...

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    Video: Dual power windows... emphasis on "dual"
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    To paraphrase the Almond Joy commercial, sometimes you feel like a tint, sometimes you don't. In states like California, having any tint on your front windows is verboten. It's only casually enforced, but it's still illegal. In that case, something like this setup might come in handy: a Russian ...

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    Official: Lada gears up for racing campaign with new Granta Sport
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    Lada? Racing? We've got to be kidding, right? Only we're not. While the Russian automaker may not have the motorsport pedigree of, say, Ferrari or Porsche, there's reason enough to believe it's getting serious. One reason is its new corporate cousins at the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which owns ...

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    Official: Lada steps out of the Cold (War Era) with new Granta budget sedan
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    It's not every day that Lada comes out with a new car. In fact, the Samara – which the model you see here is set to replace – has been on the market pretty much unchanged since 1997. (And that's not even their oldest model: the Niva 4x4 has been out there since 1977.) So the launch of ...

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    Video: Watch Fifth Gear drive across England in a brand-new Lada Niva
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    If you happen to have a soft spot for ugly, inexpensive four-wheel-drive machines that can outperform substantially newer and more expensive vehicles, don't watch the video after the jump. If you choose not to heed our guidance, you may just find yourself desperately searching for a way to get ...

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    Report: Russia's AvtoVAZ finally turns a profit after many years
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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 ...

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    Lada Samara Diva transformed into life-size robot
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    Lada Transformer – Click above for image gallery
    If comically obscene and offensive ghettofied twin robots aren't your thing – and we certainly hope they are not – allow us to introduce you to a transforming automobile that is in much better taste. Designer Nikola Nikolov took ...

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    Video: Teasing the crocodile-skin covered Bentley Continental GT
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    Oh, Russia. How could a country that gave us the Lada – a car so right it hasn't changed since disco was king and coke his queen – turn around and provide the world with this monstrosity. If you've just eaten, allow us to provide a word of ...

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    Renault F1: Sponsored by... Lada!
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    Renault R30 F1 car – click above for high-res image gallery
    Renault F1's got itself a new sponsor: Lada. The Russian automaker's logo will appear on the R30 racing cars, as seen above, as well as the driver and crew uniforms. The announcement was made at a meeting held this Monday in ...

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    REPORT: Renault delays new Lada products to focus on improving quality
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    Lada Concept C – Click above for high-res image gallery
    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 ...

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    Russian PM Putin reportedly tells Renault to put up or get out
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    It seemed like a good idea at the time, but with hindsight being 20-20, how many failed ventures can be summed up by that same excuse? Just last year, Russia was looking to foreign investors as one of the most promising emerging markets in the world. Renault got locked into a bidding war with ...

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    REPORT: Russian conglomorate plans merger of top three automotive brands
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    Kamaz Dakar rally team in Moscow's Red Square
    While competition between local automakers may have worked in individual markets in the past, that same fragmentation is one of the chief elements hampering the global competitiveness of carmakers hailing from emerging markets. China's automakers have ...

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