In December 2019, General Motors sold its 50-percent stake in the GM-AvtoVAZ joint-venture which constructed the Chevrolet Niva SUV.
The customer was none aside from AvtoVaz Group, which final week started constructing the rebadged Lada Niva at its plant in Togliatti, Russian Federation. Modifications over the Chevrolet model embody a brand new radiator grille that includes the Lada brand in addition to a Lada-badged steering wheel. Every thing else stays largely the identical.
As a reminder, the Chevrolet Niva, which any further can be offered because the Lada Niva, is a definite mannequin from the old Lada Niva (a.k.a. the VAZ-2121), which stays on sale in Russia because the Lada 4×4.
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The newer Lada Niva, generally known as the VAZ-2123, was developed by AvtoVAZ and entered manufacturing in 2000 below the Lada model. Two years later, the mannequin started to be manufactured below the Chevrolet model by the GM-AvtoVAZ three way partnership.
The principle elements of the Chevrolet Niva, together with the bodywork, chassis and energy unit, had been produced at AvtoVAZ’s services, whereas portray and ultimate meeting had been undertaken on the accomplice manufacturing website. In complete, AvtoVAZ and GM constructed greater than 700,000 Niva SUVs since 2000.
“Lada Niva seamlessly enhances the Lada lineup, turning into the second all-wheel drive SUV within the household”, stated Olivier Morne, Lada Govt Vice President of Gross sales and Advertising and marketing. “We intend to additional develop its gross sales, which at the moment are organized within the largest supplier community in Russia, which at this time has greater than 300 gross sales and repair facilities,” he added.
AvtoVAZ says demand remains to be robust for the ‘new’ Niva regardless of it being a 20-year-old automobile. Again in 2014, GM previewed the next-generation Niva with the Niva Concept. The manufacturing mannequin was speculated to launch in 2016, however these plans by no means materialized.