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Chevrolet Niva. GM-AvtoVAZ, a joint venture between AutoVAZ and General Motors, produces the Chevrolet Niva. The car was previously known as VAZ 2123 in the design stage.
In September, 2002 the JV with General Motors produced the first local Chevrolet Niva
The Storm was a sporty car based on the Isuzu Impulse, available as either a two-door fastback or as a station wagon, which Geo oddly marketed as a hatchback.
1991 Geo Storm Hatchback
In the 1968, the GAZ "Volga M-24" cames into production. The engine is the traditional 4-cylinders, boosted up to 2500 cc. and 98 hp, 145 km/h.
The 24-10 (basically an GAZ M-24 with a more modern plastic grille) was produced from 1985-1992. A station wagon, the 24-12 Universal, was produced as well.
Volga 24-12 Universal
GAZ Volga 310221 Universal
GAZ-3102 An updated and more luxurious version of the M24, the Volga 3102, arrived in 1982 and continues in production to this day
An updated and more luxurious version of the M24, the Volga 3102, arrived in 1982 and continues in production to this day.
The Volga 31029, featuring more aerodynamic front bodywork, was produced from 1992-1997.
The Volga 3110, inspired by Volvo,arrived in 1997 and remained until 2003. The station wagon version of the 3110, the Volga 310221 Universal, remains in production as of 2005.
The Volga 31105 was the 3110's replacement and entered production in early 2004 and represents the most heavily restyled and modernized version of the GAZ-24 yet. Additional, even more heavy restyled GAZ-24 versions in both sedan and wagon form are planned for the near future - not bad for a car design that dates back some 36 years.
The Izh "412"; substantially the Moskvitch of that period, starts up the production of IZH in 1966.
The Izh "412" starts the definitive production of the IZH cars in 1966, with models that are substantially the Moskvitch of that period, The "2125" station wagon (shown here) is different from the Moskvitch version.
IZH 412 Station Wagon
IZH 2126 Orbita (Oda). At the end of '70s, the Izh begins to project a new car. In the 1987 (ten years after!), the new car was launched, and called "2126-Orbita". The "Orbit" is still in production, but now it's called "Oda". Also others version were realized: above, the station-wagon, the sedan, the truck, and the new 4x4 pick-up version.
IZH ODA (Orbita)
The IZH Fabula is the Station Wagon variant of the ODA/Orbita (See IZH ODA for description).
See IZH ODA for description.
The Logan is a low-cost subcompact car/supermini produced jointly by the French manufacturer Renault and its affiliate Dacia of Romania. It is manufactured at Dacia's automobile plant in Mioveni, Romania.
The Logan was the end result of Project X90, announced by Renault in 1999 after the buyout of Dacia in 1998. During a visit to Russia by French President Jacques Chirac,
"Oka" KamAZ-1111 (also SeAZ-1111) was designed in VAZ works (produced since 1987). Essentially a Daihatsu Cuore (1980-85). It is 4 seats 3 doors frontdrive .
VAZ Lada 2103 1500S
Lada 2103 1300. Avto Vaz is a Russian car manufacturer born from an agreement between Russia and FIAT . Its first model was Shiguli 2101 derived from the FIAT 124 produced under licence, and the second model was this 125-derived 2103
Lada 2103 1300
The Lada Riva, marketed in some West European countries as Lada Nova and in Canada as Lada 1500 and Lada Signet was introduced in 1980. It is a restyled version of the Fiat 124-based Lada Type BA3-2101 / "Zhiguli" sedan, which was introduced in 1970. The Riva itself is officially designated as BA3-2105 (base sedan, BA3-2104 wagon and BA3-2107 for the deluxe sedan with large chrome grille.
VAZ Lada 2105 Estate
VAZ-2104 "Lada" (domestic name - "Zhighuli") is variant of VAZ-2105 sedan. It is 5-seat 5-doors classic station wagon 4x2. Rear wheel drive.
Lada 2106 1300
VAZ-2105, still based on the 2101 but updated to 80s styling, was introduced in 1980. Square headlights and new body panels distinguish this style from the old models. A deluxe version, VAZ-2107, was out in 1982; it featured a better engine, refined interiors and Mercedes-like radiator grille. In 1984,
Lada Riva appeared In May 1983 with a 1300cc belt-drive engine, followed in 1984 by the 1200 Saloon and in 1985 by the 1300 and 1500 Estates. Various specification permutations followed, some of which had 1600 engines - these having a higher body line and squarer grille.
VAZ-2107 "Lada" (s. 1981) (domestic name - "Zhighuli") is a luxury variant of VAZ-2105 sedan. Visible differencies: front grill, hood, bumpers, tail lights, front seats. It is 5-seat 4-doors classic rear wheel drive sedan 4x2.
VAZ- 21063 (1976-2000). It originates from FIAT-124bis (1964-72). 21063 - 5-seat 4-door classic sedan 4x2. Suspension: front - A-arms, coil springs, rear - solid axle, coil springs. There are rear drive, gasoline (carburetor) engine : 4 cylinders in line, ohc, displacement 1,294 cc.
VAZ Lada 2106 1500
the VAZ 2108 came after 4 million Fiat-based "Zhigulis" in 1978. AvtoVAZ set out a plan to produce a front-wheel drive car. It took six years to reach the production stage. Abroad the 2108 was known as the "Samara".
The Lada Samara was a Russian automobile produced from 1984 until 2004. The brand name Samara originally was used only for exported models, in Russia the same model was called "Sputnik".
The Lada Samara (Sputnik) was named after the city of Samara, Russia. The car was sold in the UK from 1987 until all Ladas were withdrawn from the British market in 1997.
Lada Sputnik or Samara
Lada Sputnik 21099
The 2108-2109 models were in production until 2001, when they were restyled with new side panels, interiors and 1.5L fuel injection engines (though fuel injection was available as early as 1995). The Lada 2109 hatchback was rebadged as Lada 2114, and Lada 21099 sedan was rebadged as the Lada 2115. The 2104-21099 model range was transferred to IzhMash and ZAZ and is still being manufactured. In 2004 VAZ also introduced Lada 2113, a restyled version of Lada 2108.
the Lada "2110", or "110" for the Western markets. In 1995 the second generation of Lada front-wheel drive cars was presented: The car has a look much more modern than "Samara". The engines 16V were presented, always derived from the eight-valves of the "Samara" 1500. But the definitive production begins only in the 1998
Lada 112 1.5 GTI
Lada 112 1.5i
Of the "110", several versions (and restylings) were realized: the station-wagon "111"; in the second pic, the "112 16V"
Of the "110", several versions (and restylings) were realized: the station-wagon "111"
The Lada Niva is a four-wheel drive vehicle built by Russian car manufacturer AutoVAZ; the car is very popular in its home country. It is also popular in Canada, South America, Europe, and any other places where the terrain requires a robust and tough car for a reasonable price.
Production of VAZ 2121 began in 1977 and still carries through with only minor changes to the engine, rear hatch design, and interior trim levels.
VAZ-2121 Niva. AvtoVAZ designers proved that they had some original ideas when this was introduced in 1978. This highly popular car was made with off-road use in mind, featuring full time all-wheel drive, an original body style and the most powerful 1.7L engine in the VAZ range. The Niva has also been available with 1.9L Peugeot sourced diesel engine. The Niva is still in production.
A special extended wheelbase version of the Niva with 4 doors
Lada Niva 4-door
Lada Niva Pickup
Another pickup version of the Lada Niva
An extended wheelbase version of the Lada Niva built as a pickup
In 1967, MZMA-412 became the second model to be made at IzhMash plant. The model was indexed as Izh-412D'E. All of its technical characteristics are the same as for AZLK-412. Most noticable difference is its "Izh" logo on the radiator.
And in 1968 the factory was once more renamed, this time it became known as AZLK. So MZMA-412 can also be referred to as AZLK-412. AZLK-427 is station wagon version (2 persons + 300 kg payload or 4 persons + 250 kg payload), 6,44-13 tire size and AZLK-434 is van version.
In 1967 production of engine 412 started. The car with this engine and a few improvements became Moskvich-412.
the last version of the "412": the "2140" (or "1500 SL" for the export), slightly modified with rubber bumpers and new rear lights, and always with the same 1500 cc. engine,
Moskvitch realized several interesting prototypes during the years '70s. Unfortunately, the team of Moskvitch's engineers was sadly forced by the Soviet government to copy simply the Simca "1308" (Car Of The Year 1976) for the final production car: one of the usual limitations to the Russian capacities...
The "2141" has the front wheel drive, but with the engine fitted forward the front axle, longitudinally: also some Western cars uses this solution (the driveline of "2141" is the same of the Audi 100), that, anyway, is not ideal to obtain a good stability, with the weight balanced all on the front.
The design, as said, is similar to the Simca 1307/1308, but, indeed, only the windows are in common with the French car
Moskvitch's engineers was sadly forced by the Soviet government to copy simply the Simca "1308" (Car Of The Year 1976), in the 1986, the "2141", or "Aleko" for the export was launched.
In the early '60s, the project of a new 4x4 for the replacement of the old model "69" starts up. After ten years of trials and tests, in the 1972, the first "469" left the assembly line.
In the 1964, the new "P-601" was launched. This is the most famous Trabant, the model that's remained in production for almost 30 years, without important modifications. The coachwork is always in plastic. The "P-601" was an example of extreme essentiality: no valves, no camshaft, no timing belt (the engine is a two stroke), no oil pump, no water pump, no radiator (air cooled)! The gearbox has four speeds (three on the previous "P-50"); there is the electronic ignition, and the Trabant, even in this great simplicity, was one of the first cars with this system.
Born in the 1958 by a decision of the Governement of the USSR (like all things...), the ZAZ was, in the intentions of the creators, the typical "people car", like the VW Beetle in Germany or the Citroen 2CV in France. This operation was limited by the Stalinist ideology (still present during the '50s), the "965". The "966" was launched in the 1967, with a design copied from the NSU "Prinz" (and the NSU was inspired to the Chevrolet "Corvair", in small dimensions). The "966" was equipped, for some European market, also with a Renault 956 cc. engine; this version was called "Yalta". The "968" version produced until the 1994.
An album of Eastern European (Russia, Czechoslavakia, East Germany, Baltic States, etc) is available at: http://rides.webshots.com/album/498132044ZYTosD
A Gallery of British Cars from 1940 to 1980 is available at:
Grille of a Jaguar E-type 1962 lightweight. A whole album of grilles is at: http://rides.webshots.com/album/553954237MHbtRG
Lotus Elan Plus 2 Head. Similar pictures of cars taken head-on are available at: http://community.webshots.com/album/553964640EnvgXn
An album of cars shot from the side is available at: http://rides.webshots.com/album/553956849unfjSi