Lada, the largest car manufacturer in Russia, has continued production despite numerous sanctions and shortages. The company has revealed a new variant of the Granta, one of its most popular models, which has stripped of some features based on imported parts.
The Russian government nationalized Lada’s parent company AvtoVAZ earlier in 2022, following the invasion of Ukraine, after buying a 68% stake in the Paris-based company Renault. The deal is said to cost Russia a symbolic ruble, although Renault has a six-year option to buy back the shares. With full control over the company, government officials set out to find a way to build cars without depending on foreign suppliers.
Above, the answer is a naked version of Granta called Classic. It is marketed as the most affordable new passenger car available in Russia, starting at 761,500 rubles (about $13,200) and powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that transmits 90 codes. Power is sent to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. It lacks a lot of things: No traction control, no passengers air bag, or air conditioning, or keyless remote entry. Buyers will receive an incentive bonus including body-color exterior trim, power steering and power front windows. But anything that required foreign-sourced parts to manufacture was dropped.
It should be noted that there are some inconsistencies between the specification sheet published on June 10 and the official Lada website. The former lists that air conditioning isn’t available on the Classic, while the latter says it’s part of an option package.
Buyers have three models to choose from: sedan, hatchback and wagon. All three are located in Togliatti, Russia. It is too early to say how long they will remain in production; AvtoVAZ President Maksim Sokolov said that Lada is working closely with federal and regional governments to “develop the capabilities of Russian suppliers”, perhaps sooner or later bringing some of the missing features to life. again.
Meanwhile, unverified reports claim that stripped-down versions of other Lada models (including Niva 45 years old) are on their way.