1991 VAZ 21093 Pictures

Pictures VAZ 21093
Pictures VAZ 21093
Pictures VAZ 21093

1991 VAZ 21093 specs: mpg, towing capacity, size, photos

AvtoVAZ (RTS:AVAZ) (Russian: АвтоВАЗ) is a Russian automobile manufacturer, also known as VAZ, Volzhsky Automobilny Zavod (ВАЗ, Во́лжский автомоби́льный заво́д ), and better known to the world as Lada was set up in the late 1960s in collaboration with Fiat.[citation needed] It is 25% owned by French giant Renault.[citation needed]

It produces nearly one million cars a year,[citation needed] including the Kalina, Lada 110 and the Niva off-roader. However, the original Fiat 124-based vehicle - the VAZ-2101 and its derivatives remain the models most associated with its Lada brand.[citation needed]

The VAZ factory is one of the biggest in the world, has over 90 miles (144 km) of production lines and is unique in that most of the components for the cars are made in-house.[citation needed]

The original Lada was a basic car, lacking in most luxuries expected in cars of its time and was patterned after the Fiat 124. Ladas were available in several Western countries during the 1970s and 1980s, including Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, though trade sanctions banned their export to the United States.[citation needed] Sales to Italy were forbidden by the agreement between the Soviet Government and Fiat, to protect Fiat from cheap imports in its home market.[citation needed] Imports to Spain were also prohibited in Spain because the local Fiat subsidiary, SEAT, built a version of the same car.[citation needed]

The plant was set up as a collaboration between Italy and the Soviet Union and built on the banks of the Volga river in 1966. A new part of town Togliatti, named after the Italian Communist Party leader Palmiro Togliatti, was built around the factory. The Lada was envisaged as a "people's car" like the Citroën 2CV or the VW Beetle.

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