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VAZ, officially known as Volzhsky Avtomobilny Zavod and internationally recognized under the Lada brand, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of automotive innovation in Russia. Founded in 1966 through a historic collaboration between Italy’s Fiat and the Soviet government, VAZ aimed to revolutionize the Russian auto industry. The company’s maiden vehicle, the VAZ-2101, affectionately dubbed “Zhiguli,” rolled off the production line in 1970. This model was heavily inspired by the Fiat 124, yet it was significantly modified to endure the harsh Russian environments, showcasing robust suspensions and a more powerful heating system.

Fast forward to the present, and Lada has navigated through tumultuous times, including the economic upheavals following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Today, Lada remains a dominant force in the Russian automotive market, with its recent models like the Vesta and the Granta leading sales charts. Despite facing stiff competition from both domestic and international manufacturers, Lada continues to innovate, focusing on affordability, practicality, and improving technological integration in its vehicles. The brand’s resilience and adaptability underscore its significant role in shaping the automotive landscape in Russia and maintaining a pivotal position in the global car industry.

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