Since all foreign automakers have left Russia in retaliation for the war in Ukraine, shortages are forcing Lada, whose parent company was recently bought from Renault by the Russian government, to launch a new version of the Lada Granta, the “Classic”. Which is built without airbags or ABS brakes or air conditioning. It is still sold for more than 761,000 rubles or $ 16,839. This standard Lada comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 90 horsepower that meets the emission standards of 1996. So it is a step back 25 years for Russia.
We also want to bring back the old Lada Niva
Another rumor suggests that Lada plans to release versions of its other cars, such as the 45-year-old Niva. For all Russians who own a foreign car, the situation is not much better. As parts become harder to find, repairs become more and more expensive. Dealers have lead times of several months for simple repairs. Websites have tried to fill in the gaps, but prices are high if luckily parts are available. It’s the return of thuggery, some observers say, and like us, gasoline prices have reached unprecedented heights. One thing is for sure, Vladimir Putin unfortunately seems determined to continue his plan of aggression even if it means impoverishing all Russians.
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