The Russian automaker AvtoVAZ resumed sales of a simplified version of the Lada Niva Travel SUV (former Niva Chevrolet) following the Granta and Niva Legend, its production began on August 15, the company announced on its website.
It is specified that the cars will be available for purchase in three trim levels. The starting price for an SUV is 797,200 rubles if you buy a car under the state program of preferential lending. The production of cars in the “simplified” version, that is, without airbags and anti-lock braking system (ABS), began in mid-August.
The company noted that in the starting configuration, the cars are equipped with power steering, front electric windows, electric drive and heated exterior mirrors, the ERA-Glonass system and other functions.
At the moment, the production of Lada Granta (since the beginning of June), Lada Niva Legend (since mid-July) and, accordingly, Lada Niva Travel have been restarted at the company’s main car plant in Togliatti. Niva models are produced on the same assembly line, Granta – on a separate one. At the same time, AvtoVAZ also began producing cars of the Granta family with a driver’s airbag in August.
After the start of a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine, forced downtime began at the production facilities of the AvtoVAZ plant due to a shortage of imported components. Production resumed only in June. In summer, the plant began production of simplified off-road station wagons Lada Granta Cross Classic, sports sedan Lada Granta Drive Active and SUV Lada Niva Legend.
Earlier, AvtoVAZ announced plans to launch the production of cars with anti-lock braking system (ABS) from 2023. According to the head of the company Maxim Sokolov, the next option that will also be returned to the car will be the ESP side stability system, which stabilizes the vehicle when sharp turns and slopes, preventing him from skidding.
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