AvtoVAZ, after the departure of its main shareholder, the French Renault, from Russia, will be able to produce the Renault Duster crossover under the Lada brand. This was reported to Vedomosti by two sources in the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. According to one of them, we are talking about the release of a second-generation crossover. It was produced at the Renault plant in Moscow, which is now becoming the property of the city authorities, since 2021 AvtoVAZ has a license to produce this model, the source knows. The name of the model under the Lada brand is unknown to him.

Vedomosti sent requests to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Renault and AvtoVAZ.

The second generation Renault Duster debuted in Europe back in 2017 under the brand name of the Romanian Dacia, which is part of the Renault group. It reached Russia only four years later, in 2021. For the Duster, the widest available range of engines was offered, including both gasoline atmospheric and diesel engines, as well as a new turbocharged unit with a volume of 1.33 liters and a power of 150 hp. with., developed jointly with Daimler.

The executive director of the Avtostat analytical agency, Sergey Udalov, did not rule out that AvtoVAZ, releasing a crossover under the Lada brand, could give the model the name Niva, since the company had plans to upgrade this car before the special operation. But, given the current difficulties with logistics, it is not clear how the supply of components to the crossover from abroad will be organized, the expert argues.

Duster was in demand in Russia: according to the Association of European Businesses, it ranked ninth in the top 25 most popular new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in 2021. In total, 41,471 copies were sold in a year – almost a quarter more than in 2020 G.

In addition to the Renault Duster, the Renault Russia plant produced the Arkana and Kaptur crossovers, as well as the Nissan Terrano, similar to the previous generation Duster model. The transfer of production of other models from the Moscow plant in Togliatti was recognized as economically inexpedient, one of the interlocutors of Vedomosti said. Until recently, AvtoVAZ in Tolyatti, along with Lada cars, also produced passenger cars Renault Logan and Sandero.

On May 16, the Ministry of Industry and Trade announced the signing of an agreement on the transfer of Russian assets of the Renault Group to the Russian Federation and the Moscow government. In particular, the agreements provide for the transfer of 100% of the shares of the Renault Russia plant to Moscow and 67.69% of the shares of AvtoVAZ to the FSUE NAMI subordinate to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The remaining stake in AvtoVAZ will be retained by Rostec. Both transactions received FAS approval.

As part of the deal with the stake in AvtoVAZ, an option is provided for Renault to buy back its stake in the concern. It can be implemented over the next six years, the Ministry of Industry and Trade reported. Service maintenance of Renault cars in the Russian market will now be carried out by AvtoVAZ.

Also, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that the production of electric vehicles under the historical Moskvich brand will be organized at the Renault plant in Moscow in the future. The car of the same name was produced by the automobile plant. Leninsky Komsomol (AZLK) until 2002 in the areas partially occupied by Renault Russia on Volgogradsky Prospekt. The project partner of the revived Moskvich will be Kamaz.

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