Soviet automobile industry reached its heyday in the 50s and 60s years. At that time it was created many interesting and original designs at the level of best foreign samples. 70-ies was marked by the construction of the domestic giant VAZ, which became to mass produce the most popular in our country, "the Zhiguli" and "Frets".

Cars VAZ

Almost every model of a Vase can be called a national car. VAZ-2101 at the time, was the first "popular" car in our country. Since the beginning of its production the car became available to many Soviet citizens. VAZ-2106, at the time, was not only the most comfortable car Vase, but also the most dynamic, second in speed only "Seagulls" and government ZIL. VAZ-2107 has set a record for the duration of issue: standing on the Assembly line in late 1981, it lasted until 2012.

The family of VAZ-2108/2109 became the first domestic front wheel drive cars. In the eighties and early 90s, these models have become the symbols of perestroika, the dream of many young people.

In the nineties, Mercedes became a leader in the domestic market. ZAZ plant became a foreign car "Moskvich" fell into a protracted crisis and in the end went bankrupt IL has not gained wide popularity. Only "Volga" could be "Frets" more-less serious competition.

Since the beginning of 2000-ies VAZ attended to update its model range. Began to produce deeply upgraded version of the VAZ-2110 – the "Lada Priora". And since 2004 – modern and affordable "Lada Kalina". After the merger Vase with French auto giant Renault model range replenished with Lada Grantas that replaced on the conveyor of the ancient VAZ-2107.


Some words should also be said about the "Niva" VAZ-2121. In the late 70's it was revolutionary for its time, SUV. I must say that in those years the foreign SUVs were built exclusively frame, primitive stiff suspensions, with a Spartan salons and small diesels. Cars design, powerful engine, comfortable interior and soft suspension much different from "Field" and foreign competitors. Since the beginning of its release 80% of the cars began to be exported. Niva was the first and only car, shipped to Japan. Foreign experts compared the VAZ-2121 with "Range Rover" and "Jeep Wrangler".

With the start of production of Chevrolet Niva classic VAZ-2121 was not sent to "retire". Both of these SUV's have become the market leaders in the sector of SUVs. Having an almost identical chassis and powertrain, they are designed for different target audience. Classic Niva is the most affordable SUV, "Chevrolet-Niva" - more modern, more elegant and more comfortable car, though more expensive.