Typical Lada Zhiguli 2106 car back from the Soviet Union (Ukraine, 2020)
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Lada is a brand of cars that appeared in 1973 and manufactured by AvtoVAZ (originally VAZ), a Russian company owned by the French Groupe Renault. The name Lada is derived from a type of small boat in Slavic language, symbolized by the car’s logo.
The keys to Lada vehicles’ success were said to be its competitive price, reliability, simple DIY-friendly mechanics and simple functionality.
The VAZ-2106 Zhiguli here (alternatively Zhiguli 2106) was a sedan produced by the Soviet (later Russian) automaker VAZ, and later, after the breakup of the Soviet Union, also by Russian Izhevsk Avto and Ukrainian Anto-Rus. In export markets, it was known simply as Lada 1600 or alternatively as Lada 2106. A hugely popular car and one of most successful Lada models, it was in serial production for 30 years (from 1976 to 2006), although production in the VAZ plant ended after 25 years, in 2001, with manufacture continuing at Izhevsk for the final five years.
Derived from its predecessor, the VAZ-2103, 2106 was created as its alternative due to expense and complexity of production of chrome elements which were severely reduced on it (although it did not fully replace it until 1984, when the 2103 was finally discontinued).