Production of the Lada Riva has finally ended last Monday. It’s likely not to be missed much as it has been named to be the worst car in the world by Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson. For quite some time, the Russia-inspired Lada Riva has been rumored to be ending but it’s only now that it was officially listed.
The Riva has been in production for 30 years, 42 years, or 46 years, depending on what factors are in play. It was in 1982 that production started. However, it is believed to be based significantly in the late VAZ-2101 from 1970. On the other hand, the VAZ is heavily based on the Fiat 124 sedan, which began production in 1966.
The car came with numerous different names. It will also be known domestically, as the VAZ-2105 and VAZ-2107, depending on the trim level. The 2107 was nicknamed the seven, or semyorka, in Russian. The 2105 had led to the coming of a station wagon version, named the VAZ-2104, which will be phased out by the end of 2012. It isn’t surprising at all that the Lada Riva is bidding goodbye.
Ladas had enjoyed modest success in Europe as well as in the Soviet Union during the times when sales had peaked and its car was pulled from European markets in the late 1990s. Due to the safety and emissions standards imposed today, those who buy a Lada prefer newer models such as the Granta, a model co-developed with Renault.
In August 2012, production will start for the Granta. The car had a power that’s between 80 and 98hp, depending on the trim level. It also gets one or two front airbags. The top-spec Granta Lux model features front heated seats, power windows, air conditioning, and a CD player. To those who don’t want the Lada to go, here’s an image of the Lada Niva, a crude, 40-year-old compact SUV. Production will start in August 2012. [source: MoscowNews]