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- Moscow Auto Show Highlights Lada, Chevrolet Concepts
- Niva, Chinese Brands Grab Share of Limelight
’s revived low-cost Datsun brand, which is participating in the Moscow show for the first time, introduces its second model, the Datsun mi-DO.
Datsun mi-DO hatchback based on Lada Kalina.
VIENNA – New cars presented by the- - alliance and the second-generation Chevrolet Niva concept are among premieres at this year’s Moscow auto show, which runs through the end of this week.
Lada manufacturershows two significant concepts that are close to serial production. They are the first two new models unveiled after the - Alliance acquired a majority stake in AvtoVAZ in June. Renault and Nissan now control 67.1% of a holding company that owns 74.5% of AvtoVAZ.
Visitors to the AvtoVAZ stand are getting their first glimpse of the Lada Vesta compact sedan. The car will be manufactured at OAG, AvtoVAZ’s second plant in Izhevsk, beginning in September 2015.
The Vesta is based on a new modular platform. The production car is expected to look almost identical to the concept.
Also on display is the Lada XRAY 2 concept, which is expected to go into production in early 2016 at AvtoVAZ’s main plant in Togliatti. The vehicle is based on the Renault Sandero, but has its own design with a CUV look.
Both the Vesta and XRAY 2 concepts are seen as the first step to reinventing the Lada brand. AvtoVAZ’s British design director Steve Mattin is using the X theme that connects the headlights, grille, lower air intake and front fog lamps as a significant design element. The X theme, featured at the 2012 unveiling of the Lada XRAY concept, can be seen in other parts of the new concepts as well.
Several new cars shown by Renault-Nissan also are connected to AvtoVAZ.
Nissan’s revived low-cost Datsun brand, which is participating in the Moscow show for the first time, introduces its second model, the Datsun mi-DO. While the Datsun on-DO, a sedan unveiled earlier this year and already in production, is based on the Lada Granta, the mi-DO hatchback is derived from the Lada Kalina. Volume production is expected to launch before the end of 2014.
Both Datsun models share the assembly line with the Granta and Kalina at AvtoVAZ’s factory in Togliatti.
Deliveries of Datsun cars to Russian customers start this month. So far there are 25 dedicated Datsun dealers in key regions of the country with 75 more due over the next two years.
The automaker also shows the Nissan Sentra sedan, production of which is just starting at OAG in Izhevsk, and the Pathfinder, which is assembled at Nissan’s site in St. Petersburg. The Pathfinder also is available as a hybrid, the first to be built in Russia.
Assemblies of the new Pathfinder and Sentra push Nissan toward its target of 90% localized production in Russia by 2016.
Renault introduces the second-generation Sandero. While the first-generation Logan sedans and Sandero hatchbacks still are manufactured at Renault’s plant in Moscow, the new Logan and Sandero share the assembly line with the Lada Largus wagon and Nissan Almera sedan at AvtoVAZ in Togliatti.
However, the main attraction at Renault’s stand is the Renault Sport R.S. 01 race car making its debut in Moscow. With a carbon monocoque chassis for a weight of less than 2,420 lbs. (1,100 kg) and the Nismo 3.8L V-6 twin-turbo engine developing over 500 hp, it is able to reach a top speed of more than 186 mph (300 km/h). From 2015, Renault Sport R.S. 01 will be one of the stars of World Series by Renault in the new Renault Sport Trophy championship.