FEATURE-Joking apart, Russian car maker steps on world stage

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By Christian Lowe MOSCOW, April 27 (Reuters) - Russia's cheap and cramped Lada cars have such a bad reputation that they have their own category of jokes, but the car maker is out to wipe the smile off critics' faces by competing in a world-class race. This year, Lada will make its debut in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) -- a sister competition to the Formula One series that features souped-up versions of ordinary cars. It is a bold move that sums up Russia's new national ...

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