VIENNA – Russia’s ZAO GM-AvtoVAZ, the joint venture between General Motors Corp., Lada manufacturer OAO AvtoVAZ and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, has phased out production of the Chevrolet Viva sedan. Serial production of the Viva, based on the Opel Astra II, was launched in September 2004. GM-AvtoVAZ originally expected to produce up to 17,000 Vivas annually but only 984 were built last year. “The company made a decision to stop manufacturing the Viva because ...

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