GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Russia's biggest auto maker wants General Motors Corp. to become a stockholder to enable it to modernize its operations. "We have a goal of a strategic partnership, not just a joint venture," says Vladimir Kadannikov, chairman of AvtoVAZ, at an automotive conference here. Chevrolet Niva The joint venture already in progress will begin building Chevrolet Nivas on Sept. 23, with a goal of 500 cars this year and 30,000 in 2003. After that, AvtoVAZ’s plans ...

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