AvtoVAZ aka VAZ is one of the biggest automobile factories in the world better known overseas as Lada. It produces nearly one million cars a year, including the Kalina, Lada 110 and the Niva off-road vehicle. The VAZ’s territory totals 5240000 m2 (3.2560 miles!) and its production lines stretch out for over 90 miles (144 km).
AvtoVAZ was set up in the late 1960s in collaboration with Fiat. At April the 19th 1970 it released the first 6 VAZ-2101 “Zhiguli”, being the equivalents (in construction) of the Italian «FIAT-124». This is unique in that most of the components for the cars were made in-house, and this tradition is kept up till nowadays.
AvtoVAZ orients on home market where it is a certain leader. Nevertheless passenger cars with the tiny silver boat (the symbol of VAZ) on radiator can be seen in CIS, in Italy, France, Greece, Finland, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. Moreover VAZ produces machine-tool equipment, automotive parts, does civil and industrial engineering.
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