Does the departure of Lada from the Groupe Renault stable necessarily mean it is ‘do svidaniya’ for the promised new Niva?
The everlasting Lada Niva turned 45 years aged before this thirty day period (it first introduced on April 4, 1977), and although the first Lada 2121 is still getting constructed, it was expected to have a finite lifespan with Renault noting a ‘new’ substitute Niva among its ‘Renaulution’ forward product or service arranging in January 2021.
Renault invested in Lada’s Togliatti manufacturing facility in Russia as section of its possession stake and sought to modernise the Lada creation traces to use shared Renault-Nissan platforms for upcoming development.
Lada Niva: There is a new one!
The proposed 2024 Niva was described to be primarily based on the exact same CMF-B platform as the new Nissan Juke, supplying the Russian brand name a considerably much more modern day, if not pretty as rugged, pathway for the Niva nameplate to continue on into a new technology.
But now with out Renault’s involvement, this is unlikely to occur.
It can be not the initial time that programs for a ‘new’ Niva have been derailed thanks to a failed joint-enterprise with the Russian model.
In 2014, Standard Motors offered a principle of a 2016 ‘Chevy’ Niva that was organized by the GM Style and design Studio in Melbourne. Nonetheless, this was delayed and the US partnership begun to deteriorate when Renault commenced its investment decision in 2017.
By 2020, AutoVAZ had re-secured the stake at first taken by GM in 1998, and the Chevy Niva turned the latest Lada Niva Travel.
Renault has the choice of re-obtaining its stake in AutoVAZ within just five to six years (no question for a minor extra than the a single ruble, or $AU0.02 sale selling price), so there is an outside chance the new Niva might see the light of day. But with Russia displaying very little signal of halting its armed service aggression towards Ukraine, we would envision that Renault will use this sale as a way of further distancing by itself from Russia.