Russia’s largest automaker AvtoVAZ will build seven models under the Lada, Renault and Nissan brands at its recently acquired IzhAvto plant, insideline.com announces.
A former unit of IzhMash, which produced motorcycles, cars and weapons, IzhAvto is based in Izhevsk in the Ural Mountains. AvtoVAZ expects to assemble the first model at IzhAvto from next year, according to its preliminary production plan. The Lada Granta sedan will be the first locally produced model, followed by the Lada Granta hatchback in 2013. By 2020, Lada Granta production volume at IzhAvto is expected to reach 95,000 units.
In 2015-2016, AvtoVAZ plans to launch production of two of its future models at IzhAvto, known internally as the B-cross and C-cross. Production of these models at the Izhevsk auto plant is expected to reach 185,000 units a year.
Lada models aside, the plant will also make cars under license from Renault and Nissan. In 2013, production of the Renault Duster SUV will begin, with an estimated initial volume of 20,000 cars a year. By 2020, the IzhAvto plant will make 30,000 Dusters a year. In 2015, production of the Renault Sandero will follow, with a planned annual production of 20,000 cars.
The IzhAvto facility will also build the Nissan Tiida sedan and hatchback in 2014, with annual production estimated to reach 75,000 units by 2020.