Lada Largus minivan based on Dacia MCV launched– Images image

Russian automaker AvtoVAZ is launching sales of its new Lada Largus flagship model, a vehicle based on the actual Dacia MCV model.

The new Lada will be available in two versions — the R90 passenger wagon in five- and seven-seat variants and the F90 two-seat cargo van.

Aesthetically very little changes and aside from a new grille the Lada is essentially identical to the Dacia that it is based on.

According to the Russian giant, AvtoVAZ’s Togliatti plant in the Volga area will build up to 350,000 cars based on the B0 platform per year under the Lada, Renault and Nissan brand names.

“AvtoVAZ has an excellent future. Today it occupies 25 percent of the market in Russia and I am convinced it will remain at that level,” Vladimir Putin said at the launch ceremony.

Prices for the Lada Largus start at RUR 417,000 (rubles) (about $13,000) for the entry-level model equipped with the 89HP 1.6-liter engine. The top of the line 16-valve model will start at RUR 449,800.