AvtoVAZ plans to produce Renault Duster and Renault Sandero cars in the future. This was announced on May 23 by the Governor of the Samara region Dmitry Azarov.
“In accordance with the agreements with Renault Corporation, AvtoVAZ has additional opportunities to use engineering developments, use information technology, use proven products in the field of marketing and many others. In addition, as a result of the agreements reached today, it can be confidently recorded that AvtoVAZ will produce Renault Duster and Renault Sandero in the future, ”Interfax quotes him as saying.
On the same day, the Za Rulem portal reported that the Duster crossover is likely to lose the 1.6-liter H4M engine due to the fact that it cannot be completely localized. Instead, AvtoVAZ plans to equip the car with a 1.8-liter VAZ-21179 engine. It was noted that in the coming months, AvtoVAZ will launch the production of Duster under the Lada brand. Equipment and components from the former Renault Russia enterprise in Moscow are already being shipped to the site in Togliatti.
On May 16, it was reported that the share of Renault (Renault) in AvtoVAZ was transferred to the NAMI Institute subordinate to the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, which will own 67.69% of the company’s shares. The remaining shares will be kept by Rostec. At the same time, AvtoVAZ will continue to produce the entire line of Lada cars at factories. The manufacturer will also carry out service maintenance of Renault cars in the Russian market.
This decision was made at the end of April. As the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade explained, Renault decided to transfer the shares of AvtoVAZ and Avtoframos to Moscow as an entity against the backdrop of a shortage of funds to maintain the performance or activities of its divisions in Russia.