Logan MCV Becomes Lada R90

The increasing chatter about the Russian from AvtoVAZ using Dacia-Renault's Logan platform to build their own vehicles turned into reality today in Moscow, where AvtoVAZ presented the Lada R90, a model based on the Logan MCV.

Now, “based on” is in fact a bit of an overstatement; rebadged would be a more appropriate word for the model presented today and which is expected to turn into production version in 2011. When it will be launched, the R90 will come equipped with a 1.6l engine.

According to earlier rumors, the new line of low-cost models should have been priced at around EUR5,000-EUR6,000. The new R90 however will be sold starting from 350,000 roubles ($11,350, EUR8,940), and will bring just about the same features as the Romanian version: front and side airbags, ABS and MP3 radio. Just like its cousin, the R90 will be offered in either five or seven seats configuration.

The car for the Russian market is practically built by Renault, who already holds a 25 percent stake +1 share in AvtoVAZ. This year, Renault plans to increase that to 40 percent and have a combined production capacity with the Russian manufacturer of 1.3 million units by 2012.

Last year, Renault agreed to pay AvtoVAZ EUR240 million in technologies, production machinery, equipment and expertise in support of the production of new vehicles based on the B0 (Logan) platform.

The Renault-AvtoVAZ partnership aims to make and sell 900,000 units of the Logan-based models each year. A completely new vehicle based on the B0 platform might also become a reality in the near future.
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