Information om hur Lada Niva blev till. Information about how the Niva was born.
Historia om Lada Niva (Eng)
The Lada is famous in Europe for the "2121", better known as "Niva", that means "field" in Russian, a cross-country vehicle introduced in the 1976, and characterized by original technical solutions for the age, as the 4x4 permanent traction (in use, during the '70s, only on the Rover Range and few others), and the frameless structure (like a normal on-road vehicle). The Niva can be defined, for the displacement and for the body of "street" type, one of the firsts "Sport-Utility", but with the characteristics of a "true" cross-country vehicle (5+5 speed gearbox, and blocking of the rear gears). The "Niva" has conquered a place of respect in the world-wide automotive scene, thanks to the optimal off-road abilities. The firsts projects of the "Niva" were realized in the 1971-72, when two prototypes with canvas top, quite traditional and with the Fiat/Lada 1.3 engine, were realized. But, after some time, a new and modern closed coachwork was realized, and the 1600 cc. engine was adopted. During the summer 1973, test rides in the Uzbekistan, with the help of the UAZ engineers, were realized. The chief of the project of the "Niva" was Vladimir Sergeevich Solovev.
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Vladimir Sergeevich Solovev