30 Aug 2023 11:02

Avtovaz to resume production of Euro-5 emission standard cars on Sept 1

MOSCOW. Aug 30 (Interfax) - Avtovaz , Russia's leading carmaker, will resume production of Euro-5 emission standard vehicles on September 1 with the most popular model line in the country, the Lada Granta, the company said.

Due to the imposition of sanctions against Russia last year, Avtovaz was forced to revert to the lower Euro-2 standard. In the fall, the Euro-5 standard will return to the whole Granta family, including the sedan, hatchback, Cross and Drive Active with both 90 hp and 106 hp engines.

The vehicles have undergone the full range of tests in various temperature conditions and terrain, as well as tests for electromagnetic compatibility and other checks, the company said. The new engine calibration and control unit for the Granta family were developed in Russia.

Avtovaz said it will announce the return of the Euro-5 standard to other Lada models at a later date.

Avtovaz sold 173,000 Lada cars in the first seven months of 2023, two times more than in the same period of 2022. Production of Lada vehicles and kits jumped 80% to 161,000.

The company plans to produce more than 400,000 automobiles this year. Avtovaz produced about 32,000 vehicles and kits in July, the highest monthly figure since March 2022. In the next few months the company intends to ramp up assembly of new vehicles by accelerating line No. 1 (Vesta) to 40 cars per hour and line No. 5 (Granta) to 52 per hour.