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Lada Granta unveiled

By SYF77 on 09 Jan 2012

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It has been some donkey years since I last read about Russian carmaker, Lada. The last time I saw a Lada was in the early 1990s – my neighbour’s Samara model. Coming back to the topic of the blog, Lada has recently revealed the Granta, a replacement for the aging Samara which has been in production since 1997. The Granta was officially presented in Russia.

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Lada says that the new Granta can be bought for the equivalent of USD 7500. Being a budget car, the equipment level is bare minimum – just think of those stuff that are required for a car to function, such as a steering wheel, four wheels and headlights. For an extra USD 1000, Lada is offering a superior trim level of the Granta, which comes with power steering and power windows and a sound system. I guess the chance of finding airbags and ABS brakes on the car are quite slim.

Powering the Granta is a 64bhp 1.6 liter lump with two valves per cylinder. However, Lada says that a 1.4 liter powerplant with more advanced four valves per cylinder technology will also be introduced. The word “advanced” here is relative in context. Four-valves-per-cylinder was a big deal in a small engine back in the early 1990s but is a given nowadays.

Lada will also develop a racing version of the Lada Granta for the World Touring Car Championship in order to promote the model.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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