Sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of the country’s invasion of Ukraine have hit the automotive industry hard. Both the consumer and the owner are suffering due to difficulties in importing parts of the country.
Lack has forced Lada, whose parent company recently bought from the Russian state Renault, to introduce a new form of Lada Granter, the “classic”. Autoblog reports that the Bare-Bone car is priced at just 761,000 rubles (বিনি 13,008 USD at current exchange rates), designed to be made only locally or using parts made by its affiliates, Autoblog reports.
Unfortunately for buyers, its “classic” status reflects less on its appearance than its convenience. Sold without a number of safety features, such as ABS, passenger-side airbags or even air conditioners, it is powered by a 90 hp (67 kW / 91 PS) 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that fails to meet current European emissions standards. In fact, it only meets the emission rules since 1996, notably for a car launched in 2011.
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David Ward, executive president of the Global New Car Assessment Program, told NBC that it was a “ridiculous” and “backward step” for the country, which serves as the vice-chair of the UN World Forum on Vehicle Control. .
Policy experts, meanwhile, likened the move to the USSR’s Cold War strategy. Jeffrey Edmunds, a Russian expert who has served the Obama administration, said it was “an indication of the Russian government’s willingness to give up quality products and security in the name of this attack.”
Unconfirmed reports, meanwhile, suggest that Lada plans to offer a similar stripe-down version to its other vehicles, such as the 45-year-old Niva.
Lack of equipment is also affecting existing owners
The condition of those who already own the vehicle is not very good. The parts are getting harder and harder, and repairs are becoming more expensive. Elder Gadzhiev, owner of four Skoda taxis in Moscow, told The Guardian that dealerships are useless and there is a month-long wait in independent mechanics if your car breaks down.
Websites have tried to fill the void, but Gaddafi says it is a full-fledged market. He said that spare parts are impossible to find and that you can find so many prices that they can be more expensive than cars.
“It’s the return of the bandits,” Gaddafi said, suspecting that many of the parts he found were stolen. Even basic necessities like oil cost 10 times more than they did in 2021, pointing to the problems that regular Russians face as a result of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.