Faced with shortage of electronic components Lada, the Russian car brand, will return to manufacture mechanical vehicles

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The war in Ukraine has turned the world upside down: businesses leaving territories, thousands of people leaving their lives behind, supplies not arriving where they should, prices soaring and supply chains disrupted . The Russian car brand Lada has been affected by this situation, as it has not received the spare parts and parts it needs to operate for months. Especially semiconductors, those tiny electronic components (called chips) that perform complex functions at breakneck speeds. Before the conflict began, there was already a shortage of semiconductors due to the accelerated demand for chips caused by the pandemic. The war further complicated matters and many Russian companies were forced to stop production. But Lada is not one of them.


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According to Croatian media, INDEX HR, in the face of adversity, the automaker decided to look to the past and produce cars as it did before the advent of semiconductors and electronics. the Lada Granta and Ladas Niva models will be produced without semiconductor-dependent features such as airbags, ABS brakes, and traction and stability controls. Lada will build the new cars like it did in the 90s.

The production of other models such as the X-ray the Largus or the Lada Vesta which depend on components produced by Renault, will be stopped indefinitely and the working week of the factories will be reduced to four days.

Lada’s story

Lada is the best-selling car brand in Russia with a market share of over 23%. Although little known in the western world (although it has operations in much of Latin America), it has been operating since 1968 and for years belonged to AvtoVAZ , a company owned by the Russian government. In 2007, the Renault group bought 25% of the brand and in 2016 took possession of it to integrate it into a new line called Dacia-Lada in 2021. Among the models that have made history are the Lada Classic, which has been in continuous production for more than 50 years, the Lada Samara and the Lada Niva (fun fact, Vladimir Poutine owned one of these camouflaged 4x4s).

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Richard V. Johnson