AvtoVAZ will begin production this month of three-door Lada 4x4s for export that comply with Euro-5 environmental standards, the company said Thursday. “Apart from the SUVs, automobiles in the Lada Kalina and Lada Priora families … also certified under the new standards. Production of Euro-5-version export Kalinas and Prioras will begin in January 2011,” the company said. The new environmental standard enters into force next year.
Automobiles for the local market will continue to be outfitted with Euro-3 compliant components. Euro-5 rules require that vehicles have to comply with toxic-emission limits after being driven 160,000 kilometers. Russia has been building Lada automobiles meeting Euro-4 standards for export to Europe with modern catalytic converters and new electronic calibration for engine operation since 2006.