Advantages and disadvantages of Lada Kalina 2

Advantages and disadvantages of Lada Kalina

Advantages and disadvantages of Lada Kalina

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According to numerous statements made by representatives of the AvtoVAZ company regarding the Lada Kalina brand car, we can conclude that there are many motorists who want to buy this car, and that it is made using “workaround” production technologies. Therefore, this article will give an accurate and rational assessment of “Lada Kaline”.

It is very difficult to assess the overall design of this vehicle model, but comparing it with the past manufacturer’s samples, we can conclude that this car looks quite attractive, you can even confuse it with a foreign car on the road, a model with a fairly “decent” design for the late 90s.

And, from the point of view of some car owners, a noticeably raised rear end also looks good.

The indisputable advantages of “Lada Kalina” include a large “ground clearance”. If this figure is compared with other cars, then with its size of 185 centimeters, it looks pretty good. The car dealership is fully consistent with international standards, which is just perfect for a car of this price segment. It’s nice to be inside the Kalina salon, immediately you feel comfortable chairs and a wide selection of adjustment modes.

The instrument panel, which has an integrated computer, is also worthy of attention. Indeed, inside the car interior is very spacious, which, undoubtedly, passengers sitting on the rear seats will notice. In addition, the rear seats are folded individually or in full. The driver will also enjoy using his seat, which has an electric power steering. AvtoVAZ representatives, however, could not explain why the front passenger seat creaks during use..

At all Kalina, in spite of the assurances of the manufacturer’s specialists about the 16-valve engine, so far only an engine with 8 valves has been installed, which has shown itself quite well. However, at high engine speeds they make a very loud noise. The advantages of this car also include high ride comfort; on the soil in the form of soil, the softened suspension copes with small bumps and pits, even when driving at high speed.

However, the Lada-Kalina is not able to boast of a high level of controllability when driving on winding roads, the car is not well felt and tends to roll over while passing steep sections of the road. The brake system is also no better than other models of AvtoVAZ cars, given the price of this brand. It is worth paying attention to the fact that the maintenance and repair of the Lada Kalina will cost almost the same as the repair of a foreign car of a similar class. Therefore, before buying this car, you must first carefully weigh all the “against” and “for”.

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Station wagon Lada Vesta Cross – the embodiment of new ideas in an original style

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Following the Vesta sedan, which is due to enter the car market in November 2015, the president of the Volga auto company Bu Andersson announced the creation of the Lada Vesta Cross station wagon. Finally, the concept of this all-terrain vehicle was released at the Moscow Off-Road Show held on August 26.

This is a kind of breakthrough in the domestic automotive industry, which currently focuses on consumer demands and market expansion. The concept reflects a new corporate X-shaped style, while at the same time representing further opportunities for the development of the Vesta model. The wagon style of the Cross version is based on the Vesta concept sedans. The founder of the new style as a whole was the XRAY concept, introduced back in 2012.

The “elevated” version of the station wagon is a harmonious combination of a dynamic look and practicality. In front, it is very similar to the LADA Vesta sedan, but if you look at the middle and rear of the station wagon, you can notice a lot of changes, namely 300 updates made based on the sedan body of this model.

Behind the middle rack, new designs of designers are clearly visible: a drop-down roof, stylish lights on a taut stern and a “fin” of the rear rack.

Series production of Vesta Cross suggests that there will be an all-wheel drive version, the base version will be front-wheel drive by default.

As for the interior, it looks very presentable. The architecture of the front panel is almost identical to that presented on the concept sedan. The difference is that bright orange accents are added here to decorate the interior and trunk. Three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, the design of the center console, the “wells” of the dashboard, a 7-inch TV and an air conditioning unit are borrowed from the sedan version.

The concept was presented with 18-inch wheels, huge by the standards of this car, and a high ground clearance of 300 mm. Will these characteristics of the serial Vesta Cross is still unknown.

The dimensions of the car and the size of the luggage compartment are still unknown. Under assumptions, the lineup of powertrains will be the same as that of the sedan. The gearbox will be both a 5-speed “mechanics” and a “robot”.

The show car was also presented to the public in order to study the opinion on the advisability of releasing this model in mass production. In the case of a positive assessment, the Russians should wait for the station wagon with the Cross prefix in 2017.

Estimated cost of a Vesta Cross car, due to the time of its release, remains unknown.

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Not every car manufacturer can boast of two types of fuel in a car, but the domestic auto concern AvtoVAZ can. Two news appeared at once, which can work both on gasoline and on gas: Lada Largus and Granta. We begin our story with Largus. On the go, it behaves perfectly and there is no difference in work on either gasoline or gas. And what can you expect from 84 horsepower engines, the car is not top-end, not even branded, it is designed to work, not for pleasure, it just crawls along the road, if you compare it with German or Japanese cars.

The conclusion is simple, the machine is dumb at reception, and another 10% of power is lost on gas, which already does not shine with its high performance. Since the machine is designed for robots, in a simple way for businessmen from the people, fuel savings are significant, and to be precise at least 2.5 times. That’s where the profit comes from, but it’s not easy jokes. The car has a large gas cylinder for 90 liters and a standard gas tank for 50 liters, but the car can drive almost a thousand kilometers without refueling in full tanks, and this is a lot.

The car has undergone changes in the cabin due to the fact that the tank is large – the car from 7 local has become 5 local, and the trunk has become somewhat smaller. And this businessman from the people didn’t really want to lose this space.

Now consider the second new product of the Pomegranate. The switch from fuel to fuel replaces one of the plugs and it looks sad. The bottom in the trunk was changed beyond recognition, in order to place a cylinder there, and not just one, but two, but the car loses an important element – there is nowhere to put it in it. The car as a whole is not bad, but why are there so strong flaws when idling, only because of HBO? The difference in operation on different types of fuel is minimal, although the car just crawls on gas and picks up speed, and there is nothing to be done about it..

The capacity of the cylinders is about 100 liters, the gas tank holds 50 liters. Full tanks should be enough for almost 1050 kilometers, okay, but something is stopping the release of cars in the series.

There is an explanation – a car with two types of fuel will cost a little more, but to make it clear to customers that the high cost of quickly paying off, not everyone can understand.

The government promises to subsidize the production of such cars, which means there will be a chance to launch them in a series. We look forward to the latest market news in the service of businessmen from the people.

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Lada Kalina – does the model have a successful future?

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Motorists were able to get acquainted with the Kalina model for the first time in 1996, but the opportunity to purchase a production car presented itself after almost 10 years. The recklessness of time left its mark – the car was not able to bring anything new that it could surprise potential buyers. And yet, it was an important step towards success and future improvements. An electric power steering appeared in a small car, door windows can be manipulated with a simple click of a button, air conditioning system, ABS, airbag (frontal).

The interior of the cabin became brighter, it surprised not only experts, but also users, earlier gray tones prevailed in VAZ cars, with the exception of classics. The driver’s workplace, in particular the chair, began to resemble the devices installed in expensive minivans.

The body parts are made of hard metals, including galvanized steel, so the possibility of the occurrence of primary foci of corrosion, in particular at the points of their connection, is not ruled out. The energy consumption of the chassis and steering leaves much to be desired. McPherson front axle suspension, stabilized, rear – beam, moreover, the racks are not so much subject to wear as mechanical damage, the durability of the joints and ball depends on operating conditions and loads.

In earlier generations of the model, there were problems with the servo-drive of the steering mechanism, which made it excessively heavy, but later, after replacing the manufacturer of the unit, they got rid of this problem.

In various versions of Kalina, petrol units of 8 and 16 valves, 81 and 89 forces, respectively, work. To say that they are impeccably reliable would be superfluous, as well as to talk about their characteristic malfunctions. Much depends on the quality of component parts, which determines the stability and long-term operation. The list of possible ICE malfunctions is diverse, rupture of the piston group rings, displacement of the crankshaft liners, corrosion and cracks in the cylinder head.

When buying a VAZ “Kalina” with mileage, it is recommended to conduct a general diagnosis of the machine, measure the compression, check the condition of the timing belts, generator. As a rule, branded belts are resistant to wear, but also high cost..

The model in all generations is equipped with a manual transmission (5). The box functions reliably, however, there are complaints about the poor clarity of high gears when the unit warms up. Established clutch, according to many users, is completely unimportant, and more than 30 thousand km. mileage withstand extremely rarely. By the way, in addition to the wear of the friction linings, the cable often breaks. With the electronics of the car, troubles also periodically occur. For example, the “Check Engine” signal can often turn on, which is triggered by the failure of the next sensors or a simple system failure. To get to the ECU, you will have to get to know the radiator of the cabin heater, the depressurization of which is also not a rare occurrence.

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Lada Granta AMT car with robotic gearbox

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The first Lada Granta cars came off the assembly line of the Volga Automobile Plant in 2011. This car immediately attracted the attention of motorists from our country, Grant willingly bought and is a very promising model. Therefore, this car is constantly being upgraded.

So, in 2012, Grant with Japanese automatic transmission began to be sold at car dealerships; in 2013, a version of the car with a 120-liter engine appeared. from. This year, the Volga automaker began selling Lada Granta AMT with a robotic gearbox. Let’s consider what features the specified version of a car has.

Features of the appearance of the body

Granta AMT is a budget car, so you should not expect from it any frills in the design of the body. Nevertheless, Grant, in comparison with other models of the Volga Automobile Plant, looks more than attractive. Particularly noteworthy is the design of the front of the vehicle. The radiator grill is finished in chrome, the bumper is harmoniously combined with other elements of the body. Already in the basic version, the car is equipped with fog lights. Head optics look modern; as an additional option, it is possible to mount bi-xenon, LED running lights on it without problems. The side parts of the body are decorated with moldings. The back is somewhat massive due to the high roof of the trunk.

Features of interior design

Salon Granta AMT is issued a little differently than other versions of this car. First of all, it is noteworthy that another small LCD monitor appeared on the on-board computer screen, which displays the temperature of the engine. The data of the navigation system in AMT is not transmitted to the computer screen, but is displayed on the monitor of the multimedia system.

Since a robotic transmission is installed in the car in question, the appearance of the gearbox selector has changed. Separately, it is worth noting that the Granta AMT has a fairly roomy interior. On the back row of seats you can accommodate with complete comfort, and the trunk can accommodate up to 480 liters of cargo.

Features of technical equipment

The robotic transmission installed on Granta AMT is equipped with German ZF actuators, there are only two of them. The first actuator squeezes the clutch for the driver, the second determines what speed must be turned on at the moment and activates it.

The car in question is equipped with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine, which is capable of developing power up to 106 liters. from. Acceleration to hundreds of grants with a robotic transmission takes twelve seconds at six liters of fuel consumption in a city. It should be noted that this is the lowest gasoline consumption among the Lada Granta.

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