USSR VAZ 2101
VAZ-2101 (1970–1982) — first variant was equipped with 1.2 liter engine with 58 hp offers 132 km/h top speed and acceleration 0–100 km/h about 23 seconds. Compare to the Fiat 124 modifications were done to suspension, carburator and some other parts in order to satisfy to wide range of Russian climate conditions. All these models had an adapted to the local roads and still soft enough suspension, that provided very comfortable ride even on tough gravel roads. After extensive tests even the Western press recognized Vaz 2101 as a better car than its originator (Fiat 124). In the shortest time Lada became a real hit in Soviet Union. Virtually Vaz 2101 (and its first modifications) opened a new era in Russian motorization. Unfortunately the Togliatti plant where Lada were produced could not keep up with the consumer demand and people had to wait for years to get chances to buy a car.