AutoVAZ is one of the largest automobile plants in Europe, its facilities let produce up to 800 thousand cars and car kits a year. The plant appeared in 1996, the history of the Russian brand LADA started from there.
All cars of the plant meet the international standards. About 67 thousand people work at the plant. In the end of this year they plan to start production of NISSAN ALMERA and two models of RENAULT.
Looking out from the 24th floor of the main building of AutoVAZ.
The plant is really huge. It occupies 600 hectares. Its shops have dozens of thousands of equipment units. Its total conveyor line is 300 km (186 miles) long, the main conveyor length is 1,5 km (0,93 miles).
All these cars belong to the plant employees.
This TPP belongs to the company too.
These cars are for sale and they are sold well.
Here they test cars.
These are some views of Togliatti.
Here press production takes place.
In these huge shops they turn steel sheets into car bodies.
They use modern “KOMATSU” equipment. The daily capacity of the line is 1130 details.
High-speed automatic line KOMATSU consists of five press machines and is intended for making large parts of cars.
Roofs quality is being checked.
Ready parts are sent to the warehouse.
It’s the welding shop where they make bodies.
The employees call this shop producing LADA KALINA “the garden of robots”. Rather poetically.
The details for the future bodies are waiting for their turn.
More than 350 welding robots are used in the shop.
It already resembles a body.
More details are welded on.
Welding lines are adjusted according to mathematic models.
Robots of two types are working here: welders and transporters.
They strictly control the geometry of the body construction.
However they use manual welding too.
This production line is called Bo. (B zero). It’s a large scale project realized together with Renault-Nissan. Here they make 350 thousand cars a year.
Now they make LADA-Largus here (five- and seven-seaters). Their price is 11 500 – 15 000 USD depending on the optional equipment.
The banner says: “Making the production better you make better yourself”.
100 Larguses are born daily.
“Nissan” and “Renault” will be made here soon too.
These are the silencers for Larguses.
And it’s the chassis.
It must be a nice car for a big family.
Here they make cars called “SAMARA”.
The equipment in this shop is not so new but it’s going to be replaced.
Here they install glass on Larguses.
The bampers are being installed.
The lights wait for their turn.
Now the car has wheels.
The banner says: “If you are sure of yourself, you are sure of your future.”
The Largus is almost ready.
It should pass the checkpoint.
The sign says” If you did the job, check its quality”.
Someone has left the local paper on the table.
The board shows information for the employees.
Many young people work in the shop.
Next year KALINAs will be renovated, both from inside and outside.
Here the cars get oil and fuel.
Drivers come to check their cars.
This is a “Cars testing area”.
The final examination takes place here.
The sign writes it’s the “final delivery point”.
It’s the monument to the first director fo AutoVAZ.
The main building of AutoVAZ.
By the way, some people say that LADA Largus is too similar to the Romanian DACIA MCV 2007…
Location: Togliatti, the Samara region