Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

After 13 years the much-derided Lada could be back on UK roads

After a 13-year interlude from UK showrooms, the Lada is set to make a comeback. AvtoVAZ, the Russian maker of the Lada, has struck a deal with the French car manufacturer Renault, and both firms see the UK as an ideal market for a "credit crunch cruiser". "The UK was one of the few markets where the Lada was a success," Steve Norman, vice president of Renault UK, told the BBC. "I'm confident the time is right to bring it back." Paul Horrell, of Top Gear magazine, was dismissive, telling the BBC: "It was square, boxy. It was slow. It rusted easily." But he did add that Renault's influence will make it a "very different car". The Lada made its UK debut in 1977, but as the post-communist Russia industry ran into trouble, coupled with a greener Britain requiring lower carbon emissions, the last Lada was sold in summer 1997. Norman believes the new Lada could be on sale in the UK in Britain in two years' time. So only time will tell if comedians need to revisit their Nineties joke books. What do you call a Lada at the top of a hill? A miracle.

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 S*uce store at The Dubai Mall. Courtesy: S*uce

S*uce celebrates 10 years of style

As they celebrate their 10th anniversary, the founders and staff of the made-in-the-UAE boutique S*uce look back at their fashion success story.

 Who did we give five stars to? Mathew Kurian / Ravindranath K / The National

Your guide to the UAE’s best burgers

In search of the perfect burger, The National staff taste-tested the country's many burger joints. Which ones stood out from the pack?

 Sense, A Rosewood Spa offers The Gulf Cure, a 90-minute organic treatment that makes use of the detoxifying and relaxing powers of seaweed. Courtesy Sense Spa

Testing the subtle powers of seaweed at Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s Sense Spa

Add seaweed to your beauty regimen, says Kalpana Ramgopal, after a treatment at Sense, the spa at Rosewood Abu Dhabi leaves her with silken skin.

 The Emperor 1688's Golkar brothers. Courtesy Fashion Forward

The Emperor 1688, Kage and House of Fatam nominated for Woolmark Prize

Three UAE-based brands have been nominated for the International Woolmark Prize: the menswear label The Emperor 1688 and the womenswear brands Kage and House of Fatam.

 Steamed Shrimp Dumplings at Lao restaurant the Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah. (Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria)

Dim sum to die for at Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah

Waldorf Astoria has made its debut along the Eastern crescent of Palm Jumeirah. Worth a visit for the Dim Sum is Southeastern Asian restaurant Lao. Check out chef’s recipe below and see our slideshow of other top dishes to sample.

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings

(serves 10 people)

Ingredients:

Prawns 250g

Potato starch 25g

Tapioca starch 25g

Spring onions 20g

Lukewarm water 20ml

Banana leaves 20g

Sesame oil 50ml

Sesame seeds 50g

 Entrance of the Zuma restaurant at DIFC in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

Zuma bans cigar smoking

Zuma, the high-end modern Japanese restaurant concept, has banned cigar smoking in its Dubai location. The move follows the ban on cigar smoking in its bar and lounge areas during lunchtime service that was introduced in April last year and the Dubai Government’s anti-tobacco law that came into force in January.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National