Street Scene in Yerevan, Armenia. Picture by ls2_zed. All rights reserved.
Lada dominates Armenian car sales, with the 2104/2105 very likely to be the best-seller, and the 4×4 (aka Niva) also doing well in spite of its old age.
The other successful models in Armenia are the Toyota Corolla, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Dacia Logan and Toyota Camry.
Interestingly, a lot of taxis in the capital city Yerevan are Iran Khodro Samands, imported straight from Iran, and Volgas 3110 from Russia.
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A second very popular Lada model appeared on the Soviet Union’s roads in 1984: the Lada Sputnik, better known worldwide as Samara. The 3-door hatchback was launched in 1984, followed by the 5-door hatchback in 1987 and the sedan in 1990.
In all likeliness, the Samara should feature along the Lada 2104/5/7 on top of the car sales ranking of the USSR from 1986 to 1991, Russia from 1992 to 1995. I couldn’t find any official figures for this period so if you have any please do get in touch! More info on the Lada Samara here.
Lada launches the 2105 in 1979, basically a restyled 2101. Despite the absence of official sales figures it is easy to imagine that the more modern 2105 would lead car sales in the Soviet Union during the first half of the eighties.
The traditional Deluxe version, named 2107, is added in 1982 and the Station Wagon, 2104, appears in 1984. More info on the Lada 2105 series here.
The brand VAZ (Volzhsky Avtomobilny Zavod), better known worldwide as Lada, was established in the late 1960’s in collaboration with Fiat and started producing the 2101, a localised version of the Fiat 124, in 1979.
Even though there are no official figures available, the Lada 2101 in all likeliness dominated car sales in the USSR throughout the seventies. In 1972 the 2102, a Station Wagon, and the 2103, a Deluxe version, are added, reinforcing the domination of the model on the Soviet roads. More info on the Lada 2101 series here.
Please get in touch if you have any data relating to this period!