7 April 1980, released a 100-thousand VAZ-2121 “Niva”
In the summer of 1970 “VAZ” designers began discussing the idea of creating a comfortable SUV.
Initially, the designers assumed to increase at «Lada» ground clearance and to equip the car all-wheel drive, but then decided to do a completely new car. The task was extremely difficult, because at that time, “Bowl”, which produces only “penny” and “three”, there was no independent developments.
In those days all “completion” was made to coincide with either a round date, or the next Congress. It happened with “Field”. Was coming next, XXV Congress of the CPSU. And here ’in the present Congress» in February 1976 at the plant it was decided to collect 50 VAZ -2121 on the so-called “bypass” technology. Ten cars were sent on their own in Moscow – for the demonstration. And 5 April 1977, rolled off the first serial ’field.
Success accompanied VAZ-2121 ” Niva” not only in the USSR and abroad. In November 1978 at the exhibition in Brno machine won a gold medal, and in January 1979, according to a survey of journalists, was in three of the best cars in the world. Due to increasing demand for “Field” the volume of production with a planned 25 thousand per year has increased almost threefold. And in April 1980 he released a 100-thousand VAZ-2121 ” Niva».