AvtoVAZ has found a new way to make Lada Vesta more popular: for all trim levels, including basic ones, they will offer not only a manual gearbox, but also a CVT. This was announced on the VAZ TV channel by the representative of the press service of the auto giant Stas Bereziy.
Thanks to this strategy, buyers will be able to get an inexpensive two-pedal car, while competitors-foreign cars (Kia Rio and Hyundai Solaris) with automatic machines cost from 850 thousand rubles.
In the near future, Vesta will no longer install AMT robotic transmissions. Buyers will be able to choose between a traditional manual transmission and a CVT. Now a self-developed robot accounts for only 9% of the total sales of this model.
As for the continuously variable transmission, the CVT became a real hit on the Lada XRAY Cross: it accounts for about 60% of sales! So, the two-pedal Vesta also has a chance to become overpopular.
Previously, from automatic transmissions, AvtoVAZ offered only a simple (with one clutch) robot worth 25,000 rubles, and for the Granta family, in addition, the classic 4-band Jatco automatic is available. Recall that the XRAY Cross crossover was the first among models of the Lada brand to try on a variator.
Similar Jatco units have long been put on other models of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The main feature of the transmission is the presence of a two-stage gearbox to facilitate design and reduce size. With a CVT docked 1.6-liter aspirated HR-16.
Predicting prices for the CVT “Vesta” is quite simple. With a VAZ 1.6 engine, the car costs from 606,900 rubles, and the Jatco CVT and Nissan engine add 50,000 (this proportion is valid for XRAY Cross). This means that a starting car can cost from 650 to 700 thousand rubles.
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