2010s / French / Moskvitch / Renault / Russian

News: Renault is in the early stages of reviving Russia’s Moskvitch

moskvitch-408-1A spokesperson for the Renault-Nissan Alliance has confirmed that officials are in the early stages of reviving Moskvitch, a once-popular Russian car maker that filed for bankruptcy in 2006.

“We’ve sent Rospatent the paperwork required to obtain the rights to the Mosvitch name,” explained the spokesperson in a statement sent to Agence France-Presse.

Further details were not provided, so what Renault-Nissan plans on doing with the brand is anyone’s guess at this point. However, it’s worth noting that the Alliance has put an increasingly large focus on the Russian new car market in recent years. It already owns a controlling stake in Lada parent company Avtovaz, and CEO Carlos Ghosn ambitiously hopes to control about 40-percent of the market by the end of the next year.

Stay tuned, we’ll bring you more details about Moskvitch’s revival as soon as they’re available.

What’s in a name?

Moskvitch — a word that literally translates to “son of Moscow” — traces its roots back to the KIM plant that was completed in November of 1930. The name was introduced in 1946 on a compact model dubbed 400 that was essentially a carbon copy of the original Opel Kadett.

Moscow-based Moskvitch was one of Russia’s biggest car makers up until the collapse of the USSR. It wasn’t as present on the international stage as Lada, but it nonetheless managed to sell a handful of cars outside of its home country. Notably, Renault briefly built the Moskvitch 408 (pictured above and below) alongside the Rambler Rebel and the 6 in Vilvoorde, Belgium, during the late 1960s.

9 thoughts on “News: Renault is in the early stages of reviving Russia’s Moskvitch

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  4. Funny thing is whenever I hear about these things here in the UK their owners loved them. Whether that is because expectations were not that high I don’t know but they are praised

  5. Another interesting fact about the Moskvich 408 is that it had essentially a copied/ reworked BMW 1500 engine, that proved to be a very good choice for the harsh Russian climate. The engine was robust and highly customizable, and many of the later models are still used as daily drivers.

  6. Now, there wasn’t a deal. Moskvitch engineers just copied it. The first Moskvitch was a copied (not badge engineered) Opel Kadett K38, so imho there was some logical choice for the Russians to look into german technology and “know how” when developing their next generation of cars.

  7. The very first Moskvitch was produced using assembly plant of Opel Kadett, which was replaced from Germany to USSR after WW2.

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