A Look Back at Cars Created by a Legendary Late Russian Car Designer (PHOTOS)

© Sputnik / Solomon / Go to the photo bankLada cars made at the Volga Automobile Production Association (AvtoVAZ)
Lada cars made at the Volga Automobile Production Association (AvtoVAZ) - Sputnik International
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Former AvtoVAZ chief designer Georgi Mirzoyev passed away this week at the age of 83. Sputnik has compiled a slideshow of the many, many vehicles created under his guidance. Take a look!

Serving as AvtoVAZ's chief designer between 1976 and 1998, Mirzoyev was responsible for many innovations in the Soviet and Russian automotive industry, launching several entirely new categories of vehicle, and overseeing the creation of the USSR's first front-wheel drive car with electronic fuel injection, the VAZ-2108. Mirzoyev also took part in the creation of the legendary Lada Niva, whose off-roading capabilities have gained worldwide renown.

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In his later years, the designer worked on cars running on alternative fuels, and shared his knowledge with aspiring designers, splitting his time between the city of Tolyatti, where AvtoVAZ is based, and Moscow.

The list of vehicles developed with Mirzoyev's participation is remarkable, and includes the UAZ-452 off-road van, affectionately known as the 'Bread Loaf' for its distinctive shape, the UAZ-469 military jeep, the VAZ-2121 Niva, and the VAZ-2105 (known in export markets as the Lada Riva or Lada Nova).

Automotive historians consider the VAZ-2108 Sputnik (known in Europe as the Lada Samara), a family hatchback compact introduced in 1984, to have been Mirzoyev's biggest success, with the car's revolutionary design (by Soviet standards) allowing it to compete even in the mainstream European car market, behind which the Soviet car industry had long lagged. Mirzoyev also supervised the creation of the VAZ-2110, another revolutionary design whose aerodynamic molding was perfected with the help of engineers from Porsche, the VAZ-1111 Oka, a reliable, economical microcar, the VAZ-2123, better known as the Chevrolet Niva, and the VAZ-1119 Kalina supermini.

CC BY-SA 3.0 / Stefan Kühn / UAZ-3741 (modification of UAZ-452) Bus near Kamieńczyk Waterfall in PolandUAZ-3741 (modification of UAZ-452) Bus near Kamieńczyk Waterfall in Poland
UAZ-3741 (modification of UAZ-452) in Poland - Sputnik International
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UAZ-3741 (modification of UAZ-452) Bus near Kamieńczyk Waterfall in Poland
© Photo : http://www.uazitaliaclub.itUAZ in Italy
Civilian variant of the UAZ-469 in Italy - Sputnik International
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UAZ in Italy
© Sputnik / Aleksey Nikolskyi / Go to the photo bank16 May 2009. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, in the state residence Riviera 6, Sochi with journalists who were shown his Niva off-roadster.
President Putin showing off his Lada Niva in Sochi. - Sputnik International
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16 May 2009. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, in the state residence Riviera 6, Sochi with journalists who were shown his Niva off-roadster.
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VAZ-2105
© Sputnik / Samokvasov / Go to the photo bankA young couple at a VAZ-2108 car. (File)
Ad for a VAZ-2108 (Lada Samara) - Sputnik International
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A young couple at a VAZ-2108 car. (File)
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VAZ-2110
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Lada Oka Electro
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VAZ-2123
© Sputnik / Sergey Subbotin / Go to the photo bankFive-door universal Lada Kalina. (File)
Lada Kalina. (File) - Sputnik International
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Five-door universal Lada Kalina. (File)
© Sputnik / Yuryi Abramochkin / Go to the photo bankГенеральный секретарь ЦК КПСС Михаил Горбачев (4 справа) во время посещения Волжского объединения по производству легковых автомобилей "АвтоВаз".
Georgi Mirzoyev showing AvtoVAZ's lineup to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev - Sputnik International
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Генеральный секретарь ЦК КПСС Михаил Горбачев (4 справа) во время посещения Волжского объединения по производству легковых автомобилей "АвтоВаз".
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UAZ-3741 (modification of UAZ-452) Bus near Kamieńczyk Waterfall in Poland
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UAZ in Italy
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16 May 2009. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, in the state residence Riviera 6, Sochi with journalists who were shown his Niva off-roadster.
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VAZ-2105
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A young couple at a VAZ-2108 car. (File)
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VAZ-2110
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Lada Oka Electro
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VAZ-2123
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Five-door universal Lada Kalina. (File)
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Генеральный секретарь ЦК КПСС Михаил Горбачев (4 справа) во время посещения Волжского объединения по производству легковых автомобилей "АвтоВаз".
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