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    AvtoVAZ, Renault plan to assemble new Lada models in 2010

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    TOGLIATTI, June 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's largest car producer AvtoVAZ and the French car manufacturing giant Renault will begin assembling new Lada models in 2010, the Russian company said in a statement on Friday.

    Two models of vehicles on a Renault platform, able to accommodate five and seven people, will be produced under the Lada brand.

    The car manufacturing giant Renault-Nissan bought a blocking stake of 25% plus one share in AvtoVAZ for $1 billion in late February.

    The Russian car manufacturer also plans to design a new low-cost car and an off-road.

    AvtoVAZ, based in Togliatti in the Volga Region, and known internationally for its Lada brand, sold a record 663,500 cars in 2007, raising its net profit 57.3% year-on-year to 3.95 billion rubles ($166 million). The company plans to roll out 1.5 million cars annually by 2015.

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