It occurred to me that some readers from foreign parts may have missed the 'joke' about L.A.D.A. in my recent President Fred posts.
LADA was the name under which cars built by AutoVaz were sold in the UK and some other countries. Sold as the Zhiguli in the Soviet Bloc, most Lada cars were based on old Fiat designs but with rather thicker panels and beefed-up suspension.
Generally viewed with disdain in the UK, many survivors were re-exported to Russia after the end of the Cold War.
A friend has reported being driven though Siberia in a Lada in temperatures of minus 35C!
More Lada porn on this link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/picturegalleries/9211301/Top-10-Lada-jokes.html?frame=2196460
Added 13/11/13: A review of the Lada Riva: http://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/lada/riva/
A review of the Lada Niva 4x4: http://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/lada/niva/