Russian automaker AVTOVAZ has announced implementation start of car manufacturing project at the production site in Saint-Petersburg. Production will be set up at the capacities of the St-Petersburg based Nissan plant after the Japanese brand decided to leave the Russian market in autumn 2022. The decision to transfer the plant under control of AVTOVAZ was made by Company’s shareholders with support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and authorities of Saint-Petersburg.As part of new project, AVTOVAZ expects to launch new LADA brand cars in Saint-Petersburg in the II half of 2023. It is planned to gradually launch production of various C and D segment models, including crossovers and sedans. All the necessary for the assembly will be supplied by one or several partners from friendly countries, the talks with them are in the final stage. It is also planned to make step-by-step production localization using component suppliers located in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region. This will provide employment both at the plant and related industries of the region.