The Lada's are coming.....again
Allan Vargas, president of the Taxi Drivers United Movement (MNT), confirmed that the first batch of 250 (of 500 total) cars will arrive in the country on October 7 2010. The co-operative confirmed that the government bought the taxis with funds from the Savings and Credit (Caruna). Each Taxi Federation shall purchase them on a plan tailored to their needs and the proposal is to allow an interest rate of four percent. The government has spent US5 million on the 500 vehicles or 10,000 a piece.
The model is the Lada Kalina 2011, a modern car, with good performance and is designed to operate in a tropical climate.
As a footnote, in Finland it is marketed as a Lada 119, because "Kalina" means "Rattle" in Finnish.