James May drives the new Lada Niva
The Soviet workhorse is back from the dead. We send a nice chap called May to drive it
Posted: 22 Feb 2011
To anyone who still thinks communism was a good idea, I present to you the English translation of the slim but incredibly thorough volume that is the handbook for a Lada. Thing is, this is not something I picked up at an autojumble. I found it in the glovebox of a brand new car (although one that has been in production since 1977) and one that is - sort of - on sale in Britain.
It's the Niva, the Russian word for crop field.