In this part, we will look at such sensational events of the week as the official announcement from Opel about the revival of the Frontera SUV. It also became known that the Lada Aura will be released in a simplified version for use in the taxi service. At the end of the article, experts will talk about the main problems that owners of Chinese cars may encounter when repairing them.
The frame Opel Frontera returns after 20 years
Opel announced the return of the legendary Frontera SUV by showing its teaser image. This decision can be called a kind of revival of a model that was produced from 1991 to 2004 and was very popular among outdoor enthusiasts. The predecessor of the new Frontera was highly valued for its versatility – the spacious interior could accommodate the whole family, and the cross-country ability made it possible to move comfortably off-road. According to Opel representatives, the updated version of the SUV will retain these qualities. In addition, the model will be the company’s first production car with a new lightning bolt logo called “Opel Blitz”.
Opel Frontera 2004
Details about the power plant are still kept secret – all that is known is that it will be an electric motor. Its characteristics will be revealed closer to the start of sales. Most likely, these will be the same electric motors and batteries that are installed on other “electric” Opel models. The fact is that the company has been going through hard times lately. It is the revived SUV that is intended to become the very car that will help restore Opel to its former glory and relevance.
Opel Frontera 2024 on teaser
Lada Aura will receive a cheap taxi version
The new product of the Russian automobile industry, the Lada Aura business sedan, will receive a simplified modification aimed at use as a taxi. The press service of AvtoVAZ reported this. Company representatives noted that it is too early to reveal the detailed configuration of this version. But we can assume that a number of “excesses” will be excluded from the equipment in order to reduce the cost. Previously, we have already noticed prototypes of the model with fabric interior trim instead of leather.
In addition, the taxi version is likely to get an analogue instrument panel instead of a digital one and will lack a multimedia display. Instead of the naturally aspirated 122-horsepower 1.8 engine, simpler and cheaper power units can be installed, for example 1.6 liters with “mechanics”. Let us remind you that Lada Aura is an extended sedan based on Vesta. Its production starts this year. In the basic version, the model is equipped with a 10-inch multimedia display, digital instrument panel, leather steering wheel and seats. A Chinese variator is used.
Chinese cars cannot be repaired
Chinese cars are actively conquering the Russian market. However, negative feedback is already appearing about their maintainability and availability of spare parts. Russians are accustomed to servicing and repairing their cars themselves – they look for instructions on the Internet, buy the necessary parts, and repair them in a garage. For more complex breakdowns, they go to a service station, and if they can’t solve the problem there, they go to an official dealer. There are guaranteed to be any spare parts, professionals work and there are special tools.
However, this approach does not work with the “Chinese”. Any car needs periodic maintenance – replacing filters, oils, brake pads, spark plugs. And in urban conditions, the brake system and body wear out faster. There are no problems with consumables for Chinese cars, but with body parts, optics, and upholstery the situation is more complicated. There are still few such cars on sale, hence the shortage, high prices and small selection. Dealers have a long wait for deliveries. You have to look for similar spare parts on the secondary market. Thus, for now, the maintainability and availability of components for Chinese cars raises questions among Russians who are accustomed to servicing the equipment themselves (photo: Opel; Lada; ru.freepik.com).