A New LADA You'll Actually Want?

This is the Lada Xray, the car that could be rolling off AutoVAZ's production lines to replace the now terminated Lada Classic.

Its a fine looking thing, with styling by former Volvo design head Steve Mattin, and if it gets to market in this form will compete well with other design leaders Kia and Hyundai.

Its amazing to see how, whilst former design leaders from Germany, Italy and Japan are turning out flat dull styling, former backwaters Korea (Hyundai-Kia AG), India (Jaguar-Land Rover) and now Russia (Lada) are delivering cars that excite with their design language.

If the Xray and other new Ladas look this good turning their reputation around won't prove to be a problem.