High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Lada Samara is an economy car produced by Soviet/Russian vehicle manufacturer AvtoVAZ from 1984 until 2004. The brand name Samara originally was used only for exported models, in Russia the same model was called "Sputnik" (Satellite). The Samara was to build on the success of the traditional Riva range, by providing a car that combined a robust build and ease of maintenance with a modern style. It was produced in various three, four and five door designs with 1.1, 1.3 and 1.5 litre petrol engines. Lada had hoped that the Samara would enable it to compete for sales in the mainstream European car market. It was named after the city of Samara, Russia. Typical of its sales in Western Europe, the car was sold in the UK from 1987 until all Ladas were withdrawn from the British market in 1997. Despite the involvement of Porsche engineers in the entire project and using the Volkswagen Golf Mk1 as its basis, the Samara never achieved the same success as the Riva, even though it did prove to be a robust car with a modern style and a competitive price.