• Died Creator of the SUV Niva

  • The founder of the Soviet SUV "Niva" Peter Prusov, died March 19. On the Volga automobile plant he worked for nearly 47 years, including five years as chief designer of the company, reports company.

    "Peter M. was a great man, the Creator of the world's first SUV with a monocoque body — a legendary VAZ 2121 "Niva", which today bears the name LADA 4x4 and remains extremely popular in Russia and abroad", — said the President of AVTOVAZ Nicole Moore. He expressed condolences to the family and relatives, with particular regret Recalling that the Prussians quite a bit have not lived until April 5, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his car.

    The Prussians came at Volzhsky in 1970, after graduating from Zaporozhye machine-building Institute. He started his career as a design engineer, and two years later was promoted to lead designer of the project VAZ-2121 "Niva".

    From 1998 to 2003 he was the chief designer of the company. With his participation was developed by VAZ 1111"Oka", VAZ 2110 and Samara 2, VAZ 2123, Kalina family of cars, as well as a number of conceptual models of the Volga automobile plant. In total produced over 2.5 million SUV VAZ 2121 Niva and LADA 4x4, of which more than half was exported.

    In March 2003, the Prussians retired, but continued to work at the company. In February 2017, he became an adviser to the Vice President for personnel and social policy of the company.


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