DAVOS -- AvtoVAZ plans to start producing a sedan based on a Renault platform in February amid talks with the French company and its partner Nissan Motor Co. to boost their stake in Russia's largest automaker.
The first of the new Lada models should roll of the assembly line at the end of February, AvtoVAZ CEO Igor Komarov said in interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
AvtoVAZ will later produce Nissan-branded cars on the same line, allowing AvtoVAZ to boost output to as many as 750,000 cars this year from about 630,000 last year, according to Komarov.
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said Jan. 9 that the partnership may be "weeks" away from an agreement with AvtoVAZ shareholders to boost its stake to 50 percent from the 25 percent the Renault now holds by itself.
Komarov said he expects Renault-Nissan to reach a deal with other shareholders "soonest."