If you take a look at any busy street in the U.S. today, you can see many different vehicles made by many different brands. There are small energy efficient cars, big trucks, and mid-sized sedans, manufactured by companies that originate in the U.S., Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and even Korea. However I doubt you will find a car made in Russia. Upon doing a little research, I found that there are indeed a few car manufacturers located in Russia, one of which is called "Volga" (like the river).
Volga began in 1956 during the Soviet era, and since then it has only ever produced one general design of a car. Over the years the Volga car has evolved through four main generations, with each generation creating several different models. The changes that these models introduced, however, are trivial and (in my opinion) a Volga from the 60's looks very much like a Volga from 2004.
Because of the worsening economic conditions in post-Soviet Russia, the Volga never really became a major player in the global car market. In recent years, the company that owns Volga, GAZ, has suggested that Volga will continue to be produced as historical vehicle. Since Russia is now becoming much more economically stable, it will be interesting to see if GAZ and other Russian car companies eventually decide to market their cars to the rest of the world. Until that day, we will have to be content with what the Japanese give us.
Volga 1950's - 1970's
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