The Lada Niva or VAZ-2121 is an off-road vehicle produced by the Russian (former Soviet) manufacturer AvtoVAZ. It was also marketed as the Lada Sport in Iceland, Lada Taiga in Austria, Bognor Diva in Uruguay, and is offered since 2009 on most markets as the Lada 4x4.
It was one of the first mass production off-road vehicles to feature a unibody architecture (the first was GAZ-M-72 in 1955), independent front suspension and coil suspension, and is a predecessor to current crossover SUVs which nearly all follow this format. A pickup and emergency van versions are produced by VAZInterService.
Source: Wikipedia, 2014