An organized crime group believed to be responsible for theft.
Lada Xray was officially revealed in November last year and the first car of the series rolled off the assembly lines on December 15. Sales are already well underway, but, apparently, the manufacturer has only one show car to showcase during different events. Well, this one got stolen in Russia.
According to Russian media, police in the Samara region is investigating a theft that reportedly happened in the factory of AvtoVAZ in Togliatti. Russian site 63.ru says two suspects have been detained, both part of an organized crime group. Interestingly, it is believed one member of that group is part of the plant’s security team.
The automaker is not giving an official comment at this point, but sources say the stolen car is a range-topping model painted in black, used for demonstrational purposes.
This is not the first major theft in this factory, as in February it was announced the largest Russian automaker will start investigation for stolen car parts and components worth at least 20 million rubles ($304,325).
For those unfamiliar with the Xray, it’s a budget crossover, based on the B0 platform of the Renault-Nissan alliance. Currently on sale only in Russia, the vehicle is offered with three petrol engines with power ranging from 106 horsepower (78 kilowatts) to 114 hp (84 kW). Sales across Europe are expected to start later this year.