Here is this guys review on the Lada Granta after 2 years and 20,000km on it:
Not bad at all.
How I see it, there are plenty of auto manufactureres in Russia. Avtovaz was only recently done its transformation so we should see some major improvements in its financial status. But how I see it, there are too many different brands. Maybe it would be better if Avtovaz aquired GAZ, UAZ and ZIL in order to consolidate it all, and have access to all markets in Russia (trucks, luxury cars, and cheaper automobiles). Much like General Motors. It may give more options for Avtovaz development of new automobiles of all markets and make them bigger, thus increasing their revenue and available funds.
http://eng.autostat.ru/tags/252/ Regarding Lada Granta news. It is by far the most successful car in Russia for the longest time. Best selling last year and year before. So with the Granta, may mean that the rebirth of Avtovaz could be here. But they need to offer more types/models. For instance, they should offer a Lada Granta with a Diesel engine, new electronics inside for luxury.... just more options. Maybe they need to release a Granta like Concept C car, with plenty of options to start with rather than adding them later.
Also, to help stimulate the Russian car market, they could go the way of Japan, where they subsidize buyers of automobiles, by giving incentives like Cash for Clunkers program and tax increases for old cars, prompting people to purchase a new car every 5 or so years.