While most sources state that Ladas were first sold in Canada in 1980, the first shipment of Model 1500 sedans occured in 1978. The Soviet Union was desperate to sell goods as they needed hard currency. A dealer network was established by 1980. The tough little 'Zhiguli' was somewhat popular, being the cheapest car in Canada (most years). It's competition was Skoda and, to a lesser extent, Dacias were also sold here. By 1986 the Yugo made an appearance. Many Ladas were assembled in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The 2106: A common site on Canadian roads in the 1980's.