LLC "Apal" from the Russian city of Togliattiis a well-known manufacturer of tuning kits that are installed on cars of the Volga Automobile Plant. This company has been working with plastic for many years. Maybe that's why a light rear-wheel drive SUV was created, in which so much and successfully used this material.
History of the creation of light SUV
Rear-wheel drive "Apal-2154 Stalker" waspresented to the public in the fall of 2003. This car is the company's own development. He had a soft folding roof, a plastic body and interior, a four-cylinder VAZ-341 diesel engine produced by JSC Barnaultransmash with a working volume of 1.52 liters and most of the units of the classic Volga Lada.
"Apal-2154" passed tests and various tests,mandatory for cars. This vehicle was authorized for release. But the wide demand for rear-wheel drive cars did not have, so they were collected only on individual orders.
In 2006, the all-wheel drive "Stalker" was created and the possibility of building a van and a pickup truck on an extended base was developed.
The company "Apal" even offered not only cars, but mini-plants for their production with design documentation and equipment for enterprises, and not necessarily profile.
The idea was good, but alas ... "There is no prophet in hisfatherland. " In 2011, the all-wheel drive German TRAVEC appeared on the basis of "Stalker". It is equipped with a 1.5-liter diesel engine from Romania. This car was presented at the auto show in Frankfurt.
New in design
The Russian company "Apal", creating a lightSUV, used several completely new technical solutions, using both design findings and inexpensive but reliable materials, components and assemblies.
The first thing that attracts attention isA spatially-tubular frame welded in a special conductor made of thin-walled steel pipes. The frame of this design not only gives rigidity to the car, but also allows more freely to assemble the units.
The Russian company "Lada-List" producesmulti-layer leaf plastic. It was used to create the body and interior of the off-road vehicle "Apal-2154", and using a new technology of vacuum molding.
Manufacture of plastic is a mobile process,so any customer can issue technical specifications for a certain appearance and design and receive special cars, including armored vehicles, in the shortest possible time.
Subsequently, on the off-road vehicle "Apal-2154"installed a gasoline engine with an injector VAZ-21214, its volume - 1.7 liters, power - 82 hp. With a mass of 950 kg with four passengers on board, the car can develop a top speed of 130 km / h, and accelerate to 100 km / h in 13.6 seconds.
The length of the car is a little more than 3.5 m, width and height - one and a half meters. Transmission - a mechanical five-speed. The fuel tank in volume of 42 l.
In the all-wheel drive variant the car is very similar in characteristics to the "Niva", but it is 20% lighter than it.
At the request of the customer, all-wheel drive or rear-drive cars could be produced.
Modifications of SUV
"Apal-21541" is an all-wheel drive versionThe car with a large wheelbase of 2.2 m, which allowed to use the transmission and suspension from the Niva without any changes. It improved the interior design and appearance of the body.
In some sources this modification is called "Stranger". But the authors themselves are not sure whether this is so, there is no reliable information on this matter.
German off-road vehicle TRAVEC based on the FrenchRenault Duster with a Romanian diesel engine of 1.5 DCI power of 90 hp. is very similar to the all-wheel drive "Stalker", it's heavier than 40 kg. Lovers predict for this car a lot of minuses, and first of all the complexity of service and replacement of spare parts.
Light SUV has many advantages in operation and production.
Owners can not be afraid that the machine bodyrusts or rot. The plastic is resistant to external influences. Since its surface is colored in mass, scratches on it are not visible. The plastic case has a low thermal conductivity, the car is warm in winter and cool in summer.
For fans, and this is confirmed by numerous reviews, an interesting opportunity for small, in general, money to ride with a breeze in a convertible, lowering the roof.
Using serial assemblies and aggregates makesconvenient and inexpensive service in almost any city in Russia. If necessary, the plastic panels can be removed and installed with a screwdriver only.
For potential low-cost producerscar "Apal-2154" design features and technology of its production allow on one platform to create various modifications very quickly and at low cost. Since the SUV is easy to manufacture, it is reliable, and the cost of its production is low, at least in comparison with the traditional production of cars. Until recently, the price of the base model was announced up to half a million rubles, which is also an indisputable advantage of the car.
A few words in conclusion
In Russia, "Apal-2154" is not produced today. Car enthusiasts are looking for it and are trying to order it both on VAZ and in the company "Apal". Lack of information and the hope that a light SUV, at the request of the population, still produce someone on the Russian expanses, will engender a lot of rumors and conjectures. But the point in the history of this car has not yet been set.