VAZ-2123 was shown to the general public at the Moscow Motor Show in 1998, and production began in 2000 in the pilot production of AVTOVAZ. In total, about 1000 cars were assembled. The production of the VAZ-2123 under the new name Chevrolet Niva began on September 23, 2002. The responsibilities of the joint venture with General Motors were divided in such a way that AVTOVAZ produced the body, engine and chassis (only about 70% of the main units), and the partners produced painting and final assembly.
The bearings are used on Niva 2123 are as following: