In Enerhodar a man, who goes by the Instagram handle, vadia_the_creator photographed a bunch of decaying ZAZ Slavuta taxicabs earlier this year. The story has been picked up by the Ukrainian cars Facebook page.
The original story, which appeared on Facebook on 21 December has now been shared 60 times and is being featured all over the web.
In a nuthsell: “vadia_the_creator” found 17 abandoned ZAZ Slavuta taxicabs in the city of Enerhordar. Most of those are beyond salvaging.
ZAZ, a former agricultural company in the city of Zaporizhia was appointed to be a microcar factory in the Soviet Union. The ZAZ 965 was a short-living small car, followed by the ZAZ 968 which was exported to Western Europe in the 1970s. The 1980s saw the emergence of the Tavria hatchback, followed by the Slavuta sedan.
With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, ZAZ faced an uncertain future until Daewoo appeared as a saviour in 1998. However Daewoo also went belly up three years later.
In the 2000s and early 2010s ZAZ made a living out of the old Daewoo Lanos, producing it in various guises and with different engines. The last Slavuta left the production line in 2011.
Lately changes in the Ukrainian customs’ regulations wreaked havoc on local assembly operations. Today ZAZ only exists as an assembler of small buses, plus it provides assembly kits of the Lanos to the GM Egypt assembly plant.
As for these taxis: they were never held in high esteem so it is no wonder that the local taxi company disposed of those.
Nobody has been interested in them for years, so these cars are gradually disappearing, affected by local part hunters and the nature.