After "The Great patriotic War" (The part of Word War II from 1941 to 1945) Soviet bringed with them the whole manufacturing line for Opel Kadett from Rüsselheim in Germany. A plant called MZMA ("Moskovsky Zavod Malolitrazhnykh Avtomobiley", "Midge Car Works of Moscow)") started 1947 to produce a car called Moskvitch 400 based on the Opel. Moskvitch means "A man from Moscow". The plant later changed the name to AZLK which means "Avtomobilny Zavod imeni Leninskogo Komsomola", "The Lenin Komsomol Auto Works".

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