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Tolyatti, also known in English as Togliatti, is a city inSamara Oblast, Russia. Internationally, the city is best known as the home of Russia's largest car manufacturer AvtoVAZ(Lada), which was founded in the late 1960s.

The city was founded in 1737 as a fortress called Stavropol by the Russian statesman Vasily Tatishchev. Informally it was often referred as Stavropol-on-Volga  to distinguish from Stavropol, a large city in southwest Russia. 


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