PSA Bronto was a Russian company focused on the production of special vehicles and SUVs. It was established in 1993 and closed in 2015. While in operation, it was closely associated with AvtoVAZ. The Bronto badging is still used.
In 1993, the car company PSA Bronto was established as part of the AvtoVAZ research center for the production of special armored vehicles and SUVs on the platform of the Lada Niva. The following year, more than 200 copies of this model were sold, which allowed the company to begin work on new projects.
Lada Bronto Marsh-1 (1922-00) was one of the few mass-produced vehicles on massive balloon tires. Developing the model of AvtoVAZ's leading engineer, Pyotr Prusov, the company created the all-terrain vehicle Marsh-1, a swamp buggy vehicle, which became a real sensation at the auto show held in Moscow in 1995. This car is designed to work in specific conditions that are associated with overcoming marshy swamps, deep snows, sand dunes. Its first copies went to Surgut and Nadym. In 2002, more than 30 SUVs 192200 "March" were purchased by the government of Yakutia.
In 1996, the cooperation of PSA Bronto with Sberbank of Russia began, for which the company manufactured 500 cash armored vehicles. Having continued in new modifications in 2002 on the Nadezhda platform "Bronto-212090" and on the Lada Niva platform "Bronto-213102". In 2004, the Bronto-194900 model was released on the Chevrolet Niva platform for collection.
In 2002, on the platform of the Lada Nadezhda and Lada Niva, a modification of the Marsh-2 all-terrain vehicle was created. Its interior allowed eight passengers to comfortably accommodate: two people were placed in the front seats, and six - in the rear. At the same time, the rear seats were quickly transformed into sleeping ones, which made it possible to transport patients and victims. The car was equipped with two fuel tanks of 70 liters each, and its design made it possible to install VAZ gasoline and diesel power units on a car. The first customers of the new modification were JSC Centrenergo RAO UES of Russia.