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    Report: Morocco offering 'cash for clunkers' program for Mercedes W123 taxis
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    As the models continue to grow older, the Ford Crown Victoria is slowly but surely disappearing from US cities as the prevailing taxicab. The same thing is happening in Morocco with its huge fleet of Mercedes-Benz W123-chassis taxis thanks to a little help from the government. The authorities ...

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    Video: Renaultsport prepares Dacia Duster to tackle Dakar
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    If you've ever seen a Dacia up close, it'd probably strike you as one of the least likely vehicles to take racing. The Romanian-made vehicles (also sold as Renault models in certain markets) typically drive around a hundred horsepower to the front wheels through a five-speed gearbox and offer ...

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    Official: Renault unveils Duster Détour concept in Johannesburg
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    Of all the international auto shows we report from and keep our eye on, Johannesburg's is not among them. And of all the social media sites we monitor for car news, Pinterest isn't usually one of them, either. But those are the venues which Renault chose to unveil the concept you see ...

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    ETC: Top Gear picks its 50 greatest cars from past 20 years
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    Our friends at Top Gear (the magazine, not the TV show) are currently celebrating the publication's twentieth birthday. In honor of that milestone, the BBC-owned book is naming what it thinks are the 50 greatest cars from the past 20 years. Now, this is TG's list, which means it's a bit more ...

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    Frankfurt: 2014 Dacia Duster furthers our admiration from afar [w/video]
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    Despite riding on a unibody and being more of a softroader than a proper 4x4, the Dacia Duster has always sort of reminded us of the Nissan XTerra. In other words, it's basic, hard-wearing, handsome and affordable in a really compelling way. In the US market, that hasn't worked out to big sales ...

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    Official: Dacia Duster gets Frankfurt facelift
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    Dacia is preparing an updated Duster for next week's Frankfurt Motor Show according to parent company Renault. The facelifted version of this popular SUV features a refreshed front fascia, with a different grille and lower intake, as well as revised "double-optic" headlights. Strangely, the ...

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    Official: Nissan's Dacia Duster-based Terrano revealed
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    The new Nissan Terrano has appeared in production form after an apparent August 20 launch in India, but the small sport utility vehicle remains sadly aloof from the US market. We've had our eyes on the Terrano ever since we learned it would be produced as an upscale alternative to the Dacia ...

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    Official: Renault promises new concept car and Dacia Duster in Frankfurt
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    Renault and Dacia will be headed to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in a big way, with a new concept car from the French company and an all-new Duster from its Romanian budget brand. The new concept is particularly exciting, as Renault's press release mentions a "new brand identity." We can also ...

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    Report: Fiat contemplating sub-brand to compete with Dacia, Datsun
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    You can add Fiat to the admittedly short list of automakers considering a low-cost brand to rival Dacia. The inexpensive Eastern European brand from Renault-Nissan has performed on the balance sheet like a premium model line, and the money the alliance is taking off the table is encouraging other ...

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    Report: Dacia brand has become "cash cow" for parent Renault
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    No one, not even former Renault CEO Louis Schweitzer whose idea it was to buy Dacia in 1999, had any idea the low-cost Eastern European sub-brand would succeed this well. The Romanian automaker with three wheels in the ground at the time of its takeover was purchased the same year that Renault ...

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    Report: Renault appoints Dacia Logan creator to head its Nano-rival program in India
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    After watching the Tata Nano post sales numbers smaller than its engine displacement, Renault gave up on its much publicized intention to build a truly inexpensive car to rival it. Then, a month ago, reports emerged that Renault was resuming work on a couple of low-priced cars for emerging ...

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    Report: VW planning new ultra-low-cost model to take on Dacia, Datsun
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    When it was confirmed earlier this year that Nissan wiil resurrect the Datsun brand for emerging markets, the numbers provided the reason. Nissan sold 60,000 vehicles in Indonesia alone last year, and CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to increase that figure to 250,000 units by 2014. Even then, that would ...

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    Paris: 2013 Dacia Sandero don't need no stinking alloys
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    The UK-bound Dacia Sandero made an appearance at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. With new exterior styling, a revised cabin and a total of four engine options, the Sandero offers buyers a low buck runabout. The five-door carries an MSRP of €7,900 and may be had in either gasoline or diesel guise. ...

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    ETC: Dacia Duster limousine an ambitious student project [w/video]
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    The Dacia Duster catches a lot of ire from the the Top Gear boys, but the work of 23 students could (but probably won't) put an end to that. The students are part of Dacia's Engineering Projects Auto Program, and have gone about creating a stretched Dacia Duster. The team started by cutting the ...

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    Official: Dacia rolls out Dokker vanlet in Casablanca
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    Morocco may not be a place that often pops up on the radar of the international automotive industry, unless it's about al-Qaeda threats on the route of the Dakar rally. So you'd be forgiven for discounting the Casablanca Auto Show as largely irrelevant, but that's the location Renault chose to ...

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    Geneva: 2012 Dacia Lodgy is a budget-friendly MPV for Europe
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    It may not be the most exciting vehicle that debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but the new Dacia Lodgy is an important one nonetheless. The Romanian-bred, French-owned automaker says the Lodgy will be offered in multiple configurations that will include options for five or seven ...

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    Official: Alain Prost wins ice-racing series in Dacia Lodgy Glace MPV
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    A minivan is not what you'd expect to see winning a racing series. Nor would a budget brand like Dacia. That's where Alain Prost comes into the picture. The four-time Formula One World Champion isn't quite retired: he's still competing in the Andros Trophy, a French ice-racing series. After ...

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    Official: Dacia shows new Lodgy minivan ahead of Geneva debut
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    The auto show mill is officially kicking into high gear for 2012, and Dacia has already shown off what we can expect from the company at this year's Geneva Motor Show in March. Fans of obscure European MPVs may now lick their chops at the first clear view of the Dacia Lodgy. The Romanian brand ...

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    Official: Dacia challenging Andros Trophy with new Lodgy MPV ice racer
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    Typically when an automaker makes a new rally car – whether for gravel, sand, snow or ice – it's based on... well, a car. Usually a hatchback, like the Subaru Impreza, Citroën DS3 or Volkswagen Polo. Lately, some have been going a different route with crossover-based rally cars, ...

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    Report: Nissan moves on plans to revive Datsun nameplate as budget sub-brand
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    Plans are reportedly progressing to bring back Datsun. Wait, what? Wasn't Datsun just the name of Nissan before it became Nissan? Why yes, yes it was. But the Japanese automaker is – as we initially reported back in July – planning on dipping back into its own history to launch a ...

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