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From Mail Guardian South Africa by Gavin Foster

So poor old Sydney Gordon (65) of Johannesburg is suing Nissan South Africa because he bought a Nissan NP 200 from them for R131 342 on February 22 2012 and a year later discovered that it had "Renault" stamped all over it. He must have gone to a lot of trouble stripping the bakkie to identify the 21 components he's named in his papers filed in the Pretoria High Court because these included the engine mountings, the radiator cooling fan, the engine and gearbox, the front drive-shafts and the bonnet with its hinges. There were most likely a fair number of genuine Nissan parts as well, so while Mr Gordon is busy enjoying his French epiphany some belligerent bugger in Bucharest with too much time on his hands is probably screaming "Dumnezeule mare! Aceasta Dacia este un Nissan!" * while looking up his lawyer's cell number. The Nissan NP200 as we know it in South Africa is based upon the Logan Pick-Up developed by the Romanian company, Dacia that was bought out by Renault in 1999. That same year Nissan and Renault hopped into bed together, buying large chunks of each other's shares and agreeing to collaborate on design and share products where appropriate. The bakkie is sold in some countries as a Dacia, but here in South Africa it's built alongside the Renault Sandero at Nissan's Rosslyn plant near Pretoria and sold as a Nissan NP200. That's a proper motoring ménage à trois dor you, non?

There's nothing unusual about car manufacturers enjoying incestuous relationships with parent or sister companies or even selling their cars and technology on to the opposition for rebranding. The first BMW car ever, launched in the 1920s, was nothing more than a humble Austin 7 built under licence and affixed with the now-famous blue-and-white roundel. The wheel has now turned fully at the other end of the market, with Rolls-Royce using BMW V12 engines. Mr Gordon would surely be mortified. The Dodge Caliber shared much of its DNA with the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Jeep Patriot, whilst chugging down the road with a VW Golf diesel engine. Modern versions of that most British of cars, the Mini (now owned by BMW) speak with faint French accents, thanks to the engines they share with the Peugeot 207 and Citroen C3 Picasso. Should Mr Gordon be a Francophobe, he'd surely be horrified to read that Toyota's funky little Aygo is essentially the same car as the Citroen C1 and the Peugeot 107 - all three are built together in the same factory in the Czech Republic, of all places.

Mr Gordon's German counterpart living in his homeland in the 1980s would doubtless have been rendered speechless when he went over his new Volkswagen Toro pickup and found it was made from recycled Japanese Zero fighter planes rather than WWII Dornier bombers. The VW Toro was nothing more than a Toyota Hilux bakkie assembled by VW in Germany under licence.

Perhaps the motor industry, to avoid confusion, should heed the tale of the welfare worker who visited a mother of 16 in a Dublin council estate. "How do you keep track of them all?" she asked the mum. "Easy", replied the fecund fool. "I named them all Casey. Then when I want to call them I just stick my head out the window and shout 'Casey, your dinner's ready,' and they all come running."

"And if you just want one?" asked the intrigued welfare woman.

"Oh, then I call them by their surname."

Mr Gordon also wants Nissan to repay all the finance charges he made to Absa, which funded his deal. Let's hope nobody ever tells him that Absa is actually Barclays with a safari suit and a comb in its sock.

* Goodness gracious! This Dacia is a Nissan!
 

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My teenage granddaughter was telling me a story about a kerb-crawler who arrived outside her school every afternoon and offered all sorts of incentives to one of her friends in the attempt to persuade her to get into the car. The friend was getting more and more stressed by all the attention she was getting, and eventually she was heard to say to the kerb-crawler "Dad, if I've told you once, I've told you a million times - don't come to pick me up in that Dacia, it's just embarrassing"!
 

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...okay, so we know that the Duster is badged as a Dacia in some markets and a Renault in others - can't fault that, as my dad's old Renault 16 was one of the most memorable cars of my childhood.

We also know that it shares Renault's dci engine with various Nissans...but I also read what we know as the Duster is also marketed as a NISSAN TERRANO in some territories:

https://www.nissan.in/vehicles/new/terrano.html

...ignore the nose and tail styling, but just look at that profile, and the rear side windows!

Joe

p.s. my dad also has an Open Ascona...which was way cooler than a Vauxhall Cavalier...and way before that he had an Austin Cambridge (rather than a Morris Oxford), so this is hardly breaking news.
 

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Just wondering, could you change the bonnet & tailgate badges from Dacia to Renault?.
...hmmm: I think you'd probably need to change the whole front grille, although the tailgate badge should be easier.

I'd have to ask 'why?', as for me part of the pleasure in driving an obscure badge which seems to have more cachet than it's French owner!

Joe
 

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http://group.renault.com/en/passion-2/heritage/

2008 On 29 February Renault took a 25% share in AVTOVAZ, Russian's leading carmaker with the Lada brand.

2000 After Dacia, Renault acquired a 70.1% stake in Samsung Motors, thereby creating Renault Samsung Motors, which continues to produce and sell vehicles in South Korea today.

1999 Renault became the majority shareholder in the Romanian brand Dacia in 1999 with a 51% share.

1999 Renault and Nissan signed an agreement forming the cooperation blending cross-holdings - with Renault taking a 36.8% share in Nissan - and joint industrial work. The Renault-Nissan Alliance was born.
 

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...which explains the Dacia Logan / Lada Largus connection...and mention elsewhere on here of a Lada Sandero!

Joe
p.s. hold the front page: 3-door Lada Niva looks familiar - https://flic.kr/p/5
 

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