With all this talk about Wartburg this and Trabant that, we sometimes forget that East Germany wasn't the only Warsaw Pact nation cranking out
dangerous rattletraps lightweight, affordable vehicles for its glorious socialist workers. Romania isn't just about vampires and uica; it's the proud home of the Dacia (which, admittedly, was a Renault knockoff during much of the late Cold War era). But now, the Romanian government, in an apparent effort to look all environmentally responsible to its new pals in the EU, is turning on its old Dacia friends, enticing owners to send them to the cold, cruel jaws of The Crusher in exchange for 20 pieces of silver (3,000 lei) toward the purchase of a newer, cleaner ride.
Romania to pay car owners to junk old vehicles, buy new ones
[Budapest Business Journal]
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