Morocco's Cash For Clunkers Means Discounted Dacias

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
moroccos cash for clunkers means discounted dacias

Fans of the W123 Mercedes better book the next flight to Marrakech. If the Moroccan government has its way, the country’s ubiquitous fleet of W123 taxi cabs will be scrapped, in favor of Renault and Dacia minivans.

Around 55,000 W123 taxis (the vast majority 240D models) are set to be targeted under the program, with Morocco’s Interior Ministry citing safety and environmental concerns. Instead, drivers will be pushed towards two models – the Renault Trafic, which is a large commercial van, and the locally-made Dacia Lodgy compact minivan.

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The government will pay around 50,000 Dirhams (roughly $6,100 / €4,400 / £3,600) per w123 and Renault – Dacia will provide up to 10,000 Dirhams (approximately $2,700 / €2,000 / £1,600) towards the purchase of a new car or van.

A brand new Lodgy costs about $18,000 USD, while a Trafic retails for about $27,000 USD. The subsidies would drastically reduce the price of a new Lodgy, which would also have the benefit of supporting a locally made vehicle. Both the Trafic and Lodgy will provide a safer alternative to the standard practice of shoving 7 passengers in a five-seater vehicle (that is now 30 years old, at minimum), while also offering much cleaner diesel engines.

(Correction: the currency rates cited are incorrect. 10,000 Dirhams works out to about $1,277 USD. Thanks to reader minivanman for the tip-DK)

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  • Glwillia Glwillia on May 12, 2014

    I've been to Morocco and ridden in those taxis. They're total crapheaps, but keep on going. The one that took me to the airport read 940,000 km on its odometer. I asked the driver about it and he said "oh, it's already rolled over".

  • Matador Matador on May 12, 2014

    They should use the new Scirocco. Because, you know....

    • Rpn453 Rpn453 on May 22, 2014

      Today at the New Morocco I got kicked in the taco All I saw were stars Say, it's a bit nightmarish From here to Albondigas parish Underneath the stars Hey, I got kicked in the taco There's a brewing scirocco On the planet of Mars And from me, you got my message of love You got my message You got my message of love.

  • Calico Jack Calico Jack on May 12, 2014

    Ticket purchased... Switching w123s for Renaults? Those taxi drivers are in for a nasty shock when their maintenance and repair bills quadruple and the car still dies at under 200,000 miles.

  • LDMAN1 LDMAN1 on May 14, 2014

    The sad thing is that when these W123 were even too old or junk for Morocco they ended up in Sub Sahara Africa. Burkina, Mali, etc.. These Renaults will never make it down there. What will Sub Saharians drive in 20 years? Probably Chinese cars.