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Saturday, August 16, 1997.

Trabant Clunks Back to Life

By Shamil Baigin

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- When East Germany died in 1990 it was not long before its trademark Trabant car followed. But now, thousands of kilometers and a post-communist world away, the tiny box on wheels may be coming back to life.

"We have both the money and potential to reach a production level of 30,000 to 40,000 Trabants a year within six months," said Vyacheslav Shin, deputy head of U.S.-Uzbek joint venture Olimp, which plans to build the car in Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent.

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