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    • Quirky and Daring: Best Soviet Concept Cars
    • Quirky and Daring: Best Soviet Concept Cars
    • Quirky and Daring: Best Soviet Concept Cars
    • Quirky and Daring: Best Soviet Concept Cars
    • Quirky and Daring: Best Soviet Concept Cars
    • Quirky and Daring: Best Soviet Concept Cars
    • Quirky and Daring: Best Soviet Concept Cars
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    In 1988, Minsk Automobile Plant designers created a prototype of a truck called MAZ 2000 Perestroika. It was revealed to the public at the foreign Paris International Motor Show and received the highest ratings from foreign experts.

    These innovative projects were designed to breathe new life into the Soviet automobile industry, but due to the collapse of the USSR, they never went into serial production.

    Today’s concept cars can provide us with a glimpse into the future and give us a sense of the direction being taken by manufacturers as they use the newest technology of tomorrow.

    However, sometimes it's equally fascinating to look into the past. These quirky Russian car designs from way back provide an insight into the innovative and daring concepts of engineers from the USSR, which paved the way for modern cars.

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