What Is the Dodge 50 Series?


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The Dodge 50 series was a series of commercial vehicles manufactured in United Kingdom by Dodge from 1979 to 1993. In 1981, Renault Véhicules Industriels started producing the series, and by 1987 it was called the Renault 50 Series.

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The Dodge 50 series had many chassis and body designs, including two different cab designs. Engines used in the series included the Perkins Phaser, 4.236 and the four-wheel-drive RB44, which was built by Reybolds Boughton. Dodge 50 vans and chassis cabs sold in capacities between 3.5 and 7.5 tons. They had left- or right-hand drive, different wheelbases and capacities.

Dodge 50 trucks were converted into several configurations, including tipper trucks and buses, by bodybuilding companies. Several were built as chassis cabs to have box bodies fitted, and they were extensively used by utility companies in the United Kingdom. The four-wheel-drive version was used by the British army because it was one of the few British-built trucks in its class and because it could carry more equipment than the biggest Land Rover models. The 50 series was never a huge success, and in 1994 Renault sold the series to a Chinese manufacturer. The 50 series is still being produced in China under a different name.

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