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Good stuff, and the title's now sorted for you
The unit is, indeed, based on the VDO MS5000. I downloaded the manual for the VDO unit, as the manual I got with my car was more of a pamphlet than a handbook. I understand that the same system in the Lag 1 came with a proper handbook, but the one I got with my first Lag 2 was useless. Still, none of the information ever seems to explain the system properly (such as how the 'avoid obstacle' option actually works.)
The original Philips system was Carin rather than Carminat. I think Renault get to take credit for thinking of the latter. Carin did evolve into the VDO Dayton systems, though I don't know whether this was a buy-out or a simple re-branding.
Navteq's role is to create and maintain the mapping data, which they supply to sat-nav manufacturers as a third-party. That's probably why they weren't able to give you much information about a specific system.
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