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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 5, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    Geneva LiveBlog: Dacia cuts the price of the space race

    Neil Briscoe

    Well, this is about as far from a Rolls-Royce Wraith as you can possibly get, but hey, it’s also a heck of a lot more relevant for most of us.

    With a successful and much-publicised Irish launch behind it, and the Sandero hatchback and Duster SUV now firmly established in buyers’ minds, Dacia is moving on to its next new model, the Logan MCV.

    Now, the Logan was the name of the first car Dacia built under Renault’s ownership just over a decade ago. It never came to Ireland, but it established Dacia in Europe as a purveyor of affordable, no-nonsense metal. This is an all-new car though, larger than the Sandero hatchback even though it shares much of its platform and mechanical package.

    At 4.4-metres long, it’s pretty much a spot-on rival for that other sensible, affordable estate, the Skoda Octavia Combi and the Dacia will punch hard not just with its price, but with its space too. At 573-litres, it will have one of the biggest and most practical boots in its class, or for that matter, the class above. And, er, the class above that. In fact, 573-litres is around 50-litres more than you’d get from a BMW 5 Series Touring and not much less than you’d find in the massive Mercedes E-Class estate.

    Needless to say, it won’t cost anything like either of those cars. UK prices are being spoken of at around £8,000, which to judge from the prices for the Duster and Sandero would peg the Logan at about the €14,000 mark when it arrives here later in the year.

    It’ll be available with the same 1.2-litre and 900cc Turbo petrol engines, and 1.5-litre diesel engine as the Sandero and Dacia is claiming Co2 emissions of just 99g/km for the diesel version. Like the Sandero, it’ll get ESP stability control as standard.

    “We are continuing our dynamic vehicle release programme with the release of New Logan MCV, which gives us the youngest line-up in Europe. In 2012 our market share rose across all the 40 countries we cover. Sales in 2012 were up by 17,000 units on 2011, and in 2013 we’ll be pushing ahead with development both on existing markets and in new territories including the UK and Ireland, where operations began in January 2013″ said Rafaël Treguer, Dacia brand development director, at the Logan’s Geneva unveiling.

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