Renault steps up Dacia
10 March 2006

Dacia unveiled this Logan-based Steppe concept at Geneva. Its chunky cladding and roof storage system may point to a Berlingo-style car, but it seems more likely that it comes before a five or seven-seater Logan estate car. There will also be a new petrol engine for Dacia in 2006.

The concept is certainly front-wheel drive and features a higher quality interior, with an MP3 player and back-lit dials, than the Logan saloon – currently Dacia’s only model in western Europe.

If a car based on the Steppe is made, expect it to be very cheap.

Dacia has 45 per cent of the Romanian market. But with plans to be building in Russia, Morocco, Iran and Colombia by the end of the decade, its horizons are set much wider thanks to parent company Renault Nissan. Dacia will soon have a presence in many more emerging car markets, all of which demand cheap, tough cars. Some also impose punitive taxes on imports: part of the rationale for building factories in so many countries.

Dacia sold 69,000 vehicles in 2003 and 95,000 in 2004. But in 2006 it expects to sell 200,000 units. Investment from Renault is to top 150million euros, though Dacia made its first profit in six years in 2005.

Our Verdict

Hyundai Santa Fé

Does this new Hyundai Santa Fe build on the recipe for success of its forebear?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK