Alain Prost’s foray into the Trophée Andros racing series on-board the Dacia Duster V6 Racer won’t come until early December, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a sneak preview of the former F1 champion taking his new toy out for a test run.
Thankfully, the miracle that is YouTube allows us the opportunity to watch videos that we normally wouldn’t have access to. And by videos – or in this case, a video – we mean Prost taking the Duster 4x4 for some test laps.
While some race cars require extensive stretches of salt to get the job done, there are petrol heads that are eager to run flat out on just about any surface, even ice. While the Romanian automaker Dacia revealed the Duster concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the production version of their first ever SUV won’t be unveiled until 2010. However Dacia won’t keep us in the dark for too long because they have just entered the Trophee Andros ice racing series with a Renault Sport Technologies produced competition version of the upcoming Duster and will have none other than Formula One legend and ice racing enthusiast Alain Prost .
Although this is nowhere near the genuine article; it will be a stripped down, tube frame, purpose built, ice racer that is capable of changing direction on a dime on the most slippery surface on the face of the Earth and come with a power to weight ratio that you are unlikely to find in any of Dacia’s road cars. But isn’t that the fun part about race cars? You start off with something that resembles a car you might see on the street and then completely reengineer it to achieve the lowest lap time possible by doing things like putting a 350 HP Renault Sport V6 behind the driver mated to a six speed sequential gearbox and a set of studded tires at all four corners. Just try and imagine how much fun it would be to take that thing out on a snow covered public road.
Just one day before its official debut Dacia revealed the Duster concept - a totally new model in Dacia-s line-up. With the aspect of a sporting coupe and the utility of an MPV, Duster will become the first crossover in Dacia’s line-up.
Duster’s height of 1.49 metres, short front and rear overhangs (65cm and 80cm respectively), generous wheelbase (2.80m) and compact volumes (4.25m long, 1.64m wide) exude an overriding sense of robustness and sports appeal.
The concept features a broad bumper with two horizontal air-intake slits at the front; the grille is flanked by headlamps which wrap over the front wings to form a tapering line of light that stretches rearward towards the doors. The sporty look is accentuated by 21-inch, five-spoke aluminium alloy wheels, exterior mirrors positioned on the window surround and trapezoidal aluminium exhaust tailpipes.
Under the hood Dacia placed a 1.5 dCi 105hp engine that emits just 139g of CO2/km, equivalent to fuel consumption of 5.3 litres/100km.
Dacia revealed today the 2009 Logan facelift, only four years after the Logan was first launched on the auto market. New Dacia Logan features a more contemporary design, as well as a more attractive and more comfortable interior which mirrors the renewal of Dacia as a generous, clever brand.
The new Logan takes the same bigger grille first used in the Sandero, it features new logo, plus a chrome upper trim as standard. The new front bumper is flush with the bodywork for a more integrated, harmonious feel, while the headlights are bigger and the fog lamps come with elegant carbon color surrounds.
The rear design of New Dacia Logan has been updated, too. The design of the new boot lid, which can be trimmed with a lower chrome strip, is more streamlined and its lines have been carried over to the revised rear lights. The rear bumper, too, is now flush with the bodywork and incorporates reflectors and a towing hook complete with concealing cap.
New Dacia Logan comes with the same proven petrol engines and diesel engine that have contributed to the Dacia range’s success.
New Dacia Logan will be introduced across the majority of Western European markets from July 2008.
Dacia Logan , the well-known model from the Romanian manufacturer and maybe one of the most appreciated vehicles received a new tuning kit built by the Indians from Mahindra. The tuning kit consists in a new front grill add-on in glossy black, front bumper center bezel, side skirts in body color, rear bumper center bezel in charvoal grey, rear spoiler in body color, new custom painted body shell, bonnet in glossy black and window line blackening.
At the interior the manufacturer included leather upholstery in beige, door trim in black and beige, custom floor matts, steering wheel in black with leather wrao, custom gear boot in beige, rear tray in black and an MP3 player with USB.
Two years after the introduction of Logan, which has already achieved sales in excess of 300,000 cars, Dacia is to extend its range with the launch of Logan MCV (Multi Convivial Vehicle). Logan MCV is an extremely spacious estate with a large load capacity that comes with all the acclaimed strengths of Logan Saloon plus a modular interior layout and enhanced versatility.
Dacia has chosen the 2006 Geneva Motor Show to unveil its first-ever show car produced by Renault Design. Developed on the theme of snow sports, it provides a vision of what a leisure vehicle on a Logan base might be. True to the brand’s reputation for robustness, Logan Steppe concept eatures sturdy body parts. Its colour scheme gives it a convivial feel, while the use of tech-feel fabrics and sporty materials inside ensures a sense of warmth and comfort. The car has SUV looks without the frills and combines a long list of simple yet practical features with an exceptionally bright and spacious interior. With Logan Steppe concept, never before have freedom and adventure been so accessible.
The Dacia Nova was introduced in1998 as an alternative to the 30 years old Dacia 1300. It’s almost modern design made it quite attractive to the Romanians. It also was cheap compared to other new foreign cars and seemed to be a well-made car (not totally true). Nova GT and GTi The Nova was available in 2 versions, GT and GTi, but don`t be fooled by the names. It had no sporty capabilities. It was basicaly the same car, one with a duble barrel carburetor and the other had a Throttle Body (...) More
The Dacia Solenza was a small sedan produced by Dacia of Romania from 2003 to 2005. The Solenza was a reshaped version of the Dacia SuperNova, which in turn was an improved version of the Dacia Nova , which was based on the Peugeot 309 design that Peugeot had inherited from Talbot in England. Production of the Solenza was ceased in 2005 after the introduction of another sedan, the Dacia Logan.