Racing season is now in full swing and as the days go by, we’re seeing more and more racing series begin their respective seasons.
One that’s scheduled to start in a month’s time is the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) and Romanian automaker, Dacia, is preparing for the series with a new racecar in the form of a second-generation Logan that has been christened as the Logan STCC 1024.
After plying its craft in Pikes Peak with its custom Duster rally cars, Dacia wants to make headway at the STCC and it picked a pretty good car to do it, thanks to the Logan’s 400-horsepower V-6 engine that’s mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. Add that to a model that only weighs slightly north of 1,100 kg (2,425 pounds) and you have a racecar that’s ridiculously quick and can bust out of the gates with the nimbleness and power of a pouncing panther.
Hyperbole notwithstanding, the Logan STCC 1024 looks ready for competition and it will get its chance to show everyone what it’s got when the STCC season kicks off on May 3rd.
When Dacia brought the Sandero into the picture, people forgot about the old Logan, and not because the Sandero was better, but because it looked a bit fresher. When the new Duster came out, it took the Logan completely out of the picture. This seemed to be a little unorthodox considering the Logan was the model that brought Dacia out of the shadow of anonymity and basically started the trend of low-budget cars in Europe.
Renault now seems to have recognized their error and have promised that the next generation Logan will be better than the model it replaces. It will be built on the same platform as the Renault Fluence and will get more modern engines, gearboxes, and a new chassis. It will also still be one of the cheapest cars around.
The next Logan will get a modern design to make it even more attractive. According to Renault’s design chief, Laurens van den Acker, this decision was made to coax people into buying the Logan because of its looks and not just because it is cheap. Speaking of cheap, we’re hoping that Dacia will do something about that rustic interior that facilitates the outdated stigma attached to the car.
Expect to see the new Dacia Logan launched as a concept in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, with a production version to follow at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
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.
Press release after the jump.
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, however that wasn’t entirely true.
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.
Logan is a family and multi-purpose sedan, characterized by a modern style architecture. Its well-defined lines, from the hood up to the back, give a dynamic general look to this car. Its generous dimensions provide an excellent habitability, which easily allow three tall passengers to sit down comfortably on the rear seats.