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Dacia Proping Up Renault?
Jul 09, 2014 - 3:10 PM - by dorian
Things at Renault are not as rosy toes as they would have us assume. Through the first 2 quarters of 2014 low cost shoppers (or should we call them savvy?) are in fact propping up the entire Renault Empire.

While Renault continues to unimpress consumers from the BRICS Dacia has been happy to step into the vacuum and suck up the volume Renault is leaving on the table. Here's a statistic, Dacia saw sales rise 24% through Q1 and 2 of 2014, that makes up the ENTIRE 4.7% rise in Renaults total global sales.


Now Renault is not a complete dog of it, they did see a 13% increase of proprietary cars in Europe, but were monkey hammered globally.

“Dacia has made important progress throughout the first half in Europe . . . [it] is the fastest growing brand in the region,” said Jérôme Stoll, chief performance officer. “As a result, Renault is able to diminish the impact of the decline in our main emerging markets and to maintain the group’s positive momentum.”
I don't think we need to get into the specifics of the ghastly European Auto Industry but it is notable that Ford, GM, PSA and FIAT have all lost billions (no specifics, would you admit how much YOU had lost either? ), seen facilities stagnate (while paying workers not to work to boot!) and resorted to piling cash on hoods in order to move vehicles in any significant capacity. So the offset and insulation that Dacia is providing in BRICS nations is certainly a warm and welcome feeling for Ghosen and co.

As the entire world will see shortly the European Auto Industry is not an anomaly but the new normal, and as the new normal becomes the norm Dacia will be right there picking up pennies in front of the steam roller.
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Dacia Logan MCV vs Skoda Fabia Estate
May 23, 2014 - 4:56 PM - by dorian
We know the Logan is a fantastic offer, 573 litres of boot space in a £6,995 base package, even the range topping Laureate barely noses itself above 10 grand. However, for its price is Logan any better than the incumbent?


Logan MCV boasts 430 mm in surplus length over the Fabia, while the Skode does enjoy 237 extra millimetres of height. Regardless the Logan sports a 200 mm longer load floor and if you fold the rear seats down the advantage jaunts to 370mm.


Logan: 4,492/2,634mm
Fabia: 4,247/2,465mm


Logan: 1,550/1,733mm
Fabia: 1,498/1,642mm


Because the Skoda makes use of modern Volkswagen switchery and touch points it feels significantly modern over the left over Renault bits that piece together the Logans touch points and interior.

Other Points of Note

While both are positioned as budget brands for their respective parents, no brand in Europe has exploded growth wise as Dacia has over the bulk of the last decade. Skoda has slowly been moving up the chain, and while still being quite value oriented I just don't see how Skoda can or will match the non nonsense focus on low cost value.

Kerbweight/payload/towing weight

Fabia: 1,164/530/1,200kg

Turning circle/drag coefficient

Logan: 10.8 metres/0.37Cd
Fabia: 10.0 metres/0.31Cd

Basic warranty (miles)/recovery

Logan: 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs
Fabia: 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs

Service intervals/UK dealers

Logan: 12,000 (1yr)/127
Fabia: 10,000 (1yr)/135

Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket

Logan: 154/99g/km/14%
Fabia: 161/109g/km/16%
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Dacia Duster Rescues a Porsche Macan
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:06 PM - by St.Who
Just the other day at a press event for the Porsche Macan, it turned out that the Dacia Duster would get the best press coverage in the end. When the Porsche Macan got stuck while trying to do some minor off-roading, it was the Dacia Duster that came to the rescue.

Now I don't know anybody who is cross shopping the Dacia Duster and the Porsche Macan, but I think that this situation proves that it is not how expensive your car is, it's how you drive it. The Duster proved that it was the more capable vehicle as far as off-roading and getting out of sticky situations goes. And at the same time, Porsche learnt that it should bring some of its own cars with it so that any photo op that occurs won't end up being free publicity for another brand.

This could spur a whole ad campaign for Dacia. Showing it towing a whole bunch of expensive cars would show that money is not what really matters when buying a vehicle.

In another photo taken later in the day, the Macan was able to get out of a spot without the help of the Duster, so I guess the Macan isn't totally worthless.

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The Dacia Duster vs. the Fiat Panda
Feb 07, 2014 - 11:05 AM - by St.Who
Four-wheel-drive CUVs are still gaining popularity in much of the world. The other thing that is gainly popularity (or has it always been popular?) is spending less money on a good quality product. The Dacia Duster and the Fiat Panda are riding both of these waves, and that's why we need to take a look at these two vehicles head-to-head.

Both the Fiat Panda and the Dacia Duster aim to lure buyers away from the used market in favor of an affordable brand new car. Both cars are also pretty popular today, so this should be a good battle.


The Fiat Panda offer two different engines: a 1.3-litre, 75hp diesel, or a slightly more powerful 0.9-litre, 85hp petrol. The diesel can get up to 55 mpg, and comes as the more highly recommended engine of the two.

Dacia offers two Renault-made motors for its Duster. One is a 1.5-litre diesel that should get around 50 mpg. The other is a 1.6-litre petrol that gets something like 30 mpg. This engine tends to be quieter than the petrol Panda engine.


The Duster has a six-speed manual gearbo. The stick can feel a bit lost between gears at timees, but it is something that you can get used to. Top speed is 99 mph and acceleration from 0-62 mph clocks in at 12.8 seconds.

The Panda has a five-speed manual gearbox. The top speed of the Panda is the same as the Duster at 99 mph, but the Panda's acceleration is even slower than the Duster's at 14.5 seconds to get from 0-62 mph.


The Dusters exterior and interior are nothing special. Cheap plastics are used with a heavy hand, and if you want anything other than white as the body color you'll have to pay extra.

The Fiat Panda beats out the Duster in the styling department. There is less cheap black plastic being used and more attention paid to design. I mean just look at the pictures and you can see how much nicer the Panda's interior is.

Final Thoughts

Both cars strike me as "so ugly they are cute." With a £2,500 price difference between the Duster and the cheaper petrol-powered Panda (the Panda costing more) I would say its worth it to spend the extra on the Panda, but if you are trying to pinch your pennies, stick with the Duster.
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